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San Diego County Events for April 14 – 16

Happy Easter! As expected, the majority of things to do this weekend are Easter egg hunts for the kids, but there are a couple of other options as well. Check out my list below:

San Diego county events this weekendSunday Easter services in San Diego County

Around San Diego County, there are Easter church services to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Check out this list here and here.


Easter in the Courtyard

Foothills Christian Church in El Cajon will host its annual Easter in the Courtyard on Saturday which includes an egg hunt boasting 14,000 Easter eggs. Also on the agenda: jumpy houses, carnival games, a shop-and-swap zone and food for sale from Ray’s BBQ.

When: Saturday, April 15 | 10am – 1pm
Where: Foothills Christian Church | 365 W Bradley Ave, El Cajon CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: foothillschurch.org/events/easter-in-the-courtyard


Spring Eggstravaganza

At the Spring Eggstravaganza at Santee Lakes, have fun with the kids! There’s going to be continuous egg hunts for kids eight and younger, plus – carnival rides, pony rides, crafts, Primo DJ and more fun for the entire family.

When: Saturday, April 15 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Santee Lakes, Lake 5 | 9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee, California 92071
Cost: Free
More information: www.ci.santee.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=8&recordid=3618


Grossmont Easter Egg Hunt

Check out Grossmont Center for eggs-tra special fun, free kid-friendly crafts and activities, an Easter Egg Hunt, costumed characters, face painters, balloon artists, hair styling and more. Get ready for an egg-sperience to remember this Easter at Grossmont Center. Plus, don’t forget to get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny!

When: Saturday, April 15 | 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: www.grossmontcenter.com/event/easter-egg-hunt


More Easter egg hunts around San Diego County here!


Cat-illacs concert

Part of Seaport Village’s concert series, the Cat-illacs will perform Sunday afternoon with rock-n-roll music.

When: Sunday, April 16 | 1 – 4pm
Where: Seaport Village | 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/cat-illacs-12


The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The famous Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch officially opened for the season on March 1; the fields are open daily, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., through May 14. Patrons will enjoy nearly 50 acres of colorful displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, which are in bloom for six to eight weeks. The famous fields also include roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias.

This Sunday, there will also be an Easter service at 6:30am, as well as The Bayou Brothers performing 1-5pm.

When: Now – May 14 | 9am – 6pm daily | Sunday Easter service at 6:30am
Where: Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $14 | details here
More information: www.theflowerfields.com

San Diego County Events for April 7 – 9

With such a beautiful spring weekend ahead for us, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and explore some of the great events San Diego County has to offer!

San Diego county events this weekendHealthy Living Festival

San Diego’s largest health and fitness expo returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on both Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., respectively. The event educates attendees on everything involving health and wellness and will feature 30 expert-led lectures and workshops on topics like fitness, healthy eating, better sleep habits and how to reduce stress. In addition, there will be free medical screenings, too, and attendees will also enjoy cooking demos and tips from renowned chefs.

When: Saturday, April 8, 10am – 6pm | Sunday, April 9, 10am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free if you print out this pass; otherwise $10 at the door
More information: healthylivingfestival.com


Springfest

Springfest is an annual festival wholly curated by and highlighting new work from the UC San Diego Department of Music–the premier center on the West Coast for experimental and new music.

When: See dates and times here
Where: University of California, San Diego | 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA
Cost: Free – $12
More information: ucsdmusic.blogspot.com


Imperial Beach Derby Daze

Enjoy live music from an amazing Cuban Band, a dance performance by Italia’s Dance Academy, music by DJ Jughead, and shop from local businesses at this free event.

When: Saturday, April 8 | 12pm
Where: Pier Plaza Imperial Beach | 10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, Ca 91932
Cost: Free
More information: here


Eggstravaganza

Enjoy one of the holiday’s traditions this Saturday by participating in an Easter egg hunt. In addition, there will be a petting zoo, balloon artist, face painting and crafts on the church campus.

When: Saturday, April 8 | 9am
Where: The Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe | 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Cost: Free
More information: villagechurch.org/the-eggstravaganza


April Pools Day

In preparation for May — the drowning prevention month — the city of La Mesa is focused on bringing water awareness to the community. Learn how to keep children safe around water with water safety and CPR presentations, rescue demonstrations, lesson demonstrations, free swim lessons and recreational swim at the municipal pool.

When: Saturday, April 8 | 12 – 3pm
Where: La Mesa Municipal Pool | 5100 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities

San Diego County Events for February 3 – 5

Check out the following festivals, family activities and other things to do in San Diego County this weekend! And if these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego county events this weekendLunar New Year ‘Tet’ Festival 2017

The popular Lunar New Year ‘Tet’ Festival returns to Qualcomm Stadium for three days, with: live music, entertainment, games, and lots of food, all to celebrate the Lunar New Year, which marks the arrival of spring based on the Lunar Calendar.

When: Friday, Feb. 3, 5 – 10pm | Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 4 & 5, 10am – 10pm
Where: Qualcomm Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $6 Adult, $4 Kids | Free parking
More information: lunarnewyearfestival.org


Macy’s Museum Month

February is Macy’s Museum Month. It’s a great time to explore more than 40 museums across San Diego County. From art to history and science to nature museums offer something for everyone and every age.

Free passes are available at Macy’s stores in San Diego and Temecula. One pass is good for up to four half-price admission at each museum all month long.

When: Ongoing from now until February 28, 2017
Where: Various museums in San Diego County
Cost: Half price admission with pass, to select museums
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/museum-month


San Diego Fermentation Festival

The San Diego Fermentation Festival is a family-friendly outdoor festival featuring:

– A Makers Marketplace showcasing the southern California bounty of artisanal foodmakers and brewers
– An Ambrosia Garden (21+) featuring fermented adult beverages such as mead, beer, kombucha* and wine
Workshops and presentations
– Do-It-Yourself Fermentation stations
Live music and entertainment

When: Saturday, Feb. 4 | 10am
Where: San Diego Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free – $25
More information: sandiegofermentationfestival.com


Love Your Wetlands Day 2017

There will be animal presentations, walks through the marsh, interactive booths, and a raffle. If possible, bring rain boots for the marsh walk and be prepared for some muddy fun.

When: Saturday, Feb. 4 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve | 2055 Pacific Beach Drive Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free, but you have to rsvp
More information: www.eventbrite.com/e/11th-annual-love-your-wetlands-day-tickets-30907308592


La Mesa Farmers’ Market

An open-air farmers’ market occurs every Friday afternoon from 2pm – 6pm at the intersection of University Avenue and Spring Street in La Mesa, CA. Sponsored by the City of La Mesa, the market offers farm fresh goods including flowers, produce and live plants.

When: Fridays | 2 – 6pm
Where: Intersection of University Ave and Spring St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: lmvma.com/SeasonalEvents/Farmers-Market

San Diego County Events for January 20 – 22

Explore San Diego via the events below! For more things to do, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego county events this weekendWinter Wonderland

Get your winter gloves on because snow is coming to Grossmont Center at the Winter Wonderland! They are bringing 10 tons of snow to the parking lot between Chuze Fitness and Fuddruckers.

When: Saturday, Jan. 21 | 11am – 1pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: www.grossmontcenter.com/event/winter-wonderland


San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week 2017It’s finally back! For eight days, over 180 restaurant will have deals for San Diego Restaurant Week. Check out www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com for details and which restaurants will have deals.

When: Sunday, January 15 – Sunday, January 22, 2017
Where: Over 180 restaurants
Cost: Various pricing
More information: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com


On the Chocolate Trail

Culinary Historians of San Diego will present “On the Chocolate Trail,” featuring Debbie R. Prinz, at 10:30 a.m. on January 21, in the Neil Morgan Auditorium of the San Diego Central Library.

Prinz promises to illustrate the ways faith traditions share consumption, ritual and business interests in chocolate over many centuries, countries and cultures.

When: Saturday, Jan 21 | 10:30am
Where: San Diego Central Public Library – Neil Morgan Auditorium | 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.sandiego.gov/public-library


Caffeine Crawl San Diego

It’s time for the fourth annual Caffeine Crawl San Diego – one of the most exciting coffee events on the West Coast this year! Explore your local coffee, tea and chocolate scene on a route of your choice, with over 25 local roasteries and cafes hosting.

When:  Fri, Jan 20, 1 – 5pm | Sat, Jan 21, 9am – 4:30pm | Sun, Jan 22, 1am – 5pm
Where: All over San Diego
Cost: $28 – $36
More information: www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego-2017

San Diego County Events for December 16 – 18

December is full of holiday activities and events here in San Diego County — here are just a few of the things to do this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend

A Kimball Christmas & Holiday Celebration

National City’s 9th Annual “A Kimball Christmas and Holiday Celebration” at Kimball Park happens this weekend. This will be a weekend full of free, family, fun, including ice skating, community booths, community performances, special guest appearances, food and beverages for sale and more!

When: Friday – Sunday, Dec. 16 – 18 | 4 – 10pm
Where: Kimball Park | E 12th St, National City, CA 91950
Cost: Free
More information: www.nationalcityca.gov


Garden of Lights

After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5–9 p.m. for a magical holiday experience.

When: Dec. 3 – 23 and 26 – 30 | 5 – 9pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
Cost: $5 – $20
More information: www.sdbgarden.org


2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar

Come and join the 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar in Imperial Beach. Free event to the community! Enjoy delicious food, fun music, kids zone and be part of the amazing raffles.

When: Saturday, Dec. 17 | 11am
Where: Portwood Pier Plaza | 10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, Ca 91932
Cost: Free
More information: www.portofsandiego.org/portwood-pier-plaza


Parade of Lights

Festive lights illuminating the San Diego Bay can only mean one thing: the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is back – a holiday tradition upheld by the local boating community bulb for bulb, year after year. In its 45th year, the dazzling display of lights covering more than 80 boats can be seen from several prime locations along the waterfront route — from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Coronado’s Ferry Landing.

When: Sunday, Dec. 18 | 5pm
Where: Various locations in San Diego Bay
Cost: Free
More information: sdparadeoflights.org


Grand Art Series: Holiday Mixer And Toy Drive

Join in the “Grand Art Series: Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive” on Friday, Dec 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Manchester Grand Hyatt’s Grand Lobby Bar. Bring a new, unwrapped, non-violent toy or gift card for free entrance to the event, and enjoy complimentary wine and 20 percent off the regular Grand Lobby Bar menu. Free parking with validation will be available for those attending, as well.

When: Friday, Dec. 16 | 6:30pm
Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt’s Grand Lobby Bar | 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: manchester.grand.hyatt.com


The Mar Dels Holiday Concert

Get in the spirit of the holidays with us at our free concert, featuring The Mar Dels! Join us in the courtyard and enjoy a special performance of holiday classics and pop hits!

When: Saturday, Dec. 17 | 6 – 8pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: www.grossmontcenter.com/event/holiday-concert

San Diego County Events for December 9 – 11

Many Christmas events are going on this weekend — come enjoy the holiday down here in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendHoliday in the Village – a La Mesa tradition

holiday-in-the-villageWalk the streets of La Mesa’s historic downtown and enjoy live music and dance, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids’ area with holiday movies and activities! Enjoy a festive holiday celebration in the charming downtown La Mesa Village featuring: Santa Claus, Christmas carolers, face painting, snow, holiday movies, specialty shops & boutiques open until 8 p.m., and restaurants and bars even later.

When: Saturday, Dec. 10 | 10am – 10pm
Where: Downtown La Mesa/La Mesa Blvd. (off of Spring Street), La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.lmvma.com/seasonalevents/christmas-in-the-village


Fantasy On Ice At Liberty Station

Lace up your skates and glide into the Yuletide as Fantasy On Ice kicks off its second year at Liberty Station!

When: Now – Jan. 8, 2017
Where: Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Kids $12 | Adults $ 14 | Military $10 | Season Pass $50
More information: libertystation.com/events/fantasy-ice-opening-night


Carols by Candlelight

The 27th annual Carols by Candlelight concert features musical stars singing holiday classics to benefit San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital. This year’s lineup includes: BJ Thomas; Brandy Clark; Collin Raye; Noah Guthrie; Eve Selis; and Anna and Steve Vaus. The show will be held both Friday and Saturday at the concert hall at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido; tickets range from $18 to $67.

When: Friday – Sunday, Dec. 9 – 11
Where: California Center for the Arts in Escondido | 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: $18 – $67
More information: artcenter.org/event/carols-candlelight-2/2016-12-09


Polar Express Family Day

All aboard! Get in the spirit of the holidays and join us in your pajamas and enter a magical world full of holiday treats and trains. Feel the chilly weather, smell the hot cocoa in the air and immerse yourself this holiday season as the San Diego Model Railroad Museum welcomes guest to enjoy “The Polar Express.”

When: Saturday, Dec. 10 | 11am
Where: San Diego Model Railroad Museum, 1649 El Prado, San Diego
Cost: Free – $10.75
More information: www.sdmrm.org


Parade of Lights

Festive lights illuminating the San Diego Bay can only mean one thing: the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is back – a holiday tradition upheld by the local boating community bulb for bulb, year after year. This year’s Parade of Lights returns this Sunday with more than 80 boats decked out in bright holiday lights and decorations proceeding from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Coronado’s Ferry Landing.

When: Sunday, Dec. 11 | 5pm
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego | 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/parade-of-lights

San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for October 14 – 16

This weekend, explore the many local activities and events in La Mesa, Escondido, San Diego, and Ramona.


La Mesa’s 11th Annual Park Appreciation Day

If you’re a fan of La Mesa’s parks, resident or not, La Mesa would love your help tomorrow with their Park Appreciation Day. Just show up at a La Mesa neighborhood park at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 15. General clean-up includes picking up trash, light raking, trimming, and weeding. Please bring your own gardening gloves along with your rakes or trowels to the park.

When: Saturday, October 15 | 8am – 12pm
Where: La Mesa parks
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/Calendar


Grand Avenue Festival

Over 500 vendors, live entertainment, and food from around the world have combined to make the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival a family tradition since 1989. Held on historic Grand Avenue in Escondido, it’s the second largest single-day festival in California. Five hundred unique vendor booths line seven blocks of beautiful downtown Escondido along Grand Avenue.

When: Sunday, October 16 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.kennedyfaires.com/escondido


Native Plant Sale

California Native Plant Society‘s Fall Native Plant Sale includes: native shrubs, trees, flowering plants, seeds, books, and posters. Native plants typically consume less water and are easier to grow in their natural environment.

When: Saturday, October 15 | 9am – 3pm CNPS members, 10am – 3pm everyone
Where: Casa Del Prado Theater Courtyard | 1700 Village Place, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.cnpssd.org


Kids free in October

Organized by the San Diego Museum Council (SDMC), Kids Free in October is an opportunity for thousands of families to enjoy museum experiences this October with free admission for kids 12 and under at 40 arts, cultural and science museums in San Diego County.

When: October 1 – 31, 2016
Where: At 40 arts, cultrual and science museaums in San Diego County
Cost: Free for kids!
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/kidsfree


Ramona Air Fair & Fly-In

The Ramona Airport’s Air Fair & Fly-In is an annual one-day event with free admission and parking featuring “The Red Eagles Formation Team,” formation flying, tours of Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Service, and Control Tower, airplanes and helicopters on display, airplane rides for nominal fees, great food, live country and southern rock music from local favorite Del Rio, and much, much more!

When: Saturday, October 15 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Ramona Airport | 2926 Montecito Road, Ramona, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/RamonaAirFair

San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for September 30 – October 2

In the beautiful county of San Diego this weekend, there are some great events! Oktoberfests in La Mesa and El Cajon are going on this weekend, the San Diego Int’l Film Festival is underway, and there’s plenty more!


San Diego International Film Festival

The San Diego Int’l Film Festival, currently produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, is the region’s premier showcase for outstanding U.S. and International independent filmmaking. The five-day event is an entertaining, enlightening and educational gathering that embraces the region’s diverse cultural landscape, enhances the art community and expands the economic vitality of San Diego.

When: Wednesday – Sunday, Sept. 28-Oct. 2 | Times vary
Where: Locations vary, see below link
Cost: Tickets cost about $15 per movie, or you can buy a pass for an entire day or several days that includes all screenings
More information: San Diego International Film Festival


La Mesa Oktoberfest

La Mesa’s Oktoberfest is finally here! Check out the details below:

la-mesa-oktoberfest

When: Friday – Sunday, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2
Where: La Mesa Village
Cost: Free
More information: La Mesa Oktoberfest


Kids free in October

Organized by the San Diego Museum Council (SDMC), Kids Free in October is an opportunity for thousands of families to enjoy museum experiences this October with free admission for kids 12 and under at 40 arts, cultural and science museums in San Diego County.

When: October 1 – 31, 2016
Where: At 40 arts, cultrual and science museaums in San Diego County
Cost: Free for kids!
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/kidsfree


San Diego Maker Faire

Maker Faire is the greatest show (and tell) on earth — a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 2016 | 10am
Where: Balboa Park (Visitors Center) | 1549 El Prado , San Diego
Cost: $10 – $22.50
More information: sdmakerfaire.org


El Cajon Oktoberfest

El Cajon, like La Mesa, has an Oktoberfest as well; here is the information:

El Cajon Oktoberfest

When: Sept 30 – Oct. 2 & Oct. 7 – 9, 2016
Where: S. Mollison Ave., 1017 South Mollison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: See flyer above
More information: www.germanclubsandiego.org/portfolio-list/oktoberfest-2016