Category Archives: Oceanside

San Diego County Events for August 12 – 14

Festivals featuring food, music, performances, and more are going on this San Diego weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend¡Latin Food Fest!

The four-day ¡Latin Food Fest! events include a kick-off party, two-day ultimate tasting experience, and private chef’s dinner – so that each guest will have endless opportunities to indulge!

Celebrate the Campanile Foundation’s Latin culinary celebration at Embarcadero Marina Park North, in Downtown San Diego.

When: Friday – Monday, August 12 – 15, 2016
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $45+
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Oceanside International Film Festival 2016

North County San Diego’s largest film festival will show films from the U.S., Spain, Greece, Singapore, Ireland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, and Australia. The lineup is divided into family-friendly and mature audiences days, and consists of special screening blocks to suit everybody’s tastes.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 12 – 14, 2016
Where: Star Theatre & Sunshine Brooks Theatre, Oceanside, CA
Cost: $10 – $50
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Bravo International Music Academy Competition Final

After a two-week intensive classical music program where 90 of the world’s most promising musicians have come together to work with world-renowned artists here in San Diego, you are invited to attend the Competition Final for free.

When: Friday, August 12 | 7pm
Where: Smith Recital Hall: SDSU | 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego
Cost: Free
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San Diego International Youth Arts Festival

A celebration in which youth arts organizations and schools showcase their talents and share their rich cultural heritage with the San Diego community.

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016 | 4pm
Where: Crivello Hall at Francis Parker School | 6501 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111
Cost: Free
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Summer Food Truck Festival and Campout

Spend an evening on the farm with family and friends at the annual Summer Food Truck Festival & Campout. 9 of San Diego’s favorite food trucks will be here. Enjoy live music from Calico Ridge on the Bates Stage from 5:00 – 9:00. Snow’s Pony rides, petting corral, face painting and a scavenger hunt make this a fun event for the entire family. Reservations are required (for a fee) if you want to campout.

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016 | 4 – 9pm
Where: Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center | 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082
Cost: Free
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San Diego County Events for August 5 – 7

San Diego County has several events and activities happening this weekend! Check out Chula Vista’s lemon festival, Oceanside’s Art Walk, a burger battle, and more.

San Diego county events this weekendSing Along With Broadway!

If you love Broadway, then you’ll want to come to this semi-sing-along event Friday evening along the San Diego bay! This is one concert in San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights Concert series.

When: Friday & Saturday, August 5 & 6 | Starting at 7:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $20+
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First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk

Downtown Oceanside is coming alive with vibrant arts, performances, music, poetry, activities, food, and fun for all ages, all free.

When: Friday, August 5 | 5 – 8pm
Where: Downtown Oceanside
Cost: Free
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4th Annual San Diego Burger Battle

Bull BBQ is on a nationwide hunt to find the country’s best burgers. On Saturday, August 6th, the competition comes to San Diego. Over 20 competitors will throw down for bragging rights to the title of “Best Burger in San Diego”.

When: Saturday, August 6 | 11am – 4pm
Where: Carddine Home Resort Products | 1144 Los Vallecitos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069
Cost: Free to first 200 online registrars
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Visit the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center

Visit the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center; on Saturday, one-hour guided tours are available to the public, ansd visitors can also take self-guided tours through the facility. The OTC is dedicated to developing America’s Olympic athletes, and features numerous sport venues and support facilities for archery, beach volleyball, BMX, canoe/kayak, cycling, field hockey, rowing, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, triathlon, and cross-training abilities for various winter sports.

When: Saturday, August 6 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Chula Vista Olympic Training Center (OTC) | 2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
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Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Pucker up for the sweetest sour event of the year, the Third Avenue Village Association’s Lemon Festival presented by Wal Mart. Returning for its 20th year, the Lemon Festival brings crates full of summer fun to Chula Vista’s Original Neighborhood, spanning Third Avenue from E to G Street. Celebrate Chula Vista’s reign as the Lemon Capital of the World with live bands, hundreds of vendor booths, Festival Fun Zone, craft beer garden and everything lemon.

When: Sunday, August 7 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Third Avenue, from E to G streets, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
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San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for April 15 – 17

San Diego County again has a myriad of family activity options, for the weekend of April 15 – 17! The festivals and events going on cover: jazz, avocados (a staple of Fallbrook!), antiques, home improvements, art, florals, and more! Want something else to do this weekend? Check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

10th Annual Oceanside Jazz Festival

The Oceanside Jazz Festival consists of educational and performance opportunities for school and community jazz bands and choirs, and featured concerts by internationally recognized performing artists. Come celebrate 10 years with them!

When: Thursday – Saturday, April 14 – 16
Where: MiraCosta College | 1 Barnard Dr, Oceanside, CA 92056
Cost: Free – $12
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Del Mar Antique Show & Sale

The Del Mar Antique Show & Sale is celebrating its 56th great year at the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds. Dealers come to sell their quality vintage goods and collectibles.

When: Friday – Sunday, April 15 – 17 | 11am – 7pm Friday & Saturday, 11am – 5pm Sunday
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: General admission is $8 per adult and kids are free with a paid adult entry | coupon on their website!
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Home Shows USA

The Home Shows USA is a three-day home improvement show that has been bringing buyers and sellers together in a neutral setting by producing a “shopping center” of home and commercial improvements.

When: Friday – Sunday, April 15 – 17 | 10am
Where: O’Brien Hall at Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free
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24th Annual Oceanside Days of Art

At the Annual Oceanside Days of Art, around 100 artists will feature and sell a variety of unique artwork, including: paintings, fine jewelry, ceramics, photography and more. The festival will also include live performances, art activities, food choices and more! Oceanside Days of Art is held at the corner of Coast Hwy 101 and Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Coast Hwy 101 and Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside
Cost: Free
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San Diego Made in Bloom Spring Market

This shopping and culture event will feature handmade goods by more than 40 local makers, delicious food, craft cocktails, a local draft beer bar, and large-scale floral installations.

When: Saturday, April 16 | 11am – 7pm
Where: Barrio Arts District at Union – Barrio Logan | 2191 Main Street, San Diego, CA 92113
Cost: $3; kids under 12 are free
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30th Annual Avocado Festival

The Avocado Festival, now in its 30th year, features more than 450 vendors from across the region showcasing avocados. If you love avocados, this is the event to go to!

When: Sunday, April 17 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Downtown Fallbrook
Cost: Free
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San Diego County Events for February 5 – 7

Tours, art, fishing, partying — there’s so many activities to choose from; spend this weekend down in San Diego county!

San Diego county events this weekendFirst Friday: Oceanside Art Walk

Held on the first Friday of each month, the Oceanside Art Walk returns to showcase the community’s thriving art district. This free, all ages event includes live performances, music, poetry, art education, culinary arts and pop-up galleries throughout local business and public spaces in downtown Oceanside. Food and activities also top off the family-friendly fun.

When: Friday, February 5 | 5 – 8pm

Where: Downtown Oceanside
Cost: Free
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Historic Gaslamp Quarter Tour

Opening a window to San Diego’s past, the Gaslamp Architectural Tour showcases the history of the Davis-Horton House built in 1850, as well as the history of the of the historic Gaslamp Quarter. The tour includes architecturally significant structures of the period, along with fascinating stories of the people and characters that shaped the destiny of San Diego.

When: Every Thursday at 1pm and every Saturday at 11am
Where: Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, 410 Island Ave, 92101
Cost: Free – $20
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21st Annual Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby

Grab the fishing poles and the kids and head to Lake Poway (14644 Lake Poway Rd.) for a morning of free, family-friendly fun. The lake has been freshly stocked with 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout and will be open only to youth age 15 and younger for this derby. The event includes entertainment, storytelling contests, a free BBQ lunch and prizes to be given out during a 1 p.m. awards ceremony. No registration is required.

When: Saturday, February 6 | 6am – 12pm
Where: Lake Poway
Cost: Free
More information: Call (858) 668-4772

Mardi Gras

Find a little slice of New Orleans in San Diego’s historic Downtown Quarter by attending this mega Marti Gras party in downtown San Diego. The event, which spans across 16 blocks, will feature DJs, multiple stages for live music, rooftop performances and a parade. Ticket prices start at $30 and only those 21 or older will be allowed into the event.

When: Saturday, February 6
Where: San Diego’s historic Downtown Quarter
Cost: $30+
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San Diego County Events for November 6 – 8

This weekend in San Diego county promises lots of festivals — for foodies, beer connoisseurs, and music lovers. Come down to beautiful San Diego to enjoy the sunny weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Beer Week

The week-long beer week highlights San Diego’s beer culture with a several events across the city:

When: Friday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 15. | Times vary
Where: Locations vary
Cost: Ticket prices vary
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16th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

The SDAFF runs through Nov.14 across six venues: UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center; MCASD in La Jolla; UC San Diego’s Calit2; the Museum of Photographic Arts; the San Diego Marriott; and the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas. With more than 130 films and programs from 20 countries, organizers say it’s the largest showcase of Asian cinema on the West Coast.

When: Thursday, Nov. 5 through Saturday, Nov. 14
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free – $250
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San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Festival

The San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Festival at downtown’s Waterfront Park will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A $35 general admission ticket gets each attendee mac n’ cheese samples, plus 10 beer tastings. There will be a Gourmet Mac n’ Cheese competition, too – a head-to-head showdown between several local restaurants. Winners in two categories – Best Mac n’ Cheese in San Diego and People’s Choice Mac n’ Cheese – will be selected by a panel of expert judges and attendees, respectively. Proceeds from this food fest will benefit the nonprofit organization, World Wide Network of Learning.

When: Saturday, Nov. 7 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Waterfront Park (downtown San Diego)
Cost: $35
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Gourmet Food Truck Festival

The Fall Food Truck Festival is expected to bring 40 gourmet food trucks from across Southern California to the Seaside Concerts area at the Del Mar Racetrack. Most items will range between $6 and $8, and organizers say attendees can expect delicious dishes such as Cousins Maine Lobster, Rajin Cajun, The Grilled Cheese Truck and Devilicious. Admission into the food truck area is free with paid admission ($6) to the racetrack.

When: Saturday, Nov. 7 | 11am – 4:30pm
Where: Del Mar Racetrack | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free admission to the food truck area with $6 admission to the racetrack
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Oceanside Music Festival

The 14th annual Oceanside Music Festival, a free, family-friendly, all-day event in downtown Oceanside, will showcase both student and professional musicians from Oceanside and other Southern California communities. This year’s fest is dubbed “Colors of Music.”

When: Sunday, Nov. 8 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Pier View Way at Coast Hwy. 101, Oceanside
Cost: Free
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San Diego County Events for July 17 – 19

Enjoy your weekend in San Diego County at one of the following events — there’s horse racing to watch, food to be enjoyed, media to see, and so much more down here!

San Diego county events this weekendDel Mar Racetrack – Racing Season

The annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season, starts up this week, from mid-July to early September.

When: July 16 – September 7, 2015
Where: Del Mar Racetrack | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Stretch Run: $6 | Clubhouse: $10
More information: | (858) 755-1141

Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival

sandcastleThe 2015 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities, a Kids ‘n Kastles competition, Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair.

When: July 17-18, 2015
Where: Pier Plaza | 10 Evergreen Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Cost: Free
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Festival of the Bells

Celebrates the anniversary of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the Mother of California’s 21 Missions, which was founded by Blessed Father Junipero Serra on July 16, 1769. All five Mission bells are rung during the weekend festivities, including an original bell dating back to 1802. There will also be food, entertainment, dancing and traditional activities like the Blessing of the Bells and the Blessing of the Animals.

When: July 18-19, 2015
Where: Mission San Diego de Alcalá | 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Free
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Lemon Zest & Garlic Fest

lemon and garlicFrom lemon and garlic inspired food tastings from San Diego’s top culinary minds, to cooking demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, dozens of retail vendors and a free family area, the festival will be filled with tasty delights and fun activities for all ages. Guests will also be invited to cast their vote for “Best Dish” of the fest.

When: July 18, 2015 | 12 – 5pm
Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy., San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Family Area – Free | Food, Beer & Wine Tastings – $50-$70
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The Little Italy Summer Film Festival

Kick-off summer with some of Italy’s greatest films. The Little Italy Summer Film Festival will show every Saturday starting June 27, 2015, until Saturday, September 5, 2015, at the Amici Park Amphitheater (W. Date & State Streets).

When: Saturday, July 18 and every Saturday until Sept. 5 | Doors open 7:30pm, films start at 8pm
Where: Amici Park Amphitheater (W. Date & State Streets) | W. Date & State Streets, San Diego, California 92101
Cost: $5.00 Donation
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Rubio’s Coast Fest

Rubio’s CoastFest is a celebration of the ocean and its many gifts. From the bounty it offers to the shores it graces, the ocean is more than a resource for Rubio’s: it is a way of life. After the cleanup, enjoy: live music, free food and drinks, a beer garden, free surf lessons from Surfin Fire, photo booth, pledge wall, Rubio’s Prize Wheel, and a Salsa Garden.

When: July 18, 2015 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre | 200 N. The Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: Free
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San Diego County Events for June 12 – 14

Visit San Diego County this weekend! Besides the fair, there are many other events going on in the next few days!

There’s always plenty to do here in southern California! Besides this weekend’s events below, there’s always a wide range of things to do in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair presents A Fair to Remember: a Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park. The fair will be open June 5 to July 5, and it’s always a great start to summer here in San Diego County!

When: June 5 – July 5 | see website for open days and hours
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: See website for details
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“Sundays at Six” free summer concerts in La Mesa

Free summer concerts start on Sunday, June 14. They will be held in the beautiful amphitheater at Harry Griffen Park, at 6:00 pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy free music in the park.

On June 14, the free summer concert will feature the San Diego Concert Band.

When: Sunday, June 14, 6pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
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Land & Sea Festival

Celebrate Get Outdoors Day and National Marina Day with your family at the Land & Sea Festival at 5000 N. Harbor Dr. in Point Loma. Aiming to promote the role of marinas in the enjoyment of boating and stewardship in our local waterways, this fest will include vendors with marine and boating products and services, health and wellness services and home and garden items. Food, live music and a beer garden top off the fun, plus attendees can have a chance to go on a sailboat, powerboat or a paddleboard.

When: Saturday, June 13, 10:30am
Where: Sun Harbor Marina & Point Loma Marina | 5000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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18th Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow

The San Luis Rey Band of Luiseño Mission Indians will host the free, 18th Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow with arts and craft booths, food, dancers, drums, contests and more.

When: Saturday, June 13, 9am – 11pm | Sunday, June 14, 9am – 6pm
Where: 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA
Cost: Free
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Events: Festivals in San Diego County August 2-3

Throughout San Diego County this weekend, there are a number of festivals — fill your weekend with films, county fairs, or ethnic celebrations!

Ramona County Fair

The Ramona Country Fair is a great place for family fun featuring rides, carnival games, vendors, beer and wine gardens, food, entertainment, and much more!


  • Friday: 5:00 to 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Where: Ramona Outdoor Community Center | 421 Aqua Ln, Ramona, CA 92065

Cost: Free admission | Parking $5

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Chula Vista Lemon Festival

lemonsThis one-day fun, free Family-Oriented Festival of Lemons spans 6 blocks of Third Avenue between E and G Streets (Yes, in the streets!). The event features live entertainment, arts and crafts displays, children’s amusements, our world-famous Lemon Pie Eating Contest and so much more including…of course…more lemons!

When: August 3 | 10:00 am – 5:00  p

Where: 353 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Cost: Free admission

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Oceanside International Film Festival

The Oceanside International Film Festival officially kicks off a season of various film festivals, which are conducted annually in San Diego county and usually continue through the Fall.

The festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works from filmmakers who have not yet signed distribution agreements and look for recognition among wider audiences.

When: August 3 – 10

Where: The Brooks Theatre | 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Cost: Varies by event

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 Latin American Festival

There is no need to travel to the deepest regions of Mexico in order to experience some of the world’s most vibrant Latin American folk art and Mexican pottery – just visit the Bazaar del Mundo Shops’ Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market, August 1 to 3, in Old Town, San Diego.

When: August 1-3

Where: Old Town, San Diego | 4133 Taylor St, San Diego, CA 92110

Cost: Free

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