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San Diego County Events for December 1 – 3, 2017

As expected, this first weekend of December is all about the holiday season and the coming of Christmas. Find a festival or holiday activity near you!

San Diego county events this weekend

Encinitas Holiday Parade

For the 60th year, Encinitas will kick off the holiday season at the 2017 Encinitas Holiday Parade, presented by Lazy Acres Natural Market on Saturday, December 2.  Thousands of people will be on floats, on foot, in cars, and marching in bands while tens of thousands cheer them along the Parade route along Coast Highway 101.  The nighttime parade theme for 2017 is “Celebrating the Arts!” 

When: Saturday, Dec. 2 | 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.ci.encinitas.ca.us


Winter Wonderland Festival

Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido.  Children will have the chance to meet Santa, play in real snow, decorate Christmas cookies, see live reindeer, enjoy holiday-themed entertainers, and more!

When: Saturday, Dec. 2 | 3 – 8pm
Where: Lyric Court, California Center for the Arts,340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free
More information: Winter Wonderland Festival


La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

Come to the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival on this Sunday. There will be entertainment, a kids’ zone, educational exhibits, and photos with Santa.

When: Sunday, Dec. 3 | 1:30 – 5pm
Where: La Jolla Recreation Center | 615 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/ljparade2014


Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village: San Diego

San Diego’s Little Italy will kick-off this holiday season with festive family fun at the 19th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village. Families, friends and neighbors will experience Little Italy’s Christmas magic and will be able to enjoy the community’s festive décor, seasonal vendors, live music and entertainment, horse carriage rides, holiday treats, a tree lighting, a visit from Santa, and more!

When: Saturday, Dec. 2 | 4 – 8pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego, California 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/901784976643186


Holiday Concert with Community Chorus: Santee

Bring family and friends to a free toe-tapping concert of favorite holiday songs at the Santee Library.

When: Sunday, Dec. 3 | 3 – 4 pm
Where: Santee Branch Library | 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd #17, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free
More information: www.sdcl.org/locations_SN


Santa by the Sea & Tree Lighting: Del Mar

From the Del Mar Village Association:

  • “Free Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus *Bring Your Own Camera!
  • Live Music by the Original Dickens Carolers
  • Bring Packaged Gift Donations to Benefit the Children of the Ronald McDonald House Sponsored by L’Auberge Del Mar
  • Holiday Passport Program
  • Letters to Santa Workshop
  • Make Your Own Rad Hatter Holiday Hats Sponsored by the Del Mar Foundation Young Del Mar Committee
  • Holiday Treats and Refreshments from local Del Mar Village Restaurants
  • Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at 5PM

When: Sunday, Dec. 3 | 3pm
Where: Located at NW Corner of Camino Del Mar & 15th Street, Del Mar
Cost: Free
More information: visitdelmarvillage.com/santa-by-the-sea


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 for November 17 – 19

Discover a wide range of San Diego County events and activities this weekend!
San Diego county events this weekendSantee Holiday Lighting Celebration

From the City of Santee: Live Music – 5:30pm and Tree Lighting Ceremony – 6:15pm

Free holiday crafts, snow sledding by Rise City Church, photos with Santa, horse drawn trolley & wagon rides, mini express train, petting zoo, Santee fire truck, carolers, and activities for the kids.

Restaurants in close proximity to the event. Parking is limited – Using the Trolley Green Line is recommended. Rain or Shine Event

When: Friday, Nov. 17 | 5:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Santee Trolley Square | 9884 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, California 92071
Cost: Free
More information: cityofsanteeca.gov


71st Annual Mother Goose Parade

The Mother Goose Parade is San Diego’s East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.

When: Sunday, Nov. 19 | 1 – 3pm
Where: El Cajon Blvd & W Main St, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: www.mothergooseparade.org


Encinitas Fall Festival

With 450+ booths, plus dozens of unique downtown retailers, the Encinitas Fall Festival is a perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping. Enjoy the music of popular local bands in The Lumberyard Courtyard and dance, music and other entertainment on the Community Stage next to Ace Hardware. Take your young ones to the Kids Zone for a variety of fun activities.  And walk your furry friends into Dog Zone for some treats and special attention.

When: Sunday, Nov. 19 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Coast Highway 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
More information: www.kennedyfaires.com/encinitas


Del Mar Antique Show and Sale

Over 50 years of excellence with over 100 qualified antique dealers. This is the largest indoor antique show south of San Francisco! Everything from tin to Tiffany!

All attendees to the Del Mar Racetrack are admitted FREE with proof of attendance (program, losing ticket, etc).

When: Friday & Saturday, Nov. 17 & 18, 11am – 7pm | Sunday, Nov. 19, 11am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $8.00 General admission; $4.00 with discount from website; parking $13
More information: calendarshows.com


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 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 November 18 – 20

Art, a holiday lighting, parade, and Shakespeare are just a few of the activities going on in San Diego County this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendHoliday Lighting in Santee

Santee will kick off the holiday season Friday night with this Holiday Lighting party at Santee Trolley Square, which includes live music, arts and crafts for the kids, a mini express train, a petting zoo, snow sledding, food vendors and photos with Santa ($12). The event itself is free, but some activities may cost a small fee. Don’t miss the tree lighting ceremony, which happens at 6:15 p.m. sharp.

When: Friday, Nov. 18 | 5:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Santee Trolley Square | 9884 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee, CA
Cost: Free – $12+
More information: Holiday Lighting in Santee


Jai Ho! Bollywood Party: Diwali Night

This Bollywood party celebrates the Indian tradition of Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Activities include a dance lesson, Henna tattoos and an 11 p.m. dance performance, and tunes of DJs Ukeim and Prashant. Entry is free to the first 100, pre-registered attendees until 10 p.m. Otherwise, it’s $10 per person at the door. Attendees are encouraged to wear traditional Indian attire.

When: Friday, Nov. 18 | 9pm – 1:30am
Where: Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center | 3925 Ohio St., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free for the first 100; $10 after
More information: Jai Ho! Bollywood Party: Diwali Night


Fall Talmadge Art Show

The 24th annual Fall Talmadge Art Show features 85 artists showcasing handmade contemporary craft and fine art including: skirts, dresses, hats, purses, nuno felt clothing; silk clothing; pottery, mosaics, jewelry of all kinds, including bead, silver, pearl and more; baskets, clocks, garden art, dolls, sculpture, paintings, fiber art and more — plus events!

When: Sunday, Nov. 20 | 10am
Where: Liberty Station Conference Center | 2600 Laning Rd., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.talmadgeartshow.com


70th Annual Mother Goose Parade

The 70th annual Mother Goose Parade is Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Always the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

The parade includes colorful and exciting parade entries, such as floats, marching bands, giant helium balloons, clowns, eloquent equestrians, special guests, and of course Santa Claus at the end of the parade. The parade route travels down Main Street. Parade begins at 1 p.m.

When: Sunday, Nov. 20 | Parade starts at 10am
Where: Main St, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.mothergooseparade.org


“Globe for All”: Free Performance of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”

Audiences around San Diego get the chance to see free performances of one of William Shakespeare’s beloved plays in their own community as part of The Old Globe’s “Globe for All” program. The program, now in its third year, brings free and low-cost performances of a Shakespeare play to communities around San Diego. This year, the program will put on Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.”

When: Saturday, Nov. 19 | 12pm
Where: Escondido Public Library | 239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: “Globe for All”: Free Performance of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”

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San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for June 10 – 12

Take the family on a drive to San Diego County and enjoy some great events and things to do this beautiful June weekend!


Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series

La Mesa Sundays at Six Concert SeriesEvery year, La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation puts on some free family fun with their Sundays at Six concert series. This year’s fun begins this Sunday at 6pm, with the San Diego Concert Band!

When: Sunday, June 12 and every Sunday until July 24 (except for July 3) | 6 – 7pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


Fido Fest 2016

The free event will have dozens of giveaways, discounted vaccinations and microchipping, live entertainment, obedience demonstrations, and more. If you’re looking for a dog, rescue organizations will be at the fest with plenty of dogs looking for homes.

When: Saturday, June 11 | 9am – 1pm
Where: Santee Town Center Community Park East | 550 Park Center Drive Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free
More information: www.eventbrite.com/e/fido-fest-2016-tickets-19920012293


San Diego Festival Of The Arts

Known as the La Jolla Festival of the Arts for the past 29 years, this annual event has brought established and emerging artists from around the world to San Diego. For the event’s 30th anniversary in 2016, it is getting both a new name, becoming the San Diego Festival of the Arts, and a new location.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12 | 10am
Where: Waterfront Park at the County Administration Center | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12 – $17
More information: www.sandiegocounty.gov/parks/Waterfrontpark


Encinitas Food Truck Film Festival

Shop arts and other goods from 5-7 p.m. and grab dinner from two food trucks. At sundown, there will be a screening of family-friendly documentaries by Encinitas filmmakers. The event is BYOC (bring your own chair), pets are also welcome.

When: Friday, June 10 | 5pm
Where: Union CoWork | 111 C St., Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
More information: unioncowork.com/food-truck-film-festival-61016


47th Annual San Diego Greek Festival

The parishioners of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church invite all to a celebration of culture and community in the heart of San Diego. This annual gathering offers a variety of Greek cuisine, handmade pastries, and traditional Greek coffee, all within the festive atmosphere of music and dance.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12
Where: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 3655 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92103
Cost: Free – $3
More information: sdgreekfestival.com


San Diego County Fair

Mad About the Fair is the theme of the San Diego County Fair, and it’s going to be 26 days of wild, wacky, whimsical, wonderous fun! The fair opens today, June 3, and goes until July 4!

When: June 3 – July 4, 2016
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $9 – $16
More information: www.sdfair.com

San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for May 27 – 29

It’s time to celebrate and remember the American soldiers who have fallen. This Memorial Day weekend, be grateful for those in the military and enjoy your time with family and friends. Here are just a few of San Diego County’s events and activities for this weekend:


Santee Street Fair

The Santee Street Fair will have over 300 vendors and food booths, 2 stages for live entertainment, a craft beer garden, and carnival rides.

When: Saturday, May 28 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free
More information: santeestreetfair.com


Fine-Tuning and Creative Brewing Seminar

beerSan Diego is known for it’s brews and beers; why not learn how to brew a batch yourself? At the Fine-Tuning and Creative Brewing Seminar, learn how to brew from multi-award winning homebrewer Brian Trout.

When: Sunday, May 29 | 6:30 – 8pm
Where: The Homebrewer | 2911 El Cajon Blvd Ste 2, San Diego, CA92104
Cost: $20
More information: www.thehomebrewersd.com/event/fine-tuning-and-creative-brewing-seminar


2016 San Diego Ben Vereen Awards

Cheer on local, talented high school students at the 2016 San Diego Ben Vereen Awards this weekend. The competition between 10 male and 10 female nominees will be held on May 29 at the Balboa Theatre. “Finalists from participating schools are nominated as Best Actor/Best Actress candidates for their portrayal of leading roles in their high school’s musical theatre production. By the end of the evening, 1 Male Champion and 1 Female Champion will be selected to represent the 2016 San Diego Ben Vereen Awards at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) in New York.” (www.benvereenawards.com)

When: Sunday, May 29 | 6pm
Where: Balboa Theatre | 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $32.50 | Buy tickets here
More information: www.benvereenawards.com


Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Parkmovie hosts family-friendly outdoor film screenings at parks throughout San Diego; with the series beginning with a screening of “Aladdin” at Waterfront Park. Besides the actual movie, enjoy games and activities, and concessions and food trucks. The movie begins at dusk, but get there early to get a spot!

When: Friday, May 27 | 6pm
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free | $10 underground parking off of Ash St., and free metered parking after 6pm
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com


American Heritage Car Show

The American Heritage Car Show is one of the most exciting car shows anywhere. Over 200 gorgeous vehicles are exhibited in downtown Escondido’s Grape Day Park.

When: Saturday, May 28 | 9am
Where: Grape Day Park | 321 N. Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free
More information: www.grapedaypark.org


USS Midway Museum’s Memorial Day lineup

flag“The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebration in San Diego. Understandably the busiest weekend of the year, the Memorial Day lineup of activities aboard the Midway honors and remembers our heroes as it celebrates our military heritage.” (http://www.midway.org/calendar) Several different activities and festivities will be happening at the Midway this weekend; check out the website for details. The event is free to the public and those who attend are invited to stay aboard and explore the USS Midway Museum at no charge as well.

When: Saturday – Monday, May 28 – 30
Where: USS Midway Museum | 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.midway.org/legacy-week-2016


Vista Strawberry Festival

The Vista Strawberry Festival this weekend will bring live entertainment on multiple stages, bands, local craft brews all day long in the beer garden, carnival rides and 300+ vendors.

When: Sunday, May 29 | 8am
Where: Downtown Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: vistastrawberryfest.com


Memorial Day Weekend Observances

The Chapter 472, Vietnam Veterans of America, will host Memorial Weekend Observances at the San Diego Vietnam Peace Memorial at the Veterans Museum on Saturday and Sunday, with a formal ceremony on Monday morning.

When: Saturday – Monday, May 28 – 30 | 8am
Where: Veterans Museum and Memorial Center | 2115 Park Boulevard , San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.veteranmuseum.org

San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for May 13 – 15

Festivals, fairs and family events are all happening this weekend in San Diego County! Check out the activities below…and if these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!


How-To Festival

San Diego Public Library is hosting the How-To Festival on Saturday. There’s more than 70 different 4-hour long classes that you can take for free; including: first-aid, brew beer, solder, and more. The How-To Festival will take place 10am – 4pm in four different locations; click on the link below to view more information.

When: Saturday, May 14 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Four different locations; view the link below for details
Cost: Free
More information: www.kpbs.org/events/2016/may/14/how-festival/?et=63213


River Park Festival

Santee is hosting their free community River Park Festival this weekend. There will be free music, a beer garden, BMX demos, crafts, games and activities.

When: Saturday, May 14 | 3:30 – 8pm
Where: Town Center Community Park East | 550 Park Center Dr., Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityofsanteeca.gov/Index.aspx?page=8&recordid=3167


2nd Annual Spring Fair & Boutique

Stop by Fran’s Original Farm Stand for the 2nd annual Spring Fair & Boutique this weekend. Local artist, crafts, bakers, jams & jellies, seamstress and more will have their goods for sale. There will be an afternoon BBQ lunch available, local arts/craft vendors, and fresh, local produce.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Fran’s Original Farm Stand | 1980 Summit Dr, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free entrance
More information: www.facebook.com/events/243810299305435


17th Annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair

Nestled in the beautiful Scripps Ranch Community Park, the Fair showcases a variety of community groups, businesses and vendors. At the fair, there will be music, Kids’ Zone with fun rides, facepainting, and hands-on activities. You and your family will enjoy delicious food and refreshments, a stop by the Wine & Beer Garden, live entertainment onstage, and a free concert that night. Hosted by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA).

When: Sunday, May 15 | 12pm
Where: Scripps Ranch Community Park | 11454 Blue Cypress Dr, San Diego, CA 92131
Cost: Free
More information: www.kpbs.org/events/2016/may/15/17th-annual-scripps-ranch-community/?et=60959


Grand Avenue Festival

At the Grand Avenue Festival, 500 vendors, children’s rides and activities will line the streets of Escondido Sunday as residents come out to enjoy rides, live music and children’s games. The festival crosses seven historic blocks of the city and marks the second largest single-day fair in California. Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/san-diego-weekend-events-204328381.html#ixzz48YcnDoEo

When: Sunday, May 15 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Tri-City Wellness Center | Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/san-diego-weekend-events-204328381