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San Diego County for June 1 – 3

What a great weekend coming up for San Diego County! The fair begins today, and there’s several free events this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendFlag Day Parade

Celebrate Old Glory at La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade this Saturday. Pre-parade entertainment by middle school bands at 9am, with the parade beginning at 10am. There will be free ice cream, as well. This year’s grand marshal is local historian and author Jim Newland.

When: Saturday, June 2 | 9am
Where: down La Mesa Blvd in downtown La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


Art Around Adams

The Adams Avenue District continues to evolve, and so has our event. Come visit the many participating storefront businesses with galleries and stages curated just for the event.

Enjoy Adams Avenue in a friendly, relaxed and carefree environment where taste-makers and free thinkers mix freely with family and friends. Experience exhibits and performances that will dazzle the eye and stir the senses. Each year we strive to infuse new and exciting artists and talents that reflect this year’s local trends in art and business. Stroll the entire route, or take the complimentary “Comedy Trolley.”

When: Saturday, June 2 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Adams Avenue from Hamilton Street in Normal Heights to Biona Drive in Kensington, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: artaroundadams.org


RB Alive! Street Fair

Celebrate the North San Diego Business Chamber’s Annual RB Alive! Expo with a full day of entertainment and enjoyment. Visitors can partake of tasty treats, browse over 300 booths featuring arts and crafts and more.

When: Sunday, June 3 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Bernardo Center Drive between Lomica Drive and Bernardo Plaza Court, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: sdbusinesschamber.com/events/rb-alive-expo-street-fair


San Diego County Fair

It starts TODAY! Get ready for treats that will tempt all of your senses at the 2018 San Diego County Fair presented by Albertsons/Vons. Visitors will discover, with kid-in-a-candy-store wonder, just how sweet the San Diego County Fair truly is.

You’ll leave the ordinary world behind the minute you step into this magical sweet spot overflowing with opportunities to truly savor summer with the excitement of a wide-eyed kid. Whether it’s sampling chocolate bubbling from a fountain, soaking up the glittery ocean views from atop the Ferris wheel, discovering how nature’s sweet fruits grow and ripen, or enjoying the Fair’s golden-ticket entertainment, your toughest decision will be choosing what to indulge in first!

When: Friday, June 1 – Wednesday, July 4
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: General admission $19, kids 6 – 12 and seniors $12
More information: www.sdfair.com


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

One of El Cajon’s premier events, our Dinner & a Concert Series is back again this year in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner & A Concert is a weekly concert and dance hosted by Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, performed on the Prescott Promenade, which is surrounded by a variety of restaurants. Thousands of people from all over San Diego County arrive to see and listen to many of our local bands and musicians. Join us Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a great time and great food from our downtown restaurants.

When: Friday evenings (this week May 25) | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Summer Movies in the Park

Across the county, cities are taking part in the movie screenings at local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week this summer, San Diegans can find a free outdoor movie screening thanks to a county-wide initiative. This weekend, watch “Coco”, “Toy Story” or “Moana” at parks in the area (check the website below).

When: Friday and Saturday, May 25 & 26 | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


San Diego County — free summer concerts!

There’s so many free concerts all over the county this summer — click to see the entire list!


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Where Will We See You This Summer?

San Diego County — free summer concerts!

Join in the fun and listen to some great music for free this summer! San Diego County has 100s of free concerts this summer!

San Diego County free summer concerts

Click to view all of the free summer concerts in San Diego County!

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San Diego County Events for May 25 – 27

San Diego County has much to do this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend

American Heritage Car Show

Join us on Saturday, May 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the American Heritage Car Show. All pre-1974 domestic and imported vintage, classic, hot rod, and muscle cars welcome! Show includes: awards, pancake breakfast, entertainment, including DJ, beer garden, raffle, and vendors.

When: Saturday, May 26 | 9am
Where: Grape Day Park | 321 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free for spectators
More information: americanheritagecarshow.com


Open Cockpit Days At Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

See 31 historical aircraft up close during Open Cockpit Days at Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. Visitors of all ages can see what it’s like to be a pilot by sitting in the cockpits of select aircraft.

When: Every-other-weekend, starting May 26 through Sept. 2, 2018 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum | 4203 Anderson Ave., San Diego, CA 92145
Cost: Free
More information: www.flyingleathernecks.org/about-the-flying-leatherneck-museum/location


Tenth Annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival

Join more than 30,000 visitors for the 10th Annual Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival, featuring live music and entertainment, more than 300 food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides and more!

When: Saturday, May 26 | 10am
Where: Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free admission to the fair; tickets for beer tastings
More information: santeestreetfair.com


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

One of El Cajon’s premier events, our Dinner & a Concert Series is back again this year in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner & A Concert is a weekly concert and dance hosted by Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, performed on the Prescott Promenade, which is surrounded by a variety of restaurants. Thousands of people from all over San Diego County arrive to see and listen to many of our local bands and musicians. Join us Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a great time and great food from our downtown restaurants.

When: Friday evenings (this week May 25) | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Summer Movies in the Park

Across the county, cities are taking part in the movie screenings at local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week this summer, San Diegans can find a free outdoor movie screening thanks to a county-wide initiative. This weekend, watch “Coco”, “Toy Story” or “Moana” at parks in the area (check the website below).

When: Friday and Saturday, May 25 & 26 | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival

Join the Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival at Santee Lakes. Hundreds of food and retail vendors, plus live entertainment and a kid zone, will fill the park for the free Santee Street Fair. Take part in the beer festival for $25. The ticket comes with 10 four-ounce tastes of craft brew plus a ticket for a food item.

When: Saturday, May 26 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Santee Lakes | 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free
More information: santeestreetfair.com


Vista Strawberry Festival

The Vista Strawberry Festival is the only festival in San Diego County that celebrates all the joys and pleasure of the Strawberry. Vista was once the “Strawberry Capital of the World” and still boasts many strawberry fields. Come enjoy our celebration of the ‘berry as we bring over 300 vendors, athletic competition, pie eating, costumes, beauty, carnival rides, music, food, and much more together in Historic Downtown Vista.

When: May 27, Sunday | 8am – 6pm
Where: Historic Downtown Vista | 127 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: Free
More information: www.vistastrawberryfest.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 January 19 – 21

Check out this weekend’s events and other family-friendly things to do in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendCinema Under the Stars

Enjoy a movie under the stars at this outdoor theater on Goldfinch Street in Mission Hills. The winter/spring screening season recently began, with a movie playing at 8 p.m. now through April 29 every Friday and Saturday night. This weekend, the Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford flick, “Blade Runner 2049,” is on the big screen. Check the Cinema Under the Stars website for a schedule of which movies are playing when throughout the season.

When: Friday, Jan. 19 | 8pm
Where: 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills, San Diego, CA
More information: Cinema Under the Stars: ‘Blade Runner 2049’


Salsa Under the Stars

This free event invites you to salsa dance under the stars in the courtyard of The Headquarters shopping center – no partner or experience required. Music will be performed by the Manny Cepeda Orchestra.

When: Friday, Jan. 19 | 6 – 9pm
Where: Headquarters’ Courtyard | 789 West Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More informationtheheadquarters.com/events-calendar/salsa-under-stars


CRY San Diego’s Color The Sky Kite Festival 2018

CRY San Diego’s Color the Sky Kite Festival is back! Join us and hundreds of others in beautiful Coronado for live music, Indian food and snacks, desi kites and more! Kites and thread will be included with registration, while supplies last. Food and water will be available for purchase.

When: Saturday, Jan. 20 | Noon
Where: Coronado Tidelands Park | 2000 Mullinix Drive, Coronado, CA 92118
Cost: $12 adults, $7 kids (ages 6-12), threaded spool $5 | To buy tickets, click HERE.
More information: CRY San Diego’s Color the Sky Kite Festival 2018


Make N’ Play Family Music Day

Children will have the opportunity to create an instrument of their own. In this, the first of these interactive workshops, the focus will be on making a box guitar. Younger children will be able to make simpler instruments such as shakers and rattles. With their new instruments, children will be invited to “join a band” and play with others on the stage.

Free snacks, giveaways and additional hands-on activities round out this fun filled afternoon! No experience necessary and all supplies are provided. Adults must accompany children. Geared toward children ages 4-12 and their families.

When: Saturday, Jan. 20 | 1pm
Where: Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, CA
Cost: Free for museum members, $10 per family for guests.
More information: www.museumofmakingmusic.org


Santee Active Lifestyle Expo

This free event Saturday in Santee highlights some of the many health and wellness activities San Diego County has to offer. The event kicks off with the U.S. Track & Field 50KM Race Walk Championships at 7:30 a.m. Then, guests can explore the Expo and try extreme obstacle courses, test fitness classes, shop the vendor fair and meet elite athletes.

When: Saturday, Jan. 20 | 9am- – 1pm
Where: Santee Trolley Square | 9884 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee, Ca
Cost: Free
More information: Santee Active Lifestyle Expo


Sunday Organ Concert

Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.

When: Sunday, Jan. 21 | 2 – 3pm
Where: Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Cost: Free
More information: Sunday Organ Concert


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 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”