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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 May 4 – 6

San Diego has a whole list of Cinco de Mayo events and activities to choose from — check out the list below!

San Diego county events this weekendFiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Old Town is putting on their 35th annul free fiesta — the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. Lively music and entertainment, auto showcase, children’s activities and area, and more.

When: Friday – Sunday, May 4 – 6 | Friday 4-10pm, Saturday 11am – 10pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Avenue, between Conde and Twiggs in San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cincodemayooldtown.com


Fiesta de Reyes Cinco de Mayo Folklorico Festival

Dancers from throughout Southern California and some from as far away as Sacramento and Las Vegas have competed for the past eight years in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at the annual Fiesta de Reyes Folklórico Competition. This year the event, to be held over the Cinco de Mayo weekend, is expanding to include dance troupes from Mexico and throughout the Western United States.

The competition is free for the public to attend and will take place in the center of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Children and adult performances alternate throughout the day, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. Live bands will take the stage in the afternoon until 9 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. In addition, the state park will showcase children’s activities throughout the day.

When: Saturday , May 5, 9am – 9pm | Sunday, May 6, 10am – 5pm
Where: Fiesta de Reyes | 2754 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: fiestadereyes.com


Julian Woman’s Club Wildflower Show

A wonderful spring event, the Julian Woman’s Club hosts their 91st annual Wildflower Show in the historical Town Hall in Julian in San Diego’s East County.

When: Friday – Sunday, May 4 – 6 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Julian Town Hall | 2129 Main St, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: Free
More information: www.julianwomansclub.org/event/julian-wildflower-show


Taste of the Derby

Fifth & Rose presents the Official Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Party! Come dressed in your derby best and enjoy light bites & southern inspired cocktails.

When: Saturday, May 5, 10am – 4pm
Where: Pendry San Diego | 550 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.pendryhotels.com/san-diego/dining/fifth-rose


Cinco de Mayo Trail Run

The Cinco de Mayo Trail Race & 5K offer challenging and unique courses that will take you out on the Lake Poway Trail around the lake.

There’s a 5K, 10K and a kids race.

When: Saturday, May 5 | 6:30am – 10:30pm
Where: Lake Poway Trail | 14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: $10 – $40
More information: www.cincodemayotrailrun.org


Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Balboa Park presents one of the region’s largest free Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The family-friendly fiesta includes Mexican-themed music and dance performances, colorful horseback riders, strolling mariachis, a fashion show of traditional Mexican dress, hands-on activity booths for kids, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and more! The event culminates with a 5 p.m. concert in Spreckels Organ Pavilion featuring crowd-favorite Jarabe Mexicano, accompanied by the SDSU School of Music Percussion Ensemble.

When: Saturday, May 5
Where: Balboa Park | House of Hospitality, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free with entrance admission
More information: balboaparkconservancy.org/project/cinco-de-mayo-concert


24th Annual EastLake Cycle & 5K Run, and Technology & Innovation Fair

Explore majestic hills, a stunning lake and exceptional running trails along the Chula Vista Park District while participating in either the 25 Mile Road Bike Ride, the 18 Mile mountain bike ride or the 5K community run/walk.

When: Saturday, May 5 | 6:30am – 12pmj
Where: EastLake Middle School | 900 Duncan Ranch Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91914
Cost: $10 – $50
More information: www.eefkids.org/event/cycle


Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

The 9th Annual Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego is coming on Saturday, May 5th, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM!

We will be back at the Mira Mesa Community Park and featuring two stages with over 30 cultural, traditional, and contemporary acts! There will be plenty for everyone at this family-friendly, fun, and FREE event!

When: Saturday, May 5 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park | 8575 New Salem St, San Diego, CA 92126
Cost: Free
More information: www.asianculturalfestivalsd.com


Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival

The Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival is one unforgettable day, complete with jams from local musicians and tastes of more than 50 of the most renowned breweries from San Diego County and other vibrant craft beer regions around the country. Known as the ‘Capital of Craft’, San Diego is the birthplace of some of our industry’s most respected brewers and home to more than 130 craft breweries. From Karl Strauss to Stone Brewing, America’s finest city has been brewing up high quality beers since the late 80s. It’s all happening on May 5, 2018. VIP kicks off at 12 PM and general admission is from 1 – 4 PM.

When: Saturday, May 5 | 12pm (for VIP, 1 – 4pm
Where: Historic Vista Village | 209 E Broadway, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: VIP, $65 | general admission $45
More information: www.sdbeer.com/rhythm-and-brews


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 13 – 15

This weekend’s events in San Diego County involve food, art, kid activities, and a whole lot more!

San Diego county events this weekendFallbrook Avocado Festival

The 32nd Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival is back, and you can check it out for free. Of course, all things avocado will be there, along with craft and food booths, beer and margarita garden, artisan walk, avocado educational area, live bands, and lots of things for the kids!

When: Sunday, April 15 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Along Main Street, around Alvarado Street and surrounding area
Cost: Free
More information: www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/avocado-festival


The Inflatable Run & Festival San Diego Event

The Inflatable Run is an all-ages family event featuring a 5k inflatable obstacle course plus fun games, shows, and attractions in the festival area. There are Free activities for kids and interactive attractions available the entire day –including zorb ball races, bounce houses, carnival games, go-cart racing, water balloon battles, live music, delicious food, face painting, magic shows, and so many more surprises.

When: Saturday, April 14 | 8am  – 4pm
Where: SDCCU Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Kids Free | Adults Start at $15
More information: www.theinflatablerun.com


Planting for Pollinators

Birds, Butterflies, Bees and . . . Bats? Oh My!  Join us as we learn about these and other animals that help to pollinate our world.  Get out on to the trails with several guided walks to learn about the plants and animals that call San Diego Home.  Enjoy crafts and make this a fun day for all ages!

When: Saturday, April 14 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center | 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free with admission
More information: www.thelivingcoast.org


Oceanside Days of Art | The Shakespeare Connection

Oceanside Days of Art is a juried fine art festival featuring up to and sometimes over 100 local artists selling a variety of unique artwork including paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography and more.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15 | 10am – 5pm
Where: 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: Free
More information: www.ocaf.info/oceanside-days-of-art


17th Annual Taste of Hillcrest

Over 35 fantastic Hillcrest restaurants are participating, giving foodies a chance to sample some of their best and signature dishes. From quaint cafes and French and Italian style bistros to five-star dining delights, this is the most anticipated self-guided culinary walking tour in San Diego! Sample bites such as Pad Thai, Sashimi, Italian Antipasto, or Classic American Comfort Food! Your taste buds are going to go wild on this culinary journey throughout Hillcrest! Enjoy your friends, the gorgeous weather, and one unforgettable tasting adventure!

When: Saturday, April 14 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Rite Aid Check-In Station (535 Robinson Ave.) or Rich’s San Diego Check-In Station (1051 University Avenue)
Cost: $30; $35 on the day of the event
More information: www.fabuloushillcrest.com/taste-of-hillcrest


Family Movie Night: The Princess Bride

Comedy, adventure, romance, and fantasy! There is something for everyone in the classic film The Princess Bride, and you can experience it on the big screen. Rated PG. Come early for fun pre-movie activities the entire family can participate in.

When: Saturday, April 14 | Gates open at 6pm, movie starts at 7:30pm
Where: Moonlight Amphitheatre | 1250 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: $5 – $10 | Order by phone at 760.724.2110, or in-person at VisTix
More information: www.moonlightstage.com/performances/the-princess-bride


 

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, April 15 | 2 – 3pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park | 2125 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: spreckelsorgan.org


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 August 4 – 6

San Diego County has much going on this weekend; check out the many festivals, events and things to do below!

San Diego county events this weekendAnnual Latin America Festival

Folk artists from Oaxaca, Jalisco, Peru, El Salvador and more will convene at the Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops, August 4-6 in Old Town.

The annual San Diego event presents one of the nation’s most extensive collections of authentic folk art, traditional clothing and textiles, colorful collectibles and dazzling jewelry. Visitors can take in an amazing array of live artist demonstrations, enjoy nonstop entertainment, and feast on mouth-watering Mexican cuisine at the free weekend event.

When: Friday & Saturday, August 4 – 5, 10am – 8pm | Sunday, August 6, 10am – 5pm
Where: Bazaar del Mundo in San Diego Old Town | 4133 Taylor St, San Diego, CA
Cost: FREE!
More information: www.bazaardelmundo.com/bdm/latin-american-festival


21st Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Celebrate Chula Vista’s historic reign as the lemon capital of the world at their Lemon Festival! Third Avenue will close to traffic and open to hundreds of vendor booths welcoming over 35,000 eager attendees rejoicing in this juicy jubilee. Sport your brightest yellow outfit and enjoy lemon-infused activities, live bands, sour contests, Lemon Pie Eating and Lemon Peeling and Largest Lemon contests, a kid’s fun zone, a craft beer garden, and hundreds of festive booths.

When: Sunday, August 6 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: FREE!
More information: thirdavenuevillage.com/squeeze-some-fun-into-your-summer-at-the-21st-chula-vista-lemon-festival


Oceanside International Film Festival

Held every August, 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 eight-day event OIFF-2017 will run in the same format and at the same venues as the previous year, screenings and celebrations taking place at two oldest theaters in town, Star Theatre and Sunshine Brooks Theatre.

When: Sunday, August 6 — Sunday, August 13
Where: Star Theatre and Sunshine Brooks Theatre | Chula Vista, CA
Cost: $10 – $50
More information: osidefilm.org/buy-tickets


Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a series of free outdoor movie screenings in community parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego.

Movies begin at dusk, which is about 15 minutes after sunset. People are encouraged to come early for picnics and activities.

This Friday & Saturday’s (August 4 & 5) free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • The Boss Baby
  • Moana
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Finding Nemo
  • Inside Out
  • Sing

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County
Cost: FREE!
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here


28th Annual Vista Rod Run

The Vista Rod Run features 300 + classic and specialty cars. Car owners compete for the best of the best to win awards and prizes.

Also featured at the Rod Run is a street fair with arts, craft, and food vendors; live entertainment; and downtown shopping.

When: Sunday, August 6 | 9am – 2pm
Where: Mainstreet in Historic Downtown, Vista, CA
Cost: FREE!
More information: vvba.org/event/vista-rod-run


Sip of Julian

Julian is about more than just cider and apple pies. This Saturday, spend the day getting a taste of the town’s best wine, beer, craft cocktails and hard cider. A “Sip of Julian” runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., giving guests time to sample all the wine, beer and liquor they want, paired with small bites at each stop.

When: Saturday, August 5 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Julian Town Hall
Cost: $25
More information: juliansip2017.brownpapertickets.com


5th Annual Craft Beer Festival

A beer festival in an un-paralleled historical location right on San Diego Bay. Let your taste buds experience various craft beer vendors while you enjoy live music. Curb your hunger with assorted food vendors on site. There will be brews, food, and live music by Fish and the Seaweeds & Frankie T. and the Triple B. Must be 21 or older.

When: Saturday, August 5 | 1 – 5pm (also open 12 – 1pm for VIP ticket holders)
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego, At Star of India Wharf | 1492 North Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $35 – $50
More information: sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/craft-beer-festival


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 July 28 – 30

Take a trek down to the San Diego area and enjoy a few of these weekend events and activities!

San Diego county events this weekendLa Mesa Farmers’ Market

Step back in time…

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

When: Friday afternoons | 2 – 6pm
Where: Intersection of University Ave and Spring St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: For more information contact Chris Gonzales at 667-1192 or cgonzales@ci.la-mesa.ca.us


Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a series of free outdoor movie screenings in community parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego.

Movies begin at dusk, which is about 15 minutes after sunset. People are encouraged to come early for picnics and activities.

This (July 28 & 29) Friday & Saturday’s free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • Trolls
  • Moana
  • Up
  • Singing in the Rain
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • The Lego Batman Movie

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here


Vista BBQ Classic

The Vista BBQ Classic is an official Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event in Historic Downtown Vista.  For the past 8 years, teams have traveled from all over the state to compete for prize money, trophies, points and bragging rights.

BBQ teams will descend on Historic Downtown Vista on Friday, July 28th, starting as early as 8AM to spend up to 24 hours seasoning, smoking, and grilling their choice cut of meats for competition day on Saturday, July 29th.  Our 2017 award-winning teams will compete for a total of $10,000 prize money, KCBS points and trophies.

When: Saturday, July 29 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Historic Downtown Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.vistabbqclassic.com


Bollywood by the Sea

On Friday, 7/28 from 6 pm – 9 pm enjoy Bollywood by the Sea in our center courtyard, led by Bollywood Steps!

Experience live performances, dance lessons, music and even get your own free henna tattoo. This is a great opportunity to learn about a new culture or do something different for date night. Open to all ages.

When: Friday, July 28 | 6 – 9pm
Where: Headquarters’ Courtyard – The Headquarters at Seaport | 789 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: theheadquarters.com/events-calendar/bollywood-sea


Stagecoach Days: Soldiers & Citizens

Old Town San Diego continues its summer “Stagecoach Days” celebration with more historical demonstrations in the plaza, in the heart of the park. On Saturday, the “Soldiers & Citizens” theme will celebrate the military’s role in San Diego, focusing on the Mexican-American War and the soldiers of many cultures that came to San Diego very early on. The day includes a chance to see historic military uniforms, weapons and hear the stories of these soldiers.

When: Saturday, July 29 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: www.parks.ca.gov


Extreme AutoFest

Extreme AutoFest, a large-scale automotive show, will boast hundreds of tricked-out show cars, SUVs, trucks, and motorcycles from around the world, all competing for cash, prizes and, of course, bragging rights on the streets. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for kids ages 6 to 12; kids under 5 get in free.

When: Saturday, July 29 | 3 – 10pm
Where: Qualcomm Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $25 – adults, $12 – kids 6-12yr, Free – kids under 5
More information: extremeautofest.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 June 23 – 25

Celebrate summer with some wonderful activities this weekend in San Diego County. Concerts, family activities, festivals, cultural events and so much more is going on this Friday – Sunday!

San Diego county events this weekend

Mass Creativity Day 2017

Make, share and create art during Mass Creativity Day, a free outdoor arts festival at The New Children’s Museum. Bring the whole family out for a day full of art-making activities, free Museum admission, music, food and more!

When: Saturday, June 24 | 10am
Where: The New Children’s Museum | 200 West Island Ave., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: thinkplaycreate.org/learn/signature-events/mass-creativity


2017 Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival

Join more than 70,000 visitors for the 38th annual oceanfront chili cook-off in Ocean Beach. Live stages of continuous live music and entertainment, the community mural project, Artists Alley, carnival rides and games, food and vendor booths, a beachside beer garden and more.

When: Saturday, June 24 | 10am – 8pm
Where: 4800 to 5000 block of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, CA
Cost: Free
More information: oceanbeachsandiego.com/attractions/annual-events/ob-street-fair-chili-cook-off


44th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games

Scottish culture will fill the park during the two day festival, which will feature a variety of activities and entertainment for guests of all ages: Sheepdog trials, Highland dancing, Scottish vendors, cuisine and beverages, bagpipe and drumming competitions, clan heritage tents, and hands-on children’s activities.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Brengle Terrace Park | 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/active military, and $5 for children ages 6-16. Children under 5 are free.
More information: sdhighlandgames.org


12th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am

BRO-AM Beach Fest is an annual celebration that gives back to the San Diego Community. Surf contests, free concert, numerous vendor booths… all to celebrate community and to raise awareness and funds for local youth organizations.

SCHEDULE:

  • 7AM – 3PM: Surf Events
  • 12PM-5PM: Live Music
  • 12PM: 91X Battle For The BRO-AM Winner – Sights and Sages
  • 1PM: Jamtown
  • 2:20PM: Lifehouse, Acoustic Set
  • 3:25PM: SWITCHFOOT

When: Saturday, June 24
Where: Moonlight Beach | 400 B St., Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free – $125
More information: broam.org


32nd Philippine Cultural Arts Festival

The 32nd Philippine Cultural Arts Festival will take place in Balboa Park this weekend. Learn about Philippine culture through dance and music. Taste Filipino delicacies and support local vendors.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 | 11am
Where: Balboa Park, (Visitors Center) | 1549 El Prado , San Diego — Corner of Park Blvd. & Presidents Way, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.samahanphilippinedance.com/festival


San Diego County Fair

The yearly county fair is here! This year’s theme is “Where the West is Fun”; the fair runs through Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

When: Friday, June 2, 4 – 11pm (other Fridays 11am – 11pm) | Saturdays, 10am – 11pm | Sundays, 10am – 10pm | Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11am – 10pm | All date and time details online
Where: The Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Adults – $18, Seniors and kids under 13 – $11, Kids 5 and younger – free | Season pass – $26
More information: sdfair.com


Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series

This Sunday, Fanny and the Atta Boys will be performing swing, bluegrass and jazz songs as part of La Mesa’s Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series.

When: Sunday, June 23| 6 – 7pm — plus more Sundays during the summer
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a series of free outdoor movie screenings in community parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego.

Movies begin at dusk, which is about 15 minutes after sunset. People are encouraged to come early for picnics and activities.

This (June 23 & 24) Friday & Saturday’s free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Free Willy
  • Despicable Me 2

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here


Taste of Adams Avenue

Nearly 50 restaurants, breweries, wine bars, coffee houses and other eateries in University Heights, Normal Heights, and Kensington will showcase their best meals, sips, and snacks. Take a stroll along Adams Avenue by foot, bike or trolley and get a taste of the neighborhood. Tickets start at $35.

When: Sunday, June 25 | 11am – 3pm
Where: Will Call: 3441, Adams Avenue, San Diego
Cost: $35 advanced, $40 day of (cash only)
More information: www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/event-info/taste-of-adams-avenue


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 May 26 – 29

This Memorial Day weekend, there’s much to choose from; use these activities and events to help you remember those who lost their lives in service to our county.

San Diego county events this weekendSantee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival

Celebrating its ninth year, the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival will host its fourth annual beer festival featuring local breweries. Military will be honored this year with the Heroes Stage. New to this year’s event will be a special program to recognize children with parents currently serving in the armed forces. Festival highlights include a craft beer festival, live music and entertainment, more than 300 food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides–including a rock climbing wall–and games for the family.

When: Saturday, May 27 | 10am
Where: Town Center Parkway, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free | Tickets available for the craft beer festival
More information: santeestreetfair.com


Oasis Camel Dairy’s Open Farm and Show

Spend your Saturday socializing with camels at the well-known Oasis Camel Dairy’s open farm and show. Participants will get a chance to pet and ride the friendly animals. Later in the day, watch a birds show. Tickets start at $7.

When: Saturday, May 27 | 1pm
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona
Cost: $7
More information: www.cameldairy.com


Legacy Week 2017 at the USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebration in San Diego. Activities will honor and remember our heroes and celebrate our military heritage.

Line up of events include: Wreathe Memorial Ceremony, Lifehouse benefit concert, blood drive, kids discovery zone and more!

When: Saturday – Monday, May 27 – 29
Where: USS Midway Museum | 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.midway.org/legacy-week-2017


Birding Basics

Ever gone hiking and wondered, what is that bird? Wonder no more once you learn the basics of birding with this community class, aimed at teaching you how to identify birds at a glance. Experienced birder and trail guide Winona Sollock will lead the class, giving everyone tips and tricks.

When: Saturday, May 27 | 1pm
Where: Classroom A at the Visitor’s Center – Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor’s Center | 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Cost: Free
More information: www.mtrp.org/events


Vista Strawberry Festival

Live entertainment on multiple stages, bands & local craft brews all day long in the beer garden. Carnival rides & 300+ vendors.

When: Sunday, May 28 | 8am – 6pm
Where: 127 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: Free
More information: www.vistastrawberryfest.com


El Cajon Dinner & A Concert Series

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: Fridays throughout the summer | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


14th Annual Lebanese Food Festival

Come explore and experience the food, the culture and the heritage of Lebanon. Guests will feast on traditional healthy lebanese dishes like saj zaatar & cheese, tabouleh, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, beef shawarma, chicken kabob, kibbeh and gourmet sweets.

Along with the exquisite Lebanese food will be evening live music & dancing, folkloric performances throughout the day, beer & wine garden, carnival rides, cooking demonstrations and a raffle drawing for a $10,000 cash prize.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28 | 11am
Where: St. Ephrem Maronite Catholic Church | 750 Medford St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/sdlebanesefestival


La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary Memorial Day Celebration

La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary, one of the San Diego’s oldest and most historic cemeteries, will host its annual Memorial Day ceremonies Monday, May 29th, at 1:00 PM at its picturesque hilltop setting.

When: Monday, May 29 | 1pm
Where: La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary | 3191 Orange St., National City, CA
Cost: Free
More information: lavistamemorialpark.com/event/memorial-day-2017-05-30/2017-05-29

San Diego County Events for December 2 – 4

Christmastime is upon us, with plenty of festivities in the San Diego County area to enjoy the holiday season! There are several events happening today, Friday Dec. 2, through Sunday.

San Diego county events this weekendBalboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park’s biggest event of the year returns this weekend, kicking off the holiday season with food, live music, dancing, shopping and free admission to museums. December Nights runs for two nights – Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 – from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., respectively. Museums are open and free both nights, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

When: Friday, Dec. 2, 3 – 11pm | Saturday, Dec. 3, 12 – 11pm
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free admission to museums, 5 – 9pm
More information: www.balboapark.org/decembernights


2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade

The 2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 with Frosty’s Snow Hill opening at noon, followed by the parade beginning at 6 p.m.

The famous Chula Vista Starlight Parade is San Diego County’s largest nighttime parade, filled with twinkling lights, holiday décor and activities for the whole family to enjoy! From noon to 5 p.m., children can take FREE sled rides on REAL SNOW down Frosty’s Snow Hill. And the whole family can dine at Snack Alley on Park Way, or at one of the many eateries along Third Avenue.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | starting at noon
Where: Memorial Park | Third Ave & Park Way, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: 2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade


Queen Bee Market

The urban-style handmade market Queen Bee is hosting their largest event of the holiday season this weekend. Stop by the industrial warehouse to browse through more than 85 local and national vendors. Attendees will be able to shop vintage and homemade products as they listen to live music.

When: Friday, Dec. 2, 4 – 9pm | Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Where: Industrial Warehouse on Specialty Drive, Vista, CA
Cost: $5; kids under 12 and military free
More information: www.thequeenbeemarket.com


Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Festival

Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies and even rendezvous with live reindeer!

The highlight for kids is, of course, Santa Claus himself, but there will also be a number of holiday-themed entertainers—from carolers, to stilt walkers, to hula dancers—for all ages to enjoy. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 3 – 8pm
Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido | 340 N. Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.artcenter.org


18th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting And Christmas Village

This holiday season, sidewalks in Little Italy will be filled with holiday cheer for the 18th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village on Saturday. Families, friends and visitors will be able to experience two Tree Lightings for the first time this year, a Christmas Village with seasonal vendors, festive décor, live music and entertainment, holiday treats, Santa Claus and more.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 4 – 8pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-tree-lighting


Fallbrook Tree Lighting

Join us! Dec. 2, 2016 Fallbrook’s living 50-foot official holiday tree will once again light up the night as we celebrate community, goodwill and holiday cheer! Free admission and a free shuttle from the Fallbrook library parking lot.

When: Friday, Dec. 2, 5pm
Where: Fallbrook Community Center | 341 Heald Ln., Fallbrook, CA 92028
Cost: Free
More information: www.fallbrookcommunitycenterfriends.org


Carlsbad Village Night of Lights

Kick off this holiday season in downtown Carlsbad at the inaugural Carlsbad Village Night of Lights. The night will include live jazz and orchestral holiday music by the Carlsbad High School choir, contemporary and classic holiday songs by the McDonald quartet, merchant hospitality including holiday treats and beverages and lots of shopping specials.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 6 – 9pm
Where: Carlsbad Village | 2998 State St., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Free
More information: www.carlsbad-village.com