San Diego County Events for August 16 – 18, 2019

San Diego County has a diverse collection of events, festivals, and cultural arts happening this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendFree Ballet Showcase 2019

Come join City Ballet of San Diego for their annual Free Ballet performance at Spreckels Theater! All ages are welcome.

The showcase will feature various classical ballet acts and contemporary works.

When: Friday, August 16 | 7pm
Where: Spreckels Theater | 121 Broadway, Suite 600, San Diego
Cost: Free
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The 7th Annual ¡Latin Food Fest!

This Saturday is the 7th annual ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego Hunger Coalition Gran Tasting at San Diego Bay August 17 12:00-4:00 pm. Includes wine, food, spirits and beer.

When: Saturday, August 17 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $39 – $149
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San Diego West Coast Multicultural Carnival & Festival

Music and dancing are at the core of this all-day Multicultural Carnival & Festival at SDCCU Stadium presented by San Diego Caribbean Association Incorporated. Tickets cost $20; bring extra cash to buy food and drinks from vendors.

When: Saturday, August 17 | 12 – 10pm
Where: SDCCU Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $20
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Imperial Avenue Street Festival

The Imperial Avenue Street Festival returns to the heart of IB with food, music, vendors, dance and step performances, a kids zone, a beer garden and more. You’ll find the free festival between 25th and 27th streets in Logan Heights.

When: Saturday, August 17 |  12 – 7:30pm
Where: 25th and 27th Streets (Logan Heights), San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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Twain Fest

The 10th annual TwainFest heads to Old Town Saturday, a celebration of all things old-timey. The free, family-friendly event includes live music, Mark Twain-inspired storytelling, poetry reading, games, prizes, and puppet shows. There’s also a literary costume contest and a mock election game where participants get to cast their ballots in the election of 1872.

When: Saturday, August 17 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
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HarborFest Chula Vista

Chula Vista’s annual HarborFest returns to Bayside Park with live music spanning three stages, vendors, tacos, drinks, and interactive, family-friendly activities in an area called the “Discover Zone.”

When: Saturday, August 17 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Bayside Park | 999 Bayside Pkwy, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free
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World Bodysurfing Championships

During the World Bodysurfing Championships, 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes. The contest is scheduled to start at 6:30 AM each morning with age competition taking place as noted on their website.

When: Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18
Where: Oceanside Pier | 1 Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA
Cost: Free to participate, free to watch
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11th Annual Fairy Tales in the Park

Join the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet for the 11th Annual “Fairy Tales in the Park,” a whimsical, magical dance performance that merges the beauty of ballet with the excitement of four classic, unforgettable stories – all right within the cultural heart of Balboa Park! Featuring a professional storyteller, an interactive experience in the lobby of the historic Casa del Prado Theater, and all tickets priced at $12, it is perfect for families of all ages!

When: Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18 | Performances at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day
Where: San Diego Civic Youth Ballet | 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

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