San Diego County Events for August 17 – 19

A variety of events and festivals are going on in San Diego County this weekend; which one are you going to?

San Diego county events this weekendAnnual TwainFest

Enjoy a FREE fun-filled day in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Play unique games designed especially for TwainFest. Take home FREE books. Enter the Literary Costume Contest. Hear tall tales, stories and poetry. Visit Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory. Delight in Giant Puppets. Learn to play the Fife and Drum. Vote in the Election of 1872.  Play Croquet with the Red Queen. And so much more.

When: Saturday, August 18 | 11am – 4:30pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St., San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
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From exotic automobile displays, kayaking, a pet parade and more—Chula Vista HarborFest will have everything you could possibly want at a FREE, family-friendly festival!

When: Saturday, August 18 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Chula Vista Bayside Park | 999 Bayside Pkwy, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free
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Little Italy Summer Film Festival

Come enjoy a movie under the stars at our annual Little Italy Summer Film Festival every Saturday night of the Summer.  The Little Italy Summer Film Festival is presented by the Little Italy Association and Cinema Little Italy. The movies are screened at the Amici Park Amphitheater (W. Date & State Streets).

When: Saturdays, August 18 and 25 | Doors open at 7:30pm, film starts at 8pm
Where: Amici Park Amphitheeater | West Date and State Streets, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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25th Annual Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational

Surfers, scientists and survivors come together to support the fight against cancer at the annual Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational at the beach near Scripps Pier in La Jolla.

When: Sunday, Aug. 19, 7am – 4pm | Surfing competition starts at 7am. Luau starts at 11:30am
Where: Scripps Pier, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free for spectators
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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  | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
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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, you have a few movies to choose from — check the movie calendar below!

When: Friday and Saturday | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
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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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