San Diego County has much going on this weekend; check out the many festivals, events and things to do below!
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
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
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
- The Lego Batman Movie
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Finding Nemo
- Inside Out
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
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
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!
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