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San Diego County Events for March 31 – April 2

Come to San Diego County to check out some fun events and activities, or just to enjoy our great area! And 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 this weekendJulian Gold Rush Days

Julian Gold Rush Days celebrates the discovery of gold in this mountain community and invites visitors to learn more about its history with a weekend of entertainment including gold panning, tomahawk throwing, candle dipping and more. Located at The Julian Mining Company in Wynola, the old fashioned mining camp will offer re-enactors, an arts and crafts market, food and drink, a petting zoo, pony rides, and old fashioned laundry, free parking and plenty of family fun.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Julian Mining Company | 4444 CA-78, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: $3; 12 and under are free
More information: www.visitjulian.com/to-see-do/special-events/gold-rush-days


Latin American Art Festival

Over 70 visual artists will be participate in this festival. After being selected by a panel of experts, artists from Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Guatemala and many cities of Mexico and the United States, will be present.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2 | 11am – 6pm
Where: ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station | 2730 Historic Decatur Rd. Barrack 16, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information:  www.latinamericanartfestival.com


Goodguys 17th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals

At the Del Mar Nationals, there will be over 2,500 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks thru ’72, indoor car show, 2017 March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance Competition, live music, exhibits, model and pedal car show, and much more.

When: Friday & Saturday, March 31 and April 1 | 8am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Tickets are $20 for adults; $6 for children ages 7 to 12; kids 6 and under get in free. Parking is $13
More information: www.good-guys.com/dmn-2017


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.

When: Now – May 14 | 9am – 6pm daily
Where: Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $14 | details here
More information: www.theflowerfields.com

San Diego County Events for August 26 – 28

Another sunny weekend in San Diego County — and some great events to enjoy! 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 this weekendSan Diego International Kids’ Film Festival

Aiming to promote positive educational impact on children and the youth, the San Diego International Kid’s Film Festival actively supports innovative films made by filmmakers from around the globe. The festival offers an excellent multi-cultural platform to engage aspiring filmmakers, students, and educators alike: screening quality films, television series in short and feature length, as well as works in documentaries, animation, educational visual arts, and mixed media.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 26 – 28
Where: Carlsbad Dove Library | 1775 Dove Ln, Carlsbad, CA 92011 AND Carlsbad Senior Center | 799 Pine Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $10; $5 for kids
More information: San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival


8th Annual Doggie Street Festival

The largest pet adoption-focused festival in Southern California, the 8th annual Doggie Street Festival happens this Saturday. Enjoy music, pet products and services, vet tips, speakers, and more.

When: Saturday, August 27
Where: NTC Park at Liberty Station | 2455 Cushing Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: Doggie Street Festival


13th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival

The 13th annual Carlsbad Music Festival is a 3-day summer celebration of “adventurous music by the beach” in the charming seaside Village of Carlsbad. The Festival, called “one of the area’s most innovative music showcases” by KPBS, features 60+ performances of creative music of all kinds curated by Founder and Artistic Director, composer/violinist Matt McBane.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 26 – 28
Where: St. Michael’s By the Sea | 2775 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: Details
More information: Carlsbad Music Festival


Imperial Avenue Street Festival

The Imperial Avenue Street Festival blends art and soul in one of San Diego’s most historic and unique neighborhoods. The festival celebrates the rich history, arts and culture of the Greater Logan Heights community. From its rich African-American roots to the strong Latino influence that exists today, the festival grooves to the sounds of live music from multiple stages.  Enjoy gourmet food and beverages, a kids’ zone with music, arts and crafts, and arts from several artist.

When: Saturday, August 27 | 12 – 9pm
Where: Imperial Avenue between 28th & 30th and between “L” Street & Commercial Avenue, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.imperialavenuestreetfest.com

San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for June 17 – 19

Happy Father’s Day to all of the great dads out there! Enjoy spending time with your stellar dad by taking him to one of these great events happening this weekend in San Diego County!


 San Diego County Fair

Mad About the Fair is the theme of the San Diego County Fair, and it’s going to be 26 days of wild, wacky, whimsical, wonderous fun! The fair opens today, June 3, and goes until July 4!

When: June 3 – July 4, 2016
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $9 – $16
More information: www.sdfair.com


San Diego International Boat Show

The 2016 San Diego International Boat Show® is southern California’s premier summer boating event. Roughly 140 boats for sale, as well as the latest nautical gear, gadgets and accessories. If you’re dreaming big, our expanded selection of 80’+ superyachts.

When: Thursday – Sunday, June 16 – 19, 2016
Where: Spanish Landing Park, East | 3900 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $15; 12 and under are free
More information: www.sandiegointernationalboatshow.com


2016 San Diego Oysterfest

At the Seventh Annual San Diego Oysterfest, try oysters of numerous varieties, fine foods from well known San Diego restaurants, full bars, beautiful weather and a superb musical lineup. For 21+.

When: Friday & Saturday, June 17 & 18
Where: Marina Embarcadero North |500 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: sfoysterfest.wix.com/oysterfestsd


18th Annual Old House Fair

The 18th Annual Old House Fair is a free festival held each June in historic South Park, San Diego. The ticket is for Admission to five historic homes on our 2016 Old House Fair Historic Home Tour.

Features: free street fair with exhibitors, artists and vendors.
Historic Home Tour: Visit five homes (trolley included) $25.
Buona Forchetta pizza party, live music on stage, plus South Park Brewing Co.’s boutique biergarten.

When: Saturday, June 18th | 10am
Where: 30th Street and Beech Street | South Park, San Diego
Cost: Free – $15
More information: www.theoldhousefair.com/maps–contact


Carlsbad Music Festival Village Walk

The Carlsbad Music Festival returns with over 30 performers will take the stage at locations around the Carlsbad Village. Walk around the village and explore new music, new shops and new friends. There will also be a beer garden, food trucks and an artisan market.

When: Saturday, June 18 | 2:30 – 10am
Where: Village Walk | 400 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Free
More information: carlsbadmusicfestival.org


Belmont Park’s Third Annual Father’s Day Car Show

This Father’s Day, treat dad to a day at the beach and cruise on down to Belmont Park for their free third annual Car Show. Get your fix of classic cars at this FREE event!

When: Sunday, June 19 | 10am
Where: Belmont Park | 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.belmontpark.com


Father’s Day At Myrtle Creek

Gourmet hot dogs and brats are available all Father’s Day weekend. Hand-crafted Father’s Day gifts will be displayed throughout the gardens. Gourmet food samplings, raffles, giveaways and more!

When: Sunday, June 19 | 10am
Where: Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens |2940 Reche Rd., Fallbrook, CA
Cost: Free
More information: discovermyrtlecreek.com

San Diego County Events for April 29 – May 1

San Diego County is busy with all sorts of activities and events and festivals going on this weekend — there is something for everyone in the next few days!

San Diego county events this weekend5th Annual Spring Festival & Maypole Dance

spring-festival-flyerThe event features music, kid crafts, face painting, food trucks, cupcake walks, local vendors and opportunity drawings. This is a family-friendly event and all proceeds help sponsor the school’s specialty classes, field trips, and classroom supplies. Musical performers include Hullabaloo, Kathryn the Grape, and the Yes Team. View the flyer here.

When: Sunday, May 1 | 10:30am – 3pm
Where: NUA Sparrow School | 4207 Spring Gardens Road, La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: nuasparrow.org/2016/03/09/spring-festival


Mission Federal ArtWalk

On April 30 & May 1, 2016, Mission Federal ArtWalk will fill 17 blocks in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood.  Thousands of attendees come to view and purchase artwork, enjoy the music and dance and participate in interactive art experiences.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 1 | 11am – 6pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.artwalksandiego.org/missionfederal


Adams Avenue Unplugged

UNpluggedPosterThe fifth annual Adams Avenue Unplugged will feature 150 live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries on Adams Avenue.

When: Saturday, April 30, 12pm – 10pm | Sunday, May 1, 12pm – 7pm
Where: Adams Avenue | From Texas Street to Marlborough Drive, San Diego, CA 92116
Cost: Free – $15
More information: www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/event-info/adams-avenue-unplugged


Fiesta del Mar

The first ever Fiesta del Mar – a cross-border Celebration of Friendship between the cities of Imperial Beach and Rosarito, Mexico. The day-long, family-friendly celebration will showcase live musical acts from both the Rosarito and San Diego areas as well as interactive family activities hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of both cities.

When: Saturday, April 30 | 12 – 7pm
Where: Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/1133980979980050


32nd Annual Children’s Book Party

Calling all children and families in San Diego! The 32nd Annual Children’s Book Party will be held at the world famous Spreckel’s Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park on April 30, 2016!

All children in attendance will receive two brand-new books (for free)! And there will be light refreshments and entertainment for all.

When: Saturday, April 30 | 8:30 – 10:30am
Where: Spreckel’s Organ Pavilion | Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.childrensbookparty.org


14th Annual Spring Demo Days – Huge Outdoor Golf Demo Day

Carlsbad Golf Center 14th Annual Spring Demo Days & Custom Fitting Experience is San Diego’s largest outdoor, on-the-driving-range golf demo event. Golfers of all skill and experience levels can test the latest equipment, get info from 25+ brand vendors and save on new clubs and throughout the pro shop.

When: Friday, April 29 at 10am | Saturday, April 30 at 9am
Where: Carlsbad Golf Center | 2711 Haymar Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.thecarlsbadgolfcenter.com


El Cajon’s 26th Annual Arbor Day Ceremony

The City of El Cajon – a community designated a “Tree City USA” for the past 18 years for its devotion to planting and maintaining trees – will host its 26th Annual Arbor Day Ceremony at Hillside Park (840 Buena Terrace). Volunteers will plant more than 20 new trees in the surrounding park. The event also includes light refreshments and free tree seedlings distributed by SDG&E.

When: Saturday, April 30 | 8am

Where: Hillside Park | 840 Buena Terrace, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us/discover-el-cajon/events


Spring Talmadge Art Show

More than 80 local artists will showcase their works, all for sale, at this homegrown local craft show, now in its 23rd year. The crafts come in all sizes: jewelry, clothing, handbags, pottery, mixed media, and more will be up for grabs here. Artists will be on hand to answer questions.

When: Sunday, May 1 | 10am
Where: Liberty Station Conference Center | 2600 Laning Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: www.talmadgeartshow.com

Money Monday: The housing affordability for good schools

For many in California, homes are not economically affordable in good-school areas.

“RealtyTrac analyzed school test scores for nearly 27,000 elementary schools in more than 7,200 U.S. zip codes, along with home price affordability in those same zip codes.” (RealtyTrac. http://www.realtytrac.com/news/home-prices-and-sales/realtytrac-2015-good-schools-and-affordable-homes/). Then they took a look at those zip codes with good schools; “‘good’ is defined as schools that post higher-than-average test scores for their given state” (http://money.cnn.com/2015/11/19/real_estate/neighborhoods-good-schools-affordable/index.html?section=money_realestate). In the 1,823 zip codes with at least one good school, they found that 65% (1,192 zip codes) were unaffordable for those with average incomes for the area, meaning that they would have to spend more than one-third of their income on housing.

For those in the San Diego – Carlsbad areas, the good school that RealtyTrac analyzed was Einstein Academy (with a 1.37 test score in 2014), and the relational zip code being 92102. At an average sales price of $320,000, homeowners spend an average of 40% of their income on housing.

San Diego Carlsbad sales price and test score

RealtyTrac’s Most Affordable Good-School Zips by Metro map, focused in on San Diego.

If you are interested in reading more on this, go to RealtyTrac’s article on the information they found here: www.realtytrac.com/news/home-prices-and-sales/realtytrac-2015-good-schools-and-affordable-homes.

San Diego County Events for April 17 – 19

Are you going to be in town this weekend? Enjoy these fun San Diego county events now through Sunday! San Diego county events this weekendGoodguys Meguiar’s 15th Del Mar Nationals

Family Open Studios are free art-making workshops designed for the whole family’s participation (no reservations required). They are presented in conjunction with exhibitions at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery and allow visitors to:

  • View the current exhibition in the gallery
  • Create works of art in the courtyard (suited for all age levels)
  • Benefit from professional artists/instructor assistance
  • Take the finished project home

When: April 18, 2015 and select Saturdays | 11am – 2pm
Where: Carlsbad Sculpture Garden
Cost: Free
More information: www.carlsbadca.gov


29th Annual Avocado Festival

Fallbrook will share the love for its trademark fruit with the masses on Sunday, April 19 at the 29th annual Avocado Festival.

When: April 19, 2015 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Main Avenue and Alvarado Street, Fallbrook, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.fallbrook.org


Fun With Physics

This special event is fun for all ages. Join us at the La Mesa Boys and Girls Club in Highwood Park on Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Free – bring the entire family!

When: April 18, 2015 | 9am – 12pm
Where: The La Mesa Boys and Girls Club in Highwood Park |4200 Parks Ave, La Mesa, CA 91941
Cost: Free
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San Diego County Events for April 3 – 5

With Easter coming up on Sunday, April 5, here are some ways to celebrate the holiday here in San Diego County!

easterSantee Lakes’ Eggstravaganza

Santee Lakes presents our annual Eggstravaganza! In partnership with the City of Santee, this event boasts of continuous egg hunts for ages 3 to 8 years old, carnival rides for all ages, petting zoo, craft booths, face painting and much more.

When: April 4, 2015 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve | 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Parking – $5 Tickets – $.50
More information: www.santeelakes.com


Easter Sunrise Service

easterThis Easter, Sunday April 5 at 6:30 a.m., the Mt. Helix Park amphitheater will be home to its 90th sunrise service. Dedicated in 1925, this historic venue averages 1,000 participants who come from throughout the county, and beyond to celebrate against the backdrop of the Park’s spectacular 360 degree views.

Touted as being the second oldest continuous Easter sunrise service celebration in the United States and the oldest in San Diego, services began in the Park in 1917.

Each year a different religious organization hosts the event which is free and open to the public, and this year it is the Foothills United Methodist Church.

When: April 5, 2015 | 6:30am
Where: Mt. Helix Park amphitheater | 4905 Mt. Helix Dr, La Mesa, CA 91941
Cost: Free
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Easter Celebration at the Westgate

An Easter Celebration, Westgate style. Enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny and a magician, as well as an Easter egg hunt and other great activities for children.

When: April 3 – 5, 2015
Where: The Westgate Hotel | 1055 Second Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $29-$69
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Zydeco Day at The Flower Fields

The Bayou Brothers will make sure your Easter is memorable with their popular accordion based musical genre hailing from Louisiana!

When: April 5, 2015 | 9am – 6pm
The Bayou Brothers Performance: 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
Where: The Flower Fields of Carlsbad California | 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Included with admission
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The Bunny Train

Complete with a train ride, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and an Easter egg hunt, the Bunny Train event at the Museum is perfect for the whole family.

When: Now through April 4, 2015 | 11am – 2:30pm
Where: Pacific Southwest Railway Museum | 750 Depot Street, Campo, CA 91906
Cost: Adults (ages 13-64) – $15 Seniors (ages 65 and older) – $12 Children (ages 3-12) – $10 Infants and Toddlers (under age 3) – $5 Cab Rides – $35
More information: www.psrm.org/bunny-train/


Belmont Park’s Easter Eggstravaganza

Belmont Park’s Easter Eggstravaganza will have 10,000 fun-filled eggs on the beach and throughout the park! Plus 25 special Golden Eggs will be among them!

When: April 5, 2015 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Belmont Park | 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Varies by event
More information: www.belmontpark.com/easter

San Diego County Events for March 6 – 8

Have you been to the Carlsbad Flower Fields? This quintessential San Diego County yearly event is not to be missed! Two other (free) family-friendly events are also taking place this weekend; check them out!

San Diego county eventsCarlsbad Flower Fields

This popular destination features 53 acres of giant Tecolote ranunculus — it is a view you should see at least once!

When: Open now through May 10, 2015 | 9am – 6pm daily
Where: The Flower Fields | 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $6  – $12; free for children 2 and younger
More information: (760) 431-0352 or theflowerfields.com


28th Annual Koi Show & Water Garden Expo

Koi_ShowThe largest West Coast Koi show, with over 300 Koi on display and water garden displays. You can learn how to build your own backyard Koi pond and waterfall, with venders there to provide design advice, Koi of all sizes for sale, food and equipment for sale, and more.

Koi judging begins at 10am on March 7th, with the Awards Banquet at 6pm on March 8th.

When: March 7 – 8, 2015 | Saturday 9am – 4pm, Sunday 9am – 3pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds Activity Center | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA
Cost: Free
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Spring Busker Festival

Seaport Village will welcome strange and extraordinary acts from around the world to its 9th annual Spring Busker Festival. The celebration brings colorful street performers – from jugglers on unicycles to stilt walkers, contortionists and acrobalancers – to the waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment district.

When: March 7 – 8, 2015 | 12pm – 6pm
Where: Seaport Village | 849 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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