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San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for April 8 – 10

Even with rain predicted for the weekend, there are still festivals, events and activities abounding in San Diego County! And if these aren’t enough events for your weekend, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

 5th Annual Healthy Living Festival

At the 5th Annual Healthy Living Festival, there will be a wealth of healthy-living information! Plan on checking out the 30 free workshops, seminars and cooking demos, and visit the 200 exhibitors focused on healthy living. There will also be free medical testing, yoga and other classes, and belly dancing and zumba shows!

When: April 9 & 10 | Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $10 — or FREE if you print off a pass from their website
More information: www.healthylivingfestival.com

ArtFest at San Diego Botanic Gardens

This two-day ArtFest at the Garden will feature fine art, Asian art, a quick-draw contest and a classic woody car show. Several of the finest regional artists will be at the festival; more than 20 artists will be displaying and selling their art there.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 9 & 10 | 9am
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free with paid admission or membership to the gardens
More information: www.sdbgarden.org

Vista Gem & Mineral Society Show

Unique and handcrafted items. All kinds of jewelry. Rocks, gems, minerals, rough, cabs, slabs, beads, books, tools and other fun stuff! Huge raffle with over 50 prizes and a highly coveted Grand Prize- a beautiful amethyst cathedral!

When: April 8 – 10 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum | 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista, CA 92083
Cost: Free
More information: www.vistarocks.org

24th Annual 2016 Grand Spring Festival & Street Faire

The 2016 Grand Spring Festival & Street Faire kicks off the North County San Diego festival season; it’s a great family outing to attend! There will be more than 200 local and nationwide vendors, carnival rides, local talent on the community stage, live music, food and a craft beer garden!

When: Sunday, April 10 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Via Vera Cruz between San Marcos Blvd and Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078
Cost: Looks like it’s free!
More information: here

12th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

Celebrating its 12th year this weekend, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, will be returning to the stunning shores of La Jolla. Read much more here!

When: Friday – Sunday, April 8 – 10 | 10am
Where: Ellen Browning Scripps Park | 1133 Coast Blvd.,, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free – $325
More information: www.lajollaconcours.com

San Diego County Events for January 15 – 17

This weekend in San Diego County, enjoy a wide range of activities: from a travel show to traveling to Coronado for its film festival, and from sitting in a free cartography class to learning how to salsa.

San Diego county events this weekendBorrego Springs Film Festival

This weekend, Jan. 14-18, 2016, the third annual Borrego Springs Film Festival. The program includes 47 films in five categories from features, shorts and animations to documentaries and Latino, all of which are independent productions.

Information on tickets, passes, screenings, and festivities can be found online or by calling (760)-440-5338.

When: Jan. 14 – 18, various times
Where: Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center | 590 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Cost: $10 – $100
More information:  www.borregospringsfilmfestival.org

Inaugural Coronado Island Film Festival

The Coronado Island Film Festival is an inaugural event that celebrates Coronado’s connection to Old Hollywood and features celebrity guest Leonard Maltin.

Held from Friday, Jan. 15 to Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, the festival will show 85 films ranging from documentaries and war movies to comedies and Hollywood classics.

And while you’re there, check out the Hotel del Coronado History Tour.

When: Friday – Monday, Jan 15 – 18, starting at 9am
Where: Various Coronado theaters, Coronado, CA 92118
Cost: $95 – $595
More information: coronadoislandfilmfest.com

California Cartography At The La Jolla Map Museum: A Knowledge Commons San Diego Free Class

Knowledge Commons San Diego is a new free school for free thinkers. Unique free classes taught by San Diegans, for San Diegans. Join us for our Winter 2016 session!

We will embark on a fascinating journey through time and space, as Captain Cloward walks us through the collection, featuring maps right from the first millennium (we get to point and laugh at their zany ideas!), some of the earliest maps of the Americas, and even a few maps that show what the early explorers thought about California (you’ll be surprised!).

We’ll also get to view and discuss some early maps of San Diego. We’ll learn navigational techniques, map conservation techniques and more! This will be a history lesson unlike any other.

When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11 a.m
Where: La Jolla Map Museum | 7825 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free
More information: Visit the Knowledge Common San Diego website to register.

Encinitas Parks and Recreation Café’s Soiree

Encinitas’ Parks and Recreation office will celebrate the New Year – and the center’s spruced up amenities – with a special “soiree” that includes farm-to-table food, live music, dancing, art galleries, craft beer, classic cars and raffles. The event is free, but RSVP is required, per the Parks and Recreation office.

When: Friday, Jan 15 | 5 – 7:30pm
Where: Encinitas Community and Senior Center | 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr., Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
More information: encinitasca.gov/index.aspx?page=494

Salsa Under the Stars

This free event invites you to salsa dance under the stars in the courtyard of The Headquarters shopping center – no partner or experience required. Music will be performed by the Manny Cepeda Orchestra.

When: Friday, Nov. 20 | 6 – 9pm
Where: Headquarters’ Courtyard | 789 West Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: theheadquarters.com/events-calendar/salsa-under-stars

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show

The only travel show in the San Diego area is back for another year. Stop by and unleash your dreams: plan and book your next vacation! Get ideas on where you want you go and places to see in the new year.

When: Saturday, January 16, 10am-5pm | Sunday, January 17, 11am-4pm
Where: San Diego Convention Center (Hall B) | 111 W. Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $16+
More information: travelshows.com/shows/san-diego

San Diego Restaurant Week 2016

san diego restaurant week 2016San Diego Restaurant Week returns January 17th to Sunday, January 24th.

Over 180 of San Diego County’s most delicious restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50 and two-course prix-fixe lunches for only $10, $15 or $20.

When: Jan. 17 – 24 | lunch and dinner
Where: Various restaurants in San Diego County, see website for details
Cost: $10 – $50
More information: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com