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San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for October 14 – 16

This weekend, explore the many local activities and events in La Mesa, Escondido, San Diego, and Ramona.


La Mesa’s 11th Annual Park Appreciation Day

If you’re a fan of La Mesa’s parks, resident or not, La Mesa would love your help tomorrow with their Park Appreciation Day. Just show up at a La Mesa neighborhood park at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 15. General clean-up includes picking up trash, light raking, trimming, and weeding. Please bring your own gardening gloves along with your rakes or trowels to the park.

When: Saturday, October 15 | 8am – 12pm
Where: La Mesa parks
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/Calendar


Grand Avenue Festival

Over 500 vendors, live entertainment, and food from around the world have combined to make the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival a family tradition since 1989. Held on historic Grand Avenue in Escondido, it’s the second largest single-day festival in California. Five hundred unique vendor booths line seven blocks of beautiful downtown Escondido along Grand Avenue.

When: Sunday, October 16 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.kennedyfaires.com/escondido


Native Plant Sale

California Native Plant Society‘s Fall Native Plant Sale includes: native shrubs, trees, flowering plants, seeds, books, and posters. Native plants typically consume less water and are easier to grow in their natural environment.

When: Saturday, October 15 | 9am – 3pm CNPS members, 10am – 3pm everyone
Where: Casa Del Prado Theater Courtyard | 1700 Village Place, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.cnpssd.org


Kids free in October

Organized by the San Diego Museum Council (SDMC), Kids Free in October is an opportunity for thousands of families to enjoy museum experiences this October with free admission for kids 12 and under at 40 arts, cultural and science museums in San Diego County.

When: October 1 – 31, 2016
Where: At 40 arts, cultrual and science museaums in San Diego County
Cost: Free for kids!
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/kidsfree


Ramona Air Fair & Fly-In

The Ramona Airport’s Air Fair & Fly-In is an annual one-day event with free admission and parking featuring “The Red Eagles Formation Team,” formation flying, tours of Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Service, and Control Tower, airplanes and helicopters on display, airplane rides for nominal fees, great food, live country and southern rock music from local favorite Del Rio, and much, much more!

When: Saturday, October 15 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Ramona Airport | 2926 Montecito Road, Ramona, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/RamonaAirFair

San Diego County Events for September 9 – 11

There are several free, local events in San Diego county cities this weekend! Take a nature walk in San Diego, have dinner and a concert in El Cajon, and explore Mexican heritage in Escondidio. Find details on these and more events below!

San Diego county events this weekendFall Home Decor, Gift, and Craft Show

All sorts of decor, gift, and craft items created by local artisans!

When: Friday, September 9, 9am – 6pm | Saturday, September 10, 9am – 3pm
Where: La Mesa Community Center | 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941
Cost: Free
More information: www.sandiegoreader.com/events/2016/sep/09/fall-home-decor-gift-craft-show


El Cajon’s Dinner & Concert

Check out El Cajon’s Dinner and A Concert; in the heart of beautiful Downtown El Cajon. This week they are featuring The Soul Persuaders. Funk and Soul Music to get you movin’, all live on the Prescott Promenade. Join thousands and have lots of fun. Local restaurants serve up great food, so you can enjoy your concert in style.

When: Friday, September 9 | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade in downtown El Cajon
More information: downtownelcajon.com/events/dinner-and-a-concert-2016-09-09


52nd Annual Poway Days Parade

The 52nd Annual Poway Days Parade will be taking place on Saturday, September 10th, 2016!  Parade time begins at 9:00 am and starts from Pomerado Road and Poway Road and continues to Bowron Road. This year’s theme is “Literacy: Read, Lead, Succeed.”

When: Saturday, September 10 | Beginning at 9am
Where: Poway Road, Poway, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.powaydaysparade.org


Herencia Mexicana Festival

Mexican culture and tradition will be celebrated at the Herencia Mexicana Festival — a free family event with mariachis, music, dancing and more.

When: Saturday, September 10 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Grape Day Park |321 N. Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free
More information: visitescondido.com/mc-events/herencia-mexicana-festival-at-grape-day-park


Brazilian Day San Diego

It’s the largest Brazilian festival on the West Coast — with plenty of entertainment, fun, and music! Event highlights include: arts and crafts, live music, performances, food, a beer garden, carnival parade, kids’ zone, and more.

When: Saturday, September 10 | 11am – 7pm
Where: Belmont Park | 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.braziliandaysandiego.com


Guided Nature Walk: Chicken Thief

Join an MTRP Trail Guide on a guided nature walk and learn about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park on one of their scenic trails. These interpretive nature walks are offered to enhance your appreciation of the unique beauty of San Diego’s natural environment.

Walks start from the Visitor Center every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.  Walks are free and open to the public, with no reservations required.

When: Sunday, September 11 | 9:30am
Where: Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor’s Center | 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Cost: Free
More information: www.mtrp.org/events

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San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for May 13 – 15

Festivals, fairs and family events are all happening this weekend in San Diego County! Check out the activities below…and if these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!


How-To Festival

San Diego Public Library is hosting the How-To Festival on Saturday. There’s more than 70 different 4-hour long classes that you can take for free; including: first-aid, brew beer, solder, and more. The How-To Festival will take place 10am – 4pm in four different locations; click on the link below to view more information.

When: Saturday, May 14 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Four different locations; view the link below for details
Cost: Free
More information: www.kpbs.org/events/2016/may/14/how-festival/?et=63213


River Park Festival

Santee is hosting their free community River Park Festival this weekend. There will be free music, a beer garden, BMX demos, crafts, games and activities.

When: Saturday, May 14 | 3:30 – 8pm
Where: Town Center Community Park East | 550 Park Center Dr., Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityofsanteeca.gov/Index.aspx?page=8&recordid=3167


2nd Annual Spring Fair & Boutique

Stop by Fran’s Original Farm Stand for the 2nd annual Spring Fair & Boutique this weekend. Local artist, crafts, bakers, jams & jellies, seamstress and more will have their goods for sale. There will be an afternoon BBQ lunch available, local arts/craft vendors, and fresh, local produce.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Fran’s Original Farm Stand | 1980 Summit Dr, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free entrance
More information: www.facebook.com/events/243810299305435


17th Annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair

Nestled in the beautiful Scripps Ranch Community Park, the Fair showcases a variety of community groups, businesses and vendors. At the fair, there will be music, Kids’ Zone with fun rides, facepainting, and hands-on activities. You and your family will enjoy delicious food and refreshments, a stop by the Wine & Beer Garden, live entertainment onstage, and a free concert that night. Hosted by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA).

When: Sunday, May 15 | 12pm
Where: Scripps Ranch Community Park | 11454 Blue Cypress Dr, San Diego, CA 92131
Cost: Free
More information: www.kpbs.org/events/2016/may/15/17th-annual-scripps-ranch-community/?et=60959


Grand Avenue Festival

At the Grand Avenue Festival, 500 vendors, children’s rides and activities will line the streets of Escondido Sunday as residents come out to enjoy rides, live music and children’s games. The festival crosses seven historic blocks of the city and marks the second largest single-day fair in California. Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/san-diego-weekend-events-204328381.html#ixzz48YcnDoEo

When: Sunday, May 15 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Tri-City Wellness Center | Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/san-diego-weekend-events-204328381

San Diego County Events for February 26 – 28

Take the family to San Diego this weekend! Your kids can meet Elsa and Anna or go the Discovery Museum for World Thinking Day; enjoy the performing arts at the first ever San Diego Theatre Week; or get in for half-price at a San Diego museum!

San Diego county events this weekendMuseum Month: Half-Off Admission

It’s the last week for half-off admission!

Presented by Macy’s, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40+ San Diego Museum Council membership museums. The savings encourages locals and visitors to explore a variety of arts, culture and science-oriented destinations. From Oceanside Museum of Art down to the Tijuana Estuary, there are ample opportunities for edutainment, creating memories and fun for the whole family.

Museum Month Passes may be picked up starting February 1, 2016 at any of Macy’s fourteen locations in the San Diego Area, Temecula and Imperial Valley.

When: February 1 – 29, 2016
Where: 45 select museums in San Diego
Cost: Free passes, for half-off admission at select museums
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/museum-month


San Diego Theatre Week

30+ San Diego performing arts organizations have come together to collaborate on and promote the first annual San Diego Theatre Week, a week-long celebration of performing arts. Participating performing arts groups will be offering a variety of special promotions including ticket discounts, offers for concessions, cast talk-backs and more.

When: February 22 – 28
Where: 317 Horton Plaza (7th Floor), San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Prices and discounts vary by theatre
More information: www.sandiegotheatreweek.com


World Thinking Day

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is proud to announce the return of KPBS Kids Workshops for 2016! This month they are joining up with the Girl Scouts of San Diego for an exciting event exploring world cultures.

When: Saturday, February 27
Where: San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum | 320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: $6; members: free
More information: sdcdm.org/kpbs-kids-workshops


Meet-and-Greet With the Ice Sisters

If your kids love the movie Frozen, come meet the ladies of Frozen at this East County meet-and-greet! The singing and dancing Anna and Ice Queen will perform live at the Grossmont Center Saturday at the ice rink near the food court.

When: Saturday, February 27 | 1 – 3pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: www.grossmontcenter.com/event/princess-event

Events: Celebrating Grapes and Brazilian Day

Enjoy your first September weekend in San Diego county by checking out one of these fun family events either this Saturday or Sunday.

There are even more San Diego events this weekend Continue reading

Current San Diego Home Prices

San Diego County home prices rose again in September, holding onto a four-year high. Here’s a closer look at the ZIP codes that saw the biggest price jumps when comparing total sales in September 2011 to sales last month.

Rank Neighborhood ZIP code Sold ’11 Sold ’12 Sold Pct Chg Med ’11 Med ’12 Med Pct Chg
1 Del Mar 92014 21 17 -19.0% $875,000 $1,554,500 77.7%
2 Golden Hill 92102 24 19 -20.8% $146,250 $216,000 47.7%
3 College 92115 47 52 10.6% $212,000 $311,250 46.8%
4 Logan Hts 92113 16 18 12.5% $160,000 $230,000 43.8%
5 Escondido S 92025 34 39 14.7% $234,750 $330,000 40.6%
6 Kensington Normal Hts 92116 30 21 -30.0% $302,500 $420,000 38.8%
7 Imperial Beach 91932 12 19 58.3% $162,500 $223,000 37.2%
8 Oceanside N 92057 78 82 5.1% $258,500 $340,000 31.5%
9 San Carlos 92119 27 25 -7.4% $305,000 $400,000 31.1%
10 Alpine 91901 22 26 18.2% $309,000 $402,000 30.1%
11 Allied Gardens Del Cerro 92120 35 33 -5.7% $350,000 $450,000 28.6%
12 La Mesa Grossmont 91942 49 38 -22.4% $260,000 $330,000 26.9%
13 North Park 92104 41 26 -36.6% $283,500 $356,000 25.6%
14 Escondido E 92027 53 38 -28.3% $252,000 $312,750 24.1%
15 Morena 92110 30 28 -6.7% $261,000 $322,500 23.6%
16 Paradise Hills 92139 24 33 37.5% $220,000 $267,500 21.6%
17 Vista W 92083 20 36 80.0% $240,000 $291,500 21.5%
18 City Heights 92105 44 30 -31.8% $185,000 $225,000 2.0%
19 La Mesa Mt. Helix 91941 28 39 39.3% $360,000 $435,000 20.8%
20 El Cajon 92019 45 49 8.9% $255,000 $306,000 20.0%

Source: DataQuick

Read this article in full at SignonSanDiego.com: “Home prices hottest in these 20 ZIP codes (September)”.

Affordable housing coming to Escondido

Affordable housing coming to Escondido

“Construction is under way at a new apartment project in northern Escondido that will provide housing to low-income families and disabled veterans.

The 36-unit development, named Avocado Court, is expected to open in February, based on information from Community HousingWorks, a non-profit that provides affordable housing and is the builder of this project.

The community’s location is North Broadway and East El Norte Parkway, a corner the non-profit said was “vacant” and “blighted.” After the city of Escondido bought a site on that corner using $250,000 in government grant money, Community Housing Works picked up four surrounding parcels to make the future Avocado Court community, according to project details.

The North County Times reported the total cost of the project is $11.7 million, $3 million of which is from Escondido…”

Read the rest of this article by SignonSanDiego.com here: “Affordable housing coming to Escondido”.

Events: Top things to do this weekend

Some great ideas for San Diego county residents this weekend from the Union-Tribune San Diego:

Art Alive

Have you ever been so inspired by a piece of art that you rushed home and designed a floral arrangement based on it? What, you haven’t?

Well, some local floral designers do this every year for Art Alive and it’s pretty spectacular. The weekend event is the San Diego Museum of Art’s biggest fundraiser for good reason. Roses, daisies, ranunculus, tulips and many other types of plants and flowers are interpreted to resemble art in the museum’s collection. And with patrons often showing up in floral dresses, the whole event is nothing but lovely.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Flower After Hours is from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. $15 and $5 for ages 7 through 17. (619) 232-7931 or sdmart.org.

Last chance: Butterfly Jungle

Fallbrook Avocado Festival 2012Every year, San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park sets up a warm and colorful exhibit featuring thousands of butterflies flying around. And after this weekend it will be gone until next year.

So grab your most colorful clothes and a camera and get ready to get intimate with some Monarchs and Blue Morphos. I admit, I once thought it was sort of gross to have butterflies touch your hair and arms, but I recently went to Butterfly Jungle and it was pretty great, kind of like walking in a fairy tale, minus the bad guys.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Saturday. San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, 5500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. $32 for ages 3 to 11, $42 for ages 12 and over; parking is $7 to $15; sdzsafaripark.org.

Fallbrook Avocado Festival

Guacamole is pretty much the best thing, ever.

Celebrate the fruit from which it’s made at Fallbrook’s 26th annual festival. Along with booths and booths of guacamole and other avocado-related treats, there will also be contests, carnival rides, live music and dance and a lot of people wearing green.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Main Street, Fallbrook. Free; (760) 728-5845 or fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org.

Read more of the U~T San Diego’s list of things to do this weekend here: “The top five things to do this weekend“.