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San Diego County Events for Feb. 8 – 10

San Diego County has many events and activities happening this weekend.San Diego county events this weekendThe San Diego Tet Festival

The San Diego Tet Festival to welcome the Year of the Pig, features lion dancing, cultural village, carnival rides, and much more.

When: Feb 8 – 10
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park | 8575 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126
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Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year kids crafts and lion dancers in center court located near Tommy Hilfiger and GAP. Kids crafts will take place from 12pm – 3pm and Lion Dancers will join the fun from 1:30pm – 2:30pm.

When: Saturday, Feb. 9 | 12 – 3pm
Where: Carlsbad Premium Outlets | 5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Free
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Escondido Chocolate Festival

Stroll through Downtown Escondido various designated restaurants, shops and spas while sampling chocolates paired with local fine wines and craft beers. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride down Historic Grand Avenue.

When: Saturday, Feb 9 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Historic Downtown Escondido | 198 Maple St Plaza, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: $30 – $50
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Museum Month

Starting this Friday, get half-priced admission at over 40 museums countywide. Pick up a Museum Month discount pass in order to get the discounted pricing. The Museum Month discount pass can be picked up at over 75 library locations in the San Diego area. The pass is free and can be used to get half-price admission at more than 40 local museums in the month of February.

When: February
Where: Over 40 museums in San Diego County
Cost: Half-price admission to many museums
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23rd Celebration of Music Education Concert

Music Director Jeff Edmons conducts San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s most advanced string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians in this featured concert performed in San Diego’s finest venue, Jacobs’ Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall.

When: Feb 10 | 4 – 6pm
Where: Copley Symphony Hall | 750 B. Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 – $35
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Nourished: The Gluten Free, Allergy & Special Diet Festival

Nourished: The Gluten Free, Allergy & Special Diet Festival, formerly The Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo, is returning to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Feb. 9 and 10. In addition to the existing Gluten-Free and Nut-Free zones, Paleo, Keto and Plant-Based zones will provide exciting new products and educational opportunities to everyone living a gluten-free lifestyle. As in the past, all products at the festival will be gluten free.

When: Feb. 9 & 10
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $5 – $35
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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!

San Diego County Events for Nov. 16 – 18

Get in the holiday spirit with any one of these great upcoming events here in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendEncinitas Holiday Street Fair

The Encinitas Holiday Street Fair is one of the largest holiday fairs in San Diego County. It’ll be located down the center of six blocks of scenic South Coast Highway 101, two blocks from the Pacific Ocean.  The Holiday Street Fair, continuous since 1989, children’s rides, two stages of live entertainment and food and drink refreshments provide an attractive setting for the public and a great boon to our vendors.

When: Sunday, Nov. 18 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Coast Hwy 101 | Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
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Mother Goose Parade

Mother Goose is ready to usher in the holiday season in El Cajon. The annual parade marches down Main Street, from El Cajon Boulevard to First Street, with an array of whimsical balloons, from Humpty Dumpty to turkeys, and of course Mother Goose herself.

When: Sunday, Nov. 18 | 1pm
Where: El Cajon Boulevard and W. Main Street
Cost: Free
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Rady Children’s Ice Rink in Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and Liberty Station welcome San Diegans to kick off the holiday season with outdoor ice skating at the Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station beginning Saturday, November 17 and closing Sunday, January 6.

The outdoor rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas.

When: Open Nov. 17 – Jan. 6 | 10am – 10pm
Where: Liberty Station, San Diego, CA
Cost: $10 – $15
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San Diego Asian Film Festival

The San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) is a premier film showcase of Asian American and international cinema. This year, the 19th edition of SDAFF will showcase over 160 films from 28 countries at six different venues.

When: Multiple dates from Nov 8 – Nov 17, 2018
Where: Multiple locations
Cost: $12 – $295
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Norman Park Holiday Bazaar

Get a head start on your holiday shopping and shop small! The San Diego Small Business Forum presents to you the Inaugural Norman Park Holiday Bazaar at our new location in the city of Chula Vista!

Join the fun and music, be part of our raffles items. The holiday bazaar will even feature a kids zone! Shop from over 30 vendors hand crafted items, jewelry, clothing, skin care, home decor and much more.

When: Saturday, Nov. 17 | 11am
Where: Norman Park |270 F Street, Chula Vista, CA
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!

San Diego County Events for July 6 – 8

Fill up your summer schedule with any of these events (many of them are free)!

San Diego county events this weekendInternational Summer Organ Festival

The Spreckels Organ Society lights up San Diego summer nights with the International Summer Organ Festival ­– an inspiring lineup of free outdoor concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, each designed to demonstrate the fresh sound of the historic 1914 Spreckels Organ, the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world.

The 2018 Festival features virtuoso performances by world-class organists, acclaimed string and organ duos, Rising Stars Night with 15-year-old twin organists, the always popular Spreckels Silent Movie Night, and Rocking Balboa: A Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin Tribute.

When: Mondays, Jun 25 – Sep 3, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30
Where: Spreckels Organ Society | 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: spreckelsorgan.org/summer-2018


Taste of San Diego

Taste of San Diego at Waterfront Park is an Art & Culinary Festival celebrating America’s Finest City! This event is FREE entry with food and goods available for purchase.

When: Saturday, July 7 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free entry, food and goods for purchase
More information: www.tasteofsandiego.org


Tap that Glass

Surfside Tap Room, a craft beer store in Oceanside, is hosting a summer hangout party every Sunday night at their seaside location. The free dog- and family-friendly event features an array of food trucks, a DJ spinning tunes, and a selection of pop-up shops with local artisan goods. RSVP in advance.

When: Sunday, July 8 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Surfside Tap Room | 507 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: Free entry
More information: theloopsocial.com/tapthatglass


Food Truck Fridays

Food trucks will swamp Balboa Park every Friday this summer. A lineup of about a dozen food trucks will rotate each week through September 28 at Plaza de Panama ready to feed hungry guests while listening to a variety of live music. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit in front of the Botanical Building as they eat, or enjoy craft beer, wine and cocktails inside nearby restaurants. Booths will be set up with activities for kids and Balboa Park will introduce a “living room” area filled with giant lawn games. Surrounding museums will extend hours to accommodate guests and the San Diego Museum of Art will offer $5 admission after 5 p.m.

When: Fridays, 4 – 8:30pm
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Varying prices
More information: balboaparkconservancy.org/project/food-truck-friday


Sundays at Six Summer Concerts

As a free community event, La Mesa is once again beginning its Sundays at Six free summer concerts. This Sunday, listen to the music from Rachel Aldous and The Road Home!

When: Sundays, starting June 10, until July 15
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: lamesaparks.org


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 (this week June 22) | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


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
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


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 for June 8 – 10, 2018

As with most summer weekends, San Diego County has much to do — with many free events and family activities! La Mesa starts their Sundays at Six concerts, El Cajon has another Dinner and a Concert, and the San Diego County Fair continues — but there’s many other things to do below!

San Diego county events this weekendSundays at Six Summer Concerts

As a free community event, La Mesa is once again beginning its Sundays at Six free summer concerts. This Sunday, listen to the music from the San Diego Concert Band!

When: Sundays, starting this Sunday, June 10, until July 15
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: lamesaparks.org


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 (this week June 8) | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


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, watch “Coco”, “Toy Story” or “Moana” at parks in the area (check the website below).

When: Friday and Saturday, May 25 & 26 | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


San Diego County Fair

Get ready for treats that will tempt all of your senses at the 2018 San Diego County Fair presented by Albertsons/Vons. Visitors will discover, with kid-in-a-candy-store wonder, just how sweet the San Diego County Fair truly is.

You’ll leave the ordinary world behind the minute you step into this magical sweet spot overflowing with opportunities to truly savor summer with the excitement of a wide-eyed kid. Whether it’s sampling chocolate bubbling from a fountain, soaking up the glittery ocean views from atop the Ferris wheel, discovering how nature’s sweet fruits grow and ripen, or enjoying the Fair’s golden-ticket entertainment, your toughest decision will be choosing what to indulge in first!

When: Friday, June 1 – Wednesday, July 4
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: General admission $19, kids 6 – 12 and seniors $12
More information: www.sdfair.com


San  Diego Greek Festival

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church invites you to join them at their annual Greek Festival. They’ll be sharing their heritage, culture, music, traditions, customs and culinary skills.

When: Friday – Sunday, June 8 – 10
Where: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church | 3655 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103
Cost: Free – $3
More information: www.sdgreekfestival.com


Mainly Mozart Music Festival: Genius Weekend

The 30th annual Mainly Mozart Festival, set for June 1-24, 2018 and led by Music Director Michael Francis, continues its six-year exploration of Mozart’s life with Year Three – Brave New World: From Rebel to Entrepreneur.

When: Friday – Sunday
Where: Various San Diego locations
Cost: $0-88
More information: mainlymozart.org


San Diego Festival of the Arts

At the San Diego Festival of the Arts, there will be nearly 200 artists in a bay view setting of original fine art, entertainment and delicious cuisines, complemented with fine wine and craft beer as you stroll the turf of Waterfront Park. San Diego Festival of the Arts™ garners critically acclaimed artists from around the country for an elegant and high quality showcase. Guests will enjoy an exceptional dining experience from San Diego’s favorite restaurants, sample San Diego craft beer, and experience interactive activities for the whole family.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 9 & 10 | 10am – 6pm
Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12 – $18
More information: www.sdfestivalofthearts.org


San Diego International Boat Show

The popular summer San Diego International Boat Show® will return to Harbor Island June 7-10 for four days of fun on the water. Grab the entire family for a fun weekend on San Diego Bay!

When: Friday, June 8, 12 – 7pm | Saturday, June 9, 10am – 7pm | Sunday, June 10, 10am – 5pm
Where: Spanish Landing Park, East | 3900 N. Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Adult – $15 | Military with ID – $10 | Kids 12 and Younger – Free
More information: www.sandiegointernationalboatshow.com


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Where Will We See You This Summer?

San Diego County — free summer concerts!

Join in the fun and listen to some great music for free this summer! San Diego County has 100s of free concerts this summer!

San Diego County free summer concerts

Click to view all of the free summer concerts in San Diego County!

This great flyer is from First American Title.

San Diego County Events for March 9 – 11

This March weekend, enjoy all the fun events that San Diego County has to offer!

San Diego county events this weekend13th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

This year marks the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego’s 13th annual Cherry Blossom Festival! During March 9, 10, and 11 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily, visitors are able to enjoy the Japanese custom of hanami – appreciating the beauty of cherry blossom flowers. Each day will be accompanied by various food vendors, cultural performances and demonstrations, and a plethora of family friendly activities!

When: March 9 – 11 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego | 2215 Pan American Way E, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12
More information: www.niwa.org/cbf18


San Diego Homebrew Festival & Competition

Enjoy unlimited tastes of beer from 35+ San Diego homebrewers as well as some local breweries! Festival attendees will taste and vote for their favorite beer and enjoy street-side chats by our beer professionals, vendors, food and more!

When: Saturday, March 10 | 12 – 4pm
Where: 2896 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: $35, Designated Driver $10
More information: www.sdhomebrewfest.com


Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries

This spring, Mingei International Museum will shine a spotlight on the lesser-known libraries of UC San Diego, San Diego State University and University of San Diego. VOLUMINOUS ART – Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries will celebrate the art of the book by showcasing approximately 25 volumes from each library collection, a sampling that will hint at centuries-old practices of book design, typography, binding and printing.

When: March 10 – ongoing | 10am – 5pm
Where: Mingei International Museum | 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10/$7 (Military, Youth, Students)/FREE (Members)
More information: www.mingei.org


Second Saturday Art Lesson

Tints, tones, and shades, oh my! Immerse yourself in the world of shamrocks, rolling hills, flowers and leaves as we celebrate the season. In this lesson you’ll learn how mix paints to create new hues to express space, depth and form in your spring-time scenes.

Please note: due to the popularity of our Second Saturday art lessons, we now have two times available to participate. The first lesson will run from 10-11 a.m., and the second lesson will run from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

They recommend you RSVP and arrive early as we have limited seating given on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: Saturday, March 10 | 10am and 11am
Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido | 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.artcenter.org


6th Annual International Mariachi Festival

This day-long, community-friendly event attracts thousands each year, giving families an opportunity to come together and celebrate San Diego’s Mexican heritage through Mariachi music, colorful traditional ballet folkloric dancing, and a grand celebration of the arts, culture and culinary delights.

When: Sunday, March 11 | 11am – 7pm
Where: Pepper Park | 3299 Tidelands Ave, National City, CA 91950
Cost: Free
More information: www.mariachifest.com


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 for November 10 – 12

Finish up Beer Week here in San Diego, honor our veterans, and more this weekend in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Veterans Day Parade

Deliver a greatly deserved tribute to all U.S. veterans who served during the war years. Along with recognizing over 4,000 veterans, guests will witness bands, floats and civic groups as they parade down Harbor Drive.

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 | 11am – 1:30pm
Where: Harbor Drive and West Broadway, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: sdvetparade.org


San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

SoCal’s largest wine and culinary event celebrates its 14th anniversary with a palate-pleasing array of festivities—including Grand Tasting events, advanced wine-tasting seminars, exclusive specialty dinners, gourmet cooking classes and celebrity chefs galore. Visit website for full schedule.

When: Nov. 12 – 19
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North, downtown
More information: sandiegowineclassic.com


San Diego Beer Week

Kicked off by the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival, San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local beer and promoting San Diego’s brewing culture with events across the county.

When: Nov 3 – Nov 12, 2017
Where: Varies
Cost: Varies
More information: www.sdbw.org


Escondido Tamale Festival

The Escondido Tamale Festival is a celebration of Tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. It’s a look back at the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who have influenced and contributed so much to our multicultural community, and a show of appreciation for the traditions which have so positively affected Escondido.

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Grape Day Park | 321 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free
More information: visitescondido.com/7761/escondido-tamale-festival


San Diego Asian Film Festival

Experience the West Coast’s largest Asian film festival and enjoy 140+ films from 15 countries with celebrity sightings and exciting panels.

When: Nov. 9 – 18
Where: 7510 Hazard Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $9-$295
More information: festival.sdaff.org/2017


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 for January 22 – 24

Head on down to San Diego County for a variety of fun events and things to do!

San Diego county events this weekendCaffeine Crawl San Diego

Caffeine Crawl year three in sunny San Diego kicks off 2016 and promises to be every bit as good as years one and two ~ our biggest shop lineup yet, multiple bike route options, snazzy new spaces and more caffeine than you can handle! There’s only two times left with tickets available!

When: Friday, January 22 – Sunday, January 24 | starting at 2pm
Where: Participating locations in San Diego
Cost: $25; purchase online at www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego-2016-tickets
More information: www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego-2016


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


San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

The 2016 San Diego Sunroad Boat Show will have the brands and companies you’ve come to know and love, as well as new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more.

This year, you’ll find:

  • New & Pre-Cruised Sailboats and Motor Yachts at our In-Water Display
  • Dozens of Marine Vendors with the Latest Nautical Products & Services
  • Delicious Food and Drink Sponsored by our Local Restaurants
  • Special Boating Events and Boat Rides for Kids and Adults
  • Lots of Fun for Real Boaters!

When: Thursday – Sunday, January 21 – 24 | 10am
Where: Sunroad Resort Marina | 955 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12 for adults
More information: bigbayboatshow.com


Food Forest Festival

Come out in your gardening clothes, pick up a shovel and plant some trees for the first-ever Food Forest Festival. The festival honors Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish birthday of the trees. Anyone who wants to participate should be ready to dig, lift and bend for several hours. Admission is free.

When: Sunday, January 24 | 10am
Where: Coastal Roots Farm | 441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
More information: www.eventbrite.com/e/food-forest-festival-tickets


San Diego Tap & Jazz Festival 2016

The second annual San Diego Tap & Jazz Dance Festival celebrates tap and jazz dancing with a weekend of lessons, dance jam sessions and showcases.

All dancers are welcome and classes are suitable for all ages and levels from first timers to advanced dancers. Classes range from Lindy Hop to tap technique and tap repertory. Students in the repertory classes will have the opportunity to dance in the final festival performance, which includes performances from all of the faculty.

Those who would rather watch a show than participate can head over to the White Box Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.

When: Friday – Sunday, January 22 – 24
Where: San Diego Dance Place and White Box Live Arts Theatre | 2650 Truxton Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: $35 – $225
More information: sdtapjazzfest.com