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San Diego County Events for August 18 – 20

There’s a lot happening in San Diego County this weekend — check out your many options!

San Diego county events this weekendChula Vista HarborFest

This year’s annual HarborFest will have everything you could possibly want at a free, all ages celebration. Dance in front of three stages, peruse the automobile displays, and stroll through the art exhibition. For foodies, pay a little bit to sample what the region’s best chefs have to offer at the Taco and Spirits Revolution from 11am – 3pm. Kids will love the interactive activities, free kayaking/paddle board lessons, and arts and crafts at the Discovery Zone.

When: Saturday, August 19 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Bayside Park | 999 Bayside Pkwy., Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free
More information: www.cvharborfest.com


Movies And More By The Lake: ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’

At this Movies & More presentation of “Close Encounters” (rated PG), $10 will park your carload of moviegoers and the event is free. Jacobo Mendoza is the entertainer until the movie begins. Food trucks, snack bar and fun-filled activities await, as well!

When: Friday, August 18 | 6 – 10pm
Where: Santee Lakes, Lake 5 | 9310 Fanita Pkwy., San Diego, CA 92071
Cost: $10 for a carload
More information: www.santeelakes.com/events-calendar


TwainFest

Twainfest is a FREE celebration of Mark Twain and other writers of the 19th century. Come check it out on Saturday if you’re looking for a unique activity for the family!

Hear works by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edgar Allan Poe and others, read aloud by San Diego actors. Vote in the Election of 1872 (as long as you can pass the literacy test!), enter the Literacy Costume Contest and parade, compete in the community spelling bee, visit Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, learn to play the fife and drum, contribute to the Never Ending Story, and so much more!

When: Saturday, August 19 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: writeoutloudsd.com/twainfest


Blvd Market Summer Block Party

The BLVD Market is a San Diego style, monthly open-air celebration of cuisine and entertainment. This month’s Tiki Theme will host Alvino & The Dwells, a Vintage Surf Rock Band, Classic Cars, Tiki Retailers, and Tasty Tiki Cocktails brought to you by Old Harbor Distilling Co. and Coffee & Tea Collective.

When: Friday, August 18 | 6 – 10pm
Where: 2855 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: Free
More information: theboulevard.org


Free City Ballet Showcase

Come enjoy the arts with this free ballet showcase; program includes:

-Petipa’s Paquita with music by Ludwig Minkus
-Elizabeth Wistrich’s Serenade for Strings with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
-Plus, a contemporary work and a jazz piece by Geoff Gonzalez.

When: Friday, August 18 | 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm
Where: Spreckels Theatre | 121 Broadway, Suite 600, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.spreckels.net


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 11 & 12) free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • Moana
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Finding Dory
  • Sing
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Groundhog Day
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • The Secret Life of Pets

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County
Cost: FREE!
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here


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 23 – 25

Celebrate summer with some wonderful activities this weekend in San Diego County. Concerts, family activities, festivals, cultural events and so much more is going on this Friday – Sunday!

San Diego county events this weekend

Mass Creativity Day 2017

Make, share and create art during Mass Creativity Day, a free outdoor arts festival at The New Children’s Museum. Bring the whole family out for a day full of art-making activities, free Museum admission, music, food and more!

When: Saturday, June 24 | 10am
Where: The New Children’s Museum | 200 West Island Ave., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: thinkplaycreate.org/learn/signature-events/mass-creativity


2017 Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival

Join more than 70,000 visitors for the 38th annual oceanfront chili cook-off in Ocean Beach. Live stages of continuous live music and entertainment, the community mural project, Artists Alley, carnival rides and games, food and vendor booths, a beachside beer garden and more.

When: Saturday, June 24 | 10am – 8pm
Where: 4800 to 5000 block of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, CA
Cost: Free
More information: oceanbeachsandiego.com/attractions/annual-events/ob-street-fair-chili-cook-off


44th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games

Scottish culture will fill the park during the two day festival, which will feature a variety of activities and entertainment for guests of all ages: Sheepdog trials, Highland dancing, Scottish vendors, cuisine and beverages, bagpipe and drumming competitions, clan heritage tents, and hands-on children’s activities.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Brengle Terrace Park | 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/active military, and $5 for children ages 6-16. Children under 5 are free.
More information: sdhighlandgames.org


12th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am

BRO-AM Beach Fest is an annual celebration that gives back to the San Diego Community. Surf contests, free concert, numerous vendor booths… all to celebrate community and to raise awareness and funds for local youth organizations.

SCHEDULE:

  • 7AM – 3PM: Surf Events
  • 12PM-5PM: Live Music
  • 12PM: 91X Battle For The BRO-AM Winner – Sights and Sages
  • 1PM: Jamtown
  • 2:20PM: Lifehouse, Acoustic Set
  • 3:25PM: SWITCHFOOT

When: Saturday, June 24
Where: Moonlight Beach | 400 B St., Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free – $125
More information: broam.org


32nd Philippine Cultural Arts Festival

The 32nd Philippine Cultural Arts Festival will take place in Balboa Park this weekend. Learn about Philippine culture through dance and music. Taste Filipino delicacies and support local vendors.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 | 11am
Where: Balboa Park, (Visitors Center) | 1549 El Prado , San Diego — Corner of Park Blvd. & Presidents Way, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.samahanphilippinedance.com/festival


San Diego County Fair

The yearly county fair is here! This year’s theme is “Where the West is Fun”; the fair runs through Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

When: Friday, June 2, 4 – 11pm (other Fridays 11am – 11pm) | Saturdays, 10am – 11pm | Sundays, 10am – 10pm | Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11am – 10pm | All date and time details online
Where: The Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Adults – $18, Seniors and kids under 13 – $11, Kids 5 and younger – free | Season pass – $26
More information: sdfair.com


Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series

This Sunday, Fanny and the Atta Boys will be performing swing, bluegrass and jazz songs as part of La Mesa’s Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series.

When: Sunday, June 23| 6 – 7pm — plus more Sundays during the summer
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


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 (June 23 & 24) Friday & Saturday’s free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Free Willy
  • Despicable Me 2

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here


Taste of Adams Avenue

Nearly 50 restaurants, breweries, wine bars, coffee houses and other eateries in University Heights, Normal Heights, and Kensington will showcase their best meals, sips, and snacks. Take a stroll along Adams Avenue by foot, bike or trolley and get a taste of the neighborhood. Tickets start at $35.

When: Sunday, June 25 | 11am – 3pm
Where: Will Call: 3441, Adams Avenue, San Diego
Cost: $35 advanced, $40 day of (cash only)
More information: www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/event-info/taste-of-adams-avenue


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 May 19 – 21

What a beautiful weekend coming up! Enjoy the lovely weather and San Diego County area with these great family activities and fun events! 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 weekendSalsa Under the Stars

Dance the night away with Manny Cepeda and his orchestra in the Headquarters at Seaport’s beautiful out door courtyard from 6 pm – 9 pm. No partner or experience necessary for this free event.

When: Friday, May 19 | 6 – 9pm
Where: The Headquarters at Seaport | 789 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: theheadquarters.com/events-calendar/salsa-under-stars-16


21st Annual Festival Of The Arts In North Park

21st Annual Festival of the Arts in North Park is a free art and live music festival that also highlights the local craft beer and food community. It will be a fun-filled day of entertainment and fun.

When: Saturday, May 20 | 11am – 10pm
Where: North Park San Diego | San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: northparkmainstreet.com/events/festival-of-arts


2017 How-to Festival

Come learn “how-to” do something new and interesting in quick workshops taught by volunteers from your neighborhood. This interactive community educational event has something for everyone. All ages welcome.

When: Saturday, May 20 | 11am – 3pm
Where: San Diego Public Library, San Diego, CA — various locations
Cost: Free
More information: sdpl.bwcs-hosting.com/cal/event/showEventMore.rdo


Fiesta Del Sol 2017

The 38th Annual Fiesta del Sol will be on May 20- 21, 2017 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. each day. The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce has been hosting this FREE two day arts & music festival for 37 years as a kick off to Summer in Solana Beach! The event takes place at Fletcher Cove.

The Belly Up is lining up a great list of musicians to perform over the two day event, which includes local community talent. There will also be a large, fun and exciting Children’s Area set up for families to enjoy rides, games and a climbing wall.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21 | 9am – 9pm
Where: Fletcher Cove Beach Park | 111 S Sierra Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075
Cost: Free
More information: fiestadelsol.net


Tierrafest Parade and Craft Fair

Come and visit our all-day Craft Fair (9am to 3pm), offering lots of handmade items by local artisans.  The day starts with a Patriot’s Day Parade at 10am, with schools, clubs, bands, businesses and local dignitaries marching or riding, and the day ends with a barbeque dinner (4-8pm) at the Tierrasanta Rec Center together with a fireworks display at dusk.  The Craft Fair and Parade are  free, and children are welcome.  Tickets for the dinner are available at the Craft Fair.

When: Craft Fair: Saturday, May 20, 9am – 3pm | Parade: 10am | BBQ dinner: 4 – 8pm
Where: 10633 Tierrasanta Blvd, San Diego, CA 92124
Cost: Free entrance to the craft fair and parade; tickets available at the craft fair for the closing bbq dinner and fireworks display
More information: Info on the San Diego Union Tribune


24th Southern California Band Festival

The 24th Southern California Band Festival is being held May 20 and 21, 2017 at Old Poway Park. The festival presents 17 adult concert bands from Southern California and Arizona with a new band every hour. The festivities conclude with the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band starting at 6:15 Sunday. Food and beverages are available. Gift baskets will be auctioned off.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21
Where: Old Poway Park Bandstand | 14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information: More info


Grand Ave Festival

The Grand Ave Festival, Escondido, takes place in our historic downtown on Grand Ave from Center City to Juniper. Shop from hundreds of vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports, enjoy international cuisine and local entertainment from high school performing arts and future stars.

When: Sunday, May 21 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Downtown Escondido | 100 Grand ave, Escondido, CA 92026
Cost: Free
More information: escondidochamber.org/grand-avenue-festival

San Diego County Events for March 17 – 19

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While you can find plenty of St. Paddy Day activities online, here are some suggestions for the rest of your weekend in San Diego!

San Diego county events this weekend

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 Homebrew Festival & Competition

Indulge in unlimited tastings of 35 homebrewed beers from 9 San Diego craft breweries at the San Diego Homebrew Festival & Competition. Chit chat there with beer professionals, check out vendors’ offerings, enjoy food and more!

When: Saturday, March 18 | 12 – 4pm
Where: North Park Mini Park | 2896 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: $40
More information: www.sdhomebrewfest.com/event-info


South Park Spring Walkabout

The South Park Walkabout is a quarterly fun-filled evening festival that showcases all the unique and independent businesses within South Park. Enjoy complimentary treats, live entertainment and special offers.

When: Saturday, March 18 | 6pm
Where: South Park Neighborhood | Kalmia and 30th St., San Diego, CA 92102
Cost: Free
More information: www.southparksd.com


34th Annual San Diego Cake Show

The 34th annual San Diego Cake Show presents Confections for a Cause, a local event dedicated to educating and inspiring the public with cake decorating demonstrations and activities at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19 | 10am
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
Cost: $10 per day, $18 for both days, or $12 at the door
More information: www.delmarfairgrounds.com

San Diego County Events for March 10 – 12

Enjoy this wonderful San Diego weekend by attending one of the great events below! And if these aren’t enough things to do, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego county events this weekendFIRST Robotics Competition

Check out robotics in action at the San Diego FIRST Robotics Competition at the Del Mar Arena at the fairgrounds. The event showcases teams of 25+ students who, under strict rules and time limits, must raise funds, design a team brand, work together and build and program a robot to perform tasks.

When: Wednesday – Saturday
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, California 92014
Cost: Free, parking is $13
More information: www.sandiegoregional.com


37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

Join the Irish Congress of Southern California for the 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival taking place on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Balboa Park between 6th Street and Laurel. Join more than 30,000 attendees in our annual celebration featuring a parade with over 125 entries, more than 75 food/craft booths, a beer garden, two band stages, and a Celtic village. The Kids Zone has a band stage featuring young performers and traditional Irish music, carnival rides and crafts.

When: Saturday, March 12 | 9am – 6pm
Where: Balboa Park, between 6th Street and Laurel, in San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.stpatsparade.org


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


22nd Annual Youth Fitness Expo and Family Fun Day

Join California Fitness Fun and Heartlight San Diego for the 22nd fun day. Browse through education exhibits, participate in fitness activities, play in carnival games and more. Plus, more than 100 San Diego County elementary schools will perform.

When: Saturday, March 11 | 12:30 – 4pm
Where: Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.heartlightsandiego.com

San Diego County Events for February 24 – 26

This weekend in San Diego County, explore the diversity of our area with some unique events. Check out the Kuumba Fest, learn how to make wine at the winemaking demonstration, attend discounted performances during San Diego Theater Week, and enjoy nature at the San Diego Bird Festival!

San Diego county events this weekendKuumba Fest

In celebration of Black History Month, the 25th annual Kuumba Fest returns Friday to the Lyceum Theatre in San Diego’s Horton Plaza. The three-day event celebrates black culture, history, cuisine and the arts, with a focus on African heritage. There will be a talent show, a fashion show, hip-hop dance and play performances, a soul food competition, and the annual gospel finale celebration.

When: Friday, Feb. 24, 6 – 10pm | Saturday, Feb. 25, 10am – 11pm | Sunday, Feb. 26, 1 – 11pm
Where: Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA
Cost: $25 for Friday; $5 to $20 for Saturday; $5 to $15 for Sunday; some events are free
More information: kuumbafest.com


Free Winemaking Demonstration At Curds And Wine

Learn how to make your own wine at Curds and Wine! They will go through all of the basic steps of making wine from kits, from start to bottle. This will be an interactive demonstration; you will have an opportunity to take part in winemaking steps hands-on. For 21+

When: Saturday, Feb. 25 | 1pm
Where: Curds and Wine | 7194 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92111
Cost: Free
More information: www.curdsandwine.com


San Diego Theater Week

San Diego Theater Week is an eight-day event that highlights the variety and enhances awareness to San Diego’s performing arts community. From Sunday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, March 5, more than 40 local theater and performing arts venues will be offering special ticket discounts and other offers.

When: Sunday, Feb. 26 – Sunday, March 5
Where: At more than 40 local theater and performing art venues
Cost: Various costs
More information: www.sdtheaterweek.com


San Diego Bird Festival

Birds, wildlife and diverse natural habitats are at the center of this unique Bird Festival in San Diego. Rain or shine, bring the whole family out to this fun event, where you will get the chance to build your own birdhouse, participate in nature walks and learn to bird call. The event is free.

When: Sunday, Feb. 26 | 10am
Where: Marina Village Conference Center | 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
More information: www.sandiegoaudubon.org/events/bird-festival

San Diego County Events for December 30 – January 1

Happy New Year! Ring in the New Year in San Diego with any of these great events!happy new year

Celebrating the New Year in San Diego

From hotels to the San Diego Bay and everything in between, there are so many ways to ring in the New Year in San Diego Saturday night. Here’s NBC San Diego’s guide to celebrating the eve in America’s Finest City – depending on your personality.

When: Saturday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve
Where: San Diego area
More information: www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Where-to-Celebrate-New-Years-Eve-2017-San-Diego-407639395


So You Want To Be a Beer Judge: A Guided Tasting

Join the team of experts from Benchmark Brewing Company at their tasting room (6190 Fairmount Ave.) for this event, which focuses on what it takes to be an expert beer judge. Patrons will get to taste five brews and will also be treated to a quick tour of the brewhouse. Tickets are $10 per person and space is limited, so reserve your spot ahead of time.

When: Saturday, December 31 | 1 – 2pm
Where: Benchmark Brewing Company | 6190 Fairmount Ave., San Diego
Cost: $10
More information: So You Want To Be a Beer Judge: A Guided Tasting


Balboa Park Holiday Food Truck Festival

Today is the last day for Balboa Park Conservancy’s Holiday Food Truck Festival in the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway.

The event features gourmet dishes from San Diego’s most popular food trucks, live music, and activities for families.

The Holiday Food Truck Festival gives visitors one last chance to experience the festive atmosphere created by the light displays and decorations that were installed for December Nights.

When: Friday, December 30
Where: Balboa Park – Visitor’s Center | 1549 El Prado, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.kpbs.org/events/2016/dec/30/balboa-park-holiday-food-truck-festival


Living Coast’s New Year’s Eve Family Party

The Living Coast Discovery Center is ringing in the New Year with a family-friendly event, which will include: wildlife animal encounters, photobooth, kids room with arts and crafts, NYE Party room with games, trivia, and live coverage of Times Square New Year’s Celebration, toast at “midnight” (9 p.m. PST/ 12 a.m. EST), and more!

When: Saturday, December 31 | 7 – 9pm
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center | 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista, CA
Cost: $18 – $20
More information: www.thelivingcoast.org


San Diego International Auto Show

The San Diego International Auto Show will feature over 400 over the latest new models, a dozen test drives, exotics, automotive products and much more! The show takes place Dec. 29, 2016 – Jan. 2, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center.

When: Thursday, Dec. 29 – Monday, Jan. 2
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free – $12
More information: www.sdautoshow.com

San Diego County Events for November 4 – 6

For the first weekend in November, you have your choice of art events, among other activities. Get out and enjoy the cultural side of San Diego county!

San Diego county events this weekendGlobe for All

The Old Globe’s free “Globe for All” public performances of “Measure for Measure” are happening this weekend.

When: Friday – Sunday, November 4 – 6
Where: A different location each day; check the website for details
Cost: Free
More information: theoldglobe.org


Art San Diego

This annual four-day event, which began in 2009, will feature all kinds of artwork — paintings, photography, sculpture, glass and other media — by artists from all over the world. There will also be talks, panel discussions and special events

When: Thursday – Sunday, November 3 – 6
Where: Balboa Park Activity Center | 2145 Park Blvd., San Diego
Cost: $10 – $85
More information: art-sandiego.com


San Diego Beer Week 2016

San Diego Beer Week returns Nov. 4 through Nov. 13 with around 500 events across San Diego showcasing the booming craft beer industry.

When: Friday, Nov. 4 – Nov. 13
Where: Locations vary
More information: www.sdbw.org


Friday Night Liberty

This free monthly art walk at the Arts District at Liberty Station returns Friday night with dancing, theater, musical performances and galleries galore.

When: Friday, Nov. 4 | 5 – 9pm
Where: Liberty Station, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: libertystation.com/events/friday-night-liberty-november-4