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San Diego County Events for May 10 – 12, 2019

Check out what’s going on in San Diego County this weekend!
San Diego county events this weekendTaste of Grossmont

Sample delicious food from Grossmont Center’s fantastic collection of restaurants at the annual Taste of Grossmont. Taste of Grossmont is an amazing opportunity to feast on cuisines from around the globe—Mexican, Italian, Irish, American, and more—all in one day. More than 20 of Grossmont Center’s participating restaurants will serve delectable bites of their signature dishes that can be savored while spending the afternoon shopping.

When: May 11 | 2 – 5pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa
Cost: Free
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Festival of Arts – North Park

The 23rd Annual SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park is back Saturday, May 11th from 11AM to 10PM! Experience this local North Park tradition, with live music, live street art demonstrations, music stages and local food! This event is FREE and for all ages! Don’t miss a fun-filled day and night of entertainment in San Diego’s hippest neighborhood.

When: Saturday, May 11 | 11am – 10pm
Where: University Ave in North Park, San Diego
Cost: Free; $27 for Craft Beer Block tasting tickets
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Mountain Man Rendezvous

Visit a “mountain man” encampment to meet characters from the North American Fur Trade era (1815-1840). See demonstrations of flint and steel fire-starting, archery, tomahawk & knife throwing, blackpowder shooting, trap setting, primitive cooking, and candle making. Listen to the stories of those who followed Lewis and Clark into the western mountains. Primitive camps, teepees, a blacksmith shop and period-dressed people will be ready to talk with you and show you around.

When: Friday, May 10
Where: Northcote Ranch, 2294 Lake Morena Drive, Campo
Cost: $5
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Tacotopia

The largest, unlimited taco event in San Diego. Tacos from TJ to LA, from established taco chains to mom and pop taco stands and trucks. A diverse selection of crispy fish tacos, fancy gourmet tacos, and savory street tacos from 60 of the best taco vendors. Unlimited taco tasting, beer tastings from 20 local breweries, full-sized pours and margaritas available at the bar, live music, lucha libre wrestling, and lawn games.

When: Saturday, May 11 | 1 – 4pm
Where: Golden Hill Community Park|2590 Golden Hill Drive, San Diego
Cost: $15 – $55 | 21+
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31st Annual Balboa Park Pow Wow

The Balboa Park Pow Wow showcases the heritage of American Indians. Participants of all ages will be present from American Indian tribes, drum groups. and communities, wearing ornate regalia. Kumeyaay singers will open the event both days with Birds Songs. Gourd Dancing will follow, and then the Grand Entry, which opens a day of inter-tribal dancing. Vendors will be selling handmade jewelry, pottery, basketry, clothing, fry bread, and Indian tacos.

When: Saturday, May 11 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Boulevard, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Gator by the Bay

Music, Louisiana food and crawfish festival!

When: May 9 – 12
Where: Spanish Landing Park | 3900 North Harbor Drive (Across from San Diego Airport), San Diego
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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 May 3 – 5, 2019

Here’s some of what is going on in San Diego County this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

Celebrating 36 years of fiery fun, Fiesta Old Town is sure to be muy caliente as it transforms the historic Old Town area into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration on the West Coast: a bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling and huge display of lowriders and other incredible autos!

When: May 3 – 5
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St., San Diego
Cost: Free
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Cayote Music Festival

An all student-run music festival on the grand lawn featuring local musicians, artists, and vendors!

When: Saturday, May 4 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Cuyamaca College | 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy, El Cajon, California 92019
Cost: Free
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Point Loma Garden Walk & Evening in the Garden

A walking tour of eight home gardens in the area, with artist demonstrations, garden marketplace with local crafters and artisans, food trucks, etc. This a self-guided walking garden tour and is at your own pace. You can choose your own route and tour the gardens and homes in any order you wish.

When: Saturday, May 4 | 10am – 4pm
Where: 3111 Kellogg St., San Diego CA 92106 – or – All Souls’ Episcopal Church,1475 Catalina Blvd, San Diego CA 92107​
Cost: $30
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Rally for Science San Diego

Head to the 2019 Rally For Science on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego!

When: Saturday, May 4 | 10am
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Balboa Park

The annual free event is expanding to bring even more Mexican-themed music and dance performances, arts and crafts, and family-friendly activities

When: Saturday, May 4 | 11am
Where: Balboa Park | 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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15th Annual SD Dragon Boat Festival

San Diego Dragon Boat Alliance presents the 15th Annual San Diego Dragon Boat Festival.

Watch dragon boats race to the beat of drums and celebrate Asian cultures and cuisines.

When: Saturday, May 4 | 9am
Where: Tecolote Shores North | East Mission Bays Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
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Carlsbad Village Faire

The Carlsbad Village Faire features more than 750 vendors selling a variety of unique goods including art, antiques, clothing, items from around the world and much more! The Faire will also feature rides for kids, an international food center, live music and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast.

When: Sunday, May 5 | 8am
Where: Carlsbad Village | 2775 State Street , Carlsbad, CA 92008
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 April 26 – 28, 2019

It’s not hard to find fun for the family or for free this weekend in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendEarth Day Festival

Get hands-on with fun Earth Day activities including interactive booths, STEM activities, vendors, Pedal for the Planet Trail Ride (bring your bike and helmet), educational materials, resources and more.

When: Saturday, April 27 | 10am – 1pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
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Encinitas Spring Street Fair

Enjoy over 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors plus four entertainment stages, children’s rides, Bike Valets, and a Beer Garden! Take advantage of free family fun, entertainment, a National Award Winning Main Street and a traditional So-Cal beach town.

When: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28 | 9am
Where: South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
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Mission Federal ArtWalk

The 35th annual Mission Federal ArtWalk is the largest running arts festival in Southern California!

Attendees can explore 16 blocks of every medium of art including painting, sculpture, glass work, photography, fine jewelry and more. Then enjoy live music, dance performances, interactive art experiences, street food, family-friendly art projects at KidsWalk and more!

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28 | 11am
Where: Throughout Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Oceanside’s 10th Annual Earth Festival

The Earth Festival offers participants the opportunity to explore more than 100 booths and vendors to learn ways to increase sustainability efforts; peruse the vintage market to find upcycled items from environmentally conscious businesses; discover and taste Oceanside’s local food; and enjoy live local bands.

When: Saturday, April 27 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Downtown Oceanside, Pier View Way and Tremont St., Oceanside, CA
Cost: Free
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Adams Avenue Unplugged

This free, beloved music festival along a 2-mile stretch of Adams Avenue brings 80 performances across 24 stages inside the unique restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries that line San Diego’s uptown communities. The festival spans from west University Heights into Normal Heights and parts of Kensington to the east.

When: Saturday, April 27 | 12 – 10pm
Where: Adams Avenue (From west University Heights through Normal Heights), San Diego
Cost: Free
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Tequila & Tacos Music Festival

The 3rd annual Tequila & Tacos Music Festival returns to downtown San Diego’s waterfront this weekend, featuring exclusive tequila samplings, entertainment and gourmet street tacos.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28 | tequila tasting on Saturday
Where: 200 Marina Park Way, Embarcadero Marin Park South, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 – $40
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Annual Lakeside Rodeo

The 55th Annual Lakeside Rodeo brings the exciting action of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to the Lakeside Arena April 26th, 27th & 28th, 2019 with four full rodeo performances featuring the 7 events of rodeo to include bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing (WPRA), tie down roping, and team roping…plus, the Kids Stick Horse Race is a hilarious to watch at each performance!

When: Friday – Sunday, April 26 – 28
Where: Lakeside Rodeo Grounds | 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040
Cost: $10 – $20
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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 April 19 – 21, 2019

Happy Easter! While you’re spending time with family and friends and reflecting on the reason for the holiday, carve out some time for one of these fun San Diego County activities.

San Diego county events this weekendSpring Harp Fest

The Spring Harp Fest is putting on their 20th annual benefit show, highlighting the harmonica.

When: Saturday, April 20 | 11am – 6:30pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa
Cost: Free; donations accepted
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San Diego Guitar Festival

From April 18 through April 27, 2019, the Japanese Friendship Garden Concert Series will partner once again with the San Diego Guitar Festival.

When: April 18 – 27, 2019
Where: Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego | 2215 Pan American Rd. E, San Diego
Cost: $10 Student – $20 General Admission – $30 VIP
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Spring Egg Hunt – Encinitas

The City of Encinitas presents its annual Spring Egg Hunt. Adding to the fun in addition to the 20,000 eggs, this year they will have two live shows from Hullabaloo on-stage at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

When: Saturday, April 20 | 10am
Where: Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Dr., Encinitas
Cost: Free
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Easter Open Farm Days

At the Oasis Camel Dairy, one weekend a month, they open their gates for a fun, relaxing, interesting and exciting afternoon of activities. There’s a new baby camel, a 1:30 p.m. animal show, Mini Sheep Town, kids camel rides, and fun activities.

Join in the fun of the first ever Camel Themed Easter Hat Contest! 1st 2nd & 3rd prize both Saturday and Sunday!

When: Saturday and Sunday | 1pm
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy | 26757 Hwy 78, Ramona
Cost: $8 – $12
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Easter Egg Hunt – La Mesa

Hop on over to Grossmont Center in La Mesa on Easter weekend, for their Easter Egg Hunt. During the Easter Egg Hunt, that search for treasure turns into a hunt for eggs that contain special surprises such as store coupons, candy, and small toys. Families can visit all the Center’s stores and eateries to hunt for eggs during this fantastic and festive holiday event.

When: Saturday, April 20 | 10:30am
Where: Grossmont Center Courtyard | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa
Cost: Free
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49th Annual Chicano Park Day

San Diego’s iconic Chicano Park – the colorful landmark in Logan Heights, under the Coronado Bridge – celebrates its 49th anniversary with this free, family-friendly festival. The lively party at the park will include performances by ballet folklorico artists, Aztec indigenous dancers, musicians and other entertainers. There will also be art workshops for kids, food vendors, and 325 classic, lowrider cars on display.

When: Saturday, April 20 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Chicano Park, San Diego
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 April 12 – 14

A wonderful spring weekend to get out there and do something!

San Diego county activities and events this weekend

Spring Eggstravaganzas

There’s a variety of spring eggstravaganzas happening all over San Diego County this weekend. Check out this one in El Cajon, or view the other locations/details here.

When: Saturday, April 13 | 10am – 12pm
Where: Flinn Springs County Park | 14787 Old Highway 80, El Cajon, CA 92021
Cost: Free
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ArtFest 2019 at San Diego Botanic Garden

ArtFest 2019 Including Fine Art & Asian Art April 13 & 14 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Looking for unique, one-of-a-kind art pieces to adorn your home or garden? Then you’ll enjoy ArtFest, featuring more than 20 local and regional artists displaying and selling their work at amazing prices! 

When: Saturday, April 13 | 9am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA

Cost: Free – $14
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Coronado Flower Show

At the Coronado Flower Show, activities will include:

  • Design and Horticultural Exhibits
  • Entertainment on the Bandstand
  • Children’s Activities
  • Educational Exhibits
  • “Ask a Master Gardener” Booth
  • Beer Garden (21+)
  • Food and Drink
  • Floral-related Products for Sale
  • Green Elephant and Plant Sale

When: Saturday, 1 – 5pm | Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Where: Spreckels Park |601 Orange Ave., Coronado
Cost: Free – $5
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Warbird Expo & Militaria Swap Meet

Get an up-close look at warbirds, classic aircraft, classic cars and WWII memorabilia at the Warbirds Expo & Militaria Swap Meet this Saturday at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. The swap meet will feature WWII collectibles like books, photos, uniforms, toys and more. Meanwhile, on the expo floor, attendees will have a chance to go inside a real WWII aircraft and can even join in on a 1940s reenactment cosplay contest. 

When: Saturday, April 13 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Gillespie Field | 1960 Joe Crosson Dr, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
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evARTS Block Party

The East Village’s hip Quartyard venue (1301 Market St.) is celebrating its 4th birthday Saturday with its first-ever evARTS Block Party. It will run along 13th Street, off Market Street, and aims to highlight the local arts culture. The event includes craft beer, live music, and pop-up tasting tents. 

When: Saturday, April 13 | 3 – 9pm
Where: Courtyard | 1301 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101 | Along 13th Street, off Market Street
Cost: $5 – $10
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The Mom Made Market San Diego

Come shop #mommade and support local moms in business this spring. It’ll be an intimate, curated market with free parking, an easy central location, and lots of fun planned for the whole family. 

When: Friday, 4 – 9pm | Saturday 10am – 4pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 2001 S El Camino Real, Oceanside, CA 92054 
Cost: $5
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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 April 5 – 7

What is it that you want to do this weekend? San Diego County has all sorts of events happening!

San Diego county events this weekendJapanese Friendship Garden Concert Series: Jazz in the Garden

Experience live music bi-weekly in one of San Diego’s most beautiful historical landmarks. Witness the stunning architecture of this intimate Japanese garden while supporting music education in San Diego. Produced by the students of the award-winning Mission Bay High School Jazz Preservationists, in partnership with the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego and the San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society, the Japanese Friendship Garden Concerts series is an exciting new JAZZ program of unique live performances, from February to April, set against the serene backdrop of the Japanese Friendship Garden within the halls of the stunning Inamori Pavilion.

When: April 2 – 25 | 7 – 9pm
Where: Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego | 2215 Pan American Way E, San Diego, CA
Cost: $10 – $30
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Uncorked: San Diego Wine Fest

Uncorked Wine Festivals is back for the fourth annual Uncorked: SD spring wine festival. Enjoy over 200 wines and champagnes from across the globe, gourmet food trucks, live dj, lawn games and more! Bring your picnic blankets or beach chairs and come hang out to sip and savor on the water.

When: Saturday, April 6 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA
Cost: $60 – $70
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DIY Fest

Join us for an afternoon of free craft stations, including Mad Hatter-inspired crazy hats, Mexican paper flowers for kids, fuse beads for teens, a unicorn cake demo for adults, and much more.

When: Saturday, April 6 | 12 – 2pm
Where: Vista Library | 700 Eucalyptus Ave, Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: call (760) 643-5100


Easter Bunny Hut

The festive Bunny Hut returns for another Spring, so families can meet the Easter Bunny in La Mesa. From April 6 through April 20, the Easter Bunny will be in residence at the Center’s courtyard gazebo. There, families can spend some time with the Easter Bunny and come away with a photo.

When: April 6 – 20, 2019
Where: Grossmont Center Gazebo at the Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA
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First Friday Art Walk Oceanside

The First Friday Art Walk in Oceanside – at the Artist Alley in downtown Oceanside – will highlight dozens of artists and vendors that make the community unique. Attendees can enjoy pop-up art galleries, music, dance, poetry, activities, and food at this free, all-ages event

When: Friday, April 5 | 5 – 9pm
Where: Artist Alley, Oceanside
Cost: Free
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12th Annual North Park Festival of Beers

The 12th annual North Park Festival of Beers is back on Saturday, April 6, sampling more than 50 beers, with a great beer and musical lineup.

When: Saturday, April 6 | VIP opens at noon, general opens at 1pm
Where: Located in front of the Lafayette Hotel | 2223 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego
Cost: $20 – $50 | All tickets include unlimited beer sampling
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MercyMe: Imagine Nation Tour

American contemporary Christian band, MercyMe (“Best News Ever,” “Even If,” “Greater”) brings its “Imagine Nation Tour” to San Diego with a Saturday night stop at SDSU’s Viejas Arena.

When: Saturday, April 6 | 7pm
Where: Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Cost: $20
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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 March 29 – 31

There’s a full line-up of interesting and great events going on this weekend in San Diego County!
San Diego county events this weekendRolando Street Fair

On Sunday, March 31st Rolando welcomes all to one of San Diego’s only neighborhood street fairs.  With 6 bands, local performances, over 150 vendors, a beer garden and an interactive kids area, this all day event is free to enter and has fun for everyone.   Enjoy live music, grab a bite to eat and enjoy a beer with friends.  Check out up-and-coming talent on the community stage, browse local arts and crafts, or just let the kids run wild through the inflatables and activities of the kids zone.

When: Sunday, March 31 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Takes place along Rolando Blvd. between El Cajon Blvd and Solita Ave, San Diego
Cost: Free; kids zone wristband is $5
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Nature Day

The 13th day of the first month of the Persian calendar is a special day for celebration. It’s a day for Iranian families to come together for an outdoor picnic and to appreciate the beauty of nature. Families will celebrate with Persian folk music, food, and dancing.

When: Sunday, March 31 | 1 – 6pm
Where: NTC Park Liberty Station | 2455 Cushing Rd, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Water Lantern Festival

This nationwide Water Lantern Festival will happen this weekend at San Diego’s Chollas Lake Saturday evening. The community event invites attendees to decorate a lantern to then launch into the lake. The sight of floating lanterns dancing on the water is sure to be spectacular. The festival also includes food trucks, music, and fun activities.

When: Saturday, March 30 | 3:30 – 9pm
Where: Chollas Lake | 5850 College Grove Dr, San Diego
Cost: $35-$40 adults; $12 kids; lantern $15
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Hands-On Kimchi Workshop & Beer Pairing

Learn how to make killer kimchi! Kimchi is an ancient Korean pickle (usually spicy) and there are hundreds of ways to make it! This class will explore some of them.

When: Saturday, March 30 | 12:30pm
Where: Second Chance Beer Co. | 15378 Avenue of Science #222, San Diego
Cost: $47.50 – $50
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Peter and the Wolf: The Prokofiev Classic

Conductor Dana Sadava, narrator Nuvi Mehta, and students from the San Diego State University Community Music School come together for this symphonic telling of the classic tale of a young boy who outsmarts a wolf. Each character is portrayed by a different instrument. This performance is part of the San Diego Symphony’s Family Series, so little ones are encouraged to attend with their parents.

When: Sunday, March 31 | 2pm
Where:  Copley Symphony Hall | 750 B St, San Diego
Cost: $10+
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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 March 22 – 24

This weekend, San Diego County has unique events to offer — check out the 1000 Lights Lantern Festival, the Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer event, or La Mesa’s historical lecture on Mt. Helix.

San Diego county events this weekend

1000 Lights Lantern Festival

Come to enjoy good food, lively entertainment, and a beautiful spectacle of twinkling lights with your family and friends. 1000 Lights Lantern Festival is an experience you don’t want to miss.

When: March 23 | 4pm
Where: Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve | 9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee,  CA 92071
Cost: $13 – $35
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La Mesa Historical Society’s History Roundtable: Around Mt. Helix

La Mesa Historical Society’s History Roundtable series provides an encore presentation, as author James Newland’s presentation will provide an overview of the history of the Mt. Helix area as well as the significance of the mountain top nature theatre and park to the region.

When: March 23 | 5 – 7pm
Where: Grossmont Healthcare District Auditorium | 9001 Wakarusa Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free for LMHS Members, $5 suggested donation from non-members | RSVP
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24th Annual Ugly Dog Contest

The Ugly Dog Contest is a family event where dog lovers can enter their pets into any of the 10 categories. Categories include ugly dog, best costume, best mutt, most handsome, most beautiful, cutest puppy, most unusual markings, looks like their owner and best trick.

When: March 24 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Plaza de Mexico, The Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar
Cost: $5 – $75
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Sunday Spreckles Organ Concert

Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will typically find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Pets are welcome, and so are picnics.

When: Sunday | 2pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park, San Diego
Cost: Free
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7th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival

Taking place throughout the two levels of The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, a historic 10,000-square foot venue, this year’s festival features unlimited access to two-ounce pours from more than a dozen San Diego craft breweries, complimentary savory and sweet bites from Bankers Hill eateries, live DJ music and pop-up art exhibits ranging from paintings and fine art photography to creative displays, with many works for sale at the event.

When: March 22 | 6 – 9pm
Where: The Abbey on Fifth Avenue | 2825 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
Cost: $30 – $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!