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San Diego County Events for September 22 – 24

Ahhh — fall is here! Pull out the sweaters and scarves for Julian’s Apple Days Festival or the Bates Nut Farm’s pumpkin patch, or act like it’s still summer by heading to the beach for the SaltDog Classic Beach Fest. Want more options? Check them out below!

San Diego county events this weekendFall Home & Garden Show

at the 28th Annual Fall Home & Garden Show this weekend in Del Mar. Peruse dozens of exhibitors – from solar panel experts and stucco pros to bathroom and kitchen renovation specialists – all under one roof. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $6

When: Sept. 22 – 24 | Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $6+
More information: fallhomegardenshow.com


MCAS Miramar Air Show

Join us at the Miramar Air Show to recognize the service and sacrifice from our Vietnam War veterans. Showcasing the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team and welcome back the Patriots Jet Team. Both jet teams are sure to impress in what will be thrilling performances of fast-paced, formation flying and choreographed aerobatic maneuvers.

When: Friday – Sunday, Sept. 22 – 24 | 8am – 4:20pm
Where: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego
Cost: Free – $235
More information: www.miramarairshow.com


Pacific Islander Festival 2017

The 23rd annual Pacific Islander Festival at Mission Bay ~ Ski Beach has over 100 booths, from craft/cultural villages, retail, information, and food!

When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 8:45am | Sunday, Sept.  24, 8am
Where: Ski Beach | 1600 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
More information


SaltDog Classic Beach Fest

On September 23, 2017 there will be art, dancing, drinking, surfing, and singing at the SaltDog Classic Beach Fest.

When: Saturday, Sept. 23 | 11am
Where: Seaside State Beach | 2526 S Coast Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Cost: Free – $30
More information: www.saltdogclassic.com/the-band


Grossmont Symphony Orchestra & Master Chorale’s Schubertiad I

Grossmont Symphony Orchestra & Master Chorale present an evening of vocal chamber music to open the 2017-2018 Season.

When: Friday, Sept. 22 | 7:30pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church | 500 Farragut Cir, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: $5 – $15
More information: firstpres-elcajon.org


The Pumpkin Patch at Bates Nut Farm

Family and friends enjoy the tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral and Snows Pony Rides. Grab a wheelbarrow and pick from variety of pumpkins. In addition, weekends at Bates include live entertainment from Noon-3 p.m., BBQ, kettle corn, food trucks, rock climb, bounce, slide and other family friendly events

When: Ongoing from September 23 until October 31, 2017
Where: Bates Nut Farm | 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center, CA 92082
More information: batesnutfarm.biz


Annual Car Show on the Circle

Enjoy all the beautiful classic vehicles and entertainment at the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon‘s first Annual Car Show on the Circle held September 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

All the festivities are on Farragut Circle between Lexington and Washington in El Cajon.

When: Saturday, Sept. 23 | 9am – 2pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon | 500 Farragut Circle, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: www.firstpres-elcajon.org


Julian Apple Days Festival

It’s that time of year again! Julian’s Apple Days Festival celebrates the start of fall and the delicious fruit associated with it. Stop by Menghini Winery for music, dancing, tractor displays, children’s games, a beer and wine garden and of course – apple pie!

When: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 – 24
Where: Menghini Winery | 1150 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: Free – $5
More information: www.visitjulian.com/to-see-do/special-events/apple-days


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 September 15 – 17

Take a look at the fantastic family activities and events in San Diego County below!

San Diego county events this weekendTaste of South Park

With purchase of a Tasting Passport, guests can sup and sip their way along the 30th St and Fern St corridor, sampling bites from all participating South Park brick-and-mortar eateries, featuring local and national award-winning locations!

As a bonus, guests will get a taste of the diverse boutiques and shops lining the streets of South Park between bites.

When: Saturday, Sept. 16 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Grape Street Square | 1946 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92102
Cost: $35 – $40
More information: www.southparksd.com/taste-of-south-park


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’s (Sept. 15) free movie (find locations via the schedule link) includes:

  • Sing

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County | tonight’s showing is at Skyline Hills Community Park
Cost: FREE!
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here


Best of the Best Film Festival

This two-evening program features a variety of fiction and documentary short films by the students of SDSU’s acclaimed Television, Film, and New Media Production program.

This evening features 90-minutes of new work, and highlights from past festivals.

When: Friday, Sept. 15 | 7:30pm
Where: Don Powell Theatre at SDSU | 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego
Cost: $10
More information: ttf.sdsu.edu/index.php/about_us/don_powell


Dinner And A Concert: Siren’s Crush

One of El Cajon’s premier events, the Dinner and a Concert Series is back again this year for another stay in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner and 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.

When: Friday, Sept. 15 | 6pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | 201 E Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Barrios Hermanos Blvd Market

Attendees to the BLVD Market, held at the intersection of El Cajon Boulevard and Utah Street, will enjoy craft beers, bilingual rock band Karina Frost and her Banduvians, food, local businesses and low-riders.

When: Friday, Sept. 15 | 6pm
Where: 2855 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: sandiego.carpediem.cd/events/4548419-barrios-hermanos-blvd-market-at-the-blvd-market


Celebra

The Chicano Federation is celebrating National Hispanic and Latino Heritage month with ¡Celebra! a fun-filled salsa dancing evening.

This event will feature salsa dance lessons by the renowned dance instructor, Michael John Saltus, appetizers, beer, wine, opportunity drawings and more.

When: Friday, Sept. 15 | 7pm
Where: Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center | 3925 Ohio St, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.chicanofederation.org/events


Fiestas Patrias: Old Town

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park celebrates Mexican Independence Day on Saturday with Fiestas Patrias, a free, family-friendly event that includes piñatas, crafts, living history demonstrations, traditional music, dance groups and other activities throughout the park highlighting life for early settlers in the 1830s and 1840s.

When: Saturday, Sept. 16 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Old Town State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: www.parks.ca.gov


Landlubbers Day

Avast, me hearties! In celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Seaport Village is hosting the third annual Landlubbers Day, a festive celebration of all things pirate. Held Saturday, September 16 from noon to 4 p.m. the free event features live music from the Jackstraws, San Diego’s very own pirate-themed band; costume and “Talk Like a Pirate” contests for kids, adults and pets; a mermaid grotto; arts and crafts; and food and drink specials from Seaport Village shops and eateries.

When: Saturday, Sept. 16 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Seaport Village | 849 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/landlubbers-day


Fiestas Patrias: Chula Vista

Music, cultural dance performances and tasty food! Chula Vista’s Fiestas Patrias runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and features more than 20 musical and cultural dance performances, all with a beautiful view of the city’s Marina and shopping district. Enjoy yummy food, face painters, kids shows, carnival lane, a children’s area and interactive zones as well. It’s a fun day for the entire family.

When: Sunday, Sept. 17 | 11am
Where: H Street, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/452559445118910


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 September 8 – 10

Several San Diego festivals are happening this weekend; check out the Greek Festival, go to the Brewfest, or attend one of the other ones below!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Blues Festival

The San Diego Blues Festival features members of the Blues Hall of Fame, a Grammy Award winner and many other blues acts. This year the family-friendly event will feature 9 musical acts on two stages featuring the talents of the California Honeydrops, Joe Louis Walker, and Grammy award-winning artist Mavis Staples. Festival attendees will enjoy local craft beer, food vendors, specialty cocktails and wine, along with arts and crafts vendors. All proceeds and food drive donations will benefit the Food Bank.

When: Saturday, Sept. 9 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $25 – $250; kids 12 and under free
More information: SDBluesFest.com


Cardiff Greek Festival

Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children’s activities and more the Annual Cardiff Greek Festival.

When: Saturday, Sept. 9, 10am – 10pm | Sunday, Sept. 10, 10:30am – 9pm
Where: Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church | 3459 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff by-the-Sea, CA 92007
Cost: $3; 12 and under free
More information: www.cardiffgreekfestival.com


4th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest

Carlsbad Brewfest celebrates craft beer with tastings from more than 30 San Diego & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.

When: Saturday, Sept. 9 | 12 – 4:30pm
Where: Holiday Park | 3400 Pio Pico Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $10 – $50
More information: www.carlsbadbrewfest.org


La Mesa’s Second Saturday Concert Series

The Second Saturday Concert Series returns to La Mesa Library! They will kick off this new season with local singer-songwriter Jim Earp on September 9.

When: Saturday, Sept. 9 | 1pm
Where: La Mesa Library | 8074 Allison Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: See their post on Facebook


Pizza and Beer Festival

Guests will experience unlimited tastings of pizza from some of the top restaurants & food trucks in Southern California as well as unlimited tastings of craft beer from local and regional breweries.

When: Saturday, Sept. 9 | 2 – 5pm
Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier | 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $45 – $55
More information: www.pizzabeerfest.com


Poway Community Day Festival

From parades to performances and from carnival rides to craft beer, there is something for everyone at Poway Days! The three-weekend event highlights local bands, performers, artisans, and eateries that will delight everyone and inspire residents to forge new community experiences.

Poway Days celebrates Poway and the surrounding area with unique foods and culture, promoting local businesses, and raising funds to give back to the community.

When: Saturday, Sept. 9 | 10:30am – 8pm
Where: Poway Community Park | 
Cost: Free
More information: Poway Community Day Festival


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 September 1 – 4

If you’re here for the weekend in San Diego County, there’s lots to do and see this Labor Day Weekend! Check out these great events and family activities.

San Diego county events this weekendU.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition

The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition returns to downtown San Diego’s waterfront on Labor Day weekend, showcasing incredible works of art made with sand by sculptors from around the globe. The four-day event includes live entertainment, an exposition featuring goods made by artists, activities for the kids and gourmet food trucks.

When: Friday – Monday, September 1 – 4, 2017 | Open daily at 9am; closes at 5pm on Friday and Monday, and 7pm on Saturday and Sunday
Where: Broadway Pier and Pavilion | 1000 North Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $9 – $15
More information: ussandsculpting.com


Festival of Sail

The Festival of Sail, an annual Labor Day weekend tradition at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, returns this weekend with a fleet of tall ships sailing the San Diego Bay, cannon battles, family entertainment, a kids’ zone, bay cruises and food vendors.

When: September 1 – 4 | Friday 12 – 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 7pm, Monday 9am – 5pm
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego & North Embarcadero | 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $9 – $11, free street fair area
More information: sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/festival-of-sail


47th Annual Barona Powwow

The three-day cultural celebration kicks off on Friday, Sept. 1 with Gourd Dancing at 6pm and an awe-inspiring Grand Entry of dancers in colorful regalia at 7pm. Over 1,000 Native American participants of all ages will showcase their dancing skills and musical talents as they compete for over $75,000 in prize money. Visitors to the Powwow will enjoy authentic Indian tacos and other delicious dishes, admire beautiful Native American arts and crafts, view dance exhibitions and competitions, and experience the richness of Barona’s Tribal heritage.

When: Friday – Sunday, September 1 – 3
Where: Barona Sports Park | 1932 Wildcat Canyon Rd., Lakeside, CA
Cost: Free
More information: 47th Annual Barona Powwow


Del Mar Summer Concert Series: The Revivalists

The American rock band formed in New Orleans, The Revivalists, will take the Seaside Stage on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. The Revivalists are known for putting on an energetic live show equally steeped in instrumental virtuosity and charismatic vocal magnetism. The concert is free with paid stretch run general admission to the track, which is just $6, otherwise it’s $20.

When: Friday, September 1, 7pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
Cost: $6 – $20
More information: www.kpbs.org/events


Julian Arts Guild Fall Art Show

Join the Julian Arts Guild as we showcase the work of local Julian artists. Take in ceramics, oil painting, wearable fiber arts, gourds work, mixed media, watercolor and more.

When: Saturday – Monday, September 2 – 4 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Julian Town Hall | 2129 Main St., Julian, CA 92036
Cost: Free
More information: julianartsguild.org


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 (Sept. 1 & 2) free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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


Julian’s Grape Stomp Fest

This Saturday, stomp on grapes once again at the 21st anniversary of the fiesta. Ten local wineries will be offering sips for sampling, plus a unique blend of food and shopping opportunities, all while you listen to charming Italian music.

When: Saturday, 11am
Where: Menghini Winery | 1150 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: $5 – ages 6-20, $15 for adults
More information: Julian’s Grape Stomp Fest


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 August 25 – 27

Once again, there’s so much going on in our county today – Sunday; check out the great events happening in San Diego County this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend47th Annual Ramona Country Fair

The old-fashioned Ramona Country Fair began last night and goes through this weekend. With music, a wild west show, bluegrass festival, custom bike show, rides, contests, and all the great throw-back things that make a country fair nostalchic, you’ll want to come this weekend to it! (PLUS, it’s free admission!)

When:  Thursday – Sunday, August 24 – 27 | Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am – 10pm
Where: Ramona Outdoor Community Center | 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
Cost: Free admission, $5 parking
More information: www.facebook.com/RamonaCountryFair and ramonachamber.com/events


Cruisin’ Grand Escondido

Downtown Escondido’s free, weekly vintage car show continues, running every Friday night through Sept. 29. Cruisin’ Grand Escondido takes over historic Grand Avenue, with more than 500 cool cars lining the streets. Musical entertainment, as well.

When: Fridays, through September 29 | 5 – 9pm
Where: Downtown Escondido | 235 East Grand Ave, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: cruisingrand.com


G & The New Orleans Swinging Gypsies – free concert and dance lesson

G & The New Orleans Swinging Gypsies embody the spirit of gypsy jazz mixed with traditional jazz and swing. In addition to a live concert, enjoy free Swing Dance lessons that will help you cut a rug to this delightful band, merging music and dance as one!

When: Friday, August 25 | 6 – 9pm
Where: The Headquarters at Seaport | 789 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: theheadquarters.com/events-calendar/g-new-orleans-swinging-gypsies


14th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival

Adventurous music invades the seaside Village of Carlsbad for the nationally renown 14th annual Carlsbad Music Festival on August 25-27. The Festival programming is an eclectic mix of creative music ranging from contemporary classical, to indie rock, to world music, to electronic; plus a Green Flash beer garden and food trucks steps from the beach.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 25 – 27
Where: Festival Hub: St Michael’s by the Sea, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad
Cost: Free and ticketed performances; Free – $90
More information: www.carlsbadmusicfestival.org


Fourth Annual Imperial Avenue Street Festival

The fourth annual Imperial Avenue Street Festival celebrates the rich history, culture and arts of the Greater Logan Heights community! Come out and experience the flavors of Imperial Avenue, enjoy a variety of fun family programming, browse the offerings of local artists and crafts, enjoy gourmet food and beverages, craft beer garden and groove to an amazing lineup of live performers, American jazz, R&B and rock bass player and vocalist!

When: Saturday, August 26 | 12 – 9pm
Where: Imperial Avenue and 28th Street | 2802 Imperial Ave., San Diego, CA 92102
Cost: Free
More information: www.imperialavenuestreetfest.com


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 25 & 26) free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • Finding Dory
  • Moana
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Finding Dory
  • A Bug’s Life
  • Storks
  • Zootopia
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Inside Out
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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 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 August 11 – 13

With so many free, or nearly free, events and things to do this Friday through Sunday, there’s no reason not to come down to sunny San Diego County for the weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendArtWalk @ Liberty Station

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station returns for a weekend of fine art, food, live entertainment and more.

Stroll through Ingram Plaza in the heart of Liberty Station’s Arts District to view over 200 international, national and local artists will be featuring every medium of art including painting, sculpture, glass work, fine jewelry, photography and more.

The arts festival will also include a KidsWalk, which offers interactive art for kids; street food options and a wine and beer pavilion.

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13 | 10am
Where: Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza, 2645 Historic Decatur Road , San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: ArtWalk @ Liberty Station


La Mesa, CA Farmers' MarketLa Mesa Farmers’ Market

An open-air farmers’ market occurs every Friday afternoon from 2pm – 6pm at the intersection of University Avenue and Spring Street in La Mesa, CA. Sponsored by the City of La Mesa, the market offers farm fresh goods including flowers, produce and live plants.

When: Fridays, 2- 6pm
Where: University Ave & Spring St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: cityoflamesa.com/449/Farmers-Market


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:

  • Ratatouille
  • Sing
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Moana
  • The Incredibles

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


Family Weekends

On weekends at Del Mar Racetrack, there’s plenty of fun events for the entire family. Children (ages 17 and under) receive free racetrack admission and adults are only $6.00.

The free activities feature:

• Pony Rides
• Inflatable Games and Rides
• Magic Show and GameZone
• Jockey Stilt Walkers
• Giant Scramble Slide & Obstacle Course
• Del Mar Mascot “Pony Boy”
• Face Painters
• Caricature Artist

When: Saturdays & Sundays, 1 – 6pm | Going from now until September 3, 2017
Where: Del Mar Racetrack | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free – $6
More information: www.dmtc.com


Fiesta Del Sol

The largest community-driven family festival in San Diego County, the 10th Annual Fiesta del Sol is a two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego. It’s a fun, FAMILY-FRIENDLY, alcohol- and tobacco-free event focused on creating positive change by empowering communities. Fiesta del Sol includes an entertainment stage, a multi-cultural food court, four community pavilions, and over one hundred booths

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13 | 11am – 6pm
Where: Main Street, Between South Evans and Sicard Streets | San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.fiestadelsolsandiego.org


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 August 4 – 6

San Diego County has much going on this weekend; check out the many festivals, events and things to do below!

San Diego county events this weekendAnnual Latin America Festival

Folk artists from Oaxaca, Jalisco, Peru, El Salvador and more will convene at the Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops, August 4-6 in Old Town.

The annual San Diego event presents one of the nation’s most extensive collections of authentic folk art, traditional clothing and textiles, colorful collectibles and dazzling jewelry. Visitors can take in an amazing array of live artist demonstrations, enjoy nonstop entertainment, and feast on mouth-watering Mexican cuisine at the free weekend event.

When: Friday & Saturday, August 4 – 5, 10am – 8pm | Sunday, August 6, 10am – 5pm
Where: Bazaar del Mundo in San Diego Old Town | 4133 Taylor St, San Diego, CA
Cost: FREE!
More information: www.bazaardelmundo.com/bdm/latin-american-festival


21st Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Celebrate Chula Vista’s historic reign as the lemon capital of the world at their Lemon Festival! Third Avenue will close to traffic and open to hundreds of vendor booths welcoming over 35,000 eager attendees rejoicing in this juicy jubilee. Sport your brightest yellow outfit and enjoy lemon-infused activities, live bands, sour contests, Lemon Pie Eating and Lemon Peeling and Largest Lemon contests, a kid’s fun zone, a craft beer garden, and hundreds of festive booths.

When: Sunday, August 6 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: FREE!
More information: thirdavenuevillage.com/squeeze-some-fun-into-your-summer-at-the-21st-chula-vista-lemon-festival


Oceanside International Film Festival

Held every August, Oceanside International Film Festival officially kicks off a season of various film festivals, which are conducted annually in San Diego county and usually continue through the fall. The eight-day event OIFF-2017 will run in the same format and at the same venues as the previous year, screenings and celebrations taking place at two oldest theaters in town, Star Theatre and Sunshine Brooks Theatre.

When: Sunday, August 6 — Sunday, August 13
Where: Star Theatre and Sunshine Brooks Theatre | Chula Vista, CA
Cost: $10 – $50
More information: osidefilm.org/buy-tickets


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 4 & 5) free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • The Boss Baby
  • Moana
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Finding Nemo
  • Inside Out
  • Sing

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


28th Annual Vista Rod Run

The Vista Rod Run features 300 + classic and specialty cars. Car owners compete for the best of the best to win awards and prizes.

Also featured at the Rod Run is a street fair with arts, craft, and food vendors; live entertainment; and downtown shopping.

When: Sunday, August 6 | 9am – 2pm
Where: Mainstreet in Historic Downtown, Vista, CA
Cost: FREE!
More information: vvba.org/event/vista-rod-run


Sip of Julian

Julian is about more than just cider and apple pies. This Saturday, spend the day getting a taste of the town’s best wine, beer, craft cocktails and hard cider. A “Sip of Julian” runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., giving guests time to sample all the wine, beer and liquor they want, paired with small bites at each stop.

When: Saturday, August 5 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Julian Town Hall
Cost: $25
More information: juliansip2017.brownpapertickets.com


5th Annual Craft Beer Festival

A beer festival in an un-paralleled historical location right on San Diego Bay. Let your taste buds experience various craft beer vendors while you enjoy live music. Curb your hunger with assorted food vendors on site. There will be brews, food, and live music by Fish and the Seaweeds & Frankie T. and the Triple B. Must be 21 or older.

When: Saturday, August 5 | 1 – 5pm (also open 12 – 1pm for VIP ticket holders)
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego, At Star of India Wharf | 1492 North Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $35 – $50
More information: sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/craft-beer-festival


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