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San Diego County Events for Sept. 7 – 9

There’s many festivals and other things to do in San Diego County this weekend. View them here!

San Diego county events this weekendCardiff 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, 10am – 10pm | Sunday, 11am – 9pm
Where: Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church | 3459 Manchester Ave, Cardiff by-the-Sea, CA
Cost: $3; under 12 free
More information: www.cardiffgreekfestival.com


28th Annual Sycuan Pow-Wow

The Sycuan Pow-Wow is a time for people to get together, sing, dance, renew old friendships and make new ones.

When: Friday – Sunday, Sept. 7 – 9
Where: 5577 Dehesa Road, El Cajon, CA 92019
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/Sycuans-Annual-Pow-Wow-358010080969157


5th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest

Carlsbad Brewfest celebrates craft beer with tastings from more than 34+ San Diego & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.

When: Saturday, Sept. 8 | 12 – 4:30pm
Where: Holiday Park | 3400 Pio Pico Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $20 – $55
More information: www.carlsbadbrewfest.org


San Diego Blues Festival

Billy Gibbons & Friends will headline this year’s San Diego Blues Festival at the Embarcadero. Tickets start at $30 and the proceeds benefit the San Diego Food Bank, which helps feed and provide additional support to needy families.

When: Saturday, Sept. 8 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA
Cost: $30
More information: www.sdbluesfest.com


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  | 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


Sculpture in the Garden

The sprawling botanical garden in Encinitas (230 Quail Gardens Drive) is featuring the sculpture work of 30 artists through the month of April. See the artwork, ranging from whimsical to abstract, set against a backdrop of dragon trees, rare fruit gardens, bamboo groves and ponds.

When: now – April
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA
Cost: $14 – adults; $8 – children
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/sculpture


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 31 – Sept. 2

Enjoy this weekend in San Diego County with one of these great events!

San Diego county events this weekend

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge And Dimensional Art Expo

At the U.S. San Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Expo, world master sand sculptors from the Netherlands, Italy and Canada, from exotic places like Latvia, Russia and Tasmania come to challenge the best in the U.S. with astounding dimensional art. There’s live entertainment (tribute bands, singers and more), a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, a fantastic view of the bay and all the great stuff that you always find on the Embarcadero.

When: Friday – Monday, Aug 31 – Sep 3, 2018
Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier | 1000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free – $30
More information: ussandsculpting.com


Julian Grape Stomp Festa

On Saturday the 22nd anniversary of the Julian Grape Stomp Festa occurs. With ten local wineries offering sips to sample, a wide variety of food and shopping opportunities, great Italian music provided by Roman Holiday, Bocce Ball Court, a little extemporaneous dancing here and there, this will be a party to remember!

When: Saturday, Sept. 1 | 11am – 6pm
Where: Menghini Winery | 1150 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian, CA
Cost: Free – $15
More information: visitjulian.com/to-see-do/special-events/grape-stomp


48th Annual Barona Powwow

Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion.

When: Friday – Sunday, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 | 1 – 11pm
Where: Barona Sports Park | 1095 Barona Rd, Lakeside, CA 92040
Cost: Free
More information: www.barona-nsn.gov/2017powwow


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  | 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 August 24 – 26

Here’s what’s new and happening for this beautiful San Diego County weekend!

Carlsbad Music Festival

The 15th annual Carlsbad Music Festival is a 3-day summer celebration of “adventurous music by the beach” on Friday-Sunday, August 24-26, 2018, in the charming seaside Village of Carlsbad. The Festival, called “one of the area’s most innovative music showcases” by KPBS, features 60+ performances of creative music of all kinds curated by Founder and Artistic Director, composer/violinist Matt McBane. These include ticketed Mainstage Concerts, dozens of FREE outdoor concerts all weekend, and a beer garden, food trucks, and artisan market.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 24 – 26
Where: St. Michael’s by the Sea Episcopal Church | 2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Free
More information: www.carlsbadmusicfestival.org


San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival

The San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival will screen over 150+ films from 30+ countries. American filmmakers as well as film delegations from China, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Japan, India, France, UK, Germany and many more, will appear at the event.

When: Friday – Sunday, Aug. 24 – 26
Where: City of Carlsbad Library | 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Cost: $5+
More information: www.sdkidsfilms.org


Imperial Avenue Street Festival

The Imperial Avenue Street Festival is a multicultural street scene that celebrates the rich history, arts and culture of the Greater Logan Heights community.

When: Saturday, Aug. 25 | 12 – 9pm
Where: Imperial Avenue | Imperial Ave & 28th, San Diego, CA 92102
Cost: Free
More information: www.imperialavenuestreetfest.com


Swinging Gypsies

The Swinging Gypsies embody the spirit of gypsy jazz mixed with traditional jazz and swing.  Enjoy free Swing Dance lessons that will help you move to this delightful band, merging music and dance as one on August 25 5-8 pm.

When: Saturday, Aug 25 | 5 – 8pm
Where: The Headquarters at Seaport’s Courtyard
Cost: Free
More information: theheadquarters.com/events-calendar/new-orleans-swinging-gypsies


14th Annual Leucadiart Walk

Come join us for a day of packed with art, music, culture and fun. This year’s LeucadiART Walk will be a day to remember in celebration of supporting creativity and the people in this community.

When: Sunday, Aug. 26 | 10am – 5pm
Where: N. Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia, Encinitas,CA
More information: www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart-walk


Grunion Run

In what may be its last run of the season, thousands of grunion, slim silver fish, will come out of the water and onto the shoreline to spawn. To see the natural event that happens only a handful of days throughout the year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends heading to a San Diego County beach with a flashlight. Runs are expected through Tuesday at various times but sightings are not guaranteed. Grunion sightings may occur at: Oceanside Pier View North Beach, Oceanside Harbor Beach, Del Mar Beach, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Coronado and Coronado Shores Beach and Imperial Beach.

When: through Tuesday at various times
Where: Various beaches in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Fish-Out-of-Water-Thousands-of-Grunion-Spawn-on-San-Diego-County-Beaches-484182251


Sunday Organ Concert

Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.

When: Sunday, Aug. 26 | 2 – 3pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: spreckelsorgan.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 17 – 19

A variety of events and festivals are going on in San Diego County this weekend; which one are you going to?

San Diego county events this weekendAnnual TwainFest

Enjoy a FREE fun-filled day in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Play unique games designed especially for TwainFest. Take home FREE books. Enter the Literary Costume Contest. Hear tall tales, stories and poetry. Visit Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory. Delight in Giant Puppets. Learn to play the Fife and Drum. Vote in the Election of 1872.  Play Croquet with the Red Queen. And so much more.

When: Saturday, August 18 | 11am – 4:30pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St., San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: writeoutloudsd.com/twainfest


HarborFest

From exotic automobile displays, kayaking, a pet parade and more—Chula Vista HarborFest will have everything you could possibly want at a FREE, family-friendly festival!

When: Saturday, August 18 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Chula Vista Bayside Park | 999 Bayside Pkwy, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free
More information: www.cvharborfest.com


Little Italy Summer Film Festival

Come enjoy a movie under the stars at our annual Little Italy Summer Film Festival every Saturday night of the Summer.  The Little Italy Summer Film Festival is presented by the Little Italy Association and Cinema Little Italy. The movies are screened at the Amici Park Amphitheater (W. Date & State Streets).

When: Saturdays, August 18 and 25 | Doors open at 7:30pm, film starts at 8pm
Where: Amici Park Amphitheeater | West Date and State Streets, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-summer-film-festival


25th Annual Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational

Surfers, scientists and survivors come together to support the fight against cancer at the annual Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational at the beach near Scripps Pier in La Jolla.

When: Sunday, Aug. 19, 7am – 4pm | Surfing competition starts at 7am. Luau starts at 11:30am
Where: Scripps Pier, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free for spectators
More information: luaulegendsofsurfing.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  | 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 for August 10 – 12

This weekend, choose from a variety of events and activities in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekendImpossible Science Festival

The Impossible Science Festival is a unique, hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and even experience virtual reality.

This event will examine the question “what is possible?” and use visual and interactive experiences to show how the seemingly impossible can become possible through curiosity and knowledge.

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12 | 11am
Where: Fleet Science Center | 1875 El Prado, San Diego
Cost: $21.25 – $24.95
More information: www.fleetscience.org


ArtWalk @ Liberty Station

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station celebrates 13 years of bringing visual arts,  music, and interactive art-making for families to San Diego in beautiful Ingram Plaza at the Arts District at LIberty Station. The Arts District at Liberty Station has blossomed into San Diego’s premier venue for the arts, museums, dining and entertainment.  The beautiful outdoor setting, surrounding a picturesque rose garden, is flat, grassy, and easily accessible for both artists and attendees. ArtWalk @ Liberty Station also features a shaded wine and beer pavilion and a street food area.

When: Saturday, July 11, 10am – 6pm and Sunday, July 12, 10am – 5pm
Where: Ingram Plaza at the Arts District at Liberty Station | 2751 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: artwalksandiego.org/libertystation


33rd Annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival

The SAMAHAN Filipino American Performance Arts and Education Center will hold its 33rd Philippine Cultural Arts Festival from Aug. 11 to 12. A family-oriented event focused on cultural heritage, entertainment and networking, this festival appeals to the whole family and allows San Diego locals as well as tourists the opportunity to learn about Philippine culture and performing arts through dances and music.

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12 | 11am – 5pm
Where:  Balboa Park, at the corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.balboapark.org


Gourmet Food Truck Festival

The 8th Annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival is taking over Del Mar Saturday, Aug. 11.

Taste some of SoCal’s most delicious food on wheels. More than 30 food trucks are expected, all in one location, with gourmet chefs serving their eclectic bests at affordable prices.

When: Saturday, August 11 | 12pm
Where: Del Mar Racetrack | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
Cost: Free – $6
More information: www.dmtc.com/season


CityFest Art & Music Festival

The 35th annual celebration of community spirit features live bands, electric dance music DJ’s, arts, crafts, and food that attracts over 150,000+ visitors from San Diego and Southern California! This is San Diego’s LARGEST and BEST art and music festival– stretching nearly half a mile in size on over 9 city blocks!

When: Sunday, August 12 | 12 – 11pm
Where: Fifth Avenue and University, Hillcrest community | San Diego, CA
Cost: Free, but register online
More information: www.fabuloushillcrest.com/cityfest-street-fair-music-festival


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  | 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 August 3 – 5

There’s much going on in San Diego County this weekend; check out all sorts of activities and events below.

San Diego county events this weekendChula Vista Lemon Festival

Lemon Festival celebrates Chula Vista’s heritage as the “Lemon Capital of the World” and will feature live entertainment, a kids’ fun zone and lemons galore. Lemon Festival celebrates Chula Vista’s heritage as the “Lemon Capital of the World” and will feature live entertainment, a kids’ fun zone and lemons galore.

When: Sunday, August 5 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: thirdavenuevillage.com


International 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.

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


Bazaar Del Mundo’s Annual Latin American Festival & Mata Ortiz Pottery Market

Colorful wood carvings, hand-woven wool rugs, embroidered dresses and hand-crafted pottery are just some of the goods you’ll find at the annual Bazaar del Mundo’s Latin American Festival. The marketplace will also be alive with musical entertainment, plus performances by traditional Chinelos dancers.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 3 – 5
Where: Bazaar del Mundo | located at 4133 Taylor Street in Old Town, San Diego, CA
More information: www.bazaardelmundo.com/bdm/latin-american-festival


Oceanside International Film Festival 2018

The Oceanside International Film Festival officially returns this August for five days’ worth of independent cinema.

The event, which is now entering its eighth annual edition, offers local and international filmmakers the opportunity to screen to a wide audience. Attendees this year can expect to see over 50 films from all over the world, comprising of a vast array of topics and genre.

When: August 1 – 5, 2018
Where: Sunshine Brooks Theater | 217 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: $10 – $70
More information: oceansidetheatre.org


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


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  | 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 July 13 – 15, 2018

Festivals, music, food and all sorts of family activities and free events going on this weekend in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekendSun and Sea Festival

Superheroes In The Sand is the theme for this year’s Festival.  The 2018 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities and a Kids ‘n Kastles competition.

When: Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, 2018
Where: Portwood Pier Plaza and along Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach
More information: sunandseafestival.com


Bayside Summer Nights: Rick Springfield

The San Diego Symphony’s annual summer concert series along the waterfront returns for the 2018 season. This weekend, the musician behind chart-topping hits like “Jessie’s Girl” and “Love Somebody” will rock on stage along San Diego Bay.

When: Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14 | 7:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
Cost: $25 – $42 Tickets
More information: Bayside Summer Nights: Rick Springfield


Grunion Run

It’s a spectacle to behold when thousands of grunion, slim silver fish, come out of the water and onto the shoreline to spawn. To see the natural event that happens only a handful of days throughout the year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends heading to a San Diego County beach with a flashlight. Runs are expected through Sunday at various times but sightings are not guaranteed. Grunion sightings may occur at: Oceanside Pier View North Beach, Oceanside Harbor Beach, Del Mar Beach, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Coronado and Coronado Shores Beach and Imperial Beach.

When: expected now – Sunday
Where: May occur at various beaches; see list above
Cost: Free
More information: www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Fish-Out-of-Water-Thousands-of-Grunion-Spawn-on-San-Diego-County-Beaches-484182251


Festival of the Bells

This event celebrates the founding of Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala nearly 250 years ago. The event will feature food, games and live entertainment at the historical landmark. All five of the mission’s bells will be rung during the weekend’s activities, including the original bell dating back to 1802.

When: Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Mission San Diego | 10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
More information: www.missionsandiego.org/events/festival-bells-meeting


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  | 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 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!