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San Diego County Events for June 15 – 17

For Father’s Day this Sunday, spend time this weekend with Dad at one of these great San Diego events and activities.

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Wooden Boat Festival

A San Diego Father’s Day weekend tradition, the San Diego Wooden Boat Festival is the premier annual event for Southern California wooden boat enthusiasts and provides a rare opportunity for the general public to view some of the most beautiful and well maintained wooden crafts up close. While this event features mostly well preserved vintage vessels there are also plenty of new crafts that have been hand crafted with skill and meticulous detail.

When: Saturday, June 16, 9am – 5pm | Sunday, June 17, 9am – 4pm
Where: Koehler Kraft Boat Yard | 2302 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Adults – $5. Kids 6-12 – $2. Kids 5 and under – Free
More information: www.koehlerkraft.com/woodenboatfestival


Belmont Park 5th Annual Father’s Day Fest & Car Show

This Father’s Day, treat dad to a special day at the beach and cruise on down to Belmont Park for their FREE annual Car Show on Sunday, June 17th from 10am-3pm located in the North Parking Lot at 3146 Ocean Front Walk. Get your fix of classic cars and more at this FREE event before cruising over to Draft or Beach House with the family. There will be nearly 100 cars including a selection of restored classic cars to enjoy.

When: Sunday, June 17 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Belmont Park | 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
More information: www.belmontpark.com/fifth-annual-fathers-day-fest-car-show


Asian Pacific Historic District Walking Tour

The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and the Asian Pacific Historic Collaborative are offering a docent-led tour of San Diego’s Asian Pacific Historic District on the second Saturday of each month.

Visitors will walk through the Gaslamp Quarter and Asian Pacific Historic District to see the sites of Asian Americans who populated the area beginning in the 1850s and explore the Chinese, Japanese and Filipino districts that once filled the area.

When: Second Saturday of each month | 11am – 12pm
Where: San Diego Chinese Historical Museum | 404 Third Ave., San Diego, San Diego
Cost: Free – $10
More information: www.sdchm.org


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 the San Diego Concert Band!

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


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

One of El Cajon’s premier events, our Dinner & a Concert Series is back again this year in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner & A Concert is a weekly concert and dance hosted by Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, performed on the Prescott Promenade, which is surrounded by a variety of restaurants. Thousands of people from all over San Diego County arrive to see and listen to many of our local bands and musicians. Join us Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a great time and great food from our downtown restaurants.

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


Summer Movies in the Park

Across the county, cities are taking part in the movie screenings at local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week this summer, San Diegans can find a free outdoor movie screening thanks to a county-wide initiative. This weekend, watch “Coco”, “Toy Story” or “Moana” at parks in the area (check the website below).

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


San Diego County Fair

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

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

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


Music En La Calle: Free Music Festival And Street Fair

Bodhi Tree Concerts will present Music En La Calle a free, multicultural, all day, outdoor music festival in City Heights on Saturday, June 16 from Noon – 10 p.m. The artist line up will include: Tom Cunningham Bluegrass, Music and Dance of Africa, China, & Burma, Fern Street Circus, Opera de Tijuana and Irving Flores Latin Jazz – just to name a few!

There will also be food, visual artists & community vendors selling their wares.

When: Saturday, June 17 | 12 – 10pm
Where: Fair@44 | 4350 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/fairat44


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 9 – 11

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

San Diego county events this weekend13th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

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

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


San Diego Homebrew Festival & Competition

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

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


Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries

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

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


Second Saturday Art Lesson

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

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

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

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


6th Annual International Mariachi Festival

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

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


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

San Diego County Events for December 8 – 10, 2017

Another holiday weekend with plenty of events and activities in San Diego County, CA!

San Diego county events this weekendHoliday in the Village

The La Mesa Village Association’s new event, Holiday in the Village, follows a long history of Christmas in the Village events. They will have fire pits, caroling, lots of events for kids, and craft vendors to get everyone in the mood of the season! Walk the streets of La Mesa’s historic downtown and enjoy live music and dance, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids’ area with holiday movies and activities.

When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 10am – 10pm | Sunday, Dec. 10, 10am – 6pm
Where: La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.lamesavillageassociation.org/events/holiday-in-the-village


Harbor Parade of Lights: Oceanside

Bring a blanket, some hot chocolate and pick a comfortable spot to watch this years Parade of Lights celebration in the quaint Oceanside Harbor. Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys will all be dressed-up in holiday swag and circling Oceanside Harbor enchanting onlookers along the harbor and at the neighboring restaurants. Many of the boats even feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd!

When: Saturday, Dec. 9 | 7pm
Where: Oceanside Harbor | 1540 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.oceansidewhalewatching.com


Holiday Dance 2017

When: Sunday, Dec. 10 | 5 – 8pm
Where: Junior Seau Beach Community Center | 300 North The Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: $15
More information: www.oceansiderec.com


Christmas in the Park

Christmas tree lighting at 5:15 PM, followed by the arrival of Santa at 5:30 PM. Horse-drawn hay and pony rides, petting zoo, and face painting. Speeder rides, model trains, and live entertainment. Holiday sweets and warm dinner foods.

When: Saturday, Dec. 9 | 3:30 – 8pm
Where: Old Poway Park | 14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information: poway.org


Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary presents another holiday season of outdoor ice skating with support from SENTRE Inc., NBC 7 San Diego, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station and many friends of Rady Children’s.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s.

When: Now – Jan. 7, 2018
Where: Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, California 92106
More information: www.radyfoundation.org/icerink


Dreidel Day with Literature Comes to Life

Join us for our second annual Dreidel Day! This year, Literature comes to Life will bring ‘The Runaway Latkes’ to life by letting the kids in the audience dress up and be part of the play! We will also play dreidel and eat snacks!

When: Sunday, Dec. 10 | 1pm
Where: Poway Branch Library | 13137 Poway Rd., Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information: www.sdcl.org/locations_PW


37th Annual PB Holiday Parade

This year marks the 37th Annual PB Holiday Parade! Please join us for this fun filled community event to celebrate the holidays together in Pacific Beach. There will be marching bands, local community groups, floats, businesses and dancing groups. To find out more info on how to get involved, please visit www.pacificbeach.org for an entry form! Anyone can participate! The parade route is on Garnet Ave from Haines to Bayard Streets.

When: Saturday, Dec. 9 | 1pm
Where: Garnet Avenue, San Diego, California
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/529949657355074


Annual Winter Concert

The first part of our concert will feature the seasonal favorite, Handel’s Messiah. Enjoy the beautiful and intricate melodies as performed by the Chorus and local professional solists. The second half of the program will include a variety of seasonal music. Regular concert-goers will know that there is always a surprise or two along with familiar carols and songs.

When: Sunday, Dec. 10 | 3pm
Where: College Avenue Baptist Church | 4747 College Ave., San Diego, CA
Cost: $17 – adults; $5 – children
More information: Annual Winter Concert


Liberty Station Hanukkah & Menorah Lighting

Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with an early evening Menorah Lighting, music throughout the evening and much more. It’ll take place in Central Promenade between the ice rink and The Lot.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 12 | 5 – 7:30pm
Where: North Promenade, 2853 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: libertystation.com/events/salute-the-season/hanukkah-menorah-lighting


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

San Diego County Events for June 30 – July 2

It’s Fourth of July weekend! There’s lots to do this summer weekend down here in San Diego County; check them out below!

San Diego county events this weekend


12th Annual Summer Chamber Music Festival

Festival from June 24 to July 8, 2017 brings the sounds of Beethoven, Mozart and other composers to the beautiful USD campus. Directed by Dr. Angela Yeung, the festival provides a unique opportunity for musicians of all ages and affordable concerts for music lovers. Festival includes lunchtime, afternoon and evening concerts. View the full schedule.

When: Friday, Jun 30, 9:15am | Saturday, Jul 1, 2pm | Monday, Jul 3, 9:15am | other dates
Where: University of San Diego | 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.sandiego.edu


Second Annual Imperial Beach Red White & Blue Celebration

Start your 4th of July weekend celebration with us. Enjoy a day at the beach, at one of the perfect location in the City the heart of IB Pier Plaza. Fun activities for all the family,  live music, win great raffle prizes and more!

When: Saturday, July 1 | 12pm
Where: Portwood Pier Plaza | 940 Seacoast Dr , Imperial Beach, Ca 91932
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/1833381823653364


Star-Spangled Pops

The San Diego Symphony pays tribute to America with this three-day “Star-Spangled Pops” concert at Embarcadero Marina Park South. The Symphony will perform patriotic tunes in a show, ending with a salute to the armed forces and fireworks.

When: Friday – Sunday, June 30 – July 2 | 7:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Lawn tickets start at $24
More information: sandiegosymphony.org


San Diego County Fair

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

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


Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a series of free outdoor movie screenings in community parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego.

Movies begin at dusk, which is about 15 minutes after sunset. People are encouraged to come early for picnics and activities.

This (June 30 & July 1) Friday & Saturday’s free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • Sing
  • Trolls
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • The Sandlot
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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 26 – 28

Another sunny weekend in San Diego County — and some great events to enjoy! If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego International Kids’ Film Festival

Aiming to promote positive educational impact on children and the youth, the San Diego International Kid’s Film Festival actively supports innovative films made by filmmakers from around the globe. The festival offers an excellent multi-cultural platform to engage aspiring filmmakers, students, and educators alike: screening quality films, television series in short and feature length, as well as works in documentaries, animation, educational visual arts, and mixed media.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 26 – 28
Where: Carlsbad Dove Library | 1775 Dove Ln, Carlsbad, CA 92011 AND Carlsbad Senior Center | 799 Pine Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $10; $5 for kids
More information: San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival


8th Annual Doggie Street Festival

The largest pet adoption-focused festival in Southern California, the 8th annual Doggie Street Festival happens this Saturday. Enjoy music, pet products and services, vet tips, speakers, and more.

When: Saturday, August 27
Where: NTC Park at Liberty Station | 2455 Cushing Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: Doggie Street Festival


13th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival

The 13th annual Carlsbad Music Festival is a 3-day summer celebration of “adventurous music by the beach” 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.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 26 – 28
Where: St. Michael’s By the Sea | 2775 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: Details
More information: Carlsbad Music Festival


Imperial Avenue Street Festival

The Imperial Avenue Street Festival blends art and soul in one of San Diego’s most historic and unique neighborhoods. The festival celebrates the rich history, arts and culture of the Greater Logan Heights community. From its rich African-American roots to the strong Latino influence that exists today, the festival grooves to the sounds of live music from multiple stages.  Enjoy gourmet food and beverages, a kids’ zone with music, arts and crafts, and arts from several artist.

When: Saturday, August 27 | 12 – 9pm
Where: Imperial Avenue between 28th & 30th and between “L” Street & Commercial Avenue, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.imperialavenuestreetfest.com

San Diego County Events for August 5 – 7

San Diego County has several events and activities happening this weekend! Check out Chula Vista’s lemon festival, Oceanside’s Art Walk, a burger battle, and more.

San Diego county events this weekendSing Along With Broadway!

If you love Broadway, then you’ll want to come to this semi-sing-along event Friday evening along the San Diego bay! This is one concert in San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights Concert series.

When: Friday & Saturday, August 5 & 6 | Starting at 7:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $20+
More information: purchasing.sandiegosymphony.org/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=5544


First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk

Downtown Oceanside is coming alive with vibrant arts, performances, music, poetry, activities, food, and fun for all ages, all free.

When: Friday, August 5 | 5 – 8pm
Where: Downtown Oceanside
Cost: Free
More information: www.oceansideartwalk.org


4th Annual San Diego Burger Battle

Bull BBQ is on a nationwide hunt to find the country’s best burgers. On Saturday, August 6th, the competition comes to San Diego. Over 20 competitors will throw down for bragging rights to the title of “Best Burger in San Diego”.

When: Saturday, August 6 | 11am – 4pm
Where: Carddine Home Resort Products | 1144 Los Vallecitos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069
Cost: Free to first 200 online registrars
More information: www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-san-diego-burger-battle-tickets-26384247996


Visit the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center

Visit the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center; on Saturday, one-hour guided tours are available to the public, ansd visitors can also take self-guided tours through the facility. The OTC is dedicated to developing America’s Olympic athletes, and features numerous sport venues and support facilities for archery, beach volleyball, BMX, canoe/kayak, cycling, field hockey, rowing, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, triathlon, and cross-training abilities for various winter sports.

When: Saturday, August 6 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Chula Vista Olympic Training Center (OTC) | 2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.chulavistaconvis.com/things-to-do/us-olympic-training-center


Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Pucker up for the sweetest sour event of the year, the Third Avenue Village Association’s Lemon Festival presented by Wal Mart. Returning for its 20th year, the Lemon Festival brings crates full of summer fun to Chula Vista’s Original Neighborhood, spanning Third Avenue from E to G Street. Celebrate Chula Vista’s reign as the Lemon Capital of the World with live bands, hundreds of vendor booths, Festival Fun Zone, craft beer garden and everything lemon.

When: Sunday, August 7 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Third Avenue, from E to G streets, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: thirdavenuevillage.com

San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for June 3 – 5

It’s going to be a scorching weekend! If you’re not heading to the beach, try out one of these other great options here in San Diego County!


San Diego County Fair

Mad About the Fair is the theme of the San Diego County Fair, and it’s going to be 26 days of wild, wacky, whimsical, wonderous fun! The fair opens today, June 3, and goes until July 4!

When: June 3 – July 4, 2016
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $9 – $16
More information: www.sdfair.com


San Diego Urban Wine Week 2016

At the San Diego Urban Wine Week 2016, enjoy San Diego’s urban wineries at a dozen different locations! June 2 – June 8 gives you seven fantastic days to experience amazing wines, great food and fun events, all within city limits!!

When: June 2 – 8, 2016
Where: Various wineries in San Diego
More information: sdurbanwineries.com/216/san-diego-urban-wine-week


8th Annual Taste of La Mesa

While not technically over the weekend, the 8th Annual Taste of La Mesa is happening this Monday! Eat your heart out with tastings from many local restaurants!

When: Monday, June 6 | 5 – 8pm
Where: La Mesa Community Center | 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: $35 – $50
More information: www.facebook.com/events/601711123314179


Art Around Adams

Craft, live music and commerce will rule at this summer celebration in the Adams Avenue District. This two-mile community gathering and art walk includes unique galleries and exhibits at businesses around Adams Avenue, plus stages featuring local artists.

When: Saturday, June 4 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Adams Avenue
Cost: Free
More information: www.artaroundadams.org


Flag Day Parade

La Mesa’s yearly Flag Day Parade happens this Saturday! The theme for this year’s parade is “A Salute to Old Glory”. Find out more here.

When: Saturday, June 4 | 9am – 12pm
Where: Downtown Village on La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentCenter/View/8833

Event: San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

IMG_1164.JPGThe San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival™ returns November 16-23, 2014, and this year is bigger and better than ever. Indulge in new events, the best wines in the world and some of today’s biggest celebrity chefs and culinary personalities. Join over 200 wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors, 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest wine and food celebration on the West Coast.

When: November 16-23
More info and tickets: www.sandiegowineclassic.com