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San Diego County Events for April 13 – 15

This weekend’s events in San Diego County involve food, art, kid activities, and a whole lot more!

San Diego county events this weekendFallbrook Avocado Festival

The 32nd Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival is back, and you can check it out for free. Of course, all things avocado will be there, along with craft and food booths, beer and margarita garden, artisan walk, avocado educational area, live bands, and lots of things for the kids!

When: Sunday, April 15 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Along Main Street, around Alvarado Street and surrounding area
Cost: Free
More information: www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/avocado-festival


The Inflatable Run & Festival San Diego Event

The Inflatable Run is an all-ages family event featuring a 5k inflatable obstacle course plus fun games, shows, and attractions in the festival area. There are Free activities for kids and interactive attractions available the entire day –including zorb ball races, bounce houses, carnival games, go-cart racing, water balloon battles, live music, delicious food, face painting, magic shows, and so many more surprises.

When: Saturday, April 14 | 8am  – 4pm
Where: SDCCU Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Kids Free | Adults Start at $15
More information: www.theinflatablerun.com


Planting for Pollinators

Birds, Butterflies, Bees and . . . Bats? Oh My!  Join us as we learn about these and other animals that help to pollinate our world.  Get out on to the trails with several guided walks to learn about the plants and animals that call San Diego Home.  Enjoy crafts and make this a fun day for all ages!

When: Saturday, April 14 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center | 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free with admission
More information: www.thelivingcoast.org


Oceanside Days of Art | The Shakespeare Connection

Oceanside Days of Art is a juried fine art festival featuring up to and sometimes over 100 local artists selling a variety of unique artwork including paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography and more.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15 | 10am – 5pm
Where: 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: Free
More information: www.ocaf.info/oceanside-days-of-art


17th Annual Taste of Hillcrest

Over 35 fantastic Hillcrest restaurants are participating, giving foodies a chance to sample some of their best and signature dishes. From quaint cafes and French and Italian style bistros to five-star dining delights, this is the most anticipated self-guided culinary walking tour in San Diego! Sample bites such as Pad Thai, Sashimi, Italian Antipasto, or Classic American Comfort Food! Your taste buds are going to go wild on this culinary journey throughout Hillcrest! Enjoy your friends, the gorgeous weather, and one unforgettable tasting adventure!

When: Saturday, April 14 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Rite Aid Check-In Station (535 Robinson Ave.) or Rich’s San Diego Check-In Station (1051 University Avenue)
Cost: $30; $35 on the day of the event
More information: www.fabuloushillcrest.com/taste-of-hillcrest


Family Movie Night: The Princess Bride

Comedy, adventure, romance, and fantasy! There is something for everyone in the classic film The Princess Bride, and you can experience it on the big screen. Rated PG. Come early for fun pre-movie activities the entire family can participate in.

When: Saturday, April 14 | Gates open at 6pm, movie starts at 7:30pm
Where: Moonlight Amphitheatre | 1250 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: $5 – $10 | Order by phone at 760.724.2110, or in-person at VisTix
More information: www.moonlightstage.com/performances/the-princess-bride


 

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, April 15 | 2 – 3pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park | 2125 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101
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 April 6 – 8

Check out the spring events for this weekend in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendCitybeat Beer Fest

The CityBeat Beer Fest is the perfect marriage of two of San Diego’s best known exports – music and craft beer.

When: Friday, April 7 | VIP: 12 to 4pm, general admission: 1 – 4pm
Where: Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows | 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 Cost: $20-$60
More information: www.citybeatbeerfest.com


San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest

ArtFest at the Garden features some of the finest regional artists displaying their talents with the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden as a back drop.

Our fine arts show features more than 20 artists displaying and selling their work at amazing prices just for Garden guests. Many of these fantastic sculptors, painters, glass artists, potters, gourd and fiber artists who participate in ArtFest will also provide interesting demonstrations of their craft.

When: Sat & Sun, April 7 & 8 | 9am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free with paid admission or membership
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/artfest


Sip ‘n Savor Festival

Sample food from local chefs and restaurants, learn about featured beers and enjoy music from local bands at the 2nd Annual Sip ‘n Savor Festival.

When: Sunday, April 8 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Hard Rock Hotel San Diego | 207 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $25-$75
More information: www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-n-savor-2018-presented-by-the-hard-rock-hotel-san-diego-tickets-39520549026


Carlsbad Flower Fields

Spring is in the air and Carlsbad is in bloom at the Flower Fields, open now through May 13. Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders – our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger – 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers, and festivals throughout the season.

When: Mar 1, 2018 to May 13, 2018 | 9am – 6pm
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 60+, $8 for children 3-10
More Info: www.theflowerfields.com


Spring Fling

Come celebrate the end of winter with Welk Resorts! Dive down the rabbit hole at our second annual Spring Fling Family Festival! This event for all ages will include rides, live entertainment, face painting, and the chance to craft a fairy garden.

When: Sat & Sun, April 7 & 8 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Welk Resorts San Diego Golf Course | 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, CA 92026 Cost: $10 – $20
More information: learn.welkresorts.com/spring-fling


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 2 – 4

There’s lots to do in San Diego County this weekend — check out the Busker’s Festival, Spring Home & Garden Show, a science festival, and much more!

San Diego county events this weekendBusker Festival

San Diego’s Seaport Village hosts the only Busker Festival in Southern California. We bring professionals from across the country to perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles. Throughout the two-day festival, some of the nation’s top performers fill the bay front village drawing visitors to shop, dine and enjoy an entire day of one-of-a-kind entertainment.

When: March 3 & 4
Where: Seaport Village | 849 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free entry; tips accepted by the performers
More information: www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/busker-festival


10th Anniversary San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering

With more than 60 scheduled events throughout the city — including several adult-exclusive activities — this 10-day educational experience proves science exploration isn’t strictly for students.

When: March 1 – 11, 2018
Where: Look on the website
More information: www.lovestemsd.org


Sixth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon/5K

This fast, costume-friendly 5K invites finishers to compete in a CrossFit-inspired obstacle course before enjoying food trucks and live music at the event’s exclusive Beer Fest.

When: Sunday, March 4 | 7:15am
Where: Starting at Main Street & Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: $15 – $65
More information: stpatricksdayhalf.com


Carlsbad Flower Fields

Spring is in the air and Carlsbad is in bloom at the Flower Fields, open now through May 13. Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders – our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger – 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers, and festivals throughout the season.

When: Mar 1, 2018 to May 13, 2018 | 9am – 6pm
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 60+, $8 for children 3-10
More Info: www.theflowerfields.com


Circus Vargas

Circus Vargas has been making its rounds and, this weekend, it keeps the show going at Escondido Westfield North County. The traveling show boasts thrilling performances by acrobats, daredevils, flying trapeze artists, jugglers, contortionists, comics and more. The Circus Vargas theme is “Dreaming of Pirates,” so attendees can expect some swashbuckling surprises. Take the family 30 minutes before show time and enjoy a special, free pre-show where kids can create their own magic under the big top. Tickets range from $15 to $72; kids age 2 and under get in free with a paying adult, so long as they sit on an adult’s lap. Circus Vargas will be in Escondido through this Monday before moving north to Temecula on March 8.

When: March 2 – 5
Where: Circus Vargas- Westfield North Cnty | 272 E Via Rancho Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: $15 – $72; under 2 free
More information: Circus Vargas


Spring Home & Garden Show

Get inspiration for the home improvement project of your dreams at the 33rd annual Spring Home & Garden Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This three-day expo will showcase some of the newest trends in home renovation while giving access to the best tools, experts, and businesses to help complete those projects. Tickets cost $9 per day. The Home & Garden Show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

When: Friday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm; Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $9
More information: springhomegardenshow.com


31st Annual Koi Show

Koi fish have become known as “living jewels” because of their bright orange hues and quick movements in the water that seem to make them reflect. This weekend, hundreds of the magnificent fish will be on display for a Koi pond competition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Guests can learn how to create a water garden in their backyard to keep Koi as pets or just soak in the wonder of the fish. The event is free but parking at the fairgrounds is $14.

When: Saturday, March 3, 9am – 4pm | Sunday, 9am – 2pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free; parking is $14
More information: www.delmarfairgrounds.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 22 – 24

Squeeze in a couple more Christmastime activities here in San Diego County before actual Christmas Day!

San Diego county events this weekendBoardwalk Craft Market

The Boardwalk Craft Market – a juried show with crafts created and by San Diego County artists – is held every Saturday morning (through Christmas) at Old Poway Park. Artists are on-hand to answer questions about their work.

When: Saturday, Dec. 23 | 8am – 2pm
Where: 14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information: Boardwalk Craft Market


Seas ‘n’ Greetings

The magic of the holidays meets the magic of the underwater world at Birch Aquarium during Seas ‘n’ Greetings, a month-long holiday celebration featuring SEAsonal activities for the whole family.

From December 1 to 31, Birch Aquarium  is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and check the schedule for special appearances by Scuba Santa as well as themed animal encounters, a scavenger hunt, and fun photo opportunities. On Saturdays and Sundays, things are even more festive with live music and two daily dive shows. The schedule changes daily, so check the calendar for details. All Seas ‘n’ Greetings activities are included with admission.

When: Dec. 1 – 31 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Birch Aquarium | 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free with admission ($14 – $18.50)
More information: aquarium.ucsd.edu/experiences/events/seas-n-greetings


Holiday Nights at Bernardo Winery

For an entire week, December 18th to the 23rd, the winery is open til 9pm, lit up with twinkling lights and full of Holiday fun! Come enjoy an evening of old fashioned Christmas at the winery. An Annual Holiday Event in North County San Diego!

  • Tasting room and outdoor wine bar open
  • Multiple Food trucks every night
  • Winery Village shops open late for holiday shopping
  • Even more!

When: Dec. 18 – 23 | 10am – 9pm
Where: Bernardo Winery | 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128
Cost: Free
More information: bernardowinery.com/calendar-of-events/holiday-nights-at-bernardo-winery-december-11th-14th-4-830pm


Ice skating at Poway ICE Arena

Bundle up in warm clothes and go enjoy a public skate session for all ages and skating levels at Poway Ice Arena. The whole family can do this activity together as a fun and novel way to get some exercise. There are additional public skate sessions offered Weds.-Sun. Check here for more days and times.

When: every Friday at 1:45pm to 4:30pm
Where: Poway Ice Arena | 2455 Kerran St., San Diego, Ca
Cost:  $12 admission; $3 skate rentals
More information: redtri.com/socal/go-ice-skating-at-poway-ice-arena


Garden of Lights at San Diego Botanic Garden

After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland – Southern California Style! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening for a magical holiday experience. Bring the family and enjoy the Garden at night as the lights illuminate several spectacular Garden areas.

There is no Garden of Lights on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

When:  Dec 2, 2017 – Dec 30 | 5 – 9pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr., San Diego, Ca
Cost: $10 – $15
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/lights


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 November 24 – 26

On this long Thanksgiving weekend, enjoy some fun events with the family!

San Diego county events this weekendLight Up the Holidays Event

Light Up the Holidays with Grossmont Center! On Friday, November 24th the mall’s giant Christmas tree will be illuminated for first time of the 2017 holiday season! In addition, there will be a concert performance by Flipside Burners and a Truck Giveaway with 105.7 MAX FM! Bring the family and join us near the Guest Services for this FREE event!

When: Friday, Nov. 24 | 8am – 5pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: Light Up the Holidays Event


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.

When: November 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018 – Open daily 10am – 10pm, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days
Where: 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, California 92106
More information: Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station


Holiday by the Bay

The 5th Annual Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the Headquarters at Seaport Village’s courtyard. On Saturday, November 25, 2017, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront will commence its 2nd Annual Holiday by the Bay Ice Skating celebration. From November 24, 2017 to December 18, 2017, USO San Diego invites members of the community to drop off gifts for children.

When: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25; Nov. 24 – Dec. 18
Where:  Headquarters at Seaport Village, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Eddie V’s and Gepetto’s Toys.
Cost: Free
More information: www.usosandiego.org/holidaybythebay


Liberty Station Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities

Gather your loved ones in Liberty Station’s North Promenade for live entertainment from 5:00pm to 6:00pm and then gaze upon the 88-foot Norfolk Pine Tree as it is lit up by a patient family of Rady Children’s Hospital at 6:15pm. Throughout the evening there will be entertainment, shopping and more throughout the neighborhood.  Shopping will be set in Central Promenade, next to the ice rink, with local vendors selling holiday goodies, gifts and more.

When: Wed, Nov 29 | 5 – 9pm
Where: 2853 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: libertystation.com/events/salute-the-season/liberty-station-tree-lighting


Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market

Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center will host this three-day craft fair featuring more than 80 artisans selling their homemade goodies and fine art. While visitors shop, musicians will perform live. Free hayrides with Santa Claus will be offered on Friday and Saturday between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

When: Friday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Where: Bates Nut Farm | 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082
Cost: Free admission and parking
More information: Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market


Global Winter Wonderland: ‘Circus of Light’

This 17-acre holiday festival makes its way to San Diego for the first time ever this season, setting up at SDCCU Stadium through Jan. 7, 2018. The family-friendly international celebration features the largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China, plus acrobatics performances, carnival rides, holiday-themed activities, games, food and shopping. The little ones can even write letters to Santa Claus and visit sections like Toyland, Candyland and the North Pole. Global Winter Wonderland will open daily at either 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m., but is closed on some dates. Check this calendar (http://www.globalwonderland.com/public/san-diego/plan-your-visit/maps-and-directions/index.cfm) for exact dates and times to plan your visit.

When: Now – Jan. 7
Where: SDCCU Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Tickets cost $22 for adults and $19 for kids ages 4 to 12 or senior citizens age 62 and older. Kids 3 and under get in free.
More information: Global Winter Wonderland: ‘Circus of Light’


Pomegranate Days With The Camels

The 7th Annual Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy hosts camel encounters and rides, pomegranate/apple feeding with the camels, a real family circus under the Big Top, our popular mini Sheep Town petting corral and our famous, Wild West Turkey Stampede!

When: Fri – Sun, Nov 24 – Nov 26
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy | 26757 Old Julian Hwy, Ramona, CA 92065
Cost: $10 – $15
More information: www.cameldairy.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 Oct. 13 – 15

Get out and explore San Diego County! Here’s some great events for the weekend.

San Diego county events this weekendOld Town Fall Festival

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park kicks off the fall season with its annual Fall Festival. The museums and merchants in the state park will be decorated and host family-friendly games, activities, and entertainment reminiscent of an old-fashioned harvest celebration including a pumpkin-carving demonstration from noon to 4 pm under a large shade tree in the center town plaza, musical entertainment and face painting in the central plaza, and pumpkin painting, corn shucking, and environmentally friendly bird-feeder making in a specially decorated Harvest Home. Participating merchants will also have craft activities inside their stores.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 12 – 4pm
Where: Old Town State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information


Fleet Week San Diego

Fleet Week San Diego (Oct. 11-17) runs through this weekend, a tradition that honors and celebrates the men and women of the U.S. military through public events that support our heroes. Events open to the public include Friday’s USO Concert in the Park at 5 p.m. at North Embarcadero Marina Park. The USO Show Troupe will perform songs from the 1940s to present day, while the second half of the show features the “beach country” sounds of Tim Hurley.

When: Oct. 11 – 17
Where: Various places
Cost: Tickets to the concert cost $10.
More information


Harvest Festival: Original Art and Craft Show

This traveling, 3-day shopping and entertainment festival brings more than 24,000 handmade, American arts and crafts to the Del Mar Fairgrounds from jewelry and pottery to clothing and more. Between booths, grab a bite from food vendors and enjoy live entertainment.

When: Friday, 10am – 5pm | Saturday, 10am – 6pm | Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $9 for adults, $4 ages 13 – 17, free for 12 and younger
More information


Stars at Mission Trails

The San Diego Astronomy Association leads another stargazing session at Mission Trails Friday night, this time at the east end of the Kumeyaay Lake Campground’s day use parking lot. The three-hour event is free; the Astronomy Association will provide telescopes for those in attendance to use during the event.

When: Friday, Oct. 13, 7 – 10pm
Where: Mission Trails Regional Park | 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Cost: Free
More information


Art Rhythm & Wine Festival at The Forum Carlsbad

It’s the third annual Art Rhythm & Wine Festival at The Forum Carlsbad. The Grand Ave Festival, Escondido, takes place in our historic downtown on Grand Ave from Center City to Juniper.
Shop from hundreds of vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports. Enjoy international cuisine and local entertainment.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 11am – 7pm | Sunday, Oct. 15, 11am – 6pm
Where: The Forum Carlsbad by The Wine Loft | 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Cost: Free
More information


The Boardwalk Craft Market

This unique festival, now in its 25th year, offers Poway residents the chance to shop for unique and useful handmade arts and crafts from local artists. The event is free and fun for the whole family.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14 | 8am – 2pm
Where: Old Poway Park | 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information


Grand Avenue Festival

More than 500 vendors, children’s rides and activities will line the streets of Escondido Saturday and Sunday as residents come out to enjoy the sunshine, live music and children’s games. The festival crosses seven historic blocks of the city and marks the second largest single-day fair in California.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14
Where: Downtown Escondido
Cost: Free
More information

 


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 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!