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San Diego County Events for March 17 – 19

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While you can find plenty of St. Paddy Day activities online, here are some suggestions for the rest of your weekend in San Diego!

San Diego county events this weekend

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The famous Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch officially opened for the season on March 1; the fields are open daily, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., through May 14. Patrons will enjoy nearly 50 acres of colorful displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, which are in bloom for six to eight weeks. The famous fields also include roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias.

When: Now – May 14 | 9am – 6pm daily
Where: Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $14 | details here
More information: www.theflowerfields.com


San Diego Homebrew Festival & Competition

Indulge in unlimited tastings of 35 homebrewed beers from 9 San Diego craft breweries at the San Diego Homebrew Festival & Competition. Chit chat there with beer professionals, check out vendors’ offerings, enjoy food and more!

When: Saturday, March 18 | 12 – 4pm
Where: North Park Mini Park | 2896 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: $40
More information: www.sdhomebrewfest.com/event-info


South Park Spring Walkabout

The South Park Walkabout is a quarterly fun-filled evening festival that showcases all the unique and independent businesses within South Park. Enjoy complimentary treats, live entertainment and special offers.

When: Saturday, March 18 | 6pm
Where: South Park Neighborhood | Kalmia and 30th St., San Diego, CA 92102
Cost: Free
More information: www.southparksd.com


34th Annual San Diego Cake Show

The 34th annual San Diego Cake Show presents Confections for a Cause, a local event dedicated to educating and inspiring the public with cake decorating demonstrations and activities at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19 | 10am
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
Cost: $10 per day, $18 for both days, or $12 at the door
More information: www.delmarfairgrounds.com

San Diego County Events for February 24 – 26

This weekend in San Diego County, explore the diversity of our area with some unique events. Check out the Kuumba Fest, learn how to make wine at the winemaking demonstration, attend discounted performances during San Diego Theater Week, and enjoy nature at the San Diego Bird Festival!

San Diego county events this weekendKuumba Fest

In celebration of Black History Month, the 25th annual Kuumba Fest returns Friday to the Lyceum Theatre in San Diego’s Horton Plaza. The three-day event celebrates black culture, history, cuisine and the arts, with a focus on African heritage. There will be a talent show, a fashion show, hip-hop dance and play performances, a soul food competition, and the annual gospel finale celebration.

When: Friday, Feb. 24, 6 – 10pm | Saturday, Feb. 25, 10am – 11pm | Sunday, Feb. 26, 1 – 11pm
Where: Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA
Cost: $25 for Friday; $5 to $20 for Saturday; $5 to $15 for Sunday; some events are free
More information: kuumbafest.com


Free Winemaking Demonstration At Curds And Wine

Learn how to make your own wine at Curds and Wine! They will go through all of the basic steps of making wine from kits, from start to bottle. This will be an interactive demonstration; you will have an opportunity to take part in winemaking steps hands-on. For 21+

When: Saturday, Feb. 25 | 1pm
Where: Curds and Wine | 7194 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92111
Cost: Free
More information: www.curdsandwine.com


San Diego Theater Week

San Diego Theater Week is an eight-day event that highlights the variety and enhances awareness to San Diego’s performing arts community. From Sunday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, March 5, more than 40 local theater and performing arts venues will be offering special ticket discounts and other offers.

When: Sunday, Feb. 26 – Sunday, March 5
Where: At more than 40 local theater and performing art venues
Cost: Various costs
More information: www.sdtheaterweek.com


San Diego Bird Festival

Birds, wildlife and diverse natural habitats are at the center of this unique Bird Festival in San Diego. Rain or shine, bring the whole family out to this fun event, where you will get the chance to build your own birdhouse, participate in nature walks and learn to bird call. The event is free.

When: Sunday, Feb. 26 | 10am
Where: Marina Village Conference Center | 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
More information: www.sandiegoaudubon.org/events/bird-festival

San Diego County Events for January 27 – 29

This weekend’s roundup in San Diego County: golf, a cultural festival, home improvement show, and boats. Come to San Diego to check them out!

San Diego county events this weekendFarmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines

Now happening: the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Along with golf, there will be four days of activities happening around the course. All tickets include access to tournament grounds and common areas and events.

When: Thursday – Sunday, Jan. 26 – 29 | Gates open at 7am
Where: Torrey Pines Golf Course | 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA
Cost: Grounds tickets: $15-$35 daily; free to active-duty and retired military members, reservists and their dependents with valid military ID and dependents ID
More information: farmersinsuranceopen.com


Home Improvement Show

This event is perfect for home owners and home sellers! Working on some home improvement projects around the house? Get inspired at this three-day Home Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds featuring products and services offered by local businesses.

When: Friday, Jan 27, 10am – 5pm | Saturday, Jan 28, 10am – 6pm | Sunday, Jan 29, 10am – 5pm
Where: O’Brien Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free admission; parking is $13
More information: hstrial-showsusa.homestead.com


12th Annual Tet Festival

Celebrate the annual Vietnamese New Year celebration in Mira Mesa this weekend! The one-of-a-kind festival features free entertainment, lion dancing, music, carnival rides, authentic Vietnamese food and more.

When: Friday, Jan 27, 5 – 10pm | Saturday, Jan 28, 11am – 10pm | Sunday, Jan 29, 11am – 9pm
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park | 8575 New Salem St., Mira Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: 12th Annual Tet Festival


San Diego Sunroad Boat Show

This annual show features dozens of boats, including yachts, kayaks and sailboats, along with the opportunity to check out the boats, accessories and supplies.

When: Friday, Jan 27, 12 – 6pm | Saturday & Sunday, Jan 28 & 29, 10am – 6pm
Where: Sunroad Marina | 955 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $13, free for children 12 and under
More information: bigbayboatshow.com

San Diego County Events for September 23 – 25

This weekend, get out in this warm weather and enjoy your time out — once again, San Diego County has a great calendar of events and activities!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Restaurant Weeksd-restaurant-week-2016

Delicious food at better prices comes again to San Diego! San Diego Restaurant Week starts this Sunday, and closes October 2, so enjoy these restaurants’ offerings while you can!

When: Sept. 25 – Oct. 2, 2016
Where: Various San Diego County restaurants
Cost: Varying prices
More information: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/restaurants


Julian Apple Days Festival

As part of Julian’s Apple Days Celebration, a two-day Apple Days Festival will be held Sept. 24 & 25, 2016 at Menghini Winery.

The festival will feature apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, and contests.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 24 & 25, 2016
Where: Menghini Winery | 1150 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian, CA 92036
Cost: Free – $5
More information: visitjulian.com/to-see-do/special-events/apple-days


35th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair

The 35th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair – featuring 90 musical acts on seven stages – is Southern California’s largest free two-day music festival. The event will feature three beer gardens, giant carnival rides, exotic foods and more than 300 exhibitors.

When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 10am – 10pm and Sunday, Sept. 25, 10am – 7pm
Where: The community of Normal Heights | Adams Avenue , Adams Ave. & 32nd Street, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/event-info/adams-avenue-street-fair


27th Annual Fall Home/Garden Show

orchidsThe Fall Home/Garden Show is this weekend. Come see real gardens and the people who created them; buy plants directly from the growers in the Garden Marketplace; browse the vendor displays for the latest home products. From structure to systems to furnishings and artwork, it’s all at the show.

This event is perfect for home buyers and home owners! Whatever your next house or garden project…you’ll find the experts at the San Diego Fall Home/Garden Show.

When: Friday – Sunday, Sept. 23 – 25, 2016
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA
Cost: Free – $8
More information: fallhomegardenshow.com


Art & Craft Show Old Town

Fine art, music, food, craft beer and wine come together every year along the scenic road of San Diego Avenue in Old Town, Calif for the Art & Craft Show Old Town in San Diego — a FREE weekend event this weekend. There will be art on display, a great entertainment line-up, special exhibits, and a wine and craft beer garden.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 24 & 25 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Along San Diego Ave. in Old Town; from Conde Street into the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Cost: Free
More information: oldtownartfestival.org


14th Annual Vista Viking Festival

The Vikings conquer Vista again at the 14th Annual Vista Viking Festival, where there will be a great round-up of unique activities and entertainment! Check out the fish fling, Viking log toss, Scandinavian folk dancing, and more, along with the battle cry, horn bowing and beard contests!

When: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 24 & 25 | 10am
Where: Norway Hall | 2006 East Vista Way, Vista , CA 92084
Cost: $2 – $8
More information: www.vikingfestivalvista.com

San Diego County Events for August 19 – 21

Such a variety of events going on this weekend! Head over to the Chula Vista HarborFest or enjoy a movie in the park with the family, or expand your literary side by attending the TwainFest!

San Diego county events this weekendSummer Movies in the Park: Inside Out

Enjoy the movie “Inside Out” at the Summer Movies in the Park. There will be food trucks and a concession stand, along with games and music prior to the film.

When: Friday, August 19 | 8 – 10pm
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar/inside-out-g-waterfront-park


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Twainfest is a FREE celebration of Mark Twain and other writers of the 19th century.  Great fun for all ages.

Hear works by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edgar Allan Poe and others, read aloud by San Diego actors.

When: Saturday, August 20 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historical Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: TwainFest


Sip N’ Ship 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 trucks on site.

Attendees will be able to walk about the vessels and sample beers from many breweries at different locations throughout the museum.

When: Saturday, August 19 | 1pm – 5pm
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego | 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $35+
More information: Sip N’ Ship Beer Festival


Chula Vista HarborFest

This year’s annual HarborFest will have everything you could possibly want at a FREE, all ages celebration! Save the Date! It will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Bayside Park at the Chula Vista Marina. Enjoy the crisp ocean air and sweet summer sun. Prepare to get your groove on and dance, dance, dance in front of THREE stages: the Latin Beats Stage, HarborFest Main Stage and Chula Vista Community Stage!

When: Saturday, August 20 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Bayside Park, Chula Vista Marina | 999 Bayside Pkwy., Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free
More information: chulavistaharborfest.com

San Diego County Events for August 12 – 14

Festivals featuring food, music, performances, and more are going on this San Diego weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend¡Latin Food Fest!

The four-day ¡Latin Food Fest! events include a kick-off party, two-day ultimate tasting experience, and private chef’s dinner – so that each guest will have endless opportunities to indulge!

Celebrate the Campanile Foundation’s Latin culinary celebration at Embarcadero Marina Park North, in Downtown San Diego.

When: Friday – Monday, August 12 – 15, 2016
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $45+
More information: Latin Food Fest!


Oceanside International Film Festival 2016

North County San Diego’s largest film festival will show films from the U.S., Spain, Greece, Singapore, Ireland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, and Australia. The lineup is divided into family-friendly and mature audiences days, and consists of special screening blocks to suit everybody’s tastes.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 12 – 14, 2016
Where: Star Theatre & Sunshine Brooks Theatre, Oceanside, CA
Cost: $10 – $50
More information: osidefilm.org


Bravo International Music Academy Competition Final

After a two-week intensive classical music program where 90 of the world’s most promising musicians have come together to work with world-renowned artists here in San Diego, you are invited to attend the Competition Final for free.

When: Friday, August 12 | 7pm
Where: Smith Recital Hall: SDSU | 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: music.sdsu.edu


San Diego International Youth Arts Festival

A celebration in which youth arts organizations and schools showcase their talents and share their rich cultural heritage with the San Diego community.

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016 | 4pm
Where: Crivello Hall at Francis Parker School | 6501 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/SanDiegoInternationalYouthArtsFestival


Summer Food Truck Festival and Campout

Spend an evening on the farm with family and friends at the annual Summer Food Truck Festival & Campout. 9 of San Diego’s favorite food trucks will be here. Enjoy live music from Calico Ridge on the Bates Stage from 5:00 – 9:00. Snow’s Pony rides, petting corral, face painting and a scavenger hunt make this a fun event for the entire family. Reservations are required (for a fee) if you want to campout.

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016 | 4 – 9pm
Where: Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center | 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082
Cost: Free
More information: Summer Food Truck Festival and Campout

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San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for July 22 – 24

San Diego County has much to offer this weekend: family activities, free events, and fun festivals!


Sundays at Six concert series

Every year, La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation puts on some free family fun with their Sundays at Six concert series. This Sunday is the last concert; it begins at 6pm, with Big Band Ambassadors — big band style concert!

When: Sunday, July 24 | 6 – 7pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


Cine Carretera! Free Summer Outdoor Latino Film Series on the Boulevard

CINE CARRETERA! A Free Summer Outdoor Latino Film Series on the Blvd! Saturday – July 23rd & 30th 2016. They’re taking over a vacant lot & making it into a vibrant space for film, art, music & community gatherings!

When: Saturdays — July 16 – 30 | 7pm
Where: 4050 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/291554044513691/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1466708044918683


Movie in the Park

La Mesa is offering a free movie in La Mesita Park: Big Hero 6!

When: Friday, July 22 | 8pm (but arrive early to get a good spot)
Where: La Mesita Park | 8855 Dallas Street, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentCenter/View/8894


San Diego Beer Fest

The 6th annual San Diego Brew Fest returns to Liberty Station, and promising another fun filled day with beer, food trucks, and music. The event will feature dozens of local local and international craft beers, as well as San Diego’s most popular food trucks (food sold separately).

Admission is $40 for general admission (2pm to 5pm) and $50 for VIP (1pm to 5pm) and include the beer tastings.

When: Saturday, July 23 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Liberty Station
Cost: $40 – $50
More information: San Diego Beer Fest


Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Bring your appetite for the tastiest food on wheels when the 6th annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival comes to Del Mar. Enjoy a variety of some of the hottest eats in Southern California as 40 food trucks are expected, all in one location, with gourmet chefs serving their eclectic bests at super prices (most items $6 to $10).

When: Saturday, July 23 at noon
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA
Cost: Free – $6
More information: www.delmarfairgrounds.com

San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for May 27 – 29

It’s time to celebrate and remember the American soldiers who have fallen. This Memorial Day weekend, be grateful for those in the military and enjoy your time with family and friends. Here are just a few of San Diego County’s events and activities for this weekend:


Santee Street Fair

The Santee Street Fair will have over 300 vendors and food booths, 2 stages for live entertainment, a craft beer garden, and carnival rides.

When: Saturday, May 28 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free
More information: santeestreetfair.com


Fine-Tuning and Creative Brewing Seminar

beerSan Diego is known for it’s brews and beers; why not learn how to brew a batch yourself? At the Fine-Tuning and Creative Brewing Seminar, learn how to brew from multi-award winning homebrewer Brian Trout.

When: Sunday, May 29 | 6:30 – 8pm
Where: The Homebrewer | 2911 El Cajon Blvd Ste 2, San Diego, CA92104
Cost: $20
More information: www.thehomebrewersd.com/event/fine-tuning-and-creative-brewing-seminar


2016 San Diego Ben Vereen Awards

Cheer on local, talented high school students at the 2016 San Diego Ben Vereen Awards this weekend. The competition between 10 male and 10 female nominees will be held on May 29 at the Balboa Theatre. “Finalists from participating schools are nominated as Best Actor/Best Actress candidates for their portrayal of leading roles in their high school’s musical theatre production. By the end of the evening, 1 Male Champion and 1 Female Champion will be selected to represent the 2016 San Diego Ben Vereen Awards at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) in New York.” (www.benvereenawards.com)

When: Sunday, May 29 | 6pm
Where: Balboa Theatre | 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $32.50 | Buy tickets here
More information: www.benvereenawards.com


Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Parkmovie hosts family-friendly outdoor film screenings at parks throughout San Diego; with the series beginning with a screening of “Aladdin” at Waterfront Park. Besides the actual movie, enjoy games and activities, and concessions and food trucks. The movie begins at dusk, but get there early to get a spot!

When: Friday, May 27 | 6pm
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free | $10 underground parking off of Ash St., and free metered parking after 6pm
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com


American Heritage Car Show

The American Heritage Car Show is one of the most exciting car shows anywhere. Over 200 gorgeous vehicles are exhibited in downtown Escondido’s Grape Day Park.

When: Saturday, May 28 | 9am
Where: Grape Day Park | 321 N. Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free
More information: www.grapedaypark.org


USS Midway Museum’s Memorial Day lineup

flag“The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebration in San Diego. Understandably the busiest weekend of the year, the Memorial Day lineup of activities aboard the Midway honors and remembers our heroes as it celebrates our military heritage.” (http://www.midway.org/calendar) Several different activities and festivities will be happening at the Midway this weekend; check out the website for details. The event is free to the public and those who attend are invited to stay aboard and explore the USS Midway Museum at no charge as well.

When: Saturday – Monday, May 28 – 30
Where: USS Midway Museum | 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.midway.org/legacy-week-2016


Vista Strawberry Festival

The Vista Strawberry Festival this weekend will bring live entertainment on multiple stages, bands, local craft brews all day long in the beer garden, carnival rides and 300+ vendors.

When: Sunday, May 29 | 8am
Where: Downtown Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: vistastrawberryfest.com


Memorial Day Weekend Observances

The Chapter 472, Vietnam Veterans of America, will host Memorial Weekend Observances at the San Diego Vietnam Peace Memorial at the Veterans Museum on Saturday and Sunday, with a formal ceremony on Monday morning.

When: Saturday – Monday, May 28 – 30 | 8am
Where: Veterans Museum and Memorial Center | 2115 Park Boulevard , San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.veteranmuseum.org