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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!

San Diego County Events for June 22 – 24

Join in the fun at any one (or more) of these fun events in San Diego County this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend

Movies and More by the Lake: ‘Lego Batman’

Bring a blanket and enjoy an outdoor movie on a summer night in Santee. Once a month, Santee Lakes will screen a different family-friendly film for Movies and More by the Lake, like this month’s pick, “Lego Batman.” The event is free but parking costs $10. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero for the event.

When: Friday, June 22 | 6pm
Where: Santee Lakes | 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free; parking $10
More information: www.santeelakes.com/events-calendar


45th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games

Head to the 45th annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games in Vista, CA. Highlights include massed bagpipe bands, Scottish athletics, iid’s area, sheepdog trials, Highland dancing, foot and arts, Scottish clans area, and more!

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Brengle Terrace Park | 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: $5 – $15
More information: sdhighlandgames.org


39th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival

The 39th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival will offer attendees eclectic fun in the sun for all ages. Join more than 70,000 visitors from 10am to 8pm on Saturday, June 23, 2018, for tasty festival nosh, art, beachfront entertainment, shopping, and more. Entry to the Street Fair is always free! The Chili Competition featured tastings from amateur entrants competing for the titles of Hottest Chili, Judges’ Award, and Grand Prize: People’s Choice Award. NEW THIS YEAR – buy your chili ticket online and skip the wait!  Click here to Purchase

When: Saturday, June 23 | 10am – 8pm
Where: Ocean Beach
Cost: Free
More information: oceanbeachsandiego.com/attractions/annual-events/ob-street-fair-chili-cook


 

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


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


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 8 – 10, 2018

As with most summer weekends, San Diego County has much to do — with many free events and family activities! La Mesa starts their Sundays at Six concerts, El Cajon has another Dinner and a Concert, and the San Diego County Fair continues — but there’s many other things to do below!

San Diego county events this weekendSundays 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


San  Diego Greek Festival

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church invites you to join them at their annual Greek Festival. They’ll be sharing their heritage, culture, music, traditions, customs and culinary skills.

When: Friday – Sunday, June 8 – 10
Where: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church | 3655 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103
Cost: Free – $3
More information: www.sdgreekfestival.com


Mainly Mozart Music Festival: Genius Weekend

The 30th annual Mainly Mozart Festival, set for June 1-24, 2018 and led by Music Director Michael Francis, continues its six-year exploration of Mozart’s life with Year Three – Brave New World: From Rebel to Entrepreneur.

When: Friday – Sunday
Where: Various San Diego locations
Cost: $0-88
More information: mainlymozart.org


San Diego Festival of the Arts

At the San Diego Festival of the Arts, there will be nearly 200 artists in a bay view setting of original fine art, entertainment and delicious cuisines, complemented with fine wine and craft beer as you stroll the turf of Waterfront Park. San Diego Festival of the Arts™ garners critically acclaimed artists from around the country for an elegant and high quality showcase. Guests will enjoy an exceptional dining experience from San Diego’s favorite restaurants, sample San Diego craft beer, and experience interactive activities for the whole family.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 9 & 10 | 10am – 6pm
Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12 – $18
More information: www.sdfestivalofthearts.org


San Diego International Boat Show

The popular summer San Diego International Boat Show® will return to Harbor Island June 7-10 for four days of fun on the water. Grab the entire family for a fun weekend on San Diego Bay!

When: Friday, June 8, 12 – 7pm | Saturday, June 9, 10am – 7pm | Sunday, June 10, 10am – 5pm
Where: Spanish Landing Park, East | 3900 N. Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Adult – $15 | Military with ID – $10 | Kids 12 and Younger – Free
More information: www.sandiegointernationalboatshow.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 May 18 – 20

As always, there’s many fun events to choose from this weekend! Go to El Cajon’s Dinner and a Concert, the Fiesta Del Sol, the San Diego Taco Fest, or any one of the other great options!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Taco Fest

The San Diego Taco Fest is a food, music, and cultural celebration of all that makes San Diego America’s Finest City. The festival will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Waterfront Park which boasts stunning views of the bay. Only for 21+

30+ of the region’s best taco-centric restaurants will offer a wide range of mouth watering taco creations.

The day will be packed with incredible national and local musical performances.

When: Saturday, May 19 | 11am – 10pm
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: 21+ only; $30 – $35 admission
More information: sdtacofest.com


Old House Fair

The 20th annual Old House Fair is South Park’s historic home tour bringing together vintage home specialists, historic preservation enthusiasts, home owners and history lovers in celebration of the historic homes and character of our neighborhood.  This year we celebrate South Park’s newly designated historic district – bounded by 28th Street to the west, Elm Street to the north, 31st Street to the east and A Street to the south.

When: Saturday, May 19 | 10am – 4pm
Where: South Park historic district — look at the website for details
Cost: $6 – $50 | buy online
More information: www.oldhousefairsd.com


39th Annual Fiesta Del Sol

So Cal’s best free festival, based on their website! Family activities, food trucks, crafts, beer and wine, live music, fine arts, rides, etc.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20
Where: Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
Cost: Free
More information: fiestadelsol.net


Annual Fiesta do Espirito Santo

Celebrate Portuguese Heritage by joining in the city’s oldest ethnic festival, Festa do Espirito Santo, that commemorates Portugal’s Queen St. Isabel. In San Diego, the Festa do Espírito Santo is the oldest ethnic religious celebration, dating back to the time when the first families settled here in 1884 and was formally organized in 1910.

When: Friday – Sunday, May 18 – 20
Where: United Portuguese S.E.S. Hall | 2818 Avenida De Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: upses.com/u-p-s-e-s-festa


Ramona Rodeo

A Top Notch PRCA rodeo with some of the greatest cowboys around, boasting a professional attitude with the best hometown hospitality you will find at a rodeo.

When: Friday – Sunday, May 18 – 20
Where: Fred Grand Arena, Ramona Outdoor Community Center | 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
Cost: $10 – $100
More information: ramonarodeo.net


Escondido Grand Ave Festival

The Grand Ave Festival is one of the biggest street fairs in Southern California, with over 500 vendors, and has been happening since 1989…bringing unique crafts and imports, fine international cuisine and family entertainment to Historic Downtown Escondido’s Grand Avenue.

Every 3rd Sunday in May and October…come out and enjoy the fun, food, music, games, activities and shopping!

When: Sunday, May 20 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Grand Avenue from Centre City Parkway to Juniper Street, Escondido
Cost: Free
More information: visitescondido.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 (this week May 18) | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Cajon Classic Cruise

One of El Cajon’s Premier events, the famous Cajon Classic Cruise is back again this year for another stay in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Thousands of people from all over Southern California visit this display of classic cars from all over. Join us Wednesday evenings to view the best of classic cars.

When: Every Wednesday, Apr 18 – ongoing | 5 – 8pm
Where: Downtown El Cajon | E Main St & S Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: www.cajonclassiccruise.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 18 – 20

There’s a lot happening in San Diego County this weekend — check out your many options!

San Diego county events this weekendChula Vista HarborFest

This year’s annual HarborFest will have everything you could possibly want at a free, all ages celebration. Dance in front of three stages, peruse the automobile displays, and stroll through the art exhibition. For foodies, pay a little bit to sample what the region’s best chefs have to offer at the Taco and Spirits Revolution from 11am – 3pm. Kids will love the interactive activities, free kayaking/paddle board lessons, and arts and crafts at the Discovery Zone.

When: Saturday, August 19 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Bayside Park | 999 Bayside Pkwy., Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free
More information: www.cvharborfest.com


Movies And More By The Lake: ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’

At this Movies & More presentation of “Close Encounters” (rated PG), $10 will park your carload of moviegoers and the event is free. Jacobo Mendoza is the entertainer until the movie begins. Food trucks, snack bar and fun-filled activities await, as well!

When: Friday, August 18 | 6 – 10pm
Where: Santee Lakes, Lake 5 | 9310 Fanita Pkwy., San Diego, CA 92071
Cost: $10 for a carload
More information: www.santeelakes.com/events-calendar


TwainFest

Twainfest is a FREE celebration of Mark Twain and other writers of the 19th century. Come check it out on Saturday if you’re looking for a unique activity for the family!

Hear works by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edgar Allan Poe and others, read aloud by San Diego actors. Vote in the Election of 1872 (as long as you can pass the literacy test!), enter the Literacy Costume Contest and parade, compete in the community spelling bee, visit Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, learn to play the fife and drum, contribute to the Never Ending Story, and so much more!

When: Saturday, August 19 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: writeoutloudsd.com/twainfest


Blvd Market Summer Block Party

The BLVD Market is a San Diego style, monthly open-air celebration of cuisine and entertainment. This month’s Tiki Theme will host Alvino & The Dwells, a Vintage Surf Rock Band, Classic Cars, Tiki Retailers, and Tasty Tiki Cocktails brought to you by Old Harbor Distilling Co. and Coffee & Tea Collective.

When: Friday, August 18 | 6 – 10pm
Where: 2855 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: Free
More information: theboulevard.org


Free City Ballet Showcase

Come enjoy the arts with this free ballet showcase; program includes:

-Petipa’s Paquita with music by Ludwig Minkus
-Elizabeth Wistrich’s Serenade for Strings with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
-Plus, a contemporary work and a jazz piece by Geoff Gonzalez.

When: Friday, August 18 | 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm
Where: Spreckels Theatre | 121 Broadway, Suite 600, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.spreckels.net


Summer Movies in the Park

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

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

This Friday & Saturday’s (August 11 & 12) free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • Moana
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Finding Dory
  • Sing
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Groundhog Day
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • The Secret Life of Pets

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County
Cost: FREE!
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here


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

San Diego County Events for August 11 – 13

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

San Diego county events this weekendArtWalk @ Liberty Station

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

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

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

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


La Mesa, CA Farmers' MarketLa Mesa Farmers’ Market

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

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


Summer Movies in the Park

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

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

This Friday & Saturday’s (August 11 & 12) free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

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

When: Ongoing from now until October 28, 2017
Where: Parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego County
Cost: FREE!
More information: Summer Movies in the Park; schedule here


Family Weekends

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

The free activities feature:

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

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


Fiesta Del Sol

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

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


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