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San Diego County Events for July 21 – 23

Are you missing out on ComicCon this year? Never fear; there are so many other great events and happenings going on in San Diego and San Diego County this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendLa Mesa Movie in the Park

La Mesa is showing the “Jungle Book” at tonight’s Movie in the Park — it’s a free, fun way to spend time as a family and with your neighbors! Arrive early to get a spot; showtime starts at 8pm.

When: F
Where: La Mesita Park | 8855 Dallas Street, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series

This last performance of La Mesa’s Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series, Sonic Epidemic will be entertaining us with horn tunes of the 70s. If you haven’t made it to the concert series, yet, this is your last chance!

When: Sunday, July 23| 6 – 7pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


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 (July 21 & 22) Friday & Saturday’s free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • Secret Life of Pets
  • Moana
  • The Sandlot
  • Zootopia
  • The Jungle Book
  • Grease

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


San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival returns to San Diego after a 12-year hiatus! This three-day event, open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, combines smooth jazz, delicious local eats, and the beautiful San Diego skyline.

When: Open to the public Saturday and Sunday, July 22 & 23
Where: North Embarcadero Marina Park | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $65+
More information: sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com


‘Much Ado About Nothing’ At Coronado Playhouse

Coronado Playhouse stages Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by Kit Fugrad. This production is part of the theater’s 21st Annual Free Classic Play. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

When: Ongoing from now until August 13, 2017
Where: Coronado Playhouse | 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, CA
Cost: Free; donations accepted
More information: coronadoplayhouse.com


Sunset Artwalk

Start your summer weekends off right at the winery! Join us every Friday night during the summer for art, wine, music, food and shopping in the Winery Village from 4-9pm. Meet local artists and enjoy their work in the courtyard along with live music, food vendors and of course, tasting room, shops and café open late! Free admission. Families welcome, please no pets. Music tonight: Kevin Begin 5:30-8:30pm

When: Friday, July 21 and summer Friday nights | 4-9pm
Where: Bernard Winery | 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128
Cost: Free
More information: bernardowinery.com/calendar-of-events/sunset-artwalk-every-friday-night-june-september


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 14 – 16

Free San Diego events this weekend! There’s much to do in San Diego County, including family-friendly fun — just check out the free activities below!

San Diego county events this weekendStagecoach Days: Women of the West

Women played an important part in the development of the West. The contribution of women on the settlement of the West will be shown through activities and demonstrations, such as cooking, typesetting, basket making, and spinning. One of the highlights of the day will be the annual Quilt Walk throughout the park.

When: Saturday, July 15 | 12-4pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: Stagecoach Days: Women of the West


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 (July 14 & 15) Friday & Saturday’s free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • Moana
  • Trolls
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Zootopia

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


Day of Play

Join Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center for some free family-friendly fun! Enjoy hands-on cooking, gardening, crafts, nutrition, games and physical activities in a beautiful outdoor garden setting. The Day of Play promotes healthy living and environmental responsibility. Families with children of all ages are welcome to attend.

You’ll need to register in advance; space is limited.

When: Saturday, July 15 | 10am
Where: Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center | 2525 N Avenue, National City, CA 91950
Cost: Free
More information: Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center


64th Annual Over-The-Line

Games start at 7:30 a.m. promptly and continue until dark on both weekends of Over-The-Line.

Over-The-Line is a public event and requires no ticket or entrance fee to watch the games and enjoy the tournament.

When: Multiple dates from July 8 – 16
Where: Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park | Fiesta Island Rd., San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free – $150
More information: For adults 18+ | www.ombac.org/over-the-line/otl-rules-of-the-game


Mission Hills Concerts in the Park: The Highwayman

The Mission Hills Concerts in the Park is an annual event that occurs on Fridays in Pioneer Park. Bring your picnic baskets and catch up with neighbors and friends while you sing and dance to the music.

The Highwayman is an immensely gifted vocalist who channels the spirits and voices of the original Highwaymen in a breathtaking two hour performance. Prepare to be amazed how one man can emulate all four of Outlaw Country’s favorite musical icons.

When: Friday, July 14 | 6pm
Where: Mission Hills Pioneer Park | 1521 Washington Pl., San Diego, CA 92103
Cost: Free
More information: Mission Hills Concerts in the Park


Summer Sundays

Come out and enjoy your summer evening with music from Lady J and Soulful knights at this family-friendly event. Catch a different beat and cruise a different car club every week. Then enjoy food & product samples from our merchants and fun activities for the kids including free crafts, balloon sculptures and face painting. Bring your friends and visit our photo booth complete with fun props and receive free photo strips of your experience.

When: Sunday, July 16 | 5pm
Where: Village Walk at Eastlake in Chula Vista | 878 Eastlake Pkwy; Chula Vista, California 91914
Cost: Free
More information: shopvillagewalk.com/special-events


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

San Diego County Events for June 30 – July 2

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

San Diego county events this weekend


12th Annual Summer Chamber Music Festival

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

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


Second Annual Imperial Beach Red White & Blue Celebration

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

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


Star-Spangled Pops

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

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


San Diego County Fair

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

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


Summer Movies in the Park

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

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

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

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

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


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

San Diego County Events for June 9 – 11, 2017

Check out what San Diego County has to offer this weekend — there’s a full schedule of activities and events!

San Diego county events this weekendThe 9th Annual Taste of La Mesa

La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and La Mesa Courier invite you to Taste of La Mesa. Network with businesses while eating your heart out!

Taste of La Mesa | La Mesa, CA event

When: Monday, June 12 | 5 – 8pm
Where: La Mesa Community Center | 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA
Cost: $40 – $60
More information: lamesachamber.net


Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series

The San Diego Concert Band will be kicking off the Summer Concert Series this Sunday!

When: Sundays, June 11 – 25, July 9 – 23 | 6 – 7pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


San Diego County Fair

The yearly county fair opens TODAY! This year’s theme is “Where the West is Fun”; the fair runs today, June 2, through Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

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


Julian Dance and Back Country BBQ

The Julian Dance and Back Country BBQ is an outdoor event in its 11th year. From the beginning, the “Dance” has featured the best in country music and dancing on the huge floor and stage built by the Sons. Fabulous BBQ has been a keystone of the event with all the food cooked on-site in the Santa Maria style on an open oak flame.

The wholesome family event is staged each year in a beautiful mountain setting at the Menghini Winery. With separate events for kids in their own area the “Dance” is a throwback to a simpler time with twinkly lights and bonfires back-dropped by dark mountain skies.

When: Saturday, June 10 | 2pm
Where: Menghini Winery | 1150 Julian Orchard Drive, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: $20 – $25
More information: Julian Dance and Back Country BBQ


Summer Movies in the Park

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

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

This (June 9) Friday’s free movies include:

  • The LEGO Movie, at Doyle Community Park
  • Moana, at Pine Valley County Park
  • Sing, at Las Palmas Park

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


2017 San Diego Oysterfest Music Festival

San Diego Oysterfest brings an amazing live music performance to the beautiful bayside setting of Marina Embarcadero North. The mixture of a music festival and an oyster festival featuring oysters from a variety of oyster farms throughout the shores of America creates a stimulating effect on the festival goers.

When: Friday & Saturday, June 9 & 10 | 2pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $30 – $200
More information: San Diego Oysterfest

San Diego County Events for June 2 – 4, 2017

So many great events are happening this weekend in San Diego County (the La Mesa Flag Day Parade is a classic)! And many of the annual summer activities are starting up for the season: the San Diego County Fair, Sunday Concert Series, and Summer Movies in the Park.

San Diego county events this weekend20th Annual La Mesa’s Flag Day parade 2017

“A Salute to Old Glory” is the theme for this year’s annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade. View (or join!) the parade at 10am or come earlier and enjoy the pre-parade bands at 9am.

La Mesa Flag Day parade

When: Saturday, June 3 | 10am – parade, 9am – pre-parade band
Where: La Mesa Village
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


San Diego County Fair

The yearly county fair opens TODAY! This year’s theme is “Where the West is Fun”; the fair runs today, June 2, through Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

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


Peter Pan: Free Circus Show in City Heights

Mid-City Gym in City Heights will be transformed into a thrilling Circus experience, inspired by the classic story of Peter Pan. Performed by local professional circus artists and accomplished circus students from the Sophia Isadora Academy of Circus Arts.
All shows FREE.

When: Friday, June 2, 7pm | Saturday, June 3, 2pm and 7pm
Where: City Heights Mid-City Gym | 4302 Landis St, San Diego, CA 92105
Cost: Free
More information: www.kpbs.org/events/2017/jun/02/peter-pan-free-circus-show-city-heights


Art Around Adams

Enjoy Adams Avenue in a friendly, relaxed and carefree environment where taste-makers and free thinkers mix freely with family and friends. Experience exhibits and performances that will dazzle the eye and stir the senses. Each year they strive to infuse new and exciting artists and talents that reflect this year’s local trends in art and business. Stroll the entire route, or take the complimentary “Comedy Trolley.” It’s FREE FUN for young and old.

When: Saturday, June 3 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Along two miles of Adams Avenue from Hamilton Street to Biona Drive in Normal Heights
Cost: Free
More information: artaroundadams.org


Summer Movies in the Park

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

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

This (June 3) Saturday’s free movie is The Sandlot, at Standley Community Park3585 Governor Dr, San Diego, CA 92122.

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


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, June 3 | 8am
Where: Old Poway Park | 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information: poway.org/454/Boardwalk-Craft-Market


Sophisticats concert – Seaport Village’s Free Sunday Concert Series

For more than 20 years, Sophisticats have brough 50s, 60s and 70s music to the free Sunday Concert Series. There’s always other bands playing at Seaport Village, too — check out the lineup online.

When: Saturday, June 4 | 1 – 4pm
Where: Seaport Village | 849 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar

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 February 17 – 19

Among the many things to do in San Diego County, there are a few great events that are free or cheap to check out this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendMacy’s Museum Month

February is Macy’s Museum Month. It’s a great time to explore more than 40 museums across San Diego County. From art to history and science to nature museums offer something for everyone and every age.

Free passes are available at Macy’s stores in San Diego and Temecula. One pass is good for up to four half-price admission at each museum all month long.

When: Ongoing from now until February 28, 2017
Where: Various museums in San Diego County
Cost: Half price admission with pass, to select museums
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/museum-month


California Open Wildlife Art Festival

Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, is proud to present the “California Open Wildlife Art Festival.” The exhibition and competition attracts top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over.

This upcoming year will be the 44th Anniversary of the California Open Wildlife Art Festival!

When: Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 18 & 19 | 9:30am – 4pm
Where: Corky McMillan Event Center Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: $5
More information: www.pswa.net/california-open-wildlife-art-festival-2017


San Diego Pet Expo

The San Diego Pet Expo is stuffed full with fun activities! There will be a huge adoption event, discounted vaccinations and microchipping, exhibitors, live entertainment, obedience demonstrations, learn about pet care and training and more, and so much more!

When: Saturday, Feb 18, 10am – 6pm | Sunday, Feb 19, 11am – 4pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free
More information: www.petexposandiego.com


Julian Doves & Desperados

The Julian Doves & Desperados are in town every Sunday. They perform historic, comedy, gunfight skits at their stage area, located in-between the Julian Fitness Center and the Julian Market & Deli.

When: Sunday, Feb. 19 | performances at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Where: Next to Julian Fitness Center, Main Street, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: Free
More information: www.visitjulian.com/to-see-do/calendar/#event|historical-skits-julian-doves-desperados

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