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San Diego County Events for July 5 – 7

Summer in San Diego County: perfect weather and the perfect spot to enjoy time together. Here’s a round-up if this weekend’s fun events — most of them are free events!

San Diego county events this weekendTanabata Festival

The Japanese Friendship Garden has partnered with the Minatomo Japanese Community to have their inaugural Tanabata Festival in San Diego! Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy the summer sun with festival foods, carnival games, cultural performances and demonstrations as well as partake in the Tanabata celebration by creating kazari (decorations).

When: Sunday, July 7 | 12pm
Where: Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego | 2215 Pan American Rd. E, San Diego
Cost: $14 – $16
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Summer Concerts By The Sea

This summer, Encinitas Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts brings more fun to the beach concert experience. Summer Concerts are held right on the sand at beautiful Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.

When: Sundays, Jul 7 – Aug 18, 2019
Where: Moonlight Beach | 400 B St, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
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2019 San Diego International Organ Festival Dave Wickerham In Concert

Theatre organ concerts are a favorite among American audiences, and we always look for the best. Award-winning, California native theatre organist Dave Wickerham was named American Theatre Organ Society Organist of the Year in 2011 – the best of the best.

When: Monday, July 8 | 7:30pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion | 1549 El Prado, San Diego
Cost: Free
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TGIF Concerts in the Park

Carlsbad’s TGIF Concerts in the Parks offers great music, plenty of room to dance, picnicking, free shuttle buses, fun hands-on art activities for the kids.When: Fridays, June 22 — Aug 17
Where: various parks in Carlsbad
Cost: Free
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Summer Concerts in the Park

Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park – every Friday during the summer!When: Fridays, June 21 — Aug 16, 6-8pm
Where: Pioneer Park | 1521 Washington Pl, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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Stagecoach Days

Celebrate the Wild West in San Diego County!

When: Saturday, July 7 – Aug 18
Where: Old Town State Historic Park | Old Town, San Diego
Cost: Free
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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 7 – 9

Fill up your weekend schedule with any of these upcoming events in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendFarmer & The Seahorse – 2nd Annual Kids’ Carnival

Farmer & The Seahorse is putting on the 2nd Annual Kids’ Carnival. The carnival-themed brunch will be held on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will feature fun for the whole family. The restaurant is crafting a carnival-themed brunch menu sure to feature popular fair treats. Activities for children include balloon art, face painting, a bouncy house, a magician, a petting zoo, live music and more.

When: Saturday, June 8 | 10am – 1:30pm
Where: Farmer & The Seahorse | 10996 Torreyana Rd Ste 240, San Diego, CA 92121
Cost: $15 – $25
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San Diego International Boat Show

Make your boating dreams a reality by checking out over 150 boats on display, from entry-level family cruisers and personal watercraft to sailboats and motor yachts. If you’re dreaming big, the San Diego International Boat Show also has an expanded selection of 80’+ yachts.

When: June 6 – 9
Where: Spanish Landing Park East | 3900 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $15
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San Diego Festival of Arts

Now in its 33rd year, the 2019 San Diego Festival of the Arts will showcase stunning works of painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber and mixed media from nearly 200 world renowned artists June 8 and 9 at downtown San Diego’s beautiful Waterfront Park.

When: June 8 & 9
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego
Cost: $12 – 16
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San Diego Greek Festival

The three day festival includes an authentic Greek marketplace with food, wine, beer, live music and dancing. The Kids’ Fun Zone will keep the younger set entertained for hours, and several church tours will be held throughout the day.

When: Friday, 5 – 10pm | Saturday, 11am – 10pm | Sunday, 11am – 8pm
Where: Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church | 3655 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92103
Cost: Free – $3
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San Diego County Fair

The 2019 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, invites guests to skip down the yellow brick road and enter into an “Oz-some” world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Visitors will journey to the Emerald City, meeting magical new friends along the way. Channel your inner courage in our whirlwind of carnival rides. Expand your brain by immersing yourself in creative and educational exhibits. Warm your heart creating new memories with your friends and family. With all of the adventures you’ll encounter, you’ll discover, “There’s no place like the Fair.

When: May 31 – July 4 | closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $6 – $20 | Discount tickets at Albertsons & Vons.
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Annual Festa 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: June 7 – 9
Where: United Portuguese S.E.S. Hall | 2818 Avenida De Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
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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 31 – June 3, 2019

Spend the weekend with family and friends in San Diego County:

San Diego county events this weekend

La Mesa Flag Day Parade flyer

La Mesa Flag Day Parade

This is the 22nd year, and it’s still going strong! Join the local La Mesa Flag Day Parade this Saturday, June 1! The community comes together each year to recognize the organizations and individuals that make La Mesa “The Jewel of the Hills.”

When: Saturday, June 1 | 10am
Where: along La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
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Taste of San Diego – East

“Taste, Savor and Mingle” in one ballroom, with plenty of room to stroll throughout the food and business vendor tables. Enjoy great food samplings, free prizes from business sponsors/vendors, a silent auction and raffles during this fun-filled evening.

When: Monday, June 3 | 5 – 8pm
Where: Town and Country Hotel – Golden Ballroom | 500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley/San Diego, CA
Cost: $40 – $60+
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San Diego County Fair

The 2019 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, invites guests to skip down the yellow brick road and enter into an “Oz-some” world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Visitors will journey to the Emerald City, meeting magical new friends along the way. Channel your inner courage in our whirlwind of carnival rides. Expand your brain by immersing yourself in creative and educational exhibits. Warm your heart creating new memories with your friends and family. With all of the adventures you’ll encounter, you’ll discover, “There’s no place like the Fair.

When: May 31 – July 4 | closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $6 – $20 | Discount tickets at Albertsons & Vons.
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Balboa Park Free Summer Kickoff Concert

Join us for the 2nd annual SDYS open-air concert on the steps of the San Diego Museum of Art in the Plaza de Panama, Friday, May 31st as Balboa Park kicks off Summer in the Park! This family-friendly evening of music, food, festival atmosphere and fun will get your summer season off on the right foot. The date coincides with the start of Food Truck Fridays, Friday Night Alive! (formerly Park After Dark) – with select museums and attractions open late-night hours from 5:00–8:00 pm – and much more.

When: Friday, May 31 | 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory | 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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San Diego Bay Festival

San Diego Bay Festival will have delicious specialty foods, craft beers, craft cocktails, and fine wines will all presented by local restaurants, bars, and nightclub staff. Local arts and crafts, as well as booths, will be on sale throughout the festival.

When: Saturday, June 1 | 12 – 10pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $40
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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 we 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 1 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Adams Avenue from Hamilton Street in Normal Heights to Biona Drive in Kensington | San Diego, CA 92116
Cost: Free
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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 3 – 5, 2019

Here’s some of what is going on in San Diego County this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

Celebrating 36 years of fiery fun, Fiesta Old Town is sure to be muy caliente as it transforms the historic Old Town area into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration on the West Coast: a bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling and huge display of lowriders and other incredible autos!

When: May 3 – 5
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St., San Diego
Cost: Free
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Cayote Music Festival

An all student-run music festival on the grand lawn featuring local musicians, artists, and vendors!

When: Saturday, May 4 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Cuyamaca College | 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy, El Cajon, California 92019
Cost: Free
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Point Loma Garden Walk & Evening in the Garden

A walking tour of eight home gardens in the area, with artist demonstrations, garden marketplace with local crafters and artisans, food trucks, etc. This a self-guided walking garden tour and is at your own pace. You can choose your own route and tour the gardens and homes in any order you wish.

When: Saturday, May 4 | 10am – 4pm
Where: 3111 Kellogg St., San Diego CA 92106 – or – All Souls’ Episcopal Church,1475 Catalina Blvd, San Diego CA 92107​
Cost: $30
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Rally for Science San Diego

Head to the 2019 Rally For Science on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego!

When: Saturday, May 4 | 10am
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Balboa Park

The annual free event is expanding to bring even more Mexican-themed music and dance performances, arts and crafts, and family-friendly activities

When: Saturday, May 4 | 11am
Where: Balboa Park | 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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15th Annual SD Dragon Boat Festival

San Diego Dragon Boat Alliance presents the 15th Annual San Diego Dragon Boat Festival.

Watch dragon boats race to the beat of drums and celebrate Asian cultures and cuisines.

When: Saturday, May 4 | 9am
Where: Tecolote Shores North | East Mission Bays Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
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Carlsbad Village Faire

The Carlsbad Village Faire features more than 750 vendors selling a variety of unique goods including art, antiques, clothing, items from around the world and much more! The Faire will also feature rides for kids, an international food center, live music and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast.

When: Sunday, May 5 | 8am
Where: Carlsbad Village | 2775 State Street , Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Free
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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 5 – 7

What is it that you want to do this weekend? San Diego County has all sorts of events happening!

San Diego county events this weekendJapanese Friendship Garden Concert Series: Jazz in the Garden

Experience live music bi-weekly in one of San Diego’s most beautiful historical landmarks. Witness the stunning architecture of this intimate Japanese garden while supporting music education in San Diego. Produced by the students of the award-winning Mission Bay High School Jazz Preservationists, in partnership with the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego and the San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society, the Japanese Friendship Garden Concerts series is an exciting new JAZZ program of unique live performances, from February to April, set against the serene backdrop of the Japanese Friendship Garden within the halls of the stunning Inamori Pavilion.

When: April 2 – 25 | 7 – 9pm
Where: Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego | 2215 Pan American Way E, San Diego, CA
Cost: $10 – $30
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Uncorked: San Diego Wine Fest

Uncorked Wine Festivals is back for the fourth annual Uncorked: SD spring wine festival. Enjoy over 200 wines and champagnes from across the globe, gourmet food trucks, live dj, lawn games and more! Bring your picnic blankets or beach chairs and come hang out to sip and savor on the water.

When: Saturday, April 6 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA
Cost: $60 – $70
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DIY Fest

Join us for an afternoon of free craft stations, including Mad Hatter-inspired crazy hats, Mexican paper flowers for kids, fuse beads for teens, a unicorn cake demo for adults, and much more.

When: Saturday, April 6 | 12 – 2pm
Where: Vista Library | 700 Eucalyptus Ave, Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: call (760) 643-5100


Easter Bunny Hut

The festive Bunny Hut returns for another Spring, so families can meet the Easter Bunny in La Mesa. From April 6 through April 20, the Easter Bunny will be in residence at the Center’s courtyard gazebo. There, families can spend some time with the Easter Bunny and come away with a photo.

When: April 6 – 20, 2019
Where: Grossmont Center Gazebo at the Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA
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First Friday Art Walk Oceanside

The First Friday Art Walk in Oceanside – at the Artist Alley in downtown Oceanside – will highlight dozens of artists and vendors that make the community unique. Attendees can enjoy pop-up art galleries, music, dance, poetry, activities, and food at this free, all-ages event

When: Friday, April 5 | 5 – 9pm
Where: Artist Alley, Oceanside
Cost: Free
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12th Annual North Park Festival of Beers

The 12th annual North Park Festival of Beers is back on Saturday, April 6, sampling more than 50 beers, with a great beer and musical lineup.

When: Saturday, April 6 | VIP opens at noon, general opens at 1pm
Where: Located in front of the Lafayette Hotel | 2223 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego
Cost: $20 – $50 | All tickets include unlimited beer sampling
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MercyMe: Imagine Nation Tour

American contemporary Christian band, MercyMe (“Best News Ever,” “Even If,” “Greater”) brings its “Imagine Nation Tour” to San Diego with a Saturday night stop at SDSU’s Viejas Arena.

When: Saturday, April 6 | 7pm
Where: Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Cost: $20
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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 29 – 31

There’s a full line-up of interesting and great events going on this weekend in San Diego County!
San Diego county events this weekendRolando Street Fair

On Sunday, March 31st Rolando welcomes all to one of San Diego’s only neighborhood street fairs.  With 6 bands, local performances, over 150 vendors, a beer garden and an interactive kids area, this all day event is free to enter and has fun for everyone.   Enjoy live music, grab a bite to eat and enjoy a beer with friends.  Check out up-and-coming talent on the community stage, browse local arts and crafts, or just let the kids run wild through the inflatables and activities of the kids zone.

When: Sunday, March 31 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Takes place along Rolando Blvd. between El Cajon Blvd and Solita Ave, San Diego
Cost: Free; kids zone wristband is $5
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Nature Day

The 13th day of the first month of the Persian calendar is a special day for celebration. It’s a day for Iranian families to come together for an outdoor picnic and to appreciate the beauty of nature. Families will celebrate with Persian folk music, food, and dancing.

When: Sunday, March 31 | 1 – 6pm
Where: NTC Park Liberty Station | 2455 Cushing Rd, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Water Lantern Festival

This nationwide Water Lantern Festival will happen this weekend at San Diego’s Chollas Lake Saturday evening. The community event invites attendees to decorate a lantern to then launch into the lake. The sight of floating lanterns dancing on the water is sure to be spectacular. The festival also includes food trucks, music, and fun activities.

When: Saturday, March 30 | 3:30 – 9pm
Where: Chollas Lake | 5850 College Grove Dr, San Diego
Cost: $35-$40 adults; $12 kids; lantern $15
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Hands-On Kimchi Workshop & Beer Pairing

Learn how to make killer kimchi! Kimchi is an ancient Korean pickle (usually spicy) and there are hundreds of ways to make it! This class will explore some of them.

When: Saturday, March 30 | 12:30pm
Where: Second Chance Beer Co. | 15378 Avenue of Science #222, San Diego
Cost: $47.50 – $50
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Peter and the Wolf: The Prokofiev Classic

Conductor Dana Sadava, narrator Nuvi Mehta, and students from the San Diego State University Community Music School come together for this symphonic telling of the classic tale of a young boy who outsmarts a wolf. Each character is portrayed by a different instrument. This performance is part of the San Diego Symphony’s Family Series, so little ones are encouraged to attend with their parents.

When: Sunday, March 31 | 2pm
Where:  Copley Symphony Hall | 750 B St, San Diego
Cost: $10+
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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 Dec. 21 – 23

Is family in town for the holidays? While you’re showing them around beautiful San Diego, stop by one of these great events, too!

San Diego county events this weekendRady’s Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

The ice rink will be open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM until Sunday, January 6th. Tickets are good for in-and-out access throughout the day they are purchased for and include a pair of skates and an optional helmet. All proceeds from the ice rink benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

When: Now through January 6
Where: ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station | 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: $13 – $15
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The Nutcracker

Take an extraordinary journey to the magical Land of the Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Witness the epic battle between toy soldiers and mice before being whisked away to an enchanted land of falling snow, waltzing flowers, and the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Set to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky, this classic holiday production is a cherished San Diego family tradition.

When: Dec 12 – Dec 23 | Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, Sunday at 2pm
Where: Casa del Prado Theater | 1800 Village Place, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12 – $18 – tickets are no longer available online; head to the box office
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Holiday by the Bay

Slide into the season at San Diego’s exclusive waterfront holiday adventure park – Holiday by the Bay. Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s newly re-imagined holiday tradition features an exhilarating two-story 100-foot ice tubing slide, iceberg bumper cars, an hourly interactive dynamic light show and much more!

When: Now – January 5
Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront | 1 Park Blvd, San Diego
Cost: $10+
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Del Barrio Market: Noche Buena

NOCHE BUENA Market is right around the corner! Get your Christmas shopping done at both markets where you can find unique vintage, jewelry, art and handmade goods! This event is FREE, pet friendly and kid friendly.

When: Saturday, Dec. 22 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Barrio Logan Flea Market | 2146 Logan Ave, San Diego
Cost: Free
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NBC has a great list on where to check out must-see Christmas/holiday lights in San Diego County, as well!


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 October 26 – 28

This weekend before Halloween, there’s several fall and Halloween activities for the family. Check out some options below for your weekend in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekendCountryFest

San Diego County Credit Union Presents KSON CountryFest, featuring Brett Young, Midland, Uncle Kracker, Maddie & Tae, and James Barker Band!

When: Sunday, Oct. 28 | 4pm
Where: Petco Park at the Park | 100 Park Blvd, San DiegoCA
Cost: $42.50
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Trick-or-Treat on India Street 

Come dressed in your ghoulishly best to trick-or-treat on historic India Street. Little Italy’s restaurants, shops and other participating businesses will be doling out sweet treats to provide kids with a fun and safe adventure. Pick up your trick-or-treating guide at the Piazza della Famiglia on W. Date Street. Kids of all ages are welcome at this free, family event.

When: Friday, Oct. 26 | 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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2018 Showcase Concerto Competition

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s intermediate level students compete for the prestigious opportunity to perform the concerto of their choice with full orchestra at our Showcase Level Concerts. This annual competition presents the chance for SDYS students to strive for excellence and amaze audiences with their exceptional level of musicianship.

When: Friday, Oct. 26 | 7pm
Where: University Christian Church | 3900 Cleveland Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Cost: Free
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Julian Autumn Jubilee

This seasonal event includes fun for both kids and adults alike! Every Weekend beginning, September 29 thru October 28, 10 am – 5 pm. Some activities charge a fee; look online.

When: Oct. 27- Oct. 28 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures | 4425 Hwy 78, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
Cost: Free, fees for some activities
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Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch and activities for the whole family including apple cider pressing, tractor-drawn hayrides, archery and tomahawk range! Visit our barnyard baby and mama goats, sheep and chickens

When: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 & 28 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Julian Farm & Orchard | 4381 Highway 78, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
Cost: Free, fees for some activities
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BOOmont Fall Festival

Returning for its sixth season, BOOmont & Fall Fest rises from the dusk as Belmont Park transforms with festive fall thrills and chills throughout the beachfront amusement park, offering halloween and fall-themed festivities for guests of all ages in October and November! Free entrance, additional costs for some activities.

When: Fridays – Sundays until Nov. 30
Where: Belmont Park | 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego
Cost: Free – $49
More information: www.belmontpark.com


Kids Free October

October is Kids Free month in San Diego at more than 100 participating restaurants, attractions and hotels. That means free meals, free admission to theme parks, museums and more, and free gifts at several other locations. Kids can take a dive at Legoland when an adult buys their ticket, visit the animals at either the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park (or both!), or dine free at Carnitas Snack Shack, just to name a few. A list of all deals being offered in San Diego County this October can be found here.

When: month of October
Where: Various participating restaurants, attractions and hotels
Cost: Kids free
More information: www.sandiego.org/promotions/kids-free


‘Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale’

A Halloween-themed play! Three modern day kids try to figure out how to return home after they are magically transported back in time on Halloween night. They are thrown straight into the legend of Sleepy Hollow as the 18th century colonial town is preparing for the arrival of the Headless Horseman.

When: Various times from now until Oct. 28
Where: Casa del Prado Theatre, 1600 Village Place, San Diego
Cost: $13 – $16 | buy tickets
More information: www.balboapark.org/in-the-park/casa-del-prado-stage


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