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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

San Diego County Events for September 16 – 18

What a beautiful weekend to enjoy in San Diego County! See if any of the following events suit your style — there’s so much to do around San Diego! If you’re looking for more things to do, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego county events this weekendGI Film Festival

Scheduled for September 14 – 18, 2016, the festival brings the stories of America’s military to life through film.  The GI Film Festival San Diego will feature film screenings, panel discussions, a family movie night, and awards ceremony.  Festival organizers are excited to bring back the Local Film Showcase, highlighting San Diego’s local military culture.

When: Thursday – Sunday | September 14 – 18, 2016
Where: Various venues
Cost: Most screenings are priced at $10 per ticket; there are discounts available for active duty military and veterans.
More information: gifilmfestivalsd.org/2016


32nd Annual California Coastal Clean-Up Day

Join 8,000 volunteers for this countywide cleanup project as we beautify 100+ cleanup sites countywide.

When: Saturday, September 17 | 9am – 12pm
Where: Across 100+ Clean-Up Sites in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: 32nd Annual California Coastal Clean-Up Day


Landlubbers Day

A celebration of all things pirate in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day. We encourage young and old to throw on their best pirate attire for a day of eye patches, parrots and walking the plank!

Held Saturday, September 17 from 1 to 4 p.m., the free event features live music from the Jackstraws, San Diego’s own pirate-themed band; a “Talk Like a Pirate” and costume contest; arts and crafts; a mermaid grotto with mermaids available for photos and pirate’s booty food and drink specials from the Seaport Village eateries.

When: Saturday, September 17 | 1 – 4pm
Where: Seaport Village | 849 West Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: Landlubbers Day


San Marcos Serbian Food Festival

“The Serbian Church on Knob Hill opens its doors once again for their upcoming 5th Annual Serb Fest. In just over 2 weeks the St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Community of San Marcos will be showcasing their hospitality through food, religion, culture and wholesome family fun.

Parish Priest, Father Milovan Katanic says, ‘We invite all of our neighbors in San Marcos and the entire North County area, to come and sample a bit of our warm culture. Enjoy fresh, hot BBQ lamb, pig and chevaps- our famous spicy sausages; elegant, homemade European pastries and desserts, along with live music, dancing, a Kids Zone with rides and games, multiple folklore groups performing, church tours and, this year a cool, new feature: A special Nikola Tesla Exhibit, with LIVE TESLA COIL DEMONSTRATIONS, hosted by historian and Tesla expert Dr. Michael Pravica, Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Nevada.’

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18 | 12pm
Where: St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church | 1854 Knob Hill Rd, San Marcos
Cost: Entrance fee is $4 for adults; kids under 12 enter free
More information: San Marcos Serbian Food Festival


Mira Mesa Street Fair

One of Mira Mesa’s busiest streets will transform into a blocks-long festival featuring booths, foods around the world, entertainment, a carnival and crafts and games. If you’re 21 or older, feel free to enjoy a beer garden near the food court and music stage. The family-friendly festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

When: Saturday, September 17 | 10am
Where: Camino Ruiz, from Mira Mesa Blvd. to New Salem Street
Cost: Free
More information: Mira Mesa Street Fair 

San Diego County Events for September 9 – 11

There are several free, local events in San Diego county cities this weekend! Take a nature walk in San Diego, have dinner and a concert in El Cajon, and explore Mexican heritage in Escondidio. Find details on these and more events below!

San Diego county events this weekendFall Home Decor, Gift, and Craft Show

All sorts of decor, gift, and craft items created by local artisans!

When: Friday, September 9, 9am – 6pm | Saturday, September 10, 9am – 3pm
Where: La Mesa Community Center | 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941
Cost: Free
More information: www.sandiegoreader.com/events/2016/sep/09/fall-home-decor-gift-craft-show


El Cajon’s Dinner & Concert

Check out El Cajon’s Dinner and A Concert; in the heart of beautiful Downtown El Cajon. This week they are featuring The Soul Persuaders. Funk and Soul Music to get you movin’, all live on the Prescott Promenade. Join thousands and have lots of fun. Local restaurants serve up great food, so you can enjoy your concert in style.

When: Friday, September 9 | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade in downtown El Cajon
More information: downtownelcajon.com/events/dinner-and-a-concert-2016-09-09


52nd Annual Poway Days Parade

The 52nd Annual Poway Days Parade will be taking place on Saturday, September 10th, 2016!  Parade time begins at 9:00 am and starts from Pomerado Road and Poway Road and continues to Bowron Road. This year’s theme is “Literacy: Read, Lead, Succeed.”

When: Saturday, September 10 | Beginning at 9am
Where: Poway Road, Poway, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.powaydaysparade.org


Herencia Mexicana Festival

Mexican culture and tradition will be celebrated at the Herencia Mexicana Festival — a free family event with mariachis, music, dancing and more.

When: Saturday, September 10 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Grape Day Park |321 N. Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free
More information: visitescondido.com/mc-events/herencia-mexicana-festival-at-grape-day-park


Brazilian Day San Diego

It’s the largest Brazilian festival on the West Coast — with plenty of entertainment, fun, and music! Event highlights include: arts and crafts, live music, performances, food, a beer garden, carnival parade, kids’ zone, and more.

When: Saturday, September 10 | 11am – 7pm
Where: Belmont Park | 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.braziliandaysandiego.com


Guided Nature Walk: Chicken Thief

Join an MTRP Trail Guide on a guided nature walk and learn about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park on one of their scenic trails. These interpretive nature walks are offered to enhance your appreciation of the unique beauty of San Diego’s natural environment.

Walks start from the Visitor Center every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.  Walks are free and open to the public, with no reservations required.

When: Sunday, September 11 | 9:30am
Where: Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor’s Center | 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Cost: Free
More information: www.mtrp.org/events

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San Diego County Events for July 15 – 17

Lots to do this sunny San Diego weekend! Check out: La Mesa’s free concert, the Over the Line competition, Latino Film Series, vintage market, and Imperial Beach’s Sun & Sea Festival. And if these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!


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’s concert begins at 6pm, with SILVERMINE – Classic Rock/Pop.

When: Sunday, July 17 and Sunday until July 24 | 6 – 7pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


63rd Annual World Championship OTL | Over the Line

“Hosted each July by the Mission Bay Athletic Club (OMBAC), the annual sporting and merrymaking event typically draws about 1,200 teams from around the world to Mission Bay to partake in OTL, a bat and ball sport first played in Mission Beach in the 1950s” (nbcsandiego.com). Over The Line is a public event and requires no ticket or entrance fee to watch the games and enjoy the tournament. This weekend is the second and last weekend of OTL.

When: July 16 & 17 | each day begins at 7:30am until close to sunset
Where: Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park, San Diego, California
Cost: Free to watch!
More information: www.ombac.org/over-the-line


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

CINE CARRETERA! A Free Summer Outdoor Latino Film Series on the Blvd! Saturdays – July 16th, 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


Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

More than 100 vendors selling vintage, antique and handmade goodies with gather at Liberty Station (2870 Dewey Rd.) both Saturday and Sunday for the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market.

When: Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Liberty Station | 2870 Dewey Rd., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com/markets/san-diego-market


2016 Sun & Sea Festival

Being dubbed, “The Original Imperial Beach Sandcastle Competition,” the 2016 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, a the Kids n’ Kastles competition, Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair. View the whole schedule here.

When: Friday, July 15 at 8am and Saturday, July 16 at 7am
Where: Portwood Pier Plaza |10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, Ca 91932
Cost: Free
More information: www.kpbs.org/events/2016/jul/16/2016-sun-sea-festival/?et=65902

San Diego County Events for March 18 – 20

Come down to San Diego County this weekend and enjoy the wonderful spring weather and family activities and events!

San Diego county events this weekendSpring Egg Hunts – hosted by the San Diego Park and Recreation Department

The Park and Recreation Department will host several Spring Egg hunt events throughout the City. The events will feature a variety of activities, games and entertainment for the entire family. Join us in celebrating the start of spring by visiting a City of San Diego park. More info.

When: March 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 26
Where: Various City of San Diego parks
Cost: Most are free
More information: www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/holiday_event_dept_wide_flyer_2_29_16_0.pdf


Latin American Art Festival

Latin American Art Festival is an annual event that presents outdoor exhibits, painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking among other disciplines, plus crafts, performing arts and culinary arts of Latin American countries.

It is the only festival of its kind in Southern California. It takes place during the month of March with the aim of bringing all residents of San Diego County, Orange County and Los Angeles, the artistic expressions of the Latin American community. Latin American Art Festival highlights the cultural richness of Latin America to strengthen the heritage and sense of belonging among the Hispanic community, showing the diversity of the communities to art enthusiasts, collectors and gallery owners on both sides of the border.

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 19 & 20 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Liberty Station | 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego
Cost: Free
More Info: libertystation.com/events/latin-american-art-festival-2016


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.

spring walkaboutWhen: Saturday, March 19 | 6 – 10pm
Where: South Park; see website below for details on location
Cost: Free
More Info: www.southparksd.com/walkabout.html

San Diego County Events for January 15 – 17

This weekend in San Diego County, enjoy a wide range of activities: from a travel show to traveling to Coronado for its film festival, and from sitting in a free cartography class to learning how to salsa.

San Diego county events this weekendBorrego Springs Film Festival

This weekend, Jan. 14-18, 2016, the third annual Borrego Springs Film Festival. The program includes 47 films in five categories from features, shorts and animations to documentaries and Latino, all of which are independent productions.

Information on tickets, passes, screenings, and festivities can be found online or by calling (760)-440-5338.

When: Jan. 14 – 18, various times
Where: Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center | 590 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Cost: $10 – $100
More information:  www.borregospringsfilmfestival.org


Inaugural Coronado Island Film Festival

The Coronado Island Film Festival is an inaugural event that celebrates Coronado’s connection to Old Hollywood and features celebrity guest Leonard Maltin.

Held from Friday, Jan. 15 to Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, the festival will show 85 films ranging from documentaries and war movies to comedies and Hollywood classics.

And while you’re there, check out the Hotel del Coronado History Tour.

When: Friday – Monday, Jan 15 – 18, starting at 9am
Where: Various Coronado theaters, Coronado, CA 92118
Cost: $95 – $595
More information: coronadoislandfilmfest.com


California Cartography At The La Jolla Map Museum: A Knowledge Commons San Diego Free Class

Knowledge Commons San Diego is a new free school for free thinkers. Unique free classes taught by San Diegans, for San Diegans. Join us for our Winter 2016 session!

We will embark on a fascinating journey through time and space, as Captain Cloward walks us through the collection, featuring maps right from the first millennium (we get to point and laugh at their zany ideas!), some of the earliest maps of the Americas, and even a few maps that show what the early explorers thought about California (you’ll be surprised!).

We’ll also get to view and discuss some early maps of San Diego. We’ll learn navigational techniques, map conservation techniques and more! This will be a history lesson unlike any other.

When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11 a.m
Where: La Jolla Map Museum | 7825 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free
More information: Visit the Knowledge Common San Diego website to register.


Encinitas Parks and Recreation Café’s Soiree

Encinitas’ Parks and Recreation office will celebrate the New Year – and the center’s spruced up amenities – with a special “soiree” that includes farm-to-table food, live music, dancing, art galleries, craft beer, classic cars and raffles. The event is free, but RSVP is required, per the Parks and Recreation office.

When: Friday, Jan 15 | 5 – 7:30pm
Where: Encinitas Community and Senior Center | 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr., Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
More information: encinitasca.gov/index.aspx?page=494


Salsa Under the Stars

This free event invites you to salsa dance under the stars in the courtyard of The Headquarters shopping center – no partner or experience required. Music will be performed by the Manny Cepeda Orchestra.

When: Friday, Nov. 20 | 6 – 9pm
Where: Headquarters’ Courtyard | 789 West Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: theheadquarters.com/events-calendar/salsa-under-stars


San Diego Travel & Adventure Show

The only travel show in the San Diego area is back for another year. Stop by and unleash your dreams: plan and book your next vacation! Get ideas on where you want you go and places to see in the new year.

When: Saturday, January 16, 10am-5pm | Sunday, January 17, 11am-4pm
Where: San Diego Convention Center (Hall B) | 111 W. Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $16+
More information: travelshows.com/shows/san-diego


San Diego Restaurant Week 2016

san diego restaurant week 2016San Diego Restaurant Week returns January 17th to Sunday, January 24th.

Over 180 of San Diego County’s most delicious restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50 and two-course prix-fixe lunches for only $10, $15 or $20.

When: Jan. 17 – 24 | lunch and dinner
Where: Various restaurants in San Diego County, see website for details
Cost: $10 – $50
More information: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com