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San Diego County Events for April 26 – 28, 2019

It’s not hard to find fun for the family or for free this weekend in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendEarth Day Festival

Get hands-on with fun Earth Day activities including interactive booths, STEM activities, vendors, Pedal for the Planet Trail Ride (bring your bike and helmet), educational materials, resources and more.

When: Saturday, April 27 | 10am – 1pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
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Encinitas Spring Street Fair

Enjoy over 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors plus four entertainment stages, children’s rides, Bike Valets, and a Beer Garden! Take advantage of free family fun, entertainment, a National Award Winning Main Street and a traditional So-Cal beach town.

When: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28 | 9am
Where: South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
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Mission Federal ArtWalk

The 35th annual Mission Federal ArtWalk is the largest running arts festival in Southern California!

Attendees can explore 16 blocks of every medium of art including painting, sculpture, glass work, photography, fine jewelry and more. Then enjoy live music, dance performances, interactive art experiences, street food, family-friendly art projects at KidsWalk and more!

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28 | 11am
Where: Throughout Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Oceanside’s 10th Annual Earth Festival

The Earth Festival offers participants the opportunity to explore more than 100 booths and vendors to learn ways to increase sustainability efforts; peruse the vintage market to find upcycled items from environmentally conscious businesses; discover and taste Oceanside’s local food; and enjoy live local bands.

When: Saturday, April 27 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Downtown Oceanside, Pier View Way and Tremont St., Oceanside, CA
Cost: Free
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Adams Avenue Unplugged

This free, beloved music festival along a 2-mile stretch of Adams Avenue brings 80 performances across 24 stages inside the unique restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries that line San Diego’s uptown communities. The festival spans from west University Heights into Normal Heights and parts of Kensington to the east.

When: Saturday, April 27 | 12 – 10pm
Where: Adams Avenue (From west University Heights through Normal Heights), San Diego
Cost: Free
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Tequila & Tacos Music Festival

The 3rd annual Tequila & Tacos Music Festival returns to downtown San Diego’s waterfront this weekend, featuring exclusive tequila samplings, entertainment and gourmet street tacos.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28 | tequila tasting on Saturday
Where: 200 Marina Park Way, Embarcadero Marin Park South, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 – $40
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Annual Lakeside Rodeo

The 55th Annual Lakeside Rodeo brings the exciting action of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to the Lakeside Arena April 26th, 27th & 28th, 2019 with four full rodeo performances featuring the 7 events of rodeo to include bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing (WPRA), tie down roping, and team roping…plus, the Kids Stick Horse Race is a hilarious to watch at each performance!

When: Friday – Sunday, April 26 – 28
Where: Lakeside Rodeo Grounds | 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040
Cost: $10 – $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 January 4 – 6

It’s the first weekend of the new year; hopefully some of these events will help you pursue health, quality time with family, education or whatever resolution you’re pursuing in 2019!

San Diego county events this weekendThe San Diego Spring Home Show

The San Diego Spring Home Show will help you find inspiration, products and services to help make that home improvement project a reality. The 3-day expo will take over downtown’s San Diego Convention Center Friday through Sunday. Free passes can be printed out in advance online (https://www.homeshowsandiego.com/free-pass); at the door, tickets will cost $10.

When: Friday Jan. 4, 11am – 8pm | Saturday Jan. 5, 10am – 8pm | Sunday Jan. 6, 10am – 6pm
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free passes online here; tickets at the door will be $10
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Three Decades in the Rearview

This retrospective exhibit, “Three Decades in the Rearview,” showcases a variety of unique vehicles that encapsulate the automotive culture including race cars, hot rods, low-riders and more. The anniversary exhibit runs through Jan. 26, 2019, and is included with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

When: Anniversary exhibit runs through Jan. 26, 2019
Where: San Diego Automotive Museum (Balboa Park) | 2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 adults; $4 for kids 15 and under
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Hullabaloo Family Market

Join San Diego’s own award-winning kids music group, Hullabaloo, for a morning of music, food, art projects, face painting and shopping at the Hullabaloo Family Market.

When: Jan 7 | First Mondays until May
Where: The Heritage Ranch | 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
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Minefaire: Official Minecraft Community Event

Connect with your kids, and be blown away by off-the-charts fun at the number one Minecraft event in the USA.

Minefaire: Official Minecraft Community Event holds a Guinness World Record for largest convention for a single video game, and is coming to San Diego for two days only

When: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 & 6, 2019
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free – $90
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ArchaeoCon 2019

The Archaeological Institute of America turns 140 years old in 2019 and this expo at the Marriott Marquis will pretty much serve as the institute’s birthday bash. The fair will feature archaeology presentations, hands-on demos, workshops, an “ancient game tournament” centered on a board game from Mesopotamia, and Q&A sessions with experts.

When: Saturday, Jan. 5 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina | 333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $5 – $10
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Guided Nature Walk – Mission Trails Regional Park

Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails — the Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop or the Riverside Grinding Rocks — while talking about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center.

When: Sunday, Jan. 6 | 9:30 – 11am
Where: Visitor Center at Mission Trails Regional Park | 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
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 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 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!

Event: 21st Annual Oceanside Days of Art

Oceanside Days of ArtThis weekend, there’s a free event in San Diego county: the 21st Annual Oceanside Days of Art, organized by the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation!

The 21st annual Oceanside Days of Art is a free family art festival featuring over 120 local artists selling a variety of fine art including paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography and more. The festival also offers live stage performances, free hands on art activities for all ages, and a delicious variety of food choices in the food court. Other attractions include a Senior Art Show, a High School Art Show, Angelique the Living Music Box, street chalk artists, face painting, and more. (from ocaf.info)

When:

Where: Pier View Way and Coast Highway

More Info: www.ocaf.info