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San Diego County Events for August 18 – 20

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

San Diego county events this weekendChula Vista HarborFest

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Blvd Market Summer Block Party

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

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

Free City Ballet Showcase

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

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

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

Summer Movies in the Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

San Diego County Events for July 31 – August 2

This weekend, enjoy movies with the family or watch dogs surf better than people! Besides the usual summer (and year-round) activities you can do in San Diego (view the Top 20 Must-Do Activities in San Diego list here!), check out the events going on today through Sunday:

San Diego county events this weekendUnleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition

At the Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition, the most fearless dogs will jump on their boards, paddle out and surf! There will be more than just surfing going on, though; there will also be available on Saturday: dog food garden (food & treat samples), kid zone, beginners agility course, free video and photo booth (with green screen), dog adoptions, off-leash play area, and more.

When: Saturday, August 1 | 9am – 3pm
Where: 2 Elder Ave., Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Cost: Free | Registration Fee for Competitors
More information: unleashedby.petco.com/surfdog

El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

From May through September, the El Cajon Dinner and a Concert (formerly Concerts on the Promenade) take place every Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Prescott Promenade near the corner of Main St and Magnolia. Entertainment includes rock, western, rock-a-billy, country, caribbean and Spanish flamenco; tonight’s entertainment features The Jones Revival. Bring a chair/blanket, food and drinks.

When: Fridays, through September | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | near the corner of Main St and Magnolia, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/Events/DinnerandaConcert.aspx

Free San Diego movies for the family

Different cities in San Diego county host free family movies (this list is by SanDiego.org); here are the ones going on this weekend:

  • July 31 – Penguins of Madagascar – PG | Clairemont – South Clairemont Community Park – 3605 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117movie
  • July 31 – Penguins of Madagascar – PG | Lakeside – Lindo Lake County Park – 12660 Lindo Lane, Lakeside, CA 92040
  • July 31 – Grease – PG-13 | Old Town – Heritage County Park – 2454 Heritage Park Row, San Diego, CA 92110
  • July 31 – Home – PG | Southcrest – Southcrest Community Park – 4149 Newton Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113
  • August 1 – Big Hero 6 – PG | Mira Mesa – Hourglass Community Park – 10440 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92126
  • August 1 – Big Hero 6 – PG | Otay Mesa – Montgomery-Waller Recreation Center – 3020 Coronado Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154
  • August 1 – Home – PG | La Jolla – Nobel Community Park – 8810 Judicial Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
  • August 1 – Big Hero 6 – PG | Campo – Lake Morena – 2550 Lake Morena Drive, Campo, CA 91906

Baja By The Sea

Baja By The Sea will display the culinary and cultural heritage of Baja California, as well as its tourism attractions and infrastructure. The event will exhibit nine aisles, five of them will be represented by each city of Baja California: Tijuana, Tecate, Ensenada, Rosarito and Mexicali; each city will promote its main cuisine, hotels, travel agencies, museums, and recreational spaces.

When: Saturday, August 1 | 12 – 6pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 500 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.bajabythesea.mx

OzCon International

The 51st annual Oz convention includes Oz quizzes for all ages and levels, the Oz Treasure Hunt, the Oz Research Table, the Oz Dealers Room, Oz Show and Tell to share your discoveries, panel discussions, displays, and after-parties. And you can get your cOZplay on for the OzCon costume contest.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday | 9am – 10:30pm
Where: Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center | 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego
Cost: $20 – $35
More information: www.ozconinternational.com

Watermelon Days

camelAdmission includes watermelon feeding with the camels, the Pollywood bird show, contests, a watermelon-carving contest, and exhibits. The 32-acre working ranch and camel milk dairy is home to a large herd of camels, donkeys, horses, sheep, dogs, cats, turkeys, exotic birds, and two ranchers. Runs Friday through Sunday.

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday | 1 – 7pm
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy | 26757 Old Julian Highway, Ramona
Cost: Free – $15
More information: www.cameldairy.com