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San Diego County Events for November 4 – 6

For the first weekend in November, you have your choice of art events, among other activities. Get out and enjoy the cultural side of San Diego county!

San Diego county events this weekendGlobe for All

The Old Globe’s free “Globe for All” public performances of “Measure for Measure” are happening this weekend.

When: Friday – Sunday, November 4 – 6
Where: A different location each day; check the website for details
Cost: Free
More information: theoldglobe.org

Art San Diego

This annual four-day event, which began in 2009, will feature all kinds of artwork — paintings, photography, sculpture, glass and other media — by artists from all over the world. There will also be talks, panel discussions and special events

When: Thursday – Sunday, November 3 – 6
Where: Balboa Park Activity Center | 2145 Park Blvd., San Diego
Cost: $10 – $85
More information: art-sandiego.com

San Diego Beer Week 2016

San Diego Beer Week returns Nov. 4 through Nov. 13 with around 500 events across San Diego showcasing the booming craft beer industry.

When: Friday, Nov. 4 – Nov. 13
Where: Locations vary
More information: www.sdbw.org

Friday Night Liberty

This free monthly art walk at the Arts District at Liberty Station returns Friday night with dancing, theater, musical performances and galleries galore.

When: Friday, Nov. 4 | 5 – 9pm
Where: Liberty Station, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: libertystation.com/events/friday-night-liberty-november-4

San Diego County Events for October 28 – 30

With Halloween right around the corner, there are several trick-or-treat, dress-up, and ghoulish events in the San Diego county area. Check out some suggestions below:

San Diego county events this weekendTrick-or-Treat on India Street

Little Italy businesses will open their doors to little monsters in costume for a fun night of safe trick-or-treating in the cool urban neighborhood. Piazza Basilone (on the corner of India and W. Fir streets) will have a list of businesses participating in the event, plus trick-or-treating maps.

When: Friday, Oct. 28 | 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.littleitalysd.com/do/trick-or-treat-on-india-street

Haunted Tales Aboard the Star of India

Is San Diego’s iconic Star of India haunted? Every 15 minutes this night, from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., kids can enjoy lantern-led tours of the Star of India and hear eerie tales, including how the spirit of a young man named John Campbell may lurk on board.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29 | 6 – 10pm
Where: Star of India ship — Maritime Museum of San Diego | 1492 North Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Included with paid admission. Kid’s Free in October passes not valid for Haunted Tales.
More information: sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/haunted-tales

Dog Fest Walk ‘n Roll

This family (and dog!) friendly walk and festival kicks off early Saturday morning. After the walk, trick-or-treat through the booths lining the street – or enter your pup in the costume contest. The walk supports Canine Companions for Independence, which provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities for free.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29 | 7am for registration, 8am event
Where: NTC Park at Liberty Station | 2455 Cushing Road, San Diego, CA 92106
More information: Dog Fest Walk ‘n Roll

Halloween Family Day 2016

The Balboa Park Conservancy invites families to a safe, fun, and culturally inspired way to kick off their Halloween activities at the 8thAnnual Balboa Park Halloween Family Day on Saturday, October 29. Over two dozen participating museums, cultural attractions, and community partners will present free craft projects for kids, costume parades and contests, spooky gallery tours and treasure hunts, and other fun surprises from 11am to 4pm. Participating museums are offering free admission to children 12 and under with paying adult.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29 | 11am – 4pm
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego
More information: www.balboapark.org/halloweenfamilyday

Kids free in October

Last weekend of Kids Free in October! Organized by the San Diego Museum Council (SDMC), Kids Free in October is an opportunity for thousands of families to enjoy museum experiences this October with free admission for kids 12 and under at 40 arts, cultural and science museums in San Diego County.

When: October 1 – 31, 2016
Where: At 40 arts, cultrual and science museaums in San Diego County
Cost: Free for kids!
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/kidsfree

San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for October 14 – 16

This weekend, explore the many local activities and events in La Mesa, Escondido, San Diego, and Ramona.

La Mesa’s 11th Annual Park Appreciation Day

If you’re a fan of La Mesa’s parks, resident or not, La Mesa would love your help tomorrow with their Park Appreciation Day. Just show up at a La Mesa neighborhood park at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 15. General clean-up includes picking up trash, light raking, trimming, and weeding. Please bring your own gardening gloves along with your rakes or trowels to the park.

When: Saturday, October 15 | 8am – 12pm
Where: La Mesa parks
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/Calendar

Grand Avenue Festival

Over 500 vendors, live entertainment, and food from around the world have combined to make the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival a family tradition since 1989. Held on historic Grand Avenue in Escondido, it’s the second largest single-day festival in California. Five hundred unique vendor booths line seven blocks of beautiful downtown Escondido along Grand Avenue.

When: Sunday, October 16 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.kennedyfaires.com/escondido

Native Plant Sale

California Native Plant Society‘s Fall Native Plant Sale includes: native shrubs, trees, flowering plants, seeds, books, and posters. Native plants typically consume less water and are easier to grow in their natural environment.

When: Saturday, October 15 | 9am – 3pm CNPS members, 10am – 3pm everyone
Where: Casa Del Prado Theater Courtyard | 1700 Village Place, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.cnpssd.org

Kids free in October

Organized by the San Diego Museum Council (SDMC), Kids Free in October is an opportunity for thousands of families to enjoy museum experiences this October with free admission for kids 12 and under at 40 arts, cultural and science museums in San Diego County.

When: October 1 – 31, 2016
Where: At 40 arts, cultrual and science museaums in San Diego County
Cost: Free for kids!
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/kidsfree

Ramona Air Fair & Fly-In

The Ramona Airport’s Air Fair & Fly-In is an annual one-day event with free admission and parking featuring “The Red Eagles Formation Team,” formation flying, tours of Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Service, and Control Tower, airplanes and helicopters on display, airplane rides for nominal fees, great food, live country and southern rock music from local favorite Del Rio, and much, much more!

When: Saturday, October 15 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Ramona Airport | 2926 Montecito Road, Ramona, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/RamonaAirFair

San Diego County Events for October 7 – 9

This first October weekend, come to San Diego County and enjoy one of the many events and activities going on here!

San Diego county events this weekend

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

The 2016 La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns to La Jolla for its eigth annual season on October 8th and 9th in the heart of the village, on Girard Ave. This two-day juried art show and fundraiser has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prestigious art & wine festivals in Southern California. The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is free and open to the public.

When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm | Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Where: Located on Girard Ave, between Torrey Pines Road and Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.ljawf.com

Kids free in October

Organized by the San Diego Museum Council (SDMC), Kids Free in October is an opportunity for thousands of families to enjoy museum experiences this October with free admission for kids 12 and under at 40 arts, cultural and science museums in San Diego County.

When: October 1 – 31, 2016
Where: At 40 arts, cultrual and science museaums in San Diego County
Cost: Free for kids!
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/kidsfree

El Cajon Oktoberfest

This is the last weekend for El Cajon’s Oktoberfest. See the flyer for details:

El Cajon Oktoberfest

When: Oct. 7 – 9, 2016
Where: S. Mollison Ave., 1017 South Mollison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: See flyer above
More information: www.germanclubsandiego.org/portfolio-list/oktoberfest-2016

Little Italy Festa

Little Italy Festa celebrates Italian culture not only in the entertainment provided, on the one stage, but the types of vendors displaying their wares along India Street. FESTA! highlights include: Italian food served al fresco throughout the neighborhood reflecting a wide variety of specialties, music on 3 stages, cooking demonstrations, Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk) chalk art painting, and much more.

When: Sunday, October 9 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Along India Street from West Grape to A streets, downtown San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.littleitalysd.com/do/little-italy-festa

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 August 26 – 28

Another sunny weekend in San Diego County — and some great events to enjoy! 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 this weekendSan Diego International Kids’ Film Festival

Aiming to promote positive educational impact on children and the youth, the San Diego International Kid’s Film Festival actively supports innovative films made by filmmakers from around the globe. The festival offers an excellent multi-cultural platform to engage aspiring filmmakers, students, and educators alike: screening quality films, television series in short and feature length, as well as works in documentaries, animation, educational visual arts, and mixed media.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 26 – 28
Where: Carlsbad Dove Library | 1775 Dove Ln, Carlsbad, CA 92011 AND Carlsbad Senior Center | 799 Pine Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $10; $5 for kids
More information: San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival

8th Annual Doggie Street Festival

The largest pet adoption-focused festival in Southern California, the 8th annual Doggie Street Festival happens this Saturday. Enjoy music, pet products and services, vet tips, speakers, and more.

When: Saturday, August 27
Where: NTC Park at Liberty Station | 2455 Cushing Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: Doggie Street Festival

13th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival

The 13th annual Carlsbad Music Festival is a 3-day summer celebration of “adventurous music by the beach” in the charming seaside Village of Carlsbad. The Festival, called “one of the area’s most innovative music showcases” by KPBS, features 60+ performances of creative music of all kinds curated by Founder and Artistic Director, composer/violinist Matt McBane.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 26 – 28
Where: St. Michael’s By the Sea | 2775 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: Details
More information: Carlsbad Music Festival

Imperial Avenue Street Festival

The Imperial Avenue Street Festival blends art and soul in one of San Diego’s most historic and unique neighborhoods. The festival celebrates the rich history, arts and culture of the Greater Logan Heights community. From its rich African-American roots to the strong Latino influence that exists today, the festival grooves to the sounds of live music from multiple stages.  Enjoy gourmet food and beverages, a kids’ zone with music, arts and crafts, and arts from several artist.

When: Saturday, August 27 | 12 – 9pm
Where: Imperial Avenue between 28th & 30th and between “L” Street & Commercial Avenue, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.imperialavenuestreetfest.com

San Diego County Events for August 19 – 21

Such a variety of events going on this weekend! Head over to the Chula Vista HarborFest or enjoy a movie in the park with the family, or expand your literary side by attending the TwainFest!

San Diego county events this weekendSummer Movies in the Park: Inside Out

Enjoy the movie “Inside Out” at the Summer Movies in the Park. There will be food trucks and a concession stand, along with games and music prior to the film.

When: Friday, August 19 | 8 – 10pm
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar/inside-out-g-waterfront-park


Twainfest is a FREE celebration of Mark Twain and other writers of the 19th century.  Great fun for all ages.

Hear works by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edgar Allan Poe and others, read aloud by San Diego actors.

When: Saturday, August 20 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historical Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: TwainFest

Sip N’ Ship Beer Festival

A beer festival in an un-paralleled historical location right on San Diego Bay. Let your taste buds experience various craft beer vendors while you enjoy live music. Curb your hunger with assorted food trucks on site.

Attendees will be able to walk about the vessels and sample beers from many breweries at different locations throughout the museum.

When: Saturday, August 19 | 1pm – 5pm
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego | 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $35+
More information: Sip N’ Ship Beer Festival

Chula Vista HarborFest

This year’s annual HarborFest will have everything you could possibly want at a FREE, all ages celebration! Save the Date! It will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Bayside Park at the Chula Vista Marina. Enjoy the crisp ocean air and sweet summer sun. Prepare to get your groove on and dance, dance, dance in front of THREE stages: the Latin Beats Stage, HarborFest Main Stage and Chula Vista Community Stage!

When: Saturday, August 20 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Bayside Park, Chula Vista Marina | 999 Bayside Pkwy., Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free
More information: chulavistaharborfest.com

San Diego County Events for August 5 – 7

San Diego County has several events and activities happening this weekend! Check out Chula Vista’s lemon festival, Oceanside’s Art Walk, a burger battle, and more.

San Diego county events this weekendSing Along With Broadway!

If you love Broadway, then you’ll want to come to this semi-sing-along event Friday evening along the San Diego bay! This is one concert in San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights Concert series.

When: Friday & Saturday, August 5 & 6 | Starting at 7:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $20+
More information: purchasing.sandiegosymphony.org/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=5544

First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk

Downtown Oceanside is coming alive with vibrant arts, performances, music, poetry, activities, food, and fun for all ages, all free.

When: Friday, August 5 | 5 – 8pm
Where: Downtown Oceanside
Cost: Free
More information: www.oceansideartwalk.org

4th Annual San Diego Burger Battle

Bull BBQ is on a nationwide hunt to find the country’s best burgers. On Saturday, August 6th, the competition comes to San Diego. Over 20 competitors will throw down for bragging rights to the title of “Best Burger in San Diego”.

When: Saturday, August 6 | 11am – 4pm
Where: Carddine Home Resort Products | 1144 Los Vallecitos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069
Cost: Free to first 200 online registrars
More information: www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-san-diego-burger-battle-tickets-26384247996

Visit the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center

Visit the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center; on Saturday, one-hour guided tours are available to the public, ansd visitors can also take self-guided tours through the facility. The OTC is dedicated to developing America’s Olympic athletes, and features numerous sport venues and support facilities for archery, beach volleyball, BMX, canoe/kayak, cycling, field hockey, rowing, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, triathlon, and cross-training abilities for various winter sports.

When: Saturday, August 6 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Chula Vista Olympic Training Center (OTC) | 2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.chulavistaconvis.com/things-to-do/us-olympic-training-center

Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Pucker up for the sweetest sour event of the year, the Third Avenue Village Association’s Lemon Festival presented by Wal Mart. Returning for its 20th year, the Lemon Festival brings crates full of summer fun to Chula Vista’s Original Neighborhood, spanning Third Avenue from E to G Street. Celebrate Chula Vista’s reign as the Lemon Capital of the World with live bands, hundreds of vendor booths, Festival Fun Zone, craft beer garden and everything lemon.

When: Sunday, August 7 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Third Avenue, from E to G streets, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: thirdavenuevillage.com