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San Diego County Events for Oct. 13 – 15

Get out and explore San Diego County! Here’s some great events for the weekend.

San Diego county events this weekendOld Town Fall Festival

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park kicks off the fall season with its annual Fall Festival. The museums and merchants in the state park will be decorated and host family-friendly games, activities, and entertainment reminiscent of an old-fashioned harvest celebration including a pumpkin-carving demonstration from noon to 4 pm under a large shade tree in the center town plaza, musical entertainment and face painting in the central plaza, and pumpkin painting, corn shucking, and environmentally friendly bird-feeder making in a specially decorated Harvest Home. Participating merchants will also have craft activities inside their stores.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 12 – 4pm
Where: Old Town State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
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Fleet Week San Diego

Fleet Week San Diego (Oct. 11-17) runs through this weekend, a tradition that honors and celebrates the men and women of the U.S. military through public events that support our heroes. Events open to the public include Friday’s USO Concert in the Park at 5 p.m. at North Embarcadero Marina Park. The USO Show Troupe will perform songs from the 1940s to present day, while the second half of the show features the “beach country” sounds of Tim Hurley.

When: Oct. 11 – 17
Where: Various places
Cost: Tickets to the concert cost $10.
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Harvest Festival: Original Art and Craft Show

This traveling, 3-day shopping and entertainment festival brings more than 24,000 handmade, American arts and crafts to the Del Mar Fairgrounds from jewelry and pottery to clothing and more. Between booths, grab a bite from food vendors and enjoy live entertainment.

When: Friday, 10am – 5pm | Saturday, 10am – 6pm | Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $9 for adults, $4 ages 13 – 17, free for 12 and younger
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Stars at Mission Trails

The San Diego Astronomy Association leads another stargazing session at Mission Trails Friday night, this time at the east end of the Kumeyaay Lake Campground’s day use parking lot. The three-hour event is free; the Astronomy Association will provide telescopes for those in attendance to use during the event.

When: Friday, Oct. 13, 7 – 10pm
Where: Mission Trails Regional Park | 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Cost: Free
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Art Rhythm & Wine Festival at The Forum Carlsbad

It’s the third annual Art Rhythm & Wine Festival at The Forum Carlsbad. The Grand Ave Festival, Escondido, takes place in our historic downtown on Grand Ave from Center City to Juniper.
Shop from hundreds of vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports. Enjoy international cuisine and local entertainment.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 11am – 7pm | Sunday, Oct. 15, 11am – 6pm
Where: The Forum Carlsbad by The Wine Loft | 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Cost: Free
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The Boardwalk Craft Market

This unique festival, now in its 25th year, offers Poway residents the chance to shop for unique and useful handmade arts and crafts from local artists. The event is free and fun for the whole family.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14 | 8am – 2pm
Where: Old Poway Park | 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information


Grand Avenue Festival

More than 500 vendors, children’s rides and activities will line the streets of Escondido Saturday and Sunday as residents come out to enjoy the sunshine, live music and children’s games. The festival crosses seven historic blocks of the city and marks the second largest single-day fair in California.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14
Where: Downtown Escondido
Cost: Free
More information

 


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 6 – 8

There’s much to do in San Diego County this Friday through Sunday!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Film Festival

The San Diego Intl Film Festival is our region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit. SDiFF offers a totally unique film experience; including world premieres, never before seen studio releases, the best in independent filmmaking and a full schedule of glamorous parties and intimate events with filmmakers.

When: October 4 – 8, 2017
Where: See website
Cost: See website
More information: sdfilmfest.com


12th Annual La Mesa Park Appreciation Day

 

La Mesa Park Appreciation Day flyer

Come clean up MacArthur Park, then enjoy a BBQ and games for those who helped!

When: Saturday, Oct. 7 | 8am – 12pm
Where: MacArthur Park | 4975 Memorial Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

This two-day, free and family-friendly celebration boasts a footprint of over ½ mile and an expansive collection of over 150 incredible juried artists from around the globe. The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival features something for everyone, from dazzling roving entertainment, to a gourmet marketplace serving scrumptious bites, a free family art center, silent auction and more.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 7 & 8 | 10am
Where: La Jolla, Girard Ave., La Jolla, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.ljawf.com/visitors


South Park Fall Walkabout

The South Park Fall 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!

When: Saturday, Oct. 7 | 6pm
Where: South Park Neighborhood, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.southparksd.com/walkabout


Maker Faire San Diego

Maker Faire San Diego is a hands-on visual feast of invention and creativity and a celebration of the Maker movement. Balboa Park hosts this celebration of technology, arts, crafts, science, and the Do-It-Yourself mindset. It’s for innovative, creative people who like to tinker and love to create, and also for those curious minds who want to see what new and innovative things are just around the corner.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct 7 & 8 | 10am
Where: Balboa Park (Visitors Center) | 1549 El Prado , San Diego
Cost: $7 – $38
More information: www.balboapark.org


Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

The 13th annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest is a two-day eclectic, beachside festival that will include a variety of exciting activities, contests and entertainment with proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations.

Festivities kick off Friday at noon with the Oktoberstretch yoga festival, beer garden, live music and games.

When: Friday, Oct. 6, 12pm | Saturday, Oct. 7, 9am
Where: Newport Avenue and Abbott Street, San Diego, CA 92107
Cost: Free – $5
More information: oboktoberfest.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 7 – 9

This weekend, come down to San Diego County and enjoy some great events.

San Diego county events this weekendFirst Friday Oceanside Art Walk

Downtown Oceanside hosts its “First Friday Art Walk,” featuring local artists, music and dancing. This time, the theme is “Stars & Arts,” a patriotic nod to America. The event is free and, as the name suggests, takes place every first Friday of the month.

When: Friday, July 7 (and every first Friday of the month) | 5 – 9pm
Where: Downtown Oceanside
Cost: Free
More information: www.oceansideartwalk.org


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


TGIF Concerts in the Park

Tonight enjoy Carlsbad’s popular TGIF Concerts in the Parks series. For over 30 years, the City of Carlsbad has presented live music throughout the city. This year, nine concerts will be presented in four beautiful parks in Carlsbad.

With a variety of food vendors for all your picnic needs, hands-on art activities for all ages, green grass for hanging out with friends and family, top quality live music and a dance floor to boogie the night away, TGIF has everything you need for a great night out in Carlsbad.

When: Friday, July 7 | 5pm
Where: Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Rd., Carlsbad, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.carlsbadca.gov/services/depts/arts/events/tgif


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 7 & 8) Friday & Saturday’s free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • Sing
  • Trolls
  • The Sandlot
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • The Jungle Book

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


Friday Night Liberty

The Arts District (2640 Historic Decatur Rd.) at Liberty Station hosts its monthly art walk, “Friday Night Liberty,” a free event showcasing the working artists of this up-and-coming hub. The event also features live entertainment, including dance, theatre and music.

When: Friday, July 7 | 5 – 9pm
Where: Arts District at Liberty Station | 2825 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: libertystation.com/events/friday-night-liberty-july-2017


Little Italy Summer Film Festival

Every Saturday night this summer, stop by San Diego’s Little Italy Amici Park and enjoy a series of Italian films with English subtitles. The screenings start at 8 p.m. The entry fee is a $5 donation

When: Saturday, July 8 | 8pm
Where: Little Italy Amici Park | 1660 Union St, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $5
More information: www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-summer-film-festival


La Mesa Boulevard Stroll – Luau

Come for a FREE and FUN evening next Tuesday July 11th in La Mesa Village! The festivities begin at 5:00, so bring the family and tell all your friends! We have a variety of LIVE MUSIC, DANCE, ART and all the restaurants and shops will be open! It’s a Luau theme so bring your Aloha Spirit and support your community.

 

When: Tuesday, July 11 | 5pm
Where: La Mesa Village
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/boulevardstroll

And 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 30 – July 2

It’s Fourth of July weekend! There’s lots to do this summer weekend down here in San Diego County; check them out below!

San Diego county events this weekend


12th Annual Summer Chamber Music Festival

Festival from June 24 to July 8, 2017 brings the sounds of Beethoven, Mozart and other composers to the beautiful USD campus. Directed by Dr. Angela Yeung, the festival provides a unique opportunity for musicians of all ages and affordable concerts for music lovers. Festival includes lunchtime, afternoon and evening concerts. View the full schedule.

When: Friday, Jun 30, 9:15am | Saturday, Jul 1, 2pm | Monday, Jul 3, 9:15am | other dates
Where: University of San Diego | 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.sandiego.edu


Second Annual Imperial Beach Red White & Blue Celebration

Start your 4th of July weekend celebration with us. Enjoy a day at the beach, at one of the perfect location in the City the heart of IB Pier Plaza. Fun activities for all the family,  live music, win great raffle prizes and more!

When: Saturday, July 1 | 12pm
Where: Portwood Pier Plaza | 940 Seacoast Dr , Imperial Beach, Ca 91932
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/1833381823653364


Star-Spangled Pops

The San Diego Symphony pays tribute to America with this three-day “Star-Spangled Pops” concert at Embarcadero Marina Park South. The Symphony will perform patriotic tunes in a show, ending with a salute to the armed forces and fireworks.

When: Friday – Sunday, June 30 – July 2 | 7:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Lawn tickets start at $24
More information: sandiegosymphony.org


San Diego County Fair

The yearly county fair is here! This year’s theme is “Where the West is Fun”; the fair runs through Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

When: Friday, June 2, 4 – 11pm (other Fridays 11am – 11pm) | Saturdays, 10am – 11pm | Sundays, 10am – 10pm | Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11am – 10pm | All date and time details online
Where: The Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Adults – $18, Seniors and kids under 13 – $11, Kids 5 and younger – free | Season pass – $26
More information: sdfair.com


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 (June 30 & July 1) Friday & Saturday’s free movies (find locations via the schedule link) include:

  • Sing
  • Trolls
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • The Sandlot
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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 May 19 – 21

What a beautiful weekend coming up! Enjoy the lovely weather and San Diego County area with these great family activities and fun events! And 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 weekendSalsa Under the Stars

Dance the night away with Manny Cepeda and his orchestra in the Headquarters at Seaport’s beautiful out door courtyard from 6 pm – 9 pm. No partner or experience necessary for this free event.

When: Friday, May 19 | 6 – 9pm
Where: The Headquarters at Seaport | 789 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: theheadquarters.com/events-calendar/salsa-under-stars-16


21st Annual Festival Of The Arts In North Park

21st Annual Festival of the Arts in North Park is a free art and live music festival that also highlights the local craft beer and food community. It will be a fun-filled day of entertainment and fun.

When: Saturday, May 20 | 11am – 10pm
Where: North Park San Diego | San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: northparkmainstreet.com/events/festival-of-arts


2017 How-to Festival

Come learn “how-to” do something new and interesting in quick workshops taught by volunteers from your neighborhood. This interactive community educational event has something for everyone. All ages welcome.

When: Saturday, May 20 | 11am – 3pm
Where: San Diego Public Library, San Diego, CA — various locations
Cost: Free
More information: sdpl.bwcs-hosting.com/cal/event/showEventMore.rdo


Fiesta Del Sol 2017

The 38th Annual Fiesta del Sol will be on May 20- 21, 2017 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. each day. The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce has been hosting this FREE two day arts & music festival for 37 years as a kick off to Summer in Solana Beach! The event takes place at Fletcher Cove.

The Belly Up is lining up a great list of musicians to perform over the two day event, which includes local community talent. There will also be a large, fun and exciting Children’s Area set up for families to enjoy rides, games and a climbing wall.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21 | 9am – 9pm
Where: Fletcher Cove Beach Park | 111 S Sierra Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075
Cost: Free
More information: fiestadelsol.net


Tierrafest Parade and Craft Fair

Come and visit our all-day Craft Fair (9am to 3pm), offering lots of handmade items by local artisans.  The day starts with a Patriot’s Day Parade at 10am, with schools, clubs, bands, businesses and local dignitaries marching or riding, and the day ends with a barbeque dinner (4-8pm) at the Tierrasanta Rec Center together with a fireworks display at dusk.  The Craft Fair and Parade are  free, and children are welcome.  Tickets for the dinner are available at the Craft Fair.

When: Craft Fair: Saturday, May 20, 9am – 3pm | Parade: 10am | BBQ dinner: 4 – 8pm
Where: 10633 Tierrasanta Blvd, San Diego, CA 92124
Cost: Free entrance to the craft fair and parade; tickets available at the craft fair for the closing bbq dinner and fireworks display
More information: Info on the San Diego Union Tribune


24th Southern California Band Festival

The 24th Southern California Band Festival is being held May 20 and 21, 2017 at Old Poway Park. The festival presents 17 adult concert bands from Southern California and Arizona with a new band every hour. The festivities conclude with the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band starting at 6:15 Sunday. Food and beverages are available. Gift baskets will be auctioned off.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21
Where: Old Poway Park Bandstand | 14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information: More info


Grand Ave Festival

The Grand Ave Festival, Escondido, takes place in our historic downtown on Grand Ave from Center City to Juniper. Shop from hundreds of vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports, enjoy international cuisine and local entertainment from high school performing arts and future stars.

When: Sunday, May 21 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Downtown Escondido | 100 Grand ave, Escondido, CA 92026
Cost: Free
More information: escondidochamber.org/grand-avenue-festival

San Diego County Events for February 10 – 12

This weekend, celebrate Valentine’s Day together with those you love. Take your sweetheart, friend, or kids to one of these events and enjoy San Diego County! 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 weekend

35th Annual Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

This year’s fair celebrates the year of the rooster. It is free to the public, and promises to be the best ever, filled with spectacular dance and cultural performances, and tantalizing street food that you might find at a lively Chinese night market. No passport or plane ticket needed – it’s all right here.

When: Saturday & Sunday, February 11 & 12, at 10am
Where: Chinatown district |3rd Avenue and J Street, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: sdcny.weebly.com


Macy’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


Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo

Learn more about living a gluten-free or allergen-free lifestyle at this large expo. The event features hundreds of products as well as meet-and-greets with local and national brands and speakers. All products at the expo are gluten-free, and many are free of the top eight allergens – and there is also a section completely nut-free! Tickets, which start at $5, features entry to the vendor area featuring more than 100 booths as well as coupons, samples, classes and more.

When: Saturday, February 11 | 10am
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $5+
More information: www.facebook.com/events/901400249995723

San Diego County Events for February 3 – 5

Check out the following festivals, family activities and other things to do in San Diego County this weekend! And 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 weekendLunar New Year ‘Tet’ Festival 2017

The popular Lunar New Year ‘Tet’ Festival returns to Qualcomm Stadium for three days, with: live music, entertainment, games, and lots of food, all to celebrate the Lunar New Year, which marks the arrival of spring based on the Lunar Calendar.

When: Friday, Feb. 3, 5 – 10pm | Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 4 & 5, 10am – 10pm
Where: Qualcomm Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $6 Adult, $4 Kids | Free parking
More information: lunarnewyearfestival.org


Macy’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


San Diego Fermentation Festival

The San Diego Fermentation Festival is a family-friendly outdoor festival featuring:

– A Makers Marketplace showcasing the southern California bounty of artisanal foodmakers and brewers
– An Ambrosia Garden (21+) featuring fermented adult beverages such as mead, beer, kombucha* and wine
Workshops and presentations
– Do-It-Yourself Fermentation stations
Live music and entertainment

When: Saturday, Feb. 4 | 10am
Where: San Diego Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free – $25
More information: sandiegofermentationfestival.com


Love Your Wetlands Day 2017

There will be animal presentations, walks through the marsh, interactive booths, and a raffle. If possible, bring rain boots for the marsh walk and be prepared for some muddy fun.

When: Saturday, Feb. 4 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve | 2055 Pacific Beach Drive Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free, but you have to rsvp
More information: www.eventbrite.com/e/11th-annual-love-your-wetlands-day-tickets-30907308592


La Mesa Farmers’ Market

An open-air farmers’ market occurs every Friday afternoon from 2pm – 6pm at the intersection of University Avenue and Spring Street in La Mesa, CA. Sponsored by the City of La Mesa, the market offers farm fresh goods including flowers, produce and live plants.

When: Fridays | 2 – 6pm
Where: Intersection of University Ave and Spring St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: lmvma.com/SeasonalEvents/Farmers-Market

San Diego County Events for January 20 – 22

Explore San Diego via the events below! 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 weekendWinter Wonderland

Get your winter gloves on because snow is coming to Grossmont Center at the Winter Wonderland! They are bringing 10 tons of snow to the parking lot between Chuze Fitness and Fuddruckers.

When: Saturday, Jan. 21 | 11am – 1pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: www.grossmontcenter.com/event/winter-wonderland


San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week 2017It’s finally back! For eight days, over 180 restaurant will have deals for San Diego Restaurant Week. Check out www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com for details and which restaurants will have deals.

When: Sunday, January 15 – Sunday, January 22, 2017
Where: Over 180 restaurants
Cost: Various pricing
More information: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com


On the Chocolate Trail

Culinary Historians of San Diego will present “On the Chocolate Trail,” featuring Debbie R. Prinz, at 10:30 a.m. on January 21, in the Neil Morgan Auditorium of the San Diego Central Library.

Prinz promises to illustrate the ways faith traditions share consumption, ritual and business interests in chocolate over many centuries, countries and cultures.

When: Saturday, Jan 21 | 10:30am
Where: San Diego Central Public Library – Neil Morgan Auditorium | 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.sandiego.gov/public-library


Caffeine Crawl San Diego

It’s time for the fourth annual Caffeine Crawl San Diego – one of the most exciting coffee events on the West Coast this year! Explore your local coffee, tea and chocolate scene on a route of your choice, with over 25 local roasteries and cafes hosting.

When:  Fri, Jan 20, 1 – 5pm | Sat, Jan 21, 9am – 4:30pm | Sun, Jan 22, 1am – 5pm
Where: All over San Diego
Cost: $28 – $36
More information: www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego-2017