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San Diego County Events for October 20 – 22

Now that it’s October, there’s several fall-themed events and activities to partake in this weekend! Come to San Diego County to have fun with the family!
San Diego county events this weekend

Sixth Annual HauntFest On Main

The 6th Annual HauntFest on Main is an exciting family-friendly event in Downtown El Cajon.

The event features live music on two stages featuring: Costume contests on the Main St. Stage; an expanded carnival rides and games; car show; candy challenge activities; kidz zone, face painting; performances by TNT Dancers, Arts In Motion Crew & Jr. Crew, and St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Pumpkin Patch; craft and game booths; LED rock wall; inflatables for kids; “Ghostbusters” movies outdoors and more!

When: Friday, Oct. 20 | 5pm
Where: East Main Street and Magnolia, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
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DogFest Walk ‘N’ Roll San Diego

Get ready for a tail waggin’ good time at DogFest Walk ‘n Roll San Diego, the national signature event of Canine Companions for Independence! Grab a leash and join us for lots of fun and family-friendly activities as we raise money to provide highly-trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

DogFest San Diego will include a scenic, fully accessible 1.2 mile dog walk followed by a celebration with dog and family-friendly activities. Enjoy music, games, amazing dog demonstrations, presentations by assistance dog recipients and more.

When: Saturday, Oct. 21 | 8am
Where: NTC Park at Liberty Station | 2455 Cushing Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free, donations appreciated
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Augmented And Virtual Reality Festival

Explore the future at the Fleet’s Augmented and Virtual Reality Festival. Visitors of all ages will have a chance to explore the AR and VR technologies that are currently being used for education, medical science and more. Activities free with paid admission.

When: Saturday, Oct. 21 | 11am
Where: Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego
Cost: Free – $19.95
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Del Mar Pumpkin Station

Pumpkin patch, kiddie rides, giant slides, inflatable play centers, petting zoos, game zones, school tours and party packages.

When: Now through October 31
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
Cost: Free parking and admission
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El Cajon Pumpkin Station

Let the adventure begin at El Cajon Pumpkin Station.

Pumpkin patch, kiddie rides, giant slides, inflatable play centers, petting zoos, game zones, school tours and party packages.

When: Now through October 31
Where: Parkway Plaza | 415 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free parking and admission
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Wine and Dine: BLVD Market

Join the monthly BLVD Market to celebrate local, sustainable seafood and San Diego’s best urban wineries for an unforgettable pairing night with a whole fish butchery demo by Heart & Trotter as well as salsa and bachata to dance the night away!

When: Friday, Oct. 20 | 6pm
Where: 2855 El Cajon Blvd at Utah St, San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: Free
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San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale

Plant donations from over 100 local growers, wholesalers, retail nurseries and individuals make this one of the most interesting and diverse plant sales of San Diego County. Since all of our plants are donated, we can offer HUGE savings – up to 40 or 50 percent off what you would see at other places!

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 21 & 22 | 10am
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free – $14
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Borrego Days

Don’t miss the 52nd annual Borrego Days Desert Festival, a nice weekend getaway for families this fall. The free festival runs Saturday and Sunday. You’ll get a chance to enjoy beautiful weather, desert blooms, star gazing and more – and that’s on top of a parade through town, rows and rows of unique booths, handmade goods, beautiful artwork, delicious food and more.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 21 & 22 | 10am
Where: Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs
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!

Event: La Mesa Oktoberfest 2017

The famous La Mesa Oktoberfest begins tomorrow!

La Mesa Oktoberfest 2017Three days of music, vendors, speakers, workshops, kid’s activities, lots of brats — and of course plenty of German beer. 2017 will be one for the books, with more attractions, vendors, and experiences than ever before. Bands include Way Cool Jr, DJ Valtaik, Cheap Tricked, Unsteady, Manganista, Groove Kitty, Exit 6, Super Buffet, and the Bavarian Beergarden Band.

When: Friday, Sept. 29, 4 – 10:30pm | Saturday, Sept. 30, 10am – 10:30pm | Sunday, Oct. 1, 10am – 6pm
Where: La Mesa Village | Spring Street at La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, 91941
Cost: Free
More information: www.lamesaoktoberfest.org

San Diego County Events for August 11 – 13

With so many free, or nearly free, events and things to do this Friday through Sunday, there’s no reason not to come down to sunny San Diego County for the weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendArtWalk @ Liberty Station

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station returns for a weekend of fine art, food, live entertainment and more.

Stroll through Ingram Plaza in the heart of Liberty Station’s Arts District to view over 200 international, national and local artists will be featuring every medium of art including painting, sculpture, glass work, fine jewelry, photography and more.

The arts festival will also include a KidsWalk, which offers interactive art for kids; street food options and a wine and beer pavilion.

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13 | 10am
Where: Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza, 2645 Historic Decatur Road , San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: ArtWalk @ Liberty Station


La Mesa, CA Farmers' MarketLa 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: University Ave & Spring St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: cityoflamesa.com/449/Farmers-Market


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:

  • Ratatouille
  • Sing
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Moana
  • The Incredibles

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


Family Weekends

On weekends at Del Mar Racetrack, there’s plenty of fun events for the entire family. Children (ages 17 and under) receive free racetrack admission and adults are only $6.00.

The free activities feature:

• Pony Rides
• Inflatable Games and Rides
• Magic Show and GameZone
• Jockey Stilt Walkers
• Giant Scramble Slide & Obstacle Course
• Del Mar Mascot “Pony Boy”
• Face Painters
• Caricature Artist

When: Saturdays & Sundays, 1 – 6pm | Going from now until September 3, 2017
Where: Del Mar Racetrack | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free – $6
More information: www.dmtc.com


Fiesta Del Sol

The largest community-driven family festival in San Diego County, the 10th Annual Fiesta del Sol is a two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego. It’s a fun, FAMILY-FRIENDLY, alcohol- and tobacco-free event focused on creating positive change by empowering communities. Fiesta del Sol includes an entertainment stage, a multi-cultural food court, four community pavilions, and over one hundred booths

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13 | 11am – 6pm
Where: Main Street, Between South Evans and Sicard Streets | San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.fiestadelsolsandiego.org


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 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 October 21 – 23

San Diego events this weekend include many Halloween-related activities, but there’s also a few other fun things to do!

San Diego county events this weekendBoomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt

Boomont Park is back for its 4th year with even more family-friendly Halloween festivities and fun during this month-long event! Friday, Saturday & Sunday after 5pm. Halloween activities include: free trick-or-treating, zombie laser tag, a roller coaster, pumpkin patch and painting, zip line and rock wall, live performances, costume contests, and more.

 

 

When: Oct. 21-Oct. 23 and Oct. 28-Oct. 30, 5pm
Where: Belmont Park | 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
More information: Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt


HauntFest

The fifth annual “HauntFest on Main” event will be held Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 in Downtown El Cajon! The special event will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Downtown El Cajon, with an estimated 35,000 people expected. Admission is free, but some of the rides will charge a nominal fee.

When: Friday, October 21 | 5 – 10pm
Where: Downtown El Cajon
Cost: Free; rides charge
More information: hauntfest.org


Howl-O-Ween Canine Carnival

Ocean Beach Kiwanis’ Annual Howl-o-Ween Canine Carnival will be held at Dusty Rhodes Park on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a Howl-O-Ween Party and Street Fair for OBceans and their best friends, featuring games, prizes, costume contest/parade (for dogs and their humans), and food. Dog lovers from anywhere are welcome!

When: Saturday, October 22 | 10am
Where: Dusty Rhodes Park | Nimitz Blvd. and Sunset Cliffs Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107
Cost: Admission is free but dogs must be registered: $7 for single dog/ $10 for groups of dogs/ $10 for floats.
More information: oceanbeachsandiego.com/attractions/parks/dusty-rhodes-park


Fit Foodie 5K and 10K

Cross the most delicious finish line ever and indulge in an unforgettable day filled with food, fitness and fun!

When: Saturday, October 22 | 7am
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: Fit Foodie 5K and 10K


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 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 activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for July 29 – 31

On this sunny summer weekend in San Diego County, head outside for some fun events!

San Diego county events this weekend

Unleashed 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 hang 20! This event must be seen to be believed. Bring the whole family for a day of rad competitions, goodies and fun!

Now in its 11th year, the Surf Dog Competition promises to be a sweet time for two- and four-legged dudes and dudettes. Enter your dog in the surf competition or just come take in all the fun under the sun!

When: Saturday, July 30 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Next to Imperial Beach Pier | 2 Elder Ave., Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Cost: Free
More information: surfdogevents.com/imperial-beach


Sip and Spin: A Group Ride and Get-Together

Bring your bike or trike and join the San Diego Museum of Man in decorating your bike wheels, taking a ride through the park, and celebrating at an after-party in the museum’s rotunda. Then all will prepare bike-safety kits for homeless bike riders to benefit the San Diego Rescue Mission.

When: Saturday, July 30 | 5 – 8:30pm
Where: San Diego Museum of Man |1350 El Prado, San Diego,92101
Cost: $10 for Museum Members/$15 for E-Club Members
More information: Sip and Spin: A Group Ride and Get-Together


Live Well San Diego 5K

The 2016 Live Well San Diego 5K will be held at the County Administration Building’s Waterfront Park on Saturday, July 30. This is a family and pet friendly event that goes beyond the 5k to include interactive booths and entertainment for all ages.

When: Saturday, July 30 | 8am
Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $20-$35
More information: www.livewellsd5k.com


36th Annual Tailgate Party & Firefighter Chili Cook-off

The 36th Annual Tailgate Party & Firefighter Chili Cook-off will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association! Fire Fighter Chili Cook-Off — over 20 local fire departments competing! All you can eat burgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, snacks & chili, live music by Classic Buzz & local microbrew tastings, and with the VIP purchase a Padres vs. Reds game ticket.

When: Saturday, July 30 | 12 – 4:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North at Seaport Village | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $40 – $50+
More information: www.downtownsandiego.org/events/36th-annual-tailgate-party-and-firefighter-chili-cook-off

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San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for July 8 – 10

San Diego County has to be one of the best places to enjoy the summer: great weather, sunny beaches, and great events and activities every day of the week!


Great American Foodie Fest

Over 50 of the nation’s best food trucks and specialty food vendors! Carnival rides, beer garden, eating contests, and live entertainment.

When: Friday – Sunday, July 8 – 10 | Fri 7/8 4pm – 10pm | Sat 7/9 11am – 10pm | Sun 7/10 11am – 8
Where: Qualcomm Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $12
More information: greatamericanfoodiefest.com/san-diego-foodie-fest


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.

When: July 9 & 10, and 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


South Park Summer 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. The Walkabout highlights both the south and north end of the South Park business district.

When: Saturday, July 9 | 6pm
Where: 30th St and Kalmia St, San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: Free
More information: South Park Walkabout


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 Sonic Epidemic – Horn Tunes of the 70’s .

When: Sunday, July 10 and every 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