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San Diego County Events for May 25 – 27

San Diego County has much to do this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend

American Heritage Car Show

Join us on Saturday, May 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the American Heritage Car Show. All pre-1974 domestic and imported vintage, classic, hot rod, and muscle cars welcome! Show includes: awards, pancake breakfast, entertainment, including DJ, beer garden, raffle, and vendors.

When: Saturday, May 26 | 9am
Where: Grape Day Park | 321 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free for spectators
More information: americanheritagecarshow.com


Open Cockpit Days At Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

See 31 historical aircraft up close during Open Cockpit Days at Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. Visitors of all ages can see what it’s like to be a pilot by sitting in the cockpits of select aircraft.

When: Every-other-weekend, starting May 26 through Sept. 2, 2018 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum | 4203 Anderson Ave., San Diego, CA 92145
Cost: Free
More information: www.flyingleathernecks.org/about-the-flying-leatherneck-museum/location


Tenth Annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival

Join more than 30,000 visitors for the 10th Annual Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival, featuring live music and entertainment, more than 300 food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides and more!

When: Saturday, May 26 | 10am
Where: Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free admission to the fair; tickets for beer tastings
More information: santeestreetfair.com


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 May 25) | 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


Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival

Join the Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival at Santee Lakes. Hundreds of food and retail vendors, plus live entertainment and a kid zone, will fill the park for the free Santee Street Fair. Take part in the beer festival for $25. The ticket comes with 10 four-ounce tastes of craft brew plus a ticket for a food item.

When: Saturday, May 26 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Santee Lakes | 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free
More information: santeestreetfair.com


Vista Strawberry Festival

The Vista Strawberry Festival is the only festival in San Diego County that celebrates all the joys and pleasure of the Strawberry. Vista was once the “Strawberry Capital of the World” and still boasts many strawberry fields. Come enjoy our celebration of the ‘berry as we bring over 300 vendors, athletic competition, pie eating, costumes, beauty, carnival rides, music, food, and much more together in Historic Downtown Vista.

When: May 27, Sunday | 8am – 6pm
Where: Historic Downtown Vista | 127 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: Free
More information: www.vistastrawberryfest.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 April 13 – 15

This weekend’s events in San Diego County involve food, art, kid activities, and a whole lot more!

San Diego county events this weekendFallbrook Avocado Festival

The 32nd Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival is back, and you can check it out for free. Of course, all things avocado will be there, along with craft and food booths, beer and margarita garden, artisan walk, avocado educational area, live bands, and lots of things for the kids!

When: Sunday, April 15 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Along Main Street, around Alvarado Street and surrounding area
Cost: Free
More information: www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/avocado-festival


The Inflatable Run & Festival San Diego Event

The Inflatable Run is an all-ages family event featuring a 5k inflatable obstacle course plus fun games, shows, and attractions in the festival area. There are Free activities for kids and interactive attractions available the entire day –including zorb ball races, bounce houses, carnival games, go-cart racing, water balloon battles, live music, delicious food, face painting, magic shows, and so many more surprises.

When: Saturday, April 14 | 8am  – 4pm
Where: SDCCU Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Kids Free | Adults Start at $15
More information: www.theinflatablerun.com


Planting for Pollinators

Birds, Butterflies, Bees and . . . Bats? Oh My!  Join us as we learn about these and other animals that help to pollinate our world.  Get out on to the trails with several guided walks to learn about the plants and animals that call San Diego Home.  Enjoy crafts and make this a fun day for all ages!

When: Saturday, April 14 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center | 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free with admission
More information: www.thelivingcoast.org


Oceanside Days of Art | The Shakespeare Connection

Oceanside Days of Art is a juried fine art festival featuring up to and sometimes over 100 local artists selling a variety of unique artwork including paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography and more.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15 | 10am – 5pm
Where: 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: Free
More information: www.ocaf.info/oceanside-days-of-art


17th Annual Taste of Hillcrest

Over 35 fantastic Hillcrest restaurants are participating, giving foodies a chance to sample some of their best and signature dishes. From quaint cafes and French and Italian style bistros to five-star dining delights, this is the most anticipated self-guided culinary walking tour in San Diego! Sample bites such as Pad Thai, Sashimi, Italian Antipasto, or Classic American Comfort Food! Your taste buds are going to go wild on this culinary journey throughout Hillcrest! Enjoy your friends, the gorgeous weather, and one unforgettable tasting adventure!

When: Saturday, April 14 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Rite Aid Check-In Station (535 Robinson Ave.) or Rich’s San Diego Check-In Station (1051 University Avenue)
Cost: $30; $35 on the day of the event
More information: www.fabuloushillcrest.com/taste-of-hillcrest


Family Movie Night: The Princess Bride

Comedy, adventure, romance, and fantasy! There is something for everyone in the classic film The Princess Bride, and you can experience it on the big screen. Rated PG. Come early for fun pre-movie activities the entire family can participate in.

When: Saturday, April 14 | Gates open at 6pm, movie starts at 7:30pm
Where: Moonlight Amphitheatre | 1250 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: $5 – $10 | Order by phone at 760.724.2110, or in-person at VisTix
More information: www.moonlightstage.com/performances/the-princess-bride


 

Sunday Organ Concert

Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.

When: Sunday, April 15 | 2 – 3pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park | 2125 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: spreckelsorgan.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 April 6 – 8

Check out the spring events for this weekend in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendCitybeat Beer Fest

The CityBeat Beer Fest is the perfect marriage of two of San Diego’s best known exports – music and craft beer.

When: Friday, April 7 | VIP: 12 to 4pm, general admission: 1 – 4pm
Where: Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows | 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 Cost: $20-$60
More information: www.citybeatbeerfest.com


San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest

ArtFest at the Garden features some of the finest regional artists displaying their talents with the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden as a back drop.

Our fine arts show features more than 20 artists displaying and selling their work at amazing prices just for Garden guests. Many of these fantastic sculptors, painters, glass artists, potters, gourd and fiber artists who participate in ArtFest will also provide interesting demonstrations of their craft.

When: Sat & Sun, April 7 & 8 | 9am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free with paid admission or membership
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/artfest


Sip ‘n Savor Festival

Sample food from local chefs and restaurants, learn about featured beers and enjoy music from local bands at the 2nd Annual Sip ‘n Savor Festival.

When: Sunday, April 8 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Hard Rock Hotel San Diego | 207 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $25-$75
More information: www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-n-savor-2018-presented-by-the-hard-rock-hotel-san-diego-tickets-39520549026


Carlsbad Flower Fields

Spring is in the air and Carlsbad is in bloom at the Flower Fields, open now through May 13. Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders – our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger – 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers, and festivals throughout the season.

When: Mar 1, 2018 to May 13, 2018 | 9am – 6pm
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 60+, $8 for children 3-10
More Info: www.theflowerfields.com


Spring Fling

Come celebrate the end of winter with Welk Resorts! Dive down the rabbit hole at our second annual Spring Fling Family Festival! This event for all ages will include rides, live entertainment, face painting, and the chance to craft a fairy garden.

When: Sat & Sun, April 7 & 8 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Welk Resorts San Diego Golf Course | 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, CA 92026 Cost: $10 – $20
More information: learn.welkresorts.com/spring-fling


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 23 – 25

Check out some San Diego events for the weekend; there’s several family-friendly activities going on!

San Diego county events this weekend

San Diego Winter Brew Fest

This special 1-day only fest will celebrate craft beverages from California and beyond and features live local music, food, and other vendors. Sample amazing brews from over 30 breweries and listen to some great live music. Sample throughout the night with your commemorative cup.

When: Saturday, Feb. 24 | 7 – 10pm (VIP 6 – 7pm)
Where: Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park | 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $40 – $60
More information: www.sandiegobrewfest.com


Camp Shred

Surf Ride and SURFER have teamed up to bring Camp Shred, the world’s largest surf demo, back to San Elijo Campground in Cardiff by the Sea, Calif., February 24-25. The sixth annual event once again brings the best surfing brands and thousands of their loyal consumers together for a fun weekend of surfing while giving back to California State Parks.

The free and open to the public festival, also featuring music, entertainment, food trucks, acai bowls from Sambazon, coffee from iVibe Coffee, and a beer garden, will run 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM on Saturday and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. Proceeds from the Pizza Port Beer Garden will benefit California State Parks, specifically the Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches (FCCSB).

When: Saturday, Feb. 24, 8am – 5:30pm | Sunday, Feb. 25, 8am – 5pm
Where: San Elijo Campground | 2050 S Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA 92007
Cost: Free
More information: www.campshred.com


36th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair

The 36th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair is coming on Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25.

Celebrate the year of the Dog with 20,000 of your closest friends on the corner of 3rd Avenue and J Street in downtown San Diego. The fair will go on, rain or shine.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 24 & 25 | 10am
Where: San Diego Chinese Historical Museum | 404 Third Ave., San Diego, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: 36th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair


Karamu Community Festival

Join Spring Valley Branch Library on Saturday, February 24 for Karamu – a community festival in celebration of African-American culture and traditions. This year’s event will feature community resource booths, soul line dancing, and a performance by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir.

When: Saturday, Feb. 24 | 12pm
Where: Spring Valley Branch Library | 836 Kempton Street, Spring Valley, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.springvalleylibrary.pbwiki.com


Princess Day

Join Grossmont Center for the ultimate Princess Meet & Greet! The Little Mermaid is making a splash at Grossmont Center and she can’t wait to be part of your world!

Be sure to be here at 1PM for story time and a performance by The Little Mermaid and her Lady-in-Waiting. A Meet & Greet and photo opportunities with The Little Mermaid will follow the performance.

When: Saturday, Feb. 24 | 1 – 3pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: www.grossmontcenter.com/event/princess-day


San Diego Bird Festival

Get out in nature, go on bird-watching walks and see live bird presentations at the San Diego Bird Festival at the Marina Village Conference Center in Mission Bay. Join family-focused walks on Sunday. The festival benefits the San Diego Audubon Society.

When: Feb. 21 – 25
Where: Marina Village Conference Center | 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free, but some events require tickets (from $20 plus fees)
More information: San Diego Bird Festival


 

Half-Off Admission to 40+ Museums

Arts, entertainment and culture collide for Macy’s Museum Month in San Diego. This February the San Diego Museum Council and Macy’s have teamed up again for Museum Month, giving patrons a chance to discover what’s new at more than 40 area museums with savings only seen once a year.

Participants can pick up a Museum Month Pass at any area Macy’s store to enjoy half-off admission to all of the participating museums through the entire month of February. Follow this link to find the Macy’s store nearest you

When: February 1 – 28, 2018
Where: San Diego area museums; see website below
Cost: Half-off museum tickets
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org


San Diego Theatre Week

San Diego Theatre Week is an exciting program of the San Diego Performing Arts League (SDPAL). The mission of San Diego Theatre Week is to highlight the variety and enhance the awareness of San Diego’s diverse performing arts community.

Participating performing arts groups will be offering a variety of special promotions during the week of February 15-25.  Tickets will be offered at $15, $30 and $45 levels.

When: Feb. 15 – 25
Where: View the website for the various locations
Cost: $15, $30, $45 levels
More information: www.sandiegotheatreweek.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 December 22 – 24

Squeeze in a couple more Christmastime activities here in San Diego County before actual Christmas Day!

San Diego county events this weekendBoardwalk Craft Market

The Boardwalk Craft Market – a juried show with crafts created and by San Diego County artists – is held every Saturday morning (through Christmas) at Old Poway Park. Artists are on-hand to answer questions about their work.

When: Saturday, Dec. 23 | 8am – 2pm
Where: 14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information: Boardwalk Craft Market


Seas ‘n’ Greetings

The magic of the holidays meets the magic of the underwater world at Birch Aquarium during Seas ‘n’ Greetings, a month-long holiday celebration featuring SEAsonal activities for the whole family.

From December 1 to 31, Birch Aquarium  is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and check the schedule for special appearances by Scuba Santa as well as themed animal encounters, a scavenger hunt, and fun photo opportunities. On Saturdays and Sundays, things are even more festive with live music and two daily dive shows. The schedule changes daily, so check the calendar for details. All Seas ‘n’ Greetings activities are included with admission.

When: Dec. 1 – 31 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Birch Aquarium | 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free with admission ($14 – $18.50)
More information: aquarium.ucsd.edu/experiences/events/seas-n-greetings


Holiday Nights at Bernardo Winery

For an entire week, December 18th to the 23rd, the winery is open til 9pm, lit up with twinkling lights and full of Holiday fun! Come enjoy an evening of old fashioned Christmas at the winery. An Annual Holiday Event in North County San Diego!

  • Tasting room and outdoor wine bar open
  • Multiple Food trucks every night
  • Winery Village shops open late for holiday shopping
  • Even more!

When: Dec. 18 – 23 | 10am – 9pm
Where: Bernardo Winery | 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128
Cost: Free
More information: bernardowinery.com/calendar-of-events/holiday-nights-at-bernardo-winery-december-11th-14th-4-830pm


Ice skating at Poway ICE Arena

Bundle up in warm clothes and go enjoy a public skate session for all ages and skating levels at Poway Ice Arena. The whole family can do this activity together as a fun and novel way to get some exercise. There are additional public skate sessions offered Weds.-Sun. Check here for more days and times.

When: every Friday at 1:45pm to 4:30pm
Where: Poway Ice Arena | 2455 Kerran St., San Diego, Ca
Cost:  $12 admission; $3 skate rentals
More information: redtri.com/socal/go-ice-skating-at-poway-ice-arena


Garden of Lights at San Diego Botanic Garden

After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland – Southern California Style! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening for a magical holiday experience. Bring the family and enjoy the Garden at night as the lights illuminate several spectacular Garden areas.

There is no Garden of Lights on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

When:  Dec 2, 2017 – Dec 30 | 5 – 9pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr., San Diego, Ca
Cost: $10 – $15
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/lights


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 November 24 – 26

On this long Thanksgiving weekend, enjoy some fun events with the family!

San Diego county events this weekendLight Up the Holidays Event

Light Up the Holidays with Grossmont Center! On Friday, November 24th the mall’s giant Christmas tree will be illuminated for first time of the 2017 holiday season! In addition, there will be a concert performance by Flipside Burners and a Truck Giveaway with 105.7 MAX FM! Bring the family and join us near the Guest Services for this FREE event!

When: Friday, Nov. 24 | 8am – 5pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: Light Up the Holidays Event


Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary presents another holiday season of outdoor ice skating with support from SENTRE Inc., NBC 7 San Diego, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station and many friends of Rady Children’s.

When: November 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018 – Open daily 10am – 10pm, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days
Where: 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, California 92106
More information: Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station


Holiday by the Bay

The 5th Annual Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the Headquarters at Seaport Village’s courtyard. On Saturday, November 25, 2017, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront will commence its 2nd Annual Holiday by the Bay Ice Skating celebration. From November 24, 2017 to December 18, 2017, USO San Diego invites members of the community to drop off gifts for children.

When: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25; Nov. 24 – Dec. 18
Where:  Headquarters at Seaport Village, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Eddie V’s and Gepetto’s Toys.
Cost: Free
More information: www.usosandiego.org/holidaybythebay


Liberty Station Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities

Gather your loved ones in Liberty Station’s North Promenade for live entertainment from 5:00pm to 6:00pm and then gaze upon the 88-foot Norfolk Pine Tree as it is lit up by a patient family of Rady Children’s Hospital at 6:15pm. Throughout the evening there will be entertainment, shopping and more throughout the neighborhood.  Shopping will be set in Central Promenade, next to the ice rink, with local vendors selling holiday goodies, gifts and more.

When: Wed, Nov 29 | 5 – 9pm
Where: 2853 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: libertystation.com/events/salute-the-season/liberty-station-tree-lighting


Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market

Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center will host this three-day craft fair featuring more than 80 artisans selling their homemade goodies and fine art. While visitors shop, musicians will perform live. Free hayrides with Santa Claus will be offered on Friday and Saturday between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

When: Friday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Where: Bates Nut Farm | 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082
Cost: Free admission and parking
More information: Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market


Global Winter Wonderland: ‘Circus of Light’

This 17-acre holiday festival makes its way to San Diego for the first time ever this season, setting up at SDCCU Stadium through Jan. 7, 2018. The family-friendly international celebration features the largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China, plus acrobatics performances, carnival rides, holiday-themed activities, games, food and shopping. The little ones can even write letters to Santa Claus and visit sections like Toyland, Candyland and the North Pole. Global Winter Wonderland will open daily at either 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m., but is closed on some dates. Check this calendar (http://www.globalwonderland.com/public/san-diego/plan-your-visit/maps-and-directions/index.cfm) for exact dates and times to plan your visit.

When: Now – Jan. 7
Where: SDCCU Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Tickets cost $22 for adults and $19 for kids ages 4 to 12 or senior citizens age 62 and older. Kids 3 and under get in free.
More information: Global Winter Wonderland: ‘Circus of Light’


Pomegranate Days With The Camels

The 7th Annual Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy hosts camel encounters and rides, pomegranate/apple feeding with the camels, a real family circus under the Big Top, our popular mini Sheep Town petting corral and our famous, Wild West Turkey Stampede!

When: Fri – Sun, Nov 24 – Nov 26
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy | 26757 Old Julian Hwy, Ramona, CA 92065
Cost: $10 – $15
More information: www.cameldairy.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 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
More information


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.
More information


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
More information


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
More information


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
More information


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 September 29 – October 1

On this fine weekend in San Diego County, enjoy your days at any of these great festivals and events! La Mesa’s Oktoberfest begins today, and there are several other family activities and fun things to do to choose from!

San Diego county events this weekendLa Mesa Oktoberfest

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 Restaurant Week 2017

It’s already been going since the start of this week, but don’t miss out on the last few days of this year’s San Diego Restaurant Week!

The 13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, September 24th through Sunday, October 1st with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.

For one week only, over 180 participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person. The participating restaurants span across the county from the South Bay to East County and to the borders of Oceanside and Fallbrook to the North and touch on all cuisine types and cravings.

When: Until Sunday, October 1, 2017
Where: Over 180 San Diego County restaurants
Cost: $10 – $50
More information: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com


Muses of The Old Globe

San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre turned 82 this year and women have played leading roles in its history. The “Muses of The Old Globe” exhibition – on display at the Women’s Museum of California (2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16) at Liberty Station through Oct. 29 – highlights the women including directors, actors, playwrights, craftspeople and business leaders, who shaped The Globe into what it is today. The exhibit is included with the $5 admission into the museum.

When: Friday, Sept. 29 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Women’s Museum of California | 2730 Historic Decatur Rd #206, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Exhibit is free with $5 admission to the museum
More information: womensmuseumca.org/exhibit/muses-old-globe


Bollywood Garba by the Sea

Bollywood Steps will lead Bollywood Garba by the Sea, an evening of live performances, dancing and music in the courtyard at The Headquarters at Seaport. Garba is an Indian folk dance performed only on certain festival days, including Sept. 29. The dance includes forming a large circle with others around you. This free event is open to all ages; no dancing experience necessary.

When: Friday, Sept. 29 | 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: The Headquarters at Seaport | 789 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: Bollywood Garba by the Sea


Old Town Art and Craft Show

Fine art, music, food and craft beer all come together this weekend at the Old Town Art and Craft Show. Now in its seventh year, the festival features more than 75 local, regional and international contemporary artists displaying mostly original work in a juried competition. In addition, there will be a children’s area and live entertainment.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 29 & 30 | 10am
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park| 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: Old Town Art and Craft Show


The Cabrillo Festival

The Cabrillo Festival is a fun event for the entire family, with educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances.

Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures that are part of the age of exploration.

The Cabrillo Festival features food booths with delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food. Vendors will showcase their various artistic goods.

When: Saturday, Sept. 30 | 11am
Where: Naval Base Point Loma | 140 Sylvester Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: www.cabrillofestival.org


36th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair

The 36th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair, Southern California’s largest free two-day music festival, will feature 80 artists performing on six stages along Adams Avenue.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 | 10am
Where: Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.adamsavenuebusiness.com


Good Food Community Fair

This Sunday, stop by the largest collection of food system advocates and practitioners in the County. Slow Food Urban San Diego organizes this fair, which features a panel discussion, culinary demonstrations and plenty of tasty treats and yummy samples. You’ll get a chance to tour the first sustainable, edible garden in Balboa Park, meet local organizations dedicated to food justice, and more.

When: Sunday, Oct. 1 | 11am
Where: WorldBeat Cultural Center | 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego
Cost: Free – $10
More information: Good Food Community Fair


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