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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
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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
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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!

San Diego County Events for July 21 – 23

Are you missing out on ComicCon this year? Never fear; there are so many other great events and happenings going on in San Diego and San Diego County this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendLa Mesa Movie in the Park

La Mesa is showing the “Jungle Book” at tonight’s Movie in the Park — it’s a free, fun way to spend time as a family and with your neighbors! Arrive early to get a spot; showtime starts at 8pm.

When: Friday, July 21 | arrive before 8pm
Where: La Mesita Park | 8855 Dallas Street, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series

This last performance of La Mesa’s Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series, Sonic Epidemic will be entertaining us with horn tunes of the 70s. If you haven’t made it to the concert series, yet, this is your last chance!

When: Sunday, July 23| 6 – 7pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


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

  • Secret Life of Pets
  • Moana
  • The Sandlot
  • Zootopia
  • The Jungle Book
  • Grease

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


San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival returns to San Diego after a 12-year hiatus! This three-day event, open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, combines smooth jazz, delicious local eats, and the beautiful San Diego skyline.

When: Open to the public Saturday and Sunday, July 22 & 23
Where: North Embarcadero Marina Park | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $65+
More information: sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com


‘Much Ado About Nothing’ At Coronado Playhouse

Coronado Playhouse stages Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by Kit Fugrad. This production is part of the theater’s 21st Annual Free Classic Play. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

When: Ongoing from now until August 13, 2017
Where: Coronado Playhouse | 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, CA
Cost: Free; donations accepted
More information: coronadoplayhouse.com


Sunset Artwalk

Start your summer weekends off right at the winery! Join us every Friday night during the summer for art, wine, music, food and shopping in the Winery Village from 4-9pm. Meet local artists and enjoy their work in the courtyard along with live music, food vendors and of course, tasting room, shops and café open late! Free admission. Families welcome, please no pets. Music tonight: Kevin Begin 5:30-8:30pm

When: Friday, July 21 and summer Friday nights | 4-9pm
Where: Bernard Winery | 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128
Cost: Free
More information: bernardowinery.com/calendar-of-events/sunset-artwalk-every-friday-night-june-september


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 23 – 25

Celebrate summer with some wonderful activities this weekend in San Diego County. Concerts, family activities, festivals, cultural events and so much more is going on this Friday – Sunday!

San Diego county events this weekend

Mass Creativity Day 2017

Make, share and create art during Mass Creativity Day, a free outdoor arts festival at The New Children’s Museum. Bring the whole family out for a day full of art-making activities, free Museum admission, music, food and more!

When: Saturday, June 24 | 10am
Where: The New Children’s Museum | 200 West Island Ave., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: thinkplaycreate.org/learn/signature-events/mass-creativity


2017 Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival

Join more than 70,000 visitors for the 38th annual oceanfront chili cook-off in Ocean Beach. Live stages of continuous live music and entertainment, the community mural project, Artists Alley, carnival rides and games, food and vendor booths, a beachside beer garden and more.

When: Saturday, June 24 | 10am – 8pm
Where: 4800 to 5000 block of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, CA
Cost: Free
More information: oceanbeachsandiego.com/attractions/annual-events/ob-street-fair-chili-cook-off


44th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games

Scottish culture will fill the park during the two day festival, which will feature a variety of activities and entertainment for guests of all ages: Sheepdog trials, Highland dancing, Scottish vendors, cuisine and beverages, bagpipe and drumming competitions, clan heritage tents, and hands-on children’s activities.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Brengle Terrace Park | 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/active military, and $5 for children ages 6-16. Children under 5 are free.
More information: sdhighlandgames.org


12th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am

BRO-AM Beach Fest is an annual celebration that gives back to the San Diego Community. Surf contests, free concert, numerous vendor booths… all to celebrate community and to raise awareness and funds for local youth organizations.

SCHEDULE:

  • 7AM – 3PM: Surf Events
  • 12PM-5PM: Live Music
  • 12PM: 91X Battle For The BRO-AM Winner – Sights and Sages
  • 1PM: Jamtown
  • 2:20PM: Lifehouse, Acoustic Set
  • 3:25PM: SWITCHFOOT

When: Saturday, June 24
Where: Moonlight Beach | 400 B St., Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free – $125
More information: broam.org


32nd Philippine Cultural Arts Festival

The 32nd Philippine Cultural Arts Festival will take place in Balboa Park this weekend. Learn about Philippine culture through dance and music. Taste Filipino delicacies and support local vendors.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 | 11am
Where: Balboa Park, (Visitors Center) | 1549 El Prado , San Diego — Corner of Park Blvd. & Presidents Way, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.samahanphilippinedance.com/festival


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


Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series

This Sunday, Fanny and the Atta Boys will be performing swing, bluegrass and jazz songs as part of La Mesa’s Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series.

When: Sunday, June 23| 6 – 7pm — plus more Sundays during the summer
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


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

  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Free Willy
  • Despicable Me 2

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


Taste of Adams Avenue

Nearly 50 restaurants, breweries, wine bars, coffee houses and other eateries in University Heights, Normal Heights, and Kensington will showcase their best meals, sips, and snacks. Take a stroll along Adams Avenue by foot, bike or trolley and get a taste of the neighborhood. Tickets start at $35.

When: Sunday, June 25 | 11am – 3pm
Where: Will Call: 3441, Adams Avenue, San Diego
Cost: $35 advanced, $40 day of (cash only)
More information: www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/event-info/taste-of-adams-avenue


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 January 22 – 24

Head on down to San Diego County for a variety of fun events and things to do!

San Diego county events this weekendCaffeine Crawl San Diego

Caffeine Crawl year three in sunny San Diego kicks off 2016 and promises to be every bit as good as years one and two ~ our biggest shop lineup yet, multiple bike route options, snazzy new spaces and more caffeine than you can handle! There’s only two times left with tickets available!

When: Friday, January 22 – Sunday, January 24 | starting at 2pm
Where: Participating locations in San Diego
Cost: $25; purchase online at www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego-2016-tickets
More information: www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego-2016


San Diego Restaurant Week 2016

san diego restaurant week 2016San Diego Restaurant Week returns January 17th to Sunday, January 24th.

Over 180 of San Diego County’s most delicious restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50 and two-course prix-fixe lunches for only $10, $15 or $20.

When: Jan. 17 – 24 | lunch and dinner
Where: Various restaurants in San Diego County, see website for details
Cost: $10 – $50
More information: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com


San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

The 2016 San Diego Sunroad Boat Show will have the brands and companies you’ve come to know and love, as well as new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more.

This year, you’ll find:

  • New & Pre-Cruised Sailboats and Motor Yachts at our In-Water Display
  • Dozens of Marine Vendors with the Latest Nautical Products & Services
  • Delicious Food and Drink Sponsored by our Local Restaurants
  • Special Boating Events and Boat Rides for Kids and Adults
  • Lots of Fun for Real Boaters!

When: Thursday – Sunday, January 21 – 24 | 10am
Where: Sunroad Resort Marina | 955 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12 for adults
More information: bigbayboatshow.com


Food Forest Festival

Come out in your gardening clothes, pick up a shovel and plant some trees for the first-ever Food Forest Festival. The festival honors Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish birthday of the trees. Anyone who wants to participate should be ready to dig, lift and bend for several hours. Admission is free.

When: Sunday, January 24 | 10am
Where: Coastal Roots Farm | 441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
More information: www.eventbrite.com/e/food-forest-festival-tickets


San Diego Tap & Jazz Festival 2016

The second annual San Diego Tap & Jazz Dance Festival celebrates tap and jazz dancing with a weekend of lessons, dance jam sessions and showcases.

All dancers are welcome and classes are suitable for all ages and levels from first timers to advanced dancers. Classes range from Lindy Hop to tap technique and tap repertory. Students in the repertory classes will have the opportunity to dance in the final festival performance, which includes performances from all of the faculty.

Those who would rather watch a show than participate can head over to the White Box Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.

When: Friday – Sunday, January 22 – 24
Where: San Diego Dance Place and White Box Live Arts Theatre | 2650 Truxton Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: $35 – $225
More information: sdtapjazzfest.com

 

San Diego County Events for December 19 – 21

The holidays bring even more events to our great San Diego county; the Garden of Lights, star-gazing and the boat Parade of Lights are just a few activities that you and your family can enjoy this weekend, December 19 – 21.

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San Diego Halloween Events for October 31

If you’re looking for activities for Halloween and this weekend, there are several options in San Diego county:

Trick or Treat on India Street

pumpkin1During Trick-or-Treat on India Street, Little Italy businesses open their doors to make Halloween a special night for our urban-neighborhood children. Continue reading

Event: Halloween Family Day at Balboa Park

Enjoy Balboa Park costumed with your family on Sunday!

pumpkinBalboa Park (here in San Diego) will have a family fun day this weekend; prices vary, but many activities are free. Events include trick-or-treating, crafts, a kids’ concert, and other activities. Continue reading