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San Diego County Events for July 13 – 15, 2018

Festivals, music, food and all sorts of family activities and free events going on this weekend in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekendSun and Sea Festival

Superheroes In The Sand is the theme for this year’s Festival.  The 2018 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities and a Kids ‘n Kastles competition.

When: Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, 2018
Where: Portwood Pier Plaza and along Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach
More information: sunandseafestival.com


Bayside Summer Nights: Rick Springfield

The San Diego Symphony’s annual summer concert series along the waterfront returns for the 2018 season. This weekend, the musician behind chart-topping hits like “Jessie’s Girl” and “Love Somebody” will rock on stage along San Diego Bay.

When: Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14 | 7:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
Cost: $25 – $42 Tickets
More information: Bayside Summer Nights: Rick Springfield


Grunion Run

It’s a spectacle to behold when thousands of grunion, slim silver fish, come out of the water and onto the shoreline to spawn. To see the natural event that happens only a handful of days throughout the year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends heading to a San Diego County beach with a flashlight. Runs are expected through Sunday at various times but sightings are not guaranteed. Grunion sightings may occur at: Oceanside Pier View North Beach, Oceanside Harbor Beach, Del Mar Beach, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Coronado and Coronado Shores Beach and Imperial Beach.

When: expected now – Sunday
Where: May occur at various beaches; see list above
Cost: Free
More information: www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Fish-Out-of-Water-Thousands-of-Grunion-Spawn-on-San-Diego-County-Beaches-484182251


Festival of the Bells

This event celebrates the founding of Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala nearly 250 years ago. The event will feature food, games and live entertainment at the historical landmark. All five of the mission’s bells will be rung during the weekend’s activities, including the original bell dating back to 1802.

When: Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Mission San Diego | 10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
More information: www.missionsandiego.org/events/festival-bells-meeting


Food Truck Fridays

Food trucks will swamp Balboa Park every Friday this summer. A lineup of about a dozen food trucks will rotate each week through September 28 at Plaza de Panama ready to feed hungry guests while listening to a variety of live music. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit in front of the Botanical Building as they eat, or enjoy craft beer, wine and cocktails inside nearby restaurants. Booths will be set up with activities for kids and Balboa Park will introduce a “living room” area filled with giant lawn games. Surrounding museums will extend hours to accommodate guests and the San Diego Museum of Art will offer $5 admission after 5 p.m.

When: Fridays, 4 – 8:30pm
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Varying prices
More information: balboaparkconservancy.org/project/food-truck-friday


Sundays at Six Summer Concerts

As a free community event, La Mesa is once again beginning its Sundays at Six free summer concerts. This Sunday, listen to the music from Rachel Aldous and The Road Home!

When: Sundays, starting June 10, until July 15
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: lamesaparks.org


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  | 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, you have a few movies to choose from — check the movie calendar below!

When: Friday and Saturday | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


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 August 12 – 14

Festivals featuring food, music, performances, and more are going on this San Diego weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend¡Latin Food Fest!

The four-day ¡Latin Food Fest! events include a kick-off party, two-day ultimate tasting experience, and private chef’s dinner – so that each guest will have endless opportunities to indulge!

Celebrate the Campanile Foundation’s Latin culinary celebration at Embarcadero Marina Park North, in Downtown San Diego.

When: Friday – Monday, August 12 – 15, 2016
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $45+
More information: Latin Food Fest!


Oceanside International Film Festival 2016

North County San Diego’s largest film festival will show films from the U.S., Spain, Greece, Singapore, Ireland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, and Australia. The lineup is divided into family-friendly and mature audiences days, and consists of special screening blocks to suit everybody’s tastes.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 12 – 14, 2016
Where: Star Theatre & Sunshine Brooks Theatre, Oceanside, CA
Cost: $10 – $50
More information: osidefilm.org


Bravo International Music Academy Competition Final

After a two-week intensive classical music program where 90 of the world’s most promising musicians have come together to work with world-renowned artists here in San Diego, you are invited to attend the Competition Final for free.

When: Friday, August 12 | 7pm
Where: Smith Recital Hall: SDSU | 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: music.sdsu.edu


San Diego International Youth Arts Festival

A celebration in which youth arts organizations and schools showcase their talents and share their rich cultural heritage with the San Diego community.

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016 | 4pm
Where: Crivello Hall at Francis Parker School | 6501 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/SanDiegoInternationalYouthArtsFestival


Summer Food Truck Festival and Campout

Spend an evening on the farm with family and friends at the annual Summer Food Truck Festival & Campout. 9 of San Diego’s favorite food trucks will be here. Enjoy live music from Calico Ridge on the Bates Stage from 5:00 – 9:00. Snow’s Pony rides, petting corral, face painting and a scavenger hunt make this a fun event for the entire family. Reservations are required (for a fee) if you want to campout.

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016 | 4 – 9pm
Where: Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center | 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082
Cost: Free
More information: Summer Food Truck Festival and Campout

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San Diego Events for November 21 – 23

Enjoy some of these upcoming events in San Diego county this weekend with the family!

Mother Goose Parade and Festival

mother goose parade, El Cajon, CAMother Goose Village will be a 2-day event, featuring a carnival and Craft Fair. The parade will begin on Ballantyne Street head south to Main Street turn Right on Main to Johnson Ave turn right on Johnson and end at Parkway Plaza.

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 22 & 23 | 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Parade is 12:15 p.m. Sunday Where: The parade will be throughout El Cajon; Mother Goose Village will be in the Parkway Plaza
Cost: Free
Details


 Pomegranate Festival Days

Here you’ll be able to feed pomegranates to the camels! The event also features bird and camel shows, camel-themed items to buy and a barbecue. Camel rides are available for an additional fee.

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 22 & 23 | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy, 26757 Old Julian Highway, Ramona
Cost: $10 – $15
More information


Del Mar Antique Show and Sale

Selling everything from antique furniture to jewelry, the event also features appraisals, repairs, roving entertainment and more.

When: November 21 – 23 | 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2200 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
Cost: $8, free for children
Details

Event: Fall Back Festival

San DiegoThis San Diego neighborhood reverts back to 1880 on Sunday with a carnival featuring gold panning, candle-dipping, butter-churning demonstrations, free food and a photo studio where you can take a family portrait in Wild West outfits.

When: Sunday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Fifth and Island avenues, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

Cost: Free

More details.

Event: Spring Busker Festival in Seaport Village

 Seaport Village will welcome strange and extraordinary acts from around the world to its 8th annual Spring Busker Festival. The celebration brings colorful street performers – from jugglers on unicycles to stilt walkers, contortionists and acrobalancers – to the waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment district. Aside from the remarkable performances, visitors will enjoy special sales from more than 50 shops, restaurants and eateries at Seaport Village. This one-of-a-kind event only happens once a year, and entrance to the Busker Festival is FREE. Parking and a shuttle service will be available for festivalgoers.

When: March 29 & 30 | 12pm – 6pm

Where: Seaport Village | 849 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA

Cost: Free!

More info: www.seaportvillage.com

Events: 5K Paw Walk and Dog Show

Grab your family and your dog this weekend and check out a couple of pet-focused events here in San Diego county! Continue reading

Events: Oktoberfests in San Diego

pumpkinSanDiego.org had a great list of Oktoberfests in the San Diego area; check them out below!

Oktoberfest in Encinitas
Date:
Second to last Sunday in September
Six blocks of music, crafts from over 200 vendors, authentic German food, beer, a parade and a family fun zone.

Oktoberfest in El Cajon
Dates: Friday-Sunday, last weekend of September and first weekend of October
Traditionally held on the first two weekends in October, dance to the sounds of an honest-to-goodness Bavarian band at the two-weekend Oktoberfest in El Cajon.

Oktoberfest in La Mesa
Dates: Friday-Sunday, first weekend of October
The granddaddy of San Diego Oktoberfests, La Mesa’s three-day version is essentially a giant block party in the town “village” area.

Oktoberfest in Carlsbad
Date:
First Saturday of October
Carlsbad’s annual Oktoberfest celebration features live music, traditional German food and games.

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
Dates:
Friday-Saturday, second weekend of October
San Diego’s annual Oktoberfest takes to the streets of Ocean Beach once again in this uniquely Southern California salute to the celebration of German culture and fun.

Oktoberfest in Julian
Dates:
Saturday-Sunday, second weekend of October 13-14
Take a picturesque day trip to Julian for their annual Octoberfest. In addition to the traditional food and music, you can enjoy pretty fall colors and their famous apple pies.

Ramona Oktoberfest
Date: Second Saturday in October
Ramona’s annual Bavarian blowout includes beer gardens, a pumpkin patch, a pumpkin recipe contest, chicken bingo and more.

Oktoberfest in Balboa Park
Date: Last weekend in September
A two day festival including dance lessons on the first day and a family friendly festival on the second with more dancing, music, food and shopping.