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San Diego County Events for July 28 – 30

Take a trek down to the San Diego area and enjoy a few of these weekend events and activities!

San Diego county events this weekendLa Mesa Farmers’ Market

Step back in time…

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

When: Friday afternoons | 2 – 6pm
Where: Intersection of University Ave and Spring St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: For more information contact Chris Gonzales at 667-1192 or cgonzales@ci.la-mesa.ca.us


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

  • Trolls
  • Moana
  • Up
  • Singing in the Rain
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • The Lego Batman Movie

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


Vista BBQ Classic

The Vista BBQ Classic is an official Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event in Historic Downtown Vista.  For the past 8 years, teams have traveled from all over the state to compete for prize money, trophies, points and bragging rights.

BBQ teams will descend on Historic Downtown Vista on Friday, July 28th, starting as early as 8AM to spend up to 24 hours seasoning, smoking, and grilling their choice cut of meats for competition day on Saturday, July 29th.  Our 2017 award-winning teams will compete for a total of $10,000 prize money, KCBS points and trophies.

When: Saturday, July 29 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Historic Downtown Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.vistabbqclassic.com


Bollywood by the Sea

On Friday, 7/28 from 6 pm – 9 pm enjoy Bollywood by the Sea in our center courtyard, led by Bollywood Steps!

Experience live performances, dance lessons, music and even get your own free henna tattoo. This is a great opportunity to learn about a new culture or do something different for date night. Open to all ages.

When: Friday, July 28 | 6 – 9pm
Where: Headquarters’ Courtyard – The Headquarters at Seaport | 789 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: theheadquarters.com/events-calendar/bollywood-sea


Stagecoach Days: Soldiers & Citizens

Old Town San Diego continues its summer “Stagecoach Days” celebration with more historical demonstrations in the plaza, in the heart of the park. On Saturday, the “Soldiers & Citizens” theme will celebrate the military’s role in San Diego, focusing on the Mexican-American War and the soldiers of many cultures that came to San Diego very early on. The day includes a chance to see historic military uniforms, weapons and hear the stories of these soldiers.

When: Saturday, July 29 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: www.parks.ca.gov


Extreme AutoFest

Extreme AutoFest, a large-scale automotive show, will boast hundreds of tricked-out show cars, SUVs, trucks, and motorcycles from around the world, all competing for cash, prizes and, of course, bragging rights on the streets. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for kids ages 6 to 12; kids under 5 get in free.

When: Saturday, July 29 | 3 – 10pm
Where: Qualcomm Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $25 – adults, $12 – kids 6-12yr, Free – kids under 5
More information: extremeautofest.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 2 – 4

Christmastime is upon us, with plenty of festivities in the San Diego County area to enjoy the holiday season! There are several events happening today, Friday Dec. 2, through Sunday.

San Diego county events this weekendBalboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park’s biggest event of the year returns this weekend, kicking off the holiday season with food, live music, dancing, shopping and free admission to museums. December Nights runs for two nights – Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 – from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., respectively. Museums are open and free both nights, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

When: Friday, Dec. 2, 3 – 11pm | Saturday, Dec. 3, 12 – 11pm
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free admission to museums, 5 – 9pm
More information: www.balboapark.org/decembernights


2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade

The 2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 with Frosty’s Snow Hill opening at noon, followed by the parade beginning at 6 p.m.

The famous Chula Vista Starlight Parade is San Diego County’s largest nighttime parade, filled with twinkling lights, holiday décor and activities for the whole family to enjoy! From noon to 5 p.m., children can take FREE sled rides on REAL SNOW down Frosty’s Snow Hill. And the whole family can dine at Snack Alley on Park Way, or at one of the many eateries along Third Avenue.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | starting at noon
Where: Memorial Park | Third Ave & Park Way, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: 2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade


Queen Bee Market

The urban-style handmade market Queen Bee is hosting their largest event of the holiday season this weekend. Stop by the industrial warehouse to browse through more than 85 local and national vendors. Attendees will be able to shop vintage and homemade products as they listen to live music.

When: Friday, Dec. 2, 4 – 9pm | Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Where: Industrial Warehouse on Specialty Drive, Vista, CA
Cost: $5; kids under 12 and military free
More information: www.thequeenbeemarket.com


Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Festival

Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies and even rendezvous with live reindeer!

The highlight for kids is, of course, Santa Claus himself, but there will also be a number of holiday-themed entertainers—from carolers, to stilt walkers, to hula dancers—for all ages to enjoy. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 3 – 8pm
Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido | 340 N. Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.artcenter.org


18th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting And Christmas Village

This holiday season, sidewalks in Little Italy will be filled with holiday cheer for the 18th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village on Saturday. Families, friends and visitors will be able to experience two Tree Lightings for the first time this year, a Christmas Village with seasonal vendors, festive décor, live music and entertainment, holiday treats, Santa Claus and more.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 4 – 8pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-tree-lighting


Fallbrook Tree Lighting

Join us! Dec. 2, 2016 Fallbrook’s living 50-foot official holiday tree will once again light up the night as we celebrate community, goodwill and holiday cheer! Free admission and a free shuttle from the Fallbrook library parking lot.

When: Friday, Dec. 2, 5pm
Where: Fallbrook Community Center | 341 Heald Ln., Fallbrook, CA 92028
Cost: Free
More information: www.fallbrookcommunitycenterfriends.org


Carlsbad Village Night of Lights

Kick off this holiday season in downtown Carlsbad at the inaugural Carlsbad Village Night of Lights. The night will include live jazz and orchestral holiday music by the Carlsbad High School choir, contemporary and classic holiday songs by the McDonald quartet, merchant hospitality including holiday treats and beverages and lots of shopping specials.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 6 – 9pm
Where: Carlsbad Village | 2998 State St., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Free
More information: www.carlsbad-village.com