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June Calendar of Events for San Diego

Friday, June 1st, 2012

June 1 – 3
29th Annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
Food, wine tasting, musical entertainment, kids’ fair, arts & crafts, commercial booths and hot air balloons.  The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival has become a celebration of life with flavor and appeal for everyone.
Time: Fri 3:00 pm-10:00 pm, Sat 6:00 am-10:00 pm, & Sun 6:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Lake Skinner, 37701 Warren Rd, Temecula
For more information visit www.tvbwf.com

June 2
Arthritis Walk
Join the Arthritis Foundation for a national walking event to help combat arthritis. Walking moves the muscles and lubricates the joints for more flexibility.
Time: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: NTC Promenade at Liberty Station, 2335 Cushing Rd, San Diego
For more information visit www.sdarthritiswalk.org

June 2
Art Around Adams 2012
2 mile art and music walk. This family-friendly event will showcase an array of local artists, musicians, outrageous street performers, and interactive installations.
Time: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Adams Ave, Normal Heights & Kensington
For more information visit www.artaroundadams.org

June 2 – 3
Wings over Gillespie
The air show will feature many famous legendary aircrafts. Also on hand will be USN/USMC helicopters, other static displays, and much more. A special KidsZone area, amusements, rides, entertainers, games and prizes, face painters, education displays, and a great variety of food and beverages.
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Gillespie Field, 1960 Joe Crosson Road, San Diego
For more information visit www.wingsovergillespie.com

June 2-3, June 9-10, and June 16
Camp Pendleton World Famous Mud Run
The Mud Run’s challenging hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two muddy 5-foot walls, tunnel crawl, and final 30-foot mud pit ensures the most fun you can have running a 10K! Race individually, military or civilian, within your age division, or as a member of a 5-person team.
Time: Race starts at 9:00 am
Location: Lake O’Neill Recreation area, Camp Pendleton
For more information visit www.camppendletonraces.com

June 3
San Diego Rock n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon
Athletes from the world over will participate in one of the nation’s premier marathons. Local bands on 26 stages and cheerleading groups will entertain the athletes as they travel along a scenic course through the city of San Diego in either the Marathon or Half Marathon. There will be a Finish Line Festival with music, food & beverages.
Time: 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park, San Diego
For more information visit  http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-diego

June 5
Golf with a Hero
The Oceanside Chamber will hold its 12th Annual Military & Commercial Golf Outing. A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit the Veteran’s Association of North County.
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Marine Memorial Golf Course, Camp Pendleton
For more information visit www.oceansidechamber.com

June 8 – July 4
San Diego County Fair
Flower and garden shows, exhibits, art, gems & minerals, carnival rides, food booths, midway, and concerts. This year’s theme will be “Out of this World.” We’ll be exploring outer space!
Time: Closed Mondays except July 4th, see website for more details
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar
For more information visit www.sdfair.com

June 9
5th Annual Carlsbad Beach Fest 2012
A mile-long free, fun filled celebration featuring competitive sporting events, free beach activities, live music and entertainment on multiple stages, food, a beach cleanup, and interactive booths.
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Carlsbad State Beaches, Frazee Beach at Pine to Tamarack Beach
For more information visit www.carlsbadbeachfest.com

June 9
Rock, Blues & BBQ Festival
Classic Rock n’ Blues Festival presented by the City of San Marcos. Food will be sold at an onsite barbecue with partial proceeds donated to Angel’s Depot. Bring beach chairs or blankets for lawn seating.
Time: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Dr, San Marcos
For more information visit www.san-marcos.net

June 9 – 10
Taste of Gaslamp
Your ticket is your passport to come down to the Gaslamp Quarter and sample menu specialties from more than 30 locations per day. This event also features a special beer tasting garden, sponsored by the Samuel Adams family of fine beers.
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: NE corner of 6th Ave & K St at 660 K Street, Gaslamp Quarter
For more information visit www.gaslamp.org

June 14
San Diego Inland Business Expo
This expo will showcase a variety of businesses, giving attendees an opportunity to find business services and products appropriate for their needs. Exhibitors and attendees have the chance to enter opportunity drawings, as well as sample tastings from local eateries.
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Chrome Collision, 13175 Gregg St, Poway
For more information visit www.sdbusinessexpo.com

June 16
11th Annual Pet Fest & Doggie Dash
The 1 mile doggie dash helps raise money for local animal organizations, Chula Vista Animal Care Facility, and the Chula Vista Nature Center. There will also be pet-related vendors, demonstrations from the Chula Vista K-9 unit, puppy training specialists entertain and educate, pet contests, pet adoptions, spay and neutering services.
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Memorial Park Bowl, 373 Park Way, Chula Vista
For more information visit www.thirdavenuevillage.com

June 16
Philip Rivers 5K Walk & Fun Run
This 5K walk travels along the bayside around the perimeter of the park at Liberty Station. Post-event festivities include music, snacks, and a Kids Zone. Proceeds from the event benefits the Rivers of Hope Foundation, which supports San Diego adoptions and foster care services.
Time: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Liberty Station, NTC Park near Cushing Rd, San Diego
For more information visit www.philiprivers5k.com

June 16
14th Annual Old House Fair
A festival for anyone who is thinking about restoring an older home. Here you will meet local craftspeople and community businesses that specialize in restoring, repairing, and preserving the unique qualities of older homes. The event also offers historic home tours, exhibits, food, music, and activities.
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: 30th Street (between Cedar & Ash) and Beech Street (between Fern & Date), South Park
For more information visit www.theoldhousefair.com

June 22 – 24
San Diego International Beer Festival
The Del Mar Fairgrounds hosts the 6th Annual San Diego International Beer Festival during the San Diego County Fair. Approximately 150 local breweries and over 350 beers from around the world will be participating in this Beer Fest.
Time: See website for details
Location: Chevrolet Del Mar Arena, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar
For more information visit www.delmarfairgrounds.com


June 23
Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
A beach festival with an amateur chili cook-off contest.  Highlights include live entertainment, an Artist Alley, vendor booths, beachside beer garden, kiddie area and more.  Free event.
Time:  10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Location:  Along Newport Avenue (4800-5000 Block & surrounding areas)
For more information visit www.oceanbeachsandiego.com

June 23-24
La Jolla Festival of the Arts
The La Jolla Festival of the Arts is among the top rated art shows in California, featuring talented artists from the USA and Mexico.  Art, music, street chalk art, fun stuff & food.
Time:  Sat. 10:00 am – 6:0 pm / Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  UC San Diego Warren Field East Campus – La Jolla
For more information visit www.lajollaartfestival.org

June 25 – August 27
25th Annual Summer International Organ Festival
Spreckels Organ Society presents the 25th Anniversary
Summer International Organ Festival, featuring internationally celebrated organists playing free concerts under the stars.
Time: Monday Evenings 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Spreckels Organ Pavilion, 1549 El Prado, San Diego
For more information visit www.sosorgan.org
Calendar courtesy of Lawyer’s Title
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San Diego November Calendar of Events

Monday, October 31st, 2011
November 5
Curie’s 33rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair
One of the largest holiday craft fairs in San Diego, drawing thousands of visitors, and is extremely popular with crafters statewide.  Each year the fair generally has entertainment for the whole family including over 100 booths of handmade art and craft items, a kid’s corner, bake sale, food booths, silent auction baskets, and an opportunity drawing.  Free parking.
Time:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location:  Marie Curie Elementary School, 4080 Governor Dr.
For more information call 858-643-9720 or visit www.curiepta.org

November 5
FAAN Walk for Food Allergies
More than 12 million Americans suffer from food allergies.  Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction to particular foods. Proceeds from this walk will bring awareness and provide education and advance research on behalf of persons affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.
Time:  9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Location:  East Mission Bay – De Anza Cove, 3000 East Mission Bay Dr.
For more information visit www.foodallergywalk.org

November 5
24th Annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Benefit Ride
Staging area for Toys for Tots ride will depart the Oceanside Harbor parking lot and end at Casino Pauma.  All motorcycles welcome.  Bring $10 ($5 active military with ID) and a new unwrapped toy.  Lunch will be provided by Casino Pauma.  Oceanside Police escorted ride departs at 11:30 am.
The ride benefits Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.
Time:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location:  Oceanside Harbor Parking Lot #1
For more information visit www.gwrra-ca1n.net

November 5
Bike The Coast – Taste the Coast
A non-competitive bike ride that begins at the Oceanside Pier and travels down along the Pacific Ocean coastline and into the rustic north county of San Diego and then back to the Oceanside Pier.  Choose from a 7-mile ride, or a 25-mile ride.
Time:  7:00 am – 4:30 pm / Expo opens at 9:30
Location:  Oceanside Pier, Oceanside
For more information visit www.bike-the-coast.com

November 5-6
Escondido Renaissance Faire
The age of chivalry will be recreated among the wonders of nature in an idealic setting.  Travel back to the 16th century and the glories of the reign of Elizabeth the First. Activities usually include battle pageants, music in the streets, jugglers and hundreds of costumed re-enactors performing in this giant outdoor play.  There is an admission fee, which covers all entertainment.
Time:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:  Felicita County Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Escondido
For more information call 805-496-6036

November 6
Carlsbad Village Street Faire
The largest one-day street fair in California.  A non-profit event to benefit the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce with over 900 vendors, international food, kids rides, pancake breakfast, and a stage of live music with a beer garden.
Time:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Village of Carlsbad – Downtown Carlsbad
For more information call 760-945-9288

November 6,
16th Annual Komen San Diego Race for the Cure
Proceeds from this 5K run/walk will fund breast cancer education, screenings, and treatment programs in San Diego County as well as national research for the prevention of breast cancer.  Includes post-event activities at the park.
Time:  8:00 am
Location:  Balboa Park, 6th Avenue & Palm Street
For more information visit www.komensandiego.org

November 6
11th Annual Gaslamp Fall Back Festival
Children’s Cultural & Historic Street Faire.  Learn about the history of San Diego and enjoy pony rides, hay rides, a Wild West shootout, pan for gold, and two stages of live entertainment.
Time:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 4th & Island Avenues
For more information visit www.gaslampquarter.org

November 10-13
33rd Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby
A fun-filled event for anglers of all ages with many ways to win great prizes. The only cost to enter the derby is that each fisherman must purchase a daily permit, normally required to fish the lake anyway.  Permits: $7 adults, $5 seniors over 60, and $5 for kids under 16.
Time:  6:00 am – 4:45 pm
Location:  Dixon Lake, 1700 North La Honda Dr., Escondido
For more information visit www.escondido.org

November 11
9th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade
This parade is held in admiration of veterans of past wars and to give a salute of recognition and honor to our military men and women of today who strive to keep our country safe.
Time:  Parade begins at 11:00 am
Location:  Downtown San Diego, Cedar St. & Pacific Hwy.
For more information www.sdvetparade.org

November 11-13
Head to Toe Women’s Expo
An extraordinary event – products and services appealing to women, such as apparel, jewelry, handbags, makeup and skin-care products; spa services, health & fitness and much more. Complimentary wine tasting, and even a 5k run/walk!
Time:  Fri & Sat  10:00 am – 5:00 pm / Sat  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:  Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
For more information visit www.headtotoewomensexpo.com

November 16-20
8th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
This is Southern California’s largest wine and culinary event with 170 world-class wineries and spirit producers, 70 of San Diego’s top chefs, celebrity chefs, cooking & wine tasting classes, big bottle auction, continuious food and wine tastings – over 800 wines and much more!  See website for ticketing and additional information.
Time:  Refer to website for schedule
Location:  Embarcadero Marina Park North, 500 Kettner Blvd., San Diego
For more information visit www.worldofwineevents.com

November 20
65th Annual Mother Goose Parade
The Mother Goose Parade is the largest, single-day event in San Diego County and one of the biggest parades of its kind in the United States.  Generally there are over 100 entries featuring clowns, floats, bands, equestrians, giant balloons, and Santa Claus.
Time:  10:00 am
Location:  Magnolia Ave., Main Street, El Cajon
For more information visit www.mothergooseparade.org

November 20
Encinitas Street Faire & Fall Festival
400 unique booths featuring arts & crafts, antiques, clothing, items from around the world, and more.  The Fall Faire Festival also offers children’s rides, and two stages of live entertainment for everyone.
Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
For more information visit www.kennedyfaires.com/encinitas/

November 23-27
San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival
The 32nd annual celebration of Dixieland Jazz featuring bands from all over the US.  The festival bands represent a wide variety of traditional jazz, Dixieland and swing styles.  Refer to website for more information and admission prices.
Time:  Wed & Thurs  7:00 pm – 11:00 pm / Fri. 10:00 am – 11:00 pm / Sat  9:00 am – 11:00 pm / Sun 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley
For more information visit www.dixielandjazzfestival.org/festival.html

November 24
Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Day 5k
Proceeds from this 5K event will help provide basic provisions for underprivileged persons through the St. Vincent De Paul Village.
Time:  8:00 am
Location:  Archway at the Museum of Man, Balboa Park
For more information visit www.thanksgivingrun.org

November 24-January 1
Holiday of Lights – Del Mar Fairgrounds
Drive around the Del Mar Racetrack and view more than 400 spectacular lighted scenes from the comfort of your car.  Open every night including holidays.
Time:  Sun – Thurs  5:30 pm – 10:00 pm / Fri & Sat  5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
For more information visit www.holidayoflights.com

November 26
Surfin’ Santa at Seaport Village
Santa will arrive via a pirate ship and head to shore for a variety of holiday festivities.  Holiday music and live entertainment, tempting treats, face painting, fanciful balloon sculptures and the Seaport Village Historic Carousel add to the excitement.
Time:  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:  Seaport Village, 849 Harbor Dr. San Diego
For more information visit www.seaportvillage.com
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Are You Ready for Carlsbad’s Art Splash?

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

This weekend one of my favorite events comes back to Carlsbad- Art Splash. Stop by on Saturday from 10:00-6:00 and Sunday from 10:00-5:00 on Armada Drive off Palomar Airport Road. The majority of the street is closed for this event, and you can park off Fleet Street. The event and parking are free.

Art Splash is a wonderful place to take the family and enjoy some of the finest local art. There are demonstrations, art vendors, performers, food, and my favorite – the street art. I am always amazed by the talent of our local artists. Your children can try their hand at street art too.

The list of performers for this year’s Art Splash is fantastic – Musicians, dancers, yo-yo and hula hoop demonstrations, cake decorating and chalk art…there is so much to see and do. So if you are looking for something fun to do this weekend that won’t leave your wallet empty, come on out and have some fun at Art Splash!

For more information and an events calendar visit the website at http://www.carlsbadartsplash.org/

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San Diego September Events Calendar

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
September 2-5
Festival of Sail 2011
The Festival of Sail is an annual event with something for everyone.  The four day event includes live entertainment from a variety of genres, a petting zoo, cruises on San Diego Bay, cannon battles, sailing on racing yachts, over 150 arts and craft vendors, multitude of food options, interaction with pirates, and more!
Time:  Refer to website for schedule
Location:  San Diego Bay – Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Dr.
For more information visit www.sdmaritime.org

September 2, 9, 16, 23
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park Film Festival
This festival takes place on five consecutive Friday nights beginning August 26.  You’ll see rare Hollywood Golden Era films starring Leo Carrillo, outdoors under the stars at the legendary actor’s rancho.  Bring your low back chair, warm clothes, flashlight and blanket.   No charge for admission.
Time:  Movies begin at sunset
Location:  Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying LC Lane, Carlsbad
For more information visit www.carlsbadca.gov

September 5
82nd Annual Labor Day Pier Swim and Paddle
The event is a one-mile swim/paddle around the pier.
Registration closing date is Friday, September 2, 2011.
Time:  8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location:  Oceanside Pier, Oceanside
For more information visit www.oceansideswimclub.com

September 8
Taste of Downtown
A self-guided tour of some of Downtown’s sumptuous eateries.  Over 50 participating restaurants throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District, East Village and Little Italy.  Tickets are $30 in advance/$35 the day of the event. A complimentary shuttle service will be available to take you to and from each neighborhood.
Time:  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Various Venues
For more information call 619-233-5008

September 9-11
Surf for the Sea & O’side Firefighters Surf Event
15th Annual Surf for the Sea Memorial Surf.  This memorial surf event is in honor of local surfers who have passed away.  A benefit for the environment and Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter.
Time:  7:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location:  North Pier Beach, Oceanside
For more information call 760-439-0863

September 10
Grape Day Festival and Parade
First held in 1908, this is Escondido’s oldest and longest running event.  Includes a 5K fun run, a whimsical parade, grape stomping, free grapes, entertainment stage, vendor booths, fun zone & more!
Time:  5K: 7:30 am / parade: 9:30 am / festival 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway, Escondido
For more information visit www.escondidohistory.org

September 10
Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival
Ocean Beach will be jazzed up with 23 bands on 8 stages performing jazz music at the beach.  Bring your friends and family to the beach where you can mix, mingle, and dance.
Time:  10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Location:  Ocean Beach Pier parking lot & grassy area – at Newport Ave. & Abbott St.
For more information visit www.obmusicfest.org

September 10-11
33rd Annual Greek Festival
For two days, the church grounds are transformed into a quaint Greek village atmosphere where you can experience fine food, traditional Greek dancing, and the warmth of Greek hospitality.
Time:  Sat.  10:00 am – 10:00 pm / Sun. 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Location:  Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea
For more information call 760-942-0920

September 11
Spirits of Mexico Festival
The 2011 Spirits of Mexico Festival is set to showcase top agave spirits brewed by hundreds of distillers, in the heart of Mexican culture, Old Town San Diego. This celebration has been noted as ‘one of four festivals not to miss’ by ‘O’, the Oprah Magazine.
Time:  2:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Location:  Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace St.
For more information visit www.polishedpalate.com

September 16-18
46th Annual San Diego BayFair Powerboat Racing
Watch the fastest boats in the world compete to win at this extreme watersport event.  Includes mini hydro racing on a pond, motor home camping, displays,  and live entertainment.
Time:  7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:  Mission Bay – Vacation Island / Fiesta Island / Fiesta Bay / Ski Beach /
Crown Point Shores /Stony Point / Hydro Pond
For more information visit www.sandiegobayfair.org

September 16 – October 2
Fleet Week San Diego
Thank our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen for their services to our country by participating in 2011 Fleet Week San Diego events.
Time:  Refer to website
Location:  Refer to website
For more information visit www.fleetweeksandiego.org/events.html

September 17-18
Annual Rendezvous in Poway
This rendezvous is “history comes to life” as you walk back
in time to the 1820-1890’s. See life as it once was and be interactive with historical encampments, meet Mountain Men, Cowboys, Buckaroos, and more.  There will be the arts & crafts market, you can visit the Nelson House and Museum, pan for gold, or ride a steam locomotive for a nominal fee.
Time:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd., Poway
For more information visit www.poway.org

September 18
Annual Brazilian Day Festival & Parade
The largest Brazilian festival on the west coast showcasing the culture of Brazil and South America.  Family-oriented, non-alcoholic.  40 performances and carnival parade.
Time:  11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location:  Pacific Beach, Garnet Ave. between Bayard St. & Everts St.
For more information visit www.braziliandaysandiego.com

September 24
Santee Bluegrass Festival
This festival will feature wine & beer tasting, food sampling, a silent auction and a variety of Bluegrass music.
Time:  5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location:  Town Center Community Park, Riverwalk & Park Center Drives, Santee
For more information call 619-258-4100

September 24
Wild West Bonitafest
The parade is back after 3 years! This event features food, crafts, games, an entertainment stage, a parade, a kid’s fun zone in the shopping center, and much more.  Free admission.
Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Bonnie Brae Shopping Center, 5080 Bonita Rd. at Central Ave.
For more information visit www.bonitacalifornia.org/bonitafest.html

September 24-25
Oceanside Harbor Days
This event will include vendor booths, arts & craft exhibits, and food.  An outstanding opportunity for residents and neighbors to experience fun activities including the new Beach are stage, Nail “n” Sail Competition, Military, Police & Fire display.
Time:  Sat. 9:00 am – 6:00 pm / Sun. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Oceanside Harbor
For more information visit www.oceansideharbordays.com

September 24-25
Annual Pacific Islander Festival
Features continuous entertainment throughout the day and presents the food, crafts, and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.  Free admission.
Time:  Sat. 9:00 am – 4:30 pm / Sun. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Ski Beach, East Mission Bay
For more information visit www.pifasandiego.com

September 24-25
Adams Avenue Street Fair
A music festival that features more than 70 musical acts on
six outdoor stages, hundreds of food and arts & craft vendors, three beer gardens, carnival rides and children’s activities.
Time:  Sat. 10:00 am – 10:00 pm / Sun. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:  Adams Avenue, between 35th St. & Bancroft St., Normal Heights
For more information visit www.adamsavenuebusiness.com

September 30 – October 2
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show
Aviation expo with performances by the world’s best military and civilian pilots.
Time:  Gates open at 8:00 am
Location:  MCAS Miramar
For more information visit www.miramarairshow.com
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Fun Events Coming to Carlsbad

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Art in the Village: This Sunday, August 14, the city of Carlsbad hosts the 13th annual Art in the Village in beautiful downtown Carlsbad Village, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you haven’t been to one of these fantastic events, I encourage you to drop by and have some fun.

The event includes artists, painters, mixed media artists, jewelry artists, sculptors, glass blowers and others. There will be food and live music, plus art demonstrations. The festival is held at State Street and Grand Avenue. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family. For more information visit the website at www.shopcarlsbadvillage.org or call 760-434-2553.

Snores and S’mores Family Campout: This weekend, August 13-14 this fun annual family campout takes place at Aviara Community Park, starting at 5:00 p.m. A great night of fun, food and adventures, sponsored by some of Carlsbad’s terrific family-friendly restaurants. You need to register for this event, so get your tents and sleeping bags ready and find all the details here: http://tinyurl.com/3ka64gz

Leo Carrillo Film Festival: If you are looking for something fun to do, something out of the ordinary and outdoors, this is the perfect suggestion. The annual film festival runs August through September, for five consecutive Fridays. Bring a picnic dinner, your lawn chairs, blankets and some warm clothes and watch a movie outdoors. Admission is free and tours of the historic ranch are offered before sunset as well. If you have never visited this Carlsbad gem I highly recommend it, as it is a wonderful piece of Carlsbad’s history. For more information on the film festival visit the website: http://tinyurl.com/3lahul7

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San Diego August Calendar of Events

Friday, July 29th, 2011
August 6, Annual Clairemont Family Days
This festival offers musical entertainment, a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, food vendors, pony rides,
a carnival & more. Free admission.
Time:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  South Clairemont Family Days
For more information visit www.clairemontfamilyday.com

August 6, Smokin’ Q Classic Barbeque Competition
The Smokin’ Q Classic is a California State Championship Barbeque Competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. The public will have an opportunity to sample the championship recipes at $2.00 each. There will also be live music, a beer garden, other food choices, and some arts and crafts. Admission is free.
Time:  11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Downtown Vista, Main St. and E. Broadway
For more information visit www.vvba.org

August 6, Annual Balboa Park 8-Mile & 3-Mile Runs
Choose between an 8-mile run or a shorter 3-mile run. The courses travel through and around
Balboa Park. See website for fees. Courses: 8 mile course: road and trails through Balboa Park – challenging hills and rolling terrain along bridal path. 3 mile course: roadways; flat and fast. Start & finish for both races are in parking lot in front of Aerospace and Railroad Museums.
Time:  7:30 am – 10:00 am
Location:  Balboa Park – East Side, off Park Blvd. & Presidential Way- in front of Aerospace and Railroad Museums.
For more information visit www.sdtc.com

August 6, Annual Kid’s Fish Derby
Fishing Derby for kids ages 6 – 16. Sponsored by the Oceanside Pier Bait Store.
Time:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location:  Oceanside Pier Plaza & Oceanside Pier
For more information call 760-722-3936

August 6-7, Annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival
Experience a festival showcasing the heritage of the Philippines with traditional performing arts, folk dances, songs, music, and costumes. Merchant booths will be open for business and Philippine food will be served.  Free admission.
Time:  11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Balboa Park (lawn area at Park Blvd. & President’s Way)
For more information visit www.samahanphilippinedance.com

August 7, Annual Lemon Festival
This free event features live entertainment on three stages, lemons, hand crafters, lemons, international foods, lemons, contests, and lemons galore!
Time:  10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location:  Downtown Chula Vista, Third Ave. from E to Roosevelt
For more information call 619-422-1982

August 13, Dog Days of Summer Canine Festival & Contest
Come enjoy dog contests, custom pet products, animal adoptions, live music, food, a doggie photo booth, doggie crafts, a silent auction and large ticket item raffle.
Time:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location:  Aberdeen Dr. and Newscastle Ave., Cardiff by the Sea
For more information visit www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com

August 13-14, Fiesta Del Sol
Annual celebration of the diverse cultures and history of the people of San Diego.  A family-friendly, free event.  There will be food, music, merchandise booths, a youth zone, children’s area, educational area, green economy area, and technology area.
Time:  11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location:  Cesar Chavez Park, 1449 Cesar Chavez Parkway
For more information visit www.fiestadelsolsandiego.org

August 13-14, Snores & Smores Family Campout
Camp outdoors in the safety and convenience of a community park. Activities begin at 5:00 pm. Games, relays, crafts, BBQ dinner and outdoor movie screening. $20 per person, free for ages 3 and under.
Time:  Activities begin at 5 pm on Saturday
Location: Aviara Community Park, 6435 Ambrosia Ln., Carlsbad
For more information call 760-602-7510

August 14, Annual CityFest
This event is a popular art & craft festival featuring over 250 vendors, games, activities, music, food, a beer garden and much more. Patrons can sit at café style seating and watch entertaining street performers while listening to live music. Free event.
Time:  12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Hillcrest – 5th Ave. & University
For more information visit www.hillcrestcityfest.com

August 14, Art in the Village, Arts & Craft Show
Over 200 of the finest arts and crafts vendors in the most beautiful of settings in the Village of Carlsad, just two blocks from the beach.  Live acoustic music, artist demonstations and instruction throughout the event.
Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Carlsbad Village
For more information visit www.kennedyfaires.com/carlsbad

August 19-21, Annual Summergrass Bluegrass Music Festival
This family oriented event features tasty food, live music, music workshops by performing artists,
jam sessions, vendors, and activities for kids.  Dry camping available.
Time:  Gates open at 8:00 am
Location:  Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave., Vista
For more information visit www.summergrass.net

August 20, Annual Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride
A costumed bike riding event that includes contests, prizes, and entertainment to support community youth programs.  The cycling route is a primarily flat loop course along some of San Diego’s most beautiful waterfront and historic areas.
Time:  8:00 pm – 3:00 am – Ride takes place at midnight
Location:  County Administration Building, Downtown San Diego – parking lot on Pacific Hwy.
For more information visit www.sandiegomidnightmadness.com

August 20, Free to Breathe 5K Fun Run/Walk
This event is to promote awareness about lung cancer and to obtain vital funding for research.
The course is flat with sidewalk or grass options and affords views of downtown San Diego and
the San Diego Bay.
Time:  8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location:  Liberty Station NTC Park, Farragut Rd.
For more information visit www.freetobreathe.com

August 21, America’s Finest City Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk
The Half Marathon starts at the Cabrillo National Monument and continues along San Diego Bay,
then through downtown San Diego, ending in Balboa Park Pan-American Plaza.  The 5K begins at the
Pan American Plaza, and is a fast loop course back to the Plaza.
Time:  7:00 am start
Location:  Cabrillo National Monument and Balboa Park
For more information visit www.afchalf.com

August 26, Annual Taste of Main Street
International Food Festival where you may sample delicious food from downtown restaurants and
enjoy live entertainment.
Time:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Downtown Encinitas, Highway 101
For more information visit www.encinitas101.com

August 27, Annual Orfila Grape Stomp
The afternoon event celebrates the start of harvest with tractor rides through the vineyard, grape stomping in a huge five-foot barrel, dancing to a live band, wine tasting and a delicious buffet dinner.  Tickets available on site.
Time:  4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:  Orfila Vineyards & Winery, 13455 San Pasqual Rd., Escondido
For more information visit www.orfila.com

August 27, Annual Chula Vista Rotary Wine & Food Festival
Upscale event where you can sample delicacies from over 20 of Chula Vista’s prominent restaurants.  Also available will be your choice of spirits from local breweries, wineries, and tequilerias.  Tickets: $50.
Time:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Otay Ranch Town Center, 2015 Birch Rd., Chula Vista
For more information visit www.mcfarlanepromotions.com

August 28, Annual Bike the Bay
Join a 25-mile fun bike ride that begins and ends at the Embarcadero Marina Park South.  The event is for all levels of riders and for individuals, families and groups.  It concludes with food, entertainment, and a beer garden.
Time:  7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location:  Embarcadero Marina Park South
For more information visit www.bikethebay.net
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San Diego July Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Every Saturday, Stagecoach Days: Celebrating the West on the Move
Celebrate travel and transportation in the era of real horsepower – before the train and automobile. In addition to the permanent collection of historic wagons on display at Seeley Stable museum, coaches and wagons will be out in the plaza. Stay the day and enjoy activities that reflect life in San Diego during the mid-1800s. Each week will offer a different theme and activities. The activities are Free.
Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park,
San Diego Ave. and Twiggs St.
For more information visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/events/event_detail.asp?id=2946

July 4, Annual Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show
A display of some of the most technically advanced pyrotechnics will be fired from four barges floating in the bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area and Seaport Village, and will last more than 17 minutes. Fireworks will also be discharged at the Imperial Beach Pier. Good Viewing Areas: Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Spanish Landing, Seaport Village, Embarcadero Marina Park North, Tuna Harbor, Coronado Landing, & Coronado Tidelands Park, or on your own yacht on the bay.
Time: 9:00 pm – 9:20 pm
Location: San Diego Bay
For more information visit www.thebigbay.com

July 4, Scripps Ranch Old Pros 10K, 2-Mile Fun Run & Bike Rides
This event offers several running and cycling opportunities to choose from.
See website for entry fees.
Time: 6:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Miramar Ranch School parking lot, Scripps Ranch
For more information visit www.srop.org

July 8, Midnight Catfish Craze
San Diego County’s only nighttime catfish tournament promises to be filled with lots of big fish, big fun, and great prizes. The top five catfish by weight will be awarded prizes as well as a prize for the smallest catch of the night. The lake will is stocked with over 1,500 pounds of channel catfish. Derby Ticket plus daily permit required. See website for details.
Time: 4:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Location: Lake Poway, 14644 Lake Poway Rd., Poway
For more information visit www.poway.org/lakepoway

July 9, Bake at the Lake
A four-mile cross-country race on the trails at Lake Hodges. Proceeds benefit Mission Vista High School Cross Country Teams and the park trails system at Lake Hodges. Participate and get a good workout for a good cause. Admission $10 – $15.
Time: 7:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Lake Hodges
For more information visit www.northcountyroadrunners.com

July 9-10 & 16-17, Annual World Championship Over-the-Line Tournament
Over fifty years of adult rugged sandbox softball play. A form of softball, limited to 1,200 teams of three persons each, playing almost 2,400 games in two weekends with close to 50,000 expected to attend. Admission is free. You have to be 18+ to play. 9 age divisions.
Time: 7:30 am to dusk
Location: Fiesta Island – Fiesta Island Rd – East Mission Bay
For more information visit www.ombac.org

July 10, 2011 Carlsbad Triathlon
This race is for everybody. The Carlsbad Triathlon ranks in the world’s top five longest running triathlons. The race begins with an open-water ocean swim, which is well-marked with buoys followed by a bike course, and the race finishes with a run along the Pacific Ocean coastline.
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Tamarack State Beach, Carlsbad
For more information visit

July 14-17, Robert Egger South Bay Recreation Center Carnival
A 4-day community carnival–fun for the whole family. There will be traditional carnival rides, challenging games, snacks, and a portrait novelty booth. Small admission fee of $2.00.
Free for age 6 & under.
Time: Weekdays 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm / Sat & Sun 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Robert Egger South Bay Recreation Center, 1885 Coronado Ave.
For more information call 760-735-8542

July 14-17, San Diego Yacht and Boat Show 2011
Become immersed in the environment of powerboats and sailboats in the water and on land.
Marine accessory products and services are also well represented in a special expo area.
Admission: Adults $10 / Children 12 & under free.
Time: Thurs & Fri  11:00 am – 7:00 pm / Sat  10:00 am – 7:00 pm / Sun 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Sheraton Hotel & Marina,
1380 Harbor Island Dr.  & Cancer Survivors Park, 4100 N. Harbor Blvd., Harbor Island
For more information visit www.sandiegoyachtandboatshow.com

July 16 & 17, Annual LGBT Pride Parade, Rally & Festival
Multiple events take place in Balboa Park & Hillcrest areas, including a political rally, a 5K Run & Walk, a mile-long parade down University Ave., and a two-day festival with live entertainment on three stages and much more!
Time: Refer to website for schedule of events
Location: Balboa Park and Hillcrest areas
For more information visit www.sandiegopride.org

July 17 & 18, El Cajon Alley Cat SummerFest
Features prominent artists, entertainment, and sidewalk vendors from East County and San Diego.  There will be live music, a classic car show, motorcycle run, job fair, and art show.
Time: Fri  10:00 am – 8:00 pm / Sat  9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Location: Downtown El Cajon (between East Main St. & Rea Ave)
For more information visit www.downtownelcajon.com

July 20 – Sept 7, Del Mar Horse Racing
Hold on to your hats…
the Del Mar Racing Season is about to begin!
Time: Refer to website for schedule and special events
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
For more information visit www.delmarracing.com

July 21 – 24, Comic Con International 2011
Comic Con International features special guests, exhibitors, seminars, previews, autographs, film festival, and more on the world of comics, movies/television, animation, and art. This is the largest comic book and pop culture event in the United States.
Time: Refer to website for schedule
Location: San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego
For more information visit www.comic-con.org

July 22 – 24, US Open Sandcastle Competition & Street Festival
This 3-day event includes a The Sandcastle Ball on Friday, street festival with entertainment, food,
arts & crafts, and a kids sandcastle completion on Saturday, and the main sandcastle building contest on Sunday.
Time: Refer to website for complete schedule
Location: Seacoast Dr., Imperial Beach
For more information visit www.usopensandcastle.com

July 24, Solana Beach Triathlon & Duathon
Classic beach party triathlon. Come out and join the surf, sand and sun with over two thousand athletes, family and friends.
Time: 7:00 am
Location: Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
For more info: http://www.kozenterprises.com/Triathlons/solanadf84.htm

July 31, Consignment Auction
Antiques and collectibles consignment auction including farmhouse and barnyard collectibles, estate furnishings, restored and original farm tractors, wagons, farm toys, rustic farm implements, yard art, tack & saddlery, historic memorabilia, county primitives, and hundreds more antiques and collectibles. Consignments are accepted.
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista
For more information call 760-941-1791 or visit www.agsem.com

July 31, 3rd Annual Doggie Street Festival
Southern California’s Largest Dog Adoption Focused Festival. This event celebrates our furry friends and is dedicated to educating the public about pet care, training, spay/neuter and responsible adoption options. Besides traditional festival-type food and music, the event also offers pet merchandise, pet sitting services, and dog washing & grooming. Free admission.
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: NTC Park at Liberty Station (Cushing Rd between Dewey Roosevelt Rds), Point Loma
For more information visit www.doggiestreetfestival.org
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San Diego June Calendar

Monday, May 30th, 2011
June 3 thru 5, Wings over Gillespie
The air show will feature many famous legendary aircraft such as the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-25 Mitchell bombers, Northrop N9M Flying Wing, and many more “Flying Museums.” Also on hand will be USN/USMC helicopters and other static displays, special military and law enforcement vehicles and equipment, a NASA display, and much more.
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Gillespie Field (Near I-8 and Rte 67), 1960 Joe Crosson Road, El Cajon
For more information visit www.wingsovergillespie.com

June 3 thru 5, 28th Annual Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival
This event includes a food court, wine tasting in the wine gardens, musical entertainment,
kids fair, arts & crafts and commercial booths.
Time: Fri., 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Sat., 6:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sun., 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: Lake Skinner – Temecula Valley, 37701 Warren Rd., Winchester
For more information call 951-676-6713, or visit www.tvbwf.com

June 3 thru 5, St. Spyridon Church Greek Festival
This Annual Greek festival offers tours of the St. Spyridon Church, Greek food, and imported beer. Join in and dance Greek-style while lively Greek music plays. Games for kids & prize drawings.
Time: Fri., 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Sat., 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sun., 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Location: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 3655 Park Blvd., San Diego
For more information call 619-297-4165, or visit www.sdgreekfestival.com

June 4, 8th Annual Art Around Adams
This art and music fest will raise funds and bring awareness for the Adams Recreation Center that provides services for the community. Relax, shop, and be entertained by live music, outrageous street performers, and an array of unique art.
Time: 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Normal Heights & Kensington
For more information visit www.artaroundadams.org

June 4, 4th Annual Carlsbad Beach Fest 2011
Come participate in the Low Tide Beach Run Blast, the Low Tide Beach Walk, and/or the Kids One Mile Fun Run. Check out the gigantic sand sculpting by U.S. Open Champions, Archisand. There will be multiple stages with bands & other live entertainment, sports competitions and clinics in paddle board, surfing, kayaking, and more! Don’t miss the artist’s exhibits, kids sand sculpting, face painting, kite flying, celebrity appearances, food & beverage vendors, and so much more.
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Carlsbad State Beaches, From Frazee Beach to Tamarack Beach
For more information visit www.carlsbadbeachfest.com

June 4 & 5, Annual Fiesta del Sol – Solana Beach
Celebrate the start of summer at this free two-day party featuring live music, an international food court, beer & wine garden, children’s activities, arts & crafts, and a ‚ÄúGreen Alley‚Äù featuring environmentally-friendly products and services.
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Fletcher Cove – Solana Beach
For more information call 858-755-4775, or visit www.solanabeachchamber.com

June 5, San Diego Rock n’ Roll Marathon
One of the nation’s premier marathons! Local bands on 26 stages and cheerleading groups will entertain the athletes as they travel along a scenic course through the city of San Diego. There will be a Finish Line Festival with music, food & beverages. This event is in conjunction with the ‚ÄúRock n’ Roll Half Marathon‚Äù. See website for details & fees.
Time: 6:10 am – 4:00 pm
Route: Visit website for route details.
For more information call 858-450-6510, or visit www.san-diego.competitor.com

June 10 thru July 4, San Diego County Fair
San Diego’s annual county fair boasts flower and garden shows, exhibits, art, gems & minerals, carnival rides, food booths, midway, concerts, and so much more! This year’s theme will be ‚ÄúRace to the Fair.‚Äù
Time: Refer to website
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
For more information call 858-793-5555, or visit www.delmarfairgrounds.com

June 11, Rock, Blues & BBQ Festival
The 3rd Classic Rock n’ Blues Festival is presented by the City of San Marcos. Spend a day relaxing in the park listening to the unique sounds of several great bands. Food will be sold at an onsite barbecue with partial proceeds donated to Angel’s Depot. There will be a beer garden for those 21 and over. Bring beach chairs or blankets for lawn seating.
Time: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: San Marcos – Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Dr.
For more information call the Race Office 760-744-9000, or visit www.san-marcos.net

June 11, 3rd Annual Fiesta Metric Century Bicycle Ride
Participate in a recreational group ride for cyclists that begin in downtown San Diego and travels to Otay Lake. Upon returning, the cyclists can enjoy an expo with musical entertainment, shop for bike related merchandise, and have a delicious Mexican buffet. Refer to website for fees.
Time: 6:30 am – 2:00 pm
Route: County Administration Building Parking lot at 1600 Pacific Hwy > Ash St > Harbor Dr > National City >
Chula Vista > Otay Lakes > then back to the Admin Building.
For more information visit www.shadowtour.com

June 17 & 18, Powwow By The Sea
A traditional powwow at the beach! The 8th annual family oriented Powwow By The Sea will host
a Gourd Dance, an Iron Dancer contest, Hand Drum contest, Tiny Tot contest, and Grassdancer contest.
Time: Fri., 11:00 am ‚ Dusk / Sat., 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Portwood Pier Plaza, 874 Seacoast Dr., Imperial Beach
For more information visit www.oneworldbridge.org

June 18, Set Free North Park Outreach
Community outreach event presents a car and motorcycle show where lowriders, bombers, and choppers will be displayed. The event takes place in a family-friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy raffle drawings, activities, and inspiring music. Free event.
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: North Park Recreation Center, 4044 Idaho St.
For more information call 619-647-4344

June 18, Pet Fest & Doggie Dash
Third Avenue Village is going to the dogs! The 1-mile doggie dash helps raise money for local animal organizations, Chula Vista Animal Care Facility, and the Chula Vista Nature Center. There will also be pet-related vendors, demonstrations from the Chula Vista K-9 unit, puppy training specialists entertain and educate, pet contests, pet adoptions, spay and neutering services.
Time: Refer to website
Location: Memorial Park Bowl, Chula Vista Third Avenue Village
For more information visit www.thirdavenuevillage.com

June 18 & 19, Julian Gold Rush Days
Julian’s Gold Rush Days is a period of remembrance of the gold rush of 1869 that brought the town of Julian to existence. Three days of events including gold panning, living history demonstrations, gold mine tours, book signings, face painting, old fashioned games, historic skits, and more!
Time: Refer to website
Location: Julian, CA
For more information visit www.juliangoldrushdays.com

June 18 & 19, Family Campout – Poway
Perfect for the first-time camper! Activities include a fun interpretive program, free pedal boating and night hikes. Families will need to bring their own camping supplies and food to barbecue. There will be grills available, but you are encouraged to bring your own. Campsite setup: 7:00 am. Costs: $52 Residents / $62 Non-Residents, up to 5 persons per family. $10 for each additional family member. No alcohol permitted.
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 am (overnight)
Location: Lake Poway, 14644 Lake Poway Rd.
For more information call 858-668-4772, or visit www.poway.org

June 25, 32nd Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
Ocean Beach’s very own beach festival and amateur chili cook-off contest.
Highlights include live entertainment, an artist alley, vendor booths, beachside beer garden,
Kiddie area and more. Free event.
Time: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Location: Ocean Beach, Newport Avenue (4800-5000 Block & surrounding areas)
For more information call 619-224-4906, or visit www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/ob-street-fair

June 24 thru 26, Temecula Street Painting Festival
Watch artists create colorful “street murals” on the asphalt of 6th Street in Old Town Temecula.
Plein Air artists will be painting in locations throughout Old Town on Friday and Saturday.
Street painting and live music on Saturday & Sunday. A free event.
Time: Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm / Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Old Town Temecula
For more information call 951-506-5100, or visit www.cityoftemecula.org
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San Diego May Calendar

Friday, April 29th, 2011
April 30 ‚ May 1, Annual Roots Fest & Healing Arts Fest
Free two-day event that will feature five stages of musical entertainment; folk, Cajun, country, gospel, jazz, blues, and bluegrass. There’s a beer garden, a separate beer-tasting area, tantalizing food, and merchandise. A Healing Arts Fest accompanies the event featuring health-related products
and services.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 7:00 pm
Location: Normal Heights ‚ Adams Avenue
For more information visit www.adamsavenuebusiness.com

April 30 ‚ May 1, Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
An exceptional showcase of art in Littly Italy. This is the largest art event in San Diego with more than 300 visual artists from all over the world coming to show and sell their art.
Time: 11:00 am ‚ 6:00 pm
Location: Downtown San Diego ‚ Little Italy
For more information visit www.missionfederalartwalk.org

May 1, Carlsbad Spring Village Faire
The largest one-day fair in California. Features hundreds of exhibitors with a little of everything such as arts & crafts, antiques, clothing, a large variety of food stands serving international foods, and children’s rides.
Time: 8:00 am ‚ 5:00 pm
Location: Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad
For more information visit www.kennedyfaires.com/carlsbad

May 6-8, Gator by the Bay Festival
It’s all about music, dance, fun and food!
More than 85 performances on 6 stages and 8000 pounds of crawfish!
Time: Refer to website for schedule
Location: Spanish Landing Park at Harbor Island, Harbor Island, San Diego Bay
For more information visit www.gatorbythebay.com

May 7, Chocolate Festival San Diego Botanic Garden
Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more. This family-friendly event also features lots of children’s activities (ages 2-12) and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 4:00 pm
Location: San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas
For more information visit www.sdbgarden.org

May 7, Annual SDHS & SPCA Walk for Animals
With a mixture of dogs and people, the event will begin with a pancake breakfast and canine activities. Then, it proceeds with a short walk around Crown Point Shores ending with an enjoyable afternoon mingling with new friends.
Time: 7:00 am ‚ 2:00 pm
Location: West Mission Bay, Crown Point Shores near Corona Oriente Rd.
For more information visit www.sdhumane.org

May 7, Oceanside Heritage Day
This will be a day of family fun featuring music, local surf art, classic cars, crafts, face painting, and special guest speakers. Food & drinks will be available. Cost: $5.00 Adults / $1.00 Children.
Time: 1:00 pm ‚ 4:30 pm
Location: Heritage Park, 220 Peyri Rd., Oceanside
For more information call 760-435-5529

May 8, Annual Festival Cinco de Mayo
The event will include live entertainment on three stages, authentic food from Mexico and around the world, local crafters and contests.
Time: 11:00 am ‚ 7:00 pm
Location: Downtown Chula Vista, Stages at E & F Streets
For more information visit www.thirdavenuevillage.com

May 8, Annual Mother’s Day Fancy Dress Swim
Fundraiser for World Swims Against Malaria. Mothers will ‚Äúdip‚Äù in the ocean wearing their Mother’s Day finest.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 11:00 am
Location: North Pier Beach, Oceanside
For more information call 760-803-0837

May 13-14, Annual Allied Gardens SpringFest
Bring the whole family to this 2-day festival for guaranteed fun. Carnival, pony rides, inflatables, rock climbing wall and dunk tank. Food, beer garden (5-11 pm), three stages featuring local musical talent.
Time: Fri. 5:00 pm ‚ 11:00 pm / Sat. 9:00 am ‚ 11:00 pm
Location: Allied Gardens Community Park, 5155 Greenbrier Ave.
For more information visit www.navajoevents.com

May 14, Wild West Fest
A re-creation of the “wild west” days when cowboys ruled. Shop at the trading post, ride the bucking bronco in the Fun Zone, pony rides, and create a cowboy hat to take home. Real cowboys will demonstrate shoot outs, rope tricks and much more.
Time: 11:00 am ‚ 2:00 pm
Location: Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying L C Lane, Carlsbad
For more information call 760-434-2843

May 14, Annual Rockola Benefit Concert
Rockola, San Diego-based and nationally known as America’s Classic Rock Experience, will be performing and proceeds from this year’s concert will benefit the Fallbrook Food Pantry, FHS Warrior Band, and FHS Madrigals.
Time: 7:00 pm ‚ 10:00 pm
Location: Bob Burton Center for the Performing Arts, 2400 South Stage Coach Ln., Fallbrook
For more information visit www.rockola.com

May 14, Bark in the Park ‚ A Dog Day Celebration
This event will include FREE demonstrations, pet vendor booths, contests for participants and their pets, and more. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for purchase throughout the event. A small entry fee is required to show dogs.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 2:00 pm
Location: Poway Dog Park, 13094 Civic Center Dr., Poway
For more information call 858-774-5017

May 14 ‚ 15, Annual Encinitas Sports Festival
Join 3000 of your closest friends and family for two days of sports and fun in Encinitas. The City becomes a sports destination the weekend before Memorial Day and you don’t want to miss it. Triathlons, Duathlon, Bike Tour with choice of 3 distances, 5K Run, Kids & Family 1K Walk/Run, Moonlight Beach Paddle & Swim, and a 2-day sports expo.
Time: Refer to website
Location: Various locations in Encinitas, refer to website
For more information visit www.encinitasrace.com/esff.html

May 15, Annual North Park Festival of the Arts
An explosion of arts, culture and entertainment with live entertainment, specialty booths, food court, beer garden, Kid’s Art Beat, and tons more stuff. See website for various venues and prices.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 6:00 pm
Location: North Park ‚ University Ave. & 30th
For more information visit www.northparkmainstreet.com

May 15, Escondido Street Faire
The second largest street fair in California will feature live entertainment as well as over 600 booths showcasing arts & crafts, unique clothing, and international foods. Children’s rides, rock-climbing wall, and more.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 6:00 pm
Location: Downtown Escondido, Grand Ave. between Center City Parkway and Ivy
For more information visit www.kennedyfaires.com/escondido

May 15, Annual Navy’s Original Bay Bridge Run/Walk
This is a rare opportunity to run or walk across the Coronado Bay Bridge. The route begins in downtown San Diego and proceeds across the bridge and on to Coronado Island to Tidelands Park concluding with fun festivities.
Time: 7:30 am ‚ 11:00 am
Location: Start at Bayfront Hilton Parking Lot, One Park Blvd., downtown San Diego
For more information visit www.mwrtoday.com

May 21, OB Beach Ball
An outdoor live music, action sports, and microbrew festival.
The event begins with a running race along the beach, but wait… there’s more! There will be beer, food, merchandise and a Ferris wheel, skateboarding demonstrations, mechanical bull rides, a tug-of-war contest, and a human haulin’ contest.
Time: 9:00 am ‚ 9:00 pm
Location: Ocean Beach, Pier parking lot / Veterans Plaza / Lifeguard parking lot
For more information visit www.oceanbeachsandiego.com

May 22, Annual Festa Siciliana
Celebrate Sicilian-Italian American heritage and enjoy delicious cuisine from local restaurants in a festive setting in Little Italy. Music, beer, wine, dancing and some interesting ethnic art & craft items to peruse. Free admission.
Time: 10:00 am ‚ 6:00 pm
Location: Little Italy, Downtown San Diego
For more information visit www.sicilianfesta.com/
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Royal Wedding Overshadows Another Wedding in England

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The Prince of England isn’t the only one getting married in London this weekend. In fact, there is another wedding going on the very next day, one that has been planned far longer than the royal wedding. The bride, whose mother comes from a line of royalty (her father was a member of the House of Lords) and whose father had been knighted by the Queen, will be married on April 30.

Julia, the beautiful bride from Southern California with dual citizenship (her mother was English), has been planning her dream wedding for over a year. She and fiance David left this past weekend for London to arrange all the last minute details. They are getting married at Our Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey Cathedral, where her parents married.

The bride and groom are very happy and are determined not to let the traffic, security, hoards of visitors and general chaos affect their special day. So I want to wish a very happy wedding day to my beautiful cousin Julia, and her wonderful fiance David. May your marriage be filled with love and laughter, and may your wedding day be the most special ever. Although I cannot be there I will be there in spirit, and I can’t wait to see the pictures!

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