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San Diego November Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

November 3 – 4, Escondido Renaissance Faire
The age of chivalry will be recreated among the wonders of nature. Activities include battle pageants, music in the streets, jugglers and hundreds of costumed re-enactors performing in this giant outdoor play. See website for admission information.
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Felicita County Park, 742 Clarence Ln., Escondido
For more information visit www.goldcoastfestivals.com/Escondido.html

November 4, Carlsbad Village Street Faire
This is the largest one-day street fair in California. It’s a non-profit event to benefit the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce with over 800 vendors, International food, kids’ rides, and even a pancake breakfast!
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Village of Carlsbad, Carlsbad
For more information visit www.kennedyfaires.com/carlsbad 

November 9 – 11, Snow Jam 12
This is a consumer show featuring everything about skiing and snowboarding under one roof. There will be discounted merchandise available for purchase. See website for admission information.
Time: Fri 4:00 – 10:00 pm, Sat/Sun: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
For more information visit www.snowjamshow.com

November 9 – 11, Seasons of the Heart Craft Fair
There will be handcrafted items and one-of-a-kind gifts from nearly 100 vendors. These gifts range from holiday home décor, gourmet foods, collectibles, children’s toys, children and adult clothing, soaps, jewelry, holiday wreaths and floral arrangements, handbags, pottery, crafting supplies, one-of-a kind furniture pieces, and so much more!
Time: Fri/Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sun: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
For more information visit www.seasonsoftheheartcraftfaire.com

November 10, Heavenly Hands Crafts Bazaar
There will be a wide selection of handmade arts and crafts, baked goods, a quilt raffle and book sale. This is a great way to get a head start on holiday shopping. Proceeds go to various ministries and missions selected by the MMPC Mission Committee.
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Mira Mesa Presbyterian Church, 8081 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego
For more information visit www.mmpcusa.com

November 12, 26th Annual San Diego 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. Several events are scheduled.
Time: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Pacific Highway, South from Grape to W. Harbor Dr., San Diego
For more information visit www.sdvetparade.org

November 15 – 18, City Heights Carnival
A four-day carnival will take place in City Heights. Enjoy the excitement of carnival rides and entertaining carnival games. All ages are sure to have a good time.
Time:  Thurs/Fri: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Sat/Sun: 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Rosa Park School and City Heights Recreation Center, 4380 Landis St., San Diego
For more information call (951) 316-1382

November 16, City of Santee Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Festivities include ice skating, carriage rides, caroling, free kid’s holiday crafts (while supplies last), a visit from Santa, and the tree lighting ceremony. There will be food samples, hot cocoa and coffee. This is a free event.
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Santee Trolley Square, 9884 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee
For more information visit www.ci.santee.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=347

November 16 – 18, Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day For The Cure
Thousands of men and women are taking the challenge to walk 60 miles in three days. On the first day the walk will begin at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and proceed to Torrey Pines, La Jolla, and Pacific Beach to a camp at Crown Point Shores in Mission Beach. The walk will eventually culminate in Downtown San Diego at Petco Park. See website for admission and registration information.
Time: Refer to website
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
For more information visit www.the3day.org

November 17, 26th Annual Toys For Tots Motorcycle Benefit Ride
This is the staging area for the Toys for Tots ride, which will depart from North County’s House of Motorcycles. See website for registration information. The ride benefits the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.
Time:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: North County’s House of Motorcycles, 1725 Hacienda Dr., Vista
For more information visit www.gwrra-ca1n.net/ridefliers.htm

November 17, 5K Thanksgiving Walk to Feed the Hungry
For over a decade, the Fallbrook Food Pantry (formerly Fallbrook Community Project) has worked to relieve hunger and provide hope and resources to neighbors in need. Participate in this 5k walk to help feed the hungry.
Time: 8:30 am
Location: Fallbrook Food Pantry, 1042 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook
For more information visit www.fallbrookfoodpantry.org 

November 18, 66th 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 west of the Mississippi. Generally there are over 100 entries featuring clowns, floats, bands, equestrians, giant balloons and Santa Claus. This year’s parade is titled “Home Town Heroes!”
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Magnolia Ave & Main St., El Cajon
For more information visit www.mothergooseparade.org 

November 18, Encinitas Street Faire & Fall Festival
The coastal city of Encinitas beckons you to join in the fun on the beautiful Coast Highway 101. There will be 400 unique booths featuring arts and crafts, antiques, clothing, items from around the world and more. The Fall Faire also offers a wide variety of food, two stages of live entertainment and children’s rides.
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Coast Highway 101, Encinitas – see website for map
For more information visit www.kennedyfaires.com/encinitas

November 21 – 25, San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival
This is the 33rd Annual celebration of Dixieland Jazz featuring bands from all over the U.S. The festival bands represent a wide variety of traditional jazz, Dixieland and swing styles. See website for admission information.
Time: Refer to website
Location: Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle N., San Diego

November 22, Annual Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Day 5K
Thanksgiving Day is a day to express both thanks for what we have and to extend our help to those who are lonely, hungry and without a home. Proceeds from this 5K event will help to provide basic provisions for underprivileged persons through the St. Vincent De Paul Village. See website for registration information.
Time: 7:45 am
Location: Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado – Balboa Park, San Diego
For more information visit www.thanksgivingrun.org

November 23 – 25, Goodguys 2nd Fall Del Mar Nationals
This car show features over 1,500 hot rods, customs and classics thru ’72. There will be live nostalgia entertainment and free kids entertainment. There will also be a Toys for Tots drop off. See website for admission information.
Time: Fri/Sat: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sun: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
For more information visit www.good-guys.com 

November 24 – Mid December, Julian’s Country Christmas
& Tree Lighting Ceremony – Ongoing Event
The traditional lighting of the Julian Community Christmas Tree ceremony features the Julian Carolers and a visit from Santa just before 6:00 pm when the tree is lit. This marks the beginning of the annual Julian Country Christmas celebration, three weeks of old-fashioned holiday festivities.
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Pioneer Park, Julian

 

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San Diego September Calendar of Events

Friday, August 31st, 2012

September 8
Grape Day 5K, Parade, and Festival
This is Escondido’s oldest and longest running event. It starts off with a 5K fun run and continues with a short parade on Grand Avenue. In celebration of its heritage, the Escondido Grape Day Festival features grape stomping, free grapes, an entertainment stage, vendor booths, fun zone, and more! This is a free event.
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 8 – 9
34th Annual Greek Festival 2012
For two days, church grounds are transformed into a quaint Greek village atmosphere where you can experience fine food, traditional Greek dancing, live entertainment, children’s activities, and the warmth of Greek hospitality.
Time: Sat: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm / Sun: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Location: 3459 Manchester Ave, Cardiff by the Sea
For more information visit www.cardiffgreekfest.com

September 9
5th Annual Brazilian Day Festival & Bicycle Parade
The largest Brazilian festival on the west coast! There will be two stages with musical bands and performing groups, a kid’s area with carnival rides, and lots of food vendors. This is a free event.
Time: Festival: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm / Bike parade: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Garnet Ave between Mission Blvd. and Everts St., Pacific Beach
For more information visit www.braziliandaysandiego.com

September 14 – 16
47th Annual San Diego BayFair Powerboat Racing
Join the crowd at Mission Bay to watch the fastest boats in the world compete to win at this extreme water sport event. There will be vendor & food booths, several RV campsites, and now tent campsites on Fiesta Island. Refer to website for both Bayfair tickets and campsite fees.
Time: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Mission Bay Area, San Diego, refer to website for map
For more information visit www.sandiegobayfair.org

September 15
Annual San Diego Heart Walk
This is a nationwide 5K or 1-mile walk. Form teams to obtain pledges that will be used to help fight against various forms of heart disease.
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Location: Balboa Park War Memorial Building, 3325 Zoo Dr, San Diego
For more information visit www.sdheartwalk.org

September 15
14th Annual Mira Mesa Street Fair 2012
The event includes entertainment on two stages, a carnival, children’s crafts and games, free rock painting for kids, craft, vendor, and info booths. There will also be a Scout Village, showcasing camping skills and equipment.
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: On Camino Ruiz, Mira Mesa, see website for map
For more information visit www.miramesatowncouncil.org

September 15
The Sand Pit 5K (Obstacle Course)
The course will consist of 10 beach obstacles in the water and on hard and soft packed sand. Obstacles will include, but are not limited to, “water jogging,” seal crawls, jump walls, tire rings, and finishing with the 10 foot Sand Everest Mountain along with the 3 foot-deep sand pit. There will be entertainment, continental breakfast, and a beer garden. See website for entry/registration fees.
Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Mission Beach, San Diego, see website for directions
For more information visit www.kozevents.com

September 15
26th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day
This event is a major part of an international coastline cleanup that includes all 50 states and over 100 countries worldwide. See website for registration and choose from over 80 sites in San Diego County.
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: San Diego coastal beaches & bays, see website for locations
For more information visit www.cleanupday.org

September 15 – 16
6th Annual Coronado Art Walk 2012
This art walk is an open-air arts festival at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Painting, hand crafted jewelry, photography, ceramics and other mediums will be featured. This exciting venue will include interactive art activities for both children and adults. This is a free event.
Time: 10:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Coronado Ferry Landing, refer to website for map
For more information visit www.coronadoartwalk.org

September 15 – October 15
Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest Days
Opening weekend for apple season! There will be apple cider, apple pie, and entertainment in the historic gold mining town of Julian. Special weekend events will take place each weekend until the apples are all gone!
Time: Refer to website
Location: Julian Chamber of Commerce, Julian
For more information visit http://www.julianca.com

September 16
Fiestas Patrias – Mexican Independence Day in Old Town
Celebrate Mexican Independence with colorful displays of dancing, storytelling, and music. Learn historic games such as cascarones, and how early San Diego men’s clothing originated from the Charros of the past. Other activities include branding, corn husk doll making, relay races, and vaquero games. This is a free event.
Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Old Town State Park, San Diego
For more information visit www.parks.ca.gov/events/

September 21
18th Annual Festival of Beer
This adult-oriented beer tasting event serves a variety of beers from over 60 different breweries. Food items and munchies will be for sale in addition to a selection of fine wines for purchase by the glass. Refer to website for ticket information.
Time: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Downtown San Diego, Columbia & B Street
For more information visit www.sdbeerfest.org/

September 22
Santee Bluegrass Festival
This is a fundraising event featuring wine & beer tasting, food sampling, a silent auction and a variety of Bluegrass music. Funds will benefit municipal parks, community programs and the Voucher Incentive Program. Refer to website for ticket information.
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Dr, Santee
For more information visit www.ci.santee.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=8

September 22 – 23
Carlsbad’s 10th Annual ArtSplash
A free festival of arts for the entire family. The event will include chalk art street paintings, creation of art on-site, live stage shows, street performances, food and fun. Funds raised will benefit North County schools.
Time: Sat: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Armada Dr, Carlsbad, refer to website for map
For more information visit www.carlsbadartsplash.org

September 29
Tour de Fat Festival & Bicycle Parade
A festival of colorful Brazilian dance performances, delicious cultural foods, New Belgium Beer, arts & crafts, a Kids Zone, unusual bike contests, and a costumed bicycle parade. This is a free event that raises funds for local non-profits.
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Golden Hill Community Park, 2600 Golf Course Drive
For more information visit www.newbelgium.com

September 29
Wild West Bonitafest
This event will feature a community parade, vendor booths with food, crafters, youth, businesses, plus an entertainment stage and a Kid’s Fun Zone in the shopping center. X-Game Riders will be there to thrill and amaze.
Time: Parade: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Bonnie Brae Shopping Center, 5080 Bonita Rd, Bonita
For more information visit www.bonitacalifornia.org

September 29 – 30
Adams Avenue Street Fair 2012
Southern California’s largest free two-day music festival features more than 90 musical acts on seven outdoor stages, hundreds of food and arts & craft vendors, four beer gardens, and giant carnival rides. This event is designed for a full day of enjoyment for the entire family.
Time: Sat: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sun: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Adams Ave, 4649 Hawley Blvd, San Diego

 

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January Calendar of Events for San Diego

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe 2011 is coming to a close. I am excited for 2012 and hope that you all have a wonderful year, filled with good health, happiness, laughter and success. There is a lot going on in January in San Diego, so enjoy!

 

January 6-7, 2nd Annual Free E-Waste Recycling Event
Need to get rid of the electronic waste just sitting around your home or office? This free E-waste recycling event is sponsored by Computer Circulation Center, Inc. and the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce.
Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  2205 Vista Way, Oceanside
For more information call 760-722-1534

January 6-8, Gem Faire
The Gem Faire, established in 1989, has become a world-renowned marketplace for the finest gemstones, beads, jewelry, minerals, fossils, meteorites, lapidary equipment, metaphysical items and much more at the lowest prices in today’s market.  Workshops and classes are also offered.
Time:  Fri.  Noon – 6:00 pm / Sat. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm / Sun.  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Del Mar Fairgrounds, Bing Crosby Hall
For more information visit www.gemfaire.com

January 8, Annual San Diego Resolution Run 5K & 15K
San Diego Resolution Run will take runners on a loop around Fiesta Island in scenic Mission Bay Park’s De Anza Cove while raising funds for charities that seek to keep the environment healthy.
Time:  7:00 pm
Location:  De Anza Cove, 3000 East Mission Bay Dr., Mission Bay
For more information visit www.sandyfeetevents.com

January 15, Petco Foundation Walk, Run, Wag
This is a do-not-miss event for San Diegans and their beloved four-legged family members!  Walk or run a  5K or 1 mile course with your dog, or without a dog, or with a team.  This event will also include an expo where dogs and their owners can shop together for sports products, pet products and more.
Time:  Starts at 7:00 am
Location:  2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar

January 15, 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
An annual event commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.  The Parade features marching bands and floats, drill teams, dance groups, and other community groups.
Time:  2:00 pm
Location:  Harbor Dr. – Embarcadero
For more information visit www.alpha-zsl.org/mlkdayparade.html

January 15-20, San Diego Restaurant Week
Extraordinary three-course menus from San Diego’s best restaurants.  Choose from
180 of the city’s best restaurants and enjoy a fixed price, three-course dinner for $20, $30 or $40 per person, depending on the restaurant.  There are no tickets or passes required.  For a complete list of participating restaurants visit the
San Diego Restaurant Week website.
Time:  Varies
Location:  Refer to website for participating restaurants
For more information visit www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com

January 20-22  San Diego Lunar New Year Tet Festival
The Vietnamese community, in celebration of the
Lunar New Year, is presenting a festival to promote homeland traditions.  There will be a mock structure of a Vietnam village where  you’ll experience ancestral rituals and entertaining performances; plus contests, rides, food, and merchandise.
Time:  Fri. 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm / Sat. 11:00 am – 10:00 pm / Sun. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Balboa Park – lawn area & parking lot at Park Blvd. & President’s Way
For more information visit www.sdtet.com

January 20-22, Del Mar Antique Show
More than 250 premier antique dealers from all over California and the western
United States will be selling the finest antiques & collectibles.  Appraisal service is available
for $5 per item.  Restoration services are also available.
Time:  Fri. & Sat.  11:00 am – 7:00 pm / Sun. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall
For more information visit www.calendarshows.com

January 21, Whale Festival
The free Whale Festival is a family community event offering a wide variety of interactive and hands-on displays to spark the interest and imagination of any child.  Activities includes a walk-through gray whale, live sea creatures, free face painting, a kids art mural coloring project, a festival train ride and a bounce house.  Live music on-stage.
Time:  11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location:  Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier, on the corner of Broadway and N. Harbor Dr.,
Downtown San Diego, on the Embarcadero
For more information visit www.whaledays.com

January 22, Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon
This marathon features a rolling course, including 14 miles along the Pacific Ocean.  Includes 26 fully staffed course support stations, continuous entertainment and unsurpassed volunteer support.  The marathon and half marathon start and finish at Westfield Plaza Camino Real.
Time:  5:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location:  Westfield Plaza Camino Real, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad
For more information visit www.carlsbadmarathon.com

January 23-29, PGA Tour Golf Tournament
San Diego is the host for the “Farmer’s Insurance Open” at the exclusive Torrey Pines Golf Course.
Time:  Opening round 26th: 7:30 am
Location:  Torrey Pines Golf Course, 11480 North Torrey Pines Rd.
For more information visit www.pgatour.com/tournaments/r004/

January 26-29, San Diego Sunroad Boatshow
The San Diego Sunroad Boatshow is complete with both land and in-water locations, focusing on the latest boats and marine equipment.  This years show includes over 100 new & pre-cruised sailboats and motor yachts, dozen of marine vendors with the latest nautical products & services, delicious food and drink sponsored by local restaurants, and special boating events and boat rides for kids and adults.  Fun for the whole family.
Time:  Thurs. & Fri. Noon – 6:00 pm / Sat. & Sun. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:  Harbor Island, San Diego Bay, East end of Harbor Island
For more information visit www.bigbayboatshow.com/

January 27-29, Home Decorating & Remodeling Show
The show features home improvement products and services offered by local businesses.  This show will have a “green theme” and will highlight businesses that offer environmental products.  Free admission.
Time:  Fri. & Sat. 10:00 am – 7:00 pm / Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall & Activity Center
For more information visit www.delmarhomeshow.net

January 28, 2nd Annual Stephen Strasburg 5K Walk
& Fun Run with Tony Gwynn
A family-friendly event that will include games and fun for everyone.  By registering for this event you will receive an all-inclusive package featuring autographs, tickets, t-shirt and more.  After the walk/fun run there will be lots of activities for all ages.  Live music, food court, Kids Fun Zone and more.
Time:  Start time @ 8:25 am
Location:  Tony Gwynn Stadium, San Diego State University
For more information visit www.strasburg5k.com

January 29, Bridal Bazaar
At the January Bridal Bazaar there will be thousands of wedding ideas, fashions, products and services…all in one place.  You’ll meet more than 300 of San Diego’s most trusted wedding professionals offering everything you need to make your wedding extraordinary.
Time:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  San Diego Convention Center, Halls E & F, 111 West Harbor Dr.
For more information visit www.bridalbazaar.com
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San Diego December Events Calendar

Thursday, December 1st, 2011
December 1 – 17
North Pole Limited Santa Train
Celebrate the holidays aboard the North Pole Limited for a 90-minute holiday ride. Santa’s Elves will serve cookies and hot chocolate, lead a sing-along of traditional Christmas carols and read a famous Christmas train story as the Limited rockets toward the North Pole and Santa’s Workshop where Santa Claus will board the train and visit with all the children. The Elves invite the children to wear their pajamas and dress warmly.
Ride Times:  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm  or  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm  according to date.
Location:  Pacific SouthWest Railway Museum, Hwy 94 & Forrest Gate Rd., Campo
For more information visit www.psrm.org

December 2
Coronado Christmas Parade
Santa arrives by ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing. A festive parade along Orange Avenue follows. Santa lights the 75-foot star pine Christmas tree located in the center of town as the community band plays holiday music. Snow Mountain is open from 3:00 to 8:00 pm. The evening finishes with 2 concerts at 2 different locations.
Time:  3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:  Ferry Landing Marketplace, Coronado
For more information visit www.coronadovisitorcenter.com

December 2
Annual Lemon Grove Community Bonfire
The City of Lemon Grove will be celebrating the holiday season by providing free family fun for everyone. Along with the bonfire there will be games, face painting, laser tag, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and free refreshments.
Time:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:  Civic Center Park, 3200 Main St. (Olive & Church)
For more information visit www.ci.lemon-grove.ca.us

December 2-3
Balboa Park December Nights
Balboa Park holiday extravaganza featuring two days of light displays, musical & dance presentations, plus shopping, and holiday food & spirits. Participating museums will be free to the public from 5:00 to 9:00 each evening.
Time:  Fri.  5:00 pm – 10:00 pm / Sat.  Noon – 10:00 pm
Location:  Balboa Park, Near El Pardo, Organ Pavilion & Museums
For more information visit www.balboapark.org

December 3,
Annual Ocean Beach Parade and Craft Fair
Every year Newport Ave is taken over by the geriatric surf team, motorcycle riding dogs and marching bands – plus Santa Claus on a fire truck! Come early to get a spot, there is parking throughout the neighborhood. A craft fair is also held on the Lawn at Veteran’s Plaza.
Time:  Parade starts at 5:05 pm
Location:  Newport Ave., Sunset Cliffs Blvd. to Abbott St., Ocean Beach
For more information visit www.oceanbeachsandiego.com

December 3
Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland
The Center will sparkle with dancing lights as patrons enjoy seasonal music and Victorian Carolers, a special visit from Santa, a spectacular light show, and real snow! Kids will enjoy free art activities, costumed entertainers and free treats.
Time:  4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:  California Center for the Arts, Lyric Court & Great Green Lawn at the Center, Escondido
For more information visit www.artcenter.org

December 3,
Annual Christmas comes to Imperial Beach
A festive holiday time for the whole family to enjoy with arts and crafts, food, a petting zoo with pony rides, a large game zone for the children and live entertainment. Santa arrives at noon on a fire truck.
Time:  12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:  Imperial Beach, Portwood Pier Plaza, Seacoast Dr. at Imperial Beach Blvd.
For more information visit www.ib-chamber.com

December 3
Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Holiday Fair
This is a large-scale parade with marching bands, upbeat dance groups, cool vintage cars, beauty queens, city officials, and Santa Claus will be riding atop his merry red sleigh.
Time:  11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Parade Route: University Ave starting at Utah Street and ending at Iowa St.
For more information visit www.toylandparade.com

December 3
Annual Little Italy Christmas Village & Tree Lighting
Little Italy becomes a Holiday Village where shoppers and residents will enjoy the season’s festivities with holiday music, light refreshments, Santa, and the lighting of a Christmas tree.
Time:  4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location:  Little Italy, corner of W. Date & India Streets
For more information visit www.littleitalysd.com

December 3
Encinitas Holiday Parade
The Encinitas Christmas Parade includes floats, marching bands, children’s groups, specialty cars and patriotic organizations.
Time:  Tree lighting at 5:00 pm / Parade at 5:30 pm
Location:  Parade route travels South Coast Highway 101, starting at the corner of D St., ending at J St.
For more information visit www.ci.encinitas.ca.us

December 3-4
San Marcos Santa’s Magical Village
Handcrafted holiday gifts for sale, dancers, elves, and carolers perform. A child-size magical village will offer free activities for kids.
Time:  Sat.  3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Tree lighting at 6:45 pm / Sun.  9:00 am – 4:00
Location:  San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Dr., San Marcos
For more information visit www.ci.san-marcos.ca.us

December 4
Annual La Jolla Christmas Parade
This Annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival will have musical performances, tasty foods, and an antique plane flyover.
Time:  Festival 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm / Parade 2:00 pm
Location:  La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St., La Jolla
For more information visit www.ljparade.com

December 9
Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival
The parade starts along Alpine Blvd & W. Victoria, ending with a festival at Alpine Creek Town Center.  Festivities include a snow hill, Santa, Ronald McDonald Magic Show, activities for kids & teens, game truck and food.
Time:  Parade starts at 6:30 pm / Festival starts at 7:00 pm
Location:  Parade starts at Alpine Blvd., and W. Victoria, Alpine  /
Festival is at Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Road, Alpine
For more information visit www.AlpineChamber.com

December 10
Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
A decorated and lighted boat procession will parade in single file on Mission Bay, some broadcasting holiday music.
Time:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Mission Bay – begins at Quivira Basin, and along Crown Point, Vacation Island, Fiesta Island, & Sea World.
Best viewing areas for this event is from Crown Point, or the west side of Fiesta Island,
or the east side of Vacation Island.
For more information visit www.mbyc.org

December 10
Oceanside Harbor Boat Parade of Lights
All decked out for the holiday, a wide variety of boats circle the inner Oceanside Harbor. A spectacular sight.
Time:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Oceanside Harbor – best viewed from along the side of the harbor near the Harbor Police and fishing dock.
For more information visit www.visitoceanside.org

December 18
Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
The Annual Port of San Diego Boat Parade of Lights features a large fleet of private craft decorated and illuminated for the holidays. The boat parade will travel a 7-mile route from Shelter Island to Coronado.
Time:  5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  San Diego Bay – Begins at the southwest end of Shelter Island, past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero,
Seaport Village, past the Convention Center, the Coronado Island Marriott Hotel, the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace and ends at the Navy carrier turning basin.
For more information visit www.sdparadeoflights.org

December 21
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
The game pits a team from the Mountain West Conference against a bowl-eligible Pac-10 team or an at-large opponent.
Time:  5:00 pm
Location:  San Diego Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd.
For more information visit www.poinsettiabowl.net

December 28
Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade
America’s Largest Balloon Parade! Massive inflatables, numbering more than any other parade in the nation.
Time:  10:00 am
Location:  Downtown San Diego – Begins at the County Admin Bldg parking lot, down North Harbor Drive and follows the waterfront, ending at West Harbor Dr.
For more information visit http://www.holidaybowl.com/events/port-of-san-diego-big-bay-balloon-parade.html

December 31
Kids’ New Year’s Eve at Legoland
“Midnight at 6:00 pm” — a one-of-a-kind Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party. The party kicks off at 3:00 pm with performances by some of the top children’s entertainment groups as we countdown to the New Year. At 6:00 pm a huge LEGO® brick will drop 22-feet into 2012 and there will be a dazzling fireworks display.
Time:  3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location:  Legoland, One Legoland Dr., Carlsbad
For more information visit http://california.legoland.com/
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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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Help Prevent School Bullying on October 8 (and Have Fun Too!)

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Bullying is one of the worst and most relevant things children today must deal with. It is something that we as a society need to tackle, and it will not go away unless we all work together to help educate our children. If you have always wondered how you can help, or what you can do or say to eliminate it, here is your chance.

On October 8 from 4-7 p.m. come on down to Rock for Challenge Day at The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach for some great music (by Temple of the Dad) for a great cause. All proceeds will go towards Challenge Day at Aviara Oaks Middle School, which is an award-winning program for teens to combat bullying. Challenge Day is coming to a Carlsbad School for the first time on November 7. Over 100 children and 35 adults experience this amazing workshop, to help stomp out bullying and teasing on school campuses.

If you have not read one of my previous blogs about Challenge Day and do not know about it, you can go to MTV’s website and watch an episode of “If You Really Knew Me.” http://www.mtv.com/shows/if_you_really_knew_me/series.jhtml This show is a reality show that highlights the Challenge Day program at campuses across the nation. You can pick any episode, but make sure to have tissues handy. Share it with your teens too. Challenge Day is the most real, raw, intense and inspirational wake up call to kids. NO ONE IS UNAFFECTED by this program.

Our biggest dream is that Challenge Day can one day be on every high school and middle school campus, but we need your help. It is not free, and there are few people who are trained to run the program, so there is a waiting list. Here is your opportunity to really make a difference in preventing bullying, and all you have to do is come to the Belly Up and enjoy some great music with friends, have a drink, and relax.

To find out more about Rock for Challenge Day on October 8, Challenge Day itself, and to order your tickets, please visit http://www.villatortuga.net/ChallengeDay/ChallengeDayBenefit.html. Tickets are only $15, and will be $20 at the door. The Belly Up Tavern is a 21 and over venue.

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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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