5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

Painting - Kidsfest San Diego

This is a perfect weekend to bring the kids to San Diego for a whole host of family friendly events. Below are your five to try.

1. Kidsfest San Diego

Painting - Kidsfest San Diego

The second annual KidsFest will transform the NTC Promenade in Point Loma, June 9 and 10 into a wonderland of play, with activities designed to stimulate and celebrate the imagination. Signature events include a Creation Station, where kids can paint masterpieces or Dance Avenue – a pure, nonstop musical haven for kids to drum or dance the day away. Save $2 with this coupon for everyone!

2. San Diego County Fair

San Diego County Fair Best Pass Ever

Opening June 8 and running through July 4, the San Diego County Fair invites the universe to its “Out Of This World” celebration! Explore both the serious and not-so-serious sides of space exploration. Don’t forget to try some of the out of this world food offerings including the Porkabello Kabob (bacon-wrapped, Gouda-stuffed portabella mushrooms on a stick) or Deep-Fried Cereal!

3. Julian Gold Rush Days

3 Miners - Julian Gold Rush Days

Drive up to Julian on June 9th or 10th to experience the Julian Gold Rush Days. Activities include historical encampments (with a chance to meet miners, mountain men & cowboys!), gun fighting, reenactments & mock claim jumping, tomahawk throwing demonstrations, and gold panning. The old-fashioned mining camp will offer free admission, vendors, an arts & crafts market, food & drink, gem mining, children’s pioneer games, free parking & plenty of family fun.

4. Carlsbad Beach Fest

Carlsbad Beach Fest, photo Ed Andrews

Carlsbad Beach Fest. Photo Courtesy of Ed Andrews

Head up the coast on June 9 for the fifth annual Carlsbad Beach Fest. Join over The Fest brings together the community for a fun-filled annual celebration on one mile of beach, stretching from Pine Avenue to Tamarack State Beach. The festival features competitive sporting events, live music on multiple stages, food, green product vendors, kite-flying, sand-sculpting, a health and safety expo, opportunity drawings and prizes, a massive beach cleanup and much more.

5. Taste of Gaslamp

Taste of Gaslamp Logo 2012

Taste of Gaslamp

Dine your way around one of San Diego’s most liveliest neighborhoods during the two-day Taste of Gaslamp. The Gaslamp Quarter Association hosts a great food sampling event each year, showcasing its Chefs & World Class Restaurants. This fantastic and delicious event June 9 and 10 provides an opportunity to test out many locations in one afternoon.

> Find More Great Events on the Event Calendar at SanDiego.org

What do you have planned for the weekend?

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Suzzanne

About Suzzanne

I love to buy books, but seldom actually finish one. I like african violets, my iPhone, and everything that smells like lavender.  I am seriously adverse to the cold and am known to bring a sweatshirt to the beach in the summer.  I have two kids – a boy whose 10 and a girl 12.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

It would start by having breakfast somewhere near the ocean – either Pannikin in Encinitas or Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach.  Then we would head to the beach hang out for a few hours, head home and then catch a concert in the park in Balboa Park.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

We love riding our bikes around town.  There are great places to ride in San Diego that kids can handle – Coronado Island, Point Loma or the boardwalk in Pacific Beach are just a few.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Depends on the day, a good burger and craft brew can really hit the spot, but I would probably end up ordering linguine and white wine.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Snow Patrol, O.A.R., Mike Moran, Eric Hutchinson

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