San Diego County wineries are overshadowed by the reign of amazing craft breweries throughout the county (the region is close to surpassing 100 breweries). But vitoculturist visitors to San Diego can have a wonderful time exploring the more than 70 wineries and tasting rooms from chic urban settings to mountain resort retreats nestled in the vineyards. Many of the wineries offer outdoor entertainment such as Jazz series or special event concerts. While most of these music and wine pairings occur during the summer season, a few wineries take advantage of the spectacular views and gentle autumn weather to provide performances into the fall.
Music at Milagro
Relax on a Sunday afternoon in the country listening to local music and sipping local wine at Milagro Farms Vineyard & Winery in Ramona, in San Diego’s East County.
The 110 acres that compose Milagro Farm Vineyards & Winery abound with myriad plants, trees, wild life, and open spaces. Tucked into the Ramona Valley near the Cleveland National Forest, the property features a naturally rolling landscape dotted with granite boulders and coast live oak trees. With the shorter days and cooler temperatures, the Music at Milagro acoustic series has shifted from Friday to Sunday afternoons beginning in October. Take a Sunday country drive and visit this beautiful destination to hear local musicians and sip local wines. Taste six estate-grown wines and keep the glass for $12; the live music is free. Milagro has partnered with Treasure Limo for guests from San Diego who want to go beyond “tastings” and really enjoy a bottle of wine with the performance, and not have to drive home.
From Lazy Sunday Afternoons to Swinging Saturday Nights
San Pasqual Winery La Mesa Tasting Room courtesy Wayne Swanson
If a Sunday drive to the countryside doesn’t fit your itinerary, San Pasqual Winery has an urban Tasting Room in the town of La Mesa that hosts rock, blues, and folk music on Saturday nights. Seating is on a first come, first-served basis in the intimate back room, and the shows start at 7:00 PM. The music is free and local, and the wine, cheese and crackers and desserts are available for sale. San Pasqual Winery blends California grown grapes including varietals from Napa, Sonoma and Santa Barbara to produce a wide range of wine offerings.
Their Saturday night music series also offers a wide range of styles. Upcoming shows include:
October 18: Jefferson Washington is a local San Diego blues and folk musician who showcases a blend of American roots style music
October 24: the Sock Monkeys play variety of fun music from the past to the present, in addition to mixing in their own entertaining original music.
November 1: Mercury Street Blues play a variety of music – jazz, blues, folk and rock.
Salerno Winery in San Diego County’s rustic town of Ramona, includes an extensive sculpture garden of internationally acclaimed artists. Photo courtesy Angie Clement.
Salerno Winery, a small family owned boutique winery is a cultural destination located in the hills of Ramona Valley. In addition to established favorites such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Sirah, Salerno Winery offers hand crafted wines such as their signature Elegante, a double gold medal and gold sweepstakes winner. The property offers guests a unique experience complete with tasting room, sculptures from more than 20 world-renowned artists and classical opera.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, visitors can enjoy lilting operatic performances from Jorge D’Soria – a gifted tenor who sings in six languages including Italian, Spanish, Latin and French – and Salvador Padilla, a brilliant baritone who has performed around the world and won numerous awards for his vocal talent.
San Diego Fashion Week brings local and international designers together in an amazing destination
Fashion Week San Diego is the largest collaborative entertainment fashion event in San Diego that celebrates emerging designers by showcasing and highlighting the pulse of these entrepreneurs and what they are creating. It includes events like: The Art & Beauty Behind Fashion, Runway Shows and Trunk Show/Shopping Day.
Dance, drink, eat, shop and more at the free La Mesa Oktoberfest
The Munich celebration may have more than 150 years on us in San Diego, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to throw a party. Here’s where you can chug a hefty stein of lager, chow down on a Bratwurst and oom-pah-pah to your heart’s content this weekend:
Carlsbad Oktoberfest Where: Holiday Park – Chestnut Avenue and Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008 When: October 4, 2014 Cost: Free. Dinner – $10-$12
Julian Melodrama brings the mining town of old to life every October
The Julian Triangle Club is “fired up” for an all new Melodrama The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt or Always Wash your Long Johns ‘Cause it Makes a Lotta “Cents”. With so many miners in Julian during the gold rush, the laundries are doing a good business. Our hero, the young sheriff, Jack B Nimble, is in love with the orphan heroine, Sweet Sally, but every time he gets close he turns into a babbling fool. Will he ever conquer his shyness and propose to Sweet Sally?
The Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego features contemporary artists, fine craft, fashion and home décor artisans. This event brings together the essence of Southern California; beautiful San Diego weather, the Flavors of Old Town international foods, a wine tasting pavilion and continuous live entertainment.
Apple pies, live entertainment, children’s activities and more at the Julian Apple Days Festival
The highlight of the fall apple harvest is the Julian Apple Days Festival, a two-day celebration featuring apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, the coronation of Mr. and Mrs. Apple Days, and, of course, apple pie. The first 250 people through the gate (paid admission only) each day receive a free pie server.
Visitors and residents of San Diego are welcome to “Discover the Action” this year at the annual Pacific BeachFest. This one-day event is perfect for visitors looking to enjoy all that San Diego beaches have to offer. Whether traveling or walking from your house down the street, young, old or somewhere in between Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone!
This Eastern Pacific Green Sea Turtle is turning 5 and he is inviting you to join him in his birthday celebration.
Our Eastern Pacific Green Sea Turtles are turning 5 years old! The splashy sea turtles that we fondly call Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello will be 5 years old this October. Join us on Saturday, October 4th, as we give the boys special sea turtle celebration cakes, play fun turtle themed games, drop in on lunchtime story time, and, of course, have some yummy cake yourself.
The San Diego Night Market brings together a fusion of Asian street food, culture and entertainment within the bustling Convoy District, an emerging cultural, economic and innovation hub in central San Diego. The Market offers a spacious, open-air, evening-time urban experience, inspired by the lively Night Markets found in large cities throughout Asia. Don’t miss this exciting night that is unique to San Diego.
Fall in San Diego means warm days, cool nights, Halloween fun and, of course, pumpkin patches! Browse the list below to find the perfect pumpkin patch near you.
Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch
Acres of pumpkins await at Bates Nut Farm
Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center has been a Pumpkin Patch staple for as long as I can remember (the Bates family has owned the farm since 1921, and I have been going since the early 80s). Bates has plenty of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, tractor hayrides, a straw maze, pony rides and a petting zoo. Weekends at Bates include live entertainment from 12:00 to 3:00 PM, BBQ, kettle corn, food trucks, rock climb, bounce, slide and other family friendly events.
Where: 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA 92082 When: September 24 – October 31, 2014 Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Saturday-Sunday: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM Cost: Free Admission. Pumpkin and activity prices vary. > Find out more about Bate’s Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch
Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt
Pick an amazing pumpkin by the beach at Belmont Park’s Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt. While you’re there, bravely walk through the Boomont Manor (a kid-friendly haunted house and maze), play zombie laser tag, ride the spooky Giant Dipper and enter the costume contest on Saturdays. Don’t forget to bring the pumpkin pail for free trick-or-treating.
Where: 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109 When: October 3 – November 1, 2014 (Fridays-Sundays) Hours: Friday: 5:00 to 10:00 PM. Saturday-Sunday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Cost: Free admission. Haunted House, rides and laser tag have separate admission costs. > Find out more about the Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt
Your conductor is dying to take you to the Great Pumpkin’s Pumpkin Patch
Join in the fun aboard the Pumpkin Express at the historic Campo Depot and travel to the Great Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy the one hour train ride, then tour the Haunted Train, where each child gets to pick out his or her own pumpkin and decorate it inside the Display Building. Advance reservations are required and arrive at least 45 minutes before your departure time.
Where: The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum – 750 Depot Street, Campo, CA 91906 When: October 11-26, 2014 (Saturday-Sunday) Hours: Departures at 10:00 AM, 12:15 PM and 2:30 PM Cost: $5-$15 > Find out more about the Pumpkin Express
Farm Stand West’s Pumpkin Patch
Pick the perfect pumpkin straight from the field at Farm Stand West’s Pumpkin Patch
Get a true pumpkin picking experience by picking the perfect future jack-o-lantern straight from Farm Stand West’s pumpkin fields. Stop by over the weekend of October 25-26 between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM for the Annual Farm Stand Fall Harvest Festival & Boutique. Have fun on a hayride, pick up some delicious homemade jams and farm fresh produce, and shop from local artisans.
Take the family on a day trip to Julian for apple pie from Mom’s and pumpkins from the Julian Mining Company. Even more fall fun awaits with Indian Camp, Tomahawk throwing and farm animals. Upgrade to the Harvest tour and enjoy a hayride, fresh apple cider and an animal corral. In for a fright? Well then ride on the kid-friendly Night Time Spooky Hayride: Tale of the Doomed Miner through the pastures and fields and includes the tale of the doomed miner (you may even see his spirit wandering with a lantern in the distance). Spooky Hayrides are offered on October 18 and 25 at 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM. Reservations for the Spooky Hayride are required.
Up near the small mountain town of Ramona is the Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch. Take some time to find the perfect carving or cooking pumpkin, get lost in the gigantic corn maze, launch an ear of corn out of a cannon, pet a few farm animals and add a few pictures of the kids on antique farm equipment to the scrapbook.
A whole day of fun at Norris Amusements Pumpkin Patches
Norris Amusements has North County and South Bay covered with locations in Chula Vista and Oceanside. Both locations offers pumpkins and fun for the little ones with bounce houses, giant slides and obstacle courses. Go on Tuesdays for Wristband Tuesday and enjoy unlimited rides for one price.
Where: Chula Vista – 555 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Oceanside – 2205 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92054 When: October 1-31, 2014 Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Friday-Saturday: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM Cost: Varies, Ride Wristbands: $10-$25 > Find out more about Norris Amusements Pumpkin Patches
15th Annual Oma’s Pumpkin Patch
Over in Lakeside, Oma’s Pumpkin Patch is offering fun for the whole family. The child admission includes a Jack Patch pumpkin, a bottle of water, covered hay rides, a hay bale maze, petting corral, kid-powered games, sand pile with toy trucks & tractors, and a large play area with the climbable Cottonseed Mountain.
All aboard…one of the seven convenient Pumpkin Station locations (including the two actual farms) throughout San Diego County. At the Pumpkin Stations, kids can peruse for the perfect pumpkin while enjoying the kiddie rides, slides, inflatable play centers and petting zoo. At their two farms in Rancho Bernardo and Bonita, little pumpkin carvers will find a living pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm animals and a tractor-pulled haywagon ride.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum Fall Family Festival
Stop by the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum for hands-on education (don’t tell the kids), pumpkins and fun. The Fall Family Festival will feature live music by Hullabaloo, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, food, gardening workshops to educate children and families on current environmental and conservation issues, Halloween costume exchange, and other fun fall activities!
Bring something to help carry home your harvest at Suzie’s Farm Pumpkin Palooza.
Make a day of it in San Diego’s South Bay with pumpkin picking at Suzie’s Farm. Bring a wheelbarrow to carry home plenty of pumpkins for carving and cooking picked right from the fields, fresh produce, jams and more. During Pumpkin Palooza, enjoy live music and plenty of delicious food. Don’t forget the camera!
This weekend is going to be hot…and I am not just talking about the weather! Jet on down to San Diego for everything from classic cars burning rubber on Coronado to an actual Sriracha Sauce festival to more top things to do:
20th Annual San Diego Festival of Beer
Cheers! Sample beers from more than 60 breweries at the San Diego Festival of Beer
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary with the biggest and best festival yet! Inside will be food items and munchies for sale in addition to a selection of fine wines for purchase by the glass. Each ticket includes admission into the event, 10 (4 oz) beer tastes and the first 1,500 guests receive a free souvenir event logo tasting mug. Did you know the Festival is a cancer-fighting fundraiser? Yep, it is! And it’s raised over $550,000 to date!
Spend a warm summer evening enjoying music in the seaside village of Carlsbad
The Carlsbad Music Festival is an annual festival of “adventurous music by the beach” that features over 50 performances in 3 days in the seaside Village of Carlsbad. The Festival will include ticketed Mainstage Concerts all 3 days, a free Village Walk on Saturday, and free Concerts in the Park in Magee Park on Sunday.
Immerse yourself in the cultures of the South Pacific at the Pacific Islander of San Diego Festival
A free event that showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with continuous entertainment throughout the weekend. Held at Mission Bay’s Ski Beach, the event also features food, music and specialty crafts unique to each culture.
Feel the Need for Speed at the Coronado Speed Festival
Coronado Speed Festival features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts of all ages at one of the most distinctive race track locations – Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation. Nowhere else can you see a variety of cars racing on a live runway used by the U.S. Navy.
Remember that you are entering an active military base. As such, certain restrictions apply.
The first annual Imperial Avenue Street Festival is a multicultural street scene that will celebrate the rich history, arts and culture of the Greater Logan Heights community. The festival will also feature artists across genres – dance, music, and visual arts, whose work contributes to the contemporary and popular dialogue amongst San Diego’s Afro-Latino community.
Enjoy classic bluegrass and current western ballads at the Julian Music Festival
For the 45th year, Julian celebrates the end of summer with music. This year will offer a variety of music everyone will enjoy. Bluegrass to celebrate the roots of our festival, Western ballads to remember the past and current songwriter/singers we listen to on our MP3 players.
This chef-driven, all-inclusive, 21+ event from The Sriracha Cookbook and Food GPS spotlights the world’s most iconic hot sauce at a unique, historical venue. Multiple stations allow guests to enjoy a variety of Sriracha-themed dishes, including desserts, at their own pace. Local craft beer, cocktails, sodas, iced coffee and iced tea help tame the heat while a live DJ set helps create a fun and unforgettable food and drink experience.
The 19th Annual Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest will feature The Bluebirds a German-American Band, Bavarian dancers and a street craft faire featuring over 200 vendors, including artisans with unusual arts and craft items. The family food and refreshment tent will be serving authentic German food and beers from national & local breweries.
Leave the cooking to someone else and join over 140,000 diners in the celebration of Restaurant Week and indulge in discounted prix fixe menus including two-course lunches priced at $10, $15, and $20 and three-course dinners are $25, $35, or $45. No tickets necessary for this event, just make reservations for any of the participating locations, show up, choose from their prix-fixe menu and let your taste buds enjoy!
As summer starts to wind down, things are only heating up here in San Diego! Especially this upcoming weekend jampacked with these fun and family friendly top things to do.
Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest
Pick apples straight from the tree or enjoy the freshest apple pies durian the Julian Apple Harvest
Revel in the fall foliage and delight in succulent apples September through mid-October (or when apples are gone) during the Julian Apple Harvest when Julian celebrates the award-winning apples that helped it prosper after a short-lived gold rush in the late 1800s. Located only 45 minutes northeast of San Diego, this charming and historic mountain town offers homemade apple pie, apple cider, art shows and entertainment during this favorite time of year.
Immerse yourself in the dance of the Kumeyaay Nation at the Sycuan PowWow
What is a Pow-Wow? Originally a Pow-Wow or “celebration” as it was once called, was held in the spring to welcome the beginnings of life. It was a time for people to get together, sing, dance, renew old friendships and make new ones, and a time for young people to meet and court.
Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children’s activities and more for the entire family. The church grounds are transformed into a quaint Greek village atmosphere where you can experience: marketplace bazaar, food & beverage, live music & Greek dancing – Opa!, church tours, live auctions, a car drawing, and warm Greek hospitality.
Enjoy live blues next to the beautiful blue waters of the bay at the San Diego Blues Festival
The annual AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival will feature members of the Blues Hall of Fame, Grammy Award winners and many other blues acts. All proceeds benefit the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank to fight under in San Diego County.
Fiesta de Kustom Kulture – Car, Bike & Low Brow Art Show
Revving up in the heart of historic Old Town San Diego, Kustom Kulture brings together pre ’72 hot rods, street rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles! Hot Dog Kustoms “Artist Alley” featuring world-famous pinstripers and lowbrow artists. Live Music-Charity Art Auction, Trophy presentation, raffle & more!
Explore exquisite gardens during the Coronado MainStreet Garden Party
During the Annual Coronado MainStreet Garden Party, visitors will enjoy entertainment, silent auction & raffle prizes, tastings from Coronado restaurants, and no-host cocktails, wine tasting & Coronado Brewing Company Beers.
This is touted as the largest Brazilian festival on the West Coast. A free, fun and family friendly festival, activities include a street fair with over 150 vendors, food court, kids zone and carnaval parade complete with floats. Music from Brazil is the sound for the day with 2 stages for bands and performing groups.
Cap off the perfect summer by spending Labor Day weekend in San Diego enjoying the warm weather, cool beaches and everything the city has to offer including tall ship cannon battles, amazing sandcastles, 1812 Overture with fireworks and more.
US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition
Watch silica be turned into works of art the Labor Day weekend at the US Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Exposition
Hundreds of thousands have come each year to see master-class sculptors build beautiful 3-dimensional works of art. Now many of the world”s finest artists will come to create the most amazing sculptures ever. And they”ll do it on a unique site with our beautiful bay on the West and downtown”s sandcastles in the sky on the East. Just 2 blocks North lie the world”s tall ships in all their majesty, and out on the bay, the ships sail with full regalia and recreate cannon battles of yore. It”s a 4-day extravaganza for the whole family.
Hear the roar of canons and more at the Festival of Sail on San Diego”s Embarcadero
Festival of Sail is the largest Tall Ship festival on the west coast, transforming the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for 4 adventure filled days. Daily Activities during Festival of Sail include visiting ships and crew, kids petting zoo, kids craft activities, face painting, Tall ship cannon battles, a special 30 minute Festival of Sail bay cruise, beer garden, on stage entertainment, Naval reenactors, photo ops with Captain Sunny and Pirates, and 100″s of arts and craft vendors, plus a multitude of food options, and so much more!
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Summer Pops – 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular
San Diego Symphony Summer Pops pairs music with the beautiful downtown skyline.
Celebrate your casino online Labor Day Weekend with family, friends and the San Diego Symphony! It”s our spectacular, crowd-pleasing finale: Tchaikovsky”s thunderous 1812 Overture! The entire Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 (as performed by upcoming young Texan Adam Golka) will be featured on this soaring evening complete with booming cannons and fireworks over San Diego Bay.
This Labor Day Weekend, join fellow bacon lovers for a festival all about…well…bacon!
Join fellow bacon lovers on International Bacon Day (yes, it”s a real day) for another day in the sun eating the best thing to ever happen to man. Bacon. Costumes are encouraged. A ticket grants you unlimited samples of delicious bacon concoctions and adult beverages. Where: NTC Park at Liberty Station – 2600 Cushing Road, San Diego CA 92106 When: August 30, 2014 Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM Cost: $60-$100 > Find out more about the Hormel Black Label Bacon Fest
Live Summer Music
Enjoy live music and warm evenings during one of San Diego”s free summer concerts. Photo courtesy of the Spreckels Organ Society
The nights are still warm and the stages are still hot as both local and international bands play amazing live music at venues throughout San Diego.
San Diego will be full of super heroes, movie stars, and plenty of comic book fans all enjoying Comic-Con and these top things to do this weekend.
Comic-Con – Inside and Outside of the Convention Center
Meer your super heroes at Comic-Con International
Even if you don’t have a Comic-Con ticket, the Gaslamp Quarter and Downtown will host plenty of badge-free events revolving around comics, pop culture, amazing cosplay, movies, tv shows, video games, and more.
La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival is the first international fashion film festival founded in North America. The worldwide gathering of the fashion film community. Part New York Fashion Week, part Cannes Film Festival, La Jolla brings together fashionistas and industry players from around the world to meet, network, make new friends, and watch the best in global fashion film production. Hundreds of fashion filmmakers from around the world will be in attendance, packing a theater of 500 seats and be enthralled by the top 1% of fashion films produced worldwide.
Start off Saturday with the Pine Valley Days Parade
For the past 43 years, Pine Valley Days has been a great time for families to get together and enjoy Pine Valley. The fun kicks off Friday with the famous Deep Pit BBQ followed by dancing and live music. Wake up early on Saturday morning for the 2 hour parade down old Highway 80 followed by a festival including bouncies for kids, rock climbing wall, music, horse shoe tournament, marketplace with over 30 vendors, and food.
Step back in time and explore San Diego’s history at the Old Town State Historic Park
San Diego’s military history stretches back to its settlement in 1769. See historic uniforms, weapons, and hear their stories. A Taste of the Past August 2nd Learn about early San Diego through the foods they ate, both local and exotic. Days of the Vaqueros August 9th See vaqueros-the original cowboys-ride, rope, and talk of life on the ranchos.
Sample on more than 100 craft beers while cheering on the Del Mar Races.
Sample more than 100 different craft brews during the Del Mar Racetrack Beer Fest held in the Seaside Concert area West of the Grandstand. DJ’s will be playing music throughout the day. Pair your beer with several Gourmet Food Truck offerings.Brewery reps will be on hand to answer questions about their brewery and beers plus check out cool beer merchandise and much more during the Fest.
Enjoy live music and warm evenings during one of San Diego’s free summer concerts. Photo courtesy of the Spreckels Organ Society
Free twilight summer concerts have become summertime traditions in neighborhoods throughout San Diego County. They’re an opportunity for visitors, locals and their families to socialize, picnic, enjoy music together – and maybe even dance as the sun sets on another perfect San Diego summer day.
Here’s a sampling of what will be staged during the free summer concerts of 2014:
The Point Loma Summer Concert Series opens July 11 with the Mighty Untouchables and continues on consecutive Fridays through August 8 when Detroit Underground takes the stage. Shows run 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Pack a picnic or buy food at the venue. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and Frisbees to Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Blvd.
Pacific Beach Concerts on the Green are set for Sundays July 20 through August 10. Shows run from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at Kate Sessions Park (Lamont Street, just north of Beryl). Bring your own food and drink.
Balboa Park’s Twilight in the Park concert series kicks off at 6:15 PM June 17 and continues on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 28 at the park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion. The hour-long shows feature everything from classical music to R&B.
Enjoy organ music? The International Summer Organ Festival features top organists from around the world. Showtime is 7:30 – 9:30 PM on Mondays, June 23 through Aug. 25, at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion.
The Bird Park Concert Series in North Park opens June 14 with the Bill Magee Blues Band. More concerts are scheduled June 28 (folk), July 12 (indie rock), July 26 (country) and August 9 (Zydeco). All shows run 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Bird Park is at 28th and Thorn streets.
Del Mar’s Summer Twilight Concerts are set for Powerhouse Park, overlooking the Pacific, at 1600 Coast Blvd. The series begins June 17 with Rockola, followed by Back to the Garden on July 1, the Heroes on July 22, Haute Chile on August 12 and Sully and the Blue Eyed Soul Band on September 7. Show time is 7:00 PM, with pre-show entertainment beginning at 6:00 PM.
Carlsbad’s TGIF Concerts in the Park is staged at four community parks. The 29th season opens at Stagecoach Park (3420 Camino de los Coches), with concerts on June 27, July 4. The party moves to Alga Norte Community Park (6565 Alicante Road) for concerts on July 11 and 18. Then it’s on to Poinsettia Park (6600 Hidden Valley Road) for concerts on July 25, August 1 and 8. The season closes at Calavera Hills Park (2997 Glasgow Drive) with concerts on Aug. 15 and 22. Showtime is 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Wear your dancing shoes.
El Cajon’s Dinner & a Concert series is set for 6:00 to 8:00 PM Fridays through September 26 on the Prescott Promenade near East Main Street and Rea Avenue in downtown El Cajon. The family oriented venue is smoke-, alcohol- and dog-free. No need to pack a picnic; about a dozen restaurants edge the promenade, offering on-the-spot dining or picnics to go.
Santee’s Free Summer Concerts are scheduled 6:30 to 8:30 PM on Thursdays, June 19 through August 28. (except July 3) at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive in Santee. The Catillacs will open the series. Picnics are welcome, but know that food trucks rally nearby.
From classic airplanes soaring overhead in East County to sail boats racing across the Big Bay, there is a ton of top things to do this weekend in San Diego.
Samuel Adams Brew & View
Nothing like a night under the stars with a tasty craft beer and a great movie.
Join us for Samuel Adams Brew & View, an epic summer party with cold Sam Adams beer, lawn games, food trucks, and live music! When the sun goes down, Wedding Crashers will start-up on an HD screen for a hilarious movie night under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and friends, and plan to stay awhile!
See beauties like Lady Alice (a P-51) soar high above at Air Show San Diego
Formerly known as Wings Over Gillespie, Air Show San Diego in San Diego’s East County features a representative collection of historic aircraft, amazing aerobatics, military re-enactors, paratroopers, and exciting mock battles. In addition to everything happening in the air and on Gillespie Field’s runway, Air Show San Diego also boasts a fun kids zone, amusement rides, education displays, a variety of foods and beverages, and a beer garden.
Get ready for rides, music and deep-fried-goodness at the San Diego County fair
San Diego’s annual county fair is the largest fair in California, offering a variety of food, entertainment, exhibits, rides & games throughout the beautiful and historical Del Mar Fairgrounds in the oceanfront village of Del Mar.
This year’s Ultimate Indulgence is the Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger with Bacon.
Make sure you go for a 20 mile run before you indulge on the Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger at the San Diego County Fair
The 3rd annual VC Music Festival features the Kansas City Barbecue Cook-off in addition to the beer and wine garden, 12 bands on 3 stages, door prizes, silent auction and more. Invite your friends, bring your beach chairs and blankets, come enjoy some live music and good food on the farm!
You never know what you are going to see at Art Around Adams
A free and family friendly event, Art Around Adams will showcasing nine performance areas (including the “Kensington Kids Zone,” now in its sophomore year) featuring music, performance art, community murals, circus performers, dance, theatre, projection art, intergalactic superhero wrestling, and comedians on the events very own “Comedy Trolley.”
Rock out in San Marcos with eight amazing bands and plenty of mouth-watering BBQ.
San Marcos will be rocking this weekend with eight phenomenal bands, local craft beer and mouth-water BBQ. On Friday, Phil’s BBQ will be running the grills followed by a BBQ Competition on Sunday with smoked pork ribs, smoked tri-tip, smoked chickens, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled burgers and bratwurst.
Where: Walnut Creek Park – 1950 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069 When: June 6-7, 2014 Cost: $5-$20
Find out more about the San Marcos Rock, Blues & BBQ Festival
2014 San Diego Bay Beer Can Series
Catch the excitement of the San Diego Bay Beer Cans Race Series from Harbor Island. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Sinclair.
Befitting San Diego’s role as the home of the best and most competitive sailing in the world, the annual Beer Cans Summer Series is one of the largest annual sailing events in Southern California, with more than a hundred sailboats of different sizes and handicaps taking to San Diego Bay each Wednesday throughout the summer.
Start planning your weekend in San Diego with these top things to do ranging from gold mining in East County to a waterfront festival all about bacon.
Tower After Hours: World Cup Brazil
The Museum of Man is bringing the World Cup and Brazil to the museum with soccer demonstrations, performances of music and dance, and the vibrant flavors of traditional Brazilian fare at Tower After Hours: World Cup Brazil!
Billed as the ultimate food festival for bacon lovers everywhere, Bacon & Barrels is an all-day festival showcasing local chefs’ most imaginative recipes incorporating bacon, and highlights the best artisan and craft barrel beverages such as bourbon, beer, wine, and scotch.
Concerts and More at the Fiesta del Sol in Solana Beach. Photo courtesy of Daniel Knighton
An annual family and community event in Solana Beach featuring stellar live music, an arts & crafts fair, children’s activities, an international food court, and a beer & wine garden. The Fiesta del Sol features a special area just for kids with rides, games and hands-on activities.
The mission of FilmOut San Diego is to enlighten, educate, and entertain the communities of San Diego County & beyond through the exhibition of LGBT-themed films. FilmOut San Diego seeks to recognize, promote, celebrate and support the important diverse artistic contributions LGBT filmmakers make to our community.
Get out and cheer on the marathoners and half-marathoners
Rock out at the annual Rock N Roll Marathon! The annual Rock n’ Roll Marathon sprints into San Diego. This 26.2 mile marathon and 13.1 mile half-marathon features live music lining the streets, cheer squads, and a huge post-marathon concert to end the race with a bang.