Robert Arends

Make tracks for San Diego’s East County Museums

The Western art of Olaf Wieghorst

San Diego Museum Month is in full swing (1/2 price admission to 40 participating museums!) and there’s no better time to explore some lesser-known museum jewels in the San Diego’s East County communities. They may not be the biggest cultural institutions on the map, but they’re certainly some of the most charming and a great way to discover the Wild West heritage of our rustic backcountry.

Following are my Top 5 Favorite East County museums: Continue reading


5 to Try This Weekend

art walk - where you're sure to have an art attack

  1. One of my favorite annual events, the Mission Federal Art Walk in Little Italy, will fill the streets with arts and entertainment this Saturday and Sunday.  Among the multiple works of art will be live musicdelicious food and beverages, vendor booths and fun activities for kids and families.  The FREE event takes place from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. both days.
  2. This weekend the old-west comes to San Diego for Western     Week(end) at the Del Mar National Horse Show, one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the U.S.  The event starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday in Horsepark at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and tickets are $10 per person. You can also stay late on Saturday night for the Night of the Horse event at 7 p.m. where riders will perform an 1814 rendition of The American Circus; tickets to this event are $18 for adults and $10 for children 12 years and younger.
  3. If the horse show wasn’t enough excitement, then grab your cowboy hats and giddy up for the 46th Annual Lakeside Rodeo. This annual event has grown from a small-town event to a nationally recognized rodeo and takes place at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds in San Diego’s East County.  There are two shows on Saturday: 2p.m. and 7 p.m.; and a 2 p.m. show on Sunday.  Ticket prices range from $5 – $20 for adults and children.
  4. This Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. is the 25th Annual Linda Vista Fair on the 6900 block of Linda Vista Road. The FREE event promotes cultural awareness and understanding with multiple exhibits, a film festival, ethnic food and amazing artistic performances.  Highlights of the fair will include the World Arts Village with colorful live performances; the Kids Zone with pony rides, magicians, face painting and more; the Teen Spot with hourly entertainment, rappers, street dancing and DJ music; and an 11 a.m. parade.
  5. This Saturday and Sunday is the Annual San Diego Adams Avenue Roots Festival along Adams Avenue and in Adams Park in University Heights.  This FREE event will feature live music performances on multiple stages, beer gardens, a diversity of food, street buskers and hundreds of vendors and craft booths.  The festival takes place from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.