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San Diego County Fair   June 2-July 4
“Where the West Is Fun” There’s a new sheriff in town and it’s you, Pardner. Grab your cowboy hat, pull on your boots, and ride on over to this year’s San Diego County Fair as we celebrate the legendary rough-and-tumble Wild, Wild West.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 858-755-1161 /

Moonlight Cultural Foundation – “Under the Sea” Gala   June 3
The premier nonprofit arts foundation supporting North County San Diego, will host their annual summer gala. Guests will enjoy a gourmet sit down dinner, silent and live auctions, and top-notch entertainment courtesy of Moonlight Stage Productions.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista
Contact: 760-630-7650 /

Encinitas Rotary Wine & Food Festival   June 3
Tickets include entrance into the event where you can sample fine wines and beverages, taste the best dishes and desserts from our local restaurants & caterers, and enjoy live music.
Time/Place: 5-8pm / Encinitas Ranch Golf Course
Contact: 760-753-1977 /

Sam Hinton Folk Festival   June 3
This wonderful outdoor event will feature musical performances, musical workshops, group jams and an open mic stage. A great variety of folk music will be offered including Bluegrass, Olde Time, Irish music, and much more.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Old Poway Park
Contact: 858-6613-0858 /

CSU San Marcos Monopoly Gala   June 3
Dining, dancing, casino games and entertainment at our annual black-tie gala! Proceeds from the evening support research, student programming and faculty professional development.
Time/Place: 6-11pm / CSU San Marcos
Contact: 760-750-4408 /

La Mesa Flag Day Parade   June 3
“A Salute to Old Glory” Grand Marshal: La Mesa Lumber.
Time/Place: 10am-12pm / La Mesa Village
Contact: 619-667-1300 /

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon, Half, 5K and Relay  June 3-4
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.
Contact: 800-311-1255 /

Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show   June 3-4
Beautiful mineral specimens, cut gems, gem rough, fossils and eye catching jewelry made from gems and minerals may be purchased.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm / California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Fallbrook Open Tennis Tournament   June 3-4 & 10-11
Benefits The Boys & Girls Club of North County. Up to $3000 prize money for the open divisions.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Fallbrook Tennis Club
Contact: 760-728-1100 /

San Diego Kidney Walk   June 4
The nation’s largest event to raise awareness of kidney disease and raise funds to support lifesaving programs for patients, their families, and those at risk.
Time/Place: 9am / NTC Park, Liberty Station
Contact: 818-783-8153 /

Golf for Wildlife Tournament  June 4
This 18-hole golf event to promote public awareness and contributes to local and global conservation efforts through fundraising and scholarships.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Coronado Golf Course
Contact: 603-689-5497 /

State Beach Classic   June 4
Annual surf contest is also a Tribute to Banning Capps. Bringing the entire community together for a day of family fun, organizers Ulises Thomas and Phil Antonopoulos created the event as a tribute to local professional surfer Banning Capps.
Time/Place: Tamarack Beach, Carlsbad
Contact: 760-908-0235 /

America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16   June 7
A star-studded forum of astronauts and mission control directors will share in-depth personal experiences from NASA’s legendary Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs with Museum guests during a rare special event.
Time/Place: 5:30-10pm / San Diego Air & Space Museum
Contact: 619-234-8291 x111 /

San Diego Greek Festival   June 9-11
This annual gathering offers a variety of Greek cuisine, handmade pastries, and traditional Greek coffee, all within the festive atmosphere of music and dance.
Time/Place: Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-8pm / St. Spyrdion Greek Orthodox Church: 3655 Park Blvd.
Contact: 619-297-4165 /

San Marcos Summer Music Fest   June 10
Featuring local craft brews. Family Lawn Games including cornhole, badminton, table tennis, soccer ball croquet and more. Food and beverage will be sold.
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Walnut Grove Park

Veterans Park Flag Retirement Ceremony   June 10
Hosted by The Poway Veterans Park Committee in partnership with the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 70; the Veterans of Foreign War; the Elks Lodge; and the American Legion. Flags may be dropped off between the hours of 8:30-11am.
Time/Place: 10am / Veterans Park, Poway

“MOW”TOWN Gala & Chef Appetizer Challenge   June 10
Meals on Wheels San Diego County’s largest annual fundraiser. Includes a full course meal, an open bar and experiential live auction items that cannot be found elsewhere.
Time/Place: 5:30pm / Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Contact: 619-260-6110 /

South Bay Sustainability Fair   June 10
Free event that promotes programs, products, and services to help you make a positive impact on the environment.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / National City Chamber of Commerce

Filipino American Cultural Celebration   June 10
This is a FREE family friendly event with a costume show, food vendors and much more.
Time/Place: 12-7pm / Oceanside Civic Center Plaza & Library
Contact: 760-435-5600 /

Global Wellness Day Bike Ride   June 10
Free day of wellness activities, followed by our Friends & Family 5k Bike Ride. We kick-off the day at IB Pier Plaza with a yoga-inspired stretch, delicious food options, and fitness activities.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Portwood Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach
Contact: 619-621-5900 /

Fido Fest   June 10
Dog adoptions, exhibitors, giveaways & fun, discounted vaccinations, microchipping, dog licensing and heartworm & flea preventatives provided by San Diego County Animal Control, demonstrations, entertainment and silent auction.
Time/Place: 9am-1pm / Town Center Community Park East, Santee

Julian Backcountry Dance and BBQ   June 10
The “Dance” has featured the best in country music and dancing on the huge floor and stage built by the Sons of the American Legion, Julian. Fabulous BBQ has been a keystone of the event with all the food cooked on-site.
Time/Place: 2-10pm / Menghini Winery: 1150 Julian Orchard Drive

Mud Run – 5k and 10K   June 10-11
The obstacles in our run are all military inspired and include running through combat town complete with US Marine Corps vehicles and our very own United States Marines who are there to motivate you through this course.
Time/Place: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Chula Vista Summer Sundays   June 11, 18 & 25
Free musical performance every Sunday. Free photo booth complete with fun props and a free photo strip of the experience. Free merchant samples including food and other giveaways will also be offered.
Time/Place: 5-7pm / Village Walk at EastLake

Taste of La Mesa   June 12
Eat your heart out with tastings from many local restaurants!
Time/Place: 5-8pm / La Mesa Community Center
Contact: 619-465-7700 x1 /

Salute to Education   June 13
Come join Rancho Santa Fe Security, Denise Mueller and the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce in saluting teachers and students in the community.
Time/Place: 5:30-7:30pm / 1991 Village Park Way, Encinitas
Contact: 760-697-9864 /

Taste of Little Italy   June 14
Stroll the sidewalks of Little Italy enjoying live music on and taste offerings from dozens of popular restaurants.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Streets of Little Italy, San Diego
Contact: 619-233-3898 /

Cooper Family’s Juneteenth Celebration    June 17
Healing the Community Street Fair that commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. Joyous celebrations, guest speakers, music, and dance performances and family gatherings.
Time/Place: 10:30am-5pm / Imperial Avenue, San Diego
Contact: 619-788-2898 /

Wine, Brews and Blues Festival   June 17
Wine and handcrafted beer tastings, tasty bites from local restaurants, silent auction, dancing and live music.
Time/Place: 5:30-10pm / California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Fairy Festival   June 17
Kids dress up and enjoy fairy crafts, face painting, a fairyland market, enchanted butterfly garden, pizza, and Italian Ice.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
Contact: 760-436-3036 /

Low Tide Ride & Stride   June 17
Coronado Rotary Club will hold an 8.2 mile run, walk or bike down the beautiful beach. At the end of the race is a fun, family oriented party with kids games, music and giveaways.
Time/Place: 9am / Camp Surf YMCA, Imperial Beach
Contact: 619-435-8334 /

Tony Gwynn 5.5K Run & Walk   June 17
AleSmith Brewing Company will be hosting a 5.5 kilometer walk/run to pay tribute to Tony Gwyn. Nicknamed “Mr. Padre” for his unfaltering commitment to his hometown.
Time/Place: 8am / 9990 AleSmith Ct., San Diego

Walk For Sobriety   June 17
The Walk is an opportunity to bring help and hope to thousands of individuals and families braving the unforgiving cycle of addiction. Tommy Sablan will serve as emcee.
Time/Place: 8am / NTC Park, Liberty Station
Contact: 619-442-0277 x108 /

Taste of Gaslamp   June 17
The Gaslamp Quarter will be showcasing the excellent dining options available in our vibrant district.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

80th Anniversary of Lamplighters Theatre   June 21
Great hors d’ oeuvres and beverages will be served. Raffles will be held to enhance the evening.
Time/Place: 5:30-7pm / 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa
619-465-7700 x2 /

Summer Fun on the 101   June 24-25
Starts on Saturday with a concert at Leucadia Roadside Park that is free and open to the whole community. Sunday will be the music walk to support local businesses.
Time/Place: Sat 11am-7:30pm, Sun 11am-5pm / Leucadia
Contact: 760-436-2320 /

Photo Credit: Sunset Pier #7 ID 46857957 © Scott Jones |  Scripps Pier


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More Than Pink   Through May 31
Donate $10 to Susan G. Komen and receive a special discount card offering 15-25% off one item at participating retailers.
Time/Place: 12pm / Fashion Valley Mall

MS Golf Invitational   May 1
Come join us at this esteemed golf tournament featuring premier tee prizes, silent and live auction, lunch, on-course contests, hosted reception, gourmet dinner and player awards.
Time/Place: 10am / La Jolla Country Club: 7301 High Ave.

Small Business Expo, Awards, And Mixer   May 2
The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce annually honors our region’s small businesses for their significant contributions.
Time/Place: 3:30-7:30pm / Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Contact: 619-544-1343 /

Fiesta Cinco De Mayo Old Town   May 5-7
This celebration attracts over 100,000 people with its bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling, and a huge display of lowriders!
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Old Town, San Diego

Serra Mesa Spring Craft Fair   May 6
Over 50 vendors with handmade and artesian items, Fair Trade, vintage. Something for everyone and every budget.
Time/Place: 10am / City View Church San Diego: 8404 Phyllis Pl.
Contact: 858-560-1870 /

Asian Cultural Festival   May 6
Martial arts, ethnic dances, cultural exhibitions, entertainment, games, and of course, food!
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Mira Mesa Community Park: 8575 New Salem St.

LakeFest   May 6
The whole family is invited to attend this all-ages event that features live bands, craft beer, kid’s activities and great food.
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Mountain Hawk Park: 1475 Lake Crest Dr., Chula Vista

Horses, Hats & Hope   May 6
A Kentucky Derby Party benefiting REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program & The Foundation for Senior Care.
Time/Place: 12-4pm / 4461 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook
Contact: 760-731-9168 /

Bikes Boards and Brews   May 6
Participants will enjoy tasters from San Diego’s best Craft Brewers, food pairings from local Pacific Beach Restaurants, a bike show, local artists and more.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Crown Point, Mission Bay Park
Contact: 858-273-3303 /

Rhythm & Brews Fest   May 6
The San Diego Brewers Guild’s Rhythm & Brews music and craft beer festival will pair many of the country’s most celebrated craft breweries with local musicians.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Historic Downtown Vista Village

Escondido Renaissance Faire   May 6-7
Our goal is to educate and entertain guests young and old, about the life back in the Elizabethan Era. From battles on the field, to having a drink at the pub, to browsing through our many vendors, or watching the variety of shows.
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Felicita Park
Contact: 805-665-0359 /

Girls on the Run Spring 5k   May 7
More than 500 girls ages 8-14, will celebrate their “girl power” by running 3.1 miles with their coaches, families, friends, teachers and community members.
Time/Place: 8:30am / Crown Point Park, Mission Bay
Contact: 619-816-6991 /

Carlsbad Village Street Faire   May 7
The streets will come alive with the sights and smells of fair-time as 800 vendors set up unique booths, fairgoers search for handmade gifts, try mouthwatering foods, and have some fun in the sun. 
Time/Place: 8am-5pm / Grand Avenue

Bark in the Park   May 7
Dog Contest: Smallest Dog, Biggest Dog, Best Trick and Owner-Pet Look Alike.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / La Colonia Park, Solana Beach
Contact: 858-720-2400 /

Miracle Babies 5K and Kids Festival  May 7
Dress up as your favorite hero! Kid Zone, Family Resource Fair, vendors, food trucks and exotic cars. Participants are encouraged to fundraise to help raise funds for NICU families.
Time/Place: 8am-1pm / NTC Park, Liberty Station

San Diego Surf Film Festival   May 10-13
Over 25 of the finest international surf films.
Time/Place: Misfit Pictures HQ: 565 Pearl Street #100, La Jolla

Ignite San Diego   May 11
Showcases the community’s movers, shakers, creators, thinkers, innovators, doers and dreamers.
Time/Place: 6pm / The McMillin Center – Liberty Station: 2875 Dewey Rd.

Mama’s Day Benefiting Mama’s Kitchen   May 12
Features more than 55 chefs from San Diego’s finest restaurants, hotels and catering companies.
Time/Place: 6:30pm / Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
Contact: 619-233-6262 /

East County Senior Health & Info Fair   May 12
Join us at this free event and receive free health screenings, health and community resources and much more!
Time/Place: 10am-1pm / La Mesa Community Center
Contact: 619-667-1322 /

Surfrider Foundation Art Gala & Auction   May 12
Silent and live auctions, an exclusive fashion show by Fashion Week San Diego®, a delectable menu designed by Executive Chef JoJo Ruiz of Lionfish, and music by DJ Hevrock.
Time/Place: 6pm / Paradise Point Resort: 1404 Vacation Rd.
Contact: 858-622-9661 /

Cycle EastLake & Run   May 13
1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K Super Hero Family Roll & Roll, 25 Mile Marty Garcia Memorial Ride, or our 18 Mile Mountain Bike & Poker Ride! Benefiting EastLake Educational Foundation.
Time/Place: 6:30am / EastLake Middle School, Chula Vista
Contact: 619-997-6470 /

Avenue Amps & Ales   May 13
An overflow of craft breweries, live bands and good eats.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Memorial Park – Third Avenue, Chula Vista

Touch A Truck 2017   May 13
Car show for kids where sitting in the driver’s seat is part of the deal. Star Wars & Marvel characters, play laser tag, build a rocket, go on a scavenger hunt, and eat from a food truck.
Time/Place: 11am-3pm / Pacific Trails Middle School, San Diego
Contact: 858-621-3473 /

Balboa Park Pow Wow   May 13-14
The San Diego American Indian Health Center’s Annual Balboa Park Pow Wow is a cultural event that showcases the heritage and traditions of American Indians.
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Balboa Park
Contact: 619-234-1521 /

La Mesa Rocks   May 19
Delicious Food, Live & Silent Auction! Cocktail Attire. Live Music by Disappointing Joseph. Benefiting the La Mesa Parks and Recreation.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / La Mesa Community Center
Contact: 619-667-1319 /

Festival of the Arts   May 20
This celebration of the historic North Park neighborhood is a free art and live music festival that also highlights the local craft beer and food community.
Time/Place: 11am-10pm / North Park 9-Block Festival
Contact: 619-294-2501 /

Bowling for Rhinos   May 20
The American Association of Zoo Keepers San Diego Chapter will be hosting their Bowling for Rhinos bowl-a-thon fundraiser benefitting rhino conservation.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Kearny Mesa Bowl: 7585 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

America on Main Street   May 20
“Come Play For The Day” theme. Come join us as we have fun in the sun and salute our Veterans at this annual event. Admission is FREE!
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Downtown El Cajon
Contact: 619-873-1641 /

Bench Party with Fern Street Circus   May 20
Attendees will be entertained with puppets, jugglers, aerialists, and much more.  Attendees will also have a chance to test out their own circus skills in an interactive workshop in tightwire, hooping and puppetry. FREE FOOD and refreshments will be available.
Time/Place: 12-2pm / Bayside Park, Chula Vista

Wild in the Country 2017   May 20
“Casino Royale at the Ranch” will feature a live and silent auction, catered meal, opportunity drawing, live music, casino games and entertainment for the whole family!
Time/Place: 3-7pm / Lions Tigers & Bears: 24402 Martin Way, Alpine
Contact: 619-659-8078 /

Tails on the Trails Charity Walk   May 20
There will be pet vendors, therapy dog groups, dog adoptions, music, food, games, and K-9 demonstrations.
Time/Place: 8am-1pm / Mance Buchanon Park, Oceanside
Contact: 760-940-5708 /

Community Band Festival   May 20-21
Listen to bands that will offer a wide variety musical genres from blue grass ensembles to full concert bands.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-7:30pm, Sun 11am-7:30pm / Old Poway Park
Contact: 858-668-4576 /

Relay for Life El Cajon   May 20-21
The signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Time/Place: 9am-9am / El Cajon Valley High School
Contact: 619-682-7412 /

Fiesta Del Sol   May 20-21
A diverse musical showcase providing continuous live music; an array of arts and crafts exhibits; an area just for kids with rides, games and hands-on activities; gourmet food trucks.
Time/Place: 9am-9pm / Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
Contact: 858-755-4775 /

Bay Bridge Run/Walk   May 21
Participants head east to National Avenue, then up and over the Coronado Bay Bridge. The race finishes in Tidelands Park.
Time/Place: 8am / One Park Blvd.
858-848-5786 /

Valley Center Rodeo & Festival   May 26-28
Vendors, western arts & crafts, food booths, live bands, a horseshoe tournament, beer gardens and more. Head to the rodeo grandstands for a full rodeo event lineup.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Valley Center Community Center

Aquatic Adventures by the Bay   May 27
Youth fishing, kayaking, rowing, bounce houses, scavenger hunt, obstacle courses, face painting, arts & crafts, entertainment, food & beverage concessions.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Pepper Park, National City
Contact: 619-336-4290 /

Vista Strawberry Fest   May 28
Live entertainment on multiple stages, bands & local craft brews all day long in the beer garden. Carnival rides & 300+ vendors. Prizes galore!
Time/Place: 7am-4pm / Downtown Vista
Contact: 760-726-1122 /

Solana Beach Memorial Day Ceremony   May 29
Camp Pendleton Young Marines Color Guard, Santa Fe Christian School Band, “Feathers from Heaven” doves, City Dignitaries and a special guest speaker.
Time/Place: 11am-12pm / Veterans Honor Courtyard at La Colonia Park
Contact: 858-720-2453 /

Photo Credit:  Surfer at Sunset, La Jolla shores ID 7021345 © Sburel |


April, May, June 2017 From The Front Porch Journal

Could this porch be any cuter?  We found this charmer in Mission Hills just down the street from the business district with all of it’s great restaurants and shopping.  Make sure to read all about it in “On Our Porch”.

Inside this issue of “From the Front Porch Journal” you will find info on why buyers should be careful when purchasing a For Sale By Owner Home from Carolyn Plummer at Amerifirst.  Rosemary Joles of the JOLES group and Bennion Deville Homes, is taking San Diego County buyer’s through the process of purchasing a home. Lisa Vasey of Staged Today Sold Tomorrow is sharing how to pick flooring for your home.  The Nibbler’s Digest reviews Snooze located in Del Mar and Hillcrest.  Can we say YUM! The American palate is discussed by Beth Fraitag of Quigley Fine Wines.  Beth Taylor of Taylor Made Travel picks the top destinations to travel in 2017.  Gail and Jim Hallemeyer of Upcycled Home and Garden show you how to upcycle old wire lampshades, glass bowls and metal structures into new lighting.  Susanne Romo of Farmer’s Insurance discusses water damage in the home and what a homeowners responsibilities are. Plus there’s calendars for music, theatre, San Diego activities and so much more.  So grab that favorite beverage and have a read by clicking on the cover photo above.


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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

San Diego Zoo Butterfly Hidden Jungle
March 11-April 23

The Flower Field of Carlsbad California
March – May

Balboa Park
Year Round – Seven Major Gardens

Ironman 70.3
April 1

San Diego Tartan Day
April 1

Carlsbad 5000
April 2

Poway Spring Festival
April 2

La Jolla Concourse d’Elegance
April 7-9

Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon
April 8

San Diego Botanic Gardens ArtFest 2017
April 8-9

Coronado Flower Show
April 8-9

Healthy Living Festival
April 8-9

 San Marcos Grand Spring Festival
April 9

Annual Ugly Dog Contest
April 9

Del Mar National Horse Show
April 12-May 6

Del Mar Antique Show
April 21-23

Del Mar Spring Home Improvement Show
April 21-23

CityBeat Festival of Beers
April 22

Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair & Parade
April 22

The Point Loma Garden Walk
April 22

 Oceanside Days of Art
April 22

Fallbrook Avocado Festival
April 23

La Jolla Shores 5K & Half Marathon
April 23

EarthFair 2017
April 23

The Museum in full Bloom (floral interpretations of famous works of art)
April 27–April 30

Lakeside Western Days Rodeo & Parade
April 28-30

Adams Avenue Unplugged
April 29

Encinitas Street Faire
April 29-30

Little Italy Art Walk
April 29-30

Photo Credit: San Diego Library ID 29351516 © Brian Flaigmore |


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San Diego Theater Week   Feb. 26-Mar. 5
Check out some of San Diego’s amazing local theater, dance and music companies with discounted tickets and other special offers. More than 40 venues throughout the County.
Contact: (858) 381-5595 /

Mickey Cafagna Golf Tournament   Mar. 3
Established to honor Mickey Cafagna, former Mayor of Poway. In keeping with Mickey’s charitable spirit, a portion of this year’s profits will be donated to the Poway Firefighters Association, which maintains a relief fund that benefits those affected by fire.
Time/Place: 10am / Maderas Golf Club, Poway
Contact: (858) 748-0016 /

Del Mar Gem Faire   Mar. 3-5
Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Over 70 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair & cleaning while you shop.
Time/Place: Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: (503) 252-8300 /

Archery Festival   Mar. 3-5
Come take a shot at archery at this state-of-the-art facility!
Time/Place: Easton Archery Center of Excellence, Chula Vista

Annual Trails Day   Mar. 4
Three-mile hike will visit the Discovery Lake, and Discovery Creek trails. A more challenging, 7-mile hike with more than 1000 feet of elevation gain will be offered to Double Peak Park.
Time/Place: 8:30am-12pm / Discovery/Lakeview Park, San Marcos
Contact: (760) 744-1050 /

Annual Koi Show   Mar. 4-5
Over 300 Koi on display in competition, from 6 inches to 3 feet long. Described as “living jewels,” Koi can live over 100 years. Learn how to build your own Koi pond and waterfall, turning your backyard into a tropical paradise.
Time/Place: Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 9am-3pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: (619) 542-2000 /

San Marcos Alive   Mar. 5
Fine art, craft fair, art demonstrations and exhibitions, children’s area, musical entertainment and juried art & photography show.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / San Marcos Civic Center
Contact: (760) 744-1050 /

St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon   Mar. 5
Begins with the Green Mile run/walk which includes children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. The 5K/Half Marathon is a fast out and back course that takes you on a tour of El Cajon.
Time/Place: 7am-1pm / Downtown El Cajon
Contact: (619) 440-6161 /

Annual Bridal Fair   Mar. 5
Over 20 vendors, select wedding designers, florists, photographers, officiants, bakery specialist and musical professionals.
Time/Place: 10am-1pm / Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, Fallbrook
Contact: (760) 728-6466 /

Arts Alive Banner “Unveiling”   Mar. 5
The unveiling reception is the “reveal” that premiers the exhibit each year. The signature activity and sole fundraising event of the 101 Artists’ Colony is to put on the Arts Alive Encinitas exhibit.
Time/Place: 12-3pm / Leichtag Commons – Barn 2: 441 Saxony Rd., Encinitas

CSF Telethon   Mar. 9
Epic student performances and far out fun and games for all! Benefits the Coronado Schools Foundation.
Time/Place: 4:30-8:30pm / Coronado High School
Contact: (619) 437-8059 /

Lung Force Expo   Mar. 11
A forum for healthcare professionals, patients, and survivors, and caregivers to learn about the latest treatments, support, and research for lung cancer.
Time/Place: 8:30am-3pm / SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
Contact: (619) 683-7514 /

Just In Time for Foster Youth “Walk the Talk” Annual Celebration   Mar. 11
Connect and engage 400+ prominent members of the community with the JIT mission and the young men and women whom JIT serves. Gourmet cuisine, entertainment and a live auction.
Time/Place: 6pm / Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
Contact: (858) 705-1705 /

Youth Fitness Expo and Family Fun Day   Mar. 11
Educational exhibits, fitness activities, carnival games, raffles, and performances by the children in our after school dance classes in almost 100 San Diego County elementary schools.
Time/Place: 12:30-4pm / Balboa Park: Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Contact: (619) 276-7763 /

Tip Top Run 5K & 10K   Mar. 11
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation will have their annual Tip Top Run Leprechaun Dash & Bash. Runners will receive lunch from Tip Top Meats, two complimentary beers or wines, an event t-shirt, and a swag bag full of goodies.
Time/Place: 8:30am / 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad
Contact: (760) 804-1969 /

Salute to the Military Ball   Mar. 11
A black-tie affair giving Coronado citizens and surrounding business communities an opportunity to show their thanks and support to local military members and their families.
Time/Place: 6-11pm / Hotel del Coronado
Contact: (619) 435-9260 /

Tomato Mania   Mar. 11-12
California’s largest tomato seedling sale is back! Workshops teach what you need to know to grow great-tasting tomatoes.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / The Water Conservation Garden, El Cajon
Contact: (619) 660-0614 x10 /

North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade/Festival   Mar. 12
Featuring a parade, vendors, kids activities and live Irish music! The parade will run along Broadway and Main. Come and enjoy the local micro-breweries and restaurants, and food booths.
Time/Place: 12-6pm / Downtown Historic Vista
Contact: (760) 414-9391 /

National City International Mariachi Festival   Mar. 12
Celebrate San Diego’s Mexican heritage through mariachi music, traditional ballet folkloric dancing, and a celebration of arts, culture, and culinary delights.
Time/Place: 11am-7pm / Pepper Park: 3299 Tidelands Avenue
Contact: (619) 410-2230 /

Shelter to Soldier First Annual Dog Walk   Mar. 12
Walk YOUR dog in the Downtown Vista St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! Continue the fun at the America Legion for lunch, basket raffles, pet adoptions and vendor information.
Time/Place: 2pm / Vista Village Creek

Spring into Healthy Living   Mar. 15
Speakers on frauds and scams, fire safety, driver safety, exercise, free health screenings, senior-friendly exercise demonstrations, senior resources, healthy continental breakfast and more.
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / McGrath Family YMCA, Spring Valley
Contact: (877) 926-8300 /

San Diego Latino Film Festival   Mar. 16-26
The festival will occupy five screens for eleven days and will present over 160 films from Latin America, the United States, and Spain. Opening and closing night parties, daily music acts, the 2nd Annual Sonido Latino Beer & Wine Festival, Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers.
Time/Place: AMC Fashion Valley 18
Contact: (619) 230-1938 /

San Diego shamROCK   Mar. 17
Over 50,000 square feet of astroturf will be rolled out to set the scene for a block party that boasts three stages, non-stop music, and of course – plenty of green Bud Light beer and Jameson Irish Whiskey libations.
Time/Place: 6pm-12am / Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown San Diego
Contact: (619) 233-5008 /

South Oceanside Hot Rod, Rat Rod, Custom Car, Bike and Boat Show   Mar. 18
This is a great neighborhood event with awesome vehicles, entertainment, food, and tons of fun for everyone!
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / South Oceanside Elementary School
Contact: (760) 207-5371 /

San Diego Cake Show   Mar. 18-19
Celebrity appearances from stars of the top TV baking competitions, classes taught by world-renowned teachers for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced and free demonstrations on the Main Stage! Large vendor area with products to buy!
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: (858) 333-6905 /

Kia Classic   Mar. 21-26
The Kia Classic features 144 of the best women golfers playing for the $1.8 million purse. The field features 2016 Kia Classic Champion Lydia Ko and crowd favorites Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson.
Time/Place: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad
Contact: 1-888-SEE-LPGA /

Race for Autism   Mar. 25
100% of donations support San Diego autism programs, services, and local classrooms. 5K chip-timed run or walk, 1-mile SUPERHERO Family Fun Walk, scenic Balboa Park course, resource fair, children’s activities, music, commemorative medals and t-shirts, prizes and refreshments.
Time/Place: 7am / Balboa Park
Contact: (858) 679-8800 /

San Diego Sings! Festival   Mar. 25
22 San Diego area choirs each performing individually and all 1000 singers gathering together mid-day for a massed sing under the direction of Dr. David Chase.
Time/Place: 11am / Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park

Health Fair Saturday   Mar. 25
Thousands of residents circulate through this event which features scores of information booths, insurance providers, healthcare presentations, health screenings by Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and live, interactive demonstrations.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Grossmont Center, La Mesa
Contact: (619) 440-6161 /

Bark in the Park Fund Raiser   Mar. 25
Experience the new Live Oak Dog Park. A community walk, which will give participants a tour of the park’s lovely trails and the off-leash area. Followed by dog contests, food and demonstrations/seminars.
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Live Oak Dog Park: 2746 Reche Road, Fallbrook
Contact: (760) 731-1041 /

Home Garden Tour   Mar. 25
The self-guided tour will highlight five beautiful gardens, located in East County utilizing an array of color, variety, and low water usage. Learn how you can design your backyard for low water usage plants.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / The Water Conservation Garden: 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon
Contact: (619) 660-0614 /

The Bunny Ball   Mar. 25
Cruise 4 Kids is raising money and collecting Bunnies for sick and underprivileged children. This is a high energy black tie spring celebration. Live DJs, dancing, cocktails, raffles, silent auctions, magician, photos with bunny mascots, photo booth, balloon drop, and candy buffet along with performers.
Time/Place: 7:30pm / Hilton San Diego Resort: 1775 E. Mission Bay Dr.
Contact: (760) 716-5248 /

Encinitas Half Marathon  Mar. 26
With breathtaking views along the historic Highway 101, you’ll be inspired and energized by the beauty of each mile through one of So Cal’s most popular beach towns. Post-race festival.
Time/Place: 7:30am-12pm / Moonlight Beach, Encinitas
Contact: (760) 846-5721 /

 Photo Credit: Sunset At the Oceanside Pier ID 26402560 © Alan Crosthwaite |