News and Events

Keep up-to-date with what's happening at Chamberlain Property Management, as well as our local community.

Sep 5, 2015
Julian Grape Stomp Festa
Every September the Julian Chamber of Commerce celebrates the harvest of the grapes with a real, olde-world style grape stomp and festa at the Menghini Winery. This grape stomp out-does all others by providing two barrels for stomping - one for adults and one for children. Tons of grapes are blessed then poured into the barrels. The atmosphere is created with Italian music by Roman Holiday, dancing, Bocce Ball competitions, stomping, wine tasting, a Jumbo Jump for the kids and a variety of food and crafts for sale will keep you busy. Situated in rolling hills covered with vineyards and apple orchards, the Menghini Winery offers an ideal setting for the Festa. 11:00am - 7:00pm, $5-$15.



Sep 4, 2015
US Sand Sculpting Challenge
September 4-7, World Master Sand Sculptors come from Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands and Canada, from exotic places like Latvia and Singapore, to challenge the best in the U.S. Their 3-dimensional art is astounding. You'll fall in love with it. But you can't take it with you. The sculptures weigh over 10 tons each and they'd ruin your lawn. So we have over 1,000 works of art that you can fall in love with, buy and take home. Oh, and there's live entertainment (big bands, singers and more), a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, a great view of the bay, tall ships and cannon battles. B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier 9:00am-7:00pm.



Aug 22, 2015
Float 'n Flick
The final Carlsbad pool event of the summer this Saturday at Alga Norte Aquatic Center. Float ‘n Flick will take place on Aug. 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. and is an event for those who love both movies and the pool. Attendees of all ages are welcome to bring an air mattress and enjoy the movie, Jungle Book (rated PG) under the stars in the heated pool. The movie begins at sundown. Tickets are $8 per person. One child, age 3 and under, may be admitted free with a paying adult. While you’re there, grab a freshly made burger, pizza, shaved ice and more at the newly expanded menu at the Dive in Grill. You can preregister here.



Aug 20, 2015
Flicks at the Fountain
This week's movie is "McFarland USA" starring Kevin Costner. Flicks at the Fountain is a free, family-friendly outdoor movie event like none other! Bring a low backed chair, a cozy blanket and a picnic dinner and make a night of it. Local eateries are on site to take food orders and will deliver to your chair. Seating begins at 6pm; movie starts at 8:05pm. Movie sponsored by Dancin' Soul. State & Grand Parking Lot.



Aug 14, 2015
TGIF Jazz in the Parks
The City of Carlsbad continues its 30th season of TGIF Concerts in the Parks. The free outdoor concert series runs each Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 21 at Stagecoach, Alga Norte, Poinsettia and Calavera Hills community parks.

This Friday, 8/14: Calavera Hills Community Park, Liquid Blue. This is the second to the last concert in the 2015 series. For more information, click here.



Aug 9, 2015
Art in the Village
The Carlsbad Village Association (CVA)’s 17th Annual Art in the Village will return this Aug. 9, 2015, bringing over 150 local and regional artists for a one-day, open air event. Celebrating art culture in Carlsbad Village and the surrounding areas, the event attracts thousands of residents and a diverse selection of fine artists. Mediums include oil painting, watercolors, photography, jewelry making, woodworking, furniture, pottery, and hand-painted clothing and accessories. Browse exhibits, listen to live music along State Street & Grand Ave. 9 a.m.



Aug 8, 2015
Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
Cardiff-by-the-Sea is ready to celebrate man’s best friend! Set in this beautiful beach community, this annual one-day street fair for dogs and dog lovers is set for Saturday, August 8, from 9:30am-5pm on Newcastle Ave, Aberdeen Drive and Liverpool Drive in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The event is hosted by Cardiff 101 Main Street and is expected to draw 10,000 four-legged friends, their fans and family members. Free for the whole family!



Jul 25, 2015
Splash Bash: A Parents’ Night Out
Saturday, July 25, offers a new twist on the traditional parents night out, giving parents an evening away and their kids a fun time at the pool. Splash Bash is designed for children 8 and older, but kids under 8 are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Attendees will spend an evening playing on giant inflatables, walking on water in giant water balls, diving off of diving boards and dancing to music under the lights by the pool. The events is from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $8 per person. One child, age 3 and under, may be admitted free with a paying adult.



Jun 20, 2015
Carlsbad Music Festival
Carlsbad Music Festival kicks of the summer with its third annual free Village Music Walk, featuring dozens of musicians performing over 60 sets during a 6 hour celebration of adventurous music. Saturday, June 20th, 4:00-10:00pm with 20-minute sets starting every half hour. Free for the whole family!



Jun 12, 2015
Friday Night Live - Carlsbad Village
Bring a folding chair and a sweater and spend the evening in the village listening to everything from acoustic guitar rock to bluegrass and country, and make some new friends in Carlsbad. Performances run from 7pm to 9pm Friday evenings. June12 - Alan Land (Acoustic guitar standards, blues and jazz) on Roosevelt Street by Paon; Lou Shook (Acoustic guitar rock) Carlsbad Village Drive/State Street corner by Carlsbad Chocolate Bar; The Bad Carls (Pop/Rock) at Grand Avenue/State Street corner by Vz Art. For a list of artists for all of June, click here!



Jun 6, 2015
Celebrate National Trails Day
On Saturday, June 6, the City of Carlsbad will celebrate National Trails Day, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., with a demonstration trail cleanup and a one mile educational hike along La Costa Glen Trail. The self-guided hike will include informational exhibits about the city’s trails, hiking information, how to become a trail volunteer, and facts about the local flora and fauna that can be observed while hiking trails in Carlsbad. Hear presentations by naturalists and other speakers who can address the nature of the trail and its surroundings, as well as what other trails in Carlsbad have to offer.



Jun 5, 2015
Cheap Ways to Enjoy the Fair!
Here are some great ways to save on admission to the San Diego County Fair with your family, which runs June 5 - July 5.

Kids Days – Little ones 5 and under are free every day of the fair. Kids 12 and younger receive free admission on these designated Tuesdays: June 23 and 30.

Read Your Way Into the Fair – Kids 12 and under can earn free admission any day of the fair by presenting a reading certificate signed by a teacher or librarian. All they need to do is read ten books on their own or with an adult. If you can’t make it to your local library, you can also download the fair’s reading certificate.

Albertsons|Vons Tickets – Buy $4 tickets ahead of time at Albertsons for all family members good only for Friday June 5, Saturday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 10. Albertsons also offers a $13 ticket (a $2 savings) for any other day of the fair. Click here for more great discounts.


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May 30, 2015
Fiesta Del Sol
Don’t miss the 36th Annual Celebration of Fiesta del Sol – Solana Beach’s official kick-off to summer! The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts this FREE 2-day Music & Crafts Event for over 36 years and this year’s event is shaping up to be our BEST ever. Once again, the Belly Up has lined up a great list of musicians to perform over the two day event; which also includes local community talent. We also have an expansive, fun and exciting Children’s Area set up for families to enjoy rides, games, a climbing wall and much more. All parking is FREE. - For more information, click here



May 21, 2015
Tour of Mission San Luis Rey
Explore areas of Mission San Luis Rey that are not normally open to the public; including the private rose gardens and the pepper tree. The special behind-the-scenes tour is available most weekends beginning at 1 pm. Docents provide interesting historical facts and stories about the Historic Church, the cemetery and the site in general.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 12:45pm to check-in. It is suggested to wear comfortable shoes, bring a water bottle, a hat and sunscreen. For more information, click here.



May 17, 2015
Escondido Grand Ave Festival
Over 500 vendors, live entertainment, and food from around the world have combined to make the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival a family tradition since 1989.

The festival kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and will jump and jive all day until 5:30 p.m. Come and join us on historic Grand Avenue in downtown Escondido.

Enjoy special attractions and great family fun!



May 15, 2015
National Bike to Work Day
Cyclists participating in Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15...

In Carlsbad, stop at a “pit stop” location at the seawall at Frazee Beach at Carlsbad Boulevard and Pine Avenue as they pass through the City of Carlsbad from 6 to 9 a.m.

Oceanside has 3 pit stops, so roll on by and pick up a FREE t-shirt, refreshments, and plenty of encouragement: Civic Center Plaza, College and the Rancho Del Oro Sprinter Station on Oceanside Boulevard.



May 9, 2015
Chocolate Festival
Spend the Saturday before Mother’s Day at San Diego Botanic Garden’s famous Chocolate Festival. Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more. This family-friendly event also features lots of children’s activities and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts. Tasting tickets are sold for $1 each and tastes are between 1 – 3 tickets with most costing just one ticket. 10am-4pm. Click here for a $2 off coupon and for more information.



May 7, 2015
Turn-off Your Sprinklers!
The recent rainfall and the potential of another shower over the next 24 hours make this a great time for San Diegans to shut off their automatic lawn sprinklers, San Diego County Water Authority officials said Tuesday.

"While these rainstorms are welcome, they will not break the serious drought conditions that exist statewide, and we need to continue to take advantage of these opportunities to reduce our use as much as possible," said Mark Weston, chairman of the Water Authority's Board of Directors.




May 3, 2015
Carlsbad Village Faire
Located in the heart of Carlsbad, Carlsbad Village Faire features over 850 unique vendors, making it the largest street festival of its kind in the county. The art fair offers a little of everything, including arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, and more. Don’t worry – there is plenty to do for the everyone, including kid’s rides, an international food center, and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast. You’ll find fun for the whole family. Sunday, May 3rd, 8:00am-5:00pm



Apr 25, 2015
Encinitas Street Faire
Join San Diego families and vendors browsing 400 unique booths featuring arts, crafts, antiques and more. The Faire also has lots of fun kids events including rides, crafts and four live stages of entertainment. Stone Brewery Beer Garden with the best bands in San Diego on the Garden Stage. Dog Zone with fun to for your four-legged companion in a dog park and obstacle course, community Stage and the Encinitas School of Music Stage! Saturday & Sunday, April 25th & 26th 9:00am - 5:00pm. FREE!

On Saturday, the Encinitas Fire Department holds its Annual Pancake Breakfast from 7:00am – 11:00am in the 7-Eleven Parking Lot located at D Street and Hwy 101.



Apr 22, 2015
Happy Earth Day!
Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.



Apr 20, 2015
Celebrate Earth Day with National Parks Week
Looking for something fun, free, and fantastic to do with family and friends? Head out to America’s national parks where millions of stars light up the dark night sky, deer and antelope (and a few other critters!) play on the wide open range, and history is an unbelievable experience. And the best news? During National Park Week, April 21-29, ALL 397 of your national parks offer free admission, all week long! In San Diego enjoy beautiful Cabrillo National Park for free, daily from 9am to 5pm.



Apr 19, 2015
Fallbrook Avocado Festival
Since the 1960s, tens of thousands of avocado lovers converge in Fallbrook to sample avocados, check out the crazy cooking contest entries, buy funky avocado-themed gifts and enjoy bands, live entertainment and friendly beer gardens.

Come prepared to visit the many craft and food booths - you can never go hungry at the Avocado Festival. Colorful booths line Main and Alvarado Street featuring unique clothing, hats, arts, crafts, jewelry, and farm-fresh produce for purchase. A variety of bands and other live entertainment are offered for the pleasure of festival-goers. Beer gardens and numerous food vendors cater to every whim - and don't forget the guacamole! Sunday, April 19th, 9am-5pm. FREE!



Apr 13, 2015
Free Sprinkles Cupcake!
Help Sprinkles celebrate its tenth birthday! Stop by any of the store locations for a free red velvet cupcakes. Sprinkles North County location: La Jolla, Sprinkles, 8855 Villa La Jolla Dr., San Diego. April 13th, 9:00am - 9:00pm. FREE! Need more information on Sprinkles Cupcakes? Visit their website.



Apr 11, 2015
Earth Day Festival - Vista
Join the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens for a fun day for kids and families. Activities for children will include Earth Day ROCKS! Interactive educational displays, creative crafts, face painting, games and relays, planting for nutrition, a cotton spinning demo, worms and compost, music, and the Rancho Folklorico dancers. A big plant sale, vendor will sell a variety of wares and crafts. Creative Healing with vendors, exhibitors and music will be offered as well as yoga. 1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. Admission is $3 or free with a membership.



Apr 11, 2015
Free Shredding Event
Identity theft strikes more than 10 million Americans every year. Don't take a chance - attend this free Shredding Event! Cintas Document Management will have a commercial shredding truck on hand to shred all those boxes of personal papers that you've been storing in your attic, garage or office. - best of all, it's FREE! Your papers will be shredded on site - as you watch! Don't miss this Shredding Event on April 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Carlsbad Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, 7030 Avenida Encinas #100 (off Poinsettia Avenue at the north end of the Ralph's Shopping Center)



Apr 6, 2015
Save Water!
On April 1, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order asking all Californians to cut water use by 25% as we experience unprecedented low amounts of water. Simple water-savings investments can help save gallons of water per day, learn how you can do your part, click here.



Apr 4, 2015
Looking for an egg hunt near you?
Here's a list of egg hunts and possible bunny sightings throughout north county! Click on the city name below for more information, including some fees:
Carlsbad
Come celebrate spring with music, fun games, arts and crafts and a Fun Zone with bounce houses, a giant slide, obstacle courses and a chance to "soak the bunny." Collect eggs in the ongoing “egg scramble” activity. 10:00am - 1:00pm, Poinsettia Park.
Oceanside
This is an annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 4 to 11 yrs of age. There will be four egg hunt areas, prize tables, a magic show and photo area. 10:00am - 11:30am, Buddy Todd Park.
Vista
10:00am, Vista Optimist Club
11:30am, Brengle Terrace Park
San Marcos
Breakfast with Peter Cottontail and "Spring Egg Scramble". Come early to have your picture taken with Peter Cottontail, create free craft projects, and enjoy carnival games and party jumps 8:00am - 1:00pm, Walnut Grove Park.



Mar 28, 2015
Garden Bunny Spring Party
There’s fewer settings more ideal for a spring party than the San Diego Botanic Garden, and this year all little ones ages 2 – 6 are invited to the garden for an Easter celebration. Kiddos will get to visit with the garden’s gentle bunny, pet REAL bunnies and chicks and make colorful spring-themed crafts. Worried they’ll miss the traditional egg hunt? Let them know they’ll get to parade through the garden on a BUNNY hunt instead. We think they’ll forget about those plastic colored eggs in no time.

Dates: Apr. 4, Early Party 10 – 11:30 a.m.; Late party 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost: $18/non-member; $15/member (parties are limited to 50 guests, so pre-registration is required). San Diego Botanic Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas



Mar 28, 2015
Chamorro Cultural Fest - San Marcos
The Chamorro people are the indigenous peoples of the Mariana Islands, which are divided between the United States territory of Guam and the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The 2015 Chamorro Cultural Festival will be hosted at the beautiful and spacious campus of California State University - San Marcos. Invite the entire family for a fun-filled day of cultural celebration, education, entertainment, art and food! March 28th, 10:00am - 6:00pm.



Mar 28, 2015
Bunny Train
Looking for a new way to celebrate the Easter holiday with your family? Look no farther than the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum! Complete with a train ride, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and an Easter egg hunt, the Bunny Train event at the Museum is perfect for the whole family.
The celebration kicks off with a train ride. The Easter Bunny will board the train at the Campo Depot and visit with all of the passengers on the train as it travels toward the U.S. border. After enjoying the one-hour journey through San Diego County’s beautiful mountain terrain, the train stops at the Museum’s Display Building where more fun awaits. Egg hunting is available, where the children may turn in the plastic eggs they find to Museum volunteers for sweets and other prizes. The best part – entrance into the Display Building and both Easter egg hunts is included in the price of your train tickets! For pricing and to make reservations, click here!



Mar 21, 2015
San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo
The seventh annual San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering EXPO DAY. This is a mind-blowing day of hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) exhibits and activities to budding K-12 science lovers, but everyone is welcome. EXPO DAY will provide fun interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids, families and teachers in science and engineering as well as illustrate how science and engineering is right in our own “backyard.” EXPO DAY is a culmination of the week long event that features exciting STEM activities and events all around San Diego County. Expo Day is Saturday 3/21, 10:00am-5:00pm, Petco Park. FREE for the whole family.



Mar 14, 2015
St. Patrick's Day Parades
North County - Vista
Enjoy the North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival with Grand Marshal is Celia Lawly. There’s the “Cutest Redhead” and “Most Freckled Kid Contest,” and much more including games, contests, food, a limerick writing and reading contest, a and entertainment. The parade starts at 11 a.m. Main Street, Downtown Vista

Downtown
The Annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade (largest Parade west of the Mississippi) will step off on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. on Fifth Avenue at Laurel Street as thousands of marchers and spectators gather to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland.



Mar 5, 2015
San Diego Bird Festival
The San Diego Audubon Society presents this annual event that offers an array of activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages. Featuring live bird programs, art workshops, the Birding & Optics Expo, San Diego River Estuary walks, movie screenings and free family activities.Mission Bay, Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego. March 5th-8th, 5am - 6pm. For more information and to register, call 858-273-7800.



Mar 2, 2015
Turn-off Your Sprinklers!
According to San Diego Water Authority, this recent storm brought a quarter-inch of rain to many parts of the county – and in some places well over an inch. After rainstorms pass, landscapes do not need to be watered again until the top one to two inches of soil are dry. Lawns that lose their lush green luster will rejuvenate with the next rain. To learn more from the San Diego Water Authority on water conservation, click here.



Feb 21, 2015
Epic Teen Nights: Party at the Park
The City of Carlsbad presents a new teen event, Epic Teen Nights: Party at the Park on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 9 p.m., at Calavera Hills Community Center. Teens from 11 to 15 years old will enjoy age-appropriate activities, dancing, contests and more.

Only middle and high school students are allowed to attend, and participants must show a school ID. Marine volunteers will chaperone the event. Food and beverages are available for purchase.
Tickets are $8 at the door. Save $2 by registering online in advance on the city's website.



Feb 21, 2015
Chinese New Year
This is a free two-day event fun-packed with various cultural performance including lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations and acrobatics, children's crafts, lantern parade and a wide variety of Chinese and Asian food booths.

Visit the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum to learn about San Diego Chinatown history, see our traditional garden with koi pond, and see what's new at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension, housing the museum's rotating exhibits. Free activities will be offered to museum guests including paper lanter making, wood block printing, and calligraphy. February 21-22 at 3rd and J St. downtown, 10am-4pm



Feb 21, 2015
Paw Walk in the Garden
The San Diego Botanic Garden is teaming up with the Rancho Coastal Humane Society for the 3rd annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden. Both organizations benefit from this event, so bring your furry friends and follow a 5K walk through our 37-acre garden. The route winds through some of the most spectacular areas of the Garden including California Native Plants, Australia, the Canary Islands, Hawaii as well as the bamboo, sub-tropical fruit and palm canyon areas. 9am-1pm. Entry fees and more information are on the website.



Feb 21, 2015
Artist of the Month
The Glass & Mirror Shoppe proudly presents a free event to showcase a local artist. This Saturday, February 21st, come and see our "junior" artists as the artwork of the kids from Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club is displayed.

Checkout the Shoppe's featured artist on the third Saturday of every month. 3095 State Street #G in the Village. Best of all it's FREE!



Feb 9, 2015
Museum Month
February is Museum Month! Sponsored by Macy's, Museum Month gives San Diegans a chance to discover what's new at 45 area museums with incredible savings. Participants can pick up a free Macy's Museum Month Pass at any local Macy's store to enjoy half-off admission to all of the participating museums through the entire month of February. Guests with a pass may bring up to three people to participating museums to receive half-off admission for the entire party. Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions at participating museums. Each pass also features an exclusive $10 coupon off any purchase of $30 or more at Macy's.



Jan 20, 2015
San Diego Restaurant Week
San Diego Restaurant Week is happy to celebrate 11 years of culinary excellence by offering an entire week of delicious discounted dining at some of San Diego County's finest restaurants!

For one week only, Sunday, January 18th through Saturday, January 24th, foodies will be able to eat their hearts out at over 200 participating restaurants that will offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for just $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for only $10, $15 or $20 per person. Yes, you read that correctly! Saturday is now included with San Diego Restaurant Week and there are new price points for dinner giving you even more variety in your dining options! Check-out some of the menus here!



Jan 18, 2015
Carlsbad Marathon and Half
The half marathon course is one of the fastest in the San Diego area and the U.S. It starts and finishes at the same location as the marathon; however, the races have different start times and the courses are not the same. After the starter's gun goes off, half marathoners will pass the Buena Vista Lagoon as they head out to Carlsbad Boulevard (Highway 101) and along the ocean to the turnaround point at Breakwater Road and back to the finish line. The out-and-back course is gently rolling, with no major elevation changes. Run this course and you will see why some of the fastest half marathon times in the U.S. are run here. Plan ahead for road closures in the area, click here.



Jan 18, 2015
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
Celebrate San Diego’s diversity at the 35th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. The event, which began as a small march in Lincoln Heights and has since grown into a citywide event, features floats, marching bands, dancers, speakers and more. There is also the Sheila Hardin Multi-Cultural Festival happening Saturday at Ruocco Park, 585 Harbor Lane, Embarcadero. The free event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and brings storytellers from around the world, vendors selling global goods, international food, dances and music from various cultures and more. Details at www.sdmulticultural.com.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Along Harbor Drive, Embarcadero. Free.



Jan 17, 2015
Kids Marathon Mile
Legoland California is host to a special, 1-mile fun run for kids of all ages and abilities. Before the doors open to the public, they're opened for participants to enjoy the sights and sounds of Legoland! You can run, walk, skip or stroll, or even be pushed in a stroller or carried on a back as they wind through the park. Each finisher is presented with a medal and treated to a fun post-event party with a DJ, activities, light refreshments and booths. The event concludes at 10 a.m. with the opening of Legoland, where registered participants 12 & under can enter the park for free and moms and dads can enter for 50% off admission.



Jan 10, 2015
Encinitas Community Park Grand Opening
The City of Encinitas presents a “Day in the Park” Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, January 10, from 10am-2pm, at the new Encinitas Community Park, located at 425 Santa Fe Drive. Festivities include ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the 13,000-square-foot skate park, 2-acre Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park, and athletic playfields. Enjoy the day with a leisurely stroll along the park’s meandering pathways and read the many personalized pavers along the way; bring the family for a classic community picnic, complete with hot dogs, children’s games, pro skater meet and greets, youth sports demos, and a pet health expo. For more information call, 760.633.2740 or click here!



Jan 8, 2015
Carlsbad Sign Lighting
A recreation of the historic Carlsbad archway sign was installed Monday evening on Carlsbad Boulevard between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue. The design of the marker was modeled after a sign that was built near the site in the 1930s to direct traffic from Coast Highway to what was then Carlsbad’s central business district.

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce will hold a brief ceremony to dedicate the sign and light it for the first time from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 8. Carpooling, biking, walking and taking public transit to the event are encouraged.



Jan 5, 2015
Farmers Insurance Open
The Farmers Insurance Open is the PGA tour's stop in San Diego, California. The Open has been played in beautiful San Diego since 1952 and for a twenty years, from 1989 through 2009, was known as the Buick Invitational. Torrey Pines Golf Course has hosted the tournament every year since 1968. Here at the 36-hole municipal facility, players split the first 36 holes between the North and South Courses, then play the final 36 holes on the South Course. Sitting on the coastal cliffs of California, Torrey Pines is a scenic course for both players and spectators alike. Tickets on sale now.



Dec 31, 2014
Carlsbad Welcomes New Sign
Have you noticed something new in Carlsbad? The Carlsbad archway sign spans Carlsbad Boulevard near the intersection of Carlsbad Village Drive. Its design was modeled after a sign that was built near the site about 80 years ago to direct traffic from Coast Highway to what was then Carlsbad's central business district, officials said.

Like its predecessor, the new sign will pay tribute to businesses and the importance they have played in the city's success, officials said. The entire sign stretches about 82 feet across the street and stands 29 feet tall.



Dec 27, 2014
Kid Friendly New Year's Eve
Ring in 2015 with The New San Diego Children’s Museum! Jam out in your jammies while enjoying a delicious dinner from local restaurants, New Year’s themed art-making activities, a balloon drop, and live music and dancing with Clint Perry & The Boo Hoo Crew! Adults can enjoy a hosted bar and bid on prizes in the silent auction. Dec 27 at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.



Dec 15, 2014
Sprinkler Shut-Off
The San Diego County Water Authority urges residents and businesses to turn off their irrigation systems and leave them off for up to two weeks following a storm that is expected to deliver significant rainfall. A few rainy days can provide enough water for lawns to survive for weeks without irrigation, and they provide a valuable chance to save stored water supplies for next summer when water reserves will be even more important. - See more at by clicking here.



Dec 14, 2014
Hands on Hanukkah
Join Jewish Family Service, Shalom Baby and PJ Library for this fun Hanukkah celebration in your local bookstore! Families of all backgrounds are welcome! Come for Hanukkah stories, songs, arts and crafts, dreidel spinning and a photo with Danny the Dreidel. Saturday 3:00-5:00pm, Barnes and Noble Oceanside, Free for the whole family!



Dec 12, 2014
Christmas in the Valley
Families can start a new Christmas tradition at Bates Nut Farm with the 3rd annual “Christmas in the Valley”. The event kicks off Friday evening, December 12th at 4:00. Santa arrives by fire truck at 5:30, and at 6:00 the Christmas tree lights go on. The event will feature live entertainment, storytelling, Christmas carols and a Polar Express Hay Ride to visit Santa, all free of charge. Enjoy Christmas shopping at Bates, Farmer's Daughter, and with the vendors who will set up for the 2-day event. There will be plenty of unique gifts for each person on your gift list.



Dec 6, 2014
Garden of Lights
As the sun goes down, the San Diego Botanic Garden will be transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Leave the hustle and bustle of the malls behind and enjoy a relaxing evening strolling through the lighted Garden. Families can enjoy winter fun in the snow, so please bring your own sled (no metal runner please). Going on now through December 23.



Nov 23, 2014
Mother Goose Parade
The largest parade west of the Mississippi! This year the Mother Goose Village will be a 2 day event, finishing with the parade on Sunday. Mother Goose Village will be located in the Parkway Plaza. Hours are Saturday November 22, 2014 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday November 23, 2014 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM featuring a carnival and craft fair. Don't miss this San Diego tradition.



Nov 11, 2014
Veteran's Day Parade
Pay tribute to our past and present Veteran's by attending the 2014 San Diego Veteran's Day Parade! Viewers will see the Parade start on N Harbor Drive one block south of Grape Street, and proceed south past a long row of grand stands, and past Broadway, and past the USS Midway, and then continue on Harbor Drive one block east to Pacific. Tuesday, November 11th, 11:00am-1:00pm.



Nov 5, 2014
Del Mar's Exotic Bird Sanctuary
Your kids may already be fans of Rio or perhaps they just love anything that flies (birds, airplanes, superheroes - you name it). Feed two birds with one visit (well, at least one visit) to the Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary where you'll have the chance to feed exotic birds in the picturesque tropical grounds. This hidden gem is tucked on the south side of the Del Mar Fairgrounds as you head into Del Mar Village and it's open seven days a week, making it the perfect escape for little bird lovers at heart.



Nov 2, 2014
Carlsbad Street Faire
The Carlsbad Village Faire will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 2, 2014. Each year, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce hosts the faire in May and November. Now in its 40th year, the free event has grown to be so popular that it not only continually attracts people from all over Southern California, but also from other states. Some visitors even plan their vacations around the bi-annual event.



Nov 2, 2014
Del Mar
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will present its first "Bing Crosby Season" starting next Friday (November 7) led by a veteran team of racing officials. The 15-day stand, which carries through to Sunday, November 30, fills in a notable portion of the racing dates that previously were run at the now-shuttered Hollywood Park.



Oct 25, 2014
Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch
Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch is now open thru October 31. This Saturday they host the gourmet food truck, Urban Eats! Urban Eats is a community oriented Gourmet Food Truck focused on "Fresh Affordable Fare". It's honest food at a good value, using local ingredients! Some of their popular daily specials include the Natural Beef Burger, Crispy Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese, Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese, Pork Belly Burrito Cali Style, and Mesquite Smoked Chicken Sandwich. Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10am-4pm, Valley Center



Oct 18, 2014
Halloween Pumpkin Plunge
Enjoy Halloween themed pool activities and games during the City of Carlsbad's first annual Halloween Plunge at Alga Norte Aquatic Center at 6565 Alicante Road on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The city's newest swimming pool will be transformed into a floating pumpkin patch where participants can catch a pumpkin with a hula hoop. Every child will receive a pumpkin to take home to decorate.

Come dressed in a swim suit and enjoy other fun and spooky activities including diving for treasures, collecting bones, catching mutant fish and more.

As the sun goes down, finish the night off with a special presentation of movie "Hotel Transylvania" on the giant outdoor movie screen. $8 per person, children under 3 free with a paid adult.



Oct 4, 2014
Carlsbad Oktober Fest
The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest is Carlsbad's premier family event. Start with a traditional German Dinner catered by Carlsbad's own Tip Top Meats, combined with World Famous Apple Strudel for dessert! Enjoy one of several fine beers, wine, or non-alcoholic drinks that are available. Enjoy plenty of musical entertainment throughout the day, including great dance music and the famed "Chicken Dance!" Children will enjoy the Oktoberfest pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating contest, inflatable jumpers, face painting, antique fire truck and much much more! Saturday, October 4th, Noon - 10pm, Holiday Park and it's free!



Sep 27, 2014
Oceanside Harbor Days
On September 27-28, 2014 the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce along with USAA and Genentech will present Oceanside Harbor Days at the Oceanside Harbor. The event will feature arts and craft exhibits, great food and fun activities for the entire family. The event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, free for the whole family.



Sep 19, 2014
Carlsbad Music Festival
The 11th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival will feature over 50 performances, from acts including David Lang, Dawn of Midi, Steven Schick conducting Renga, Art of Elan with Susan Narucki, Sacra/Profana, USC Thornton Edge, Donald Crockett, and Matt McBane.

Pulitzer-prize winning composer and Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang will be in residence and his music will be performed throughout the festival. Friday - Sunday, September 19-21. In the Village, 2930 Roosevelt Street.



Sep 7, 2014
Surf's Up - Canine Style!
Dog surfing in San Diego means more than just a great time - all proceeds help rescue pets, too! The Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon dog surfing competition begins at 8 a.m., September 7, 2014, at Dog Beach in Del Mar.

This year will also feature the very first Paddle Paws Parade, a dog-friendly stand up paddle board parade that you're invited to participate in. Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon is a dog-friendly and kid-friendly summer event with lots of fun family beach activities in addition to the free-to-watch dog surfing competition, so come on down!



Sep 6, 2014
Grape Day!
Bring the family to the Escondido's Grape Day Festival and Parade. Enjoy a parade, marching groups, floats, bands, grape stomping, music, food, free walking tour, dancing and free grapes!
7:30 am 5K, Grand Ave
9:30 am Parade, Grand Ave
9:30 am - 4 pm Festival, Grape Day park
Parking: 3 hour parking along Broadway or unlimited parking in the lot just north of the park on Woodward, between Broadway and Escondido Blvd.



Sep 2, 2014
Apple Picking in Julian
It's U-Pick Season! Before the young ones start the barrage of requests for pumpkins and Halloween costumes, why not start the fall season by heading to Julian for apple picking. Julian is a small mining town famous for their apple orchards, apple pies, and old-fashioned fun. During the months of September and October, many orchards open up for u-pick apple visits. Because San Diego does not experience the glorious fall season changes that other parts of the nation enjoy, a Julian apple trip is a nice way to experience the fall season-Southern California style. For 5 U-Pick orchards to visit, click here. Happy Picking!