Celebrate the weekend by strolling through Mission Federal ArtWalk or having a blast at the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair. Go spring camping at Lake Poway or attend the largest Earth Fair in the world. Read on for where to enjoy time together as a family at one of these super fun events.

photo: Mission Federal ArtWalk


Spring Camping at Lake Poway
Pitch a tent and marvel at the beauty of Lake Poway as you cruise the lake on a motorboat, go fishing, hike the trails and sleep under the stars. Fishing permits and boat rentals are not included, but may be purchased for a nominal fee. This is a rain or shine event. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Little Italy

Mission Federal ArtWalk
Mission Federal ArtWalk is back for its 35th year, bringing San Diego’s Little Italy a weekend-long premier arts and culture event on Sat., April 27 and Sun., April 28. The free festival brings more than 120,000 locals and visitors to San Diego’s Little Italy—giving attendees an opportunity to meet more than 350 local, national and international artists and purchase art directly from the creators. The largest and longest- running fine arts festival in Southern California showcases every medium of art including painting, sculpture, glass work, photography, fine jewelry and more. After browsing and purchasing one-of-a-kind art, attendees can enjoy live music, dance performances, spoken word, and interactive art experiences, street food, family-friendly art projects at KidsWalk and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Mission Valley

Clean & Green River Clean-Up
Each year, San Diego River Park Foundation volunteers remove more than 200,000 pounds of trash from our River. Without amazing volunteers, this trash would be left to pollute native animal habitats, create unsightly piles in our parks and public spaces, leach contaminants into the water and could be washed out in to our ocean and beaches. Volunteers use pickers and gloves to pack this trash into garbage bags, then haul it to a dumpster. This event is open to volunteers of all ages, but volunteers under the age of 16 must be with an adult. Closed-toed shoes are required. Sun protection, water and a snack are highly recommended. All supplies are provided. RSVP Required. To RSVP or learn more, please email volunteer@sandiegoriver.org or call 619-297-7380. Sat. Event details.

Del Mar

San Diego Kids Expo & Fair
The San Diego Kids Expo and Fair is a two day event catering to kids and families. This event contains two parts. There is an Indoor expo portion housing a large variety of businesses showcasing products and services that cater to kids, babies and families. You can expect many free activities, specials appearances and performances. The second portion is the Outdoor fair with a Rock n’ Roll stage and rides like a zip-line, pedal kart race cars, xorbing balls, euro bungees and more! There is also an Inflatable Playland for kids 8 and younger that features bounce houses and jumpies. Outdoor fair attractions can be accessed with either an All Access Wristband or Playland Wristband purchase. If you are looking for an affordable fun weekend with something for the whole family, the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is the place to be! Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Guided Hike at Eagle Peak Ranch
Join the San Diego River Park Foundation for a moderate 4.5 mile hike through Eagle Peak Ranch, a 454 acre open space preserve. You will hike toward an iconic peak with breathtaking views of Boulder Creek, Cuyamaca Peak, and the San Diego River Gorge. This is your chance to explore a pristine nature preserve (not usually open to the public) with a River scientist. Come enjoy a beautiful day in nature and see for yourself why the San Diego River is worth preserving. You must wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring at least 3 liters of water. Sun protection and a sack lunch or snack is highly recommended. Eagle Peak Ranch is about 1.5 hours by car from central San Diego. Special instructions on access and parking at the preserve will be provided upon RSVP. RSVP is required. To be added to the RSVP list, please email volunteer@sandiegoriver.org Sat. Event details.


Ruth & Emilia Pajama Concert
Award-winning kids performing duo Ruth and Emilia land their spaceship at the First United Methodist Church of Escondido for a special Free Pajama concert! The duo will perform the live version of their album/show The Spaceship That Fell in My Backyard. The show is especially geared to kids ages pre-school to 5th grade, but people of all ages will enjoy it. Kids who come in their pajamas will be able to participate in the filming of Ruth and Emilia’s next video Dancing in My PJ’s! Sat. Event details.

Valley Center

Arts & Crafts Vintage Market at Bates Nut Farm
Come and shop for American handmade arts and crafts on the farm. Up-cycled, recycled, restored, vintage, antique and handmade wares will be offered, along with unique artwork. The Market is part of the Bates Nut Farm Spring Festival, which includes a Food Truck Festival on Saturday and car show on Sunday. Fun for the whole family with Snow’s Pony Rides, petting zoo and face painting. What’s Cookin’ BBQ will serve bbq lunch. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Balboa Park

San Diego Earth Fair
The annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. EarthFair 2019 will mark the 30th year of this annual event. Each year, the EarthFair draws around 60,000 visitors. EarthFair 2018 will feature more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Children’s Activity Area, four entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse. In the Children’s Activity Area you’ll find crafts, games, face painting, storytelling and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Activities are intended to educate, entertain and inspire youth, in the spirit of Earth Day. This year, participants will learn to make paper, learn about recycling, make gift cards from recycled materials and learn how to visit wild areas without disturbing the environment. The Children’s Stage features youth-oriented performances throughout the day. Sun. Event details.


BabyFest is a signature annual event that celebrates all things baby. BabyFest brings together companies selling the best products, local experts and new and expecting parents for a day of learning, product demonstrations and a chance to win prizes and meet other parents. Parents say how much they love attending each year and how much they learn from the speakers and panel experts. Please note that this event can get quite busy, so plan on arriving early (especially if you want a gift bag!). Sun. Event details.

Mission Bay

Walk for Water
1 in 10 people around the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. Women and girls make the 4-hour daily journey to collect water, so their families can survive, missing school and work and putting themselves at risk of violence. Help to break the cycle of poverty and empower women and girls to build healthy, productive futures. PCI’s Walk for Water 5K is that demonstrates the journey made by women and girls. Your participation enables us to continue critical water, sanitation and hygiene programs, raise awareness, and support our mission to advance women and girls. Sign up today to participate in our fun and interactive event to raise vital funds to end poverty for girls and women around the world. Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea