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It’s literally the dog days of summer this weekend at the 13th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer event! ArtWalk at Liberty Station and Art in the Village in Carlsbad will get those creative juices flowing and you can eat s’mores & stargaze at a Star Party, sing along to your fave movie tunes with the San Diego Symphony and so much more! Read on for where to soak up some end of summer fun.

Embarcadero Marina Park South

Hooray for Hollywood
The San Diego Symphony’s annual tribute to film music is back, with an all-new set of expertly edited clips from award-winning masterpieces of cinema accompanied by some of the greatest music ever written for the movies! Sat. Event details.

Liberty Station

ArtWalk Liberty Station
The Annual Fine Arts Festival, ArtWalk @ Liberty Station will return to Ingraham Plaza for the 13th year! The free, family-friendly event’s 2018 theme “Connecting Creative Communities” embodies ArtWalk’s mission to bring San Diego together to enjoy art and cultural expression all weekend long. Artwork from over 200 international, national and local San Diego artists will surround the picturesque Ingram Plaza rose garden where attendees can view and purchase every medium of art including painting, sculpture, glass work, fine jewelry, photography and more. The festival will also include live music; KidsWalk, an interactive art area for families; street food options and a wine and beer pavilion benefitting ArtReach, a nonprofit that has provided free art classes to over 20,000 students who wouldn’t normally have access to art programs in San Diego County. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Shelter Island

Young Anglers Fishing Tournament
Join in the free fishing fun for young anglers ages 6 to 15. No experience needed. Prizes will be awarded at this catch and release tournament. If needed, they will provide loaner fishing tackle and lunch will be served. Registration on site or save time and register on line at Need more information? Call San Diego Sportfishing Council at 619-234-8793. Sat. Event details.


Padres KidsFest
Join the family fun at KidsFest at the Park featuring bounce houses and other inflatables, games, face painters, balloon artists and more kid-friendly activities starting 2.5 hours before every Sunday home game. Sun. Event details.


Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
Raise the woof! It’s the 13th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer! This free event features over 100 dog-related vendors, rescue groups, pet adoption agencies and a carefully curated “Maker’s Market Row.”  Activities include dog contests, live music, kids activities, beer & wine garden, food trucks and more. The event will also feature a “Rescue Row” and Pet Health Expo. Sun. Event details.


Star Party
Ever wonder what’s up there? Join park staff and the San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) for an evening of stargazing. Arrive at sunset for a twilight hike to search for bats and scorpions! Everyone will enjoy optic-friendly s’mores! Inclement weather will cancel. If you have questions, call the park at 619-561-0580. Sat. Event details.


20th Annual Art in the Village
The Carlsbad Village Association’s (CVA) Art in the Village will returns bringing 110 local and regional fine artists for a one-day, open-air art show with something for everyone! Starting at 9 a.m., attendees can browse dynamic exhibits, meet the artists, and listen to live acoustic and classical music along State St. and Grand Ave. right in the heart of the Village, just blocks from Carlsbad State Beach. Live sculpting and painting demos will take place throughout the day. The Family Open Studios will be available for art-making projects for the whole family. A new Teen Art Pavilion will showcase the incredible artwork of teen artists from local high schools. The City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Department will be unveiling a unique art project to be installed in the Village, as the first of half a dozen Carlsbad-centric public art pieces. Public parking is plentiful in the Village, and the beach is only two blocks away. Numerous casual and fine dining establishments are within steps from the venue, as well as shopping at a wide variety of boutiques, salons, and galleries. Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea