Photo: Jessica Raymond Photography

Get a jumpstart on celebrating Father’s Day with a free mini photo session for Pop and the little ones at Green Flash Brewery, or get inspired at the San Diego Festival of the Arts, kick up your heels at the Backcountry dance in Julian or take in a soapbox derby race. This weekend is full of fantastic events! Read on for the details.


James and the Giant Peach
See one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved stories spring to life on stage! Coronado Playhouse beckons you to crawl inside the giant peach along with James and take a peek. Find yourself with James in the center of this gigantic peach with human-sized insects – each with equally over-sized proportions – like the Green Grasshopper, the gentle Ladybird, Spider, Centipede and Earthworm and take this amazing journey across the ocean. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Inflatable Days
Bounce on over to the Swim Center for an inflatable day. Inflatable days are public sessions when there will be one of two larger Inflatables out so everyone can join the fun! Each participant will need to pay daily admission for the pool and then pay the inflatable fee. Each swimmer will also be swim tested, regardless of age. Life Jackets are available. Fri. Event details.


Way to Play Day
Pretend City is hosting a Way to Play Day that focuses on language and communication skills. Kids can play their way through the museum and parents can find out how to make play time as educational as it can be. This event will include free ASQ and vision screenings. Fri. Event details.


San Diego Festival of the Arts
This festival features nearly 200 award-winning artists, along with live chalk art creations, art performances, delicious and healthy cuisines, adult beverage libations, interactive activities for families and live entertainment throughout the weekend. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Flag Day Celebration at USS Midway
Celebrate America on the USS Midway with live music, a musket gun salute, guest speakers and a flag presentation. Boy Scouts will collect worn flags for proper retirement. Don’t forget to wear red, white and blue for free admission. Sat. Event details.


Julian Backcountry Dance and BBQ
This outdoor event in its 11th year. The brain-child of the Sons of the American Legion in Julian, it began and has grown as an event to raise funds for Veterans, kids, local schools and other charitable organizations in the community. From the beginning, the “Dance” has featured the best in country music and dancing on the huge floor and stage built by the Sons. Fabulous BBQ has been a keystone of the event with all the food cooked on-site in the Santa Maria style on an open oak flame. The wholesome family event is staged each year in a beautiful mountain setting at the Menghini Winery. With separate events for kids in their own area the “Dance” is a throwback to a simpler time with twinkly lights and bonfires back-dropped by dark mountain skies. It’s an event where locals and guests from down the hill get together for a great time and raise funds for a great cause. Notes: Bring a jacket as the weather gets chilly in the evening. No pets allowed. Cash only event. Sat. Event details.

Chula Vista

Summer Sundays at Village Walk
At Summer Sundays at Village Walk you can catch a different beat from live music performances and cruise a different car club every week. There will also be food and product samples and fun activities for the kids including free crafts, balloon sculptures and face painting and the Village Walk Photo Booth where you can use fun props and receive free photo strips of your experience. Click here for the band, car club and craft line-up each week. Sun. Event details.

Mira Mesa

Pre-Father’s Day Photo Shoot
Get a jumpstart on celebrating Father’s Day with a mini family photo session featuring daddy and the kids (but mama can sneak in there too). Jessica Raymond Photography will be doing the sessions and there will be desserts from M&A’s Bakery and food trucks will be on site at the Brewery. You’ll get 25% off beer if you mention that you’re with the San Diego Moms Blog. There will also be giveaways with chances to win prizes including a family 4 pack of tickets to the San Diego Zoo. This event is free, but please let organizers know you plan on attending by pre-registering here. Sun. Event details.

Flinn Springs

Lavender Day + Antique Craft Fair
Celebrate the fragrance and beauty of lavender and spend the day with a friend at the farm and shop in the barn for great lavender gifts. More than 40 fine craftsman and expert artisans can be found at this event. Crafts, collectables, antiques, and a garden sale all on the spacious lawn area. Enjoy your day shopping at this great outdoor event. Sat. Event details.

Little Italy

Van Go! S.T.E.A.M Festival & Soapbox Derby Race
This family-friendly event includes a Soapbox Derby featuring 16 soap box cars designed and created by the students of Washington Elementary School, live musical and visual arts performances, interactive kid-friendly activities, a car show and a beer and wine garden for the parents. The festival will also have many activities including a Kids Corral on the soccer field filled with booths to discover the world of STEAM education, gourmet food trucks, a silent auction filled with student’s artwork, live music and a DJ dance party. Kids can spend the day exploring unique activities and play in the bouncy house and more! Sat. Event details.

Mission Valley

San Diego Humane Society: Paint Your Pet
Kids can paint a portrait of their pet while supporting the San Diego Humane Society. Participants will work at their own pace in the 2 hour time frame, receiving step by step instruction along the way. All supplies and a pre-drawn pet photo are included in the price to create the 11×14 canvas. Email 2-3 photos of your pet to at least two days prior to the event. Note: kids will paint from the photograph, do not bring pets to class. Complimentary snacks and beverages provided. Sun. Event details.

Where are you enjoying the weekend? Let us know in the comments.


––Beth Shea