No city celebrates Veterans Day with more grandeur than San Diego. This weekend you can attend the nation’s largest public parade of U.S. Armed Forces in uniform formations from all five military branches at the San Diego Veterans Day Parade––or watch 10+ high school marching bands perform at the Liberty Station Band Review. Also on tap: the must-see production of Willy Wonka Jr., the Escondido Tamale Festival and so much more! Read on for all the details!
In the Park Series: Get Crafty
It’s time to channel your inner Picasso to get crafty at this In The Park Series event! Create a masterpiece with squirt guns full of paint; make a kite that soars higher than the birds; dazzle your family and friends with fall-inspired sun catchers; sew yourself a satchel to take everything home in, and more! Fri. Event details.
Willy Wonka Jr.
The most magical ticket on the planet is the one to Willy Wonka Jr., a musical stage adaptation of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. ’ This delicious production will wow theatergoers with lively songs, amazing costumes and a thrilling set. Kids and adults alike will love this enchanting show. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Liberty Station Band Review
The Liberty Station Band Review will feature performances by more than ten Southern California high school marching bands, professional judging and an awards ceremony, with a military salute, followed by a festival featuring food, live music and other entertainment. The bands will march around Liberty Station for the public to enjoy and perform for a panel of professional judges. The bands will begin marching at 10 a.m. and the community festival will start at 11 a.m. There will be food trucks and live entertainment, including stage performances, kids’ gymnastics, face painting and more. Diamond Bar High School will perform a military salute to veterans, military and their families—featuring a medley of songs. Sat. Event details.
San Diego Veterans Day Parade
The San Diego Veterans Day Parade is a fun event for the entire family and the nation’s largest public parade of U.S. Armed Forces in uniform formations from all five military branches. The one-mile route runs down North Harbor Drive and features floats, military vehicles, marching bands, active and veterans military groups and more. Sat. Event details.
5k Color Fun Run
This year’s 5k color run consists of a morning and evening set of race options that feature live DJ music. 5k Color Fun Run brings the spirit of healthy fun, music and togetherness to life along with color packets that runners throw on and at each other. Food trucks will be on location and an after party at Bassmnt in Gaslamp will follow the main event. There’s also a Fun Zone for kids with inflatable slides, bounce houses, rides and obstacle courses. Sat. Event details.
Christmas Arts, Crafts and Vintage Market
Start your holiday shopping early at the Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market. Over 80 artisans will be selling a variety of American handmade crafts and fine art. Family activities include Snows Pony Rides, Kids ‘n Paint and face painting. Take a break from the shopping to enjoy some great BBQ and listen to live music on the Bates Stage from noon-3 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
3rd Annual Escondido Tamale Festival
The Escondido Tamale Festival is a celebration of Tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. It’s a look back at the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who have influenced and contributed so much to our multicultural community and a show of appreciation for the traditions which have so positively affected Escondido. Mark your calendars and come to Escondido in North San Diego County for some traditional fun and the best tamales in Southern California! Traditional, Gourmet, BBQ Smoked, Lobster, Banana Leaf Wrapped, Dulce, Vegetarian, Vegan Tamales and more. Live music with Latin, Folklorico & Aztec Performers. Mariachis, food & craft vendors, food trucks, craft beer & wine garden, Chihuahua costume & best tamale contests, tamale making classes, fun for the kids, face painters, raffle prizes. Special Veteran’s Day ceremony from 10-11 a.m, at the “Wall of Courage.” presented by Escondido’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1513, American Legion Post 149, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 70. Come by and learn about your local veterans! Sat. Event details.
Free Heart Screening
Thousands of young people die annually when their heart unexpectedly stops due to an undetected condition that causes Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), a leading cause of death under 25 and the #1 killer of student athletes. The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation has tried to combat this tragic loss of young lives by screening 23,000 hearts and counting, finding nearly 1 in 100 at risk from an undetected heart abnormality. Volunteers will screen upwards of 1,000 young adults, ages 12-25. The event is free, simply register at
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