It’s August, and what better way to start the month than a host of events featuring banana splits, reptiles, surfing, and lots of other outdoor fun. Enjoy a TGIF Jazz in the Park Concert in Carlsbad; an ArtWalk and Car Show in Escondido; or a performance of “The King and I” in Orange County. You can even start celebrating fall early at the annual La Habra Corn Festival! Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Who Dunnt? Old Town San Diego
Join us for a thrilling Murder Mystery Adventure Tour in Old Town San Diego! Who Dunnit? Old Town San Diego is a Murder Mystery Adventure Tour that lasts approximately 2 hours. You will visit several of Old Town’s most popular destinations while solving a murder mystery. Sun., 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Old Town State Historic Park, $25. Ages 10 and up. Event details.

Banana Split Day
Celebrate 32 years of banana splits with a make-your-own banana split bar! The park will provide unlimited ice cream and toppings. All you need to do is bring your own bananas. Sat., 2:00 pm, Standley Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Home Depot Kids Workshop
Bring the family to any Home Depot for a workshop especially for kids. Young construction workers will make anything from toolboxes to fire trucks to a window birdhouse and bughouse. The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety. In addition to the newly constructed project, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron and an achievement pin. Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Home Depot locations across the county, Free. Ages 5 – 12.  Event details.

North County

Ford Supergirl Pro
Come out and see the very best that female surfing has to offer! The Ford Supergirl Pro is the largest female surfing event in the world. The event is free to the public and will include live music as well as autographs from the pros, free hair styling from Paul Mitchell, give-aways, celebrity guests, an eco-village and an expo area with a host of surf-oriented companies. Fri. – Sun., 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Oceanside Pier, Free. All ages. Event details.

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TGIF Jazz in the Park
Bring the family out for a wonderful evening to celebrate the 28th season of great music. Fri., 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Stagecoach Community Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

ArtWalk and Car Show
Bring the family to the Old California Restaurant Row in Escondido for art and cars galore! The day features an array of cars including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Porsche. ArtWalk features original works of art on sale by local artists and craftsmen. Sun., 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Old California Restaurant Row, Free. All ages. Event details.

Reptile Day
Join a reptile specialist for the Escondido Humane Society for a presentation where your kiddos will hear all about reptiles and amphibians. Stick around after the presentation and check out the nature center. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Jack’s Pond Park, $3 general admission (free for members). Ages 5+. Event details.

South Bay

Farm to Yoga at Suzie’s Farm
Your family can spend a relaxing day at Suzie’s Farm, tour the farm with Suzie’s farmers learning first hand what’s growing and why supporting our farmers is so important. Following yoga, nourish your body with a farm to fork meal grown in Suzie’s field and prepared by the holistic chefs, of the one and only, San Diego Green Truck team. Sun., 12:30 – 6:00 pm, Suzie’s Farm, $50 – $90. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Little Naturalists: Radical Rats
Activities are designed to encourage exploration and discovery and to enrich a child’s emerging physical and cognitive skills. We’ll explore the Nature Center trails, stop in the shade for story time, make a craft, and visit the butterfly house! Fri., 10:00 – 11:30 am, Environmental Nature Center, $6 ($5 for members). Ages 3 – 5. Event details.

La Habra Corn Festival
Ready for some “corny” fun? The La Habra Corn Festival includes a fall parade and two day carnival at El Centro Park. The parade is open to most any group that wants to participate. The parade is one of the largest daytime parades in southern California. There’s also a corn-eating contest, cutest baby contest, and best doggie contest. Fri. – Sun., Times vary, El Centro Park, Free admission. All ages. Event details.

“The King and I” Performance
Adults and kids will love this classic tale of east versus west. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. Fri. – Sun., 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Attic Community Theater, Prices vary. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Heading to a beach, the park, or crafting a fun project? 

–Leah R. Singer

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