photo: Mission Federal ArtWalk

Lakeside camping, art blossoming to life in flower-form, steam train rides, a beachside street fair, a garden party and a chocolate festival! This weekend is what dreams are made of! Read on for the details.

Balboa Park

Art Alive
Springtime in San Diego means Art Alive at The San Diego Museum of Art. A blaze of color, bright blossoms and lush foliage—a garden of earthly delights—the Museum blooms again. With 100+ floral interpretations of masterworks of art and four flower-filled days of events, Art Alive returns for its 37th year, boasting creations by top local and national designers. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Student Shakespeare Festival
Gather ye family at The Prado in Balboa Park to watch students bring Shakespeare to life through spoken word, music and dance. Students dressed in terrific costumes perform 10-minute scenes on multiple outdoor stages. A Grand Procession and opening ceremony takes place at 12 p.m. followed by performances at 12:30 p.m. Introducing students to the theatre and the Bard at a young age can truly make a memorable impact. Sat. Event details.


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.

Steam Locomotive Celebration
Join the City of Poway and the Poway Midland Railroad Volunteers (PMRRV) to celebrate the return to service of the beloved No. 3 Baldwin Steam Locomotive, the only operational steam locomotive accessible to the public in San Diego County. Operating out of Old Poway Park for almost 20 years, the iconic engine last ran in 2016 when critical boiler repairs could no longer be delayed. The PMRRV and the City agreed to jointly fund a new boiler so that this historical treasure, built in 1907, could continue to delight passengers for generations to come! Kids are encouraged to dress in their best “train” outfits (such as conductors, engineers, train riders or trains themselves!). Sat. Event details.

Old-Fashioned Mayday Celebration & Friendship Tea
Celebrate spring with kid’s crafts, a maypole, opportunity drawings, a flea market and more at the Poway Historical & Memorial Society’s Old-Fashioned Mayday. Then join the Poway Woman’s Club for their annual Old-Fashioned Friendship Tea at 2 p.m. Enjoy tasty tea, delicacies, entertainment, door prizes and more. Tickets for the Tea are $20 per person. Sun. Event details.

Barrio Logan

2018 Barrio Logan Grand Prix
Join in the thrill of fast-paced bicycle racing by pro racers and top-level amateurs, a community walk, a helmet giveaway and a fun children’s cycling event. The Barrio Logan Grand Prix has become one of Southern California’s largest cycling events. Spectators are treated to numerous views of the racers along city streets in the Barrio Logan area during the races that are held throughout the day. For more information about the event or to register for the event, click here. Sat. Event details.

Del Mar

San Diego Kids Expo and Fair
The San Diego Kids Expo and Fair is a two day event catering to kids and families. This event contains two parts: an Indoor expo portion housing a large variety of businesses showcasing products and services that cater to kids, babies and families. There will be many free activities, specials appearances and performances. The second portion is the Outdoor fair with a Rock n’ Roll stage and rides including a zip-line, pedal kart race cars, zorbing balls, euro bungees and more! There is also an Inflatable Playland for kids age 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. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Encinitas Street Fair
Families, kids and dogs, head to the Encinitas Street Faire to enjoy over 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors plus four entertainment stages, children’s rides, Bike Valets and a Beer Garden. Savor craft beers and soak up the sun while listening to the best bands in San Diego rock out at the Beer Garden Stage. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Diego

Art in the Garden Festival
Acre-wide plant nursery City Farmers Nursery is in full spring bloom and they have invited unique artists to showcase their handmade art along throughout their grounds. One of the most unique days of the year – with specials running all day at Nates Garden Grill. You’ll find first-time crafters and artists, as well as upcycled and traditionally hand-crafted artwork all in a setting that you’ll find nowhere else. Sat. Event details.

Little Italy

Mission Federal ArtWalk
This popular festival in Little Italy is perfect for budding artists with over 17 blocks of artwork on display from all over the world . Watch live music and dance performances throughout the day on the event’s many stages. The highlight for families is Kidswalk, this year at a new location on Date Street between State and Union. Young artists can try out many hands-on art projects from nature-inspired art to STEAM based art to storytelling. A percentage of the proceeds from the event helps to fund Art Reach, a nonprofit that provides art education in schools. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Chocolate Festival: A Celebration of Chocolate on the Bay
This year’s Maritime Museum Chocolate Festival, which celebrates the history of chocolate and how it arrived in America via seafaring travels, will feature chocolate samples from dozens of vendors. Kids and adults will be able to make their own chocolate pizzas, learn kitchen tricks using chocolate, go on a scavenger hunt, watch the Maritime Dancers perform and more! Sun. Event details.

Where are you having fun this weekend? Share in the comments!

––Beth Shea