This spring weekend promises to be full of fun San Diego events. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Mother Earth and go green, check out the many Earth Day events happening this weekend. There’s lots to do at the Kids Expo and Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and little ones and parents will have a blast at Mission Federal ArtWalk. You can also dive into reading at the Kids Book Party in Balboa Park or the San Diego Storytelling Festival at the Encinitas Library. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Kids Book Party
It’s a celebration of book! Kiddos will enjoy refreshments, entertainment and free, new books to take home at this annual event by Reading Literacy Learning Inc. Sat., 8:30 – 10:30 am, Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Free. All ages. Event details.

Healthy Kids Day
The Y’s annual Healthy Kids Day is aimed at inspiring kids to keep moving and learning. Healthy Kids Day features health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, swimming, and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. Activities include open swim in the pool, music by tween band Victims of Authority, Zumba classes, arts and crafts, obstacle courses, educational activities, healthy snacks, and more. Sat., 10 am – 2 pm, Mission Valley YMCA, Free. All ages. Event details.

Linda Vista Multicultural Fair
The Linda Vista Fair is intended to promote cultural awareness and understanding within the City of San Diego. Its numerous cultural exhibits, film festival, varied ethnic food offerings and delightful artistic performances are eagerly anticipated by residents and visitors to San Diego. Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, Block of Linda Vista Rd., Free. All ages. Event details.

Mission Federal ArtWalk
Families are invited to bring their kids to enjoy KidsWalk, a special area at the event offering more than 15 hands-on art activities provided by the children’s museums, performing art schools and art instructors. KidsWalk is part of the Mission Federal ArtWalk event. Visitors will also enjoy five stages of live music, a dedicated venue for San Diego’s dance companies, terrific eateries and creative vignettes of performing and interactive entertainment. Sat. and Sun., 11 am – 6 pm, Little Italy, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Kids Expo and Fair
Bring the family out to the largest kids expo in San Diego. Four stages of music, dance, modeling and guest appearances, plus 100 businesses and products for kids and families. Sat. and Sun., 10 am – 5 pm, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Free for kids, $8/adult. All ages. Event details.

Hanamatsuri Bazaar
This Japanese and Buddhist cultural festival showcases and ikebana exhibit, taiko drumming, cultural performances, game booths for kids, and lots more. Sat. and Sun., 12 – 6 pm, Vista Buddhist Temple, Free. All ages. Event details.

Oceanside Days of Art
Enjoy two days of fun that include art exhibits, local musician, art activities, delicious food and more. Don’t miss the Green Fair on Sunday! Sat. and Sun., 10 am – 5 pm, Downtown Oceanside, Free. All ages. Event details.

Encinitas Street Faire
Join San Diego families and vendors browsing 400 unique booths featuring arts, crafts, antiques and more. The Faire also has lots of fun kids events including rides, crafts and four live stages of entertainment. Sat. and Sun., 9 am – 5 pm, Downtown Encinitas, Free. All ages. Event details.

San Diego Storytelling Festival
The fourth annual San Diego Storytelling Festival is an entire day of storytelling performances and workshops for all ages. Of particular interest to families and kids are the kick-off preschool storytime and sing-along with popular storytellers Charles Johnson, The Patchwork Players and Mary Holma (with her dancing limberjack). At the same time there is a family performance of “A Garden of Stories” and a presentation of legends and artifacts by a local Luseno tradition-keeper. Sat., 10 am – 6 pm, Encinitas Library, Free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us what’s on your calendar in the comments! 

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of San Diego Kids Expo & Fair Facebook page