Let’s hope the weather is fabulous this weekend because San Diego is all about outdoor fun in the sun and summer evenings. There are events all over the county including a Longboard Contest in Oceanside, Hot Summer Nites in Fallbrook, Snores & S’mores in Carlsbad, and the Dog Days of Summer in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. And that’s only in North County! Families will enjoy the Lemon Festival in Chula Vista, Fiesta Del Sol at Cesar Chavez Park, and CityFest in Hillcrest. But if you need something indoors, try the Target Free Sunday at the New Children’s Museum. Get out the sunscreen and enjoy a fun San Diego summer weekend.

North County

Longboard Contest
Enjoy a weekend at the beach with live music, shopping, food, entertainment, and surfing at the Longboard Contest and Beach Festival. Surfing starts at 6:30 am just south of the Oceanside Pier. Fri. – Sun., 6:30 am, Oceanside Pier, Free admission. All ages. More info.

Hot Summer Nites
Enjoy an evening in Fallbrook at the Hot Summer Nites event featuring a race car event, live music, food and more. Included in the evening is a barbecue, firetrucks and music by The Nite Riders. Fri., 5:00 pm, Historic Downtown Main Street, Free. All ages. More info.

Snores & S’mores
Enjoy a family overnight adventure under the stars. The evening features the movie Bingo, crafts, the Super Silly Fun Land, and lots more. Sat., 5:00 pm, Aviara Community Park, $20 (kids 3 and under free). All ages. More info.

Family Swim Night
Kids, get ready to lasso in some fun with the San Marcos Aquatics Team. Enjoy games, swimming and exciting activities. Sat., 6:00 pm, Woodland Park Pool, $5. All ages. More info.

Dog Days of Summer
Take the family (even the canines) to the 7th Annual Dog Days of Summer Canine Festival & Contest. Enjoy San Diego’s largest dog-centric event with more than 130 vendors, a blessing of the dog, dog contests, live music, food, agility course, a doggie photo booth, doggie crafts, and a doggie beach. There’s also Kids Zone for the non-animal kids in the family. Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Cardiff 101 Mainstreet, Free admission. All ages. More info.

East County

100th Birthday Party
Bring the family to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum to celebrate the 100th birthday of old No. 2353, a locomotive built in 1912. The event includes museum tours, free burgers, hot dogs, lemonade, birthday cake and train rides. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, Free. All ages. More info.

South County

Fiesta Del Sol
The 7th annual Fiesta del Sol celebrates the history, cultural diversity, and engagement of the people of San Diego. It is a fun, family-friendly, alcohol and tobacco-free event focused on creating positive change by empowering our communities. Sun., 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Cesar Chavez Park, Free. All ages. More info.

Lemon Festival
Did you know Chula Vista is the “Lemon Capitol of the World?” Join the community for the annual celebration with entertainment, international food, kids fun zone, and lots of lemons. Sun., 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Third Ave., Free. All ages. More info.

San Diego

Celebrate CityFest, an annual street fair offering more than 250 vendors, live music, games, food and more. Sun., 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Hillcrest, Free. All ages. More info.

Target Free Sunday at the New Children’s Museum
Haven’t been to The New Children’s Museum yet? Target lets you enjoy the museum for free on the second Sunday of each month. Take the family to the museum for activities and fun for everyone. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, The New Children’s Museum, Free. All ages. More info.

— Leah R. Singer

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