San Diego Kids Weekend Events: Aug 12-14

With a weekend filled with art, cowboys, food trucks and camping, there’s really something for everyone to enjoy. Head to Old Town for Stagecoach Days and learn about vaqueros (cowboys). Enjoy hands-on arts and crafts at ArtWalk NTC in Liberty Station. Enjoy s’mores and snores at the annual campout in Carlsbad. And save your appetite for Summer Food Truck Festival at Bates Nut Farm. Have a great weekend!


photo: Artwalk NTC

San Diego

ArtWalk NTC
ArtWalk NTC features more than 175 artists, a dozen live musicians, a variety of food and interactive art activities for kids. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

Stagecoach Days
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park celebrates travel and transportation in the era of real horsepower at Stagecoach Days. This week’s feature is Days of the Vaqueros. See vaqueros – the original cowboys – ride, rope, and talk of life on the ranchos. Sat. Event details.

Nighttime Zoo
This summer, the San Diego Zoo continues celebrating its centennial year in a big way with live music and special shows, and tons of fun during Nighttime Zoo presented by Cymer. Enjoy summer fun including: Zoolahoops: interactive hoola-hoop fun; toe-tapping tunes from a mariachi band, Rock n Roar, and The Chameleons; Dr. Zoolittle’s Zany Zoo; Bouncing Birthday Bash trampoline acrobatics; and The Journey: a spectacular processional of larger-than-life pageantry puppets and stilt walkers. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

North County

Summer Food Truck Festival and Campout
Spend an evening on the farm with family and friends! Eight of San Diego’s favorite food trucks will be here to serve you the best in mobile cuisine. Enjoy live music from Calico Ridge on the Bates Stage. There are also Snow’s Pony rides, petting corral, and Kidz Zone make this a fun event for the entire family. The food truck lineup includes Chubby’s, Currywurst Frankfurt, Devilicious, Epic Eatz, Mariposa Ice Cream Truck, Organic Truck, SnoCal Shaved Ice, and Two For the Road. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

Family Weekends at Del Mar Races
Enjoy horseback rides, the Rad Hatter, magic shows, Pony Boy, and lots more during the Family Weekends of the Del Mar Races. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

Snores and S’mores Annual Camping Event
Families are invited to set up their tents on the field at Aviara Community Park and enjoy a night under the stars that includes dinner and DIY s’mores, an outdoor showing of Inside Out, and a number of kid-friendly Inside Out-themed games. The next morning, families will wake up to a continental breakfast complete with coffee, hot chocolate and juices. Sat. Event details

Hands-on Fun for Families: Fun with the Sun
Early settlers of the San Dieguito area preserved their fruits and vegetables for the winter months by drying them in the summer sun. Celebrate history by creating monoprints featuring the sun. Using painting and printing techniques on paper, some bling, and, of course, your imagination, you’ll create fun banners or wall hangings to adorn your room or home. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

– Leah R. Singer