What do fairy tales, turtles, San Diego history and musical fun have in common? They’re all happening in San Diego this weekend! Celebrate the (almost) end of summer with Gymboree and Hullabaloo. Head to Old Town for the annual TwainFest celebrating literature and culture in 19th Century America. Experience classical fairy takes and ballet at the annual Fairy Tales in the Park performance. Or journey to the San Diego Living Coast Discovery Center for their Turtle Lagoon adventure. Have a great weekend!

fairy tales in the parkphoto: San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

San Diego

End of Summer Bash with Gymboree and Hullabaloo
It’s the party of the session for toddlers and preschoolers! Join us for summer-themed Play & Art activities. And a special jam session with Hullabaloo! It’s great big summer fun for the whole family! Sat. Event details.

TwainFest is a free family festival, perfect for all ages, celebrating the literature and culture of 19th Century America. Hear terrific music, listen to stories of real Californians as well as pieces by Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Dickinson, Paul Lawrence Dunbar and so many others. Engage with our puppets, vote in the election of 1872, contribute to the Never-Ending story and play games to win prizes and free books. Sat. Event details.

Fairy Tales in the Park
Fairy Tales in the Park is a whimsical, interactive dance event which engages both young audiences and families, introducing them to the art of ballet through familiar stories they know and love. The show features excerpts from classic fairytales narrated by a professional storyteller and interpreted through dance. Professional sets, costumes, and lighting bring the stories to life on stage, while an “enchanted forest” theatre lobby and free outdoor activities in “Fairy Tale Village” enrich the interactive experience. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

North County

Meet Barbie
Get ready for a doll-tastic day as Barbie™ teaches her friends that ‘you can be anything!’ She will be inspiring children in your town. This live interactive performance features brand new songs that will get kids up and moving all while helping Barbie™discover that you can be anything. Barbie™ will also be available to pose with kids and families for photos after the show. Fri. Event details.

Hands-On Activity for Families: Fun in 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. During the month of August, 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.

South Bay

Passport to the Pacific Featuring Turtle Lagoon
Set a course for adventure! Explore the unique habitats that surround the Pacific Ocean and discover new animals through interactive travel-inspired exhibits. And journey to the new Turtle Lagoon and explore the world of Eastern Pacific green sea turtles! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Orange County

Movie Night at Hotel Irvine
Friends, family and neighbors should grab their blankets and beach chairs to spend nights under the stars for Movie Nights in The Backyard at Hotel Irvine. Enjoy evenings filled with live music and nostalgic blockbuster favorites shown on the big outdoor screen. Tonight’s feature is “The Breakfast Club.” Fri. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer