Whether you’re in the mood for hot air balloon rides, youth football, world music, or books — there’s lots happening in San Diego and Orange County this last weekend of July. Kids 5 – 14 will enjoy the NCAA Football Youth Clinic. Enjoy family fun days in Del Mar and Pine Valley. Experience Japanese culture at the Obon Festival. And get ready for an Orange County tradition: the Cypress Community Festival. 

San Diego

Football Youth Clinic
Kaiser Permanente and the NCAA host this Football Youth Clinic for kids. The event features local college coaches and student-athletes. Registration starts at 8:00 am. Sat., 9:00 am, Qualcomm Stadium Rugby Field, Free. Ages 5 – 14. More info.

World Music Festival
Get ready to rock at the Southern California World Music Festival. This event features live music, DJs, kids area with jumps, games, water balloons and more. Sat., 4:00 pm – 1:00 am, Four Points by Sheraton, $15 – $30 (kids 10 and under free). All ages. More info.

East County

Pine Valley Days
Take the family to Pine Valley for old-fashioned fun. There will be a deep pit barbecue, live music, a parade, horse shoe tournament, rock climbing, and lots more. Fri. &Sat., 5:00 pm, Pine Valley County Park, Free. All ages. More info.

North County

Family Fun Day
Enjoy a Del Mar afternoon with Pony Boy (the Del Mar mascot), Rad Hatter, pony rides, Webkinz plush horse giveaway, games, a magic show and more. Sun., 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Del Mar Racetrack, $6 (kids 17 and under free). All ages. More info.

Obon Festival
Experience a lesson in Japanese and Buddhist culture at the Obon Festival featuring Japanese food, taiko drumming, performances, games and Buddhist dancing. Sat. & Sun., 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Vista Buddhist Temple, Free. All ages. More info.

Write On, Oceanside
Enjoy Oceanside’s annual book fair that celebrates the community’s authors. The event includes a book club roundtable, panel discussions, music, food and more. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Oceanside Civic Center Plaza, Free. All ages. More info.

Orange County

Cypress Community Festival
The Cypress Community Festival is one of the largest one-day events in Orange County. Family activities include a chili cook off, pancake breakfast, car show, games, food, kids rides, arts and crafts, and a 5K/10K run/walk. Sat., 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Oak Knoll Park, Free. All ages. More info.  

Great Balloon Park
The Great Park Balloon is the Orange County Great Park’s first major attraction. The balloons hold up to 25 to 30 passengers, and soar up to 400 feet above the ground. Balloon rides are free. Sun., 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Orange County Great Park, Free. Ages vary. More info.

Family Sun Day
Families are invited to play, explore, listen and connect with nature and each other at the Family Sun Day Fun Day at the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. A nature mentor will guide you through nature activities and games to enliven your wilderness awareness. Sun., 9:00 am – 11:00 pm, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, $2 donation per person. All ages. More info.

— Leah R. Singer