Most of you are probably spending Friday enjoying fireworks and patriotic parades. But there’s plenty of other events around San Diego once Independence Day comes to a close. Head to North County for a day of nature and discovering ancient artifacts at the San Elijo Nature Center. Go on a scavenger hunt to find the elusive Waldo at the San Diego Central Library. Take advantage of Free Fishing Day. Or celebrate Friday Night Liberty on Saturday at Liberty Station. Have a great weekend and have a great 4th of July!

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Free Fishing Day
Take advantage of Free Fishing Day from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Today is the only day you can fish without a fishing license. Sat., All day, Various fishing spots around town, Free. All ages. Event details.

Where’s Waldo? East Village Scavenger Hunt Kickoff Party
Kids can embark on a fun journey to find a literary favorite. The Library Shop is hosting a month-long scavenger hunt for Where’s Waldo in the East Village. The hunt will kick off with a costume parade and craft at the San Diego Central Library. Participants are encouraged to come in Waldo costumes. Sat., 10 – 11 a.m., Library Shop at Downtown Central Library, Free. All ages. Event details.

Jackie and the Beanstock by 3rd Space Theatre Collective
An outdoor imaginative performance for the family presented as part of the San Diego International FringeFestival.Out of the clear blue wonder, a kooky band of musical misfits rolls into town on an old RV, with a magical re-planting of Jack and the Beanstalk. International, inventive, and interactive; for adults and their kids. Sat. – Sun., 12 – 3 p.m., NBC Building at Horton Square, Free. All ages. Event details.

Guided Nature Walk
Enjoy a free guided nature walk and learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. These interpretive nature walks are offered to enhance your appreciation of our open space and the unique beauty of San Diego’s natural environment. Sat., 9:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Banfield Future Vet Program
This one-hour interactive presentation provides a unique opportunity for kids and families to experience the exciting world of veterinary medicine. Sat., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., The New Children’s Museum, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Friday Night Liberty on Saturday
Bring out the whole family for this special holiday event featuring open artist studios, galleries, shopping and entertainment throughout NTC at Liberty Station’s Arts & Culture District in Point Loma. There will be 20+ galleries, museums and artists studios; cake to celebrate Barracks 19 5th anniversary; live music; and four food trucks. Sat., 1 – 8 p.m., NTC at Liberty Station, Free. Ages 3 – 10. Event details.

North County

Family Fun Day: Ancient Artifacts and Skulls
Kids can uncover secrets of our past in a mock dig site and discover all the fun of nature. Sun., 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., San Elijo Nature Center, $1 suggested donation. All ages. Event details.

San Marcos ArtWalk
This fun day includes more than 30 artists, art students and arts organizations. It also includes a car show, farmers market and special offers on restaurants and entertainment. Sun., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Old California Restaurant Row, Free. All ages. Event details

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

– Leah R. Singer

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