Photo: Bill Gracey

Who’s ready for all the fun of the San Diego County Fair, which rolls into town this weekend? (Don’t miss our guide on how to have a blast at the Fair on a budget)! After you’ve had your fill of rides and cotton candy, the force may be with you at LEGOLAND‘s Star Wars Days, you can soak up the sunshine at two street festivals or take them out to the San Diego Padres ball game! Read on for the best family-friendly events around town this weekend.

Balboa Park

Food Truck Fridays in Balboa Park
Summer Fridays just got even more fabulous. Now you can enter the weekend with good food and fun by dining at gourmet food trucks in Balboa Park while enjoying live entertainment. You’ll find appetizers, main courses, desserts and specialty beverages all at this gathering. There will also be a different musical performer each Friday in the Plaza de Panama in the “living room” setup which boasts a large artificial lawn for kids to play on and a giant checkers set, oversized beanbags and hands-on activities hosted by various park venues. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit in the lawn area in front of the Botanical Building, or enjoy craft beers, wine and cocktails inside the nearby Panama 66 and Prado restaurants. Click here to see the list of food trucks and free live entertainment scheduled for each Friday. Fri. Event details.

Del Mar

San Diego County Fair
The 2017 San Diego County Fair promises a summer of fun! The San Diego County Fair runs June 2 – July 4 (closed Mondays and the first three Tuesdays) and is the largest annual event in San Diego County and the fourth largest fair in North America. Concerts, rides, food, exhibits… the fair promises loads of fun and entertainment for your whole family. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


LEGO Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND
The force will be with you at LEGO Star Wars Days, where kids can meet Stormtroopers, Jedi Knights and Darth Vader as they descend upon LEGOLAND. Out of this world themed activities include a LEGO Star Wars Family Build Challenge, LEGO Star Wars Miniland Scavenger Hunt, Jedi Trivia, costume contests and more! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Normal Heights

Art Around Adams
This family-friendly event will showcase an array of artists, musicians, outrageous street performers and interactive installations. Enjoy art and music from local bands and businesses that will transform themselves into art galleries and performance arenas for the day. Stroll the entire two-mile event route, or take the complimentary “Comedy Trolley.” Sat. Event details.

Liberty Station

Family Open Art: Recycled Art, Family Tree
Working on a family art project already? That’s great! Take advantage of Pachis’ supplies and the advice of their staff to add more and new things to your masterpiece in progress. All children must be accompanied by an adult and participants may feel free to come and go at any time during open art sessions. Sat. Event details.


Family Fun Days at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
Explore the lives of birds, with new topics discussed the first Sunday of every month, including feathers and flight, migration and lagoon babies. Discover the ways birds move and change with the air, lands and waters they live in, and look for animal babies and learn about nature cycles in springtime events. Includes interactive tours and arts/crafts. Sun. Event details.

Rancho Bernardo

RB Alive! Street Fair
Enjoy the sunshine at the 29th Annual RB Alive! Expo Street Fair with a full day of entertainment and enjoyment. There will be tasty treats, over 300 booths featuring arts and crafts and games and activities at The Kids Zone. The Cultural Center will perform historical reenactments and local organizations will share their art, culture, history and handiwork. And be sure not to miss the Classic Car Show at this event. Sun. Event details.


Take Them Out to a San Diego Padres Ball Game
Buy the kids some peanuts and Cracker Jacks while you cheer on the San Diego Padres vs. the Rockies this weekend! Promotion at Sunday’s ball game include: Compadres Kids Sunday Signings, KidsFest and Postgame Kids Run the Bases. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Where are you having fun with the fam this weekend? Tell us in the comments.

–– Beth Shea