If you’re looking for family fun this first official weekend of summer, there’s no shortage of events in San Diego. Spend some time on the water at the San Diego International Boat Show. Learn all about tractors and engines at the Antique Engine and Tractor Show. Head to the San Diego Botanic Gardens for the annual Fairy Festival. Or learn all about Spain at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Have a great weekend!


San Diego

San Diego International Boat Show
This event features 150 boats in-water and on-land in a festive family-friendly seaside atmosphere, and is THE place to see and experience everything that boating has to offer, with hands-on activities, including a chance to Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) and take a variety of boating courses on-land or in-water. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sheraton Harbor Island, $12/person (free for kids 15 and under). All ages. Event details.

Kids’ Night Out Bash
Join us for a silly night filled with all wacky weather fun! Your kids will spend their night doing fun activities, crafts and adventure play! Fri., 6 – 9 p.m., Kid Ventures 4S Ranch and Eastlake locations, $15 – $30/person. All ages. Event details.

Summer Twilight Walk
This guided walk explores the nocturnal world of Mission Trails Regional Park as dusk settles. Sat., 7:15 p.m., Kumeyaay Lake Campground Entry at Mission Trails, Free. All ages. Event details. 

North County

Escondido Roots: Spain
Come enjoy cultural performances and activities that highlight the diverse traditions of Spain in the community. The afternoon will feature storytelling and folklore performances by Spinning Wheel Players (with Mindy Donner) and flamenco music and dance performances by Danzarts and Ole Flamenco, as well as hands-on activities focused around Spain. Sat., 2 – 4 p.m., San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, Free. All ages. Event details.

Antique Engine and Tractor Show
Bring the family and experience 50 acres of all-day fun including Antique Equipment & Tractor Parade, N scale model railroad exhibit, a weaving and spinning exhibit, and a blacksmithing demonstration. Tractor games for the children, arts and crafts, train and wagon rides, and more. Various vendors along with food, drinks and snacks. Sat. – Sun., 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, $7 – $10 (kids 12 and under free). All ages. Event details.

La Jolla Festival of the Arts
This festival features more than 200 award-winning artists, along with live chalk art creations, art performances, delicious and healthy cuisines, adult beverage libations, and live entertainment throughout the weekend. Sat. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Warren Field at UC San Diego, $9 – $16 (16 and younger free), All ages. Event details.

Fairy Festival
Kids can become fairies for the day when they create a fairy house, visit the Fairy Queen, leave a message on the Wishing Bush, and sign and dance with Snap Tap N Sing. Snacks and craft activities available. Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., San Diego Botanic Gardens, $8 – $14/person, All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Lemon “Aid”
Families will love this “all-things Lemon” fun-raising cook-off. Similar to a chili cook-off, this competition focuses on lemon treats and tastes. The event includes a kids’ area, face-painting, taste-testing with the people’s vote and an amazing panel of judges. Proceeds from the event will go toward sending kids who are Deaf or hard of hearing to the First Annual Literacy camp. Sat., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tidelands Park, .50/taste. All ages. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of San Diego International Boat Show