Photo: Fiesta del Sol

Kick off the weekend Friday night at Rancho Bernardo Winery’s Sunset ArtWalk; then swing in to Saturday and Sunday revelry at the Fiesta del Sol Festival. We also give two paws up to Poodles on Parade and read on for the scoop about an event that’s in full ‘Bloom’ for new and expecting moms.

Rancho Bernardo

Sunset ArtWalk at Bernardo Winery
Start your weekends off right at the Rancho Bernardo Winery. Every Friday night during the summer, head to the winery for art, wine, music, food and shopping in the Winery Village. Meet local artists and enjoy their work in the courtyard along with live music, food vendors and tasting room. Shops and Café open late. Families welcome, but leave Fido at home. Fri. Event details.

Poodles on Parade
Get a kick out of watching poodles strut their stuff in this lively parade. You’ll also enjoy food trucks, tricks and demonstrations, exhibits geared for pet lovers and more. Dogs are welcome to attend on a leash. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. Sat. Event details.


Mother’s Tea
Mother’s Tea is an informal event meant to bring together mamas in the area from all backgrounds and walks of life. All are welcome and encouraged to attend; just come as you are and bring your new baby if you’d like. There will be a selection of teas to choose from and if you’d like to bring a gluten free snack to share, it will be enjoyed. There won’t be any formal discussion topic, just an icebreaker question and budding friendship. Note: Babes in arms are always welcome, but please leave older siblings with a trusted caregiver. Fri. Event details.

Solana Beach

Fiesta del Sol Festival
Fiesta del Sol features a special area just for kids with rides, games and hands-on activities. Favorite destinations include awesome rides: “Dragon” and the “Swing” and the inflatable bounce house and slide. There will be a famous face painter on hand, kid-friendly food choices, arts & crafts, plus tons of other fun activities designed especially for children and even adults who want to channel their inner child. The main stage showcases children’s dance groups, musicians, art exhibitions and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Deep Pit BBQ & Family Fun
At the 29th Annual “Q & Brew” there will be plates of steaming hot Deep Pit BBQ Beef with cole slaw and beans, cooked to a succulent tenderness the old fashioned way, in a deep hand-dug pit filled with burning wood coals and covered tightly overnight. This method was demonstrated to the early settlers by neighboring ranchero owners at their local fiestas. As a family affair, there will be plenty of fun for the kids: petting zoo, crafts, games, photo ops, entertainment and live music and many other activities. Beer, soda and water available. Sat. Event details.

San Diego

San Diego River Days
San Diego River Days is back for its 14th year with a full calendar of interactive activities, including hikes, bike rides, volunteer projects, bird walks, animal tracking adventures, open houses, tours, happy hours and much more! The San Diego River Park Foundation and twenty-nine partner organizations have collaborated to put together a list of fun, free activities for individuals, groups and families. From Julian to Ocean Beach, and everywhere in between, this is your opportunity, to get outside and celebrate the San Diego River! To see a full list of events and RSVP, please visit Sat. & Sun. Event details.

2017 How-To Festival
The San Diego Public Library will host its 2nd How-To Festival at seven branch libraries. The How-To Festival is an interactive community educational event with something for everyone and for all ages. More than 60 free community presentations and workshops will be featured throughout the day. Attendees will learn everything from how to dance the jitterbug, how to overcome stress with yoga and meditation, how to draw Pokémon characters, how to roll basic sushi and much more. Participating library locations include the Central Library and the Clairemont, Logan Heights, Mission Hills, Otay Mesa, Pacific Beach and Rancho Peñasquitos branch libraries. Sat. Event details.


Bloom: An Event for New and Expecting Moms
New and expecting mamas: you won’t want to miss BLOOM – a national, exclusive event that enables you to connect with other moms (and moms-to-be), check out the newest baby must-have products and learn from local experts. All attendees will enjoy food and drinks, expert panel discussions, product samples and demos, swag bags for all ticket holders and great giveaways: diaper bags, pampering gifts and more. Sat. Event details.


Escondido Grand Avenue Festival
Bring the family to downtown Escondido for shopping, multicultural cuisine and family entertainment at this fun street festival. There will be over 500 vendors, kids’ rides, international foods, arts and crafts and live music. Sun. Event details.

Where are you enjoying the weekend? Tell us in the comments.

–– Beth Shea