Get ready for Memorial Day Weekend, the “unofficial” beginning of the summer season. You can certainly enjoy the traditional Memorial Day activities this weekend, such as beach outings, barbecues, and swimming. But there’s also lots to do around San Diego County. Families can enjoy a day of strawberry fun at the annual Vista Strawberry Festival. The House of Pacific Relations International Cottage at Balboa Park presents a delicious ethnic food fair. Head to Sea World for the debut of their Summer Nights and fireworks. And join the community of Kensington for their annual Memorial Day Parade. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

East County

Sleep Coaching Workshop
Sleep Coach Joanna Clark will discuss strategies for sleep coaching with your children. Fri., 10:30 – 11:30 am; Playtown, Free. All ages. More details.

North County

Savvy Soiree Mother-Daughter Tea
Elaine Swann presents an afternoon for mothers and daughters of all ages! Get in your girly time together by sitting down for a spot of tea, sandwiches and lovely desserts. And enjoy a mother-daughter fashion show. The event will benefit Milestone House, which prepares at-risk teen girls for independent and productive living. Sat., 1:00 – 3:00 pm; Encinitas Community Center; Free. All ages. More details.

Vista Strawberry Festival
Bring the family for a day of fun at the 
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entertainment, cooking and much more. Sun., 8:00 am – 7:00 pm; Historic Downtown Vista; Price varies by activity. All ages. More details.

San Diego

Sea World Summer Nights Debut
Bring the family to Sea World for the debut evening of Summer Nights! Enjoy the park after dark with exclusive night shows, such as “Shamu Rocks” and “Sea Lions Tonite.” Be sure to stay for the spectacular fireworks show. Sat., 9:00 am – 11:00 pm; Sea World; Park admission. All ages. More details.

Ethnic Food Fair
Enjoy a day at Balboa Park exploring the international cottages at the second annual Ethnic Food Fair. Sample treats from 32 different cultures. Kids will also enjoy music, dance, traditional costumes, arts and crafts. Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. Free. All ages. More details.

Kensington Memorial Day Parade
Join the community of Kensington for their annual Memorial Day Parade. The event features kids from area schools marching behind their school banners, clowns, dancers, local politicians, the antique car with local crowned beauties, and the Optimist Club’s band. Mon., 8:00 am – 10:15 am, Kensington. Free. All ages. More details.

— Leah R. Singer

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