If you’re looking for something fun to do before you start trimming the Thanksgiving turkey and making mashed potatoes, check out some of the great events this weekend. Head to East County for the annual Mother Goose Parade. Get into the Christmas spirit with Santee Tree Lightning Ceremony. Or get artsy and crafty at the Encinitas Fall Festival. Have a great weekend and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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San Diego

Kids Night Out: Turkey Frenzy!
A night of turkey fun! Structured play at Kid Ventures, costumes, games, crafts, dinner and a wonderfully fun time will be provided to the kids while parents have a night to themselves! Fri. 6 – 9 p.m., Kid Ventures locations (4S Ranch and Chula Vista), $40 first child/$20 siblings; Non-members $45 first child/$25 siblings. All ages. Event details.

San Diego DogFest Walk ‘n Roll
Raise money to provide highly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Includes a 1.2-mile dog walk followed by entertainment, holiday shopping and contests for ugliest sweater (on both owner and dog), best holiday dog costume and more. Sat., 9 a.m., Liberty Station, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Encinitas Fall Festival
The festival features more than 450 booths showcasing arts, crafts, gifts, food and more. Live music will be playing at three venues, Lumberyard Courtyard Stage, Pacific Station Stage and Community Stage. Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Downtown Encinitas, Free, All ages. Event details.

East County

Santee Holiday Lighting Celebration
Santa’s Holiday Lighting Celebration will feature the lighting of a 20-foot tall tree, Santa’s visit, ice skating on a 2,400-square-foot ice rink, a live band, caroling, holiday-themed crafts, horse-drawn carriage rides, kids’ activities, and more. Fri., 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Santee Trolley Square, Free, All ages. Event details.

Mother Goose Parade
This annual celebration features floats, marching bands, equestrians, clowns, drill teams, celebrities, and more. Sun., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Downtown El Cajon, Free, All ages. Event details.

Oasis Camel Dairy’s 4th Annual Pomegranate Days Festival
Ramona’s gem of a family destination opens its doors for a 2-day event and invites you to join in one of their favorite traditions: pomegranate feeding with the camels! Come spend the weekend strolling around this working camel-milk dairy, and learning about camels, working dogs, meeting exotic birds, and various livestock. Sat. – Sun., 12 – 5 p.m., Oasis Camel Dairy, $10-$15 (Kids 3 and under free). All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Food and Farm Family Fun Day
Enjoy gardening, hands-on cooking and education activities. Attendees are encouraged to reserve a spot ahead of time. Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, $15/kid. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of the Mother Goose Parade Association Facebook page