From train rides through Poway Park at the Workin’ on the Railroad event to celebrating the 250th Anniversary of San Diego at Founder’s Day in Old Town, this weekend promises plenty of family fun. Read on for the details.

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Mission Bay

San Diego Bayfair
San Diego Bayfair has been an end of summer tradition in San Diego since 1964. The three-day festival features overnight RV camping on Mission Bay, dazzling power boat racing, live music, family fun, beach party, BBQ festival and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Family Movie Night
Bring family and friends, a blanket and low-back chair to Stagecoach Community Park for a night of fun activities and an outdoor movie presentation. There will be a movie themed FunZone between 5-7 p.m. with a bounce house, obstacle course race, crafts, games and activities. Wristbands for the FunZone can be purchased for $5 at the event. Sat. Event details.


Fall Camping Series
Camping your way! Set up your tent and explore the park at your own pace. Hike the many trails, drop a line to catch a fish, cruise the lake on a motorboat, or simply relax by your campsite, and take in all the natural beauty that Lake Poway offers. Fishing permits and boat rentals are not included, but may be purchased at an additional cost. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Workin’ on the Railroad
Railroads have been an important part of Poway’s heritage and the city would like you to join them in their celebration. In addition to a main stage in the gazebo filled with musical entertainment from San Diego Folk Heritage, there will be model railroad layouts in Templars Hall, western reenactors, train robberies, the Heritage Museum and Nelson House will be open for tours, and of course, the Poway Midland Railroad will provide train rides around the park for a nominal fee. Come join this day of history and fun! Sun. Event details.

Seaport Village

Studio by the Bay Family Days
Studio by the Bay is an extension of The New Children’s Museum collaborative and process-based art practice located in Seaport Village. Along with creating a new body of work, the artists will partner with the Museum each month to host Studio by the Bay Family Days that offer free weekend workshops and play-based experiences for kids and families. Workshops are offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. This month’s workshop is Spray Art Techniques Sat. Event details.

Balboa Park

Mexican Independence Day Celebration
Commemorate Mexican Independence Day, also referred to as El Grito, with a free AXIS concert. Join the fiesta for craft making, margaritas and dancing. A special host will introduce and explain all aspects of this marvelous celebration, both in English and Español. Sat. Event details.

Mingei International Museum Pop-Up
Join the fun of this Family Sunday Pop-Up, hosted by Mingei International Museum. This month use recycled materials to create your own sea creature mosaic, inspired by artist Niki de Saint Phalle and her Nikigator. Led by Guest Artist, Joan Green of Green Art Labs, you will experiment with reusable materials such as cardboard, plastics, laminates and more to piece together your very own colorful mosaic. Mini Mingei Storytime: Look, discuss and listen during this 30-minute interactive story time intended for art-loving children and families of all ages. Offered at 1 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., enjoy the sounds of Camarada and meet Scott Paulson on harp, theremin and other “gestural” instruments as he takes you on a musical journey and shares all about his craft. Sun. Event details.

Old Town

Founder’s Day
Old Town San Diego’s Founders’ Day Festival will be a fun, family-oriented celebration, as well as an opportunity to recognize and reflect on the great diversity of the people that make up Old Town’s history. The City of San Diego and Old Town Chamber of Commerce, along with other community organizations, will host the Founders’ Day Festival to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of San Diego. Families are encouraged to participate in the many scheduled activities during the two-day festival and to learn more about the history of Old Town San Diego. The festival will include historic games, entertainment, displays and activities for people of all ages. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Military, Fire & Law Appreciation Day
If you’re active or retired military, as well as fire and law enforcement officers, come out to the Wave Waterpark today and receive free admission. Don’t forget valid ID! Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea