photo: ArtWalk Carlsbad

Music and art are the highlights this weekend, with outdoor concerts and art festivals you won’t want to miss. Read on for the details on how to have a fantastic first weekend of fall.


Toddler Time: Make Friends
The New Children’s Museum hosts facilitated toddler programming every Friday morning. Their toddler program values the whole child and supports healthy bodies and minds, with music, movement and social play for young children. Friday morning toddler time is free with admission. Toddler Time: Make Friends gives your littles the opportunity to play and interact with others as they enjoy music, singing and dancing. This unique experience teaches children the value of community, friendship and social play while also supporting self-expression in a musical environment. Fri. Event details.

Hullabaloo on the Waterfront
The perfect way to end your weekend––bring the whole family, throw down a picnic blanket and enjoy the happy tunes of Hullabaloo Band as the sun sets over San Diego Bay. There will also be kid-friendly pre-show activities. Sun. Event details.

San Diego

Free Smithsonian Museum Day
Get free entry to local San Diego-area museums for Smithsonian Magazine’s 14 Annual Museum Day. You can download your ticket online to enjoy the museums free of charge! Participating museums may be found here and include the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, the Museum of Making Music and more! Sat. Event details.


ArtWalk Carlsbad
Come experience the first annual ArtWalk Carlsbad, a two-day outdoor fine art festival at Armada Dr. ArtWalk Carlsbad will feature live music, a wine and beer garden, food trucks, interactive art experiences, over 200 artists showcasing every medium of fine art and a brand new element in its lineup—chalk art. The 50 chalk artists will create temporary masterpieces on the asphalt live at the event making chalk art a distinctive feature of ArtWalk Carlsbad each year. ArtWalk Carlsbad is the sister festival to Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy and ArtWalk @ Liberty Station. With the unifying theme of all three events being “Connecting Creative Communities,” ArtWalk Carlsbad aims to bring travelers and San Diegans from all over the county together for an immersive art experience while being enchanted by views of the Carlsbad Flower Fields and the ocean. Tickets may be purchased online or at the gate. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Deep Space Blueprints
Join Lux Art Institute’s first artist-in-residence Lia Halloran for a fun and engaging 2-hour workshop. Lia Halloran creates cyanotypes that commemorate and empower women’s contributions to science. Discussion of her fascinating process and inspiration will be paired with a hands-on cyanotype art project using images from photographic glass negatives from the Harvard Observatory. Sat. Event details.

Mission Bay

ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk
The 2018 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk features a 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. Stick around for the family-friendly post-race celebration. Run/walk participants will receive shirts, free food and prizes and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. Sat. Event details.

Solana Beach

SaltDog Classic
SaltDog Classic is a San Diego style festival right on the ocean. Held at Seaside State Beach, this is a music and art event you won’t want to miss. Adults will benefit from the Tiki Bar and Kids from the snacks and games. Pet Owners will be pumped having their dogs at hand, Musicians will jump for joy with live music and anyone can appreciate the warm sun at the beach. There will be an artist garden, yoga spot, selfie station, bubble station, corn-hole, giant pong and more. Note: There is State Park paid parking where the event will be held and a number of free parking spots along the 101 and just south and up the hill by Roberto’s. There is a staircase leading down to Table Tops. Walk north 5 mins to Seaside. Sat. Event details.

Liberty Station

Outdoor Concert: Iron Sage Wood and Vaud & The Villains
Audiences are invited to bring a blanket, a picnic, and a love of live music to the outdoor Liberty Station Concerts. The venue is set up to allow lots of room to dance and get up close to the acts. Concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the art galleries, studios and museums of Arts District Liberty Station. Concerts take place between Stone Brewing World Bistro and the colorful Greetings mural. All ages are invited and no alcohol can be brought into the venue. This week’s opening act is Iron Sage Wood who will play a soulful groove combined with world rhythm and conscious lyrics. ISW moves audiences to laugh, dance and sing along. Headliners Vaud & The Villains is a 19-piece orchestra and cabaret. Bring your dancing feet! The ever-evolving cast of the show is composed of a five-piece horn section, incredible vocalists, a rhythm section and three dancers. They were the highlight of last summer’s concert series. Sun. Event details.


Julian’s Old-Fashioned Country Fair
Come have a great time at Julian’s Old-Fashioned Country Fair! Entrance into the event is free, but there will be activities inside the event that will have a small fee. Activities include: tug of war, three legged races, spoon races, face painting, pumpkin patch, tomahawk throw, archery, petting zoo, quilt display and pies sold throughout the event. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea