Sunday is Grandparents Day and we’ve got plenty of events to keep your entire family entertained. Take grandma and grandpa out to Hello Kitty Day at the Padres ball game or watch Captain Marvel aboard the USS Midway, make history together by planting trees along the San Diego River or see dogs surf and compete for the title of “Top Surf Dog.” Read on for the details.

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Liberty Station

First Friday Arts District
San Diego’s biggest monthly free art walk on the First Friday of every month. Meet working artists, make art, see new exhibitions, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances, discover public art and more! Wander and explore the 28 acre campus with galleries, museums, artist studios, distinctive shops and dining at historic Liberty Station. Fri. Event details.

City Heights

City Heights Lantern Festival
Go enjoy the inaugural City Heights Lantern Festival! Hosted by Vien Dong IV Supermarket, celebrating its 35th anniversary, and its sister supermarket World Foods, celebrating its 15th anniversary, the event also celebrates the community of City Heights, as well as the Children Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival (Tet Trung Thu). What can you expect? Free admission, lion dancing, music, food trucks, children’s lanterns and activities. Sat. Event details.

Santee

San Diego River Tree Planting
Be a part of planting 100 new trees along the San Diego River in Santee. Come get your hands dirty digging holes, planting trees, watering and more. This fun event is a great opportunity to make new friends, give back, learn about urban forests and have a lasting effect on people and wildlife. By planting new trees in Walker Preserve you will be improving habitat for local animals and beautifying a local green space. All ages are welcome, tools are provided, no experience necessary, dress in clothes that can get a little dirty, closed toe shoes required, bring plenty of water and wear sun protection.  Please note that there are no restrooms on site. To learn more or rsvp, email volunteer@sandiegoriver.org. Sat. Event details.

Julian

Julian Grape Stomp Festa
Kick off your shoes, roll up your pant legs and indulge in the age old tradition of stomping grapes. Local wineries, breweries and cideries will be offering sips to sample and there will be food and shopping, great music and dancing. It will be a party to remember! Sat. Event details.

Escondido

KPBS Dinosaur Train
Roar back in time while enjoying this fun character meet and greet. You’ll discover the age of the dinosaurs and the amazing creatures who lived with them through storytimes and hands-on workshops. Sat. Event details.

Del Mar

Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon
Spectators are welcome to lounge on the beach and watch 70 surfing dogs compete for “Top Surf Dog.” There will also be interactive vendor booths, a canine costume contest, sand castle building competition, live music, free kid’s activities and summer fun! The event is free to attend, but donations are encouraged and directly benefit the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Sun. Event details.

Carmel Mountain Ranch

Family Flashback Film
Angelika Film Center hosts Family Flashback films so you can see your favorite old flicks on the big screen either once again or for the first time. This week’s featured movie is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s the adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling’s popular novels, following Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. Relive the first movie that launched an epic journey, through Hogwarts and the world of magic. Sat. Event details.

Downtown

Watch Captain Marvel Aboard the USS Midway
Organizers of the 2019 GI Film Festival San Diego invite San Diego families to fly “higher, further, and faster” at their annual Family Movie Night featuring “Captain Marvel.” Attendees will have a chance to meet U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, who was the first female fighter pilot in 1993 and was the first woman to command a USAF combat fighter wing. She helped prepare actress, Brie Larson, for the demanding role and taught her about what it takes to be a F-15 fighter pilot in a male-dominated squadron. In collaboration with Courage to Call, festival organizers will also collect new socks at Family Movie Night for local homeless veterans and military families in need. The average person walks four miles a day, and a homeless person walks approximately 10 miles a day. This is a lot of footwork, and clean warm socks are a true treasure. Fri. Event details.

Hello Kitty Day at the Padres Game
The Padres are hosting their first-ever Hello Kitty Day at Petco Park. Hello Kitty herself will be on-hand and fans will have an opportunity to take photos with the global pop icon. Your Hello Kitty Theme Game Package includes a limited-edition Padres-themed Hello Kitty bobblehead and a ticket to the Rockies vs. Padres game. Sun. Event details.

Looking for even more fun? Read our story that will give you a bunch of ideas on great things to do with grandparents in San Diego.

––Beth Shea

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