It’s hard to believe that September is upon us! If you’re not ready to say farewell to summer yet, there are lots of fun Southern California outdoor events and festivals this weekend that will make you feel like you’re smack in the middle of the summer season. From a tall ships festival to a family swim night, there’s something for everyone in Southern California.


San Diego

San Diego International Children’s Film Festival
The San Diego International Kid’s Film Festival promotes the idea of entertainment with education. Kids will be inspired by movies from across the globe and young filmmakers will be ready to make their own movies. Sat. – Sun., 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, San Diego, AMN Healthcare, $5 – $25. All ages. Event details. 

Target Free Second Sunday
Enjoy The New Children’s Museum for free on the second Sunday of each month, thanks to Target! Sun., 12:00 – 4:00 pm, The New Children’s Museum, Free. All ages. Event details.

National Grandparents Day at the Fleet
Grandparents and their grandkids can celebrate National Grandparents Day with free admission to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s exhibit galleries. Check out their new Giant AirZooka (an air cannon!), the Windtunnel and Demonstration Tables, or take a great “career day” photo in our fun character cutouts! Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Free for child and two grandparents. All ages. Event details.

Brazilian Day Festival
Enjoy a carnival parade with floats, Brizilian percussion groups and samba dancers. The festival also includes two stages of entertainment, food, carnival rides, vendors and more. Sun., 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Garnet Ave. in Pacific Beach, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Family Swim Night – Water Carnival
Lifeguards will organize games and relays for the whole family to enjoy. A cool way to spend the summer evenings! Sat., 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Las Posas Pool, $5 per person. All ages. Event details.

Grape Day Festival
Bring the family to the Escondido’s Grape Day Festival and Parade. Enjoy a parade, marching groups, floats, bands, grape stomping, music, dancing and free grapes! Sat., 9:30 am – 4:00 pm, Grand Avenue, Free. All ages. Event details.

Carlsbad Family Fun Ride
Looking for some family fun on two wheels? Bring the family out and bike the village during the Carlsbad Family Fun Ride! Other activities include a fitness course, bike sprint competition, frisbee golf, FitKids class, live music, and lots more. Sat., 10:00 am, Holiday Park in Carlsbad Village, Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Tall Ships Festival
Enjoy ships galore at the largest annual gathering of tallships on the West Coast. This festival features a spectacular array of family-fun activities including live music, art shows and a variety of tasty food. Sat. – Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Ocean Institute Dana Point, Prices vary. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend?

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of the Brazilian Day San Diego Facebook page