I grew up in New Orleans, home of Mardi Gras & Jazz Fest. So I really love a great community event.
This year I’m taking the kids to check out a few San Diego festivals and parades, including…
The 30th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair
It’s the year of the dragon, and this year’s Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Festival will take place downtown at Third Ave and J Street on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday January 29 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The free celebration will include lion and dragon dances, martial arts demonstrations, traditional Chinese music performances, folk dances, taiko drumming and a wide variety of food and craft vendors. Children will be able to make lanterns and masks in the Children Craft Area, and march in the Lantern Parade to the main stage at 2:00 pm each day. A full schedule of events can be found at the Fair website.
San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival in Balboa Park
Doesn’t everyone feel Irish on St. Patrick’s Day? Saturday, March 17 will mark the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival including marching bands, floats, police and fire department units, the Emerald Societies, clowns, equestrian entries, bagpipe contingents, dancing groups and more.
The Parade starts at 10:30 am from Sixth Avenue and Juniper Street, and the party continues into the afternoon inBalboa Park. Green beer anyone?
Gator by the Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival
This close-to-my-heart event takes place each mother’s day weekend in Spanish Landing Park at Harbor Island. It’s the real deal with 8,000 pounds of crawfish and authentic music from the bayou. There’s kid-friendly food and activities as well, making this festival a fun outing for the whole family.
KidsFest San Diego
After a one year hiatus, I was glad to see that KidsFest is returning to NTC Promenade in Point Loma with its messy zone, make-and-take creation station, build it construction square and sweet studio for young chefs. KidsFest is scheduled for June 9th – 12th.