Local Events

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* Dia de los MuertosDia de los Muertos

The annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) will be celebrated in Old Town on November 1-3, 2019. This free event will include the traditional candlelight procession on November 2nd starting at sundown, beginning at the entrance of the Old Town State Historic Park, located at San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street. The procession will travel down San Diego Avenue to El Campo Santo Cemetery. click for details

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* Grand Opening Fun!Grand Opening Fun!

The El Cajon Salvation Army invites you to its Community Center Grand Opening for free fun including bounce houses, games, food, guided tours and more. This event is completely FREE! click here for more information.

* Dia de los MuertosDia de los Muertos

The annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) will be celebrated in Old Town on November 1-3, 2019. This free event will include the traditional candlelight procession on November 2nd starting at sundown, beginning at the entrance of the Old Town State Historic Park, located at San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street. The procession will travel down San Diego Avenue to El Campo Santo Cemetery. click for details

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* Fall Back FestivalFall Back Festival

It’s a FREE Sunday fun-day for the entire family at the 18th Annual Fall Back Festival! Take a stroll down the historical streets of the Gaslamp Quarter on Sunday, November 4th from 11AM to 4PM and fall back into San Diego’s wild past of the 1880’s! The whole family will be immersed in the magical old-fashioned atmosphere that the Fall Back Festival brings to life each year. Combine a day of play and educational fun as history comes alive while kids pan for gold with actual prospectors, observe a blacksmith displaying his trade, and saddle up for an adventurous pony ride. ...click for more information.

* Dia de los MuertosDia de los Muertos

The annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) will be celebrated in Old Town on November 1-3, 2019. This free event will include the traditional candlelight procession on November 2nd starting at sundown, beginning at the entrance of the Old Town State Historic Park, located at San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street. The procession will travel down San Diego Avenue to El Campo Santo Cemetery. click for details

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* Toddler Story TimeToddler Story Time

A story time designed for toddlers, featuring songs, rhymes, and finger plays. 11am at the Mission Valley Library.

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* Residents Free TuesdaysResidents Free Tuesdays

Did you know that, as a public service, Balboa Park organizations offer free admission on a rotating basis on the first four Tuesdays of the month to San Diego City & County residents (with ID), active military & their dependents? If your kids love Kid City at the Fleet Science Center, watching the model trains at the Model Railroad Museum, playing among aircraft at the Air & Space Museum or checking out exhibits at The Nat (Natural History Museum), click here to find your free Tuesday!

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* Birch Aquarium's Toddler TimeBirch Aquarium's Toddler Time

Included with aquarium admission. This is an outdoor event that is subject to weather and may be canceled due to rain. Please check for updates on our website or Facebook page if rain is in the forecast. Join us for a rotation of fun activities for toddlers. Every other Wednesday features a different topic — from music to art and yoga — with a special guest. Toddler Time is intended for guests age 5 and under and participants must be accompanied by their caregiver or parent. Toddler Time activities can include Moving and grooving with musical guests Interactive story times Hands-on interactions with ocean animals Unique take-home crafts And more activities to come

* Parent Movie MorningParent Movie Morning

Parent Movie Morning is a unique opportunity for new moms and dads to get out and see a movie that they want to see... Not an animated or children's film... without having to leave their baby at home or worry about their little one disturbing other guests. This week check out the new Zombieland: Double Tap.

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* Hot Wheels Monster TrucksHot Wheels Monster Trucks

Hot Wheels™ Monster Trucks Live will visit Pechanga Arena on November 9th and 10th for 3 action-packed performances. The inaugural tour launched in January, brings the famous Hot Wheels™ Monster Trucks to life in a full-size, kid-focused, immersive Hot Wheels® experience for the first time ever! Click here for more information & tickets.

* Skyline SwapSkyline Swap

Moms love saving with the Skyline Swap. Clean out your home & find items to swap. Drop off your items in advance during the two drop off days prior to the swap, or just bring your items on the swap day. Advance drop off earns you 5 extra items during the swap. Your items will be counted and you will be given a ticket. You can take the same number of items from the swap. If you come without items to swap, or you want to take more than you bring, it's $1 per item. 100% of all money collected will go to women's ministries. Click here for more information.

* The Jungle Book BalletThe Jungle Book Ballet

Join Mowgli and his animal pals as they tumble through the jungle, get wrapped up in the coils of Kaa the snake, and fight off the menacing Shere Khan the tiger. Artistic Director Javier Velasco’s modern/ballet/jazz fusion staging, teaming classical dancers with hip hop artists and giant puppets, brings the story to life with a contemporary twist. With something for everyone, this family-friendly feast for the eyes is sure to delight old and young alike.

* KPBS Kids Event: Ready Jet GoKPBS Kids Event: Ready Jet Go

Each month, join KPBS Kids and San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum for a costume character meet-and-greet and fun activities. 3…2…1…BLAST OFF! Learn about outer space with Jet Propulsion through space-themed activities, storytimes, and workshops. Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Free with Museum Admission Best for ages three and up (all ages welcome)

* Day Out With ThomasDay Out With Thomas

Take a ride with Thomas, meet Percy and Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a day of family fun! Advanced Ticket Purchase is highly recommended and will be available online prior to the event – Tickets Available Now!

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* Hot Wheels Monster TrucksHot Wheels Monster Trucks

Hot Wheels™ Monster Trucks Live will visit Pechanga Arena on November 9th and 10th for 3 action-packed performances. The inaugural tour launched in January, brings the famous Hot Wheels™ Monster Trucks to life in a full-size, kid-focused, immersive Hot Wheels® experience for the first time ever! Click here for more information & tickets.

* The Jungle Book BalletThe Jungle Book Ballet

Join Mowgli and his animal pals as they tumble through the jungle, get wrapped up in the coils of Kaa the snake, and fight off the menacing Shere Khan the tiger. Artistic Director Javier Velasco’s modern/ballet/jazz fusion staging, teaming classical dancers with hip hop artists and giant puppets, brings the story to life with a contemporary twist. With something for everyone, this family-friendly feast for the eyes is sure to delight old and young alike.

* Enchanted Toddler TimeEnchanted Toddler Time

Enjoy an Enchanted Toddler Time And Meet Your Favorite Princess at Sky Zone! Your little one will love story time and face painting with princess Belle from Beauty And The Beast. Sunday, November 10th 9AM-11AM Only $10 Per Toddler // $5 Per Parent To Jump

* Day Out With ThomasDay Out With Thomas

Take a ride with Thomas, meet Percy and Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a day of family fun! Advanced Ticket Purchase is highly recommended and will be available online prior to the event – Tickets Available Now!

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* Day Out With ThomasDay Out With Thomas

Take a ride with Thomas, meet Percy and Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a day of family fun! Advanced Ticket Purchase is highly recommended and will be available online prior to the event – Tickets Available Now!

* Veterans Day ConcertVeterans Day Concert

Head over to Grossmont Center on Monday, 11/11 from 5-7p as we celebrate our Veterans! Don’t miss this Veterans Day Celebration with a live performance in the Food Court Corridor and amazing Veterans Day offers!

* Veterans Day at the CarouselVeterans Day at the Carousel

Out of gratitude for the military and their families, Friends of Balboa Park invites all veterans, active military, and their families to join us for one FREE ride on the Balboa Park Carousel on November 11. Stop by the carousel ticket booth during business hours and present your military or veteran ID for your tickets. Our friends from Happy Scoops will be serving Thrifty ice cream, available for purchase.

* Veterans Day ParadeVeterans Day Parade

2019 Veterans Day Parade Vietnam Veterans Receive Special 2019 Tribute! All Veterans and Active Duty Members Honored for Their Service to America! On Harbor Drive At The Embarcadero!

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* Residents Free TuesdaysResidents Free Tuesdays

Did you know that, as a public service, Balboa Park organizations offer free admission on a rotating basis on the first four Tuesdays of the month to San Diego City & County residents (with ID), active military & their dependents? If your kids love Kid City at the Fleet Science Center, watching the model trains at the Model Railroad Museum, playing among aircraft at the Air & Space Museum or checking out exhibits at The Nat (Natural History Museum), click here to find your free Tuesday!

* Friendsgiving Play DateFriendsgiving Play Date

Let's Gather and Give Thanks at our Friendsgiving PopUp! Join us at My Yard Live Tuesday, November 12th from 11:30am - 2:30pm for an extra special event celebrating our friends Big and Small! Enjoy our PopUp PlayDate featuring 20+ Vendors to Shop, FREE Thanksgiving Themed Activities, LIVE Performances by Hullabaloo, & A Scrumptious New Brunch Menu to try!!! We will also be hosting a diaper and food drive with #sdbeerfooddrive benefiting the San Diego Food Bank. Stay tuned for our amazing line up of vendors, sponsors, & giveaways!!!!

* Kroc Center Read & PlayKroc Center Read & Play

The beautiful Kroc Center hosts this monthly Family Read & Play Days for children ages five and younger. Geared toward getting kids excited about reading, this event is FREE and includes story time featuring the book of the month, playtime with the imagination playground, and a free book for every child to add to their home library. click for details

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* Make Friends Toddler TimeMake Friends Toddler Time

Make Friends at the New Children's Museum gives your little ones 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. Free with museum admission.

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* Women in the Wild CampoutWomen in the Wild Campout

Learn how to build a tent, start a fire and about wilderness survival. Enjoy nature crafts, take a sunset hike, check out a dutch oven cooking demo and enjoy music and conversation with other women who are interested in camping. The rangers of Oakoasis County Park will provide the entertainment, snacks, S’mores, breakfast and beverages – you bring your own dinner to prepare on their camping stoves. Females only. Click for details.

* Family Space NightFamily Space Night

On Saturday, November 16 explore the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum after hours and find your passion for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math (STREAM)! Blast off into the universe and put your astronaut skills to the test with hands-on activities to learn about: - Temperature mapping - Galaxies -Planet Earth & our solar system through NASA's Eyes Technology - Coding - Mars, rocket launches and more, through virtual reality - Stargazing with NASA JPL Ambassadors Fill your rumbling stomach by visiting the gourmet food truck, The Go Go Truck, for locally sourced treats and delicious food. Shoot for the stars and test your luck to win exciting prizes and giveaways. From 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

* Wake Up Brother BearWake Up Brother Bear

Presented by San Diego's Junior Theater, Brother and Sister Bear take your little one on a journey of a glorious year of seasons. They see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond. Wake Up Brother Bear! is performed in an intimate and immersive setting designed especially for “Little Kids,” 3-7 years old. The audience is invited to join the action using a small bag of props that help create the magical moments. Click here for tickets.

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* Women in the Wild CampoutWomen in the Wild Campout

Learn how to build a tent, start a fire and about wilderness survival. Enjoy nature crafts, take a sunset hike, check out a dutch oven cooking demo and enjoy music and conversation with other women who are interested in camping. The rangers of Oakoasis County Park will provide the entertainment, snacks, S’mores, breakfast and beverages – you bring your own dinner to prepare on their camping stoves. Females only. Click for details.

* Wake Up Brother BearWake Up Brother Bear

Presented by San Diego's Junior Theater, Brother and Sister Bear take your little one on a journey of a glorious year of seasons. They see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond. Wake Up Brother Bear! is performed in an intimate and immersive setting designed especially for “Little Kids,” 3-7 years old. The audience is invited to join the action using a small bag of props that help create the magical moments. Click here for tickets.

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* Residents Free TuesdaysResidents Free Tuesdays

Did you know that, as a public service, Balboa Park organizations offer free admission on a rotating basis on the first four Tuesdays of the month to San Diego City & County residents (with ID), active military & their dependents? If your kids love Kid City at the Fleet Science Center, watching the model trains at the Model Railroad Museum, playing among aircraft at the Air & Space Museum or checking out exhibits at The Nat (Natural History Museum), click here to find your free Tuesday!

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* Birch Aquarium's Toddler TimeBirch Aquarium's Toddler Time

Included with aquarium admission. This is an outdoor event that is subject to weather and may be canceled due to rain. Please check for updates on our website or Facebook page if rain is in the forecast. Join us for a rotation of fun activities for toddlers. Every other Wednesday features a different topic — from music to art and yoga — with a special guest. Toddler Time is intended for guests age 5 and under and participants must be accompanied by their caregiver or parent. Toddler Time activities can include Moving and grooving with musical guests Interactive story times Hands-on interactions with ocean animals Unique take-home crafts And more activities to come

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* Hullabaloo at HighlandsHullabaloo at Highlands

Bring your kids out for a FREE, fun sing along, morning jam session with the kids group Hullabaloo at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center pop jet fountain (located in the heart of the center on the main floor), every third Thursday at 10am!

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* Santee Holiday EventSantee Holiday Event

The City of Santee leads the way to kicking off the holidays with their annual tree lighting event. Kids will love sledding down a snowy hill, carriage rides, bounce houses and more family fun. 

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* Living Lab Family Day @ theNatLiving Lab Family Day @ theNat

Join the Natural History Museum in kicking off its newest exhibit, Living Lab. Come see a red diamond rattlesnake, a Gila monster, an observation beehive, and more during opening day. Includes activities and craft projects to celebrate and learn more about not-so-cuddly animal neighbors. Click for details.

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* Mother Goose ParadeMother Goose Parade

The 73rd Annual Mother Goose Parade is operated by the Mother Goose Foundation, a local El Cajon non-profit. The parade itself is run by the foundation. It is a long standing family friendly tradition in El Cajon.

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* Residents Free TuesdaysResidents Free Tuesdays

Did you know that, as a public service, Balboa Park organizations offer free admission on a rotating basis on the first four Tuesdays of the month to San Diego City & County residents (with ID), active military & their dependents? If your kids love Kid City at the Fleet Science Center, watching the model trains at the Model Railroad Museum, playing among aircraft at the Air & Space Museum or checking out exhibits at The Nat (Natural History Museum), click here to find your free Tuesday!

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