Family-Friendly and Free: 12 Must-Do Events in San Diego County
With military families trying to stretch the dollar each month, finding family friendly free events around San Diego County is an ideal way to save money. Luckily, the thriving county is full of fun stuff to do every month for young and old alike.
Here are 12 must do free events in San Diego County that you will want to add to your calendar.
1. Stargazing -- One the first Wednesday night of each month, starting in January and running through December, the San Diego Astronomy Association sets up huge telescopes in the park for families to view the beauty of the night's sky. The telescopes are located outside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. The event kicks off when the sun sets and is free.
2. Free Organ Concert -- Every Sunday afternoon at 2 pm in February you can enjoy a free organ concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. The music is played on the world's largest outdoor pipe organ with 32 pipes. The organ has sat in the park since 1914 and is an iconic tourist attraction. You can enjoy show tunes, waltzes, and many family favorite traditional songs.
3. San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering -- The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering is a free event in Petco Park that takes place on March 5th, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm. There are numerous hands-on science and interactive displays. Approximately 24,000 children, parents, and STEM enthusiasts participated in Expo day last year.
4. Spring Busker Festival -- Buskers are street performers and the Spring Busker Festival brings in a bevy of street performers. The free event takes place at San Diego's Seaport Village on March 5th and 6th from 12 pm to 6 pm. The children will marvel as they watch sword swallowing, knife throwing, pogo stick riding, and juggling on unicycles.
5. Escondido Roots Series -- On April 16th, 2016 the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum presents theEscondido Roots Series to celebrate Mexico and its rich heritage. There will be hands-on exhibits, storytelling, dancing and drumming.
6. Mission Federal Artwalk -- From April 30th to May 1st, 2016, in downtown's Little Italy is the annualMission Federal Artwalk. More than 300 artists line the street to display and sell their work. There is even a KidsWalk for the little ones to enjoy.
7. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: On the third Thursday of June, head either downtown or to the La Jolla location to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego free of charge from 5 pm to 7 pm.
8. Oasis Camel Dairy’s Watermelon Day -- On July 15th through July 17th from 1 to 7 pm head to the Oasis Camel Dairy's Watermelon Day festival where the kids can pet and feed camels or participate in a watermelon eating contest. The Oasis Camel Dairy is located at between Ramona and Santa Ysabel.
9. Movie Night -- On August 29th at the Silver Wing Neighborhood Park the free summer Movie Night event occurs in the park from 6:30 pm to 9:30 for families.
10. Julian Apple Day Festival -- In September the Julian Apple Day Festival kicks off in the historic town of Julian. The event runs until November. There are apple displays, music, children's games, a tractor display, and food. There will also be gold panning demonstrations and gold mine tours available.
11. San Diego Zoo -- In October, kids can visit the San Diego Zoo's many events free of charge.
12. Surfing Santa -- The holiday festivities are never dull in San Diego. In November, Surfing Santa arrives in San Diego a the Seaport Village. There is also a holiday parade and numerous festivities. The first week in December the lights in Balboa Park also start to twinkle brightly. There are also carolers, dance performers, and many foods from around the world available to sample.
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