Another great weekend of superb weekend with great weather is in store for the area, so why not get out and have some great fun with family, loved ones and friends? There’s plenty to do as always, but here are some of the highlights.
Cruisin’ Grand Escondido
Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Downtown Escondido
Car Daddy’s (and mommy’s too!), as well as any car aficionado has a treat in store for them in downtown Escondido’s this Friday evening. Cruisin’ Grand Escondido commands the ever historical Grand Avenue, where in excess of 500 bad-to-the-bone cars line the streets. Now in its 18th consecutive year, this jaw-dropping, eye-candy feasting of vintage vehicles sees literally thousands of attendees. Every Friday evening, special awards are presented to the more notable pre-1973 American-manufactured cars. (Sorry, friends, no foreign stuff at this spectacular event!) But stellar machines and powerhouse autos aren’t the only thing to delight in this Friday. In fact, live musical entertainment to please the ears will consist of DJ High Energy Sound Machine (spinning on Broadway); Martin Coughlin (performing on Juniper Street); The Groove Cats (playing at Maple Street Plaza); and Backwater Blues Band (performing at Kalmia & Grand). The event is absolutely free and the event runs weekly through September 29th. Cruisin’ Grand Escondido is located at 235 East Grand Avenue. Get on out and peep it out!
Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival
10 a.m., Saturday Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach
Oh, yeah! It’s back, San Diegans! More than 70,000 folks of all ages are predicted to assemble in scenic Ocean Beach for this ever popular annual Chili Cook-Off and festival smack dab on the ocean. Aside from the mouth-watering chili cook-off, attendees can appreciate non-stop live tunes, various forms of entertainment, the Artists Alley, those gotta try, thrilling carnival rides, myriad games, food galore, a host of vendor booths, a must visit beachside beer garden, and much, much more! After all, it is spectacular OB, baby! And don’t sweat the driving if you have a mind to, because free, yes, we did say FREE, trolley services will depart from The Knights of Columbus parking lot down on Bacon Street, between W. Point Loma Boulevard and Voltaire Street, and the parking lot near Sea World Drive and Pacific Coast Highway to the festival. Oh, did we mention the festival is free? Yeah, buddy! Get those taste buds teased and pleased and have a blast!
Philippine Cultural Arts Festival
11 a.m., Balboa Park (Saturday and Sunday)
If you haven’t experienced the lively, colorful culture of the Philippines, you have been missing out big time. The entire family (and your friends, of course) need to take a skip and a hop over to Balboa Park for the 32nd annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival this sun-filled weekend. As always, it’s a free event that recognizes the Declaration of Philippine Independence from Spain in 1898. All through the day, attendees can enjoy lively as well as colorful folk dances from various regions, live music and considerably more. In addition, local artists will be selling uniquely designed products inspired by Philippine culture, such as costume jewelry, T-shirts and more. If you can’t get to the beautiful Philippines, this is a must do event and is, once again, entirely free. Mabuhay!
San Diego Padres vs. Detroit Tigers (Kids Fest Day)
Sunday, 1:40 p.m.at Petco Park
The hometown Padres conclude their three-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Petco Park with a 1:40 p.m. Sunday slugfest. Its Kid’s Fest Day, so be sure to treat those potential future Hall-of-Famer’s to a whale of a game. There will be plentiful activities for those glove-wearing, please let me catch a ball youngsters. There’s bounce houses, face painters, balloons, and more. Tickets begin at a mere $17 a pop. But check this hard to top note out! Admission is absolutely free for kids permitting they are under 36 inches tall and are accompanied by an adult, but they must sit on a parent’s lap. What better way to bond with you kids than at a professional baseball game?