Fran’s Original Farm Stand Pumpkin Patch

Thursday, October 1, 2015 12:00 pm
Saturday, October 31, 2015 6:00 pm

Fran’s Original Farm Stand

1980 Summit Dr
Escondido, CA 92027

(760) 504-0101

Official Website
All throughout the month of October we’ll be hosting our own pick-it-yourself Pumpkin Patch!  You and your friends can come down to The Farm Stand West or Fran’s Original Farm Stand and pick your own pumpkins from our field!
Our Pumpkin Patch will open Thursday October 1st,  2015.
Tuesday – Friday:     12 pm – 6 pm
Saturday – Sunday:  10 am – 6 pm

Pumpkin patches are at both of our locations:  2115 Miller Ave & 1980 Summit Dr, Escondido CA

Carlsbad Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 3, 2015
12:00 to 10:00

Holiday Park
3333 Eureka Pl
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Official Website

Get out your lederhosen! The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest, a fall tradition of feasting, fun and fundraising, will bring thousands of people to enjoy German food (and beer!), live music, and a variety of entertainment for children.

The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest starts with a traditional German Dinner catered by Carlsbad’s own Tip Top Meats, combined with World Famous Apple Strudel for dessert! Enjoy one of several fine beers, wine, or non-alcoholic drinks that are available. Enjoy plenty of musical entertainment throughout the day, including great dance music and the famed “Chicken Dance!” Children will enjoy the Oktoberfest pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating contest, inflatable jumpers, face painting, antique fire truck and much much more!

Great Food and Drink

Once again for the main course we are featuring authentic German food courtesy of Tip-Top Meats of Carlsbad. Bratwurst sausage, with sauerkraut and potatoes will be served.

We’re featuring two meals this year… the traditional German meal of brat and sausage with potato salad and sauerkraut, and a lighter fare of grilled chicken and delicious sides.

Food booths will certainly satisfy your palette and include the following:

  • Pumpkin Pie and Fudge

  • Apple Strudel

  • Hot Dogs

  • Hot Pretzels

  • Kettle Korn

  • Cotton Candy

  • and more!

On Stage

We have some new musical treats this year, along with your favorites. Here’s who will be at the big Gazebo:

12:00 pm – 2:45 pm:  DJ Efraim Nunez

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm:  Festive Familie costume contest

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm:  Faith Page (keyboardist/singer)

4:30 pm – 5:00pm:  Announcements and Sponsor recognition

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm:  Bluebirds (German band)

5:30 pm – 5:45pm:  Mayor’s Welcome

5:45 pm – 6:30 pm:  Bluebirds (German band)

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Fetching Frauline & Masculine Mann contest

7:00 pm – 8:15 pm: The Last Call (rock band)

8:15 pm – 9:15 pm: Bluebirds (German band

9:15 pm -10:15 pm: The Last Call (rock band)

Performers and Times Subject to Change.

We don’t want you to miss a thing! There is a lot of fun in store this year, so click on the link below for a map of the 2015 Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest Holiday Park Layout.

Holiday Park Oktoberfest Site Map

Besides the great food and music, we have plenty of fun activities for families.


  • Inflatable Jumpies

  • Pumpkin Patch

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Face Painting

  • Caricature Artist

  • Balloon Animals

  • Fire Engine

  • and more!


  • Festive Familie Costume Contest

  • Fetching Fräulein Costume Contest

  • Masculine Mann Costume Contest

  • Dance the day and night away to the DJ and 4 different musical groups

  • Biergarten (of course!)

The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest is Carlsbad’s premier family event.  Come enjoy the plentiful activities, authentic German food and drink – and more!

Parking & Shuttle Transportation

Free Shuttle Bus Service from Westfield’s Plaza Camino Real (SW Corner). Local Parking very limited – shuttle buses pick-up and drop-off at 20-minute intervals. First shuttle picks up at Westfield at 11:30 AM and last shuttle leaves Holiday Park at 10:30 PM.

Free Wi-Fi

Free WI-FI courtesy of Time-Warner Cable!

13th Annual Vista Viking Festival


EXPLORE AND CONQUER, just like the Vikings

Dates: September 26, 2015 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
September 27, 2015 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Norway Hall,
2006 E. Vista Way
Vista 92084,
North San Diego County

Official Website

Cost: $8.00 per day for adults, Kids 6 to 12 $2.00 per day, Under 6 FREE, Parking 5.00 per day.

See Viking encampments, sword battles and at night, flaming axes! Learn to throw an axe or spear, try archery, or sign up for contests at the Weapons Range of the, “Raiders from the North”. Test your strength at the popular Viking Log Toss. Take part in contests like the Famous Fish Fling, Battle Cry, or Horn Blowing Competitions! New this year, the “Fear the Beard” contest

Enjoy live Viking/Celtic style music on two stages. Scheduled to appear: Highland Way, the Dread Crew of Oddwood, Raggle Taggle, and Clan. For bawdy fun, catch the Bawdy Juggler. The So Cal Damekor sings traditional songs from lands the Vikings lived. And to stir your Viking soul, the ancient rhythms of Odin’s Drummers! While you are entertained outdoors, feast on Nordic food and satisfy your thirst with ale or mead, some brewed exclusively for our festival.

KidZone offers painting of wooden shields and swords, jumping in the Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Rune Quest and more. Enter the nearby NORWAY HALL for Fresh LEFSE, Meatball Meals, Norwegian Cookies, Scandinavian Crafts and non-alcoholic beverages. Demos of rosemaling, spinning, and genealogy (does Viking blood run through your veins)?

All roads lead to the Vendors’ Village! Search the marketplace for helmets, drinking horns and mugs, swords, woodcarvings, Viking jewelry and Valkyrie attire.
And as you stroll through the shady Northern Territory, along Peddlers’ Path, you may see Vikings casting pewter, yarn dying, weaving and baking bread in clay ovens. At the day’s end, we hope that you are well pleased with your visit and that you will vow to return again to the most Fun Festival For All – the VIKING FESTIVAL in VISTA!
SEE YOU IN (the last weekend of) SEPTEMBER 2015

Nearby FESTIVAL PARKING is VERY LIMITED this year and is expected to fill up fast. USE OFF SITE PARKING AT VISTA HIGH SCHOOL, 1 Panther Way, at the intersection of E. Bobier Dr. and Panther Way, Vista, 92084. SHUTTLE SERVICE IS FREE with paid $4 parking fee.

San Diego Festival of Beer

San Diego Festival of Beer

Friday, September 18, 2015 6:00 pm


The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier

1000 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 686-8027


Official Website & Tickets

$20.00 – $40.00

This year were excited to celebrate our 21st year with the biggest and best festival yet!

This years Festival will return to  the Broadway Pier. The indoor/outdoor event will feature live music and nearly 60 different breweries serving up 120 varieties of tasty brews.

Inside the San Diego Festival of Beer, will be food items and munchies for sale in addition to a selection of fine wines for purchase by the glass. Each ticket includes admission into the event, unlimited (2 oz) beer tastes and the first 1,500 guests receive a free souvenir event logo tasting mug that is theirs to use throughout the evening and to keep when they go home.

Santee Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, September 12, 2015
5:30 pm
9:30 pm


Town Center Commnity Park East

550 Park Center Drive
Santee, CA 92071
Official Website & Tickets
$45.00 – $50.00
Santee Bluegrass Festival
Beer, Wine, Dine & Let the Bluegrass Shine

Please join the City of Santee and the Santee Park and Recreation Committee for the sixth annual Santee Bluegrass Festival, a fund-raising event. This festival will be filled with fine wines, a bevy of brews, tasty treats, bidding bazaar and live Bluegrass music.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Town Center Community Park East
550 Park Center Drive
Santee, CA 92071

$45 Advance Ticket
$35 Designated Driver
$50 On-Site Ticket (if not sold out)

No one under 21 admitted, including infants
ID Required
Must have ticket to check in
All sales are final

Tickets are available online at  or in person at Santee City Hall, 10601 Magnolia Avenue, Bldg. 6. Ticket prices are all inclusive and upon arrival, participants will receive an engraved glass for sampling.

Funds raised will benefit the Santee Teen Center, park improvement projects, and the Recreation Scholarship Program which provides financial assistance to qualifying Santee children, teens and seniors to take part in City recreation programs.

Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival

Santee Street Fair

Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Santee Chamber

Riverview Pkwy & Town Center Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071
Santee, CA 92071

How:  Official Website


Cost:  Free



Join more than 60,000 visitors at the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 for two-action packed days great for the whole family to enjoy. Celebrating its sixth year, the Street Fair will host its first annual beer festival featuring five local breweries; Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits, BNS Brewing & Distilling Co, Butcher’s Brewing and Pacific Islander Brewing Company and Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company.  There will also be more than 300 various food and vendor booths, live entertainment, a family-friendly fun zone with games and attractions and more than a dozen carnival rides. Admission to the event is free and parking will be available adjacent to the event.


Festival highlights include:
o Kick-off flag raising and national anthem honoring our hero’s
o Two stages of continues live music and entertainment
o Craft Beer Festival featuring five Santee breweries, up to 20 local breweries and 40 taps
o Children’s area with rides and entertainment
o Local artist featured work on Sunday, June 1
o More than 300 food and booth vendors


Festival times:
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Myrtle Creek Botanical Garden & Nursery

Tucked away in Fallbrook is a little gem of a place called Mrytle Creek. Among the lush scenery surrounding the grounds are places to explore all the flowers, plants, gardens and the goats!

Enjoy a farm-fresh organic lunch made with locally-grown ingredients, while relaxing on the patio of Café Bloom, home to the award-winning Myrtle Berry Pie! Tour the Wild Bird Sanctuary, Butterfly Gardens and historic Fallbrook Barn, home to a few lucky farm animals who still call this barn home. Browse the Farmhouse Gift Shop filled with distinctive, artisan-crafted gifts for the home and garden you will love.

I have been trying my hand at photography and this place has everything I would ever want in a picture. Here are some of my favorites. Next time you are in North San Diego County, check out this wondrous place. Have lunch, and enjoy some music. Click here for Myrtle Creek Website Here is the event calendar for Mrytle Creek

Click the first picture to start the gallery!

Taste, Toast, and Coast into the New Year 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 8:00 pm – Thursday, January 1, 2015 1:00 am

Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa
1 Ponto Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 602-0800

Cost: $89.00

What/Why: Enjoy a night filled with superb food, drinks, entertainment, and unforgettable memories. Indulge in the various food stations and don’t forget to commemorate the night in our photo booth. Live entertainment will be sure to keep everyone on the dance floor.

All inquiries and reservations please call, Britani WInkley at 760-683-5417. All reservations will need a credit card for guarantee.

“A Christmas Carol” (“Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens”)

When: December 12, 2014 7:00 pm – Sunday, December 21, 2014 4:00 pm

Where: “A Christmas Carol” (“Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens”)
1952 Sycamore Dr.
San Marcos, CA 92069

How: Official Website
Tickets Cost:
$12.50 adults / $7.50 children under 12

What/Why: WHO:

The theatrical production, “Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens,” a faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic, “A Christmas Carol.”

It’s Christmas!

Four evening shows, 7:00 p.m., Dec. 12, 13, 19, and 20
Two matinees, 2:00 p.m., Sunday Dec. 14 and 21

San Marcos Historical Society, 1952 Sycamore Dr, San Marcos, CA
Inside Walnut Grove Park

(760) 744-9025

The San Marcos Historical Society will host this year’s production of “Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens.” The play is a faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” with a fascinating new embellishment: Dickens himself appears onstage to read sections from the work — primarily passages describing the people and places of Victorian England, an aspect generally lost in adaptations of “A Christmas Carol.” The production is further enhanced by carolers, dancers, computer-controlled lighting, music, and powerful sound effects. There will also be a surprise visit by Santa at the end of the show.

“Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens” has been performed annually to sell-out audiences throughout So Cal. 100% of this year’s ticket sales (not just ‘proceeds’) will benefit the Historical Society.

“Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens” is a production of Art Animates Life ( or .com), a nonprofit group founded by creative professionals looking for ways to help nonprofit organizations struggling in difficult economic times, as-well-as promote live theater to the general public. Art Animates Life members do not receive monetary compensation for their time, talent, commissions, royalties, etc.

Past years’ shows have raised thousands of dollars for disaster relief in San Diego’s North County and staged the first ever live theater production for the Escondido Arts Partnership/Municipal Gallery.

“Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens” has been performed the last several years to sell-out audiences to benefit several San Diego theater mainstays including Patio Playhouse and POWPac (Poway Performing Arts Company).

The San Marcos Historical Society was established in 1967 and incorporated in 1968. The Society was originally located on San Marcos Blvd until the end of 2009 when it was relocated to Heritage Park, nestled within Twin Oaks Valley.

The play will take place in picturesque Connors Hall, which was built in 1940 by the Works Projects Administration. The adjacent historic Cox and Bidwell houses were built in the late 1800’s creating a near perfect ambiance for the adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.”

More info and tickets by calling (760) 744-9025 or on the web at or

33rd Annual Victorian Christmas

When: Tomorrow, December 13, 2014 5:30 pm – Sunday, December 14, 2014 8:30 pm

Where: Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano Rd
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 923-2230

How: Official Website
Cost: $3.00 – $4.00

What/Why: Spend the holiday season in the great outdoor winter wonderland at Heritage Hill Historical Park. The month of December welcomes a busy calendar of festive events and public programs at the park for all to enjoy.

The annual Candlelight Walk returns on Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14. More than 1,000 luminaries will light the park’s pathways as strolling carolers and musicians fill the air with music. Children can visit with Santa in the arbor and sit at a historic school desk while storytellers spin holiday tales in the one-room El Toro Grammar school. Visitors will enjoy music as they tour the 1930’s Bennett Ranch house and can watch a Spanish guitarist and Flamenco dancer in the 1863 Serrano Adobe. There will also be ongoing entertainment in the 1891 St. George’s Episcopal Mission. Hot chocolate, apple cider, and homemade cookies will be available for purchase.

Gather the family and ring in the holiday season in celebration at Heritage Hill Historical Park.

SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail

When: Friday, August 15, 2014 12:00 pm –
Sunday, September 14, 2014 11:30 pm

Where: Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 577-3100

How: Official Website

Tickets Cost: $25.00 – $40.00

What/Why: Celebrate all things cocktail during SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail in Pasadena, California. Start off with the Citywide Julia Child Cocktail Party on August 15th, as we celebrate the anniversary of Pasadena’s own culinary genius and TV’s first celebrity chef. Then vote for your favorite cocktails during the six week SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge. 64 drinks go head-to-head in competition with the four finalist cocktails vying to be named Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail during the Taste of Pasadena on September 25th at the Rose Bowl.

Carlsbad Dog Days of Summer

When: Friday, August 29, 2014 4:30 pm –
9:00 pm

Where: Wesco Pet
2855 Roosevelt St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 434-0930

How: Official Website

Cost: $10.00 – $25.00

What/Why: Bring your favorite canine companion or come dressed like fido to the 1st annual Carlsbad Dog Days of Summer on August 29. This event will consist of dog contests from 5 to 6 p.m. and a dog-themed Photo Scavenger Hunt powered by from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Dog contestants should check-in at 4:30 p.m. at Wesco Pet Supplies parking lot. There is a $10 fee (includes one raffle ticket) per entry into the following categories: cutest dog, ugliest dog, best trick, wilfred (human dressed as a dog), and human/dog look-a-like.

Scavenger Hunt Participants will need to check-in at 6 p.m. at Hennessey’s Tavern. The cost for tickets is $25 per adult (includes either three raffle tickets or one dog contest entry) and $10 per child. Pre-registration is required for both the dog contest and the scavenger hunt. Tickets can be purchased at

Trophies and prizes will be handed out to dog contest and scavenger hunt winners!

US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition

Date: August 29 – September 1, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Price: $7-$12

Venue: B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier Follow Us On: Follow Us On FacebookFollow Us On Twitter
Hundreds of thousands have come each year to see master-class sculptors build beautiful 3-dimensional works of art. Now many of the world’s finest artists will come to create the most amazing sculptures ever. And they’ll do it on a unique site with our beautiful bay on the West and downtown’s sandcastles in the sky on the East. Just 2 blocks North lie the world’s tall ships in all their majesty, and out on the bay, the ships sail with full regalia and recreate cannon battles of yore.

It’s a 4-day extravaganza for the whole family.

Astonishing Sand Sculptures

Competition between 10 professional world masters carving sculptures like San Diegans have never seen
Head-to-head battle between the sandcastle teams who have won 9 of the last 10 U.S. Open crowns in the former Imperial Beach event – Archisand vs. I.B. Posse
CA masters team competition
Student competitions – art and architecture – middle, high school and college levels
3-dimensional Art for the Home
Leading California metal, stone and wood sculptors
Designer clothing and jewelry
3D wall art
Art for kids, handmade educational toys and much more
Entertainment All Weekend Long
The best of the buskers
Kids activities
Sand sculpture classes
Hat-making and more

Plus, a significant portion of the proceeds go toward arts education programs that help kids learn to learn.
Young Audiences of San Diego /Arts for Learning, serving tens of thousands of kids throughout the area
Maritime Museum of San Diego Education Programs