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Exploring San Diego: Things to do Aug. 1 - 4

Lemon Festival
Posted at 12:07 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 15:07:16-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego will be filled with festivals this weekend, from the lemony to the musical.

Julian StarFest, the Carlsbad Musical Festival, Chula Vista's Lemon Festival, and Old Town's Latin America Festival are some of the family-friendly events hitting the county this weekend.

In Clairemont, families can also jump into a free family day celebration at South Clairemont Recreation Center, with more carnival games, music, and food to enjoy.

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Ever wonder what it's like to run across an inflatable obstacle course? Hop into some bouncy fun at SDCCU Stadium for the Great Inflatable Race where your skills will surely be put to the test.

Or, discover how to make the impossible possible before your eyes at the Fleet Science Center's Impossible Science Festival. Here's a look at more events around town:


Julian StarFest
Where: Menghini Winery; Cost: $15 - $40
(Thursday - Saturday) Enjoy a free public star party in Julian with astronomy games, crafts for kids, a raffle, exhibits, a behind the scenes tour of Palomar Observatory, and more during StarFest. If you plan to spend the weekend in town, camping options are available for the whole family.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South; Cost: $20 - $100
(Thursday - Friday) Don't miss the San Diego Symphony's live performance of "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" in Embarcadero Park as the film is played live on a massive screen. Everything from the Imperial March to "Yoda's Theme" will be performed as part of the symphony's Bayside Summer Nights concert series.


16th annual Carlsbad Music Festival
Where: St. Michael's by-the-Sea; Cost: $39 - $299
(Friday - Sunday) Enjoy music with a view during the Carlsbad Music Festival, including more than 60 performances over three days. Concerts will take place indoors and outdoors, and various concerts will feature food trucks, pop-up art galleries, markets, a beer garden, and more fun for the family.

Bon Odori Festival
Where: Japanese Friendship Garden; Cost: $10 - $12
(Friday - Saturday) Enjoy two days of merchants, family-friendly activities, Japanese festival foods, and more at Balboa Park's Japanese Friendship Garden this weekend during Bon Odori, or "festival of joy." Cultural performances are scheduled to take place throughout the day, like make your own toro nagashi lantern to take home or set afloat.


30th annual Clairemont Family Day
Where: South Clairemont Recreation Center; Cost: Free
It's an 80s celebration this weekend in Clairemont with Clairemont Family Day. The free event invites the public in for a car show, carnival games and rides, live entertainment, food and drinks, and more.

The Great Inflatable Race San Diego
Where: SDCCU Stadium; Cost: Starting at $29
Race through an inflatable obstacle course in Mission Valley this weekend during the Great Inflatable Race. Test your skills running across inflatable balls or bounce around in the DINOmite Bouncy House. Even joust in the race's Gladitator Joust. All participants get a race medal and t-shirt.

5th annual Impossible Science Festival
Where: Fleet Science Center; Cost: $21.95 - $24.95
(Saturday - Sunday) The Fleet Science Center's unique Impossible Science Festival will teach you how to make objects invisible, experience what it's like to walk thousands of feet up in the air, and explore levitation throughout hands-on and interactive experiments.


Chula Vista Lemon Festival
Where: Third Avenue, Chula Vista; Cost: Free
It's going to be a sweet and sour summer this weekend in the South Bay, as the Lemon Festival returns with hundreds of vendors, live bands, and delicious lemony treats galore. Celebrate Chula Vista's past as the "Lemon Capital of the World" with a Festival Fun Zone, contests, and giveaways.

Latin American Festival
Where: Bazaar Del Mundo, Old Town; Cost: Free
(Friday - Sunday) Latin American folk artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador and Ecuador will bring their works to Old Town this weekend for a beautiful showcase this weekend. The lively marketplace in Old Town will be packed with handmade arts and crafts, artist demonstrations, and live folk music and dancing.

Weekender at Quarteryard: Day of Giving Back
Where: Quartyard; Cost: Free with RSVP; $5 at door
Weekender at Quarteryard features live music, a silent auction, and vendors at the downtown hub in support of the organization Namaste Wings to Fly America. Guests can enjoy a brunch meal with bottomless mimosas in support of a good cause.