San Diego County Fair Alternative Coming this Summer

An alternative version of the San Diego County Fair is coming to the fairground this summer.

In a statement released on the fair website, “The 22nd District Agricultural Association is getting back to our roots to present HOME*GROWN*FUN, a four-week celebration of community and agriculture offering a taste of what San Diegans have grown to love about the annual fair.” 

Last summer, officials canceled the San Diego County fair due to the Coronavirus pandemic because gatherings of any size were prohibited.

The cancelation was detrimental to the fair because it’s the largest annual event in San Diego County every year (next to Comic-Con).

Photo Credit: @sandiegocountyfair on Instagram

While we are still in a global pandemic, things are improving. This year, the fair will operate; with modifications.

Capacity limited with timed entry required (to prevent overcrowding) and parking passes purchased in advance online. Tickets for parking will go on sale beginning May 1, 2021, on their website.  

The fair, “HOME*GROWN*FUN will offer famous “fair food favorites,” shopping, food concessions, Ferris wheel, a carousel, and various agricultural-themed exhibits. 

The modified fair event will run from June 11 through July 4 (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays).

Admission is $10, with children 5 & younger are free. All guests heading to the fair will be required to wear masks and practice physical distancing from other guests.

For more information regarding the fair, please visit their website at sdfair.com

Photo Cover: San Diego County Fair by Israel Palacio on Unsplash

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Sunflower Seeds: Holiday Cheer!

It’s time for Holiday Cheer! Christmas is coming up in a few short weeks, so here are some family friendly holiday activities to do in San Diego!

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (November 10 – December 29, 2019)

Balboa Park is decked out in “Whoville” decorations in the plaza outside the Old Globe Theater. They are on display in correlations with the theater’s annual holiday production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Hotel del Coronado: Skating by the Sea (November 26, 2019 – January 5, 2020)

Take your ice skates to this spectacular beachfront ice rink with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean while benefiting Make-A-Wish San Diego. You can even reserve your own rink side lounge at Frostbite – A Place to Chill; guests will enjoy skating passes and seating around a fire pit with full food and beverage service. 

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights (December 14, 2019)

This free event features boats decorated for the annual holiday season that will take place in Mission Bay. The parade begins at 6:00 PM from Quivira Basin. To end the parade, fireworks ill be displayed and the Sea World Sky Tower Tree of Lights will be lit at 9:00 PM.

The Vet + Pet West Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade (December 15, 2019)

This holiday furry friendly event returns to Downtown San Diego to take over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter. Pet owners and their furry companions are invited to deck their paws with their favorite holiday costumes for this jolly promenade.  

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade  (December 26, 2019)

Watch America’s largest balloon parade during the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade. This event brings marching bands, beautiful floats, drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons to the bayside streets of downtown San Diego.

There are so many more Holiday Events in San Diego, but I just listed a few unique ones that I think you should do during this holiday season! You can find even more holiday events here!

Written by: Nina Capuani

Etsy out of the Screen

Etsy has expanded far from its frontiers. It went from being an online website where self made artist, and crafters sell their own creations, such as necklaces, unique Disney inspired ear headbands, paintings and much more, to becoming a mobile app, to now something even greater. Etsy served as an inspiration to Stephanie Payan and other artisans to form the SoCal Etsy Guild community.

With the creation of this community they offered an opportunity that went beyond Etsy’s option of buying on the go. The SoCal Etsy Guild made tangible Etsy markets available to the people of California. This markets are made up of local artists and crafters, serving as vendors, that come together to sell their items in person.

SoCal Etsy Guild markets hit San Diego in mid summer of 2017, and within a short period became extremely popular that they can now be found in two locations in San Diego. On the first Saturday of each month the market can be found in Mission Mall in between Michaels, and Nordstrom, while on the third Saturday of each month it is located at Horton Plaza on the waterfront patio.

Instead of browsing online San Diegans can now browse through the rows of stands filled with a variety of the same goods available online, but with less worries. One gets to see the product finished, and in person, leaving no space for weird, and unexpected surprises. Also, customers get to take it with them the moment they pay, no waiting time, and no need to pay a shipping fee. Can’t get any better than that, well no, it does. At this markets, some artists place their items at a lower price with great offers. SoCal Etsy Guild markets rise above expectations when it comes to benefits to the customers, and it’s great. People love to see the products before buying it, and what puts the cherry on top of everything is that one is able to meet the artists in person. Shining light on local artists is amazing, and it’s always great to know who your money is going to. What better way to help our communities than by supporting our local artists, instead of high corporates.

Thursday Night Things with MCASD and the SDSU Downtown Gallery

Looking for something cool to do this Thursday?  Well look no further, because KCR’s got you covered!

This Thursday, July 16th, there are two pretty awesome events happening for all you art enthusiasts.

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TNT: Reconsider

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is holding a Thursday Night Thing event from 7PM-10PM. The new exhibition, open for the public on Thursday, is composed of three different projects exploring the geography and cultural history of the region. The projects featured are those of Anya Gallacio , Byron Kim, and Jock Reynolds & Suzanne Helmuth, which could be explored with the help of the MCASD Gallery Educators in the guided tours provided for guests attending. Other activities also include a 3D printing demonstration with Fab Lab San Diego and making black-on-black paintings inspired by the work of Byron Kim, who is among the three projects being shown at the MCASD.

At 7:30PM, the party kicks off with some live music provided by Kyle-m with an all vinyl DJ set, who is then followed by band Chicano Batman at 9PM. Dance the night away, enjoy some drinks at the bar, or snack on some food truck treats. Whatever you do, you’re going to be doing it to some sweet sounds.

This event is free for Members (who will also receive their choice between a free cocktail or beer), $8 for students and seniors, and $10 for non-members.

Tickets to this TNT event can be purchased here, but if you want to keep coming back for more TNT events, become a member! Being a member costs $5 a month, which gets you free admission to every TNT and a free cocktail/beer every event. Now isn’t that a steal? Take advantage of this deal and join today!

 

 

 

SDSU Downtown Gallery: Live Drawing Event

Right across from the MCASD, the SDSU Downtown Gallery is holding a live drawing event from 6PM-9PM that Thursday as well! Model Christa Maier will be in costume for you to draw her throughout the night, so swing by with your sketchpads and get to drawing! Materials such as drawing boards, sketchpads, and pencils will be provided if you’re running low on supplies. No worries, we’ve got you covered!

Make your Thursday night special by submerging yourself in the San Diego art scene! You’re sure to have a blast.

MCASD Downtown

1100 Kettner Blvd

San Diego, CA 92101

T: (858) 454-3541

SDSU Downtown Gallery

725 West Broadway

San Diego, CA 92101

T: (619) 501-6370