Grape Day Celebration – 5K and Festival


Saturday, October 7, 2017 – Grape Day Celebration

Sunrise Rotary 5K Run, Walk & Stroll
7:30 – 10:00am through scenic, old Escondido

Grape Day Festival
2:00 – 8:00pm  |  Grape Day Park

Grape Day started in 1908 as a way to celebrate Escondido’s grape harvest and promote the city. This wonderful annual community event includes a 5K Run, Walk & Stroll sponsored by the Escondido Sunrise Rotary and the Grape Day Festival presented by the Escondido History Center in Grape Day Park. Join the fun at this festive day of food, games, entertainment and fun!

Escondido Sunrise Rotary Grape Day 5K Run, Walk, Stroll
Race Registration: 6:30 am
Race Time: 7:30 – 10:00 a.m.

7th Annual Grape Day 5K is a 5K fun run for everyone from elite runners to casual walkers, so bring the whole family out for a good time! Each runner will receive a finishers medal, a cool tech shirt and an even cooler swag bag plus many more goodies!

Be a part of the celebration by registering for the 7th Annual Grape Day 5K. The race course winds through historic Escondido.

Proceeds also provide support of Rotarian projects including safe drinking water, Polio eradication, assistance to those in need.

150 North Centre City Parkwayin downtown Escondido
The race starts at 7:30am. Check out the 5K course map here.
Registration begins at 6:30AM
Runners begin at 7:30 AM

For more info, go to


Grape Day Festival, Grape Day Park

Poster 11 x 17 (1r)

Grape Day Festival – Saturday, October 7, 2017
Grape Day Park, Escondido
Family-Friendly Event
Grape Stomping
Free Grapes
Bronner’s Magic Foam
Face Painting
Beer & Wine Garden (21 & over)
Chili Cook-off – (Escondido Fire Department vs. Escondido Police Department)
Shopping & Crafts
Food Court
Pie Eating Contest

For more info, go to ESCONDIDOHISTORY.COM



Grape Day Festival History:
A community parade with horses and marching bands followed by a daylong celebration of agricultural history sounds like the definition of small-town charm. Grape Day started in 1908 as a way to celebrate Escondido’s grape harvest and promote the city. It flourished until 1950, and then was revived by the Escondido History Center in 1996.

Grape Day was huge in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, with trains bringing people north from San Diego for the event. It was second in size only to Pasadena’s Rose Parade.

Escondido’s grape history dates to the early 1880s, when a group of landowners planted a large vineyard of muscat grapes. By the 1920s, thousands of acres of grapes were being grown in Escondido.

The Grape Day celebration can be traced to Sept. 9, 1908, when merchant and civic leader Sig Steiner presented a state agricultural report that deemed Escondido muscat grapes the sweetest in California. The community festival wasn’t complete without crowning a queen, and in Grape Day’s original heyday the honor was given to silent film star Agnes Ayres in 1923.

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(Photos courtesy of the Escondido History Center)