Saturday, October 1, 2016 – Grape Day Celebration
Sunrise Rotary 5K Run, Walk & Stroll
7:30 – 10:00am through scenic, old Escondido
Grape Day Discovery 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 Discovery 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.
This 5K fun run is for everyone from elite runners to casual walkers. For more information and to register go to www.sandyfeetevents.com/grape-day-5k/
Grape Day Discovery Festival, Grape Day Park
Time: 2:00–8:00 pm
The Grape Day Festival includes live entertainment, kids’ activities, grape stomping, food trucks, and fun for the whole family. Go to escondidohistory.org for more information.
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.