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Broadway and Grand Ave
- 101 E Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA
Orfila Vineyards & Winery
- 13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido, CA
Cruisin' Grand™ Escondido's 2019 season is celebrating its 20th Year as the region's premier weekly classic car cruise. Every Friday night starting April 5th through September
Cruisin’ Grand™ Escondido’s 2019 season is celebrating its 20th Year as the region’s premier weekly classic car cruise.
Every Friday night starting April 5th through September 27th, join the fun at the “Largest Weekly Car Cruise West of the Mississippi.”
Vintage Auto Show, Cruisin’ Grand™ Escondido™ runs every Friday night downtown on Grand Avenue from April 5th to September 27th from 5-9pm all along Grand Avenue in historic downtown Escondido.
One of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County, Cruisin’ Grand™ Escondido™ runs for six spectacular months. This FREE EVENT brings more than 5000 visitors and car enthusiasts each Friday Night to check out the 500+ cars lining the streets of historic downtown Escondido.
Not only for classic car enthusiasts… everyone enjoys meeting up with friends, bringing the family out and strolling along Grand Avenue, stopping in for a bite at one of our many restaurants and people-watching on those warm summer nights. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973, American-made cars. Theme nights include “Fire Truck Night”, “Nitro Night” and “AFX Night.”
For more information, event schedules, car club themes and much more, go to CruisinGrand.com
We call it Hot Rod Heaven! Cruisin’ Grand™ Escondido Classic Car Show
Cruisin’ Grand is honored to be called one of the best cruises in the country. We try to keep it simple, and focus only on what works with our community history, i.e. 1973 and earlier American-made Classics, Customs, Vintage, Muscle, and Hot Rods cruising Grand Ave, just like they did 50-60- years ago, on a Friday night, hopefully shoulder-to-shoulder with a date!
Each week there are three live bands on Juniper, Kalmia, and Maple. In addition to our live DJ on N. Broadway, there are fun contests such as hoola hoops and “name that tune”, with prizes. The south side of Broadway is reserved for the car club of the night. Parking for other “period correct” (1974 and older American vehicles) is available on Grand Ave., N. Maple, N. Broadway, Kalmia (North and South), and N. Juniper.
Join Anthony and Rose from Country Dance X and Byran Roberson of Country Sole as we bring you our TWO STEP BOOTCAMP! We'll take you from the basic steps and concepts
Join Anthony and Rose from Country Dance X and Byran Roberson of Country Sole as we bring you our TWO STEP BOOTCAMP!
We’ll take you from the basic steps and concepts of Two Step through everything you’ll need to get out on the dance floor with turns, spins, hand changes and more.
This is a Novice to Intermediate level class! Everyone from beginners to intermediate level dancers will have a great time and benefit from Anthony and Rose’s unique and creative teaching style.
If you’re brand new at Two Step, no problem. We’ll start with the basic steps, rhythms, and turns that you’ll need to get started “on the right foot”. Anthony and Rose are full time professional instructors and have literally taught thousands of people just like you to look and feel confident on the dance floor.
If you’ve danced Two Step before and know some variations, Anthony and Rose will be breaking down some cool variation along with giving you tips and tricks for better turn, partnering, connection, and the little known Two Step tricks that make all the difference.
LOCATION: Cheval Winery – 2919 Hill Valley Drive, Escondido, CA 92029
TIME: 4pm to 7pm
Limited to the first 40 leaders and 40 followers!
No dance partner is necessary. We’re limiting the number of leaders and followers so that everyone will get to dance. You’ll also have the opportunity to rotate through different partners if you choose.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Orfila is gearing up for our annual grape stomp! Your ticket gets you wine tasting, gourmet dinner by Crown Point Catering, grape stomping, vineyard tractor rides, lawn games, live music, raffles,
Orfila is gearing up for our annual grape stomp!
Your ticket gets you wine tasting, gourmet dinner by Crown Point Catering, grape stomping, vineyard tractor rides, lawn games, live music, raffles, special guests!
Click here for Tickets!
$95 for non-memebers
$85 for members
Charcuterie display with prosciutto, chorizo, soppressata, saucisson sec, mortadella cornichons, nicoise olives, pickled vegetables, tomato bruschetta, marinated mushrooms, grilled ciabatta and rosemary olive crostinis
Domestic and imported cheeses, candied nuts, fig preserves, fresh strawberries and grapes
Arugula, mixed field greens, heirloom tomato, grilled corn, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice
Carved to order, homemade au jus sauce, creamy horseradish
Balsamic Roasted Chicken
Herbs, garlic, balsamic vinaigrette
Olive oil, garlic, scallions
Roasted summer vegetables, tomato, basil, garlic sauce
Farmer’s Market Grilled Vegetable Platter
Asparagus, cherry tomatoes, red & yellow peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, purple & orange carrots, red onion
Assorted Fresh Baked Crusty Breads
Fresh Summer Berries with Pound Cake
Whipped Cream and Lemon Curd
Freshly Brewed Regular & Decaffeinated Gourmet Coffees
Lemonade, Iced Tea and Iced Water with lemons
For ticket pricing and menu details, click the link. This event is only open to adults 21 years or older.
(Saturday) 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This summer, families visiting the San Diego Archaeological Center will receive the Kids Dig Archaeology Activity Book. Kids can complete the books and present them to staff to earn their
This summer, families visiting the San Diego Archaeological Center will receive the Kids Dig Archaeology Activity Book. Kids can complete the books and present them to staff to earn their Jr. Archaeologist cards. Activities include
Stratigraphy: Layers of Time
Tools: Then & Now
Activity books included with paid admission ($5 per family). Limit 1 book per child (ages 5-12). Offer valid July 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019.
About the San Diego Archaeological Center
The San Diego Archaeological Center is a curation facility and museum where visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 10,000 years. In addition to its role as a museum, the Center serves as an education and research facility and is the only local organization dedicated to the collection, study, curation and exhibition of San Diego County’s archaeological artifacts.
Monday – Friday 9AM – 4PM
Saturday 10AM – 2PM
$2 per person
$5 per family (3+ visitors)
(Saturday) 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle Works on paper by French artist, Edgar Degas. Rare drawings, prints, and photographs illuminate a more intimate
Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle
Works on paper by French artist, Edgar Degas. Rare drawings, prints, and photographs illuminate a more intimate side of the admired artist. Exhibition also includes work from Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.
July 20 – September 15, 2019
Thursday – Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
About California Center for the Arts, Escondido
With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate the arts, California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County.
The Center’s unique campus includes a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 404-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events. San Diego Magazine named the Center the “Best Limited Engagement” in North County. The Center was named in the Top Five for U-T San Diego’s Readers Poll for “Best Live Music Venue” and the Top Five for “Best Place to Get Married.” In 2016, the Center was named “Organization of the Year” by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. In 2018, the Center was chosen as one of fifteen cities from all over the country to be awarded a grant known as the Levitt AMP [Your City] grant. The Center received $25K in matching funds to present the Levitt AMP Escondido Music Series, which is a minimum of 10 free outdoor concerts presented over 10 to 12 consecutive weeks during 2018.
The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times, and ticket information, visit artcenter.org.
(Saturday) 10:02 am - 5:02 pm
ArtHatch and Distinction Gallery are excited to present a Studio Artists Exhibition featuring the collective art of their very own in-house ArtHatch Studio Artists. Highlighting a wide range of work from
ArtHatch and Distinction Gallery are excited to present a Studio Artists Exhibition featuring the collective art of their very own in-house ArtHatch Studio Artists.
Highlighting a wide range of work from original paintings, photography, and other mixed media, this exhibit is a representation of the broad spectrum of current local San Diego artists. Over 30 emerging and accomplished artists will come together to present their artistic voices and inspirations and give rise to a diverse and creative show.
The exhibition will run from July 13th through August 3rd, 2019.
Distinction Gallery / Art Hatch Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 12 pm – 5 pm
Second Saturday Receptions: 6 pm – 10 pm
About Distinction Gallery / Art Hatch:
Distinction Gallery was created in 2004 to give beginning and established collectors a venue to purchase high-quality, cutting edge artwork. Distinction has hosted over 120 exhibitions since its inception featuring emerging, mid-career and veteran professional artists. Distinction’s artwork is available for purchase online to clients around the world, and most of our artists are available for commissions. In order to further expand offerings to the community, Distinction converted part of their location to ArtHatch, a non profit organization.
ArtHatch is a 7,000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, “The Alley,” featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 15+ teen artists, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and “The Lounge”, containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.
(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series
july 27, 2019 12:00 pmaugust 3, 2019 12:00 pm
Join Orfila Winery and Vineyards every weekend (Friday through Sunday, 3-6pm) for food trucks, and live music on the patio! The artists rotate weekly as do the food trucks. You will
Join Orfila Winery and Vineyards every weekend (Friday through Sunday, 3-6pm) for food trucks, and live music on the patio!
The artists rotate weekly as do the food trucks. You will get a variety of music ranging from jazz, blues, pop, country and more! The food truck offerings span the tastes of east to west coasts covering everything in-between. We have something for everyone including vegan options depending on the vendor.
Sometimes we close for special events… so please check our website calendar for specific details at orfila.com!
The patio and tasting room is a 21 and up, with Rose Park available for those with persons younger. We do allow dogs, on a leash on the patios and in the park.
Orfila Vineyards & Winery
13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido, CA 92025
Please call 760.738.6500 x 22 for details or go to Orfila.com
Call or check the website to confirm date details, musical talent and food trucks…. and to make sure we’re not closed for a private event or holiday.
This is a FREE event!
Wine and food truck selections available for purchase.
To support the local gourmet food trucks we do not allow picnics, outside food and beverages Friday through Sunday. Thank you!
(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Nothing goes better with wine than live music in our courtyard. Enjoy our wines and you're welcome to bring your appetizers with you! Saturdays from 3pm to
Whether you are new to wine tasting or a seasoned connoisseur, you will enjoy your tasting experience at Forgotten Barrel Winery. Wine is a personal experience and we believe that only you can be the judge of what you like!
History: Forgotten Barrel now occupies the former Ferrara Winery, which was designated a California historic point of interest in the late 1970’s and a historic site by the city of Escondido in 1989. The winery, was established in 1886 as one of San Diego county and Southern California’s first vineyards. The winery was purchased in 1928 by George Ferrara, banking on the repeal of prohibition by President Roosevelt.
The winery reopened in 1932-33 with the passage of the 21st amendment. During the next 75 years, Ferrara Winery grew to prominence in the California wine industry. It was operated by 3 generations until 2010. Forgotten Barrel restored the historic property and opened the tasting room in 2017 and will continue to tell the story of the Ferrara family and the history of this amazing California landmark.
Host your wedding, birthday party or corporate event in our rustic Barrel Room or in one of our amazing outdoor venues. Views of the vineyard and rustic artifacts add to the charm of this historic winery. A one of a kind setting for you and your guests.
(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join John Mireles at our gallery for the opening of his New York street photography exhibition, Surreptitious, Saturday, July 13, 5-9 pm. These colorful and energetic photographs are stories told
Join John Mireles at our gallery for the opening of his New York street photography exhibition, Surreptitious, Saturday, July 13, 5-9 pm. These colorful and energetic photographs are stories told through a keen eye with great affection for a city know for it’s diversity of lifestyles.
THE GALLERY WILL HOST AN INFORMAL TALK AND WALK-THROUGH OF THE EXHIBIT WITH THE ARTIST SATURDAY, JULY 20 at 3PM. NO RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
John R Mireles
July 13th – Aug 17th
JOHN MIRELES HAS VISITED CITIES IN EVERY STATE CREATING CAREFULLY POSED PORTRAITS ON THE STREET AND HIS RESULTING LARGE-SCALE PRINTS HAVE SHOWN FROM ALASKA TO NEW YORK. IN THIS BODY OF WORK HOWEVER, MIRELES RESTRICTED HIMSELF TO MAKE ONLY STREET PHOTOGRAPHS WITHOUT THE SUBJECT’S PERMISSION. WORKING STEALTHILY WITH ONE LENS AND STAYING WITHIN THE FIVE NEW YORK BURROUGHS, HE HAS DOCUMENTED LIFE ON THE STREET CALLING THE RESULTING IMAGES “A BLINK IN THE MOMENT OF THIS CONSTANTLY MOVING AND CHANGING CITY”. THESE COLORFUL AND ENERGETIC PHOTOGRAPHS ARE STORIES TOLD THROUGH A KEEN EYE WITH GREAT AFFECTION FOR A CITY KNOWN FOR ITS DIVERSITY.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11-5
Or by appointment, just give us a call to arrange!
About The Photographer’s Eye: A Creative Collective
Welcome you to a brand-new concept in the Photographic Arts in our Community! We are a group of photographers who have a passionate dedication to photography and we hope to enrich the community through sharing our knowledge and expertise. Our gallery exhibitions feature fine photography by our Collective Members as well as curated shows of established and emerging photographers. Our space hosts classes, talks, workshops, and portfolio reviews and provides a meeting place for the thoughtful exchange of ideas. For more info, visit us at: thephotographerseyecollective.com
(Saturday) 3:00 pm
The Photographer's Eye: A Creative Collective
326 E Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025
Escondido Choral Arts will honor the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the NASA moon landing in a festive, celebratory concert with an ensemble of orchestra, chorus, soloists, and the
Escondido Choral Arts will honor the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the NASA moon landing in a festive, celebratory concert with an ensemble of orchestra, chorus, soloists, and the Escondido community. This important, historical achievement is a source of pride for our country and community and will be honored with a commission of an original composition by the internationally known composer, Stephen Sturk and lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri.
The Center Chorale, Center Children’s Chorus and community singers from church and community college choirs, will create lasting memories of this landmark event. Soloists for One Small Step will be Janelle DeStefano, mezzo soprano, Dave Hook, tenor, and Michael Sokol, baritone and include a full symphony orchestra of local professional musicians conducted by John LoPiccolo of the Poway Symphony. Also on the program will be selections from Franz Joseph Hadyn’s, The Creation.
At the critical moment of Lift Off from the Earth, the audience will join in with sounds of excitement, making this an interactive concert of a World Premiere presentation in Escondido at the California Center for the Arts, an experience not to be missed.
Tickets: $25/Adults $10/Students
CCAE Box Office- Open Tuesday – Saturday 12–6 PM and Sunday 12–5 PM (closed Monday) 1-800-988-4253
(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Patio Playhouse Plays in the Park presents The Wizard of OZ! This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home,
Patio Playhouse Plays in the Park presents The Wizard of OZ!
This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. This production is faithful adaptation of the film, recreating the dialogue and structure of the MGM classic nearly scene for scene, though it is adapted for live stage performance.
Includes the songs from the classic MGM film: “Over The Rainbow,” “Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead),” “If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve,” “We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road),” “If I Were King Of The Forest,” and “The Merry Old Land of Oz.”
July 12-27, 2019 Thursdays-Sundays, 8pm
Kit Carson Amphitheater, 100 Amphitheatre Drive, Escondido, CA 92025
- by L. Frank Baum
- with Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
- Background Music by Herbert Stothart
- Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
- Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
- Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
- Based on the classic motion picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.
- Directed and Music Directed by Becky Brooks
- Produced by Brenda Townsend