For the Love of Chocolate

Saturday, February 12, 2022


The Escondido Chocolate Festival is held annually in February, along Grand Avenue in and out of participating tasting locations.  Give your Valentine a sweet memory. Bring your sweetheart or just your “sweet tooth” to beautiful Downtown Escondido to enjoy the "For The Love of Chocolate" Escondido Chocolate Festival. Stroll through 20+ designated restaurants, shops and spas while sampling chocolate paired with local fine wines & craft beers. Plus, 2nd Saturday, Escondido Arts & Culture,


This ticketed event is capped at 350 attendees and sells out every year.

Tickets available at:

More info at:

Grand Farmers Market

Every Tuesday



October - May, 2:30 - 6:00 pm

June - September, 2:30- 7:00 pm

Every Tuesday on Grand Avenue in Historic Escondido
Located at Juniper St between Grand Ave and Valley Pkwy at Heritage Garden Park in Downtown Escondido.

Visit the Escondido Certified Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays 2:30 till sunset.

Engaging with your community builds connections and creates hope. Support local agriculture and businesses.


Bring a mask and please don’t bring your pets.

FREE Community Event with Vendor Sales.

Escondido Tamale Festival

Until Further Notice


The Escondido Tamale Festival is held annually in early November in Grape Day Park.  12,000+ attendees come to north county to enjoy nearly 100 Tamale and other themed Food & Craft Vendors, Best Tamale Contest, Live on Stage Performances including Mariachi's, Folklorico & Latin Dancers, a Beer & Wine Garden, Chihuahua Costume Contest & Fashion Show, Fun rides and activities for kids.


Free General Admission Entry with a VIP Ticket Option. 

Sponsored by:

Escondido Downtown Business Association

For More Events &

Visitor Information



Visit Escondido

Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: 760-839-4777

Sponsored by:

Visit Escondido

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2nd Saturday Arts & Culture

2nd Saturday each month



Welcome to

Escondido 2nd Saturday

Arts & Culture Experience


Stroll downtown, take a self guided tour of the barrier paintings. 


Visit Esco Alley Art.

Grab bite or a beer, meet the artists, do a little shopping, visit our downtown art galleries and eclectic shops.

FREE Community Event

Sponsored by:



Esco Alley Art

Open Daily


“Esco Alley Art", is a beautifully eclectic art exhibit of murals displayed on the alley walls of  Downtown Escondido. 


Esco Alley Art promotes Escondido as an Arts destination.  We're continually looking for local artists to create a series of temporary murals for display on the brick wall, in the alley between South Broadway and Maple Street.

Artists are provided with an 8 ft. x 8 ft. or 4 ft. x 8 ft. panel.  Completed murals are then  mounted to the alley wall.


These beautiful murals are periodically revealed in phases.  Attached to each mural is a QR code, giving information about the artist and piece.  

FREE and Open Daily to all!

Sponsored by:


Escondido Downtown Business Association

Grand Ave Festival

October TBD 2022

October TBD 2022 (Sunday)

9:00 am–5:00 pm

Located Grand Avenue

between Centre City and Ivy, Downtown Escondido

Shop from hundreds of vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports, and enjoy international cuisine, local entertainment, and much more! Creative Kids Corner at Juniper & Grand, community performance stages and Art in the Garden at Heritage Garden!

FREE Community Event!


Sponsored by:

Escondido Chamber of Commerce


Escondido Street Festival

Sunday, May 22, 2022


This annual spring street festival is located on Historic Grand Avenue between Escondido Blvd and Juniper in beautiful Downtown Escondido.


Under new management by the Escondido Downtown Business Association, in addition to the traditional street fair format, this years festival will include Live On Stage Music, a Beer & Wine Garden and Art in the Plaza.

Shop from hundreds of vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports, and enjoy international cuisine from a variety of vendors.


FREE Community Event


Vendor Applications:


More information:

Sponsored by:

Escondido Downtown Business Association

Cruisin' Grand

Every Friday, June - Sept

Friday nights, 4:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m

Cruisin' Grand returns every Friday night from 4 - 9 p.m. from June 18 through Sept. 24, 2021, featuring pre-1974 American cars.  Parking for event-era cars is on Grand Avenue and side streets, from Escondido Blvd to Ivy Street., Escondido

On Friday nights a time warp hits downtown Escondido! The streets are filled with strolling people of all ages, while a parade of pre-1974s vintage cars slowly cruise up and down Grand Avenue. Vintage cars—from American Hot Rods, Classics, Antiques, and Customs— Downtown Escondido is the place to be on Friday nights!  Bring the whole family for a night of fun.

FREE Community Event

Sponsored by:

Cruisin' Grand

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Small Business Saturday

November 27, 2021


Shop Small®  to support small businesses and your community this season! 

For every dollar spent at a small business, about 67 cents stays in the local community. So when you Shop Small on Small Business Saturday, and all year long, you make a difference.


We invite you to Shop Small® with an exciting fall themed bingo game TO WIN PRIZES!  Pick up a bingo card and map of participating locations from; Sunny Side Kitchen, Stone and Glass, the Grand Tea Room or Urban Barn.


Shop, eat & explore downtown, Pop Up Artists, collect stamps to fill your bingo card.   

​Enter completed bingo cards to win prizes donated by participating businesses. Open all day with varying hours for each participating business location.

FREE for all to shop and play!

Sponsored by:


Escondido Downtown Business
Association, City of Escondido,

and Visit Escondido

Have fun at the many events in Downtown Escondido!