Have fun at the many events in Downtown Escondido!

EVENTS

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Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 26, 2022
6am-8pm

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‘Tis the season to Shop Small!”  The Escondido Downtown Business Association and our wonderful downtown businesses are working together to provide a full day of shopping fun with discounts, special offers and prizes.  

 

Shop, eat, and explore downtown Escondido to discover special treats, sales, and discounts, while collecting stamps to fill your bingo card.  

 

Get a bingo and enter to WIN an ESCONDIDO EXPERIENCE PACKAGE! (Valued between $200-$1,000!) or keep  collecting stamps to fill your bingo card and be entered to win a premier Escondido Experience Package (Valued at $500 or more!). Themed packages are donated by local businesses. Experience something new this holiday season: play BINGO and WIN BIG!  

 

Hours range for each business from 6am to 8pm.   Pick up your bingo card and map from 6:30am-2:30pm at Sunny Side Kitchen at 155 S Orange St or from 10am to 2pm at Heritage Garden at E Grand and Juniper, where you will also find the art activity, photo booth, Carolers and collect bonus squares.   

 

Meet us at sundown in Maple Street Plaza for the Grand Avenue Street lighting ceremony, hot chocolate, cider and treats.  Bonus square here too! 

See map below for participating locations and FREE Trolley Stops to get you around. 

SHOP SMALL MAP

FREE for all to shop and play!

Sponsored by:

MAGEC

Escondido Downtown BusinessAssoc.

City of Escondido & Visit Escondido

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Art in the Garden

at the Escondido Street Festival

May 21, 2023
10am-6pm

 

Art in the Garden at the Escondido Street Festival, is a juried art show bringing many talented Southern California artists to Heritage Garden in the NEC of Juniper and Grand Avenue in Downtown Escondido to show and sell their work.

Shop directly from the artists, hear about their inspiration and how their art created. Enjoy live music and awesome festival food.

FREE Community Event

INFO:

Art in the Garden at the Grand Avenue Festival

ARTIST APPLICATIONS:

Click Here!

Sponsored by:

MAGEC

and

Escondido Downtown Business Association

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Grand Avenue Festival

aka Escondido Street Festival - FALL

October 15, 2023
9am-5pm

This nearly 30 year old annual Fall street festival is located on Historic Grand Avenue between Escondido Blvd and Ivy in beautiful Downtown Escondido.

In addition to the traditional street fair format, this year's festival will include Professional Live Music, a Beer & Wine Garden and Art in the Garden.  Shop from hundreds of vendors including unique hand-crafted gifts and imports, and international cuisine. 

 

Under new management by the Escondido Downtown Business Association.

 

FREE Community Event!

INFO:

Grand Avenue Festival

VENDOR APPLICATIONS:

Click Here!

VOLUNTEER:

VolunteerMatch

Sponsored by:

Escondido Downtown Business Association and in cooperation with

Escondido Chamber of Commerce

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Escondido Tamale Festival

Cancelled
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

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For the Love of Chocolate

Saturday, February 11, 2023
12pm-5pm

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 nearly 20 designated restaurants, shops and spas while sampling chocolate paired with local fine wines & craft beers. Plus, 2nd Saturday, Escondido Arts & Culture with Pop Up Artists and Esco Alley Art,

 

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

TICKETS:

coming soon

INFO:

Click Here!

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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.

Note:  Times vary for each business location. 

​​​​​Free Community Event

INFO: 

Click Here!

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Sponsored by:

MAGEC

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Cruisin' Grand

Every Friday, June - Sept
4pm-9pm

 

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

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Sponsored by:

Cruisin' Grand

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More Escondido Events

& Visitor Information

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Visit Escondido

Escondido, CA 92025

Visit Escondido is managed by the City of Escondido as your resource for all events and connections throughout Escondido. 

https://visitescondido.com

Sponsored by:

Visit Escondido

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Escondido Street Festival

aka Grand Avenue Festival - SPRING

Sunday, May 21, 2023
10am-6pm

 

This nearly 30 year old annual Spring street festival is located on Historic Grand Avenue between Escondido Blvd and Juniper in beautiful Downtown Escondido.

In addition to the traditional street fair format, this year's festival will include Professional Live Music, a Beer & Wine Garden and Art in the Garden.  Shop from hundreds of vendors including unique hand-crafted gifts and imports, and international cuisine. 

 

Under new management by the Escondido Downtown Business Association.

 

FREE Community Event!

 

INFO:

Click Here!

 

VOLUNTEER:

VolunteerMatch

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Sponsored by:

Escondido Downtown Business Association

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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 Kalmia Street 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!

INFO: 

Click Here!

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Sponsored by:

MAGEC &

Escondido Downtown Business Association

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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.

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Sponsored by:

Escondido Arts Partnership

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