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2nd Saturday Arts & Culture

2nd Saturday each month

NEW in 2021

Welcome to Escondido 2nd Saturday

Arts & Culture Experience


2nd Saturday

with Pop up Artists

on Grand Avenue.

10am to 3pm

Artists are located on E Grand Avenue between Broadway and Juniper.


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

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:


Grand Farmers Market

OPEN NOW with COVID restrictions


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.

Sponsored by:

Escondido Arts Partnership

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


Esco Alley Art

Open Daily

NEW in 2021

“Esco Alley Art", promote 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

For the Love of Chocolate

** Cancelled Until Further Notice **

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. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage or pedi-cab ride down Historic Grand Avenue.  Plus, 2nd Saturday, Escondido Arts & Culture, Free long stemmed roses while supplies last & Raffle Prizes too! 


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

Sponsored by:

Escondido Downtown Business Association

Grand Ave Festival

** Cancelled Until Further Notice **

October 18, 2020 (Sunday)

9:00 am–5:00 pm

Located Grand Avenue

between Centre City and Ivy, Escondido, CA 92025

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, and Art in the Garden at Heritage Garden!

FREE Community Event!


Sponsored by:

Escondido Chamber of Commerce

Cruisin' Grand

** Now Open with Covid Restrictions **

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, CA 92025.

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. All kinds of 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

Escondido Street Festival

** Cancelled Until Further Notice **

Saturday, May 30, 2020

​10:00 am–6:00 pm

Located on Grand Avenue

between Escondido Blvd and Juniper St, Escondido, CA 92025

Under new management by the Escondido Downtown Business Association, this years event will include  a Music Festival, Beer & Wine Garden, Farmers Market, Maker Village, Art on the Plaza.

Art in the Garden, presented by MAGEC  A diverse art show with many talented local and SoCal artists. Located on Maple Street Plaza

FREE Community Event

Sponsored by:

Escondido Downtown Business Association

For More Events &

Visitor Information

Tuesday - Friday


Visit Escondido

235 East Grand Avenue

Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: 760-839-4777


Open:  Tuesday – Friday 

Hours:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sponsored by:

Visit Escondido

Have fun at the many events in Downtown Escondido!