Community Events

Through community events, we harness the power of arts, culture, and creativity to transform spaces and empower communities. These events are brought to you barrier free through a partnership with the City of Escondido, County of San Diego and the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation. For information on how you can contribute to helping to make our community a better place to live, contact Jesse in the Community Advancement Department.

Become A Vendor

Step into the heart of our vibrant community by becoming a vendor at our free special events! Your presence at these festivals is not just a stall; it’s an opportunity to make a meaningful impact. The joyous atmosphere, with attendance ranging from 5k to 20k depending on the event, sets the stage for an unforgettable experience.

Imagine your products or services becoming an integral part of the festivities, bringing smiles to faces and creating lasting memories. This isn’t just an invitation; it’s a chance to be a cherished contributor to our nonprofit organization’s commitment to community enrichment.

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Escondido’s 59th Annual Independence Day Festival

This year’s event is extending to four days! Each day to include:
Culinary Delights: Savor a variety of delicious offerings from local food trucks.
Concessions: Refresh yourself with a selection of beverages, beers, and spirits available throughout the evening.
Artisan Market: Explore unique items from local artisans.
Games and Activities: Fun-filled activities for all ages.

This free community event was made possible by our generous sponsors: California Center for the Arts, Escondido Charitable Trust, County of San Diego, Design Moe Kitchen and Bath, Fridas Street Tacos, Four Tunas Fish and Bar, Prebys Foundation, WESTAF, and San Diego Foundation. 

Festival Schedule:
July 4th:

• 4:00 pm: Gates and Concessions Open
• 4:30 pm: Welcome and Introductions
• 5:00 pm: Daring Greatly – Soulful Rock
• 6:15 pm: Ian Moore – Soulful Rock
• 8:00 pm: Navy Band Southwest 32nd Street Brass Band
• 9:00 pm: Spectacular Firework Show 
July 5th:
• 6:30 pm: Gates and Concessions Open
• 7:00 pm: DJ Zuni
• 8:30 pm: SambaDá – Brazilian Party Band
July 6th:
• 6:30 pm: Gates and Concessions Open
• 7:00 pm: SM Familia – Reggae
• 8:00 pm: E.N Young – Reggae
July 7th:
• 11:00 am: Gates and Concessions Open
• 11:30 am: Opener
• 12:45 pm: MohaviSoul – Soulful Americana
• 11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Corn Hole for a Cause: Partnering with Howard’s Team to raise money for MS. Enter a team of two at Cornhole for a Cure and win cash prizes!

Música en la Plaza – Last Friday of each month April – September @ 7pm

Música En La Plaza is a free community event presented by The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Foundation. Nestled within the Lyric Courtyard, this starlit monthly concert series offers an unforgettable cultural experience that celebrates the vibrant heritage of Latin rhythms. Our carefully curated lineup of talented local musicians and performers ensures a diverse and rich musical journey, from salsa and merengue to cumbia and bachata. Beyond the melodies, these monthly gatherings cultivate pathways for the community to access the arts, fostering a sense of unity and connection through music and dance and reliably draws between 300-600 patrons of all ages. VIP tickets available for each show.

Winter Wonderland – December 7-8, 2024

Every year, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Foundation brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, create winter-themed arts and crafts, and visit with Santa Claus himself. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs. Admission is FREE!

Día De Los Muertes – Nov. 1

Share in the tradition of honoring and remembering loved ones through altars, music, art, activities, and a local artisan market. This annual celebration draws over 5,000 community members in one day for this magical and powerful tradition.  This is a free community event.