Old Town San Diego's Dia de los Muertos - Colorful altars and other traditional celebrations of Day of the Dead, one of Mexico's most revered and festive holidays, return to Old Town San Diego. This community-wide commemoration, which honors ancestors and other deceased loved ones with special menus, music, dancing and crafts, is free and designed for all ages. Family activities will include Day of the Dead sugar skull decorating, mask and paper flower making and face painting. Free live music and folkloric dancing will be presented on Old Town's plazas and courtyards. Artists will exhibit works that speak to this legendary holiday and the power of love and ritual that connect us through time.
Art in the Pines is a 2-day celebration of nature through the interpretive eye of the artist. Held for the 3rd year at a time when the Reserve's wildflowers are in full bloom, the outdoor venue is atop the mesa near the Torrey Pines Visitor Center. A highlight will be a competition of recently painted plein air paintings representing the beauty of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Artists from the entire San Diego County region will display and sell their nature-based art for the benefit of the educational programs at the reserve.
The Mother Goose Parade - The Mother Goose Parade was originated in 1947 by Thomas Wigton, Jr., and a group of El Cajon businessmen. This parade was their gift from the business community to the "Children of East County." So, Is It A Big Deal? The Mother Goose Parade attracts upwards of 400,000 spectators and chooses a different theme each year. The parade has everything you'd want in a parade: marching units, bands, floats, clowns, the Queen and Court and equestrians.
Coronado Flower Show - The Coronado Flower Show is held annually on the third weekend of April in Spreckels Park in the center of Coronado's Village. This is the largest flower show held under tents in the nation. Exhibits are placed inside tents surrounding a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for continuous entertainment, announcements and trophy presentations.