The 50th Annual Lakeside Rodeo offers an array of exciting rodeo competitions, as well as entertainment and food celebrating life the Wild West way. Events include bareback and saddle bronc riding, tie down and team roping, steer wrestling, bull riding , and barrel racing. Children’s activities include stick horse racing for kids ages 3 to 6. Miss Rodeo Lakeside Rachel Sarno-Owens will be on hand, and rope artist Tomas Gracilazo will perform. Events are scheduled for 7 :30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lakeside Rodeo Arena, 12584 Mapleview St. Tickets are $5-$250 and can be purchased at the box office or by calling 619-561-4331.
The 49th Annual Lakeside Western Days Parade, held in conjunction with the rodeo, steps off at 9:35 a.m. Saturday and travels along Woodside Avenue to Maine Avenue. The Lakeside Historical Society holds a Western Days Breakfast prior to the parade, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Olde Community Church, 9909 Maine Ave. Breakfast tickets are $5.
Adams Avenue Unplugged features music, food and drink, and free festivities from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday along a 2-mile stretch of Adams Avenue from Texas Street to just past the I-15 in Kensington. More than 150 musical performances are scheduled in venues around the neighborhood. General admission is free, and there are some $10 reserved seats available for Church Stage performances. Street parking only, with free trolley service provided. Download the schedule and plan your weekend!
Little Italy hosts the 30th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on India Street between Grape and Beech Streets. Bring your checkbook if you plan to buy art, as some artists do not accept credit cards, and download a festival map to preview the attractions. With street parking only available, event organizers suggest taking the trolley. The Green Line stops nearby. Festival admission is free.
Celebrate fun, sun and the 101 at the 31st Annual Encinitas Street Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on S. Coast Highway 101 between D and J Streets. Enjoy four stages of entertainment, a beer garden featuring Stone Brewing, tasty foods, rides for kids, and even a special Dog Zone with a turf park and an agility course. Check out the entertainment lineup, and get directions, parking and transit information. Admission is free.
The event kicks off with the Encinitas Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast, held from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the 7-Eleven parking lot on D Street.
Mother Earth gets honored at the 25th Annual San Diego Earth Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Balboa Park. Festivities include vendors of green goods, environmental groups, entertainment, art, kids’ activities, food, and an exhibition of “cleaner” cars–vehicles that run on alternative energy. The fair is billed as the world’s largest annual environment fair and Earth Day celebration produced by volunteers, and is expected to draw about 70,000 people. Organizers are urging visitors to walk, bike or take public transportation to the event. Off-site parking and a free shuttle are available. Admission is free.
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