Night time in the fun Zone at the San Diego County Fair has a colorful glow. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diegans get to enjoy two of the region’s signature events this weekend — one continues through July 4, so there will be lots of chances to indulge. The other, though, is a once-a-year pleasure, so set your calendars accordingly.

Gates open for the San Diego County Fair Friday. The fair will continue, as tradition dictates, through Independence Day. The theme this year, “Oz-some,” is a salute to the great film and literary classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” This first weekend includes performances from country artist Justin Moore and comedian Jim Gaffigan, while special events include “Out at the Fair,” a day for the LGBT community. Of course, those who just want the classic fun fare – gooey, fatty food, dizzying, thrilling rides and a glimpse at great animal, craft and other local exhibits – will be taken care of as well. Admission ranges from $14-20, but deals abound. 

Last week, the summer outdoor movie season opened. This week, it’s the outdoor concert season as Balboa Park hosts the Summer Kickoff Concert Friday when the San Diego Youth Symphony’s Chamber Orchestra will perform, while museums stay open late and food trucks keep everyone fed. The trucks are set to arrive at 4 p.m., and music starts at 5 p.m. The SDYS performance begins at 7 p.m.

San Diego Bayfest, at Embarcadero Marina Park North, begins at noon Saturday. The festival slate includes performers Slightly Stoopid, Tribal Seeds and Fortunate Youth, along with standard festival features from food and craft beers, to local arts and crafts. Admission is $40.

Escondido and Rancho Bernardo residents can enjoy community festivals this weekend. Escondido’s Water Lantern Festival, at Kit Carson Park, opens at 5 p.m. Saturday, with the opportunity to design a lantern to be launched on the lake. Friday is the last day for the $25 admission; the day-of price is $40. In Rancho Bernardo, the free RB Alive! Street Fair starts at 10 a.m. Sunday on Bernardo Center Drive off Lomica Drive.

Rock n’ Roll Marathon route for 2019. Courtesy,

You may not be the type to hit the ground running for a leisurely 26-mile run, but the Rock n’ Roll Marathon is here Sunday for people who are that type. However, you might love someone who’s set to run the race and may be in need of a bit of cheer and support on one of those many miles. Or you might just want to be part of the big day in San Diego, joining in at the start of the race in Balboa Park, or at the finish line, in Waterfront Park. For a downloadable map, here’s the marathon route.

– Staff reports