Cosplay, Ramona Country Fair style, as knights face off. Photo credit: Ramona Country Fair

Go north and south and east, young peeps. No, that’s not the phrase, but we must be inclusive and outside the city is the best place to be this weekend in San Diego County. You have a good ole’ country fair,  a place where the stars can fill you with wonder and lemons. Lots of lemons.

The Ramona Country Fair continues Friday through Sunday at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center. The fair features rides, fair food (Del Mar’s fair may be over, but our desire for these treats never ends), a Wild West Show and blue-ribbon cooking and livestock contests. It has come curveballs too – a BMX exhibit and a sword demonstration by modern-day knights. The fair is free, but parking costs $10.

The Carlsbad Music Festival, featuring more than 30 artists, kicks off Friday at St. Michael’s-by-the-Sea, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd, and partner sites. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday, 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. The festival, at the cost of a daily $10 donation, continues through Sunday.

What better place for a Latin American Festival than Bazaar del Mundo? The festival, at the popular Old Town site, will feature folk art from Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador and more. Artist Jacobo Angeles, whose work was featured in the Disney Oscar-winner “Coco,” will appear. It begins at 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday. 

Authentic Latin American art will be available at Bazaar del Mundo this weekend. Photo credit:

The Japanese Friendship Garden, along with the Buddhist Temple of San Diego, host the Obon Festival, billed as a celebration of the “circle of life.” It includes Toro Nogashi, or floating lanterns, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and Bon Odori, or “gathering of joy,” from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. The events include food, cultural dancing and family activities. Admission, which comes with entry to the Balboa Park garden, is $10.

South Clairemont Park hosts Clairemont Family Day, beginning Saturday with an 8 a.m. pancake breakfast and 9 a.m. car show. Free pony rides, swimming and a scavenger hunt follow, along with community entertainment throughout the day, which concludes at 4 p.m.

This was a big week for celestial wonders – meteor showers and a black moon. Meet at Jess Martin Park in Julian Saturday to see more at Natural Wonderfest, not only to enjoy the community’s “star party” under the night sky, but also to see wildlife and hear live music. The free event, with shuttle service to the park, runs from 4 to 11 p.m.

Pucker up! Chula Vista calls its Lemon Festival “sweet, sour summer fun.” Test your mettle with sour contests, then reward your fortitude with live music, a kids’ zone and more. The South Bay tradition, a nod to the city’s agricultural past, opens at 11 a.m.

– Staff reports

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