Encinitas events this weekend and beyond


Check out the city’s newsletter for more info.

2nd Annual Encinitas Student Film Festival

Watch a range of short films by local high school and college students. The films will be split among two screenings: Flight A, from 1-3pm, then Flight B and an Awards Ceremony, from 4-7 p.m. Awards will be given in all major filmmaking categories. Presented by San Diego Filmmakers, City of Encinitas Arts Division, and County of San Diego.

Sunday, May 15, 1-3 p.m and 4-7 p.m. La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast, Hwy 101. Free.

Encinitas Arts Alive Banner Auction

Purchase 99 incredible artworks painted by local artists. On view in the Cardiff Town Center Plaza at 10am until Auctioneer Rich Houk starts the bidding at 2 p.m. Add a splash of Encinitas color and creativity to your home. (101 Artists’ Colony, Cardiff 101 MainStreet, Leucadia 101 MainStreet)

Sunday, May 15, 1:30 p.m. reception, 2 p.m. auction. Cardiff Town Center Courtyard, 2031 San Elijo Avenue, Cardiff. Free. 760-436-2320.

Spring Workshops

For ages 18+. Hone your skills or learn a completely new art form in a supportive environment. Explore encaustic on May 10 and marbling on May 24.

Tuesday, May 24, 10 a.m.-1 .pm. Lux Art Institute, 1578 South El Camino Real. $90, $135. 760-436-6611.

Special Needs Craft Hour

Enjoy a guided art-making session for adults with special needs. May 10 - Jar Prism Lights; May 24 - Melting Beads.

Tuesday, May 24, 12-1 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Free. 760-753-7376.

Beginner AdultArt Class

Local artist Sandra Dodd will guide emerging artists in this fun and supportive ongoing class. Materials provided. Explore your creative side every 2nd and 4th Tuesday. (Friends of the Cardiff Library)

Tuesday May 24, 5-6 p.m. Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Avenue. Free. 760-753-4027.

Play: Woody Guthrie’s American Song

The man who brought “This Land is Your Land” into the American consciousness is celebrated in this San Diego premiere, directed by Ruff Yeager with music direction by Lamb’s Players whiz Jon Lorenz. (Intrepid Theatre Co.)

May 12-June 19, Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun day 2 p.m. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 4th St, San Diego. $19-$58. Tickets 619-437-6000,

Foreign film ‘Cherry Blossoms’ showing May 20

Friday, May 20, 1-3 p.m. San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007, Student Center Conference Room. Free

Foreign Film: Cherry Blossoms Japan/Germany1972, (127 min, NR) German w/English subtitles.

Cherry Blossoms is a story of cultural crossings and a double portrait of grief. At its center is a long-married provincial German couple, each member of which must confront the other’s death, one in prospect, the other in fact. This subtle, tender tale highlights the cultural complexity and beauty of Japan and of Germany. It is a unique film that gives the audience plenty of unexpected turns, offering even skeptical filmgoers—and travelers—greater appreciation for both countries.


West African Dance

Led by local teacher Kiki Ogulu, a knowledgeable teacher who will guide you, accompanied by talented percussionists.

Friday, May 13 and 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Dance North County, 533 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 100. $15.

Composting Workshop

Led by the Solana Center, learn the basics of backyard composting and vermicomposting (composting with worms). The expert educators will teach you all you need to know to get started with a bin that fits your needs and lifestyle. Registration required. (Funded by City of Encinitas)

Saturday, May 14, 10am-12pm. Barrels and Branches, 1452 Santa Fe Drive. Free.


The 10th annual celebration of environmental awareness! Explore the Eco Car show, take a tour of an off-grid tiny home, browse the Eco art show and engage with over 100 eco-friendly businesses presenting info and hands-on demonstrations throughout the day. Plus local bands, and local craft beers, wines and food.

Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Coastal Roots Farm, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Free.

Families Make History: Art Rocks

What a fun and creative way to travel back in time and celebrate the Native-American rock art of the San Dieguito area. Paint and decorate small rocks gathered from our local beaches and rock on! No RSVP necessary. For ages 4+.

Every Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 pm. San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Free. 760-632-9711.

Demos, Dialogue & Art: Miniature Portrait with Robin Johnson

Robin is a master teacher with paintings in collections across the country. Bring a 5” x 7” photo of yourself, oil painting supplies and small sable and synthetic brushes-see the complete list online. (San Dieguito Art Guild)

Sunday, May 15, 2-4 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. $10. RSVP to Julie, 760-942-3636.

Farm Volunteer Days

On Sundays, we plant, weed and keep the farm looking beautiful and on Tuesdays, rise and shine like a farmer and help harvest for donation to a local Encinitas food pantry.

May Sundays 2-4 p.m. and Tuesdays 8-10 a.m. Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road. Free.

Concert: A Touch of Americana, North Coast Symphony

The performance also features the San Luis Rey Chorale. Hear Irving Berlin’s A Symphonic Portrait, Aaron Copland’s An Outdoor Overture, Morton Gould’s American Salute, as well as classic patriotic anthems and folk songs.

Sunday, May 15, 4 p.m. Lighthouse Christian Church, 4700 Mesa Drive, Oceanside. Freewill offering.

Bollywood Dancingfor Adults

A fusion of Indian and Western dance styles. The session will also provide a cardio workout. All levels are welcome. Bollywood Steps is an established Indian dance company with locations all over San Diego County. Payal Nanavati, Instructor.

Sunday, May 15, 22, 4-5 p.m. Perf. Arts Workshop, 1465 Encinitas Blvd, Suite A102. $60/month (4 classes). 215-327-8691.

La Paloma Theatre

Now Showing: Hello My Name Is Doris, Eye In The Sky, Everybody Wants Some, Rocky Horror Picture Show

Tickets: $10, $9 (cash only). 471 Coast Hwy. 101. Show Times 760-436-7469.

Docent-led walking tour of Old Encinitas March 21

The Encinitas Historical Society will host a free docent-led walking tour of Old Encinitas on Saturday, May 21. Meet at the 1883 Schoolhouse at 10 a.m. at 390 West F Street. Find out how Encinitas became the “Flower Capital”; learn why early settlers came to town in the late 1800s; and see some of Encinitas’ early buildings built by the first “recycler” Miles Kellogg. The tour finishes around noon. For more information, call docent Barbara Vilardo at (661) 992-5740.

2016 Battle of the Bands is May 22

The stage is set for the young musicians of Encinitas to compete for radical prizes and a spot at this year’s Summer Fun on the 101: Leucadia’s Music Festival. Join the Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Association at the 4th Annual; Battle of the Bands for Summer Fun on May 22 from noon-3 p.m. Leave your car at home and come by foot, bike, board or train to Seaweed and Gravel (1144 N Coast Hwy 101). Bring a beach chair and blanket, turn off your phone for a few hours and revel in the day. When you get hungry, just walk to one of the many fine local eateries located along the 101 such as The Lanai or French Corner. This is event is free admission to all ages.

Each band that enters will have 15 minutes on stage to impress the judges and audience. At the end of the battle, our expert panel of judges will choose one band, and a second band will be chosen by audience vote. These two bands will win special prizes and the opportunity to play at this year’s Summer Fun on the 101: Leucadia’s Music Festival being held on June 25 and 26.

For more information, call 760-436-2320 or visit the Leucadia 101 Main Street website:

Encinitas Firefighters to flip pancakes for Community Breakfast and Carnival

Kids of all ages, those young and old, eagerly await the annual Pancake Breakfast and Carnival at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School (PEC). The annual event will take place on Saturday, May 21, this year. The Encinitas Firefighters will kick off the event serving a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. alongside Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar. The firefighters will donate their proceeds from the breakfast to serve the needs of children through nonprofit organizations such as Rady’s Children’s Hospital, YMCA, Burn Institute, etc.

The Carnival will run from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and will include a variety of rides and attractions, including a crazy hair salon, face painting, a kiddie train ride, an obstacle course, games, spin art, a cake walk and much more. All proceeds from the carnival will go directly to the PEC PTA to fund school programs such as Garden, Art, Music, PE & Science.

On the main stage, children from PEC will show off their talents in the “Fiesta Showcase” with music, dancing and skits. There will also be a free magic show.

All members of the community are invited to attend this fun, family day. For more information about the event, please visit:

Tickets can be pre-ordered and discounts will apply by purchasing online at:

Encinitas Foodie Fest May 21

The Encinitas Foodie Fest will be held Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Lumberyard, Encinitas

The Encinitas Foodie Fest is an annual event that features sustainable locally sourced food, artisanal products and premiere San Diego talent. Proceeds from the festival support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event is a Wabisabi Green production.

For more information, visit

Fiesta del Sol in Solana Beach to be heldMay 21-22

The 2016 Fiesta del Sol in Solana Beach will be held Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission is free.

The event offers a wide variety of musical events, arts and crafts, great food, kids’ activities and more.

The Fiesta del Sol is presented by the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Belly Up and the City of Solana Beach.

The Fiesta del Sol takes place adjacent to Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach, within the area bordered by South Sierra Avenue and Acacia Avenue.

The Fiesta del Sol opens each morning at 9 a.m. with the arts and crafts fair and closes each evening at 9 p.m. after the conclusion of the last musical performance.

Fore more information, visit