Escondido, CA

Carnival rides to be included at Grape Day Discovery Festival

Grape stomping will be one of the fun activities at the October 1st Grape Day Discovery Festival at Grape Day Park.

Grape stomping will be one of the fun activities at the October 1st Grape Day Discovery Festival at Grape Day Park.

Carnival rides have been added to the Grape Day Discovery Festival which will happen on October 1, 2-8 p.m. at Grape Day Park. There will be a total of three rides at the event, according to Stacey Ellison, director of the Escondido History Center.

The festival is free.

Bake Sale

Baked goods, and especially grape pies, will be part of this family friendly event.

The dedicated bakers and chefs of the Escondido Historical Center are legendary for their feats of bakesmanship. But towering above them all is Maria Tuck, who each year bakes grape pies that are very, very popular.

The bake sale is a fund-raising for the history center.

Also part of the sale is the collectibles booth, which has antiques and ephemera of a quality that you won’t find at your average garages sale.

Magic Foam

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Co. will offer Magic Foam. “You climb in the back and they foam you up and then hose you down,” said Ellison.

Beer & Wine Garden

The Beer & Wine Garden will be hosted by Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club and Stone Brewing, which will provide the brews. There will also be a wine concession, with the winery to be announced.


The City of Escondido recreation department will host children’s games. They will include such favorites as sock races, a dodge ball contest and other fun kids games.

Arts & Crafts

Lots of vendors are expected to provide arts and craft opportunities by local “makers” and non-profit groups.

Grape Stomp

A traditional grape stomp, where you climb into a wooden vat provided by the Bernardo Winery and dance around, will also be provided.

Yummy Food

A variety of food vendors will feed the teeming masses on Saturday, including Earthmade Snocones, Cali Food Truck, which serves tacos and burritos, Country Kettle Corn, Muscle

Beach gourmet hotdogs, Hunters Steakhouse, which serves tri-tip sandwiches.

Dance Competition

A free style “bring your own music” and “get up and shake it” dance competition will be offered. Sign up on the day of the event. The crowd will vote for the Peoples’ Choice from among the contestants.

Pie Eating Contest

Test out your ability to eat a pie with your hands tied behind your back in the traditional pie-eating contest. No special skills needed, although having a supply of bleach in reserve might not be a bad idea.

Raffle Prizes

For $2 per ticket you can be entered in prizes for Disneyland tickets, In N Out Burger, gift cards, sporting event tickets and tickets to Balboa Park attractions. You get to buy tickets and then place them in the themed basket that you prefer — so that you get the prize that you want if you win.

“What is it?”

This is a fun game where participants are shown artifacts from the museum and Escondido’s past and try to figure out what they were used for.

As usual on Saturdays, the history center’s blacksmiths will be plying their trade in the big barn area, giving demonstrations.

There will also be a wool spinner, demonstrating how to turn tufts of white stuff from the sheep into yarn for clothing.

Live Entertainment

There will be all kinds live entertainment all during the day. The Little Big Band is made up of local guys and gals who practice once a week. Banjo artist Dan McNay will also play, as will mariachis, folkloric and flamenco groups.

“Our sponsors have been wonderful!” says Ellison. They include the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, Escondido Shines, Henry Avocado, BergElectric, Sunrise Rotary Club, Visit Escondido, Stone Brewing, North County Insurance, MAGEC (Museum Arts Growing Escondido Culture), Shuster Oil Co.

Questions? Call the center at 760- 743-8207 or visit

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