Escondido, CA

MAGEC and Patio Playhouse present first ever MAGEC in the Park June 9

MAGEC in the Park will bring kids’ teams together to create cool art in this first ever family festival and showcase Patio Playhouse’s Plays in the Park summer season. Photo: Courtesy of City of Escondido.

Play, learn, and experience the wonders of the arts at the first ever MAGEC in the Park Event and Patio Playhouse Preview Show for one night only, June 9 at Kit Carson Amphitheater in Escondido.
The MAGEC (Museums & Arts Growing Escondido Culture) and Patio Playhouse family festival, which runs 6:30-9 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 is designed to bring youth teams together to create cool art and showcase Escondido’s Arts and Culture, and is free to all participants.
Children living in Escondido between grades 1-12 are invited to form teams of five to participate in the completely free-of-charge art/sculpture contest on the theme: “Escondido Inspires Us.”
Team registration opened May 5 and is available to a limited number of teams. The contest will take place on site at the festival and will be judged by audience applause and local community arts leaders.
Prizes will be awarded to three winning teams and all participants will receive two tickets to their choice of any Patio Plays in the Park performance in this summer’s lineup (a $50 value). All entries will be exhibited after the event at the Expressions Gallery at the Escondido Arts Partnership located at 262 E. Grand Ave.
In addition to the youth art competition, MAGEC in the Park Festival will also feature a picnic area, raffle, refreshments, face painting, photo booth, and interactive activities.
While the judging is taking place, audiences are invited to enjoy a selection of songs from this summer’s Patio Plays in the Park series, including performances from the casts of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Annie,” and “In the Heights.” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics by Tim Rice, will open the following weekend, June 15, and run through June 30. “Annie,” a Patio Youth Theater Production featuring music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan, runs July 20-28, and finally, “In the Heights,” with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, will run August 17-September 1.
Tickets: There is no cost to participate in the art contest or to attend this event, but a limited number of teams will be accepted for the contest. Team registration opened May 5 and is available to a limited number of teams. To enter, teams should select “MAGEC in the Park” at This event will take place at Kit Carson Park Amphitheater on June 9, from 6:30-9 p.m.
This event is sponsored by MAGEC, Museums & Arts Growing Escondido Culture, an informal group with the purpose of collaborating to grow and develop the goals of its participants by promoting Escondido’s vibrant Arts, Heritage and Educational Culture. This group of businesses and nonprofits are open to the public and comprised of art galleries, studios, museums, theaters, educational venues and arts-oriented businesses who are dedicated to actively promoting cultural and heritage tourism, network, create co-op programs, and collaborate to build their businesses and in turn enhance the quality of life for those visiting, working, and living in Escondido. For more information about MAGEC, head over to or email
Patio Playhouse, the event’s other sponsor, is Escondido’s only community theater. Established in 1967, the playhouse is located in the heart of Escondido near the intersection of Kalmia and Grand.
This event is presented in partnership with California Center for the Arts, Distinction Gallery, EcoVivarium, Escondido Arts Partnership, Escondido Art Association, Kona Ice of Escondido/No County, Roynon Museum of Earth Science & Paleontology, San Diego Archaeological Center, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, Spiritivity, Stone and Glass, and Visit Escondido.

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