Escondido, CA

Spring Festival will have something for everyone

From one end of Grand to the other, there is something for everyone!

The Spring Grand Ave Festival on Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, will be brimming with local entertainment on two stages featuring talent from professional and not for profit studios as well as high school and elementary performing arts students.

Enjoy live acoustic music at the “Arts and Crafts” corner at Juniper. The Escondido Arts Partnership is hosting the entertainment and activities featuring local musicians and community artists who will have hands on activities for kids and adults.

Stop at the Maple Street Plaza and the Chase Lawn Stages, for community entertainment from local dance groups and high-school performing arts. Challenge yourself with the 24’ climbing wall on Orange and check out the big red fire truck on Escondido Blvd.

Do you like to ride your bike? Stop by the “Go By Bike” booth for an up-to-date map of Escondido with the safest, bike friendly routes highlighted. Bring your children by for information on how to ride safely in an urban area.

Shopping is always a unique experience at the Grand Avenue Festival, with vendor booths lining both sides of the street. Support the Escondido Jaycee’s by getting a pancake breakfast at their booth on Orange Street. For lunch and dinner, enjoy a variety of international food at Kalmia and Orange Street food courts. Also, stop in and discover the eclectic businesses on Grand Avenue that are open year ‘round.

The street faire is one of the largest such events in the state. You could literally spend the entire day walking up and down the 12 city blocks that will be roped off and not see the same thing twice.

The Grand Ave Festival and Street Fair takes place twice a year on the third Sunday of May and October from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has been a family tradition since 1989.

About 500 vendors are expected to participate and possibly tens of thousands of visitors on foot. It is truly a pedestrian’s paradise. It’s a day to come out and shop and find some good food and gifts or just chat with your neighbors.

The Times-Advocate will be the Chamber’s premier news partner in this event. The Times-Advocate’s vendor space will be located near Chase Bank. Stop by and pick up a free paper or sign up for a subscription. There will also be some free chocolates and other goodies if you pick the right time to drop by.

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