Escondido, CA

There may be no Grape Day ‘festival’ October 6, but there WILL be tons of activities

Although the Escondido History Center has cancelled its annual Grape Day Festival, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be plenty of activities taking its place.

Visit Escondido is helping to promote all of the events on what would typically be the Grape Day Festival date, October 6 this year. 

Katherine Zimmer, the City’s tourism manager, told The Times-Advocate,  “The community is rallying to keep the Grape Day spirit alive through collaborative efforts from the Grape Day 5K, the Escondido Wine Region and the California Center for the Arts. There will be lots of Grape Day celebrating throughout the day in our historic downtown!”

First the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s Levitt Amp Escondido Music Series brings country music and wine to Grape Day Park. The New Music Series continues the Grape Day tradition by showcasing Escondido’s local winemakers.

Headlining the next festival is Alice Wallace, who will be performing at 5:30 p.m. with the opener, Lisa Sanders, Brown Sugar and Friends starting everything off at 4 p.m.

With a style that is rooted in classic country songstresses such as Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris, Southern California singer/songwriter Alice Wallace’s impeccable vocals and melodic, literate song-crafting skills bring a fresh touch to authentic Americana music. She has shared the stage with artists such as Wynonna Judd, Lee Ann Womack, Ray Wylie Hubbard, JD Souther, Albert Lee, Suzy Bogguss, and the Band Perry.

Lisa Sanders and Karen “Brown Sugar” Hayes are a pair of electrifying, bodacious, harmonizing singers of genuine heartfelt songs. This country-blues duo has been performing their unique style of music for over ten years to enthusiastic fans across America. Lisa Sanders and Brown Sugar are set to tour in support of their 8th CD release “Shiver”, nominated for San Diego Music Awards Best Pop Album.

Participating Wineries

In addition to the live music, this week six local wineries in the all-ages beer & wine garden will offer tastings in celebration of Grape Day.  

Participating wineries include: Forgotten Barrel, Jack Simon, Orfila, Vesper, Espinosa, and Bernardo.  Anyone participating in the Grape Day 5K will also receive a voucher for a free beer or wine to enjoy after the race.  

The Center’s Public Programs Manager, Stephany Farley, commented that “We are proud to continue the Grape Day tradition here at the Center along with our partners, the Escondido Wine Region and Grape Day 5K.”

Grape Day 5K Run Walk Stroll

Escondido Sunrise Rotary and Palomar Health Foundation will be hosting the 8th annual Grape Day 5K Run Walk and Stroll, which will take off from 150 N. Centre City Pkwy on  Saturday, October 6. 

 6:30 a.m.: Registration/Check-in (If you didn’t go to packet pick-up) 

7:30 a.m.: Race Starts 

The Grape Day 5K is brought to you by Escondido Sunrise Rotary and Palomar Health Foundation. It is the largest fundraising opportunity for the ESR and benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

This event differs from other, similar events because 100% of all net proceeds go charities, organizations, and initiatives. The National MS Society has been a partner beneficiary for many years and Escondido Sunrise Rotary also supports the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, clean drinking water initiatives etc. 

The ESR will have signage along the course to show participates where their money is going.

As in years past the club will also have high school cheer squads, a firetruck with an enormous American flag, grape costumes, finish line booths, and great swag like a medal and tech shirt.

There are a variety of ways to donate, participate, and show your support by volunteering. The Sunrise Rotary has both a volunteer and registration button at

For more information on Escondido events, go to

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