Gem & Mineral Society Club Show, Fri.-Sun., April 11-13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Vista Gem & Mineral Society Club Rock and Gem Show. Finished jewelry, rough, slabs, cabochons, gems, raffle, grab bags, kids’ games, raffle Sunday afternoon with 100+ prizes. No pets. 760-726-4486. Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, 2040 North Santa Fe Ave., Vista.
Taste of Julian & Art Walk, Sat., April 12, 1-5 p.m. $25. Self-guided culinary tour explores one-of-a-kind restaurants throughout Julian/surrounding area. Every year, thousands of people flock to Julian for its delicious apple pie varieties but there are a number of unique restaurants that offer gourmet delights. Also, free art stroll showcasing original artwork by local artists. www.jma.memberlodge.org
Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon-10K-5K-1K Kids, Sat., April 12, 8:30 a.m. Off-road running race held at Camp Pendleton, in the northwestern foothills, start/finish at Camp Las Pulgas. Kid’s run in venue area, which gives Heartbreak Ridge participants a chance to cheer for the kids. Multiple distance choices which includes a challenging scenic hill climb. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. (760) 725-6836. www.hardcorpsraceseries.com
Oceanside Jaycee’s Carnival, Sat.-Sun., April 12-13, 1 p.m.-late evening. Traditional, family oriented carnival includes rides, games, and food booths. Sponsored by the Oceanside Jaycee’s. Vacant lot next to DMV, 4005 Plaza Dr. Oceanside. www.ci.oceanside.ca.us
College Area Taste, Sun., April 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $25 advance, $30 day of event. Self-guided culinary adventure featuring fare from over 20 restaurants located in various areas of the College Area neighborhood. College Area Neighorhood. (619) 233-5008. www.collegeareabid.com
Third Avenue Village Spring Festival & Street Faire, Sun., April 13, 1 a.m.-5 p.m. Performances, food, contests and family friendly fun! Celebrating the historic Third Avenue Village, festival features live entertainment, food, artisan, commercial and community vendor booths, a kids fun zone and more. Third Avenue-from G to E Streets, Chula Vista. (619) 422-1982. thirdavenuevillage.com
Annual Port of San Diego Day at the Docks 2014, Sun., April 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. West Coast’s largest public celebration of sportfishing, this free annual event provides marine attractions for the whole family, and especially the sportfishing enthusiast. Features boat rides on San Diego Bay, displays by marine artists and fishing tackle experts, great food, entertainment, fishing seminars, open house aboard sportfishing boats, kid’s fishing, contests, prizes and more! San Diego Sportfishing Landings, H&M Landing, 2803 Emerson St., Point Loma. (619) 234-8793 sportfishing.org
28th Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival, Sun., April 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Everything you ever wanted to know about the amazing avocado! Agricultural displays, avocado culinary demos, guacamole contest, avocado ice cream, holy guaca-moly, the art of the avocado contest, the Avo 500 children’s car race, and the best decorated avocado contest. Food Courts, Beer Garden, Live Entertainment. See website for more info. Fallbrook, Main Street. (760) 945-9288. www.kennedyfaires.com/fallbrook
10th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, Sun., April 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $50 admission. Elite car show presenting historic cars and premier collections. Car exhibitor registration fee $100. La Jolla Cove - Ellen Browning Scripps Park. (619) 233-5008 www.lajollaconcours.com
Del Mar National Horse Show, Thurs., April 17-Sun., May 4. One of the Oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western US, the Del Mar National Horse Show is comprised of a week each of Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper competition. Del Mar Fairgrounds. www.delmarnational.com/
Happy Trails, Sat.-Sun., April 19-20, Wed., April 23, 9:30;-11 a.m. Free. Travel amid sage and chaparral with your MTRP trail guide and learn fun facts about the plants and critters that populate our rich and vibrant ecosystems. Meet inside Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos
Birding Basics! Saturdays, April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, Aug. 30. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Learn to identify birds at a glance. Mission Trails Regional Park bird guide Winona Sollock’s class explains five simple ways to do it and gives tips on field-guide use. Bring bird book if you’d like. Meet inside Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos.
Trek with the Trackers, Saturdays, May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Discover and identify tracks, scat, bedlays and other evidence of critters that live in local underbrush and trees. Join a Mission Trails Regional Park tracking-team guide for two hours of dirt-time fun -- wear long pants! Meet in front of the Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos
2014 San Diego County Fair, theme: The Fab Fair! Sat., June 7-Sun., July 6. Adult $14*; Age 62+ $8; Age 6-12 $8; Age 5/under Free. *Discount admission available at Albertson’s/Sav-On. San Diego’s annual county fair is the largest fair in California, offering a variety of food, entertainment, exhibits, rides & games. Del Mar Fairgrounds, off I-5 at Via de la Valle. www.sdfair.com
Run for Fun! Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Ongoing. Free. Locate new routes in the city, “test-drive” latest Nike footwear, run with motivated people. Run choice of three-, five-, and seven-mile routes, starting from Nike Fashion Valley. (619) 294-9385. 7007 Friars Road, San Diego.
Public Nights at the Planetarium, Fridays. Ongoing thru Fri., March 28, 2014. $4-$6. Two shows every Friday. “The Sky Tonight” (7pm to 8pm): A live narrated show highlighting the current night skies from San Diego. The moon, planets, and constellations are described and audiences are taken on virtual journeys into space. “Stars, Powerhouses of the Universe” (8:15pm to 9pm): A full-dome feature that will take you on a journey that explores the nature of stars in our galaxy. From stars that are forming to stars that are exploding in death, these powerhouses are the beacons of the galaxy. Narrated by Mark Hamill. Palomar College. 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos. www.palomar.edu/planetarium