Downtown Escondido – So Much to See and Do

Escondido is unique in the region for having one of the few historic Downtowns. And although the Cruisin’ Grand vintage car expo season has come to a close, there are still dozens of unique, independently owned shops, restaurants, art galleries and day spas along Grand Avenue worth visiting. 

In just the last year, several new businesses have set up shop on Grand Avenue. Pinup Culture offers a variety of vintage-inspired fashions for men and women, as well as accessories, art and other surprises. Across the street, Dreambox Candles and Gifts offers “fabulous gifts for fabulous people.”  And Plan 9 Alehouse, with its roll-up garage door perfect for people-watching, has become a craft beer destination since it opened just a year ago.

The Grand WoofStock!

 The 3rd Annual celebration of “The Grand Woofstock" is coming! This is North County's Premier Pet Festival held in Grape Day Park in Escondido, on Saturday, October 4th 2014 from 10:00am - 4:00pm. This family-friendly, dog-friendly event is FREE to the public. 

The event will include fly-ball, agility contests, Escondido Police Department Canine demonstration, costume contests and over 60 vendors selling unique dog-related products. There also will be an “Ask a Trainer” booth for tips on how to have the best behaved dog in town.  In addition to the many food options available at downtown restaurants, there also will be

gourmet food trucks offering a wide-variety of delicious food. 

This event is sponsored by VCA Acacia Animal Hospital and Pet Resort in Escondido and Escondido Events.   

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After months of repairs, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park will reopen to the public on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  The repairs involved excavating, refabricating, replacing and re-grouting many mirror, black and white tiles in the sculpture garden entry. Complete restoration of the exhibit is estimated to take an additional 12 months. But in the meantime, the public can once again enjoy the exhibit which will be open for docent tours and for individual/group visits by appointment only.  To schedule a tour, please contact Kristina Owens, Associate Planner, at (760) 839-4519 at least two weeks prior to the requested tour date

Queen Califia's Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by Niki de Saint Phalle before her death in May 2002.  Its beautiful architectural sculptures are provocative, amusing, powerful and spirited.  The images reflect the legendary, mythological  and historical aspects of California.  They invite you to enter the circle through the maze, and to explore and touch the rich diversity of colors, textures and shapes.


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Escondido College and Career Fair

A no-cost College and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on levels 2 and 3 at Westfield North County mall, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway.  Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities will be on hand to provide information to students and their parents about entrance requirements, application deadlines, and majors. Representatives also will be there for those interested in community college, trade school, certification programs, or military service. 

Recognizing that a well-educated workforce is essential to Escondido’s prosperity, a wide range of organizations are sponsoring the fair: our presenting sponsor Mission Federal Credit Union,  in collaboration with

Cal State University San Marcos Extended Studies, City of Escondido, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Escondido Union High School District, John Paul the Great Catholic University, Palomar College GEAR UP Partnership Program, San Diego Union-Tribune, Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District and Westfield North County. 

The first 2,500 attendees will receive a complimentary tote filled with gifts.  The bags can be obtained near the mall entrance by Tavern Bowl on level 2.  The Dining Court Patio will transform into a “College Lounge” for the day and current college students will be on hand to share their experiences about campus life with prospective students. 

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