Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Race day events for the AMGEN Tour of California on May 12 start at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Escondido. You can experience the opening ceremonies and the official start of the race at 11 a.m. then stay downtown for events, watch the race on jumbo screens and be there for the exciting finish at approximately 3:30 p.m.  Here are some of the events scheduled for race day:

Honor Ride

The Amgen Tour of California has teamed up with Ride 2 Recovery to raise money for veterans through Honor Ride events in three of this year's host cities. Ride 2 Recovery's mission is to improve the health and wellness of healing heroes through mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. The funds raised through the Honor Ride Series support outdoor cycling programs and Spinning Recovery Labs at Military and VA locations around the country, as well as local rides for healing heroes.

Participation is open to all ages, including veterans and the general public. For more information visit:

Good Morning AMGEN!

Ready for an epic day? Get your blood pumping in Grape Day Park with a FREE Crossfit session! Sponsored by Crossfit Xystum.

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Grape Day Park

Kid’s Zone

Enjoy FREE fun for the entire family! The kid’s zone will be full of exciting, hands-on events for all ages. This special area is generously sponsored by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap.

Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

Food Truck Village

All that pedaling making you hungry? Stop by the Food Truck Village organized by T1O Events for a quick bite. Featuring all of your favorites and some new truck faces! Check back for a complete list of participating trucks!

Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: On Broadway, between Woodward & Valley Parkway

Escondido Street Eats

Race-side outdoor dining area offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and beverage selections, plus souvenir photo booth, outdoor gear, bikes, and even Mother’s Day gift retailers.

Time: 8 am – 5 pm
Location: 220-260 W. Grand Ave, NE corner of Escondido Blvd and Grand.

Jam in the Park

Find a spot and relax in Grape Day Park! The Amgen Jam will feature two live bands:

Dead Feather Moon is a San Diego-based band whose distinguished sound combines Rock with Alt-Country and Psychedelic Blues. Their heartfelt performances and rapidly growing fan base have established them as one of San Diego’s most sought-after musical acts. The band won “Best Alternative Album" at the 2012 San Diego Music Awards in August 2012. Their performance will be at 11:30 a.m.

Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra are renowned for their highly energetic shows and have received rave reviews for their live performances including Mammoth Jazz Festival, Ocean Beach Jazz Festival, La Jolla By the Sea Concerts, KSDS Jazz Radio 88.3 and many others. Her band plays a wonderful combination of swing, blues, New Orleans and boogie-woogie styles. Their performance is at 1:30 p.m.

Two Life Style Festivals

The AMGEN Tour of California Lifestyle Festival will take place in the newly constructed Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza, Municipal Lot #1 and Broadway between Grand and Valley from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  A Local Festival will also be on Maple Street, between Second and Grand Avenue.  The festivals will feature:

  • Over forty (40) participants and interactive mobile displays
  • Health & Fitness – Cancer support and awareness, health and physical screenings, educational activities and more
  • Cycling Center - Bicycle safety, free bike valet, bicycling manufacturers and vendors featuring cycling gear, gadgets and apparel  
  • Race Central Pavilion - Race merchandise, commemorative programs and sweepstakes promotions

Mother's Day Home Tour

Enjoy this lovely opportunity to celebrate Mother's Day in a most charming and memorable way by touring several historic homes in the Old Escondido Historic District and enjoying lovely refreshments in a garden.

Time: Noon–5:00 p.m.
Location: Old Escondido Historic District

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