Happy Holidays 

Originally Posted December 06, 2017

This time of year is a special time of celebration, reflection, and looking forward. I want to take this opportunity to wish every Escondido resident a very happy holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous 2018.  

During this holiday season, let us be thankful for our diverse and thriving community.  Escondido is a great city with an excellent quality of life and strong sense of tradition. The progress we have made over the past few years has been exceptional and Escondido remains a safe, clean and efficient place to live, and to plan a future.

It is an honor and privilege for me to serve as your mayor and I look forward to continue the good work we have done with our residents, businesses and my colleagues on the City Council in the coming year.


Originally Posted November 14, 2017

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is now in the running to receive a grant to bring a 10 -12-week live music series to Escondido starting next year! 

Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, Escondido now has the chance to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the 2017 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. 

Supporters are asked to visit https://grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page/ to register and vote. Online public voting starts Wednesday, November 1st and ends November 20 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The Top 25 finalists will be selected through online public voting, with the final 15 winners being announced January 2nd, 2018.

Please consider voting for our Art Center!

Escondido Tamale Festival 

Originally Posted October 30, 2017

Escondido Tamale Festival

November 11, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Grape Day Park



The 3rd Annual Escondido Tamale Festival is a celebration of Tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California's culture.  Last year’s inaugural event far exceeded expectations. This year’s event is expected to draw more than 10,000 visitors over the course of the day!

Enjoy free admission, great food, craft beer and wine to purchase, entertainment, competitions (including the chihuahua costume contest and fashion show) and celebrity chefs. It is also a look back at the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who built the framework for this great state.

 Don’t miss!  This event is presented by the Escondido Downtown Business Association

Prior to the event, the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the “Wall of Courage” in Grape Day Park. The Veterans Day Ceremony is presented by Escondido’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1513, American Legion Post 149, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 70.

For more information, visit: http://www.escondidotamalefestival.com 

22nd Annual Día de los Muertos Festival 

Originally Posted October 23, 2017

Come and celebrate el Día de los Muertos with art, ballet folklórico and more!  As always, attendees will be able to create altars to remember lost loved ones in a special area created by artist Eloy Tarcisio.  There also will be live music by Cumbia Machin, Mariachi Divinas, and Ritmos del Tiempo.  For children, there will be face painting, arts & crafts, and more.  Food and handmade goods will be available for purchase. The festival begins at 6:00 pm and is free and open to the public.  Altar space will not be available until 6:00 pm, but early arrival is strongly recommended. 

This year’s festival includes a live performance in the Concert Hall by Selena Tribute Band Como la Flor and don’t forget to stop by an altar to Selena created by artist Daniel Martinez that will be on display at the Center from October 20, 2017- November 17, 2017.

This year, there is a whole week of events for you to celebrate:

Thursday, November 2, paint a Master Copy of Diego Rivera’s “The Flower Seller.”

Friday, November 3, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic film Selena.

Saturday, November 4, experience the history of Mexico on stage with Folklor.

For more information visit: http://artcenter.org/event/dia-de-los-muertos-festival/

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