Escondido Grape Day Festival | Festival/Fair

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Come one, come all, Escondido’s oldest and most famous event, the Grape Day Festival, returns Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will take place at Grape Day Park, home to the original festivals in the heart of Escondido and adjacent to our beautiful City Hall and California Center for the Arts.

The festival will once again celebrate Escondido’s early days, when agriculture was “king” and festival-goers came from across the state to see why Escondido was hailed as a great place to grow sweet grapes and a central hub citrus and other crops. . From 1908 to 1950, it drew thousands of Southern Californians and rivaled Pasadena’s Festival of Roses. Revived by the Escondido History Center in 1990, it continued through 2018. This year, with the pandemic closures behind us and a renewed sense of community, the History Center is once again bringing the Grape Day Festival, with an emphasis on celebrating the traditions of Escondido’s glorious past.

The 2022 festival is a family-friendly event, featuring old-world entertainment from Swing Jazz to Bluegrass and other talented musical acts from the early 1900s throughout the event. Across Grape Day Park, craftsmen and artisans will show how things were done back in the day, with live demonstrations of things like spinning, weaving, ginning and grinding corn, and making butter . Children can participate in old-fashioned children’s games, make-up and twist balloons. Old agricultural and mining machinery as well as turn-of-the-century vehicles will be on display for all to see.

Kick off your shoes and stomp on some grapes, eat free table grapes just like they did at the original festival, and let the kids enjoy the 4-H Petting Zoo and encounter exotic animals up close. Hollandia Dairy will also be on site with a cow milking stand. Get a taste of local flavor and head to the Wine and Beer Garden to sample the region’s finest local wines and craft beers, with participating wineries from all over San Diego. There will also be a food court, with tasty dishes for everyone to enjoy, from Mexican cuisine to barbecue. Also enjoy ice cream, hot popcorn, roasted peanuts, shaved ice, and cold drinks while you attend the festival. Local Native Americans, first responders and other community organizations will be there to showcase their contributions to the community.

The Grape Day Festival is produced by the Escondido History Center, in partnership with the Brothers of 6 Charities, a local organization dedicated to preserving history, honoring veterans and improving the community.

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