9 Free & Cheap Events Happening This Weekend!

By Courtney Daly-Pavone September 3, 2021


*FREE Barona PowwowSeptember 04, 2021 2:00 pm11:00 pm


Enjoy gourd dancing, social dancing and more. 

Barona Sports Park, Barona Indian Reservation, Lakeside.


On September 04, 2021

At  Categories: Museums, Galleries and Zoos, FREE

Free museum admission Sept. 3–6. 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park.

*FREE Go On A Scavenger Hunt @ Liberty Station!

ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station is helping the community discover its 15 public art installations with the launch of a brand-new scavenger hunt. Many of the public art installations were made possible by NTC Foundation and visitors just need to scan the QR code posted at any of the installations to get started exploring the 100 acres of park-like setting. Plus, once you finish your hunt you will be able to pick one of the prizes and/or discounts provided by some of the local businesses including a glass of wine from Solare Ristorante. Start from any art installation or use this link to start at the James Armenta mural located just behind Moniker General (Building 23).


On September 04, 2021

At  Categories: Fishing

Night Fishing at Lake Poway. The lake will be open until 11:30 pm, Fri. Sat. nights through Sept. 4. $3–$7; children 7 under free with paid permit. Lake Poway, 14644 Lake Poway Rd.

*Cheap Fort Cross 

This farm is now open for educational and historical farm tours with lots of outdoor recreational activities. The nursery will also be open for shopping when you sign up for a farm tour package.

The Farm Tour Adventure 2-hour package includes:
• Archery
• Tomahawk Throwing
• Slingshot Gallery
• Petting Zoo
• Interactive Reptile Experience

Summer Schedule starting on August 28
Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Check-in begins at 9:50 a.m.
Sundays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Check-in begins at 12:50 p.m.
(more time slots may open up once we sell out)

Reserve your spot here!
General admission: $22
Limited availability. Prepaid reservations are required. Please make your purchase online at the website.

For more information, please visit

*Cheap Julian Grape Stomp 

September 04, 2021 11:00 am until 5:00 pm

At  Categories: Community Activities

Julian Grape Stomp Festa. Kick off your shoes, roll up your pant legs and let tons of blessed grapes squish beneath your feet. Food, shopping, music and more. $20. 11 am–5 pm. Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Dr.


*FREE Little Italy ArtWalk

Taking place at the Piazza della Famiglia and the adjacent block of W. Date Street, ArtWalk Little Italy Summer Series will include thirty select artists exhibiting their stunning works of art. The event will run every other Sunday ( September 5 & 19), giving locals and visitors incredible opportunities to purchase one-of-a-kind art from local, national and international artists in a variety of mediums. 


From September 05, 2021 12:00 pm until September 05, 2021 5:00 pm

At  Categories: Museums, Galleries and Zoos, FREE

FREE Family Sunday: Giant Mobile Making. Hands-on art making, musical performances, storytelling and more. 12–5 pm. Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park.

$Splurge Imax Film Festival @ The Fleet Science Center 

IMAX Film Festival. Enjoy a day of cinematic wonders as the Fleet celebrates over 48 years of IMAX films, featuring eight of the most popular films from their vault. From the depths of the ocean to the caldera of a volcano to the Serengeti Plains, each of these films will transport you to wondrous places with breathtaking cinematography that can only be experienced in an IMAX Dome Theater. Sept. 5, 11 am–6 pm. Visit website for tickets. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.

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