Grape Day is Back!

 

  Come one, come all! Escondido’s oldest and most famous event, the Grape Day Festival, returns on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. The festival will take place in Grape Day Park, home to the original festivals, in the heart of Escondido, next to our beautiful City Hall and the California Center for the Arts.

  The Festival will once again celebrate the early days of Escondido, when agriculture was “King” and festival goers traveled from all across the state to see why Escondido was hailed as a great place to grow sweet grapes and a central hub of citrus and other crops. From 1908 to 1950, it drew thousands of Southern Californians every year and rivaled Pasadena’s Festival of Roses in attendance. Revived by the Escondido History Center in 1990, it was celebrated every year 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 to life, with a focus on celebrating the traditions of Escondido’s glorious past. Robin Fox, Escondido History Center Executive Director recalls, “Grape Day is Escondido’s one-day history lesson, as well as a fun time for the whole family. And it’s free”

  The 2022 festival is a family-friendly event, featuring entertainment from Swing Jazz to Bluegrass music and more. Artisans and crafters will show how things were made back in the day, with live demonstrations of such things as spinning and weaving, corn shelling and grinding, and butter making. Kids can compete in old-fashioned children’s games, and get their faces painted. Antique farm and mining machinery as well as early-century vehicles will be on display, too!  For more information, visit www.grapedayfest.com.

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Annual Events

Grape Day Festival - Free fun for the family in the fall,

 

Adobe Home Tour - Homes in the Escondido area built with adobe blocks are opened to the public in the spring.  For more information, click here.

American Heritage Car Show   Some of the best classic and vintage cars from the Western United States assemble on the green at Grape Day Park. Postponed indefinitely.

Movies in the Park.  Enjoy a free family-appropriate movie on the lawn at Grape Day Park.  Refreshments available to purchase or bring your own.  Normally, held every summer, movies start at dusk.

Current Exhibits

  • Railroad Depot Office, Waiting Room, and Freight Room with extensive displays of Escondido history in the Santa Fe Depot open Saturdays 1:00 - 4:00 pm

  • H-O model train in Pullman Train Car -temporarily closed

  • Blacksmithing and Wheelwright activity in the Bandy Blacksmith Shop on Tuesdays and Saturdays - limited and subject to change due to COVID-19. 

  • World War I/Spanish Flu Epidemic, Cassou Family, and photo displays in Research Center/Office that was once Escondido's first library.