July 27-28th Sat. Sun Weekend Events in San Diego

This post was written by Valerie on July 28, 2012
Posted Under: Grandma Quotes

Taiko Drums will be major part of the Obon Festival Entertainment


Noon to 5pm (July 27-28) Sat-Sun at the Vista Buddhist Temple at 150 Cedar Road in Vista will be celebrating the Obon Festival.

Featured will be Taiko drumming- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPMxXUtmf10&feature=player_detailpage.

Additional performances crafts sales and food booths and games for children will be featured and admission and parking is free.

You can call 760-941-8800 for additional information.

The history behind the  Obon Festival is a three day celebration (typically in mid August) where people believe that their ancestor´s spirits come back to their homes to be reunited with the family. This tradition typically Buddhist, has nowadays become a tradition of almost all families.

During the days of the festival, families gather to clean the graves of their ancestors; they also clean their houses and place a variety of food offerings (fruits, vegetables…).

The first day of Obon, Cochin lanterns (type of Japanese paper lantern made of bamboo) are lit up inside houses and people go the grave of their ancestors spirits to call them back home (this is called mukae-bi. On the last day of the festival, people bring their ancestor´s spirits back to their graves by hanging the cochin lantern to guide them (this is called okuri-bon).

Other traditions that can be experienced during the Obon festival are the Toro nagashi, which are the floating lanterns where people send off their ancestor´s spirits with the lanterns lit by a candle to float in the river or the ocean. Another important activity which is held in this festival are the folk dances called bon odori where people reunite to dance.

This festival sound very special because it helps remember the ones who are not here but not in a mourning way, but as a celebration of the living.

Carlsbad State Park Christmas in July


Carlsbad State Beach Park Christmas in July from noon to 6pm Saturday (7201 Carlsbad Blvd.) will have Santa Claus making a rare visit and campfires and music provided by David Russell along with educational games for the kids. The event is free but it is $10. to park which comes with two tickets for the drawing.  Call 760-438-3143

Have free fun for the whole family and maybe even win a week of oceanfront camping at San Elijo or South Carlsbad campgrounds.

Get in the spirit of “Christmas in July” at South Carlsbad on July 28. The fourth annual “Christmas in July” benefit at South Carlsbad State Beach is a key fundraiser for Friends of Cardiff & Carlsbad State Beaches non-profit association to help the beaches.

Christmas in July events for the family include a parade with Santa Claus through the South Carlsbad campground; games for the children; photo opportunities with Santa Claus and Santa’s Elves; and an evening campfire event where the Grand Prizes will be announced. You don’t have to be camping at the park to attend. Park for free at South Carlsbad State Beach if you buy two prize drawing tickets for $10 or 5 for $20. Stop by San Elijo or South Carlsbad campgrounds to see any Camp Host to buy drawing tickets in advance.

All of the proceeds go to fund the beaches non-profit Friends of Cardiff & Carlsbad State Beaches, which supports San Elijo and South Carlsbad. Lucky winners will get one-week free oceanfront camp sites at either South Carlsbad or San Elijo State Parks. Each “Free Week of Camping” prize for an oceanfront campsite is worth $400, donated by California State Parks.

Every child at the evening campfire event will get a gift from Santa. More prizes are needed from local businesses, please call Dennis Kessler at 909-557-4857 or text FCCSB at 858-603-2705 to donate a prize. Even used surfboards and bikes are accepted for our Silent Auction.


Look for the following event on August 4th:


10am to 5pm in downtown Vista August 4th


You still have time to go to http://www.vvba.org/bbq.html and look into getting signed up for the August 4th Vista Smokin Q Classic Barbeque competition in downtown Vista. The activities begin at 10am and end at 5pm where

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