Visit Escondido

Visit Escondido

Escondido may mean “hidden” but it’s no secret there’s a lot going on here! Located just 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego and 20 minutes from the coast, Escondido is home to major attractions, beautiful wineries, craft breweries, unique arts and theatre, delicious culinary experiences and a charming historic downtown. Enjoy the beautiful climate with year-round golfing, hiking, biking, fishing, and fantastic events!

Escondido is the heart of northern San Diego… rich in history and culture. The list of “must do’s” includes the California Center of the Arts, Escondido, a unique performing arts complex, museum, and conference center; the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, an expansive wildlife sanctuary; the amazing sculpture garden, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, created by the late world-acclaimed artist Niki de Saint Phalle; Cruisin’ Grand Escondido, one of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County; the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum;  Daley Ranch, a wilderness preserve with extensive hiking, biking and equestrian trails and more!

Embracing a farm-to-table experience, Escondido offers a variety of culinary experiences such as Vintana Wine + Dine, The Wooden Spoon, Burger Bench and Bellamy’s… as well as three weekly farmers’ markets. Many beautiful boutique wineries with spectacular views provide leisurely wine tasting afternoons, cool urban wineries, and the best of the craft beer culture meets culinary vision right here at the first home of Stone Brewing and Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens.

This wonderfully unique area also presents many other activities… enjoy a round of golf at one of five golf courses, fishing or picnicking at three lakes, cycling on Palomar Mountain, browsing through downtown art galleries or shopping at world-class retail stores and the largest auto park in Southern California. You can also play at one of several nearby casino resorts!

Escondido’s 56th Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks

Join 25,000 patriotic festival-goers for Escondido’s 56th Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks.  This free community event features rockin’ live music by Anthony “Fallbrook Kid” Cullins, Rosa’s Cantina, and UPSTREAM, fabulous food trucks lined up along Broadway Avenue, a beer garden sponsored by Stone Brewing Co, and a wealth of children’s activities and games for everyone to enjoy, including inflatable activities by Wow Factor Attractions and extraordinary chalk art workshops by Cecelia Lanayao.

Be sure to stop by SoCal Pro Wrestling’s ring to watch 4 different match-ups throughout the day.  Finally, the festivities will conclude with a special performance by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band and, of course, a dazzling fireworks display starting at 9:00 pm. You won’t want to miss this annual North County tradition!The festival is free and open to the public. This year’s beer garden is also free entry for 21 and up only and will be located around the City Hall fountain. July 4, 2019.


Cruisin’ Grand

Visit Escondido

One of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County, Cruisin’ Grand Escondido™ runs for six spectacular months. This FREE EVENT brings more than 5000 visitors and car enthusiasts each Friday Night. Come check out the 500+ cars lining the streets of historic downtown Escondido. Not only for classic car enthusiasts… everyone enjoys meeting up with friends, bringing the family out and strolling along Grand Avenue, stopping in for a bite at one of our many restaurants and people-watching on those warm summer nights. Theme nights include “Fire Truck Night”, “Nitro Night” and “AFX Night.”


There’s something for everyone here…. Explore, Experience and Enjoy Escondido!


Contact Visit Escondido

(760) 839-4777


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