Summer Sun & Fall Fun

cv_pqfun12Summer vacation might be drawing to a close, but the fun doesn’t end when school begins. Right now is the perfect time to check out favorite local destinations and mark your calendar for upcoming events. Whether you want an active outdoors adventure or a peaceful retreat, PQ residents don’t have to travel far. Gather friends and family or gear up for a solo excursion as you take a tour through local offerings.

Local Flavor

Dining Deals


San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sept. 23 to 30, with over 180 participating restaurants offering special prix fixe menus. The biannual event celebrates San Diego’s diverse culinary culture, and it’s the perfect chance to indulge in your family’s favorite local spot or taste-test a brand-new dining destination.

Participating North County restaurants include Avant, Bellamy’s Restaurant, Casa Sol Y Mar, Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen, Nick & G’s, and Vintana Wine + Dine. No tickets needed, but make your reservations in advance to beat the hungry crowds!

Farmers Markets

Fresh food and fresh air are a winning combination. From local produce to handcrafted treasures to live music, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at North County farmers markets.



photos by Spark Photography

Rancho Bernardo Farmers Market
Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
16535 Via Esprillo

Rancho Bernardo Certified Farmers Market
Fridays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte

Poway Certified Farmers Market
Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
14134 Midland Rd.

Rancho Peñasquitos YMCA Certified Farmers Market
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
9400 Fairgrove Ln.

Scripps Ranch Certified Farmers Market
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
10380 Spring Canyon Rd.

Read & Relax

Loving Our Library


With one of the largest circulations among City of San Diego libraries, the Rancho Peñasquitos Branch Library is a popular destination already. But even if you’re already familiar with this learning hub, there’s always something new to discover and experience. Stretch your mind with book club discussions, or stretch your legs with yoga classes. Get creative with painting parties and writing workshops. Learn about the rest of the world through educational programs, or learn about yourself through genealogy classes. Or, just pick up a book and enjoy the air conditioning.

The library is constantly developing new programs to meet community needs – drop in to see what’s going on.

Scenic Spa Day


With the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve as the scenic backdrop, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers a variety of relaxing opportunities for all of its visitors – whether you’re spending the night or just an afternoon. The resort’s indoor spa is a small piece of paradise, but if you’re looking to unwind outdoors, perhaps a trip to the pool or golf course is in order.

Outdoor Adventures

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve


photo by Alan Smith Photography

Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and suburbia, and take time to savor San Diego’s natural beauty. Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve is a 4,000-acre oasis. Explore on your own, or join the Friends of the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve for a guided hike or wildlife tracking class with expert rangers. Don’t forget to watch the weather! Bring water and sunblock for sunny days, and remember the preserve is closed for rain.

The preserve is also home to the historical Rancho Santa Maria de los Peñasquitos ranch house, the second-oldest standing residence in the county, which is open for tours Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.

Clean Up San Diego


Spend the day outdoors while making a difference for the local community – humans and critters alike. California Coastal Cleanup Day 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and registration opens on Aug. 15. The local event is organized by nonprofit I Love a Clean San Diego, and it’s a chance to keep America’s Finest City beautiful for our neighbors and visitors, while getting out of the house with friends and family. Every year, thousands of volunteers gather at over 100 sites around the county for not just litter cleanup but other beautification projects, from trail building to invasive plant removal. Young volunteers have a chance to earn a Girl Scout or Boy Scout event patch.

The Sporting Life

Friday Night Lights


Do you have hometown spirit? Perhaps it’s all the cheering, the band’s triumphant music, or running into friends and neighbors, but one thing is for sure: there’s something about attending a high school football game that really makes you feel like you’re part of a community. Whether you’re supporting the Mt. Carmel High School Sundevils or the Westview High School Wolverines, get in on the action this fall by heading out to your local high school football stadium. |

Catching Air

photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

The Rancho Peñasquitos Skate Park, first opened in 2005 and extensively renovated in 2014, is a 22,000-foot sporting paradise, open to skateboarders, skaters, and rollerbladers. Experts and novices can hone their skills in this concrete playground, open daily from 10 a.m. to dusk. Shade structures and seating areas give your audience a place to watch from.

Remember to bring helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads – safety equipment is required. Ages 5 to 13 can also register for skateboarding classes through the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department.