Market Days: Every Tuesday 2:30 pm – 6 pm, rain or shine

Location: On Grand Avenue, between Kalmia and Juniper Streets, in Escondido

Website: http://downtownescondido.com/farmers.html

Shawna CruiseSituated in Escondido’s historic Retail District, the Downtown Farmers Market runs all year long and proves that shopping can be fun. The market features local and organic produce accompanied by the happy sounds of live calypso music. The market offers a wide selection of foods, from tacos to Turkish kebabs. Want a light snack – try some hot kettlecorn. There are over 50 vendors selling all kinds of breads, jams, nuts, honey, eggs, pesto, pasta, salsa, pitas, dessert breads, coffees, fresh fish and homemade chocolates. You will find a definite accent on Mediterranean and Greek foods.

Produce vendors at the Downtown Market are certified by their counties to publicly sell the items they grow. Don’t forget to check out all the gift items available from local craftspeople – including leather goods, jewelry, textiles and much more. The market is sponsored by the Downtown Business Association of Escondido, headed up by the delightful Shawna Cruise (pictured above), its president.

Escondido Events

Escondido is a beehive of activity all year long. Here is a selection of the most popular events:

  • Second Saturday ArtWalk – Occurs on the second Saturday of each month and features 15 museums and galleries over a ten-block pedestrian area.  The artwork is complemented by live music and wine.
  • Renaissance Faire – A semi-annual event in Felicita Park, “joust” for the fun of it!
  • Butterfly Jungle – The whole town is aflutter as Safari Park hosts the annual Butterfly Jungle. Children are fascinated by these astounding changelings of the insect world.
  • Cruisin’ Grand – If you are into classic cars, don’t miss this Friday evening event (April through September) that rolls down historic Grand Avenue. This cruise is rated one of the best in the country.
  • Downtown Street Faire – Imagine Grand Avenue filled with 500 vendors and 60,000 visitors, and you have the makings of the second-largest single-day fair in the state. Food, drink, rides and exhibitions from the San Diego Zoo make this semi-annual event irresistible.
  • Halloween Carnival – The annual event is anything but scary. Games, art projects, face painting and a costume contest will keep the kids excited and happy. If you do want a bit of a scare, check out the haunted house!
  • Annual Christmas Parade – Hosted by theJaycees, the parade wends its way from Escondido High School to Grape Day Park. Floats, marching bands, fire trucks, baton twirlers and, of course, Santa himself.