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See a Classic
 November 19th, 2012

Some of the best holiday memories form around a special event. This year, how about taking in a Christmas classic – - at an on-the-cheap price?

The Nutcracker will be playing at Poway Center for Performing Arts at up to half off the price (Groupon).  Make some memories, get a little culture, and get up to half off Nutcracker tickets.

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Free Concert: San Diego Symphony
 July 17th, 2012

This Sunday, July 22, bring the whole family to Balboa Park’s organ pavilion. The San Diego Symphony is putting on a free concert, starting at 5:30 p.m. What a great summer evening this will be — free for the whole family.

London OlympicsCalled “Olympics 2012: London Calling,” this special free San Diego Symphony concert will feature music associated with England to keep up with the theme.

Do arrive early, because there is something special happening at 4:30 (one hour before the show begins). Find out more about this free San Diego concert.

San Diego Free Children’s Film Event
 July 16th, 2012

San Diego International Children’s Film Festival

Saturday and Sunday (July 21 and July 22), have fun at this free event for families. The San Diego International Children’s Film Festival  takes place at the Museum of Photographic Art. A free and fun San Diego children’s event, with films grouped for age groups (toddler to teen).

San Diego International Children's Film FestivalNow in it’s 9th season, the free San Diego International Children’s Film Festival will show more than 100 films from different places around the world. Give your kids a bit of international culture while having fun.

Saturday, July 21, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, July 22, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Find out more by visiting the Museum of Photographic Arts website’s San Diego International Children’s Film Festival page.

Cheap San Diego County Fair Tickets
 June 5th, 2012

San Diego County Fair Cheap Tickets

Get into the San Diego County Fair – Cheap

Did you know that you can save $9 off the regular price of the fair if you buy tickets ahead and visit on June 8 or June 12? Well, you can. That’s only $4. per person to get in. To be into the fair theme, that’s an “Out of this World” price!

Just buy your tickets ahead at your local Albertson’s Store. Minimum $10. purchase to get the discount.

That’s two terrific days at that cheap price – - and one of them is opening day.

Also, if you have been unemployed at some point during the last 12 months, you can get into the fair for free.

Check out this Free San Diego County Fair tickets for unemployed post.

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National Train Day: San Diego free train event
 May 10th, 2012

All over the nation, steamers and more modern trains will be chugging into the station for celebration of National Train Day (May 12).

Here in San Diego, the S Gauge Model Railroad Club will host a free open house featuring its model train at Liberty Station. Bring the kids (or kids-at-heart) and let them have fun pushing buttons and learning about trains.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2445 Truxtun Road, Suite 106, Point Loma

Thanks to Tania at Albuquerque on the Cheap for letting San Diego on the Cheap know about National Train Day.

Learn more about National Train Day.

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Fashion Valley Mall: Free Events
 April 25th, 2012

Do you like fashion? Like to shop? Like to have fun and maybe win some prizes (these are not chintzy prizes, either)? Then here are a couple of freebie events this weekend just for you.

Friday, April 27, 2012, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Friends and Trends Night with lots of samples, and fun at various stores. Plus, have a chance to win great prizes at the runway show (new prizes every hour).

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
The fun continues with another runway show, a Ronald McDonald House charity event, and more.

You can get the details for these free San Diego events here.

Daffodil Show in Julian
 March 22nd, 2012

Daffodil Show March 24 and March 25

Who doesn’t adore the cute flowers that pop their heads up to brighten the hills — and our days? Drive up into the Julian area and you’ll see them in bunches along the roads. Wouldn’t it be nice to get up close, see what makes a winner, and truly enjoy these little beauties? This weekend in Julian, you’ll have your chance. Open to the public is the Julian Daffodil Show with exhibits in the town hall (2129 Main Steet) and at the Blue Heron Garden Shop (2116 Third Street). You can learn from expert enthusiasts about the daffodil, known as the flower of hope.

There are lots of other things going on in Julian on the weekends as well. Western street theatrics, homemade apple pie – - and this year, maybe even a little snow left from last weekend’s storm (?)!

Learn more about Daffodils at the California Daffodil Society website. Members will be at the show.

Look at some lovely daffodil photos from the 2010 show.

Find out more about Julian and Julian events.

Free: Palomar Gem & Mineral Club show
 March 22nd, 2012

At the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, March 24 and 25, you can look at some of this Escondido-based club’s gems, minerals, fossils, and lots of sparkly items. The kids will have fun with special children’s activities. There’s even a raffle.

10am to 5 on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Free.

While there, be sure to check out the Antique Gas & Steam Engine’s unique displays for a trip back in history. Learn a thing or two, and just have a lot of fun.

Website for Antique Gas & Steam Engine for directions.

Expo Day/Science Festival
 March 21st, 2012

San Diego Science FairNo doubt you’ve been hearing all about this free event for kids and their families. It’s a hot one, and sure to be attended by lots of smart San Diegans.

At Petco Park, March 24 from 10am to 5pm. There are just too many exciting details to share here, so check it out for yourself.

Free Entertainment, Viejas this weekend
 March 8th, 2012

Free Entertainment at Viejas Casino

Viejas routinely runs promotions, honors the military with special perks, and has free rides available. You can check out what’s new, free and on special at Viejas here.

And did you know that Viejas Casino has FREE entertainment concerts? Here’s what’s happening this weekend for free:

Friday, March 9, 2012 at the V Lounge (Viejas), see “Undercover.” 8pm to midnight.
Undercover is billed as one of Southern California’s greatest party bands.

Friday, March 9, 2012, at Viejas’ Dreamcatcher, see (and hear) energetic show band “Detroit Underground.” 8:30 pm to 1:30 am

Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Viejas V Lounge, get grooving with top 40 hits and “The ID Project Band.” 8pm to midnight.

Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Viejas’ Dreamcatcher, enjoy R&B funk with “Caliber.” 9pm to 1:30

Doors open early, so check out the full details to best enjoy these shows and more at Viejas.

More about the bands:

The Detroit Underground


Directions to Viejas Casino.

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Meet the Easter Bunny at the Children’s Place
 March 1st, 2012

Meet the Easter Bunny This Weekend

That’s right. At The Children’s Place at the Westfield shopping mall in Escondido, the Easter Bunny is making an early appearance!

Bring the children into the store to meet Mr. Bunny and have a few treats.

Saturday, March 3 from noon until 4pm.

The Children’s Place

Westfield Mall in Escondido (272 East Via Rancho Parkway)

San Diego Career Fair
 January 12th, 2012

January 17: Job fair, free. 11a.m.

No matter how anyone spins the numbers, the economy has a lot of people unemployed.  Are you tired of responding to anonymous want ads, or sending resumes into a black hole? Now you can meet, shake hands, and put your face in front of prospective employers. Attend this  National Careers Jobs Fair

Career experts will also be on hand to review resumes and offer advice.

Held at the Marriott San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego.

Free to-do San Diego County January 7 – 8
 January 6th, 2012

Looking for some free fun around San Diego County this weekend? The holidays are over but we still wanna have fun — on-the-cheap style! Here are a few ideas for you.

Saturday, January 7 free to do San Diego

Escondido, Grape Day Park, 2pm to 4pm. The History Center is holding an open house. You can look through the museum, take in a few refreshments, and learn about how the city of Escondido has grown and changed during the last century. Photographs on display let you walk through Escondido’s time. You can also enter to win a door prize, which might be fun. More details at the Grape Day Park website.

Poway Library, 2pm. — Hear from an Alaska Bush pilot and photographer. Mark Stadskley will talk about flying in the Alaskan Wild, and what’s in his new book. Poway Library, 13137 Poway Road. Free. For more information, call 858-513-2906.

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