Calendar of Yearly Events

I no longer have the time to keep this calendar current, but it serves to list the main yearly events in Fallbrook, and give you a good idea of when they occur. The following table lists events with their dates for the last year I updated this page, and the previous year, when available. If no date is listed, consult Yearly Events For 1998-2002, which provides a guide as to when to expect the event for this year.

The Fallbrook Community Center (760-728-1671) attempts to keep a complete list of such events.

See these sources for current dates:

A comprehensive list of community events in 1998 was collected by Guenter Schott in the first Fallbrook Community Center Calendar, but unfortunately are listed only in the month in which they are expected to occur, sans dates. The calendar also has historical photographs of Fallbrook back to World War I. I don't think the calendar was ever published again.

Monthly Events

Yearly Events

Date inEvent
   Annual Open House at the De Luz Ecology Center, 10 am - 2 pm. Explore a one-room schoolhouse, with very impressive natural history exhibits, and hike the trails.
   Art in Bloom. Begins with an evening reception on March 9 at the Pala Mesa Resort, honoring the participating artists and floral designers. A social and luncheon will be held on March 10. The second day is usually open to schoolchildren, who will see the floral designs and art, and try a hands-on activity involving design or painting. Sponsored by Rally for Children. Contact B.J. Maus, (760) 723-2497.
   4th annual Tree Planting Festival in 1999
April 20-21April 12-13 The Fallbrook Garden Club's 72st Annual Standard Flower Show America the Beautiful in 2003 at the Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Lane. Sat: 2-6 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm. Admission free. Information (760) 728-6373.
April 14April 13
  • The 16th annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival in 2002 along Main Street downtown (75,000 people attended in 1998 according to the Enterprise; 60,000 in previous years, with 300 vendor booths). This is one of the largest single day events in the state, according to Bob Leonard, with only the 100,000 attendance at the Carlsbad Street Fair drawing more people.
  • The Guacamole Grande bicycle rides (10, 20, and 50 miles). Starts at Fallbrook High School (7:30, 9 and 10 am).
  • The Fallbrook Community Airpark's free open house from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., featuring antique and experimental airplanes, aerobatics by radio-controlled model aircraft (shows at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:15), and a fly-over by a World War II fighter.
April 20  The 12th Fallbrook Land Conservancy / Rotary 5K Run/Walk Trail Race in 2002.
April 27April 26 Annual Spring Celebration at the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve. Free guided tours, displays, and information about SMER.
April 28  The 8th annual Arts in the Park in 2002, sponsored by Rally for Children.
   6th Annual Wildlife Art Show in 1999.
May 4  6th Annual Country Garden Tour of A.A.U.W. 1-5 pm in 2001. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at the tour beginning at the Art & Cultural Center at Main and Alvarado Streets or by mail at 760-728-6373.
--May 17 This was cancelled in 2002 due to the Gavilan Fire in Fallbrook in Spring 2002. Santa Margarita River Day 2001 on the public Santa Margarita River Trail. Guided tours for hikers and horseback riders, a poker hand, a raffle ticket, and lunch for a $15 donation for trails. This is the 3rd annual Fallbrook Land Conservancy Trails Committee fundraiser in 2003, formerly called the Walk/Ride on the Wild Side.
   6th annual Rainbow Days Picnic in 2000 at Vallecitos School in Rainbow, from 10-4.
   46th annual Fallbrook Youth Fair in 2001 at Fallbrook Union High School.
May 26May 25 The 38th Fallbrook Vintage Car Show in 2003, at Fallbrook High School. The date is always the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
   Art Walk Evening
June 22-23  1st Gourd Art Show in 1997 at Fallbrook Art & Cultural Center.
Sixth annual Welburn Summer Gourd Fest in De Luz at Welburn Gourd Farm, 40787 De Luz Murrieta Road, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 22 and 9-4 on June 23. $6 admission to Gourd Fest in 2002, which includes parking. 40,000 people attended in 1999. 760-728-0269.
   Mountain Warehouse Classic V. 5, 12 or 20 mile mountain bike course in Camp Pendleton, beginning and ending at Lake O'Neill. Highlights include two crossings of the Santa Margarita River, extremely varied dirt road conditions, and steep dirt ascents and descents. June 28 in 1997. 619-273-7300 or 752-1414.
   43rd Old Timers' Picnic of Fallbrook at noon on June 24 in 2001, held outside of the Fallbrook Historical Museum. The Picnic is always on the last Sunday of June at noon. Everyone is welcome. Bring something to eat and enjoy the great food and company! 723-4125.
 June 13 Hot Summer Nights - Classic Cars and Hot Roads Cruise Main Street I. 6-8 pm. Contact Kelly McKalvey at 760-723-0334.
 June 27 Hot Summer Nights - Youth Night. 6-8 pm. Tickets $?? at door, $15 pass for all 4 events in 2000. Contact Kelly McKalvey at 760-723-0334.
   Art Walk Evening
 July 25 Hot Summer Nights - A Taste of Fallbrook. Samples from Fallbrook caterers, bakers and restaurateurs along with Big Band Music. 6-8 pm. Tickets $?? at door, $15 pass for all 4 events in 2000. Contact Sirina Waddell at 760-723-7899.
 July 13 Hot Summer Nights - Classic Cars and Hot Roads Cruise Main Street II. 6-8 pm. Contact Ron Wylie at 760-728-6287.
 August 8 Hot Summer Nights - Classic Cars and Hot Roads Cruise Main Street II. 6-8 pm. Contact Ron Wylie at 760-728-6287.
Aug. 23  17th annual Concert on the Green in 2002, at the lovely Grand Tradition, sponsored by the Fallbrook Music Society, 760-723-2640. 2001 pricees: $15 adults; $5 ages 12 and under. Bring beach chairs or blankets. Bring a picnic or purchase a BBQ dinner for $10. Performers:
1997: the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra.
1998 and 1999: the Coastal Communities Concert Band.
2000: Frankie Laine and the Benny Hollman Orchestra.
2001: the High Society Jazz Band and the Benny Hollman Orchestra.
2002: the High Society Jazz Band and the Fabulous Mar Dels.
   Art Walk Evening
   Hot Summer Nights - Chili Cookoff. 6-8 pm. Tickets $?? at door, $15 pass for all 4 events in 2000. 760-723-0334.
   Art Walk Evening
   The Chamber of Commerce voted on 1/23/01 to cancel the Farmers Festival for 2001 because it takes too much work and does not yield as many benefits as the Avocado Festival. A committee was appointed to raise money and get volunteers to help run a similar festival in the future. It costs $50,000 and requires 200 volunteers for the Festival.
8th annual Farmers Festival (formerly the Harvest Hoedown & Pumpkin Festival) in 2000, sponsored by Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce. Every year a different crop is featured, with macadamias in 2000. There are 200 booths along Main Street, a Farmer's Market, Culinary Contests, Farmer Exhibitions, Stage Entertainment and Farm Tours available. There were 30,000 attendees in 1999.
   Art Walk Evening
   First annual Fallbrook / Bonsall home tour in 2000, to benefit EYE Counseling and Crisis Services, $25 per person. Information or reservations: Peggy Byrne 760-723-5681.
June 22  Camp Pendleton's semi-annual Mud Run. (June 17, 2000 was said to be the 7th, and October 21 the 9th, so maybe they count each as a separate series), 6.2 miles, beginning at Lake O'Neill at 8:30 a.m. Runners hurdle obstacles, climb walls, crawl through tunnels and slide through "the best mud pits anywhere". $25 for civilians. 760-385-4921. The run is now capped at 3500 participants, after reaching 4700 in 1999!
 Oct. 11, 18 and 25 Oktoberfest at the Wildwood Restaurant, 1415 S. Mission Road. 760-731-0007.
   Stagecoach Sunday, benefiting the Fallbrook Land Conservancy.
   Fallbrook Haunted House in the Boys and Girls Club Gym, 7:30 - 10:30 pm, put on by 40 cast members. $5 for adults and children; $4 for Club members; not recommended for children under 5.
   Art Walk Evening
Nov. 22-24
Nov. 21-23
This yearly craft fair has been discontinued as of 2006, with the last fair in the year 2005. It just got to be too much work for them, according to their letter to the Village News in mid-2006.

Former info:

The annual "Farmer and Adele" Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m except 12-4 on 11/23, begun in 1989. Over 30 crafters, inside a house with an indoor waterfall, which you traverse on a bridge after you enter the house! There are 4 waterfalls on the property, including the one in the house. Trains run overhead, fresh cookies are baked continuously, and pianist Charlie Sneller plays. Charlie will also compose, play and record a song just for you for free; you may purchase a tape of the song.
From East Mission, take Willow Glen Road to the end of the double yellow lines (300 yards past the North end of Willow Glen Rd where it turns to Stagecoach Road). 760-728-0055.
 Nov. 28 - Dec. 13 Bonsall Woman's Club's Magic of Christmas Grand Opening Party, Victoria Teas, and display of 10 fabulously decorated Christmas trees.
 Dec. 6 22th Annual Fallbrook Christmas Parade in 2003 on Main Street at 5:00 pm.
   Annual Elizabethan Yuletide Feaste at the Grand Tradition. Fallbrook High School's Madrigals and Avenue Singers, stage an elaborate feast, beginning with carolers and a cup of wassail, followed by a welcoming procession highlighted by the presentation of the Yule Log. The $35 dinners sell out every year. This event was not held in 2002; it may not be held again in the future.
   5th Annual C.A.S.T. Productions' Scrooge live theatre production in 1998.
   Art Walk Evening
   6th annual De Luz Heights Yacht Club's Parade of Lights on Ross Lake in 1998.

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