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San Diego’s favorite fall celebration returns for 42nd year

Harvest Festival at Del Mar Fairgrounds

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San Diego’s Harvest Festival returns for the 42nd year with affordable family fun, entertainment and shopping October 17 to 19 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

For more than four decades, the Harvest Festival has been the biggest and best holiday art and craft show in the San Diego area. Families from all over the region come to enjoy affordable handmade crafts, great food and fun entertainment.

More than 300 artists and craftspeople — many new to the show— will offer unique handmade works, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas décor, handmade wearable art, photography, garden decorations, hand-turned wood, unique holiday gifts, ceramics, jewelry, children’s toys, and much more. All products in the show are American-made, and chosen by a jury.

Families enjoy the live entertainment at the Harvest Festival, which includes live bands, stilt walkers, comedy juggling, and the beloved “horsey guys” comedy duo.


Home Depot Carmel Mountain returns this year to host its Kids’ Workshop, teaching do-it- yourself skills and tool safety for youngsters at the complimentary Kidzone. All proceeds from voluntary donations will benefit nonprofit partner Mama’s Kitchen. Plus, anyone bringing a non- perishable food item to Mama’s Kitchen will receive a $2 discount on one general or senior admission.

Also returning is Nature of Art kids’ arts and crafts, who will be offering fun and free kids’ painting and crafts projects adjacent to the Home Depot booth.

Tops for Tots
In Del Mar’s outdoor area, look for the popular San Diego Woodturners booth. In addition to demonstrating the woodturning techniques and skills that create their beautiful wooden items, this local nonprofit group will be turning holiday tops on the spot, with a suggested donation benefiting Toys for Tots.

Daily grab bag drawing
Two lucky customers will win $50 in Harvey Bucks to spend at the show. Drawings are each day at the stage at 3 p.m. You must be at least 18 years old and present at the stage to win. Attendees may visit harvestfestival.com to download an entry form and deposit the form in the drawing bin near the stage.

Win an iPad mini
An iPad mini will be given away Sunday afternoon. Complete and deposit a drawing form at the raffle booth near the front entrance. There will be one drawing only, on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the stage. You must be at least 18 years old, but do not need to be present to win.

Hours and information
Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 62 and over, $4 for youth ages 13 to 17. Children 12 and under get in free with an accompanying adult. One ticket is good for all three days.

Bring a non-perishable food item to Mama’s Kitchen to receive a $2 discount on one general or senior admission.

Plenty of parking is available close by at the facility rate, with free trams to the gate.

Advance tickets may be purchased at harvestfestival.com.

Call (800) 346-1212 or visit harvestfestival.com for more information.

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