What's Up Downtown?
Escondido’s Downtown Business Historic District is the oldest in North San Diego County and has much to offer. Adjacent to the residential Old Escondido Historic District, quaint storefronts line Grand Avenue and other streets, featuring numerous restaurants, shops, art galleries, and services.
Two small parks; Heritage Garden at Grand and Juniper and Maple Plaza at Grand and Maple offer a place to relax and let the kids run off some steam, or visit Grape Day Park to enjoy more space, a children's playground, and the Escondido History Center museum.
Several events, including Escondido’s favorite weekly events, “Cruisin’ Grand” on Fridays through the summer and the Farmers Market on Tuesdays year-'round, make Downtown an especially inviting place to gather with friends and family. Many of the businesses are dog friendly, so you can bring the pooch along to enjoy downtown, too!
Whether you’re a local, walking from the Old Escondido Historic District, or traveling from more distant areas, it’s well worth stopping by regularly to see what’s up downtown!
At Grand and Juniper, certified locally and California-grown farm-fresh produce, organics, cut or potted flowers or herbs, as well as exotic fruits and ready-to-eat foods from other regions such as gourmet chocolates, artisan breads, olives, cheeses, and other specialty items.
May and October
Formerly called the Escondido Downtown Street Faire, more than 500 vendors, live entertainment, and food from around the world have combined to make this event a family tradition since 1989.
Fridays, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
April - September
One of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County, Cruisin’ Grand in Escondido runs for six months. This is a FREE EVENT attracting more than 5,000 visitors and car enthusiasts each Friday Night to see the 500+ cars lining the streets of historic downtown.
Schedule of events and hours available on website.
Exhibits in our five buildings and Pullman train car provide a view of history dating back hundreds of years in the Hidden Valley.
Galleries, studios, museums, and local theaters open their doors to the public. Experience Escondido art at its finest through artists talks, artist receptions, open rehearsals, music, and more!