Grape Day Festival

Grape Day Festival:
The Grape Day Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 11,in Grape Day Park, Escondido.
The parade is at 9:30 a.m.   The festival runs from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The new “Grape Day Festivals” Book, by Lucy Berk and Stephen Covey, will be available for sale at their book signing at the Pioneer Room Friends booth at the Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Escondido’s most historic event includes a short downtown parade, ending in a free festival in Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway, Escondido.  Events include: grape stomping, an entertainment stage, vendor booths, fun zone, free grapes, demonstrations and more!  Historic buildings at Grape Day Park will also be open during the festival.
The short Grape Day Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. on Grand Avenue and travels from Escondido Blvd to Juniper.  It includes marching bands, walking groups, equestrians and historic automobiles. The festival in the park is from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.   
Enter the Hero Costume Contest at the stage (at approximately 12:15 p.m.) for your chance to win $100.  No entry fee; just show-up dressed as your favorite hero: Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Superman, your idea… 
Authors Lucy Berk and Stephen Covey will hold a book signing on Sat., Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Grape Day Park Festival.  They have a new photo history book “Escondido Grape Day Festivals,” and a book of postcards, on the same subject.  The 128-page photo book is $21.99, and the 15-B&W-postcards book is $7.99.  Both are from Arcadia Publishing.  Author/historian Berk is a long-time member of the Congress of History.
The Grape Day Festival started in 1908, as a way to celebrate Escondido’s grape harvest and promote the city.  It flourished until 1950, and then was revived by the Escondido History Center in 1996. 
Historic park buildings at Grape Day Park are also open every Thursday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at no charge.  Free, off-street parking is available in a city parking lot, off Woodward, located on the north side of the park.  Free on-street parking is also available along Broadway. 
For more information, contact the Escondido History Center at: (760) 743-8207 or e-mail Executive Director Wendy Barker at:  The center’s website is:


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The Carlsbad Historical Society was established in 1975 to preserve, promote, and enhance knowledge of the surrounding area's history, significant landmarks, institutions and memorabilia. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to reaching out to the community through educational as well as social events.
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