Get Out and See the World Through Film or Learn About Conservation

Your Patch guide to weekend happiness.

The holiday is over. You have this weekend to chill out and do with it what you will. You could stay at home and take a breather, but we’ve got some better, more active ideas for you and the family—because a weekend in summer should never be wasted.

Check out our best bets to spend your downtime this weekend, July 8-10. Stay in and around Mount Helix and travel the world through film or learn how to prune your trees. Venture out a little farther this weekend and celebrate LGBT pride, catch some classic cars at a park or audition for a popular singing show.

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  • When/where:, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily.
  • Why go: Check out an exhibit dedicated to water conservation and learn more about preserving the precious resource.
  • Price: Free.


  • When/where:, 836 Kempton St, Spring Valley
  • Why go: Globe trot without the high cost of travel as you watch films from around the world.
  • Price: Free.


  • When/where: La Mesa Police Department, 8085 University Ave, La Mesa, 12 – 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • Why go: Learn the best techniques for taking care of your fruit trees from a 25-year horticultural veteran.
  • Price: Free.


  • When/where: Prescott Promenade, W Main St & N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 6 – 8 p.m. Friday.
  • Why go: Listen to Downtown Big Band blast their trumpets and horns while you grab a partner and swing away.
  • Price: Free.


  • When/where:, 8073 Broadway, Lemon Grove, 12 – 3 p.m. Saturday.
  • Why go: Eat food, participate in raffles, listen to local talent and celebrate the LGBT community.
  • Price: Free.


  • When/where:, 9310 Fanita Pky, Santee, 3 – 7 p.m. Friday.
  • Why go: Show off your prized possession or check out other classic guitars. Raffles, games and prizes keep the family busy while you peruse.
  • Price: Free.


  • When/where: PETCO Park, 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, 7 a.m. Friday.
  • Why go: Represent America’s finest city on one of the biggest shows ("American Idol") in our country.
  • Price: Free.


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