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Food, entertainment, dog-friendly contests at annual Escondido festival

The crowd fills Grand Avenue in downtown Escondido.
The crowd fills Grand Avenue in downtown Escondido.

The Grand Avenue Festival is May 19 in downtown Escondido.

For fun along Grand Avenue in Escondido, how about the Grand Avenue Festival? There will be hundreds of vendors with handmade crafts, plus food and local entertainment. On the Maple Street Plaza stage, check out folklorico and other dance performances, theater troupe performances, and a mixed martial arts demonstration. Over on the Chase bank lawn stage, take in some belly dancing, a canine unit demonstration by the police department, and pet contests for categories like best trick or best costume.

Grand Avenue Festival: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Along West Grand Avenue from Centre City Parkway to South Juniper Street in downtown Escondido. (760) 745-2151. escondidochamber.org/grand-avenue-festival