What’s Happening in San Marcos Parks & Rec
- 4 | Family Night Pick-Up
- 6 | Mother’s Day Tea @karissacabrera
- 7 | San Marcos Hike
- 12 | Red Cross Blood Drive
- 14 | Bags N’ Brews
- 14 | Teen Movie Night
- 15 | Star Walk
- 18 | Pop-Up Rec
- 19 | Bike-To-Work Day…and more!
Family Night Pick-up
Family Night activities bring families together while participating in arts & crafts and assorted projects. Crafts/activities are intended for children ages three to ten. Each $5 Mother’s Day Mugs On-The-Go kit contains one craft or activity. If multiple children would like to participate, parents must pre-register each child individually.
San Marcos Community Center Wednesday, May 4 | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Register your child here.
Mother’s Day Tea @SAC
Celebrate all mothers with an afternoon tea & sweet treats. Purchase tickets at the SAC Front Desk or online.
Senior Activity Center | 111 Richmar AvenueFriday, May 6 | 3-4:30 p.m. | $10
Purchase your tickets here.
San Marcos Hike
Join us for the San Elijo Hills Park, Denk Mountain, Copper Creek hike. This strenuous 7-mile hike will go south from San Elijo Hills Park and up Denning Road to the top of Denk Mountain. Hikers will pass Denk Tank and explore the trail connections to Carlsbad. Hikers will return via Copper Creek and Copper Canyon.
Meeting Location: San Elijo Hills Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos.
Saturday, May 7 | Sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m. with hike beginning at 9 a.m.
Summer Concerts In The Garden
Tickets for our Summer Concerts in the Garden go on pre-sale Monday, May 9. Pre-sale tickets are $8 per show, or you can buy a season pass for $20.
This year’s lineup includes:
Kings of Queen | July 23
High Tide Society | August 20
BetaMaxx | September 12
Purchase your tickets here.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. The dangerously low blood supply levels have forced some hospitals to defer patients from major surgery, including organ transplants. Your donation is desperately needed.
Register to donate here.
Thursday, May 12 | 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Valley of Discovery room | 1 Civic Center Drive
Bags N’ Brews
Bags N’ Brews is a unique event that incorporates a cornhole tournament with divisions for beginners and advance players, with a total prize pool of $1500, while also offering local craft brews, a DJ, food trucks and children’s activities.
For more information and to register your team click on the link below.
Register your team here.
Hollandia Park | 12 Mission Hills Court Saturday, May 14 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Teen Movie Night
The San Marcos Youth Commission invites you to join us for a Teen Movie Night featuring the classic Mean Girls (PG-13). Teens are invited to bring food, beverages, blankets and/or low back chairs.
Mean Girls (PG-13)Wood House Garden
1138 Rock Springs Road
Saturday, May 14 | 7:30 p.m.
Join the Parks & RecEsports League
Our new season is starting soon! We will be hosting Halo Infinite, APEX Legends, Mario Kart 8 leagues, and more! Follow the link below to find out how to register for a league.
Register for an esports league.
Sign up for the esports newsletter so you don’t miss out on important registration and league start dates.
Sign up for the esports newsletter.
Star Walk XVII
Enjoy a night under the stars and learn basic astronomy concepts at a beginner’s level. Locate and understand featured celestial/astronomical events. Locate and identify common Constellations and Asterisms.
Beginner Astronomy facts, concepts, and techniques; Viewing the Planets during a Full Moon; Lions, Dragons, and Bears: Spring Constellations; Eta Aquarid Meteor Showers, and a Luner Eclipse
Recommended Equipment: LED flashlight with red filter or red lens cover, Binoculars, Warm clothes, Blanket and/or ground cloth.
Sunday, May 15, 8–9:30 p.m. | Free Mahnita Boyden-Wofford Amphitheater Double Peak Park, 910 Double Peak Drive, 92078
Pop-Up Rec – Succulent Plant
April showers bring May flowers. Experience the joy of creating a beautiful succulent arrangement for your house.
You bring the creativity, and we’ll bring all the supplies you need! While supplies last.
Wednesday, May 18 | 3 p.m. | FreeJack’s Pond Park | 986 La Moree Road
Red, White and BOOM!
San Marcos hosts one of the most spirited 4th of July Celebrations in North County. This year’s festivities will include carnival games, jumpers and food sales on-site. Guests should plan to bring beach chairs or blankets for lawn seating. The fireworks display is funded entirely by donations from the businesses and citizens of San Marcos. Last year’s donations are being rolled over to help fund this year’s show. An additional $12,000 is needed to fund the show. To make a donation, visit the link below.
Click here to donate.
Thursday, July 4 6 p.m. Entertainment | 9 p.m. Fireworks Bradley Park | 1587 Linda Vista Drive, San Marcos
Bike to Work Day
Join the City of San Marcos & SANDAG for Bike to Work Day! Stop by the San Marcos Community Center between 6-9 a.m. for refreshments, a spin on the prize wheel, and lots of encouragement! Register at the link below to get your FREE official Bike to Work Day shirt!
Register for your free t-shirt.
Thursday, May 19 | 6-9 a.m. San Marcos Community Center3 Civic Center Drive
Learn to Swim or be a Lifeguard
Lifeguard Training Courses This course is a blended learning course where a portion is to be completed online, prior to the first in-person day of class.
Water Safety Instructor Courses Teach swim and water safety lessons! This course is a blended learning course where a portion is to be completed online, prior to the first in-person day of class.
Swim Lessons Swimming lessons save lives! Lesson schedules are subject to change. Please check the link below for the most up to date listing of classes.
Lap Swim Memberships are available for purchase or drop-in for an intense workout or easy fitness. Pool is heated and outdoors. Please bring your own equipment.
Annual San Marcos Trails Day
Save the date! Our annual trails day event returns this year! A challenging, 7-mile hike with more than 1,000 feet of elevation gain will be offered to Double Peak Park via the Cima Loop Trail and La Plaza Drive. A 1-mile interpretive walk will feature the flora and fauna of the Discovery Creek Trails. And a 3 and 6-mile equestrian trot will also be offered starting from the Ridgeline Trailhead. Vendors, SDMBA bike course and event sign-in all begin at 8am! 7-mile hike, flora and fauna walk and equestrian trot will all begin shortly after 9am!
Saturday, June 4 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Meeting location and event festivities: Lakeview Park | 650 Foxhall Drive
Meeting location (equestrian trot only): 102 San Elijo Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078
Start Planning Your Summer Job Today!
San Marcos Parks & Recreation is looking to fill several seasonal and year round positions. To discover where your talents can take you next, visit www.san-marcos.net/jobs.
Open Positions Include:
- • Recreation Leaders – ages 18+
- • Lifeguards – ages 15.5+
- • Cashiers – ages 16+
- • Swim Instructors – ages 16+
- • Head Lifeguards – ages 18+
San Marcos Recreation Guide
If you haven’t checked out the latest edition of our San Marcos Recreation Guide, we encourage you to take a peek and see all the fun happenings from San Marcos Parks & Recreation!
Scholarships Available Now!
The Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation have donated $5,000 this year for recreation scholarships! These scholarships are available through the City of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and are contingent upon meeting certain financial eligibility requirements. To learn more and to apply visit
Park Shelter Reservations Available
The City has 21 designated reservable park picnic shelters at 12 different City parks that may be reserved to host your next celebration. A reservation must be made for groups of 25 people or more and groups who wish to have a inflatable or pony/petting zoo. Groups under 25 people can still make a reservation or choose to use the park on a first come first serve basis.Reservable park picnic shelters can be reserved online a minimum of 8 days in advance and at the Parks and Recreation office 4 days in advance of your desired date. Reservations are paid in full at the time of booking. For more information, please visitwww.san-marcos.net/reserveapark
call the office at 760-744-9000.