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What’s Happening in Parks & Rec


  • Sat. 04 • San Marcos Hike
  • Mon. 06 • Las Abejas Park Grand Opening
  • Wed. 08 • Indian Festival of Spring
  • Fri. 10 • Mix & Mingle
  • Wed. 15 • Family Night Craft Pickup
  • Thu. 16 • Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Fri. 17 • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Sun. 19 • Star Walk
  • Wed. 22 • Pop-Up Rec
  • …and more!


San Marcos Hike Join us for the Piedras/Bernardo Bay Trails hike. Moderate–to–Strenuous: Cross the Kreitzer Bridge and skirt the edges of Lake Hodges on this beautiful 8-mile hike that takes you on the Piedras Pintadas and Bernardo Bay Trails. You’ll only gain 440’ of elevation but this hike is rated moderate to strenuous.

Saturday, March 4 • Sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m. with hike beginning at 9 a.m. • FREE SDRP Parking Lot, 12655 Sunset Dr., Escondido 92025 (south of Via Rancho Parkway past The Hodges Golf Learning Center)

Las Abejas Park Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Help us celebrate the opening of a new park in San Marcos! Hear remarks from city council, enjoy the new playground & lawn games. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, March 6 • 3:30 p.m. Las Abejas Park • 999 Woodhaven Road

Indian Festival of Spring

Celebrate the Indian Festival of Spring, also known as Holi and enjoy traditional Indian food, music and culture. Visit the Senior Center Lunch Desk or call (760) 744-5535 x3607 to make your reservation.

Wednesday, March 8 • 11 a.m. Senior Activity Center • 111 Richmar Avenue, San Marcos

St Patty Mix & Mingle

Admission includes two complimentary adult beverages (beer/wine), appetizers and music by the band Ancora playing classic music of the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s. You can purchase your tickets by stopping by the Senior Activity Center Front Desk, or online at the link below.

Buy your Mix & Mingle tickets here.

$8 presale or $10 at the door. Friday, March 10 • 5-7 p.m. Senior Activity Center • 111 Richmar Avenue

Family Night Craft Pick-up Leprechaun Trap

Sneaky leprechauns are hard to catch, make a trap they cannot resist!

Family Night activities bring families together. Crafts/activities are intended for children ages three to ten. Each On-The-Go kit contains one craft or activity. Adjust quantity when registering for each child participating. Register your child here.

Wednesday, March 15 • 3:30-4:30 p.m. • $5 Community Center • 3 Civic Center Drive

Bunny Breakfast

Enjoy a pancake breakfast with your family, and take your own photo with the bunny! Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Ticket sales begin Wednesday, March 8 at 9 a.m. Purchase your tickets here

Saturday, April 8 • 8-10 a.m. • $7 -Barn at Walnut Grove Park • 1950 Sycamore Drive

Compete in the Parks & Rec Esports League

Compete in games like Madden, Mario Kart 8, Fortnite, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros. to win fun prizes! 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.

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, March 16 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Community Center Dining Room • 3 Civic Center Drive.

St. Patrick’s Day Party

Enjoy a traditional Irish meal of corned beef & cabbage, then watch the talented Clan Rince Irish Dance group.  Entertainment sponsored by the Yoga Yakkers in loving memory of Mary Ellis.

Visit the Senior Center Lunch Desk or call (760) 744-5535 x3607 to make your reservation.

Friday, March 17 • 11 a.m. Lunch, 12 p.m. Entertainment Senior Activity Center • 111 Richmar Avenue

Star Walk XXII

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.

Old Moon/Gibbous Moon/New Moon and the Planets; Bright Hexagon of Winter/Spring Constellations; What does an Equinox mean? See Venus, Mars, and Jupiter; Uranus with Binoculars.

Recommended Equipment: LED flashlight with red filter or red lens cover, Binoculars, Warm clothes, Blanket and/or ground cloth.

Sunday, March 19 • 7:30–9 p.m. • Free • Mahnita Boyden-Wofford Amphitheater, Double Peak Park • 910 Double Peak Drive

Bags N Brews Cornhole Tournament

Save the date for our annual Bags N Brews Cornhole tournament! Start gathering your team and practicing. Click the link below for more information and to register.

Click here for more information. Saturday, May 13 • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Hollandia Park • 12 Mission Hills Court

Pop-Up Rec

Pine Cone Bird Feeder -Watch and listen to the birds as we create all natural pine cone bird feeders.

You bring the creativity, and we’ll bring all the supplies you need! While supplies last.

Wednesday, March 22 • 3 p.m. • FREE • Sunset Park • 909 Puesta del Sol

San Marcos Aquatics Open Recreation Swim

Open Recreation Swim is for individuals or families to enjoy the pool and swim. Please visit

www.san-marcos.net/watersafety for a list of pool rules. Pool heated to 84°F.

Please note: if the projected high temperature for the day is below 60°F, or there is thunder and lightning, open Rec Swim will be cancelled that day. We will remain open during rain.

Swim Lessons

Swimming lessons save lives! Please click the registration link below for the most up to date listing of available classes. Swim lessons are subject to change. Please check the website for up-to-date times www.san-marcos.net/aquatics

Register For Swim Lessons

Lap Swim

Purchase a Splash Pass membership for year-round access, or pay a drop-in fee for an intense or easy workout. Pool is heated and outdoors. Please bring your own equipment.

Splash Pass Membership

Prices will be increasing for lessons and Splash Pass Memberships when the Summer Rec Guide is published, enroll now for the current rate.

San Marcos Aquatic Events

April Pools Day – Saturday, April 1 • 12-4 p.m. • Free • Woodland Park Pool • 671 Woodland Parkway

Water Safety Day Saturday, May 20 • 12-4 p.m. • Free • Woodland Park Pool • 671 Woodland Parkway

Activities at both events:

  • • Sponsored Local Food
  • • San Marcos Fire Department: CPR demo
  • • Josh The Otter: costume meet & greet
  • • Complimentary Swim Lesson Level Evaluations
  • • Coloring Booth
  • • Water Safety Activity Stations
  • • Free Open Rec Swim

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! MORE INFORMATION

San Marcos Parks & Recreation | 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069


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