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San Marcos Parks & Rec

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What’s Happening in Parks & Rec


Sat. 06 • San Marcos Hike

Wed. 10 • Family Night Craft Pick-Up

Fri. 12 • Mother’s Day Tea

Sat. 13 • Bags N’ Brews Cornhole Tournament

Wed. 17 • Pop-Up Rec

Thu. 18 • Bike Anywhere Day

Sat. 20 • Junior Ranger Day

Sun. 21 • Star Walk

Thu. 25 • San Diego Blood Bank Blood Drive

…and more!

San Marcos Hike-Join us for the Sunset Trail/Lake San Marcos Overlook hike. A series of winding ascents and descents will go from the bottom of the Sunset Trail to the top of the Lake San Marcos Trail and back. Hard-to-spot views of the south end of Lake San Marcos included! This hike is 3.1-miles with approximately 430 feet of elevation gain and rated Strenuous.

Saturday, May 6 • Sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m. with hike beginning at 9 a.m. • Free

San Elijo Hills Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos 92078 (Rec Center Parking Lot)

Family Night Craft Pick-upDriftwood Wind Chimes

Create your very own wind chime using driftwood, string, beads and bells. Hang it outside or give as a gift for Mother’s Day!

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, May 10 • $5 Community Center • 3 Civic Center Drive

Mother’s Day Tea Join us in honoring mothers with a traditional tea service, live entertainment, and opportunity drawing. Tickets available at the Senior Activity Center front desk or online at the link below.

Purchase tickets online.

Friday, May 12 • 3-4:30 p.m. $10 non-refundable ticket Senior Activity Center • 111 Richmar Avenue

Bags N’ Brews Cornhole Tournament 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 13 • 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pop-Up Rec Colorful Wind Chime Spring is in the air! Join Parks & Rec to make a kid friendly wind chime to hang somewhere special at home.

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

Wednesday, May 17 • 3 p.m. • Free Discovery Lake • 650 Foxhall Drive

Bike Anywhere Day Join the City of San Marcos & SANDAG for Bike Anywhere 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 Anywhere Day shirt!

Register for your free t-shirt.

Thursday, May 18 • 6-9 a.m. San Marcos Community Center • 3 Civic Center Drive

Junior Ranger Day Learn what it takes to be a Junior Ranger! Your child will earn a badge through interactive, hands-on activities about local plants and animals, nature, conservation, trail safety and more!

Saturday, May 20 • 9 a.m.–12 p.m. • Free

Jack’s Pond • 986 La Moree Road

Star Walk XXIII 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.

Viewing the Planets: Venus and Mars; Lions, Dragons, and Bears, Oh My! – Spring Constellations; Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower, and a “New Moon.”

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

Sunday, May 21 • 8–9:30 p.m. • Free

Mahnita Boyden-Wofford Amphitheater, Double Peak Park • 910 Double Peak Drive

San Diego Blood Bank Blood Drive You can save up to three lives with each blood donation. Your generous gift is used for local patients in need: for emergencies, for severe anemia, for cancer treatments and more. Thank you for being a lifesaver!

Register to donate here.

Thursday, May 25 • 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Curved Parking Lot behind Pizza Nova and LA Fitness • Corner of E. San Marcos Blvd. & Rancheros Drive

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 $15,000 is needed to fund the show. To make a donation, please visit the link below.

Click here to donate.

Thursday, July 4 6 p.m. Entertainment • 9 p.m. Fireworks at Bradley Park • 1587 Linda Vista Drive

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

San Marcos Aquatic Events Water Safety Day

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

Activities at the events:

  • • Sponsored Local Food
  • • San Marcos Fire Department: CPR demo
  • • 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!

Recreation Scholarships Available!

The Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation have donated $10,000 this 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 visit www.san-marcos.net/reserveapark or call the office at 760-744-9000.

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


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