Art, Greek Day and Festival of Mental Health among upcoming uplifting events

This week there are several unique activities taking place in the San Diego area to help refresh the mind and spirit, including arts events, a Greek festival, and a free mental health festival.

Cardiff Greek Festival returns to San Diego

The 42nd Annual Cardiff Greek Festival will return to Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church next weekend with family activities, Greek delicacies, a traditional bazaar, a competition with a $20,000 cash prize, tours of the magnificent church and more.

Food is always a highlight of this popular festival, with authentic cuisine ranging from Greek-style roast lamb shanks and souvlaki (shish-kabobs) to vegetarian options including tiropitas (triangles of cheese in filo), spanakopita (spinach pie) and feta fries.

Coffee and specialty Greek desserts, including baklava sundaes and sundaes, will also be available.

The Olympians, a Greek group from Southern California, will perform and members of the parish will perform folk dances in traditional costumes.

The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 on the church campus at 3459 Manchester Ave.

Admission is $3, and children under 12, serving members of the military, police, and firefighters can enter for free with a valid ID. Free parking will be available at MiraCosta College’s San Elijo Campus.


SD Arts Festival presents great works for a good cause

The San Diego Arts Festival returns to San Diego Surf Sports Park September 10-11 for a celebration of the fine arts for ages 21 and up, complete with live music, games and amazing cuisine to suit every palate. .

The San Diego Arts Festival will take place September 10 and 11 at the San Diego Surf Sports Park.

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Now in its 36th year, the festival is a prestigious juried show featuring the works of more than 160 artists, including paintings, sculptures, photos, jewelry, ceramics, multimedia pieces and more.

Proceeds from ticket sales, silent auction, and wine and beer sales will go to local adaptive sports programs supporting thousands of San Diegans with disabilities.

Parking is $12 and tickets start at $13 and go up to $15 on the day of the event.

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Free mental health festival offers education and support

Change Your Mind, a mental health festival hosted by Interfaith Community Services, will offer a full day of workshops, panels, and breakout sessions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Viasat Campus, 2456 Town Garden Road in Carlsbad .

Free and open to all ages, the event aims to foster knowledge and support for mental health and well-being through activities such as live music, dance performances, yoga, guided meditation and conversations about belonging, de-stigmatizing mental health, tools to survive and thrive. and healing through the arts.


Art San Diego offers an immersive art experience

A stunning array of contemporary and modern art will be on display next weekend at Art San Diego, September 9-11 at the San Diego Convention Center. The 14th annual event will feature local, national and international galleries, independent artists, fine art photographers and designers as well as special activities, performances and more.

Art San Diego also brings the community together through its Art Access Program, which works with select charities and their clients to share opportunities in art, design, business development, and more.

This year’s event will benefit Monarch School, Humble Design and ArtReach, all working in partnership with Liberty Station Arts District.

Advance general admission tickets to Art San Diego are $20 or $30 for a three-day pass.


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