The San Diego Archaeological Center produces a wide range of public programs, including workshops, scholar speakers, and special events at our headquarters in the beautiful San Pasqual Valley and in selected locations around San Diego County. Explore this page to find an event near you. Become a member and receive priority notifications and discounted prices on our new events.

2017 Events Schedule


October is California Archaeology Month!
We look forward to seeing you at the following free* community events:

San Diego Museum Council’s Kids Free in October, presented by ScholarShare
When: Monday, October 2 – Tuesday, October 31
Center Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm
Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm
Closed on Sunday
Where: San Diego Archaeological Center
16666 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027-7001
Phone: 760-291-0370
View list of participating museums

Now in its seventh year, this annual program provides *free admission for kids 12 and under at 43 art, cultural, and science museums in San Diego County. Visit the San Diego Museum Council website to view a list of participating museums and download your coupon.



Arch in the Park, presented by the San Diego County Archaeological Society 

When: Saturday, October 21, 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Los Peñasquitos Adobe Ranch House
12122 Canyonside Park Drive, San Diego, CA 92129
Park Phone: (858) 484-7504
Admission is FREE

The San Diego Archaeological Center will participate in Arch in the Park, an educational day at Los Peñasquitos Adobe Ranch House. This annual event has plenty of activities, games, raffles and exhibits for the family to enjoy.

Archaeology Weekend, presented by the Colorado Desert Archaeology Society
When: Saturday & Sunday, October 28 – 29, 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
200 Palm Canyon Dr.
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Admission is Free
 The Colorado Desert Archaeology Society will host Archaeology Weekend at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. There will be a hands-on pottery lesson, Native American crafts for sale, tours, lectures, and many more activities.

*** Please note that the San Diego Archaeological Center will not be present at this event. We would like to share this information with those who are interested in archaeology events in the County*** 


Fall Back Festival, presented by the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation
When: Saturday, November 5, 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Historic Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego
*Admission is FREE, however some activities may require a nominal fee

Step back in time as the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation celebrates its 16th annual Fallback Festival in the heart of Downtown San Diego. Look for our booth and join the Center for more family-friendly activities!