This week there are several unique activities happening in the San Diego region to help refresh the mind and spirit including art events, a Greek festival and a free mental health festival.
Cardiff Greek Festival returns to San Diego
The 42 annual Cardiff Greek Festival will return to Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church next weekend with family-friendly activities, Greek delicacies, a traditional bazaar, a contest with a $20,000 cash prize, tours of the stunning church and more.
Food is always a highlight of this popular festival, with authentic cuisine ranging from Greek-style roasted lamb shanks and souvlaki (shish-kabobs) to vegetarian options includes tiropitas (cheese triangles in filo), spanakopita (spinach pie), and feta fries.
Greek-specialty coffee and desserts, including frappes and baklava sundaes, will also be available.
The Olympians, a Greek band from Southern California will perform and members from the parish perform folk dances wearing traditional costumes..
The festival is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 on the church campus at 3459 Manchester Ave.
Admission is $3 and children under the age of 12, active members in 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 showcases great works for good cause
The San Diego Festival of Arts will return to the San Diego Surf Sports Park on Sept. 10-11 for a 21-and-older celebration of fine art, along with live music, games and amazing cuisine for every palate.
Now in its 36th year, the festival is a prestigious juried show that features the works of more than 160 artists including paintings, sculptures, photos, jewelry, ceramics, mixed-media pieces and more.
Proceeds from the ticket sales, silent auction, and wine and beer sales will go towards local adaptive sports programs supporting thousands of San Diegans with disabilities.
Parking is $12 and tickets start at $13 and go up to $15 the day of the event.
More at sdfestivalofthearts.org/tickets.
Free mental health festival offers education, support
Change Your Mind, a mental health festival put on by Interfaith Community Services, will offer a full day of workshops, panels and breakout sessions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Viasat campus, 2456 Town Garden Road in Carlsbad.
Free and open to all ages, the event is intended to foster knowledge and support for mental health and wellness through activities including 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 immersive art experience
An amazing array of contemporary and modern art will be on display next weekend at Art San Diego, Sept. 9-11 at the San Diego Convention Center. The 14th annual event will showcase local, national and international galleries, independent artists, fine art photographers and designers along with special activities, live entertainment and more.
Art San Diego also brings the community together through its Access to Art Program, which works with selected 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 for Art San Diego are $20, or $30 for a three-day pass.