Bates Celebrates 100 Years!

Date: Friday, August 20, 2021


Spend the evening with Bates as they celebrate 100 years. Enjoy dinner catered by Mexico City... »

Camping Under the Stars

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 to Sunday, August 22, 2021


Enjoy a summer campout on the farm with family and friends at the annual Summer Food Festival... »

Summer Food Festival

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021


San Diego's favorite food vendors will be here to serve you the best cuisine from 4pm to 8pm.... »

The 2021 Pumpkin Patch

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 to Sunday, October 31, 2021


Over 50 plus years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the Bates Nut Farm... »

Valley Center Community Yard Sale

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021


The annual Valley Center Community Yard Sale is a don’t-miss for buyers and sellers... »

American Truck Historical Society Truck Show

Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021

Description: Registration is $20 • Pre-Registration (before August 30th) is $15
Silent Auction
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Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 to Sunday, October 3, 2021

Description: Come and shop for American handmade arts and crafts on the farm at the "Pumpkin Festival" Arts,... »

30th Annual Scarecrow Contest

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021


Join in the fun by designing and building a scarecrow to exhibit in the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin... »

Howl-o-Ween Doggie Costume Contest & Parade

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021


Don’t miss the annual “Howl-o-ween” Doggie Costume Contest & Parade on... »

Annual Costume Contest & Parade

Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021


You and your family have worked hard on your Halloween costumes…here’s your... »

Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market

Date: Friday, November 26, 2021 to Sunday, November 28, 2021

Description: Start your holiday shopping early for American handmade arts and crafts at the “Christmas
... »

Event: Star Party

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Event Flyer

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014

Time: 6:00pm to 4:00am


Phone: 760-749-3333

Description: Interested in learning more about the night sky? Amateur astronomers and casual observers are invited to the Bates Nut Farm Star Party to be held April 25 & 26 from sunset until dawn. This program is offered free of charge and is open to anyone interested in exploring the night sky. It begins at sunset with a slide presentation describing the objects that can be seen those evenings. Participants will then have the opportunity to view the celestial objects through a telescope. Some of the objects that can be viewed will include emission, reflection and planetary nebulae, open clusters, galaxies, planets, stars, constellations and perhaps a satellite and some meteors.

Several telescopes will be set up for viewing, and guests may bring their own. Assistance will be offered to anyone who is unsure about how to use their telescope. Guests are also encouraged to bring binoculars, a flashlight with red lens, a chair, blanket or tarp to spread on the ground, warm clothing and a snack. The program takes place just east of the main gate and will last until dawn.