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SDMG Calender of Events




September 2021 Calendar



October 2021 Calendar

Meetings & Events

Updated September 14, 2021 – Fall classes begin this week, but are subject to COVID restrictions – Schedule for general meetings and special events is under review.

Current SDMG members will be given first priority to register for classes. As an added incentive to support your club now, ALL memberships, current and future, will be extended for a FREE additional year, through June 30, 2022. So if you haven't joined or renewed you membership since June (2020), renew or sign-up via our web page now. Thank you.


I. SDMG & GSSD Meetings & Events

Mon, Sept 6, 2021 – GSSD General Meeting, NO MTG

Mon, Sept 20, 2021 – SDMG Board Meeting (online), 7pm, SDMG Bldg.

Mon, Sept 27, 2021 – SDMG General MeetingNO MEETING

Mon, Oct 25, 2021 – SDMG General Meeting, 7pm, SDMG Bldg

Sun, Nov 7, 2021 – SDMG Third Annual Cab 'n' Slab Sale, 9am to Noon, SDMG Bldg

Shows and events held through October 2021 appear in
The Pegmatite (September 2021)
Membership renewals and new apps. Download a membership application »
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II. On the Go… To a Show & Other Events

Ongoing  San Diego, CA – San Diego Natural History Museum: "The Nat" [exhibition]
Hidden Gems

Sat & Sun, Sept 18–19, 2021  Chico, CA – Feather River Lapidary & Mineral Society 13th Annual Rock Gem & Jewelry Show

Fri, Sat & Sun, Sept 24–26, 2021  Stoddard Wells, CA – Victor Valley Gem & Mineral Club 45th Annual Stoddard Wells Rockhound Tailgate

Sat & Sun, Sept 25–26, 2021  Lancaster, CA – Palmdale Gem & Mineral Club 2021 Rock ’N Gem RoundUp – CANCELED

Fri, Sat & Sun, Oct 1–3, 2021  Vista, CA – Vista Gem & Mineral Society Open Air Gem and Mineral Market

Sun, Oct 10, 2021  Fallbrook, CA – Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society 2021 Fall Festival

October 2021  Big Sur, CA – 27th Annual Big Sur Jade Festival – CANCELED

October 2021  Trona, CA – Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society 78th Annual Gem-O-Rama – CANCELED

Sun, Oct 10, 2021 – Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society Festival of Gems, 9am –4pm, FGMS Facility

Sat & Sun, November 6–7  Ridgecrest, CA – Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Show

Fri, Sat & Sun, November 12–14, 2021  Costa Mesa, CA – LLD Productions Inc. (Fall) West Coast Gem & Mineral Show

Ongoing  SAN DIEGO, CA – Hidden Gems [exhibition]

San Diego Natural History Museum
Balboa Park
1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Admission:  Members FREE; Adults $19.95, Seniors (62+)/Military (ID)/Students $16.95, Children 3– 17 $11.95, Kids 2 and under Free.

Hours:  10am – 5pm daily. (CLosed Thanksgiving and Christmas day.)


The Nat shows some extra sparkle with an exhibition featuring 100 gem-mineral treasures from the permanent collection. Dr. Terri Ottoway, who is the museum curator for the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), in Carlsbad, provided curatorial guidance on the selection of items. The unique vertical exhibit was designed by the Nat's in-house Exhibits team and is arranged across all five floors of the Museum's northwest corner. Access to the exhibition is included with admission and free for members.


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Sat and Sun, September 18–19, 2021  Chico, CA – 13th Annual Rock Gem & Jewelry Show

Sponsor:  Feather River Lapidary & Mineral Society

Venue:  Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
   2357 Fair St., Chico, CA 95928

Hours:  Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm; Sat 9:00am – 4:00pm

Admission & Parking:  Adults $4.00; Kids 16 and under Free.


Over 40 dealers in jewelry, rocks, gem, beads, opal, fossils, crystals and more.


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Fri, Sat and Sun, September 24–26, 2021  STODDARD WELLS, CA – 45th Annual Stoddard Wells Rockhound Tailgate

Sponsor:  Victor Valley Gem & Mineral Club

Venue:  Dale Evans Parkway and Stoddard Wells Road, Apple Valley, CA. Go straight on Stoddard Wells Road, will turn to dirt. Follow 7 miles to “Tailgate.” Signs will mark the road. Cars and RVs can make it with ease, go slow. See website for details and directions.

Hours: 90:00am – 5:00pm daily

Admission:  Free event, everyone is welcome! Free Vendor Spaces, dry camping, restrooms available. First come, first served. All donations welcomed.


Handcrafted jewelry, cabs, slabs, rough, and more. Food served breakfast and lunch. NO saving spaces or competing with VVGMS’s fundraising activities – i.e. food, drinks, grab bags, spin the wheel or auctions. Saturday field trip 9 AM to 1 PM.


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Fri, Sat and Sun, October 1–3, 2021  VISTA, CA – Open Air Gem and Mineral Market

Sponsor:  Vista Gem & Mineral Society

Venue:  Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
   2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista, CA

Hours:  Fri and Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sun 10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission & Parking:  Free.


This is Southern California largest outdoor gem, mineral and jewelry show with free parking and free admission. Up to 80 sellers, jewelry, slabs, cabs, and rough stones of all kinds. Other items for sale include tools, equipment, and other lapidary related things. There will be a Huge Raffle.


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Sun, October 10, 2021  FALLBROOK, CA – 2021 Fall Festival

Sponsor:  Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society

Venue:  Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Facility
123 West Alvarado St., Fallbrook, CA 92028

Hours:  9am – 4pm

Admission and Parking:  Free.



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Sat & Sun, November 6–7, 2021  RIDGECREST, CA – Annual Gem & Mineral Show

Sponsor:  Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society

Venue:  Desert Empire Fairgrounds
520 S. Richmond Rd. Ridgecrest, California 93555

Hours:  9:00am – 5:00pm daily

Admission:  Free. Open to the public.

Contact:  760-375-7905,

Vendor spaces available. Goede purchasing and cutting, petroglyph slab paintings, gems and minerals and jewelry. Field trip on Nov. 7, 9:00am.


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Fri, Sat & Sun, November 12–14, 2021  COSTA MESA, CA – LLD Productions Inc. West Coast Gem & Mineral Show

Venue:  Hilton Inn Orange County / Costa Mesa
3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Hours:  Fri & Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm; Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission:  Free. Open to the public.

Customer Parking:  $10.00 per day.


80 vendors dealers, wholesale and retail featuring gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, beads, meteorites, decorator items, lapidary, and more. (Resale certificate needed or admission to wholesale.)


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Mon, Oct 25, 2021  SAN DIEGO, CA – SDMG General Meeting

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

Time:  7:00pm.

Admission and Parking:  Free.  Public Welcome.

Program TBD.


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Sun, Nov 7, 2021  SAN DIEGO, CA – SDMG Third Annual Cab 'N' Slab Sale

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

Time:  9am to Noon.

Admission:  Free.  Public Welcome.

Parking is Free but limited behind the SDMG Building. Parking available on first come, first served basis starting at 9am. Additional parking should be available in the Carousel parking lot near Park Blvd. or in the Zoo parking lot.

Come one, come all! Bring a friend, relative or neighbor. Everyone is welcome.

What will be on the tables, you ask? There will be all sorts of slabs; facet rough; polished cabs; buckets of rough rock, tumbling rough and geodes; tools; waxes for casting; sphere blocks; flats of fossils, yard rock, petrified wood; small equipment like rock tumblers; books; chunks of petrified wood; faceted stones; jewelry findings; belt buckles; and much more. Please be prepared to pay by cash or check.

At the current time, there are no Covid-19 related requirements for admission to the SDMG Building's museum and library areas, and we hope that status continues. So, for right now, there will be no limits on attendance, no temperature checks at the door, no face masks required unless you decide that you want to wear one, and no particular social distancing to maintain. (Just don’t fight over rocks, OK?) Please check back here closer to the event date for updates to COVID guidelines.


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