Shine Events and Volunteer Opportunities

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The Shine Project Foundation Enrichment Events are specially designed for special needs families: children, teens, and young adults to provide opportunities for fun, to be active, to be creative, to explore interests, to meet other families and make friends, to connect with local resources and businesses, and to provide access to a more inclusive community and life. 

We also have events and projects for others in need. See list for upcoming Shine events, opportunities, and other community happenings. 

*Most events are free unless stated otherwise and may have a nominal fee.

Upcoming events

March 2022

On March 13th, we’ll host our annual Discovery Arts and Showcase for Children with Special Needs from 12-2pm. This event has hands-on and interactive art, crafts, dance, and music activities for our guests to explore. There is also an opportunity for our guests to jump on stage and showcase any talents that they may have. For more information and to support this event, visit our event page here.

On March 26th, we’ll host the 2nd Good Vibes Reggaefest Fundraiser at Helia Brewery from 3-11pm.  There will be 9 live local reggae bands on the mainstage, acoustic sets on the side stage, food and retail vendors, live artists, a chair massage, raffle, and silent auction. Tickets for the event are $20 for pre-order, $25 day of, or $30 for VIP tickets which include a souvenir cup, 1 beers on us, and VIP beer line access. If you would like to participate as vendor, food, merchandise, or an organization, volunteer, and or band, please email us at

April – May 2022

On April 24th, we’ll host our Sisterhood for Teen Girls event at the Carlsbad Lagoon from 9am – 12pm. This event will be a day to focus on the importance of honoring themselves and others, finding presence through mindfulness practices, balance through yoga on paddle boards, creativeness through art, nutrition through a health inspired cooking activity, and connection to the feminine experience.

On May 29th, we’re excited to bring back our annual Field Day and Picnic at Holiday Park in Carlsbad from 11am – 1pm! This event has fun interactive field day games led by typical peers and community volunteers. There are community resources available for families to learn about. This event gives the opportunity for families to come together to meet and build community. Email to RSVP for the event! Volunteer by clicking here!

Sept – Oct 2022

On September 25th, we start our 3-week Beach Fun Day series at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas from 9am – 12pm! Over a 3-span, we provide a fun, safe, and structured day at the beach. Our community and typical peer volunteers help guests learn how to surf, play with them in the water, play games with them on the beach, and lets parents relax and enjoy their day on the beach. A catered lunch is provided and our guests receive a goodie bag as well. 

On October 2nd from 9am – 12pm, we continue or Beach Fun Day at Ponto State Beach in Carlsbad, and on October 9th from 9am – 12pm, we hold our final Beach Fun Day at Oceanside Harbor Beach in Oceanside. 

Nov 2022

On November 12-13, we’ll host our second annual Surf and Turf even with a golf tournament and surf contest!

On November 12th, teams of 4 will get to compete in a scramble format in a full round of gold, golf contests, and ability awareness challenges at the Goat Hill Golf Course in Oceanside from 12-9pm. Food, drinks, swag bag, prizes, and after party with live music, dinner, and raffle are included in the purchase of a team ticket. More information on tickets and sponsorships to follow.

On November 13th, we will host the surf contest from 8am-5pm at Tamarack State Beach in Carlsbad. Teams of 4 will get to compete in a relay format. The winners of the Surf Contest will be announced at the free Awards Ceremony that evening at 6pm at Senor Grubby’s, 377 Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad.

Support our cause

We are always looking for volunteers, sponsors, and local businesses to help support our events. We are also looking for people with great project ideas that would benefit our special needs community.  So if you have an idea, let’s work together to make it happen.  You can contact us at

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