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August 5-26
Stagecoach Days

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Every Saturday. Old Town State Historic Park.

August 5-7
Latin American Festival & Mata Ortiz Pottery Market

Bazaar Del Mundo, Old Town

August 5
Balboa Park 8 & 3 Mile Races

5:00am – 11:30am
Palisades Lawn / Central Mesa / Cabrillo Bridge / Zoo Drive / Marston Loop.

August 12-13
ArtWalk NTC at Liberty Station

Ingram Plaza, 2751 Dewey Road
This fine art festival is part of the ArtWalk San Diego brand known for bringing together all facets of the arts in San Diego while promoting the experience of owning original art. More than 130 artists/artist groups participated and the positive reviews have been pouring in. Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm. Sunday: 10:00am -5:00pm.

August 12-13
Relay for Life of San Diego Downtown

Embarcadero Marina Park North.

August 18-20
Summer Grass San Diego Bluegrass Festival

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA
This San Diego bluegrass festival is held at a 40-acre outdoor museum facility in San Diego's North County. There will be music workshops, impromptu jam sessions, vendors, kids activities, tasty food, and plenty of on-site dry camping.

August 19
Twain Fest in Old Town

11:00am - 5:00pm
Old Town State Historic Park

August 19-20
41st Annual World Body Surfing Championships

Oceanside Pier

Approximately 350-400 body surfers from around the world compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes. The Men and Women's Grand Champions will be crowned on Sunday afternoon.

August 20
40th Annual America’s Finest City Half Marathon

5am - 11am
6th& Laurel North / Closures: 6th Ave., Balboa Drive, Marston Loop

The Half Marathon begins at historic Cabrillo National Monument, with its majestic view of both San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean, follows scenic San Diego Bay and Harbor Island along the Embarcadero to The Star of India, winds through downtown San Diego, and ends in beautiful Balboa Park in front of the Hall of Champions. Starts at 6:45am. 5K Run/Walk - Fast loop course run completely within Balboa Park. Starts at 6:45 a.m.

August 26-27
San Diego Spirits Festival

Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier

San Diego Spirits Festival is a destination event attracting high-profile members of the spirits and culinary trade, as well as affluent consumers. It's a celebration where you can meet and mingle with industry professionals and be entertained by our creative culinary and mixology teams. San Diego Spirits Festival is now in its fourth year, with unlimited tasting of spirits, including vodka, gin, tequila, whiskey, rum and much more. Saturday: 2:00pm-6:00pm. Sunday: 1:00pm- 5:00pm.

August 27
Annual Bike the Bay

Embarcadero Marina Park South

25-Mile Non-Competitive Community Bike Ride around the San Diego Bay featuring only opportunity to ride across the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.

August 31
Taste at the Cove

5:30pm - 10pm

La Jolla - Ellen Browning Scripps Park - 1180 Coast Blvd.
The event is a fundraiser for the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation. Pampered guests can indulge in delicious taste and toast complements from the finest restaurants, watch an open air fashion and lingerie show in celebrity presence, dance to music, and enjoy wonderful silent and live auctions.


September 1-4
Festival of Sails

Along Embarcadero between Ash & Grape

Festival of Sail is the LARGEST Tall Ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, transforming the North Embarcadero over Labor Day weekend into a nautical theme park. Friday: (10:45am - 3:30pm) - Monday (9:00am - 7:00pm).

September 2-4
U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Exposition

“B” Street Cruise Ship Terminal
Hundreds of thousands have come each year to see master-class sculptors build beautiful 3-dimensional works of art. Now many of the world's finest artists will come to create the most amazing sculptures ever. And they'll do it on a unique site with our beautiful bay on the West and downtown's sandcastles in the sky on the East.

September 2-4
Labor Day Stickball

Little Italy

September 2
San Diego Bacon Fest

12:00pm – 5:00pm
Liberty Station, Preble Field, NTC Park

San Diego Bacon Fest offers a variety of creative and delectable bacon-themed cuisine and beverages. Guests won't find vegetarian options at this carnivorous festival, but they can enjoy the many diverse ingredients incorporated into delicious bacon-based meals. San Diego's best distilleries and breweries also participate in this one-day event, and the cost of a ticket includes unlimited samples from every participating eatery, distillery and brewery.

September 9
San Diego Blues Festival

Noon – 8:00pm
Embarcadero Park North, 500 Kettner Blvd.

The San Diego Blues Festival offers great blues performances and raises money to feed the hungry. Guests can enjoy performances from acclaimed blues musicians from all over the country and abroad. Line-up includes performances from Los Lobos, Bobby Rush, Nikki Hill, Watermelon Slim, Bey Paule Band with Wee Willie Walker, Chris Cain, Billy Watson & Junior Watson, The Holla Pointe, Big Jon Atkinson. All proceeds from the festival benefit a local food bank, for which the festival has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars since its inception in 2011.

September 10
San Diego Brazilian Day Festival

11:00am – 7:00pm
Pacific Beach/ Garnet Avenue

With over 60,000 attendees expected, this is touted as the largest Brazilian festival on the West Coast. A free, fun and family friendly festival, activities include a street fair with over 150 vendors, food court, kids zone and carnival parade complete with floats. Music from Brazil is the sound for the day with 2 stages for bands and performing groups.

September 15
Taste of Downtown

5:00pm – 9:00pm

Gaslamp Quarter; 5th Avenue between Broadway and Harbor Drive
The Taste of Downtown is back and healthier than ever, with over 50 of San Diego’s esteemed eateries throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District, East Village, and Horton Plaza. Enjoy restaurants, bistros, and tasty take-outs, but with a new focus on health and wellness. General Information: Lindsay Thomas 619-234-0201.

September 15-17
San Diego Bayfair

6:00am – 6:00pm
Mission Bay

This thrilling event features thunder boat racing, tunnel hulls, drag boats, hydroplanes, fireworks and concerts, as well as specialty vendors and food, along and on the waters of Mission Bay.

September 16
San Diego Heart & Stroke Walk

6:30am - 10:30am
Balboa Park, intersection of 6th Ave. & Laurel St.

Join thousands of walkers as they step out to have fun, get inspired and support a meaningful cause! Together, we are fighting the number 1 and number 4 killers of Americans, heart disease and stroke. The money raised through the Heart & Stroke Walk allows us to fund scientific research and help find a cure. Join the fight against heart disease and stroke by making a donation today! General Information: Lindsay Darnell 858-410-3849.

September 16
Coastal Cleanup

9:00am – Noon

San Diego County's Coastal Cleanup Day is part of a statewide and international cleanup effort to enhance and conserve our coast across the world.  

September 17
Rock the Bay San Diego Triathlon

5:00am – 11:30am
Swim: 5th Avenue Pier. Bike: 5th Avenue Pier, Harbor Dr., N. Harbor Dr., Harbor Island Drive, 5th Avenue Pier. Run: 5th Avenue Pier, boardwalk Seaport Village, Ruocco Park, North Embarcadero Park, North Embarcadero Marina Park South. The event is a sprint and Olympic distance triathlon race in downtown.

September 23
MDA Muscle Walk

8:00am - 1:00pm
Crown Point Park and surrounding pathways

A life changing event that strengthens families and communities.

September 24
Rockin’ Bay 5K

6:00am- 11:00am
Tecolote Shores North Park at 1740 in Mission Bay Park

Enjoy a 5K run and a rock show along San Diego’s beautiful Mission Bay.

September 24
10 Mile Relay and Solo Swim

7:00am – 1:00pm
Ocean Waters off of Ellen Browning Scripps Park

Come out and get wet with your fellow swimmers for the 16th Annual La Jolla 10 Mile Relay! This event takes place in one of the most beautiful ocean swimming locations in the world, and it's a great way to have fun while also giving back.  

September 24 - October 1
San Diego Restaurant Week

Mission Valley and Old Town

Leave the cooking to someone else and join over 140,000 diners in the celebration of Restaurant Week and indulge in three courses prepared specially for this occasion only at discounted prices with prix-fixe lunches priced at $10, $15, and $20 and three-course prix-fixe dinners at $20, $30, or $40. No tickets necessary for this event; just make reservations for any of the participating locations, show up, choose from their prix-fixe menu and let your taste buds enjoy!

September 30
San Diego Dragonboat Race

8:00am – 2:00pm
Tecolote Shores North Park in Mission Bay Park

Showcases the traditional art and sport of dragon boat racing. Come enjoy the races, fine food and entertainment.

September 30
AIDS Walk San Diego

8:00am – 11:00am
6th Avenue & Quince Street

General Information: 619-291-WALK (9255)

September 30 - October 1
CRSSD Festival

1600 Pacific Highway
Two-day, 21 and older musical festival that takes place at the County of San Diego Waterfront Park. The music festival includes three stages offering an array of live DJ performances, a full selection of craft beer and local food vendors from San Diego.

September 30 - October 1
Adams Avenue Street Fair

10:00am - 10:00pm
Adams Avenue between 35th and Felton

Adams Avenue Street Fair features more than 90 musical acts performing on seven stages on Adams Avenue. In addition to the exciting musical lineup, there will be beer gardens, a beer tasting area, giant carnival rides, and more than 300 food vendors, and arts and craft vendors selling their specialties throughout the street fair venue.


September 29 - October 31
The Scream Zone

7:00pm – 11:00pm
Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA

San Diego County’s largest haunted experience, The Scream Zone is considered among the goriest, scariest, and screaming-est fright fests to be found in the dark corners of Southern California. We invite you to be our guests, that is, if you have the nerve!

September 29 - October 1
La Mesa Oktoberfest

La Mesa Blvd. between Spring Street & 4th Street in La Mesa, CA
A tradition for the community of La Mesa is the annual Oktoberfest. This activity brings visitors and vendors from all over the region to La Mesa for a weekend that is dedicated to family, friends, great food and entertainment.

September 30 - October 1
CRSSD Festival

San Diego County Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway
CRSSD Festival is a two-day electronic music festival at the 12 acre San Diego Waterfront Park featuring three stages and 36+ performers. In addition to the music, the festival will offer craft beer, mixed drinks, food, and more.

October 1-30
Boomont Park Fall Festival & Haunt

Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd

Boomont Park is back for its 2nd year with even more family-friendly Halloween festivities and fun during this month-long event!

October 4-8
Fashion Week San Diego

Hotel La Jolla

Fashion Week San Diego is the largest collaborative entertainment fashion event in San Diego that celebrates emerging designers by showcasing and highlighting the pulse of these entrepreneurs and what they are creating.

October 4-8
San Diego International Film Festival

Downtown San Diego and La Jolla
The five-day event includes film premiers, parties (for ages 21+) and Q&A sessions with filmmakers and celebrities.

October 6-7
Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

Ocean Beach Pier, 5099 Newport Ave.
This year's festival will include the return of the Ms. Oktoberfest semis and finals, Twitter-based cash stashes leading up to the festival dates (10 envelopes of cash in honor of the 10th annual OB Oktoberfest!), the famous $10,000 Sausage Toss, a Brat Trot Beach Run on Saturday morning, great local live music both days, the return of the one and only Jose Sinatra as the MC, awesome food, great beachside vendors and of course amazing German beer! Friday: 4:20pm-11pm. Saturday: 11am-11pm.

October 7
Pacific Beachfest

At fun Pacific Beach California
11:00am - 7:00pm

Join in this fun annual beach fest in Pacific Beach. Beach volleyball, music, food, fine arts and crafts, kid rides, best tacos, fireworks and more!

October 7
Fit Foodie Festival & 5K/10K

Liberty Station NTC Park

Eat your way to the finish line, then celebrate at the post-race John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival, featuring bites from local restaurants, a beer and wine garden, mini-workout classes, and so much more.

October 7-8
Maker Faire San Diego

10:00am - 6:00pm
Balboa Park, Ruben H. Fleet Building

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, and projects.
We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

October 7-8
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

Girard Ave., La Jolla
This two-day juried art show and fundraiser has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prestigious art & wine festivals on the west coast, expecting to draw in the largest crowd to date. The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is free and open to the public, with cash donations accepted at all the festival entrances. Saturday: 10 am-7 pm. Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm.

October 8

De Anza Cove at Mission Bay Park, 3000 N. Mission Bay Park

PurpleStride walks are among the largest sources of funding for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride, you join a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers and advocates committed to rewriting the future of this deadly disease.

October 11
Annual Taste of Coronado

5:00pm - 9:00pm
Rotary Plaza and/or 101 B Avenue

Spend a night with us on Coronado Island, indulging your senses and enjoying amazing bites prepared by our local chefs. Take a culinary trip around the world sampling from our local bistros. Meander along Orange Avenue or take a ride on the complimentary trolley. This will be a night to remember so come and bring your friends!

October 11-18
Fleet Week San Diego

San Diego Bayfront
This event is soaring back to San Diego with great fanfare as we prepare to experience the best of the U.S. military on display and in action with cruisers, amphibious ships, destroyers, frigates, submarines, and landing craft in addition to a demonstration of SEAL capabilities, Coast Guard Search and Rescue, a fly-over of contemporary Navy and World War II aircraft, and much more.

October 13-15
Harvest Festival

Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
We at the Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Shows look forward to welcoming our artisans, crafts people and especially our loyal and new customers to our 2017 Festivals — with 24,000 handmade American art & crafts in hundreds of booths, all day entertainment, and kids activity center. Each Harvest Festival features hundreds of artisans exhibiting American handmade items including beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, original art, hand-turned wood, music, ceramics and much more. Friday-Saturday: 10am - 6pm. Sunday: 10am - 5pm.

October 15
San Diego Walk to Defeat ALS

De Anza Cove, Mission Bay

More than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS® is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to come together for something you care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow our local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year. General Information: LeeAnn Casey: (858) 271-5547.

October 15
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

7:30am to 11:00am
Balboa Park, 6th & Laurel South Lawn

A 4.5 mile non-competitive walk to raise awareness and dollars to fight breast cancer. Donations are dedicated to life-saving American Cancer Society research, education, patient support, and advocacy programs to defeat the disease. General Information: Jennifer Kalker: (619) 682-7422.

October 21
DogFest Walk n’ Roll

NTC Park at Liberty Station

DogFest San Diego will include a scenic, fully accessible, 1.2-mile dog walk followed by a celebration with dog and family-friendly activities.

October 28
Monster Bash 2017

6:00pm - Midnight
4th & 5th, between Broadway & Harbor

The sexiest and wildest San Diego Halloween bash is going to be bigger and better as it brings in the hottest international DJs to rock the streets with electrifying mixes. Party your brains out to the electronic mixes of Flosstradamus or check out The Knocks as they Rock The Stage with their incredible live act. General Information: McFarlane Promotions: (619) 233-5008.

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