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San Diego Events Calendar by Month

September

August 31 – September 2
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.

August 31 – September 2
Labor Day Stickball
Little Italy – Fields TBA

September 7
San Diego Blues Festival
12pm – 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. Lineup 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 7
MDA Muscle Walk
Crown Point Park and surrounding pathways
A life changing event that strengthens families and communities.

September 8
Aloha Run 5K & 10K Run/Walk
7am – 10:30am
Tecolote Shores Park – Mission Bay
1292 E. Mission Bay Dr.

September 8
Rock the Bay San Diego Triathlon
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd.
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 13-15
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 15
Coastal Cleanup
Embarcadero
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 21
Coastal Cleanup
Embarcadero
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 21
San Diego Heart & Stroke Walk
6:30am – 11:15am
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!

September 21
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
8:30am – 11:30am
Crown Point Park and Bayside Walk pathway
Take the first step to a world without Alzheimer’s. All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

September 22-29
San Diego Restaurant Week
10:00am
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 special 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 28-29
San Diego Dragonboat Race
8:00am – 5:00pm
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 28
AIDS Walk San Diego
6:00am – 10:00am
6th Avenue & Quince Street

September 28-29
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 28
Opening Ceremonies
7:30am
8am Run/Walk Begins

September 29-30
Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00am – 10:00pm
Adams Ave. 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, arts and craft vendors selling their specialties throughout the street fair venue.

September 29
16th Annual La Jolla 10 Mile Relay
Ocean Waters off of Ellen Browning Scripps Park-La Jolla Cove
7:00am – 1:00pm
Come out and get wet with your fellow swimmers for the 16th Annual La Jolla 10 Mile Relay!  

September 29
Mission Bay Triathlon
5:30am – 11:00am
As Southern California’s most popular sprint triathlon, the race features a calm 500-meter swim, a fast-paced 15K bike ride, and a thundering 5K run. You can challenge it as an individual or as a member of a team. It all takes place near scenic waterscape views.

September 30
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 30
Mission Bay Triathlon
5:30am – 11:00am
As Southern California’s most popular sprint triathlon, the race features a calm 500-meter swim, a fast-paced 15K bike ride, and a thundering 5K run. You can challenge it as an individual or as a member of a team. It all takes place near scenic waterscape views.

October

September 27 – November 2
The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park
Balboa Park – Marston Point and along Balboa Dr. near Juniper St.
A haunted forest in the darkness of night is beckoning you to come and walk upon its trail. Are you ready to walk amid eerie sounds and lurking shadows where eyes glow in the dark and creepy fingers reach out for you? Hang onto the rope! You don’t want to get lost in this forest!

October 1-31
Kids are FREE the whole month
San Diego extends an invitation to all little explorers to enjoy Kids Free San Diego this October. During the month-long celebration your little ones will be treated to free admission at attractions, meals on the house and tons of other great perks throughout the city. Enjoy more than 100 partner offers, as well as warm fall weather without the summer crowds. There’s big fun waiting for kids with savings that parents will love.

October 1
Puzzling Drive Scavenger Hunt
7am – 7pm
Fill your vehicle up and hit the road with the latest in family-friendly fun. This self-guided driving adventure guides you to some fascinating and beautiful locations around the city. The San Diego Puzzling Drive starts at Balboa Park and follows a 10-mile route that ends at the Presidio Site above Old Town. You’ll stop at some of San Diego’s hidden secrets and breathtaking views where you’ll have to search for answers to questions before continuing your adventure. A Puzzling Drive is best described a cross between a scavenger hunt, an informative self-guided driving tour, and a road rally. Complete the adventure as quickly or slowly as you like as only your question answering is timed. The goal is to have fun out and about, and hopefully learn some interesting things along the way. This activity is self-guided using any mobile device with web access so you can play any time on any day at your convenience. Enter the READER DRIVE to receive $10 of one team entry. The adventure begins at the flag pole at 2040 Eighth Avenue.

October 5
San Diego Fire Rescue 5K & Kids Run
8am – 10am
Spanish Landing Park West, 4300 North Harbor Drive
The first wave of the 5K starts at 8:00am. Run, walk, or stroll past a beautiful marina and through the SDFD Training Center before circling back to Spanish Landing Park East and on to the finish line. Celebrate your accomplishment by visiting the Fire Safety Expo, enjoying a FREE pancake breakfast and beer garden (21+).

October 5
Pacific Beachfest
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!. At fun Pacific Beach California.

October 5-6
Maker Faire San Diego
10am – 6pm
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, projects. We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

October 10
Annual Taste of Coronado
5pm – 9pm
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
Fit Foodie Festival & 5K/10K
8am – 7pm
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 12-13
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
Girard Avenue, 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: 10am – 7pm. Sunday: 10am – 6pm.

October 12
OktoBeerFest 2019 San Diego!
12:12pm – 8:12pm
Expect an authentic themed event featuring the best beer, sausages with kraut, fresh pretzels, schnitzel sandwich and other inspired German food and desserts! St. Pauli Girls will entertain you as you enjoy a beautiful day on the Broadway Pier!

October 15-20
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 19
Bulls of Sant’Agata Charge Little Italy – Lamborghini Car Show
6pm – 11pm
Over 40 classic and rare “Italian bulls,” better known as Lamborghinis, will fill W. Fir Street, between India Street and Kettner Boulevard for an evening with souped up rides and musical entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

October 20
San Diego Walk to Defeat ALS
7am – 11am
De Anza Cove, Mission Bay Dr.
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.

October 20
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
6:30am – 1pm

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 25
Trick-or-Treat on India Street
Piazza della Famiglia
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Little ghouls, witches and goblins storm through the streets at Little Italy’s annual Trick-or-Treat on India Street.

October 27
Nightmare on Normal Street
Normal Street between Harvey Milk St. & Lincoln Ave.
It’s an evening Halloween party in Hillcrest. You’ll see people mingle about in elaborate costumes and high fashion enjoying music, street dancing, food, and cocktails. There’s a $1,000 prize for the winner of the costume contest! It could be you if you sign up for the contest and wear a costume!

October 27
Monster Bash 2019
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.

November

November 1-10
San Diego Beer Week
San Diego Beer Week is a 10-day festival in November, which features more than 130 independent craft breweries of the city and San Diego County. The celebration is kicked off by Guild Fest at Embarcadero Marina Park South, a mega party hosted by the San Diego Brewers Guild. This beer festival celebrates the talented brewing community and the best beers of San Diego County. As always, there is plenty of music, great food, and all kinds of entertainment.

November 1-3
Dia de Los Muertos Festival
Bazaar Del Mundo
Crafts, altars and more at Bazaar del Mundo’s Día de los Muertos celebration.

November 2
Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon and 5K
5:30am – 11:00am
Ruffin Road – Aero Drive – Ruffin Road – Mission Village Road – Friars Road – Old SeaWorld Drive – Quivera Way – Ingraham Street – Vacation Lane – Ski Beach
San Diego’s newest 1/2 marathon is a point to point that starts at the brand-new Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center and finishes at the Vacation Isle in the heart of Mission Bay. The 5K is a loop course that starts and finishes in Mission Bay.

November 3
San Diego Guild Festival
Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd.
Enjoy samples from more than 50 San Diego County breweries! The event raises funds for local charities. Saturday VIP: 11:30am – 5:00pm. General Admission: 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

November 3
Race for the Cure
6:30am – 11:00am
Balboa Park, 6th Ave. at Palm and finish at Balboa Drive south of Quince
Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight on the nighttime run/walk as they join law enforcement and others who are against crime. Persons of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. The event concludes with a post-event social. Proceeds benefit the San Diego Crime Stoppers.

November 3
La Jolla Presbyterian Church Fall Harvest Festival
8:00am – 8:59pm
615 Prospect Street
La Jolla Presbyterian Church is hosting a Fall Harvest Festival for the whole community. There will be jumpy houses, face painting, animal rides, a petting zoo, and food trucks.

November 4
Fallback Festival
11:00am – 4:00pm
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, 410 Island Ave.
Climb aboard an old-fashioned hay ride, pan for gold, check out a Wild West Show, saddle up on pony rides and enjoy two stages of live entertainment. Your kiddos will go plum crazy as you take a step back in time at the 15th annual Fall Back Festival, a Children’s Historical Street Faire.

November 8-10
Challenge Walk MS (3-Day Event)
9:00am – 4:00pm
S. Pacific and Tyson St. (Oceanside) to Coronado Tidelands Park
The event is a 50-mile, 3-day walk from Oceanside to Coronado. Participants will experience a personal journey of physical stamina and adventure while benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

November 8-11
Fleet Week – Embarcadero
3639 Midway Dr., Suite B429

November 8-11
Coronado Island Film Festival
Various Locations
The Coronado Island Film Festival is a community-driven celebration of filmmaking. Its selection of films showcases the unique storytelling abilities the medium possesses as both an art form and means of expression. It not only screens recent films, but also beloved classics like The Wizard of Oz and Some Like It Hot. Revelers of all ages are welcome to attend the four-day festival and share in the magic of cinema.

November 9
JDRF One Walk San Diego
6:30am – 12:00pm
Balboa Park, 6th Ave. & Laurel St.
JDRF One Walk® has a single goal: creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We hope you’ll join us this year as we walk and raise money for life-changing research for the millions affected by this devastating disease.

November 9
Ride the Point
6:00am – 2:00pm
Liberty Station, 2562 Lanning Road
The bike rides are designed for recreational riders, family riders, challenged athletes, and experienced athletes. There’s a 10-mile Family Ride, 25-mile Enthusiast Ride, and a 62-mile Metric Century Ride. Proceeds go towards research and services for pancreatic cancer.

November 10
San Diego Fall Classic
6:00am – 12:00pm
Mission Bay off of Crown Point Park
The Fall Classic is a rowing regatta featuring high school, collegiate, and master’s rowers from across the country.

November 10
Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K
6:30am
Sunset Park, Coronado
The ONLY Run with the waves of the Pacific Ocean on your right and the San Diego Bay on your left, finishing with a California Beach Party! Run along the “Silver Strand,” from Coronado to Imperial Beach! Coronado Island is located just across the bridge from downtown San Diego.

November 10-17
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd.
Wine and food enthusiasts will gather for this event, the region’s largest wine and culinary extravaganza held at several venues throughout downtown San Diego. Features cooking classes, wine tastings, celebrity chefs, approximately 70 of San Diego’s top restaurants and other food events.

November 11
Fee Free Day at Cabrillo National Monument
Cabrillo National Monument
619-557-5450

November 11
San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade
10:00am – 12:00pm
Harbor Dr., Ash St. to Pacific Highway
“A Tribute to The Guardians of Freedom” recognizing Our Veterans of Every Era and Our Serving Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen. Join in delivering a greatly deserved tribute to all U.S. Veterans who served during the war years 1941 to 1945! We invite all San Diego regions to participate in this tradition, and welcome all sponsors, donations, and volunteers.

November 16
Hillcrest Car Show
1:00pm – 4:00pm
1500 University Ave. Normal Street between Harvey Milk Street and University Avenue.
Come and see classic cars displayed, talk to the owners, and get information on how to join the LGBT Classic Car Club.

November 23
Annual Doggie Street Festival
9:00am – 3:00pm
NTC Park at Liberty Station
Join the 10th Annual Doggie Street Festival San Diego. This not-to-be missed dog, cat & parrot adopt-a-thon and fun celebration of our companion animals presents fantastic pet products, services, yummy eats, vet tips, speakers, music, kids’ area, auction prizes and much more! Together we can do good!

November 24
Mother Goose Parade
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Main Street and El Cajon Blvd
The largest parade in San Diego County is also the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the Mother Goose Parade attracts thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon. More than 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from around the United States to share in the excitement that is the Mother Goose Parade. The parade entries include spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus.

November 28
Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Day 5K
6:30am – 11:00am
Balboa Park: Spreckels Organ Pavilion: 1549 El Prado
San Diego’s original and longest-standing Thanksgiving Day run. Join over 10,000 participants and spectators for one of the most family-oriented holiday traditions! Event offers a post-race festival featuring: live music, beer garden, costume contest and award ceremonies. Most importantly, this event provides a great atmosphere for your family to participate in the beauty of giving back to others. Father Joe’s Thanksgiving 5k is also one of the only dog-friendly 5k events in San Diego. The entire family can participate in this event!

November 28
San Diego Run for the Hungry 5K & 10K
5:30am – 11:00am
Broadway Circle – Westfield Horton Plaza, 324 Horton Plaza
Today is Thanksgiving Day. Before you pile up on a feast of food, consider a way to burn off calories before putting them on. This 10K & 5K run/walk is the perfect solution. Your participation will help the San Diego Food Bank to provide nourishing meals for underprivileged persons.

November 28
Coronado 5K Turkey Trot
8:00am – 11:00am
Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Dr., Coronado
Join the Coronado Unit of the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary for our 5k Turkey Trot benefitting Rady Children’s Hospital. Feast and support mental health initiatives at Rady Children’s.

November 30
Surfin’ Santa Arrival
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Seaport Village, 849 West Harbor Dr.