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San Diego Events Calendar by Month

September

September 3-6
Festival of Sail
San Diego Maritime Museum, San Diego Bay
One of the great San Diego events for Labor Day weekend as tall ships from all over the world come to San Diego, California. This four day San Diego event includes live entertainment, cruises on San Diego Bay, cannon battles, sailing on racing yachts, over 150 arts and craft vendors, great food, pirates, and more.

September 8-12
San Diego Design Week
Point Loma Peninsula
Presented and organized by Mingei International Museum, the event is a collaboration between the Museum and a committee of local design leaders who assist in organizing and curating each year’s event. Programs feature all disciplines of design — from interior and landscape design, to fashion, graphic design, technology, and more — with the intent to give special access with the aim to spotlight new projects, create opportunities for learning and dialogue exchange, and provide designers the opportunity to share bring bold perspectives, to inspire change and envision a new future.

September 19
San Diego Earth Fair
Balboa Park
10am – 5pm
More than 300 exhibitors, food, special Kinds’ Activity Area, entertainment & The Children’s Earth Parade. This is one of the great San Diego events to celebrate Earth Day.

September 24-26
Miramar Air Show
Miramar
This annual event is usually a spectacular air show with the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels performing all 3 days. Free general admission, but preferred seating tickets will be on sale in mid July. One of the great San Diego events in September to honor our military.

September 24-26
Ohana Festival
9660 Granite Ridge Rd.
Join on the beachfront with headliners including Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder, and Kings of Leon.

September 25-26
Art Walk Carlsbad
Carlsbad, 2930 Roosevelt Street
11am – 6pm
Fine artists show their original artwork in an outdoor setting.

October

October 1-31
Haunted Trail of Balboa Park
Balboa Park
On select nights only, at Balboa Park in San Diego. Walk on the dark and scary side on the trails at 6th and Juniper in Balboa Park for one of the best San Diego Halloween events. Before you head down the trail, you must make your way through the “Experiment” maze. Ages 10 and up. Hours on most days 7pm – 11pm; check the website for hours each day. Ticket prices $25, with combo tickets and VIP fast pass tickets extra. Online tickets may be slightly less. Discount tickets at Wendy’s restaurant.

October 1-31
Kids Free in October at San Diego Museums
October is a fun time to visit a participating museum such as the Maritime Museum of San Diego. All kids 12 and under are free. Maximum 2 kids free per paid adult. One of the fun San Diego events is October for families.

October 2
Annual Pacific Beach Fest
Pacific Beach California
11am – 7pm
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 (from I-5 go west on Grand Avenue.) One of the free San Diego events in October.

October 2-3
Mission Federal Art Walk
ArtWalk San Diego (Little Italy Neighborhood)
11am – 6pm
This year marks 37 years of the free premier fine arts festival bringing visual and performing arts to the historic San Diego community. Locals and visitors will have the opportunity to purchase artwork from local, national, and international artists in a variety of mediums. Every medium of art will be on display including painting, sculpture, glasswork, fine jewelry, photography, and more. Attendees will also enjoy the convenience of being just a few steps away from some of San Diego’s best restaurants.

October 9
Taste of North Park
North Park, 3939 Iowa Street
11am – 3pm
Home to culinary innovation and cutting-edge brew-masters, North Park is a go-to San Diego destination for everything food and drink. The Taste of North Park invites culinary enthusiasts to enjoy over 40 food tastes from San Diego’s best restaurants. Craft brewers convene in North Park for the day to offer four ounce samples of their best releases as well as an array of distinctively created non-alcoholic beverages.

October 9-10
La Jolla Art and Wine Festival
Girard Avenue and Prospect Street
10am – 6pm
The Free La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns for its 12th year with even more prestigious art, international wine, craft beer, and family fun. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy, including over 150 juried artists from around the globe, 3D chalk art displays, interactive art murals, non-stop live music, family art center, roving entertainment, gourmet food court, and a wine, craft beer, and spirits garden featuring local brews, distilleries and global wineries. Contact: 858-228-6542.

October 24
Oceanside Dia del los Muertos
Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside
Celebrate Day of the Dead at this popular street festival from 10am to 4pm. Free admission but parking is $5. No dogs allowed.

November

November 4-7
Explore Tide Pools
At various times at low minus tides. Fall and Winter are the best times to explore the San Diego tide pools. It’s free and a great weekend kids activity.

November 11-13
San Diego Food and Wine Festival
400 Kettner Blvd.
Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirits, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on the stunning Embarcadero.

November 19-21
Explore Tide Pools
At various times at low minus tides. Fall and Winter are the best times to explore the San Diego tide pools. It’s free and a great weekend kids activity.

November 24
San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival
The Town and Country Resort Hotel and Convention Center
Join in the fun with San Diego’s 32nd Annual Jazz festival. Reserve your Thanksgiving Day buffet.

November 27
Julian Christmas Tree Lighting
Julian’s Pioneer Park
A great family tradition. Take your family to the old town of Julian for the festivities to open the Christmas season. Starts at 4pm, and the tree lighting at 6pm. Christmas carols and Santa. Free admission for this Christmas event.