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San Diego Events Calendar by Month

May

May 1-2
Fiesta Old Town Mercado
10am – 6pm
Old Town San Diego
This bustling Mercado will burst with dynamic energy and flavors as the community collaborates to bring vitality back to the beloved streets of Old Town, the site of the first Spanish settlement on the U.S. West Coast featuring Mexican lore and historical sites, colorful shops and eclectic restaurants. Enjoy enriched vibrations and the musings of tradition as you peruse the history and modern culture of one of San Diego’s most iconic districts. Feed your curiosity and love for Old Town by exploring the museums, specialty shops and the lively streets of the Mercado where you can purchase an array of merchandise from over 100 vendors that include: handmade leather pieces, beautiful jewelry and many more treasures.

May 6-9
Gator by the Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival
6pm – 8pm
Spanish Landing Park, 3900 North Harbor Dr.
Largest, authentic Louisiana-themed festival this side of the bayou. Features four days of live music – more than 100 performances on seven stages, dancing, delicious Southern food – including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya & 10,000 pounds of crawfish. Family Friendly & Fun! (619) 234-8612.

May 22
Cabrillo for the Stars
7pm – 7:30pm
A virtual event experience where comfy clothes are encouraged but your National Park spirit is required. Shining bright for your enjoyment, this 30-minute virtual event will highlight the stars of Cabrillo – its places, people, and programs. Incredible visuals, impactful stories, and a silent auction will spark joyous memories and inspire generosity. So, pour your favorite beverage and order delicious takeout from one of our partners and really take in the wonder of Cabrillo National Monument. (619) 523-4255.

June

June 12
Taste of Julian
12:30pm – 5:00pm
While apples will always be revered by the hamlet of Julian, we have more than apples to celebrate and Taste of Julian is designed to do just that… celebrate the deliciously diverse culinary delights Julian has to offer. The event is a self-guided tour of the participating restaurants and tasting rooms in the Julian area. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

June 14-20
U.S. Open Torrey Pines
Torrey Pines Golf Course, 11480 North Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla 92037
The 2021 U.S. Open marks the third USGA championship for the South Course and the second time it will play host to the national championship.

July

July 3
Oceanside Fireworks Show
6pm – 10pm
Start off your Independence Day celebration a day early by bringing a beach chair and the whole family to enjoy Oceanside Fireworks Show.

July 3
Crown City 4th of July Race
7am – 10am
Coronado Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Dr, Coronado
We are excited to announce the 48th year running of the Crown City Classic 12K & 5K Run along the Coronado Bay! Starting and finishing in Tidelands Park, the course showcases the scenic views of the Coronado Bridge. Also returning in 2021 is our Crown City Half Mile for kids!

July 4
San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration
9pm
Del Mar Fairgrounds
For the fireworks buffs, here are some fun statistics on the San Diego County Fair’s Fireworks Spectacular — The show includes more than 3,600 aerial display counts, with 500 shells in the Grand Finale alone! These aren’t wimpy fireworks either — shells are up to 8″ and include titanium flash salutes, color changing aerial displays, distinctive and unique display shells, and the popular streaking comets and tiger tails! Come blast off with us as we celebrate America!

July 4
The Spirit of the Fourth
For 2021, The Spirit of the Fourth board is excited to have the Fireworks display and evening entertainment at RB High.

July 4
Big Bay Boom
9pm – 10pm
The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park and Coronado Ferry Landing. The impeccably choreographed display will last approximately 17 minutes. Watch from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District, Coronado Ferry Landing and boating/on the water.

July 4
Coronado Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks
Orange Ave. from 1st St. to Churchill Place
Independence Day Parade at 10am, concert in the park at 4pm and fireworks at Glorietta Bay at 9pm over San Diego Bay.

July 4
Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular at SeaWorld
SeaWorld San Diego, 500 SeaWorld Dr.
SeaWorld will celebrate Independence Day with a 15-minute display of fireworks set to a patriotic soundtrack.

July 4
Vista Independence Day Celebration
For more than 45 years, Vista’s Independence Day celebration has illuminated the night-time skies with one of the most spectacular fireworks displays. This year will be no exception when the annual event returns to the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Brengle Terrace Park. As part of the celebration, the City will honor local heroes with military service.

July 4
An Old Fashioned Fourth of July & Fireworks
10am – 4pm
Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road, Poway
Bring your family and friends to Old Poway Park and celebrate our country’s independence “turn-of-the-20th-century-style”. This event will feature patriotic entertainment, western reenactors, free children’s crafts, train displays, and old-fashioned games. Tasty treats and train rides will be available for a nominal fee. Firework displays are planned for this Fourth of July.

July 16
Opening Day at Del Mar Racetrack
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar
Friday Gate opens at 1pm, First Post 2pm. Contact Info: 858-755-1141.

July 16 – September 6
Del Mar Racing Season
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar
San Diego horse racing takes place where the “turf meets the surf” at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Racetrack racing season, mid-July – early-September. Be part of the magic and nostalgia of this long-time horse race tradition dating back to 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the first guests, and Seabiscuit won by a nose in the infamous race in 1938. This season features the nation’s top racehorses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun. Thursday – Sunday, and Labor Day Monday; First Post: 2pm most days, 4pm on Fridays.

July 23-25
Comic-Con International 
An online event due to COVID-19, with a special in person event planned for November 26 – 28 2021.