While the Shelter Island boat ramp into San Diego Bay is under-construction, the SEAL Tour will be running its tour to Mission Bay

San Diego Events Calendar by Month


August 4
Balboa Park 8 Miler
5:30am – 9:30am
Pan American East & President’s Way.

August 5
MPS Superhero’s 5K
7:00am – 11:00am
North Harbor Drive & Spanish Landing Parking Lot.

August 5
Chula Vista Lemon Festival
Third Avenue between E and G Streets, 303 Third Avenue, Chula Vista
When life gives you lemons, take them over to the Chula Vista Lemon Festival, an annual celebration of the tart and juicy yellow fruit. The festival, which takes place in the “Lemon Capital of the World,” features live entertainment, arts and crafts for sale and a Lemon Pie Eating Contest. The Kids’ Corner offers engaging exhibits, games and inflatable rides for the little lemon lovers.

August 11
Ocean Beach Town Council Craft Fair
9:00am – 4:00pm
1900 Ocean Front Street
Enjoy the OB Craft Fair put on by the OB Town Council each year leading up to the holidays. Shop from local craft vendors and enjoy the beautiful oceanfront view. The holidays are right around the corner!

August 11-12
Philippine Cultural Arts Festival
11:00am – 5:00pm
Presidents Way Lawn area in Balboa Park
Enjoy traditional and contemporary music, dance, exhibitions, and hands-on activities at the 2018 Philippine Cultural Arts Festival in Balboa Park! Local, national, and international artists will perform, and you can find a variety of food and merchandise vendors, and more.

August 11-12
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. Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm. Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm.

August 12
Spirit of ‘45
9:00am – 4:00pm
Veteran’s Memorial Garden in Balboa Park
The Spirit of ’45 Day honors the legacy of service of America’s “Greatest Generation” with music and entertainment. Come and meet WWII Veterans and share their stories from that time in our history.

August 12
North PB Sip N Stroll
11:00am – 5:00pm
Cass Street between Loring St. & Opal St.
A community street fair in Pacific Beach showcases local businesses and provides patrons with an opportunity to sample beer & wine. In addition, there will be musical entertainment, food booths, a boutique area for shoppers, and an area where children can have fun.

August 12
Annual Hillcrest CityFest
Noon – 11:00pm
Uptown District of Hillcrest, 5th Ave. & University Ave.
CityFest 2018 is going to be a spectacular feast for the senses! With over 250 arts, crafts, and food vendors, a grand stage, and a beer garden, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. CityFest boasts a one-of-a-kind magical atmosphere. The intersection under the Hillcrest sign is going to be closed off and will enclose a Grand Stage and a lush Spirit’s Garden.

August 17
San Diego Padres Fall Beerfest
Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd.
Forgo the peanuts and cracker jacks at the annual San Diego Padres Fall Beerfest in San Diego, and instead opt for the double-play of craft brews and baseball. The one-day event features over 20 microbreweries serving up their session-able flagships and latest concoctions. Taking place two hours prior to the first pitch, the fest includes live music and stand-up comedians.

August 17-18
Latin Food Fest
Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd.
Latin Food Fest is a celebration of the culinary diversity of Latin American nations. Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean, are known for savory and flavorful dishes and sumptuous desserts. At this fest, epicureans are treated to a variety of delicious dishes that are well-known throughout the world like sándwiches cubanos, tacos, tamales and arepas, as well as more regional fare like lomo saltado and llapingachos. What’s more, attendees can enjoy a diverse array of beverages to accompany the great cuisine, from mezcals, piscos, sotols and tequilas to fine wines from countries like Argentina and Chile.

August 17-19
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 18
Hillcrest Car Show
2:00pm – 6:00pm
Normal Street between Harvey Milk Street and University Avenue.

August 18
Chula Vista HarborFest
Bayside Park, 998 Bayside Parkway Chula Vista
Chula Vista HarborFest is a free, family-friendly festival in Chula Vista’s Bayside Park. The event showcases unique boats, historic vessels and exotic automobiles, with the beautiful Pacific Ocean serving as the backdrop for all the exhibits. Three stages provide diverse lineups of live entertainment, and there are plenty of wines to sample and beers to enjoy at the Craft Beer Garden. Taking place during HarborFest, SeafoodFest features top chefs and popular local restaurants offering up delicious fresh seafood as well as cooking demonstrations, and the Youth Zone and Stage provides all kinds of kid-friendly entertainment.

August 19
Annual America’s Finest City Half Marathon
4:30am – 11:00am
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr.
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 19-20
41st Annual World Body Surfing Championships
Oceanside Pier
Approximately 350-400 bodysurfers 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 24-26
San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival
Multiple locations in San Diego and Carlsbad
The annual San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival in San Diego, California, is a cinematic event that gives young auteurs or children with an affinity for film an opportunity to celebrate their passion. The three-day festival boasts over 55 films from 25 countries, eight of which were shot by kids. Feature length screenings, Q&A sessions and discussions are among the additional attractions.

August 25
Modern Times Beer Festival of Dankness
Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy.
What is Dankness? Dankness means excellent or high-quality. At the Modern Times Beer Festival of Dankness, you can expect to rejuvenate your taste buds with top quality brews. Bring along a friend and see which beers you like best.

August 25
La Vuelta Summer Festival
10:00am – 6:00pm
Logan Avenue, Evans Street and Sampson Street in Barrio Logan
La Vuelta Summer Festival is a free community event that features vendors and exhibits, food courts and food trucks, craft beer gardens, classic car show, and live music.

August 25-26
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 26
End of Summer 4 Mile Run/Walk
7:00am – 10:00am
Prospect Street & Fay Avenue, La Jolla
This summertime 4-mile run/walk will travel from La Jolla to Pacific Beach. The course goes through lofty neighborhoods along the coast. The event concludes with an awards ceremony and benefits the Clairemont Hills Kiwanis Foundation and area high schools.

August 26
Annual Bike the Bay
7:00am – 1:00pm
Embarcadero Marina Park South
25-mile non-competitive community bike ride around the San Diego Bay featuring the only opportunity to ride across the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.

August 31 – September 3
U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art
Broadway Pier & Pavilion, 1000 N. Harbor Drive
Held in San Diego, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition invites professional sculptors from around the world to compete in a four-day contest. Guests can browse through the various pieces and watch as artists place the finishing touches on their work before the judging portion of the event. Guests can also peruse and purchase the work of other participating artists who create pieces in a range of media including jewelry, metal, glass and ceramics. With attractions such as live musical entertainment, sand sculpting classes and gourmet food trucks, this family-friendly festival offers something for guests of all ages. Friday – Monday All Day.


August 31 – September 3
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 1-2
Labor Day Stickball
Little Italy

September 2
San Diego Bacon Fest
1:30pm – 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. 1:30pm – 5:00pm (General Admissions); 12:00pm (VIP Early Entrance).

September 7-9
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.

September 8
Epic Series Battle of the Badges
7:00am – 8:00pm
Fiesta Island in Mission Bay
Get ready for an obstacle challenge of EPIC proportions! EPIC Series is the next generation of obstacle course racing that combines functional cross-training, Strongman, and traditional obstacle course racing elements into the most EPIC course on the planet.

September 8
Reader Burgers and Beer
10:00am – 4:00pm
Golden Hill Park, 2590 Golden Hill Drive
Join the Reader in its search to find the best burger at the Annual Reader Burgers & Beer. Try gourmet burgers from more than 30 of the best restaurants as they compete to win the “Best Burger” award. This event brings together the very best burger vendors and you decide who will win!

September 8
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. 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 13
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 14-16
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
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! Together, we are fighting the number one and number four 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 15
Coastal Cleanup
9am – 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 16
Rock the Bay San Diego Triathlon
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 22
Lao Boat Racing Festival
10:00am – 4:00pm
Tecolote Shores North Park in Mission Bay Park
The Lao Dragon Boat Racing Festival showcases the traditional art and sport of dragon boat racing. Competitors test their endurance as they row the fast, dragon-shaped vessels in teams. Come enjoy the races, fine food, and entertainment.

September 23
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
8:30pm – 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 23 – 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 special for this occasion only at discounted prices with prix-fixe lunches priced at $10, $15, and $20 and three-course prix-fixe dinners are $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 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 29-30
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 29
MDA Muscle Walk
Crown Point Park and surrounding pathways
A life changing event that strengthens families and communities.

September 29
AIDS Walk San Diego
6th Avenue & Quince Street

September 29-30
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 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 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.