Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego: September 19-24, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including the MCAS Miramar Air Show and these top things to do.

San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park! Game day promotions and events include: Thursday – College Night; Friday – Fiesta in the Park; Saturday – 2017 Team Photo & 2018 Padres Schedule, Postgame Fireworks; Sunday – Kidsfest.

Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 21-24, 2017
Cost: Check website for seat pricing
> Find out more about the Padres vs. Rockies

Taste of the Port

Taste of the Port

Enjoy an evening on the Bay with tastings from top waterfront restaurants, while watching three of San Diego’s best chefs square off in a live Green Chef of the Bay cooking competition.

Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier – 1000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 21, 2017
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $45-$70
> Find out more about the Taste of the Port

Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel

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This year, plunge into the chaos of the Hellevator, stroll down the Zombie infested alley, play with the creepy dolls of Doll Island take a ride to insanity on the Clown Subway and survive the mayhem of the Twisted Torture Temple!

Where: 424 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 22 – October 31, 2017
Cost: $19-$29
> Find out more about The Haunted Hotel

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot - Top Things to Do in San Diego

With an iconic score from music legend Elton John, Billy Elliot is a powerful story of one boy’s journey to follow his dreams and inspire his community to find solidarity in the midst of challenging times. Based on the heartwarming and award-winning film, 11-year-old Billy stumbles from the boxing ring into a ballet class. After discovering his extraordinary gift and passion for dance, Billy struggles to find acceptance from his coal-mining father.

Where: Spreckels Theater – 121 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 22 – October 1, 2017
Cost: $22-$72
> Find out more about Billy Elliot

2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

MCAS Miramar Air Show - Blue Angels

MCAS Miramar is honored to host an amazing lineup of military and civilian performers including the world famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels for what is sure to be another thrilling performance. Civilian Breitling L-39 Jet Team will be performing along with U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, U.S. Army Golden Knights and the amazing Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF).

Where: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
When: September 22-24, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about 2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

Poway Rodeo

Poway Rodeo

Professional rodeo cowboys from around the country compete during the 43rd Annual Poway Rodeo. Guests can watch contestants compete in events such as Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Bull Riding. There’s even a “Mutton Bustin” event where kids under 50lbs. ride sheep. They try to hold on for 8 seconds, just like the cowboys.

Where: Poway Valley Riders Association – 14336 Tierra Bonita, Poway, CA 92064
When: September 22-23, 2017
Cost: $6-$70
> Find out more about the Poway Rodeo

23rd Annual San Diego Festival of Beer

23rd Annual San Diego Festival of Beer

This year we’re excited to celebrate our 23rd year with the biggest and best festival yet! This year’s Festival will return to the Broadway Pier. The indoor/outdoor event will feature live music and nearly 60 different breweries serving up 120 varieties of tasty brews.

Where: Broadway Pier – 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $30-$40
> Find out more about the 23rd Annual San Diego Festival of Beer

Chef Throwdown

You are invited to be a part of an unforgettable evening of epicurean splendor showcasing the talents of over 25 of the best chefs from San Diego and Baja. The progressive evening will bring together local fashionable foodies awarding a ‘People’s Choice’ and a Culinary Council of celebrity top chefs and food critics, awarding the Chef Flor Franco Awards for Culinary Excellence. Last year’s judges included Richard Sandoval, Troy Johnson, Sam-the-Cooking-Guy, Claudia Sandoval and Brian Malarkey.

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: September 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 11:30 PM
Cost: Starting at $250
 > Find out more about the Chef Throwdown

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular

SeaWorlds Halloween Spooktacular is their biggest fall festival, with weekends brimming with family fun. Catch spooky live shows, join in on Halloween activities and let the little ones trick-or-treat throughout the park in a safe, family-friendly environment.

Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Saturday-Sunday – September 23 – October29, 2017
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Halloween Spooktacular

Impossible Science Festival

Join the Fleet’s Curator of Impossible Science, Jason Latimer, as he hosts the second annual Impossible Science Festival. The Impossible Science Festival will be a hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and other amazing feats of science. This event will examine the question “what is possible?” and use visual and interactive experiences to show how the seemingly impossible can become possible through curiosity and knowledge.

Where: Fleet Science Center – 1875 El Prado Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 23-24, 2017
Cost: $19.95-$22.95
> Find out more about the Impossible Science Festival

Julian Apple Days Festival

Julian Apple Days Festival

The two-day Apple Days Festival will feature music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, and, of course, apple pie.

Where: Menghini Winery – 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
When: September 23-24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $5
> Find out more about the Julian Apple Days Festival

23rd Annual Pacific Islander Festival

Pacific Islander Festival

Pacific Islander Festival showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and specialty crafts.

Where: Mission Bay’s Ski Beach – Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109
When: September 23-24, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 23rd Annual Pacific Islander Festival

San Diego Restaurant Week

The 13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, September 24th through Sunday, October 1st with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.

When: September 24 – October 1, 2017
Cost: $10-$50
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

First Annual Summer Send Off Luau

First Annual Summer Send Off Luau

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, join us for one last summer celebration! Your ticket includes over 15 different spirit, beer, cocktail, and juice tastings; a traditional Hawaiian lunch featuring a Kālua pig roast or grilled Mahi Mahi; a featured cocktail in a souvenir glass; live music by Casey Turner; exclusive giveaways and more!

Where: Rustic Root – 535 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 24, 2017
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Starting at $35
> Find out more about the First Annual Summer Send Off Luau

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What Not to Miss at the San Diego International Film Festival – Oct 4-8

If you love film & the movies then join us for the very best in independent filmmaking at the San Diego International Film Festival. We will be screening world premieres, documentaries, shorts and not-yet released films from the studios. From star-studded tributes to intimate moments with filmmakers to the best parties on the festival circuit San Diego’s premier film festival has something for everyone – 140+ films to choose from, great parties and lots of opportunities to meet the creative filmmakers that challenge, inspire and entertain us.

San Diego International Film Festival Opening Night Film & Afterparty – Oct 4

Don’t miss opening night! Our opening night films often go onto win major awards! Previous films include: Silver Linings Playbook, Wild, 12 Years A Slave, Septembers of Shiraz, and many others! Presented by Hollywood Casino – Jamul

> Hit the Red Carpet

VARIETY Night of the Stars Tribute – Oct 5

The VARIETY Night of the Stars Tribute brings Hollywood to San Diego for a glamorous evening of celebrations and awards. The Gregory Peck Award of Excellence in Cinema, 2017 will be presented to Sir Patrick Stewart and the Auteur Award will be presented to Kumail Nanjiani at the Pendry San Diego. Stay tuned for our other honorees!

> RSVP Today – Hurry this always sells out

Friday Night Party with a Purpose – Oct 6

Mixing fun for a cause, the Friday Night Party with a Purpose in downtown San Diego is a perfect end to a full day of screenings. We kick off the night with a bang! There will be live music and art, entertainment, food trucks, complimentary beverages and games in the beer garden.

> Kick off the weekend with a bang!

Studio Premieres – Oct 4-8

We premiere some of the biggest films coming out of Hollywood and the independent film circuit. Come to the festival for a chance to see films like: Lion, Hell or High Water, Silver Linings Playbook, 12 Years a Slave and many others weeks or even months before they hit the big screen.

> See the schedule

Unique Film Tracks – Oct 4-8

San Diego International Film Festival features a slate of film tracks that reflect both the unique culture of San Diego and that fulfill our mission to “Make a Difference” with film. Tracks include Social Impact, Environmental, Military, American Indian and new this year Equestrian.

> Learn More

Meet the Filmmakers – Oct 4-8

Stick around after the film and listen to the filmmakers discuss the inspiration and creative process to get their film to the big screen. In addition filmmaker panels and our filmmaker awards show are exciting opportunities to meet and learn from these creative and successful artists.

> Learn More

Culinary Cinema – Oct 8

Enjoy a cinematic adventure into the world of food and then partake of delicious bites from local sustainable Chef’s and restaurants.

> Hungry?

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – September 12-17, 2017

KAABOO Del Mar Festival

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including KAABOO Del Mar Festival and these top things to do.

Taste of Downtown

Taste of Downtown

During Taste of Downtown, enjoy tantalizing tastes from more than 40 Restaurants located throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, Headquarters, Core District and East Village neighborhoods.

When: September 14, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $30-$35
> Find out more about Taste of Downtown

KAABOO Del Mar Festival

KAABOO Del Mar Festival

KAABOO® is three days of fun, packed full with memories and it has all of the makings of a comfortable event. We have plenty of shade and seating, all restrooms are clean with flushable toilets (no porta-potties), and there is no dirt, dust or mud to fight through just to have a good time. Enjoy the world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences. Get ready for this journey of discovery!

Where: Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: September 15-17, 2017
Cost: Starting at $129
> Find out more about KAABOO Del Mar Festival

San Diego Bayfair

San Diego Bayfair

San Diego Bayfair’s World Series of Powerboat Racing – a family festival tradition for more than 40 years speeds to the finish line featuring drag boats, international competitors, live music and aerial demonstrations. Boat-racing tours including Formula One tunnel boats, Grand Prix West, P1 USA, Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association and various semi-professional classes have competed at Bayfair.

Where: 1404 Vacation Rd‎, San Diego, CA 92109
When: September 15-17, 2017
Cost: $20-$250
> Find out more about San Diego Bayfair

Oceanside Harbor Days

Oceanside Harbor Days are two event filled days of sun, sand, and surf including a Sandcastle competition, entertainment, Nail ‘n’ Sail Competition, and more.

Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: September 16-17, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Oceanside Harbor Days

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Celebrates 25 Years “On The Hill”

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Celebrates 25 Years "On The Hill"

To celebrate this milestone, Birch Aquarium is hosting a family-friendly anniversary event. Enjoy crafts, a scavenger hunt, face painting, science interactions highlighting the latest science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, live music by Hullabaloo, Lee Coulter, The Professors, the Johnny Tarr Trio, and more!

Where: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92093
When: September 16, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Birch Aquarium at Scripps Celebrates 25 Years “On The Hill”

Landlubbers Day

Landlubbers Day - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Featuring live music from the Jackstraws, San Diego’s own pirate-themed band; a “Talk Like a Pirate” and costume contest for all ages (including a new category for furry four-legged friends); arts and crafts activities for buccaneers; a mermaid grotto with mermaids available for photos; Street performances from swashbuckling buskers;  and pirate’s booty food and drink specials from the Seaport Village restaurants and shops.

Where: 849 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 16, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Landlubbers Day

Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias

Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias

Our exciting and colorful Fiestas Patrias parade kicks off the festivities that will include the Escaramuzas, traditional women equestrians. Following the parade, there will be a variety of entertainment, including historic and traditional music and dance groups, crafts, games and informational demonstrations that represent the activities enjoyed by the early settlers on San Diego in the 1800s.

Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego, CA 92110
When: September 16, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias

San Diego Farm to Fork Week

San Diego Farm to Fork Week

A celebration of our region’s outstanding chefs, farmers, ranchers and fishermen and a chance to try new restaurants at affordable prices.

When: Thru September 17, 2017
Cost: Varies by Events
> Find out more about San Diego Farm to Fork Week

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – September 5-10, 2017

Pacific Beach Boardwalk

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

An American in Paris

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 5-10, 2017
Cost: Starting at $22.50
> Find out more about An American in Paris

Wild Goose Dreams

Wild Goose Dreams

A North Korean defector who has left her family behind and a lonely South Korean father start an unlikely online romance as they each attempt to allay their fears and alienation in this inventive, lyrical and darkly humorous piece directed by Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning Leigh Silverman (Violet, Chinglish).

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: September 5 – October 1, 2017
Cost: Prices start at $35
> Find out more about Wild Goose Dreams

Taste of Del Mar

Taste of Del Mar

Explore 20+ culinary creations from local and award-winning restaurants, experience 10+ craft beer and wine “Sip Stops,” and enjoy live music, all located throughout the Village of Del Mar.

Where: Del Mar Village – 15th Street and Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: September 7, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $35-$35
> Find out more about Taste of Del Mar

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

San Diego Film Week says the Horrible Imaginings has a “…reputation for screening some of the most innovative and exciting new genre films! This selection of dark stories showcases the brilliant diversity of voices working in horror today, and explore fear through horror, comedy, science fiction, satire, and even musicals! Beware! Some out-there content contained within! Walk the dark side with us.”

Where: Museum of Photographic Arts – 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 8-10, 2017
Cost: $25-$100
> Find out more about the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

Because of the Brave Celebration

Because of the Brave Celebration - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The event is a community-wide celebration with live musical acts and performers helping honor those that choose to serve and protect us. The highlight to the event will be the awarding of a custom Harley Davidson Motorcycle to a deserving wounded warrior. The event benefits the Wounded Warrior Project and Remembrance Rescue Project. The quick popularity and support for this event hopes to provide a platform to salute and honor our service members and first responders for years to come.

Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier – 1000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 8, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $10 Suggested Donation
> Find out more about Because of the Brave Celebration

Cardiff Greek Festival

Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children’s activities and more the Annual Cardiff Greek Festival.

Where: Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church – 3459 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff by-the-Sea, CA 92007
When: September 9-10, 2017
Cost: $3
> Find out more about the Cardiff Greek Festival

Tactical Fest

Tactical Fest

Tactical Fest is an annual festival bringing together active brands, outdoor gear, technology and strategic activities, all to benefit the military.

Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park – 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 9, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $11.50-$45
> Find out more about Tactical Fest

San Diego Blues Festival

San Diego Blues Festival

The San Diego Blues Festival features members of the Blues Hall of Fame, a Grammy Award winner and many other blues acts.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North – 400 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 9, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $25-$250
> Find out more about the San Diego Blues Festival

South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival

Kids are surely going to be tuckered out after a day of playing in the Children’s Area that includes bungee jumping, inflatables and more. Don’t worry, parents! You will still be able to get your groove on and enjoy the live music playing on one of the two stages. From noon to 6:00 PM, meander through the Art in the Park to see creativity from the areas most talented artists or cool off and take a dip with the new addition of water sports; kayaking, paddle boarding and jet skiing.

Where: Chula Vista Bayside Park – 999 Bayside Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: September 9, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the South Bay Pride Art & Musical Festival

4th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest

4th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest

Carlsbad Brewfest celebrates craft beer with tastings from more than 30 San Diego & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.

Where: Holiday Park – 3400 Pio Pico Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: September 9, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 4:30 PM
Cost: $10-$50
> Find out more about the 4th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest

Burgers & Beers

Try gourmet burgers from more than 20 of the best restaurants as they compete to win the “Best Burger” award. Of course no burger is complete without a beer! Enjoy unlimited beer samples from 30+ local breweries. Curated exclusively by our food writers, this event brings together the very best burger vendors and local breweries—and you decide who will ultimately win.

Where: Golden Hill Park – 2590 Golden Hill Dr., San Diego, CA 92102
When: September 9, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $35-$55
> Find out more about Burgers & Beers

Pizza & Beer Festival

Pizza & Beer Festival

Guests will experience unlimited tastings of pizza from some of the top restaurants & food trucks in Southern California as well as unlimited tastings of craft beer from local and regional breweries.

Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier – 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 9, 2017
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $45-$55
> Find out more about the Pizza & Beer Festival

Indie Jam

Indie Jam

FM 949’s Indie Jam returns to the beach on Saturday, September 9th at the Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, presented by Subaru, Miller Lite, KAABOO Del Mar and Señor Grubby’s. Featuring Portugal. The Man, Misterwives, Sir Sly, Dreamers, Magic Giant and The Wrecks!

Where: Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre – The Strand North, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: September 9, 2017
Time: 3:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $30-$55
> Find out more about Indie Jam

San Diego Brazilian Day Festival

San Diego Brazilian Day Festival

A free, fun and family friendly festival, activities include a street fair with more than 150 vendors, food court, kids zone and carnaval parade complete with floats. Music from Brazil is the sound for the day with 2 stages for bands and performing groups.

Where: Belmont Park – 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA 92109
When: September 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Brazilian Day Festival

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Extreme Sailing Series™ is heading for San Diego

Extreme Sailing Series
Extreme Sailing Series

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The Extreme Sailing Series™ is the ultimate Stadium Racing championship, which visits eight iconic cities across three continents throughout the season, and it is heading to San Diego from October 19-22, 2017.

The global Series pits teams of the world’s best sailors against each other on identical hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans. The state-of-the-art boats can fly up to two meters above the water on their foils, making for a wild and exciting show for onlookers.

The world-class teams will compete on a stadium-style racecourse, set just meters from the shore of the free entry Race Village located on Harbor Island, putting spectators at the heart of the sailing action like never before.

The Series looks set to make a show-stopping debut in the iconic city for the penultimate Act of the season and it is not to be missed.

Free Entry Race Village

The free entry Race Village will be located on Harbor Island, the man-made peninsula located close to Downtown San Diego, and will be open daily to public. As well as offering front row seats for the GC32 Stadium Racing, there will be plenty of on shore entertainment for all.

> Find out more about the Race Village

Extreme Sailing Series VIP Packages

For those looking for a more unique experience, Extreme Sailing Series San Diego offers a range of VIP packages, which include the opportunity to race on board a GC32 catamaran.

> Find out more about the VIP Packages

See Extreme Sailing Series in Action

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Be at KAABOO Del Mar

KAABOO Del Mar 2017

KAABOO Del Mar is returning to San Diego on September 15-17, 2017, with plenty of music, food, arts, comedy, drinks and more! Continue reading

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – August 29 – September 4, 2017

La Jolla - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Spend the upcoming Labor Day weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

This will be the sixth year that one of the world’s most important sand-sculpting competitions will be held on this built-for-the-occasion beach, with over 300 tons of sand dumped on the pier on San Diego’s Big Bay. In addition to witnessing one of the most important sand sculpture competitions in the world, patrons will see and be able to buy over 1,000 one-of-a-kind works of art, enjoy live entertainment from bands paying tribute to the Beatles, Beach Boys, Dylan, Journey and other greats – even a special appearance by Elvis.

Where: Broadway Pier and Landing – 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 1-4, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. To 7:00 PM on Saturday & Sunday.
Cost: $7-$10
> Find out more about US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

Festival of Sail

Festival of Sail

Celebrate the largest Tall Ship Festival on the West Coast over Labor Day Weekend with live entertainment, cannon battles and 100+ food, art and craft vendors. Daily Activities during Festival of Sail: enjoy the visiting ships and crew, kids petting zoo, kids craft activities, face painting, Tall ship cannon battles, a special 30 minute Festival of Sail bay cruise, beer garden, on stage entertainment, Naval reinactors, photo ops with Captain Sunny and Pirates, and 100’s of arts and craft vendors, plus a multitude of food options, and so much more…

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 1-4, 2017
Cost: $5-$11
> Find out more about the Festival of Sail

San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park! Game day promotions and events include: Friday – Party in the Park, Saturday – Postgame Fireworks & Commemorative Wil Myers “The Cycle” Bobblehead, Sunday – KidsFest.

Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 1-3, 2017
Cost: Check website for seat pricing.
> Find out more about the Padres vs. Dodgers

Beach Polo Cup

Beach Polo Cup

An elegant weekend of activities are planned including four polo matches, a lavish multi-terraced VIP tent, stylish informal fashion modeling, boutiques selling everything from jewelry to designer clothing to yachts, the Porsche Million Dollar Road Rally and much more.

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: September 1-3, 2017
Cost: $35-$250
> Find out more about the Beach Polo Cup

47th Annual Barona Powwow

Barona Powwow

Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion.

Where: Barona Sports Park – 1095 Barona Road, Lakeside, CA 92040
When: September 1-3, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 47th Annual Barona Powwow

Labor Day Stickball Tournament

Labor Day Stickball Tournament - Top Things to Do

Columbia Street erupts with yelling and cheering for the stick ball teams, stirring up childhood memories. Come out and see these teams grab a broom stick, table leg or any other kind of bat-like stick that will send a rubber Wilson ball flying!

Where: Little Italy – State St & W Ash St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 2-3, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free to Watch
> Find out more about the Labor Day Stickball Tournament

21st Annual Julian Grape Stomp Festa

Julian’s Grape Stomp Festa is a great way to spend a Saturday and this year’s is shaping up to be one of our best. With ten local wineries offering sips to sample, a wide variety of food and shopping opportunities, great Italian music provided by Roman Holiday, Bocce Ball Court, a “Lucy Look-Alike” contest and undoubtedly, a little extemporaneous dancing here and there, this will be a party to remember!

Where: Menghini Winery – 1150 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian, CA 92036
When: September 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: $15-$50
> Find out more about the 21st Annual Julian Grape Stomp Festa

San Diego Bacon Fest

San Diego Bacon Fest

Limited bacon and beer samples? What is this sorcery you speak of? We want you to be double fisted throughout the entire day. Bacon in one hand. Beer in the other. It’s hard to maintain a level of double fistedness (we made that word up) when you have to reach for your wallet every couple of minutes. Yeah, we know what you’re thinking. “They thought of everything!” Yes. Yes we did. Oh, water is free too.

Where: Preble Field, NTC Park – Liberty Station – 2600 Cushing Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
When: September 2, 2017
Time: 1:30 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $55-$90
> Find out more about  San Diego Bacon Fest

KGB Sky Show

KGB Sky Show is a beautiful production blending lighting, video and special effects to enhance the fireworks display following an exciting SDSU football game against UC Davis.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: September 2, 2017
Kick Off: 5:30 PM
Cost: $18-$62
> Find out more about the KGB Sky Show

Big SoCal Euro

Big SoCal Euro

Big SoCal Euro is one of the largest all European car events on the west coast.  The event features more than 3,000 European cars from throughout the region. Bring your family to meet other car enthusiasts, raffles, drag racing, great food, automotive vendors, swap meet, afterparty and more. Where what you bring is part of the show!

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: September 3, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Big SoCal Euro

Tacotopia at the Track

Tacotopia at the Track

Join Del Mar in our search to find the best taco in Southern California at Tacotopia at the Track. Eat your weight in a variety of tacos from more than 40 of the best restaurants and food trucks from San Diego, Los Angeles, and Tijuana plus live music. Each attendee will be given a token to place in the voting box of their favorite vendor.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: September 3, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $40-$50
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SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean

SeaWorld's Electric Ocean

Celebrate summer with nine amazing experiences, including two shows, Cirque Electrique and Illuminight, and an end-of-night laser light spectacular. Give yourself permission to voyage into exotic underwater worlds that come alive as the sun sets with brilliant energy, electrifying dance music, and dazzling light. Join live performers inspired by playful sea creatures at the party along the shore where world-class DJs transform the night into an all-ages club beneath the waves.

Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Thru September 4, 2017
Cost: Included with park admission
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Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

Stay after dark and help us celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo, brought to you by your San Diego County Toyota Dealers. Come “rock and roar” every day this summer with live music, a variety of surprise encounters and the opening of the Zoo’s newest experience, Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks.

Where: San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thru September 4, 2017
Cost: Included with park admission
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El Universal, 100 Years of Life Mexico & the World

El Universal, 100 Years of Life Mexico & the World

This exhibition displays the historic front pages of the famed “Gran Diario” or Grand Daily Newspaper of Mexico, which are currently being exhibited at Tijuana City Hall’s Central Patio. The San Diego exhibit will include nearly 50 panels on display in the “Arcade of the Arts.” Visitors can begin at the Liberty Public Market and take a walk through history as they travel through the Barracks arcade in the ARTS DISTRICT.

Where: 2770 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
When: Thru September 28, 2017
Cost: Free
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Carlsbad Music Festival

Carlsbad Music Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

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The Carlsbad Music Festival – Adventurous music by the beach – featuring 60+ performances in three days in the charming seaside Village of Carlsbad.

Where: Carlsbad Village – 258 Beech Ave, Carlsbad 92008
When: August 25-27, 2017
Cost: $40-$199
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San Diego International Kids Film Festival

San Diego International Kids' Film Festival

The San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival will screen over 150+ films from 30+ countries. American filmmakers as well as film delegations from China, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Japan, India, France, UK, Germany and many more, will appear at the event.

Where: City of Carlsbad Library – 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
When: August 25-27, 2017
Cost: $5-$25
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San Diego Spirits Festival

The San Diego Spirits Festival promises to open your eyes to new cocktails, introduce you to the great liquor purveyors, talented mixologist, and great chefs!

Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier – 1000 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Adjust 26-27, 2017
Cost: $15-$95
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Imperial Avenue Street Festival

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The Imperial Avenue Street Festival blends art and soul in one of San Diego’s most historic and unique neighborhoods. From its rich African-American roots to the strong Latino influence that exists today. The festival grooves to the sounds of live music from multiple stages. Browse the offerings of 4 blocks of local artists, crafts, and gourmet food and beverages. Columbian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Imperial Avenue Street Festival is not to be missed.

Where: Imperial Ave & 28th, San Diego, CA 92102
When: August 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Bay City Brewing Turns 2!

Bay City Brewing Tasters

Calling the San Diego community to help Bay City Brewing Co. celebrate their 2 year birthday party! We could not have done it without you. Specialty release beers, great food, live music, creative space for kids and adults on the patio, and cake. What could be better?

Where: 3760 Hancock Street, Suite A-C, San Diego, CA 92110
When: August 26, 2017
Time: 2:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free. Food and Beer available for purchase
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Bike the Bay

Bike The Bay

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Ride the bridge, Bike the Bay! Cruise around the San Diego Bay and enjoy your only opportunity to ride across the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge. This non-competitive community bike ride is for riders of all abilities and will take you on a scenic, and primarily flat ride, around the San Diego Bay via the Bayshore Bikeway. Along the way, riders will travel through the surrounding cities of Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City before finishing back at the start/finish line at Embarcadero Marina Park in downtown San Diego.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 27, 2017
Time: 5:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Cost: $60-$65
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13th Annual LeucadiART Walk

13th Annual LeucadiART Walk

Join us for LeucadiART Walk, a revival of the original 80’s art event in historic Leucadia with art, entertainment, a children’s art pavilion and more.

Where: N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: August 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Treasure Chest Beer + Food Fest

Treasure Chest Beer + Food Fest

The annual Treasure Chest Beer + Food Fest is back for a 7th year! Our most anticipated rare beer and food pairing extravaganza will be moving to our Cellar 3 barrel-aging facility in Poway, so that we can offer even more beer, food, and fun. All festival proceeds benefit Susan G Komen, San Diego.

Where: Green Flash Cellar 3 – 12260 Crosthwaite Circle, Poway, CA 92064
When: August 27, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25-$55
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Mermaid Experience

Mermaid Experience

Ages 4-18 are invited to join Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa every Saturday and Sunday this summer from for a FINtastic Mermaid Experience class.

Where: Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa – 1775 E Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Thru September 3, 2017
Time: 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Cost: $80-$180
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San Diego Padres Vs. Washington Nationals

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. Game day promotions and events include: Thursday – College Nights, Friday – Party in the Park, Saturday – Padres Hall of Fame Giveaway, and Sunday – KidsFest.

Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 17-20, 2017
Cost: Check website for seat pricing
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¡Latin Food Fest!

The 2017 ¡Latin Food Fest! includes a kick-off bash “Summer Carnival,” chef’s dinner “Latin Supperclub,” ultimate tasting experience “Gran Tasting,” at the spectacular Embarcadero Park North, and high energy multi-sensory street food experience, “Mercado,” so guests will have endless opportunities to indulge!

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North – 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 18-19, 2017
Cost: $19-$149
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41st Annual World Bodysurfing Championships

bodysurfing

BeachSport.org announces the 41st Annual World Bodysurfing Championships to be held next to the Oceanside Pier. Approximately 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world will compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes. The Men and Women’s Grand Champions will be announced Sunday afternoon on the final day.

Where: Oceanside Pier – 1 Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: August 19-20, 2017
Cost: Free to Spectators. $75 entry fee
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One Love Movement

One Love Movement

The One Love Movement’s 6th Annual Charity Yoga Event takes place in downtown San Diego’s Waterfront Park featuring yoga with live music and a wine and beer garden.

Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park – 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 19, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Cost: $27-$108
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Chula Vista HarborFest

Chula Vista HarborFest

Enjoy the endless opportunities for delicious food and drinks, art in the park, and family friendly activities that combine with perfect weather and a long list of top-notch entertainment to make for a fun-packed summer’s day to remember!

Where: Bayside Park – Bayside Parkway, Chula Vista 91910
When: August 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free. Tacos & Spirits Revolution: $25. Craft Beer Uprising: $20
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TVG Pacific Classic

Del Mar Racing Season

Watch many of the country’s top horses compete at the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles in the 27th running of Del Mar’s signature event. The Pacific Classic will anchor a stakes triple header program that includes the Gr I Del Mar Oaks and the Gr II Del Mar Handicap.

Where: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: August 19, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Cost: Included with track admission
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Ferragosto Wild Western

Ferragosto Wild Western - Top Things to Do in San Diego

It’s an exciting, fun-packed Wild, Wild West romp in Amici Park! There will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a Western-style BBQ, casino, rodeo, live entertainment and a boot-scoot’n live band. Kick up your heels while raising money for youth scholarships, and the historical preservation of San Diego’s own Little Italy. Put on a pair of your favorite jeans, boots and “bling” and head on over Amici Park in Little Italy to celebrate.

Where: Amici Park – State St & W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 19, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Cost: Starting at $105
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Oceanside International Film Festival

Oceanside International Film Festival

The Oceanside International Film Festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works from filmmakers who have not yet signed distribution agreements and look for recognition among wider audiences. It also gives the film buffs a jump-start chance for viewing local and international films at a place in Southern California known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom.

Where: Sunshine Brooks Theatre – 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: Thru August 13, 2017
Cost: $10-$50
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Flicks on the Bricks

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Flicks on the Bricks Year 11 – Mismatched Pairings! Another tantalizing offering of outdoor cinema and wine on the Athenaeum patio in the heart of La Jolla. Enjoy mismatched pairings on the screen and for the wine tasting! Come join the Athenaeum for hot summer fun!

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library – 1008 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: August 10-31, 2017
Cost: $17-$31
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Tiki Oasis 2017: International Intrigue

Tiki Oasis 2017: International Intrigue

Intrigue abounds at Tiki Oasis this year. Imagine sampans drifting across the Banda Sea. Expect spies and their agencies to conduct counterintelligence resulting in entertainment for all. Our agents have traveled the world bringing back art, rum, and entertainment from countries around the globe.

Where: The Crowne Plaza Hotel – 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: August 10-13, 2017
Cost: $25-$450
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Battle on the Midway

Battle On The Midway - An American Wrestling Experience

The Battle On The Midway is proud to host competitors, their coaches, family, and friends from over 22 states and 3 states in our beautiful city. Wrestlers as young as 6 years old will wrestle on the Broadway Pier to earn the right to battle it out on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum. Combining the perfect combination of national level competition with the weather, beauty, and tourism of San Diego creates the best summer wrestling event wrestling has ever seen! It is quickly becoming a “must-go” tournament for any wrestling family, so don’t miss out!

Where: The Broadway Pier & The USS Midway Museum – 1000 N Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 11-13, 2017
Cost: $15-$65
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Bayside Summer Nights – E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial

Bayside Summer Nights - E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial

An extraordinary LIVE orchestra performance and screening of Steven Spielberg’s family classic. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, this heartwarming masterpiece is one of the brightest stars in motion picture history. The San Diego Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ entire Academy Award®-winning score live while this beloved film is shown in HD on the big screen.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 11, 2017
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $23-$88
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ArtWalk @ Liberty Station

Experience art “alfresco.” Meet with artists and hear what inspires them about their work. Whether you are a seasoned collector, a family on vacation or are simply ready to be inspired, come to ArtWalk to discover the art that has been waiting for you.

Where: 2645 Historic Decatur, San Diego, CA 92106
When: August 12-13, 2017
Cost: Free
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Fiesta del Sol San Diego

Fiesta del Sol San Diego

The largest community-driven family festival in San Diego County, the annual Fiesta del Sol is a two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego. It’s a fun, family-friendly, alcohol- and tobacco-free event focused on creating positive change by empowering communities. Fiesta del Sol includes an entertainment stage, a multi-cultural food court, four community pavilions, and over one hundred booths.

Where: Main Street, between So Evans St & Sicard St, San Diego, CA 92113
When: August 12-13, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Bocce Bash

Bocce Bash

Bocce, beer, and summer fun in San Diego! Pick a partner, pack your cooler and play in the annual Goldfield Stage Bocce Bash tournament! Held on the field inside Qualcomm Stadium.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
When: August 12, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: $80-$200
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National City Automobile Heritage Day Festival & Car Show

National City Automobile Heritage Day Festival & Car Show

Enjoy live music, food from a variety of National City’s popular eateries, entertainment for children and specialty booths. A drive-by awards ceremony at 2:00 PM will showcase first-place winners for each of the classes as well as second- and third-place winners.

Where: Kimball Park – 12th St & D Ave, National City, CA 91950
When: August 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Clash at Clairemont

Clash at Clairemont

Clash at Clairemont delivers a star studded athlete roster, incredible musicians, Vendor Village, food and fun for the whole family.  The event features over 45 of today’s best Action Sports athletes, live music and family fun.

Where: 3401 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117
When: August 12, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: $10
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Beer X

Beer X is a day-long music and craft beer festival. Live music throughout the day featuring Iration, J Boog, Chicano Batman, Magic!, Trouble In The Wind and Splavender. Festival-goers show up early to receive their complimentary BEER X tasting glass to enjoy unlimited complimentary tastings from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park – 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 12, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $50-$199
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Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair

CityFest takes place in the heart of Hillcrest under the Hillcrest Sign and is a huge celebration of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, and food.  Games, activities, more than 250 vendors, live headliner music, a beer garden and much more, CityFest is a celebration of spirit and play each year in San Diego, California.

Where: 5th Ave and University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
When: August 13, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 11:00 PM
Cost: Free
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