Top Things to Do in San Diego – September 16-21, 2014

This weekend is going to be hot…and I am not just talking about the weather! Jet on down to San Diego for everything from classic cars burning rubber on Coronado to an actual Sriracha Sauce festival to more top things to do:

20th Annual San Diego Festival of Beer

San Diego Festival of Beers - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Cheers! Sample beers from more than 60 breweries at the San Diego Festival of Beer

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary with the biggest and best festival yet! Inside will be food items and munchies for sale in addition to a selection of fine wines for purchase by the glass. Each ticket includes admission into the event, 10 (4 oz) beer tastes and the first 1,500 guests receive a free souvenir event logo tasting mug. Did you know the Festival is a cancer-fighting fundraiser? Yep, it is! And it’s raised over $550,000 to date!

Where: Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier – 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 11:00 PM
Cost: $20-$30
> Find out more about the 20th Annual San Diego Festival of Beer

Carlsbad Music Festival

Carlsbad Music Festival

Spend a warm summer evening enjoying music in the seaside village of Carlsbad

The Carlsbad Music Festival is an annual festival of “adventurous music by the beach” that features over 50 performances in 3 days in the seaside Village of Carlsbad. The Festival will include ticketed Mainstage Concerts all 3 days, a free Village Walk on Saturday, and free Concerts in the Park in Magee Park on Sunday.

Where: Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: September 19-21, 2014
Time: 1:00 to 10:00 PM
> Find out more about the Carlsbad Music Festival

Pacific Islander of San Diego Festival

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Immerse yourself in the cultures of the South Pacific at the Pacific Islander of San Diego Festival

A free event that showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with continuous entertainment throughout the weekend. Held at Mission Bay’s Ski Beach, the event also features food, music and specialty crafts unique to each culture.

Where: Mission Bay’s Ski Beach – Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109
When: September 20-21, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Pacific Islander of San Diego Festival

Annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival

Coronado Speed Festival - Porsche 911

Feel the Need for Speed at the Coronado Speed Festival

Coronado Speed Festival features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts of all ages at one of the most distinctive race track locations – Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation. Nowhere else can you see a variety of cars racing on a live runway used by the U.S. Navy.

Remember that you are entering an active military base. As such, certain restrictions apply.

Where: NAS North Island – Coronado, CA 92118
When: September 20-21, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25-$250
> Find out more about the Annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival

Imperial Avenue Street Festival

Imperial Avenue Street Festival 2014 - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The first annual Imperial Avenue Street Festival is a multicultural street scene that will celebrate the rich history, arts and culture of the Greater Logan Heights community. The festival will also feature artists across genres – dance, music, and visual arts, whose work contributes to the contemporary and popular dialogue amongst San Diego’s Afro-Latino community.

Where: Imperial Ave & 28th, San Diego, CA 92102
When: September 20, 2014
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Imperial Avenue Street Festival

Julian Music Festival

Julian Music Festival

Enjoy classic bluegrass and current western ballads at the Julian Music Festival

For the 45th year, Julian celebrates the end of summer with music. This year will offer a variety of music everyone will enjoy. Bluegrass to celebrate the roots of our festival, Western ballads to remember the past and current songwriter/singers we listen to on our MP3 players.

Where: Menghini Winery – 1150 Julian Orchards Road, Julian, CA 92036
When: September 20, 2014
Time: 1:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $11-$15
> Find out more about the Julian Music Festival

1st Annual Sriracha San Diego Festival

1st Annual Sriracha San Diego Festival

This chef-driven, all-inclusive, 21+ event from The Sriracha Cookbook and Food GPS spotlights the world’s most iconic hot sauce at a unique, historical venue. Multiple stations allow guests to enjoy a variety of Sriracha-themed dishes, including desserts, at their own pace. Local craft beer, cocktails, sodas, iced coffee and iced tea help tame the heat while a live DJ set helps create a fun and unforgettable food and drink experience.

Where: Liberty Station – 2641 Truxtun Road, San Diego, CA, 92106
When: September 20, 2014
Time: 3:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: $59-$160
> Find out more about the 1st Annual Sriracha San Diego Festival

Encinitas Oktoberfest

Encinitas Oktoberfest

Everybody’s German at the Encinitas Oktoberfest!

The 19th Annual Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest will feature The Bluebirds a German-American Band, Bavarian dancers and a street craft faire featuring over 200 vendors, including artisans with unusual arts and craft items. The family food and refreshment tent will be serving authentic German food and beers from national & local breweries.

> Browse more Oktoberfest Happenings in San Diego

Where: Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: September 21, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Encinitas Oktoberfest

San Diego Restaurant Week

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Leave the cooking to someone else and join over 140,000 diners in the celebration of Restaurant Week and indulge in discounted prix fixe menus including two-course lunches priced at $10, $15, and $20 and three-course dinners are $25, $35, or $45. 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!

When: September 21-26, 2014
Cost: $10-$45
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

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