March 2018 Events – San Diego



San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing

San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing

Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch Mar 1 – May 13
This SoCal attraction will open its doors with new landscaping and renovations. See the display gardens developed by the San Diego Master Gardeners, get lost in the fragrant sweet pea maze with new pathways, learn about composting and gardening in the new greenhouses that will offer classes for local elementary students and residents.

San Diego Film Week Mar 2-11
The Second Annual San Diego Film Week is a ten-day-long celebration of film in America’s Finest City. Over 100 local, national, and international films will be showcased along with workshops, parties, and panels at the Museum of Photographic Arts and other locations across San Diego County.

Mickey Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic Mar 2
The Farmers Insurance/Cathy Peterson 5th Annual Mickey Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic, presented by the Poway Chamber of Commerce, gets

Home & Garden Show Mar 2-4
Over 400 exhibits. Everything for your home improvement needs all under one (actually two) roofs. See the annual garden landscape features, where local landscape contractors and horticulturalists put their most creative foot forward to inspire the public.

Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K Run/Walk Mar 3
8th Annual Finish Chelsea’s Run in honor of Chelsea King. The event will feature a competitive 5K race and fun run/walk, family festival, children’s activities, team competition, entertainment, and refreshments.

Festival of Science & Engineering: Expo Day Mar 3
Expo Day is the official kick-off celebration for festival week featuring hundreds of exhibitors and gives attendees a major preview of what’s to come to area businesses, schools, libraries, and museums throughout the county during Festival Week, eight days of learning, hands-on activities, innovation, and behind-the-scenes opportunities for students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as adults and families to ignite their passion for STEM education.

Busker Festival Mar 3-4
The celebration brings colorful street performers – from jugglers on unicycles to stilt walkers, contortionists, and acrobalancers – to the waterfront shopping, dining, and entertainment district.

St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, BeerFest, and Tribes & Clans Mar 4
St. Patrick’s Day half marathon, 5K run/walk, and Tribes and Clans crossfit-style competition.

Cherry Blossom Festival Mar 9-11
This year marks the Japanese Friendship Garden’s 14th annual Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration in hanami, the Japanese tradition of welcoming spring and appreciating the temporal beauty of nature.

Pechanga Wine Festival and Chocolate Decadence Mar 9-10
Friday, Chocolate Decadence. Enjoy an array of chocolates and pastries while sampling a variety of wines, domestic sparkling wines, champagnes, spirits, and dessert wines along with live music.

Best Coast Beer Fest Mar 10
Taste beer from nearly 100 of the West Coast’s craft breweries, enjoy local bands and a food truck alley. Every ticket sold helps a cancer patient.

San Diego Half Marathon & 5K Mar 11
Founded in 2012, the San Diego Half Marathon is a premier race that celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of San Diego while raising money to help its communities. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3), all net proceeds are donated to community service projects and local charitable causes. In addition, we hope to catalyze volunteerism as a way to help communities throughout our city.

San Diego Latino Film Festival Mar 15-25
The festival will occupy five screens for eleven days and will present over 160 films from Latin America, the United States, and Spain as well as Opening Night and Closing Night Parties, the 3rd Annual Sonido Latino Food, Beer & Wine Festival, Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, free student outreach screenings, and more.

St. Patrick’s Day 5K & 15K Mar 17
7th-annual event. Race through country roads and vineyards and wind your way to the finish line where you will be awarded with a well-deserved glass of green bubbly.

San Diego Cake Show Mar 17-18
With a cake design competition open to everyone, a variety of decorating classes for all skill levels, decorating demonstrations, plus raffles and vendor booths featuring a wide range of decorating tools, tips, and supplies.

Rolando Street Fair Mar 18
Over 100 vendor booths for unique shopping and culinary experiences, beer tastings, a performance stage, bands, and rides for the kids.

LPGA Kia Classic Mar 19-25
The Kia Classic features 144 of the best women golfers playing for the $1.8 million purse. The field features 2017 Kia Classic Champion Mirim Lee and crowd favorites Lydia Ko, Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, and Lexi Thompson.

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival Mar 31
The 8th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival brings together San Diego craft breweries/distilleries and chefs for an all-inclusive tasting event.


San Diego February 2018 Events




San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing

San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Feb 1-4
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to the Museum of Photographic Arts. Now in its eighth year, the festival presents a unique program encompassing six films and discussions that address a wide range of human rights issues from around the world. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

Super Run 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk Feb 3
Flat and fast courses, both begin and finish in South Shores Park. 10K runs along Sea World Drive and bike path to Ingrahm Street to Crown Point Park and returns. 5K will share part of 10K course along Sea World drive and on sidewalks along the bay and returns to the park. This event benefits Water for Children Africa.

Save a Heart Save a Life 5K Feb 3
The Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation presents their first Save a Heart Save a Life 5K run/walk. All participants receive a Save a Heart Save a Life 5K T-shirt, unique finisher medal, and post-race food and drink. The mission of the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation is to influence families, educators, elected officials, and the medical community to recognize the incidence of youth SCA/D and the importance of preventative heart screenings and to support equipping schools with automated external defibrillators (AED) plus CPR/AED training.

Chinese New Year Festival at Balboa Park Feb 3-4
Celebrate Chinese New Year Festival, Year of the DOG, at the International Cottages, Balboa Park. There will be kung-fu, Lion Dance, red envelope, dumplings, milk tea, steamed buns, calligraphy, youth fashion show, and ethnic dance performance.

Cardiff Kook 5K, 10K, and Costume Contest Feb 4
The course starts under the famous “Encinitas” sign on North Coast Highway 101. This scenic loop passes by the “Cardiff Kook” statue (The Magic Carpet Ride), rises above some of the most popular surf breaks in the world, and heads down to Cardiff State Beach.

Mermaid Run Feb 10
Mermaid returns to San Diego’s Mission Bay for a scenic women’s 5k, 10k, and half marathon. The flat and fast course features beautiful Bay views on mostly closed roads. The Mermaid is ideal for both runners and walkers. Come out and experience the joy of crossing the finish line!

Cupids & Canines Adoption Event Feb 10
Join the San Diego Animal Support Foundation for the 12th Annual Cupids & Canines Mega Adoption Event, featuring hundreds of adoptable animals from 25 shelters and rescue agencies, all in one place. Dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, turtles, tortoises, and birds for adoption. Don’t be lonely this Valentine’s Day!

Brewbies Fest Feb 10
Ninth annual festival, benefitting Keep A Breast Foundation at Bagby Beer. Enjoy an array of outstanding, interesting, unique, and (our favorite) signature pink beers from over 40 of the best breweries around. As always we donate 100% of the proceeds from Brewbies to the Keep a Breast Foundation to support their mission of empowering young people around the world with breast health education and support.

Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K Feb 11
Eighth-annual event. Post-race party. Each 10K participant receives a T-shirt and finisher’s medal.

Valentine’s Day Beer & Chocolate Pairing Feb 11
Join Kilowatt Brewing in the Ocean Beach Tasting Room for a Valentine’s Day beer and chocolate pairing with Andrea’s Truffles. Each truffle will be paired with one of our unique, small-batch beers. Tickets are $18 and get you a 4×4 pairing (four truffles and four 4-oz. tasters).

Tet Festival: Lunar New Year Celebration Feb 16-18
The 13th annual San Diego Tet Festival is one of the largest free community festivals in San Diego, celebrating the Lunar New Year. It is a large three-day celebration that celebrates the beginning of Spring and a fresh start to the New Year. San Diego Tet Festival 2018 will be celebrating Year of the Dog.

San Diego Pet Expo Feb 17-18
Tons of exhibitors and rescue groups, live demonstrations of obedience training and pet care, book signings, entertainment, giveaways and prizes, free nail trims, discounted vaccinations, and adoption opportunities. $10 parking.

Getting Organized in 2018 Feb 18
Professional organizers and members of the San Diego chapter of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals are coming to your library. Join us for practical organizing tips and a chance to win prizes to help you get organized in 2018.

Sycamore Canyon Trail Races Feb 24
Sycamore Canyon has a half marathon, 50K, or 100K. The 100K can be run solo or as part of a two- or four-person team. Fun event all on trails in the beautiful Sycamore Canyon Preserve off Highway 67. Bring a team or come solo!

Winter Brew Fest Feb 24
Craft beverages from California and beyond plus live music, food, and other vendors. Benefits Outdoor Outreach and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association.

San Diego January 2018 Events



San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing

San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing

 San Diego Spring Home Show  Jan 5-7
Our events feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. After meeting with and comparing our expert exhibitors, we know you’ll be inspired and motivated to start planning with confidence.

San Diego Resolution Run 5k & 15k Jan 7
Start your year right with a San Diego run that is good for the body and good for the world. The San Diego Resolution Run 5K & 15K event will take runners on a waterfront course from along Mission Bay, while raising funds for San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project.

 Poway Winter Festival Jan 12-13
Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down the snow hill, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, making silly faces in our free photo booth, or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink; there is bound to be something for everyone!

Gem Faire Jan 12-14
Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Over 70 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair & cleaning while you shop. Free hourly door prizes.

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival  Jan 13
The Festival will showcase San Diego’s rich cultural diversity and traditional heritage through live music, dance performances, storytelling, children’s activities (drum circles, face painting and crafts), and a wide range of ethnic vendors. The Festival will include a variety of multi-cultural entertainment from Native American, Asian, Cajun, Latin, Jazz and Afro-Cuban bands.

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show Jan 13-14
At the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show, you’ll meet with thousands of destination experts from around the world who can help you personalize the trip that’s right for you. Meet face-to-face with your favorite travel celebrities such as Samantha Brown, Rudy Maxa, Peter Greenberg and more on the Travel Theater.

2018 Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon  Jan 14
Carlsbad is a winter marathon and half marathon unlike any other. From our ideal weather conditions to our spectacular coastal course, our award winning event will wow you. Our 26 fully staffed course support stations, continuous entertainment and unsurpassed volunteer support are just a few of our outstanding features.

38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade Jan 14
This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations.

Monster Jam Jan 20
Monster Jam is one of the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring some of the biggest names in monster trucks.

 San Diego Restaurant Week  Jan 21-28
The 14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, January 21st through Sunday, January 28th 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.

 Farmers Insurance Open 2018 Jan 25-28
The PGA TOUR’s Farmers Insurance Open is played annually at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 & 2021 U.S. Open. Come enjoy everything San Diego has to offer! The ocean views, the world-class competition, and fan attractions including, The Michelob ULTRA Zone, Fan Village, autograph areas, a variety of locally themed concession stands and much more!

 2018 San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show Jan 25-28
If you are a boater, don’t miss this once a year event! We’ll have the brands and companies you’ve come to know and love, as well as new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more!

Silly Sock Run Walk 5k Jan 27
Get silly with us, and don’t forget your silly socks! This event is fun for the whole family, even your four-legged friends. There will be prizes for best-dressed feet, face painting for the kids, a one-mile route, and even a kids dash. All levels and ages are welcome. All proceeds benefit the Clubfoot C.A.R.E.S. Organization, a U.S.-based, nonprofit advocacy group educating the public about clubfoot and eradicating stigmas.



San Diego Holiday Lights


There are many places to view the wonderful sights of San Diego’s Holiday Lights. Here are a few of the popular places, in addition to a list of links to assist in guiding you around to some of the favorite areas.


BALBOA PARK Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo,
BANKERS HILL The Forward House in Bankers Hill, 108 Ivy St. (1st & Ivy)
CARLSBAD The Carlsbad Christmas House, 7607 Romeria St. | 6646 Elegant Tern Pl. | 2329 Snead Dr.
CARMEL MOUNTAIN RANCH Fairway Village, Stoney Gate Place
CHULA VISTA Christmas Circle, Whitney Street and Mankato Circle
CLAIREMONT Christmas Park, Lana Drive and Jamar Drive
CLAIREMONT 5404 Mt. Burnham Dr.
CORONADO Hotel del Coronado,
EL CAJON Jingle Bell Hill, Solomon Ave./Pegeen Pl. | Nightmare Before Christmas, 11456 Pegeen Pl. | 1838 El Pico Dr. | 9777 Valley Ranch Rd.
ESCONDIDO 2609 Meadowlark Ln.
LAKESIDE Tinsel Town, 10248 Paseo Palmas Dr.
LEMON GROVE Santa Claus Lane, 2618 Sheri Lane
MISSION BAY Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, Begins on Quivira Basin,
OCEANSIDE 1562 Peacock Blvd. | Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights,
OCEANSIDE San Diego Botanic Garden “Garden of Lights”,
POINT LOMA Garrison Street Lights, Garrison Street and Wildwood Lane
POWAY Candy Cane Courts, Hickory Ct./Hickory St., 12659 Butterwood Ct. and Rockrose Ct.
POWAY The Griswolds, 12631 Stoutwood St.
RAMONA Happy Lights Ramona , 23542 Bassett Way
RANCHO PENASQUITOS Christmas Card Lane, Oviedo Street and Black Mountain Road
SAN MARCOS Christmas On Knob Hill, 1639 Knob Hill,
SANTEE Starlight Circle, Tomel Court | 9325 Pebble Beach Dr. | 9435 Saint Andrews Dr. | 9773 Roe Dr.
SCRIPPS RANCH Merry-tage Court, Stonebridge Parkway and Merritage Court
SHELTER ISLAND San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, Starts off Shelter Island, goes through the harbor and ends at the Ferry Landing, Coronado
SOUTH PARK Luminaria,
TIERRASANTA Belardo Lights,


San Diego December 2017 Events



San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing

San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing

Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival Dec 1
Welcome to the 22nd Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival. The lighted floats, vehicles, walking/dancing units, pets, and other entries will move down the boulevard to the Snow Festival with real snow.

Seas ’n’ Greetings Dec 1-31
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is transformed into a holiday wonderland full of seasonal activities. Deck the Hall (of Fishes), and check the schedule for appearances by Scuba Santa, crafts, activities, as well as live holiday music on weekends. All holiday activities are included with admission.

Balboa Park December Nights Dec 1-2
Balboa Park December Nights will celebrate its 40th year in grand fashion. The nation’s premier holiday extravaganza promises to sparkle with more food, fun, and festivities in its milestone year, billed as the largest free community event in San Diego.

Coronado Holiday Celebration Dec 1
Santa arrives via the Ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing, a festive parade follows down Orange Avenue, and Santa lights the Christmas Tree in Rotary Plaza.

Frosty Farm Dec 2-3, 9-10
Frosty Farm will give your whole family a reason to smile this holiday season! This unique event in San Diego combines festive activities with hands-on animal interactions and is the perfect place to create new memories.

Island Food and Beer Fest San Diego 2017 Dec 2
Unlimited beer tasting, island food for purchase, commemorative glass, and festival experience. Local breweries with unlimited tasting. Food pairings prepared by local island restaurants. Island vendor village.

Garden of Lights Dec 2-23, 26-30
With nightly entertainment, including local blues and jazz bands, as well as food from Red Oven Artisanal Pizza and Pasta and coffee and treats from the Feel Good Coffee Cart. Plus holiday crafts, spin art, visits with Santa (December 2 – 23), and (on selected evenings) horse-drawn wagon rides, snow for sledding, and holiday carolers.

Family Holiday Festival Dec 2
Bring a camera or smart phone to the annual Family Festival to take photos with Santa, who will give each child a coloring book. The Family Festival features train rides and holiday craft activity where children ages 12 and under can make a jingle bell bracelet or tree ornament.

San Diego Santa Run Dec 9
A series of runs on Garnet Avenue featuring a 5K fun run and one-mile waves that include a run with your dog, a kids’ run, and a competitive race. “San Diego Santa Run is the only event in the country that provides all 5K participants with a Sunny Santa Suit and sunglasses,” say the promoters. Starts and finishes at the intersection of Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street.

Santa at the Lakes Dec 9
Snow in Santee? Experience a giant snow hill, storybook character meet and greet on Storybook Island, rides, crafts, food and of course the big guy himself!

Wacky Wonky Wonderland Dec 10
The scrumdidlyumptious Wacky Wonky Wonderland will take place at the San Diego Center for Children’s main campus in Linda Vista to collect gifts and raise funds in support of its therapeutic, educational, foster care, and transition services provided to over 1000 families every day across San Diego County.

Queen Bee Market: Etsy Comes to Life Dec 15-16
Queen Bee Market buzzes into San Diego just in time for the holidays with a two-day market. The urban-style handmade market will host vendors showcasing an array of handmade home décor, accessories, clothing, paper arts, vintage items, furniture, and more.

Global Winter Wonderland Thru Dec
An international celebration featuring the largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China, “Cirque du Soleil-level acrobatics,” 35+ carnival rides, holiday-themed activities and games, and international food and shopping.

Skate by the Bay Thru Dec
Celebrate the holidays by ice skating next to the San Diego Bay on Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s outdoor ice rink, and share $1 from your ticket with the USO San Diego.

Skating by the Sea Thru Dec
Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado from Thanksgiving Day through January 1. This ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features views of the Pacific and Coronado beach. The Del’s iconic Victorian Building, adorned with thousands of white lights, provides a visual backdrop and adds holiday music and hot chocolate and libations. Skating is $25 per person, and ice skate rentals are free.

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station Thru Dec
The season runs through Sunday, January 7; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. During the day expect young children and parents at the rink. As the sun goes down the teens come out for faster-paced skating. Night sessions attract adults willing to give ice skating a try. All proceeds benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.


San Diego November 2017 Events


San Diego November 2017 Events


San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing

San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing

San Diego Beer Week Nov 3-12
San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer, and promote San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county. San Diego is home to more than 100 breweries and has gained an international reputation for brewing award-winning beers.

Carlsbad Village Faire Nov 4
The Carlsbad Village Faire stretches 14 blocks, with 900 vendors offering handcrafted arts and gifts, art, antiques, jewelry, unique clothing, home décor, plants, and more. The international food court will once again feature more than 50 booths serving everything from Thai to Hawaiian cuisine. The children’s area will entertain youngsters with games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, and face painting.

Bike the Coast: Ride and Expo Nov 4
Join riders of all kinds as you travel Southern California beaches and surf towns on routes of 25, 50, or 100 miles. There are also 7- or 15-mile paths along the San Luis River bike trail. Everything starts and finishes on the beach at the Taste the Coast at the Oceanside Pier with local cuisine, music, a beer garden, and a sports expo.

Ramona Art and Wine Festival Nov 4
At the 5th annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival, attendees can view and purchase fine art created using acrylic, fabric, glass, mixed media, jewelry, oil, wood, and watercolor media. Area wineries will provide tastes of hand-crafted wine.

Curie Craft Fair Nov 4
Curie Elementary School’s 39th annual Holiday Craft Fair. Artisans will be selling handcrafted wares including holiday gifts, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, folk art. All items for sale are handmade by local artisans; no commercial resale items are allowed. With carnival games, silent auction baskets, bake sale, lunch grill, used book tent, and more. Entry is free and proceeds benefit the Curie PTA.

San Diego Fashion Fest Nov 8-11
SDFF is the home of California’s emerging and celebrity designers that showcase Spring/Summer Collection annually. SDFF features celebrity fashion shows, Hollywood style runway presentation, cutting edge installation, industry meet n’ greets, trunk shows, showroom presentations, and private events.

Escondido Tamale Festival Nov 11
Presented by the Escondido Downtown Business Association, the Escondido Tamale Festival, an official San Diego Beer Week event, is a celebration of tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. With food, craft beer, and wine to purchase, entertainment, competitions (including the chihuahua costume contest and fashion show) and celebrity chefs.

Veterans Day Parade Nov 11
See over 4000 Veterans, active military, bands, floats, and civic groups. The San Diego Veterans Day Parade is produced by “Veterans Week San Diego”, an all-volunteer team of Veterans and citizens of all ages and walks of life, dedicated to honoring Veterans annually during “Veterans Week”.

BBQ Fest Nov 11
Treat yourself to all the BBQ and other great treats only at this one-time-a-year BBQ event. Discounted appetizer dishes to full-plate options of the best BBQ and sides from pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, chicken wings, sliders, ribs, burnt ends, short ribs, corn, smoked sausage, to mac n’ cheese.

Chowder & Wine Tasting Festival Nov 16-19
Seven tasting sessions over four days to sample three-ounce servings of New England, Manhattan, Seafood, Corn & Tortilla, and Fusion Chowders from up to 60 restaurants along with beverages from 40 wineries, 20 craft brewers and 8 cideries, and 8 non-alcohol beverage vendors. Listen to music from the event stage on the pier and view a variety of products from artisans and crafters.

Grand Tasting at The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Nov 18
The grand finale of the seven-day San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival is the Grand Tasting. 150 wine, beer, and spirit purveyors with over 700 different wines. Taste from a wide range of domestic and international wineries, discover new labels to add to your home collection, and visit old favorites. Taste cuisine from over 60 chefs as they pull out all the stops to wow you for their chance to win over $50,000 in cash and prizes. We’ve also brought together over 30 gourmet food companies for you to nosh through.

Holiday Street Fair Nov 19
Enjoy over 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors, plus four entertainment stages, children’s rides, bike valets, and a beer garden.

Skating by the Sea Nov 23 – Jan 3
Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado from Thanksgiving Day through January 1. This ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features views of the Pacific and Coronado beach. The Del’s iconic Victorian Building, adorned with thousands of white lights, provides a visual backdrop and adds holiday music and hot chocolate and libations. Skating is $25 per person, and ice skate rentals are free.

Craft Beer & Cider Festival Nov 25
San Diego is a hub for some of the best drinks around. Visit the track and choose from more than 100 local and international brews, plus a variety of seasonal ales, ciders, and hard-to-find specialty craft brews, wine, and craft cocktails. Sip your drinks while you groove to DJs and mingle with the local brewers. Entry is free with track admission


San Diego October 2017 Events


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San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing

San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing

Oktoberfest in El Cajon Sept 29 – Oct 1; Oct 6-8
San Diego County’s oldest and most traditional Oktoberfest, featuring Germany’s own Guggenbach-Buam performing live oom-pah music on stage, an array of German hot foods, sausages, pretzels and desserts, and German beers on tap. Games, dancing, raffles, contests, a Kids’ Zone. $10 Friday and Saturdays; $5 Sundays.

Adams Avenue Street Fair Sept 30 – Oct 1
Southern California’s largest free two-day music festival is held each year during the last weekend in September. The 35th annual event offers 70 musical acts on 9 stages plus beer gardens and beer tastings, carnival rides, food, and more than 350 arts and crafts booths.

Walk, Run, Celebrate 5K Oct 1
9th annual LightBridge Hospice Walk, Run, Celebrate 5K. Registration $30, kids 12 & under free, leashed dogs welcome. 5K will include free family entertainment, DJ, vendor village, food trucks, animal adoption, and prizes. Proceeds support LightBridge Hospice programs.

La Mesa Oktoberfest Oct 1
Since 1973, the La Mesa Oktoberfest has featured hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, games, and of course beer.

Encinitas Oktoberfest Oct 1
Music, Bavarian dancers, German food and drink, and a street craft faire featuring more than 200 vendors.

San Diego International Film Festival Oct 4-8
The San Diego International Film Festival is the region’s premier film event and one of the leading stops on the independent festival circuit. SDIFF offers a unique film experience including world premieres, never-before-seen studio releases, independent filmmaking, and a full schedule of glamorous parties and intimate events with filmmakers.

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest Oct 6-7
The 13th annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest. Festivities kick off Friday at noon with the Oktoberstretch yoga festival, beer garden, live music, and games. The fun picks back up Saturday morning with the OB Brot Trot and DI workout, followed by a German microbrew tasting benefiting the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, live music, and the annual competitions including the Sausage Toss Competition for a cash prize, bratwurst-eating contest, stein-holding contest, and more.

Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest Oct 7
Great fun, great food, great beers, great cause – great price! 35th Annual Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest & Family Fall Festival Oct 7, noon to 10PM. Plenty to do for kids and adults: costume contests, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, and of course – good times with family and friends.

Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Festival & 5K Oct 7
The Fit Foodie Festival & 5K celebrates the balance of a delicious, healthy, and active lifestyle as runners eat their way to the finish line with bites at every mile, then celebrate at the post-race John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival. Inside the John Hancock Vitality Village Food and Fitness Festival, runners are rewarded for making healthy choices with tastes from local restaurants, beer and wine gardens, mini-workout classes, cooking demonstrations, meet-and-greets with elite athletes and more.

La Jolla Art + Wine Festival Oct 7-8
This two-day free, family-friendly celebration boasts a footprint of over ½ mile and an expansive collection of over 150 juried artists from around the globe. Roving entertainment, gourmet marketplace serving bites, family art center, silent auction, more.

Fleet Week Oct 11-17
The mission of Fleet Week San Diego is to honor and celebrate the men and women of the military through public events that entertain and alliances that support and thank these heroes.

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show Oct 13-15
Now in our 45th year. See over 300 of the nation’s most talented artisans and shop thousands of American handmade arts and crafts.

Fleet Week’s Sea & Air Parade Oct 14
The best of the U.S. military on display and in action with cruisers, amphibious ships, destroyers, frigates, submarines, landing craft, Coast Guard Search and Rescue, fly-overs of contemporary military and Vintage Military Aircraft, and more.

Surftoberfest Oct 14
Community empowerment, beer, food, and ocean. Proceeds provide healthy back surgery and health alternatives to Veterans, economically disadvantaged persons, and animals.

Filipino American Arts & Culture Festival Oct 21
The Filipino American Arts & Culture Festival, better known as FilAmFest, is an event for all ages to enjoy and learn more about Filipino and Filipino American culture. We will be featuring culinary arts, music, martial arts, literature, dance, and more.

Bayside Brew & Spirits Festival Oct 21
Bayside Brew and Spirits Festival is the first binational beer festival in San Diego. We’re bringing together the best of both sides of the border to create an afternoon of fun for the South Bay. Try 100 beers, wines, and spirits from over 50 local purveyors.

Dia de los Muertos Oct 29
Join more than 40,000 visitors in celebrating a Mexican Fiesta filled with beautiful music, traditional satirical dancing, cultural eateries, Por Siempre Car Club, Las Ofrendas, chalk cemetery, arts and crafts for kids, a Day of Dead retail Mercado, and more.

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