San Diego May Events 2015



Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo  May 1 – 3
Don’t miss the 32nd annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo 2015, a San Diego tradition since 1983. This celebration in Old Town is the largest event of its kind in Southern California. Three days of music, food and fun.

Cinco de Mayo Trail Run  May 2
The challenging and unique courses will take you out on the Lake Poway Trail through the foothills around the lake near Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. The 5K is designed to let you pick your pace. Enjoy it as an elite trail runner, as a challenging family run or simply a gorgeous morning nature hike. The 10K adds to this course – with a grueling out-and-back trek (or up-and-down if we’re being honest) into Blue Sky and a quad-burning +10% climb to the Ramona Dam. Take our advice and start training now!

Tacos and Tequila Festival  May 2
Tacos and Tequila festival in a fun interactive event celebrating the best margaritas and tacos in San Diego. Ten of the best mixologists in town will be serving complimentary samples of their signature margaritas, guest vote for their favorites. Ten of the best restaurants will be serving complimentary signature tacos. Guest get two voting cards to pick their top choices. Winning restaurant will get the golden taco award. The event also features a craft beer garden with mutiple local breweries serving complimentary samples of their best beers. Live music will entertain the crowd and get the party people dancing. 21+ event.

Carlsbad Spring Village Faire Mar. 3
Just like at past fairs, over 900 vendors will sell everything fathomable, including clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. 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, face painting and arts and crafts.

Gator By The Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival  May 7 – 10
Join us for the largest, authentic Louisiana-themed festival this side of the bayous, featuring four days of live music on six stages, dancing, parading, shopping, playing and eating over 10,000 pounds of mouthwatering crawfish straight from Louisiana!

Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego  May 9
The Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego will celebrate its 6th year as San Diego’s largest celebration for Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month!

Chocolate Festival  May 9
Spend the Saturday before Mother’s Day at San Diego Botanic Garden’s famous Chocolate Festival. Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more. This family-friendly event also features lots of children’s activities and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts. Tasting tickets will be sold on-site.

Mother’s Day Celebration at The Flower Fields  May 10

Ramona Rodeo  May 14 – 17
The Ramona Rodeo offers top notch PRCA rodeo. One of the country’s top PRCA sanctioned full-scale pro rodeos, competitive events include barrel racing, tie-down roping, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping and bareback riding. Other activities include a cowgirl fashion show, cowboy and cowgirl mixer, Kid’s Day clowns, rodeo queens, and photo and autograph opportunities.

Festival of the Arts in North Park & Craft Beer Block  May 16
This annual free festival has grown into a local tradition that includes amazing local art, exciting live music and dance performances, eco-friendly activities, vendor booths and fabulous food. All proceeds benefit North Park Main Street, the non-profit organization committed to the revitalization of the North Park Business Improvement District.

Navy’s Bay Bridge Run/Walk May 17

Escondido Grand Avenue Festival  May 17
Since 1989, the Escondido Street Faire has brought live entertainment, over 500 vendors, children’s rides and activities, and food from around the world to the downtown tree-lined streets of Escondido. Covering seven blocks along historic Grand Avenue, the Escondido Street Fair is the second largest single-day fair in California.  

San Diego Surf Film Festival  May 20 – 23
The 2015 SDSFF will highlight over 20 international films, include dozens of filmmakers and producers in attendance, Q&As, filmmaker panel and workshops, an amazing surf art gallery, surf legends and shaping demos, beach clean-ups and expression sessions, incredible live music, serendipitous live art, rad people and raging after-parties. We welcome surf enthusiasts and filmmakers from around the world to come celebrate the art of surf cinema in our beautiful hometown.

San Diego Jazz Festival  May 22 – 24
Building on the long history of having smooth jazz in the San Diego area, the San Diego Jazz Festival is a “must attend” event for R&B and smooth jazz starved fans in “America’s Finest City”. The festival takes place Memorial Day weekend – a perfect time to enjoy great weather and award winning music. Alums of the festival include Maxwell, Charlie Wilson, Kem, Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Brian Culbertson, Boney James, Ledisi, Warren Hill, Eric Darius and many more!

Vista Strawberry Festival  May 24
Come enjoy our celebration of the ‘berry as we bring over 300 vendors, athletic competition, pie eating, costumes, beauty, carnival rides, music, food, and much more together in Historic Downtown Vista.



THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel Jan. 27 – Feb. 22
The latest presentation in the acclaimed Without Walls (WoW) series, THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel is a world-premiere, immersive theatre piece which takes audiences on a participatory journey through the extraordinary rooms and spaces of this expansive, 1940s-era landmark.

San Diego Black Film Festival Jan. 29- Feb. 1
Several films from previous years have gone on to win additional awards at other film festivals. More importantly, seven films that premiered at the San Diego Black Film Festival are either in negations or have already wrapped up distribution deals including the films “Locked in a Room,” now with Echo Bridge Entertainment, and our Best Comedy winner “The Donut Shop,” now with Viva Films. Good things await our 2015 filmmakers as well.

Macy’s Museum Month Feb. 1- Feb. 28
Presented by Macy’s, this nationally-recognized program celebrates Balboa Park’s Centennial year, bringing half-off admissions to museums — located inside and outside the park — throughout the month of February. Heading into its 26th year, Macy’s Museum Month gives visitors and locals in San Diego a chance to discover what’s new at more than 40 area museums with incredible savings. Participants can pick up a Macy’s Museum Month Pass at any area Macy’s store to enjoy half-off admission to all of the participating museums through the entire month of February.

Farmers Insurance Open Feb. 5 – 8
San Diego plays host to The Farmers Insurance Open (formerly The Buick Invitational) where legends like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have made golf history. Staged atop the bluffs overlooking the Pacific, the tour spans Torrey Pines’ most challenging terrain. Golfers, enthusiasts, and fans will join together to marvel at the showmanship of the sport in a coastal setting only San Diego can deliver.

Burn Run 5K Feb. 7
The Burn Institute Auxiliary presents its inaugural Burn Run 5K. Join the Burn Institute and Road Runner Sports as we get moving to raise funds for scald prevention.

Bridal Bazaar Feb. 8

Lunar New Year Festival Feb. 13 – 15
The Little Saigon San Diego Foundation is pleased to announce the Lunar New Year Festival. For thousands of years the Lunar New Year has been observed in various countries around the world that are influenced by Chinese civilization, and it remains Vietnam ‘ s most celebrated holiday. 2015 marks the Year of the Goat, an animal that represents artistic, gifted, and creative characteristics.

Brewbies Fest Feb. 14
Sixth Annual Brewbies Festival. Ticket includes custom Brewbies glass, an I Love Boobies bracelet, five raffle tickets, and all-day access to the VIP Lounge. On hand will be URGE Gastropub and Brother’s Provisions serving up gourmet fare. Benefits the Keep A Breast Foundation.

Gladys Knight Feb. 14
Harrah’s Resort Southern California
777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center, 92082

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show Feb. 14 – 15
The Travel & Adventure Show is the nation’s leading series of travel shows. For over a decade has connected the world’s top travel destinations and travel providers with consumers who come to dream, plan and find their next great vacation.

Chocolate, Bubbles, and Cheese Feb. 15
Time to snuggle up with our favorite trio of the season. We’re pairing our favorite cocoa creations with effervescent bubbles and fabulous fromage to share the secrets of a perfect menage a trois. Venissimo at The Headquarters. 789 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, 92101

Meghan Trainor Feb. 18
House of Blues
1055 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 92101

Winter Brew Fest Feb. 20 – 21
This event celebrates craft beverages from California and beyond and features live local music, food, and vendors. Sample 125 brews from over 40 breweries.

Color Fun Fest 5K Feb. 21
Join us as we combine two of the most epic festivals in the world. Color Fun Fest brings the Holi Festival and the electronic dance movement together for the first time with a day- and night-glowing color 5K run.

Belgian Beer Festival Feb. 22
The first annual Belgian Festival with Lambics, Gueuzes, Dubbles, Tripels, Quadrupels, and Flanders Red Ales. We will have over 100 Belgian, Belgian style, and Stone-Belgian style takeoffs. Ticket includes fifteen 3-oz. tasters, commemorative glass, access to beers rarely seen outside of Belgium, and tasters from both draft and bottle. Additional bottles available for purchase.



Lake Poway 2014-2015 Trout Season Dec. 4 – Apr. 30
Trout season has returned at last! Lake Poway will be
freshly stocked with 3,000 pounds of Chaulk Mound Trout
Farm’s finest “Nebraska Tailwalkers”. Come on out for
our Opening Day on Thursday, December 4th and enjoy
the best permit prices in the area! The lake will be stocked
approximately every two weeks through April, 2015.

Through photographs, vivid chronological displays
of memorabilia and actual equipment used in special
operations– past and present–visitors will discover
how the SEALs and Coronado have grown up together.
An explanation of the infamous “BUDS” training every
SEAL must undergo will also be given. Admission to the
Museum of History & Art is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors
(65 and over); free for children (15 and under). Admission
for CHA members (and accompanied guests) and active duty
military (and families) is also free when valid I.D. is
presented. The Navy SEAL Foundation will receive 10% of
admission proceeds.

San Diego International Auto Show Jan. 1 – 4
San Diego Convention Center

New Me 5k Family Fun Run/Walk Jan. 4
Coronado Tidelands Park. A scenic 5K along San Diego Bay
with spectacular views of the downtown skyline. A spectator
friendly 1 Mile Kids Run beginning 1 hour after the 5K.

San Diego Home Show Jan. 9 – 11
San Diego Convention Center

San Diego Resolution Run Jan. 10
Are you ready to keep your New Year’s resolution to
exercise regularly? You can do it! This event can get you
started in the right on a new regiment. It offers adult 5K &
15K run/walks; plus youth races and a stroller strut run. It
all starts with that first step forward.

4th Annual Art-A-Thon Jan. 10
ArtHatch is excited to announce their Fourth Annual
Art-A-Thon, a marathon of artistic creation to benefit the
non-profit art center’s teen program. 25 artists from San
Diego County will seek donations to create artwork for up
to 24 straight hours. As works are finished, they will be
added to the ArtHatch gallery space and auctioned off for
a one-month period following the event. Proceeds from
donations and art sales will be divided between the artists
and ArtHatch to help support the centers free art education
program for local at risk teens.

Gem Faire in Del Mar Jan. 16 – Jan. 18
12pm-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm. Admission
$7 weekend pass. 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 Restaurant Week Jan. 18 – Jan. 24
San Diego Restaurant Week is ecstatic to celebrate 11
years of culinary excellence by offering an entire week of
delicious discounted dining at some of San Diego County’s
finest restaurants!

34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade and Festival Jan. 19, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Downtown San Diego Bay Waterfront
Celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. at a waterfront parade. Musical bands, floats and
drill teams will march along the Embarcadero from North
Harbor Drive south to Pacific Highway. The parade is
coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha
Phi Alpha, the oldest Black fraternity in the United States,
which was founded in 1906 at Cornell University. Dr. King
was a member of this fraternity. (619) 264-0542.

Caffeine Crawl San Diego Jan. 23 – Jan. 24
10:00 AM until 02:00 PM
Seaside sunshine in January and the best of San Diego
coffee and tea – what could be better? Join us for the magic
of San Diego’s second Caffeine Crawl as we tour the city’s
cafes and meet the everyday heroes behind our morning
cups of joe.

Cooking School with Chef Adam Cho Jan. 24
Cooking school is back in session! Join our Chef de Cuisine
of Mistral for monthly instructional cooking classes. Each
class begins at 1pm. Cost is $45 and includes your own
culinary creation plus one cocktail. Call the concierge
for reservations at 619-424-4000. January 24 – Farmer in
the Loews Use methods and tricks for planting your own
vegetables and herbs, plus taste some handpicked crops
from our local garden.

Bridal Bazaar Jan. 26
San Diego Convention Center, Hall C
At the Bridal Bazaar you’ll find aisle after aisle of displays,
demonstrations, and advice on everything you can imagine
for your wedding. More than 300 of San Diego’s most
talented wedding professionals will have displays at the
show… providing more ideas, more variety and more
choices than any other bridal show. In one exciting day at
the Bridal Bazaar, you’ll see the latest trends, the hottest
styles, and the best suppliers.

San Diego December Events


Legoland Snowdays    Dec. 1 – 31
Come build Holiday memories during the month of December
at LEGOLAND California Resort. Play in real snow, build
snowmen and throw snowballs at LEGO targets. See the world’s
largest LEGO Christmas tree and watch the nightly tree lighting

Balboa Park December Nights   Dec. 5 – 6
December Nights brings families and friends together to spread
holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park
and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”

Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park    Dec. 5 – 24
Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park provides a spectacular
holiday destination for all. Open for 12 nights in December,
there will be fun for people of all ages. Get in the spirit and walk
through the magical lighting displays, ride Polar Express trains,
explore Candyland, feed live reindeer, take a photo with Santa
near a 40’-tall Christmas Tree, enjoy the festive fare and so
much more!

Encinitas Holiday Parade    Dec. 6
This year’s theme is “Droppin’ In for the Holidays,” celebrating
Encinitas’ reputation as THE mecca for Action Sports. Expect to
see plenty of big name surfers, skateboarders, snowboarders
and more and terrific representations of the action sports
lifestyle on the many floats and entries in the parade.

51st Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival    Dec. 6
Unwrap some magic this holiday season and partake in the
festive fun, at the 51st Annual Golden Anniversary North Park
Toyland Parade & Holiday Fair. The historic neighborhood of
North Park will warmly welcome friends and family to bundle up
and delight in San Diego’s most joyful parade.

Garden of Lights   Dec. 6 – 30
After the sun goes down in December, the Garden is transformed
into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling
lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience!

2014 La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival     Dec. 7
Spread some holiday cheer at the Annual La Jolla Christmas
Parade & Holiday Festival in downtown La Jolla. The event
includes marching bands, floats, equestrian units, vintage
automobiles and an appearance by Santa Claus. The theme for
this year’s parade is “Spirit of Christmas – Peace on Earth.”

La Mesa’s Christmas in the Village      Dec. 12 – 13
Don’t miss the strolling minstrels, carolers and street entertainers,
food and commercial vendors. Live Music is featured in a number
of stage areas and Bonfires fill the Boulevard. The kids will love
Santa, the Carnival Rides, Ponies and the Puppet Shows. All
Specialty Shops, Boutiques and Restaurants open late during
event. Thousands of unique gifts all season long!

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights      Dec. 13
This free, distinctly California celebration features boats
decorated for the annual holiday season that will sail around
Mission Bay. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego
community, dozens of vessels take to the water for the parade.

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights      Dec. 13
Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed
up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant
onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach.

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo     Dec. 13 – Jan. 4
Jungle Bells are ringing – it’s holiday time! During Jungle Bells
presented by California Coast Credit Union, the San Diego Zoo
is transformed into a magical winter wonderland.

Poway’s Christmas in the Park      Dec. 14
San Diego’s furriest festive parade returns to Downtown as
the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace
Hardware takes over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter.

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade      Dec. 14
Are you looking for a great way to get into the holiday spirit
and create family memories that will last a lifetime? Witness
Christmas traditions come to life!

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights      Dec. 14 – 21
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM | Recurs every Sunday
Join us for the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, an annual timehonored
holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating
community. The parade takes place on San Diego Bay with more
than 80 boats lavishly decorated to a new theme each year. Held
on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds
from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero,
Seaport Village, and the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Whether
you’re a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive
and delightful experience for all!

Ponsettia Bowl Gaslamp March      Dec. 21
Marching bands and spirit squads from the participating
universities will parade from each end of 5th Avenue performing
holiday classics, and meeting up at Market Street for a heartpounding
Battle of the Bands!

National University Holiday Bowl     Dec. 27
Teams from the Pac-12 conference and the Big 12 conference
will square off in the annual National University Holiday Bowl.

San Diego November Events

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Art San Diego 2014   Nov. 6 – 9
With Art San Diego as the centerpiece, visitors can also enjoy a diverse section of our citywide arts and cultural events that will include museum exhibitions, gallery openings, installations, public art, music, theatre and dance performances, and special dining, transportation and hotel opportunities for residents as well as  international cultural visitors.

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra   Nov. 6
Opening La Jolla Music Society’s 46th season Celebrity Orchestra Series, internationally renowned Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101 | 858.459.3728

San Diego Asian Film Festival  Nov. 6 – 15
The San Diego Asian Film Festival is one of the largest exhibitions of Asian international and Asian American cinema in North America.

San Diego Beer Week 2014   Nov. 7 – 16
San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county. 7700 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009 | 858.450.9277

Ride the Point Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride    Nov. 8
Ride the Point encompasses the most picturesque natural coastline in Southern California on exclusive routes along San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Cardiff State Beach Cleanup   Nov. 8
San Diego Coastkeeper hosts a beach and street cleanup at Cardiff State Beach. Cardiff State Beach is a great place to bring your dog as well as just soak up the sun, and after winning the dubious award of “dirtiest beach” last year, it could use a little extra love. Meet in the Cardiff Seaside parking lot (south lot).

CicloSDias Hillcrest and Bankers Hill    Nov. 9
Please join us for San Diego’s third free open streets celebration. This event is open to anyone who wants to bike, walk, stroll or skate, as long as they’re using a non-motorized vehicle. Families and pets (on leashes) are welcome.

Fall Back: The Children’s Historical Street Faire    Nov. 9
Perfect event for children and families! Kids will experience a cross-section of what life was like before the age of television, computers and cell phones. 410 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 | 619.233.4692

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!     Nov. 15 – Dec. 27
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101 | 619.234.5623

Silver Strand Distance Classic Half Marathon, 10 Miler & 5K     Nov. 16
Run, walk or skate along the Silver Strand from Coronado to Imperial Beach at the Annual Silver Strand Distance Classic Half Marathon, 10 Miler & 5K.

2014 San Diego Bay Wine & Food      Nov. 16 – 23
The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival returns November 16-23, 2014, and this year is bigger and better than ever. Celebrate 11 years in the making with new events, the best wines in the world and some of today’s biggest celebrity chefs and culinary personalities. Join over 200 wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors, 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest wine and food celebration on the West Coast. Don’t miss the action-packed week of festivities sure to please your inner foodie and wine lover!

Gourmet Food Truck Festival     Nov. 22
Bring your appetite on Saturday, as some of the tastiest food on wheels comes to Del Mar for the Fall Food Truck Festival. Enjoy a variety of some of the hottest eats in Southern California as 40 food trucks are expected. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014 | 858.755.1141

2014 Encinitas Fall Festival   Nov. 23
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Established in 1989, the Encinitas Fall Festival, previously known as the Poinsettia Festival, is a holiday street faire in the historic part of town. Coast Highway 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas, CA 92024 | 760.943.1950

2014 Mother Goose Parade     Nov. 23
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration features whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.

San Diego Jazz Fest   Nov. 26-30
The 35th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to swing to dixieland at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.

October Events in San Diego

Julian Apple Harvest Sept. 1 – Oct. 15
Local residents and guests celebrate autumn with music, art shows, cider and delicious apple pies in the charming mountain town of Julian.

Oktoberfest Beer & Food Tour of San Diego
Oct. 1-31
3 hour local craft beer and food walking tour celebrating Oktoberfest in San Diego. Ample beer tastings and delicious food pairings at La Jolla’s best breweries and brewpubs. An educational and fun tour in beautiful, scenic La Jolla-by-the-sea! San Diego Beer and Wine Tours.

An Evening with Crosby, Stills & Nash Oct. 1
On the heels of their sold out March 2014 tour, Crosby, Stills & Nash have announced additional tour dates, including a stop in San Diego. The group will perform songs from their extensive catalogue, as well as new material from each member.

Balboa Park History Stroll Oct. 2
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Reservations are requested, but walk-ups are welcome! or Call 619-232-6203 ext.129

Fleet Week San Diego 2014
Oct. 3 – 4, 2014 – MCAS Miramar Air Show
Oct. 18 – Fleet Week Big Bay Bash
Nov. 21 – Fleet Week Football Classic: SDSU vs. Air Force
Fleet Week San Diego honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through public events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes. Join us in thanking our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen for their services to our country by participating in 2014 Fleet Week San Diego events

Halloween at the Whaley House Oct. 3 – 31
The historic Whaley House Museum in Old Town, has some “spirited” fun in store for visitors this Halloween season, including extended hours, period lighting and music, Past & Presence Ghost Tours, and after-hours Ghost Hunts.

MCAS Miramar Air Show Oct. 3 – 5
MCAS Miramar Air Show features three full days of flying and entertainment, food and novelty booths, children’s activity area, military displays, trade show, and more! Marine Corps Air Station – Miramar

Oktoberfest in La Mesa Oct. 3-5
Friday and Saturday 10 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday noon-5 pm.
This traditional German celebration features dancing, food, Bavarian bands, arts and crafts and commercial booths in the San Diego East County, city of La Mesa

Carlsbad Oktoberfest Oct. 4
Get out your lederhosen! The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest, a fall tradition of feasting, fun and fundraising, will bring thousands of people to enjoy German food (and beer!), live music, and a variety of entertainment for children.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival Oct. 11 – 12
Featuring the works of more than 150 established artists a silent auction, roving entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, the Geppetto’s/Witt Lincoln Family Art Center, and a wine and beer garden.

6th Annual Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase Oct. 12
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
With the Gaslamp Quarter’s vibrant history and its connection with historic Highway 80, it is fitting that the Gaslamp Quarter Association will celebrate new and vintage high-performance vehicles at the 6th Annual Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase.
614 Fifth Ave, San Diego, 619.233.522

20th Annual Little Italy FESTA! Oct. 12
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
This colorful Italian celebration features music, fine food and “Gesso Italiano,” a traditional Italian street-painting festival, held in downtown San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Taste of Coronado Oct. 15
Take a culinary trip around the world sampling from our local bistros. Meander along Orange Avenue or take a ride on the complimentary trolley. This will be a night to remember so come and bring your friends!

Fall Festival Weekends at The San Diego KOA Resort   Oct. 17 – 19
Come Camping for the Weekend and enjoy Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch, Carnival Games, Pumpkin Carving, and a Halloween Parade.

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show Oct. 17 – 19
Each Harvest Festival features hundreds of artisans exhibiting American handmade items, strolling entertainment, festival food and a Kidzone. Venue: Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival Oct. 24 – 26
Weekend activities include arts and crafts, food and live entertainment, a parade and the Miss Borrego Springs Pageant in the town of Borrego Springs. Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce

The Boulevard Boo! Parade Oct.25
The Boulevard BOO! Parade returns to the College Area bigger and spookier than ever with more floats, more zombies, more music and more surprises.

Dia de los Muertos, Oceanside Oct.26
Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is an all-day community event with diverse cultural traditions, remembering and honoring deceased loved ones. Mission San Luis Rey


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September Events in San Diego


Challenge Walk Multiple Sclerosis     Sept. 5-7
The event is a 50-mile, 3-day walk from Carlsbad to San Diego. Participants will experience a personal journey of physical stamina and adventure while benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Today, the walk will travel from the Carlsbad Flower Fields to the Del Mar Mariott Hotel. 7am-4pm. (760) 448-8435 /

Old Town Fiesta de Kustom Kulture     Sept. 6
Car and motorcycle enthusiasts will not want to miss this! It’s a unique car show that features 72 hot rods, street rods, and muscle cars; plus show-quality motorcycles. Come and get a close look at the specialty art of pin striping and browse through auto & bike related merchandise. 10am-6pm. San Diego Avenue. (619) 291-4903

OM Volleyball Tournament     Sept. 6
Mini-courts are set up at Bonita Cove and ready for three-person teams to play beach volleyball. It’ll be a fun day for athletes to show off their skills. The competition will continue throughout the day as losing teams are eliminated and the final winning team is announced. 8am-5pm. Joel McMurrin (619) 247-0769 /

La Jolla Rough Water Swim     Sept. 7
This swimming event has been a summer tradition since 1916 and is nationally ranked #1 as America’s premier open water swimming competition. The courses consist of a Junior Swim (250-yards), Amateur Swim (1-mile), Master’s Swim (1-triangular mile), and the Gatorman Swim (3-triangular miles). 9am-4pm. La Jolla Cove. (858) 456-2100 /

Brazilian Day San Diego Festival     Sept. 7
A fantastic festival in Pacific Beach is showcasing the culture of Brazil. The contagious drum percussion, moving rhythms, fascinating dances, exotic foods, and hand-made crafts make it a festival to remember. This event is in conjunction with the “Brazilian Day Parade”. 11am-8pm. (858) 731-4953 /

San Diego Bayfair (Festival)     Sept. 12-14
For enjoyment at the San Diego Bayfair thunderboat races, this festival offers freestyle demonstration interactive displays, RV camping, live music, food, cocktails, merchandise, and powerboat memorabilia. This event is in conjunction with the “San Diego Bayfair Powerboat Races”. 6am-6pm. West Mission Bay (Crown Point) (805) 276-5135 /

Tierrasanta 5K Run & Fun Run/Walk     Sept. 13
Participants can choose to join a 5K Run (measured distance of 3.2-miles) or a Fun Run/Walk. Afterwards, there’s pizza & burritos, musical entertainment, a beer garden for adults, and a kids fun zone for children. The event is accompanied with a morning concert and a business expo. 6-11:30am. Tierrasanta Recreation Center. (619) 507-0666 /

Heart & Stroke Walk     Sept. 13
This nationwide 5K walk encourages participants to form teams and obtain pledges for lifesaving research on heart disease and stroke. The event also presents a 1-mile miracle survivor walk that celebrates success stories for heart disease and stroke victims. 6-10am. Balboa Park. (858) 410-3849 /

Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego     Sept. 13-14
Talented artists from around the county are presenting their amazing art creations in Old Town. The event includes a Children’s Art Show, staged entertainment, a food court, and a beer garden. If you have time to spare, there are many Old Town galleries and quaint shops to explore. 10am-6pm. (619) 233-5008 /

Slide The City     Sept. 13
Get ready for a big splash of fun! A 1,000-foot long inflatable water slide will be set up in downtown San Diego offering thrilling rides. Food, music, dancing, and merchandise accompany the event. Wear your swimsuit and bring your friends for a great time! 12-10pm. 8th Avenue. (619) 233-5008 /

La Costa Film Festival     Sept. 18-21
We envision the creation of a unique cultural event that enhances our appreciation of the arts, and establishes not just our community, but all of North County as an entertainment hub. Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

Gaslamp Quarter Parking Day     Sept. 19
The Gaslamp Quarter brings activation to the area by transforming an entire city street into a public park complete with seating, bike racks, and musical entertainment. All persons are welcome to come. A free pancake breakfest is presented to “First Responders” (police & fire). 8am-3pm. (619) 233-5227 /

Carlsbad Music Festival     Sept. 19-21
This year’s Festival will feature over 50 performances in three days with concerts in Magee Park and Carlsbad Village Theater on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the Village Music Walk on Friday, all curated by Festival Founder and Director, composer Matt McBane. Carlsbad Village.

So Fine on Kline     Sept. 20
Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church is hosting a community family festival. Those who come can enjoy a full day of wholesome entertainment. Highlights include rock n’ roll music, game booths, a bake sale, barbequed food, beer, and a kids zone with an inflatable slide and jump house. 10am-7pm. Kline St. (858) 414-8281 /

Mira Mesa Street Fair     Sept. 20
It’s a fun community festival that brings neighbors together to learn about local businesses, community groups, service providers, schools, and charities. The event includes stage shows, jumpers, a dunk tank, beer garden, food, merchandise, a library book sale, and police & fire displays. 10am-5pm. Camino Ruiz. (858) 566-2261 /

Imperial Avenue Street Festival     Sept. 20
Local businesses along Imperial Avenue are promoting their shops with a street fair. Regional and jazz music will entertain patrons who come to relax in the beer garden and browse through booths offering food, clothing, handicrafts, toys, and more. 12-6pm. (619) 858-0563 /

PurpleStride San Diego     Sept. 21
PurpleStride is an athletic event where participants can enjoy a 5K run/walk. It takes place at East Mission Bay with views of water, grass, and trees. Post-event activities include music, light refreshments, and games for children. Proceeds benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Network. 6:30-10:30am. (310) 706-3338 /

Encinitas Oktoberfest     Sept. 21
This traditional German celebration includes Bavarian entertainment, a variety of vendors, traditional German food, wine, beer, and family-oriented activities and games. 10am-5pm. Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real.

Pacific Islander Festival     Sept. 21-22
Island music can be heard at a colorful festival that celebrates Polynesian, Micronesian, and Melanesian culture. Traditional costmed dance performers, tantalizing foods, crafts, and displays of artifacts are there for you to enjoy. This is the perfect event to wear your flowered island clothing. 9am-4pm. West Mission Bay Park (Ski Beach) (619) 823-8435 /

San Diego AIDS Walk/Run     Sept. 27
AIDS Walk offers a 5K walk and a 10K run. A health fair accompanies the event with HIV testing, information, refreshments, and more. In addition, there will be an evening candlelight vigil. Proceeds will go towards ongoing research on HIV/AIDS. 6am-8pm. Normal St./Harvey Milk St. (619) 692-2077 x-220 /

Adams Avenue Street Fair     Sept. 27-28
This popular festival has seven stages and 90 musical performances of rock, blues, folk, and jazz. Art, food, and craft vendors number about 300. You can also go on carnival rides and visit the beer garden. Take your time to enjoy it all; the event is for two full days. 10am-10pm. (619) 282-7329 /

Mission Beach Centennial Festival     Sept. 27
Mission Beach is a happening place. The festivities of this event include live music with an electric mix of sounds, a beer garden, food, merchandise, and a barbeque cook-off. The rides and attractions in Belmont Park serve as the fun zone. 11am-8pm. (619) 888-0273 /

Tour de Fat     Sept. 27
Tour de Fat is a national traveling festival that promotes the use of bicycles as a sustainable form of transportation. It begins with a bike parade and continues with a festival offering lively entertainment, tasty food, beer, and merchandise. Bring your bike and mingle with other cyclists. 11am-5:30pm. Golden Hill Park: 2600 Golf Course Dr. (435) 901-2582 /

Tour de Poway     Sept. 28
Cyclists are getting in gear for an adventurous bike ride and can choose between different course lengths; 100-mile, 62-mile, 50-mile, and a 24-mile. Each distance has various grades and elevations and scenic views from sub-cities to back country roads. 7am-4pm. (858) 679-1027 /

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