Del Mar Racing Season Through Sep. 2
This season features the nations top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Contact: 858-755-1141 / www.dmtc.com
Barona Powwow Aug. 30-Sep. 1
Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Barona Sports Park, Lakeside
Contact: 619-443-6612 / www.crazycrow.com
Labor Day Stickball Tournament Aug. 31-Sep. 1
Columbia Street erupts with yelling and cheering for the stick ball teams, stirring up childhood memories.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Little Italy: State St & W Ash St
Contact: 619-233-3898 / www.littleitalysd.com
US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo Aug. 31-Sep. 2
The sculptures weigh over 10 tons, so we have over 1,000 works of art that you can fall in love with, buy and take home. Theres also live entertainment, a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, a fantastic view of the bay and all the great stuff that you always find on the Embarcadero!
Time/Place: Sat & Sun 9am-7pm, Mon 9am-5pm / Broadway Pier and Landing
Contact: 619-980-6651 / www.ussandsculpting.com
Big SoCal Euro Sep. 1
The event features more than 3,000 European cars from throughout the region. Bring your family to meet other car enthusiasts and enjoy raffles, drag racing, great food, automotive vendors, swap meet, afterparty and more.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / SDCCU Stadium
SD Architectural Foundation Tour of Del Mar Sep. 4
Tour the Del Mar Civic Center and Town Hall, a 2018 Orchid winner. Tours will be led by The Miller Hull Partnership and Spurlock Landscape Architects.
Time/Place: 4:30-7pm / 1050 Camino Del Mar
Taste of Del Mar Sep. 5
Explore 20+ culinary creations from local and award-winning restaurants, experience 10+ craft beer and wine Sip Stops, and enjoy live music.
Time/Place: 5-8pm / Downtown Del Mar Village
Contact: 858-735-3650 / www.visitdelmarvillage.com
Sycuan Pow-Wow Sep. 6-8
Only registered contestants can participate in the dancing contests, but everyone can take part when an intertribal dance is announced - visitors included.
Time/Place: 5459 Sycuan Rd., El Cajon
Julian Grape Stomp Festa Sep. 7
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 little extemporaneous dancing here and there, this will be a party to remember!
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Menghini Winery: 1150 Julian Orchards Dr.
Contact: 760-765-1857 / www.visitjulian.com
Carlsbad Brewfest Sep. 7
Celebrates craft beer with tastings from more than 34+ San Diego & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.
Time/Place: 12-4:30pm / Holiday Park: 3400 Pio Pico Dr.
Burgers & Beers Sep. 7
Try gourmet burgers from more than 20 of San Diegos best restaurants as they compete to win the Best Burger award. Enjoy unlimited beer samples from over 40 of the best breweries.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Golden Hill Park, San Diego
San Diego Blues Festival Sep. 7
Features 9 musical acts on two stages. Festival attendees will enjoy local craft beer, cocktails and wine along with specialty food trucks and arts and crafts vendors. Raises much-needed food and funds for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Embarcadero Marina Park North
Cardiff Greek Festival Sep. 7-8
Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, childrens activities and more!
Time/Place: Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm / Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church: 3459 Manchester Avenue
Contact: 760-942-0920 / www.cardiffgreekfestival.com
Aloha Run Sep. 8
A fun and festive, Hawaiian-themed 5k/10k event. Stick around for a luau party at the finish line with Tahitian dancers, live music, photo opportunities and much more!
Time/Place: 7:15-10am / Tecolote Shores Park: 1292 E. Mission Bay Dr.
2019 Chef Throwdown Sep. 13
Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Guests will gather on The Dels seaside Windsor Lawn, where they will enjoy chef tastings, both savory and sweet creations, sample craft cocktails and sips from wineries on both sides of the border followed by a three-course gourmet dinner.
Time/Place: 6-11:30pm / Hotel del Coronado
San Diego Bayfair Sep. 13-15
San Diego Bayfairs World Series of Powerboat Racing - a family festival tradition for more than 40 years speeds to the finish line. Beach party, Americas Finest BBQ State Championship on the 14th, live music, action sports, fast boats and craft beer.
Time/Place: Mission Bay Park
Contact: 760-789-8870 / www.sandiegobayfair.org
South Bay Pride Art & Musical Festival Sep. 14
A day (and evening) of fun for all with live entertainment, local art, food, drinks and more! Childrens Area, live music on two stages, Art in the Park and more!
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Chula Vista Bayside Park
Santee Bluegrass Festival Sep. 14
Fine wines, a bevy of brews, tasty treats, bidding bazaar and live Bluegrass music. Annual fundraiser in the East County and San Diego Communities.
Time/Place: 5:30-9:30pm / Town Center Community Park East
Contact: 619-258-4100 / www.SanteeBluegrassFestival.com
Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias Sep. 14
Our exciting and colorful Fiestas Patrias parade kicks off the festivities that will include the Escaramuzas, traditional women equestrians. Entertainment, crafts, games and demonstrations.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Old Town State Historic Park
OMBAC Classic Longboard Surfing Contest Sep. 14
All contestants must surf on 1969 or older longboards, 9 or longer, with no leash. Unique awards for top three finishers in each division along with local business SWAG!
Time/Place: 7:30am-4pm / North Side of Crystal Pier
Ironman 70.3 Superfrog Sep. 15
The challenging course was designed by a group of Navy Seals stationed at the US Navy Seals center in Coronado to both prepare them for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and to enhance their training.
Time/Place: 7-11am / Imperial Beach Pier
Bonitafest Performing Arts Festival Sep. 21
Come see the South Bays best show choirs and stage bands, sample delicious food, take in arts and crafts, and the fun!
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Bonita Vista High School, Chula Vista
San Diego Festival of Beer Sep. 21
Beer lovers will enjoy the sounds of live music while sampling unlimited and exclusive craft beer tastings, food trucks, vendor booths, lively music, fun games, and more!
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Broadway Pier
Julian Music Festival Sep. 21
Celebrate the end of summer with bluegrass to celebrate the festivals roots and Western ballads.
Time/Place: Menghini Winery: 1150 Julian Orchards Road
Clash at Clairemont Sep. 21
A star-studded athlete roster, incredible musicians, Vendor Village, food and fun for the whole family.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / 3401 Clairemont
Bayside Brew Festival & Spirits Sep. 21
Over 40 local San Diego and Baja California micro breweries, spirit brands, and food trucks/vendors, with different artists/bands entertaining you throughout the day.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Pepper Park, National City
Contact: 619-477-9339 / www.baysidebrewfest.com
Taste of South Park Sep. 21
Guests will also get a taste of the diverse boutiques and shops lining the streets of South Park between bites.
Time/Place: 12-4pm / 30th St. and Fern St. corridor, San Diego
Be The Change 5K Sep. 21
Enjoy some of the best views in the city as you run through this scenic waterfront course. Visit our Wellness Fair after the race. 100% of net proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish San Diego, Caterinas Club and the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Time/Place: 3:30-5:30pm / Spanish Landing Park West, San Diego
Viking Festival Sep. 21-22
Meet the Norse Gods and Viking Folk at the Living History Viking Village and Marketplace. Two stages of Live Music and Entertainment. Exotic food and drink. Brew Masters Beers and Mead Garden. Axe throwing, KidZone, Live Viking Combat, Norway Heritage Hall, Games & Competitions.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm / 2006 E. Vista Way, Vista
Adams Avenue Street Fair Sep. 21-22
SoCals largest free two-day music festival. Beer gardens and beer tastings, giant carnival rides, festival foods and more than 300 arts and crafts booths.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm / Normal Heights
Contact: 619-282-7329 / www.adamsavenuebusiness.com
Oceanside Harbor Days Sep. 21-22
Sun, sand, and surf including a costume party for kids 12 and under at Pirate Village; Arts, Crafts and Food booth areas; Nail n Sail Competition; music, a beer garden and more.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Oceanside Harbor
Pacific Islander Festival Sep. 21-22
Showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and crafts.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Mission Bays Ski Beach
San Diego Restaurant Week Sep. 22-29
Over 180 participating restaurants will offer 3-course prix-fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person.
Gaslight Steampunk Expo Sep. 26-29
A weekend of interactive maker workshops, special presentations, vendors, tea pot racing, tea dueling, fashion shows, games, music, movies and so much more!
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Town & Country Resort Hotel, San Diego
Poway Rodeo Sep. 27-28
Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Bull Riding. Theres even a Mutton Bustin.
Time/Place: 14336 Tierra Bonita
Contact: 866-776-7633 / www.powayrodeo.com
El Cajon Oktoberfest Sep. 27-29 & Oct. 4-6
Entertainment provided by our popular band Guggenbach-Buam. Enjoy folk dances, games, and contests, vendor booths and craft stands, and Kids Zone!
Time/Place: South Mollison Avenue
Cabrillo Festival Sep. 28-29
Educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances. Food booths with delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food. Vendors will showcase their various artistic goods.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Naval Base Point Loma
Encinitas Oktoberfest Sep. 29
Will feature music, Bavarian dancers, German food and drink, and a street craft faire featuring more than 200 vendors.
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real