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Step into Autumn - September 2018 Calendar of Events


Del Mar Racing Season   Through Sept. 3

The Del Mar Racetrack is a world-class Thoroughbred racing destination welcoming the industry’s top athletes and California’s most spirited partygoers.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

858-755-1141 / www.dmtc.com


Barona Powwow   Aug. 31-Sept. 2

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

Fri 6-11pm, Sat 7 Sun 1-11pm / Barona Sports Park, Lakeside

619-443-6612 x120 / www.barona-nsn.gov


US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Expo  Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Patrons will see and be able to buy over 1,000 one-of-a-kind works of art and enjoy live entertainment from bands. Picnic on the Bay with food and drink from over a dozen gourmet food trucks and a wine and beer garden.

Broadway Pier and Landing: 1000 North Harbor Drive

619-980-6651 / www.ussandsculpting.com


Julian Grape Stomp Festa   Sept. 1

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!

11am-6pm / Menghini Winery



Labor Day Stickball Tournament   Sept. 1-3

Honoring long-standing traditions, paying tribute to this East Coast sporting pastime and having a fun!

8am-5pm / Little Italy



Big SoCal Euro   Sept. 2

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.

12-6pm / SDCCU Stadium



Taste of Del Mar   Sept. 6

Explore 20+ culinary creations from local and award-winning restaurants, experience 10+ craft beer and wine “Sip Stops,” and enjoy live music.

5:30-8:30pm / Downtown Del Mar Village

858-735-3650 / www.visitdelmarvillage.com


Play on the Bay   Sept. 7

Enjoy spectacular food, drinks, live music, a silent auction and more in an unforgettable evening on the bay. Proceeds benefit DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit assisting public school teachers with the supplies and equipment they need for their classrooms.

6-9pm / Loews Coronado Bay Resort



Beach Polo Cup   Sept. 7-9

Polo matches, a lavish 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.

Hotel del Coronado



Burgers & Beers   Sept. 8

Try gourmet burgers from more than 20 of San Diego’s best restaurants as they compete to win the “Best Burger” award. Enjoy unlimited beer samples from over 40 of the best breweries San Diego has to offer.

1-4pm / Golden Hill Park



KGB Sky Show   Sept. 8

Blending lighting, video and special effects to enhance the fireworks display following an exciting SDSU football game.

5pm / SDCCU Stadium



Carlsbad Brewfest   Sept. 8

Craft beer with tastings from more than 34+ San Diego & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.

12-4:30pm / Holiday Park: 3400 Pio Pico Drive



San Diego Blues Festival   Sept. 8

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.

12-8pm / Embarcadero Marina Park North



South Bay Pride Art & Musical Festival   Sept. 8

Fun for all with live entertainment, local art, food, drinks and more! Children’s Area includes bungee jumping, inflatables and more.

12-8pm / Chula Vista Bayside Park



Cardiff Greek Festival   Sept. 8-9

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

Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm / Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church



Taste of Downtown   Sept. 13

Enjoy tantalizing tastes from more than 40 Restaurants located throughout the East Village, City Center and Gaslamp Quarter.

5-9pm / Downtown San Diego

619-234-0201 / www.downtownsandiego.org


Sorrento Valley Beer Festival   Sept. 14

Fresh, cool craft beer, delicious food, live music, fun games, fire pits and plenty of comfortable seating.

5-9pm / Party Pals: 10427 Roselle St.



America’s Finest BBQ State Championship   Sept. 14-15

Compete in a KCBS sanctioned BBQ competition, sample world class BBQ and enjoy the beer garden, all while watching the San Diego Bayfair’s World Series of Powerboat Racing.

Mission Bay: Crown Point Park



San Diego Bayfair   Sept. 14-16

World Series of Powerboat Racing - a family festival tradition for more than 40 years speeds to the finish line.

8am-4pm / Mission Bay Park



Santee Bluegrass Festival   Sept. 15

Fine wines, a bevy of brews, tasty treats, bidding bazaar and live Bluegrass music. Annual fundraiser.

5:30-9:30pm / Town Center Community Park East



Julian Music Festival   Sept. 15

Celebrate with bluegrass to celebrate the festival’s roots and Western ballads to remember the past and present.

1-7pm / Menghini Winery



Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias   Sept. 15

Our exciting 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.

12-4pm / Old Town State Historic Park

619-220-5422 / www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=663


Taste of South Park   Sept. 15

Hallmarked by an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and pubs, coffee houses and family dining spots, chart a course for South Park and satisfy all your foodie cravings in one day!

12-4pm / South Park at Fern St.



Oceanside Harbor Days   Sept. 15-16

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.

9am-5pm / Oceanside Harbor



Ironman 70.3 Superfrog   Sept. 16

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.

7-11am / Imperial Beach Pier



San Diego Quilt Show   Sept. 20-22

Enjoy hundreds of quilts on display and over 40 vendors featuring everything quilters and others, need, want and love. This year’s theme is “Wild West.”

Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 9am-4pm / SD Convention Center

619-443-2706 / www.sandiegoquiltshow.com


Semper Tri, Devil Dog Duathlon & 7K Run   Sept. 22

Help us support quality of life programs for our Marines, Sailors & their Families by taking part in the Semper Triathlon, Devil Dog Duathlon and 7K No Beach Out of Reach Run.

7am-12:30pm / Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton



Bonitafest Performing Arts Festival   Sept. 22

Come see the South Bay’s best show choirs and stage bands, sample delicious food and take in arts and crafts.

9am-4pm / Bonita Vista High School



SaltDog Classic   Sept. 22

Local bands, vendors, artists, and a full on Tiki Bar rocking this year. Supporting Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

11am-6pm / Seaside State Beach, Solana Beach



San Diego Festival of Beer   Sept. 22

Enjoy the sounds of live music while sampling unlimited and exclusive craft beer tastings, food trucks, vendor booths, lively music, fun games, and more!

12-5pm / Broadway Pier



Pacific Islander Festival   Sept. 22-23

Cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and specialty crafts.

9am-4pm / Mission Bay’s Ski Beach



San Diego Restaurant Week   Sept. 23-30

Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County.



La Mesa Oktoberfest    Sept. 28-30

Hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, games and of course beer.

La Mesa Village



Poway Rodeo   Sept. 28-29

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.

Poway Valley Riders Association



Cabrillo Festival    Sept. 28-29

Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures.

11am-4pm / Naval Base Point Loma



MCAS Miramar Air Show    Sept. 28-30

The Blue Angels, U.S. Army Golden Knights, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning and more will fill the sky over the three days of air show.

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar



El Cajon Oktoberfest   Sept. 28-30 & Oct. 5-7

Folk dances, games, and contests, vendor booths and craft stands, and let your youngsters go crazy in the Kids’ Zone!

See website for schedule. / 1017 South Mollison Avenue

619-442-6637 / www.oktoberfestelcajon.com


Bayside Brew & Spirits Festival    Sept. 29

Highlights the unique culture of the National City community and celebrating music and of course beer, wine and spirits.

12-5pm / Pepper Park, National City



Adams Avenue Street Fair   Sept. 29-30

Featuring 90 musical acts on six stages. Beer gardens and beer tastings, giant carnival rides, festival foods and more than 300 arts and crafts booths.

Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm / 34th and Adams Avenue, Normal Heights

619-282-7329 / www.adamsavenuebusiness.com


Encinitas Oktoberfest   Sept. 30

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

10am-6pm / Mountain Vista Drive & El Camino Real

760-753-6041 / www.encinitasoktoberfest.com


Treasure Chest Beer + Food Fest    Sept. 30

Beer and food pairing extravaganza, will serve as a fundraiser for breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen San Diego.

12-5pm / Green Flash Brewing Co., Mira Mesa



Soak Up the Rest of Summer with these Great San Diego events!


Del Mar Racing Season Through Sept. 3

The Del Mar Racetrack is a world-class Thoroughbred racing destination welcoming the industry’s top athletes and California’s most spirited partygoers.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

858-755-1141 / www.dmtc.com


The CADO June 16-Aug. 30

An immersive pop-up experience devoted to California Avocados will feature seven imaginative rooms of large-scale interactive art installations.

Liberty Station, South Promenade



Summer Family Mural Project Aug. 3

Join us during “Food Truck Fridays” in Balboa Park! Help paint a large mural in front of the Timken, then go inside for an art treasure hunt.

5-7pm / Timken Museum of Art, Balboa Park

619-239-5548 x109 / www.timkenmuseum.org


Bon Odori Festival Aug. 3-4

Enjoy a variety of merchants, family friendly activities, Japanese festival foods, a beer garden, a tea & dessert garden, and cultural performances! Each festival day will also be highlighted with traditional Bon Odori practices - “Toro Nagashi” and the “Bon” dance.

Fri 12-8pm, Sat 11am-9pm / Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park

619-232-2721 / www.niwa.org/bonsd


Lake Poway Family Campout Aug. 4-5

Activities include: guided evening hikes, campfire with s’mores, and Extreme Rahim returns with his family pleasing magic/comedy show. Remember to bring your own camping equipment, dinner supplies to barbeque, and grill/charcoal. Kiwanis club will be offering a pancake breakfast.

5pm-9am / Lake Poway

858-688-4772 / www.poway.org


Chula Vista Lemon Festival Aug. 5

Live entertainment, a kids’ fun zone and lemons galore. Celebrate this juicy jubilee with the community by sporting your brightest yellow outfit and enjoying lemon-infused activities including live bands, sour contests, a kid’s fun zone, a craft beer garden and hundreds of festive booths.

11am-5pm / 3rd Avenue: E to G Streets

619-422-1982 / www.thirdavenuevillage.com


Vista Rod Run Aug. 5

300+ classic and specialty cars. Car owners compete for the best of the best to win one of 30 trophies. Also featured is High Energy DJ, Millionaire Beach Bums band, Specialty Auto vendors and great downtown shopping, restaurants and breweries.

9am-2pm / Historic Downtown Vista



Tiki Oasis 2018 - South Seas Cinema Aug. 8-12

The largest and longest-running tiki gathering in the world, Tiki Oasis attendees enjoy a tiki-tastic art and fashion marketplace, live tropical-jazz music, go-go dancers, a classic car show, pool parties and more.

Bali Hai & The Crowne Plaza Hotel



Summer Bash - Business Expo Aug. 9

Join members of the business community and view the goods and services they provide and mix and mingle! Attend and be prepared to have fun, taste great food and the opportunity win over 46 FREE door prizes from participating business vendors!

5-8pm / La Mesa Community Center

619-465-7700 x2 / www.lamesachamber.net


Night Fishing Aug. 9 & 23

Bring your lanterns, but not your radios. Permit required but no state license is needed.

5-11:30pm / Santee Lakes: Lakes 1-4

619-596-3141 / www.santeelakes.com


National City Automobile

Heritage Day Festival & Car Show Aug. 11

Join us for live music, food from a variety of National City’s popular eateries, entertainment for children and specialty booths.

10am-3pm / Kimball Park

619-477-9339 / www.automobileheritageday.com


Julian Natural Wonderfest Aug. 11

Wildlife encounters, music, art and star party featuring the Perseid Meteor Shower. Learn about the wildlife through our animal ambassadors. Learn about the Cosmos with Telescopes and our local Astronomers. Enjoy special activities at our Exhibitor Booths. Stage events for adults and kids.

3-11pm / Jess Martin Park



ArtWalk @ Liberty Station Aug. 11-12

More than 200 international, national and local San Diego artists, showcasing every medium including painting, sculpture, glass work, fine jewelry, photography and more. Along with the art, attendees will also be able to enjoy live music, interactive art for kids and the kids at heart, street food options and a wine and beer pavilion.

Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / 2645 Historic Decatur

619-615-1090 / www.artwalksandiego.org


Art in the Village Aug. 12

Celebrating the dynamic art culture in Carlsbad Village and the surrounding areas, the event attracts thousands of residents and a diverse selection of fine artists. Live music & local dining.

9am-5pm / Carlsbad Village

760-453-7076 / www.carlsbad-village.com


Hillcrest City Fest Street Fair Aug. 12

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.

Noon-11pm / 5th Ave and University Ave.

619-299-3330 / www.fabuloushillcrest.com


Cardiff Dog Days of Summer Aug. 12

Watch or enter in 6 different dog contests. Enjoy a wide variety of music throughout the event at the Main Stage and in the Beer & Wine Oasis. A Maker’s Market row will feature quality handmade goods made by local artisans. Rescue Row by Rancho Coastal Humane Society and Pet Health Expo.

11am-6pm / Encinitas Community Park

760-436-0431 / www.cardiff101.com


San Diego Int'l Mariachi Summit Gala Aug. 17

Celebrate the beauty, passion and pageantry of Mexico. Benefitting the Mariachi Scholarship Foundation, promoting mariachi education in San Diego and awarding over $450,000 worth of college scholarships since 1996.

7:30-9:30pm / San Diego Civic Theatre

619-570-1100 / www.sandiegotheatres.org


Latin Food Fest Aug. 17-18

California’s largest most attended annual Hispanic culinary celebration includes a festival kick-off party “Mexico Mercado.” Gran Tasting – the festivals signature event featuring 150 food, beverage, wine, beer and spirits stations, Cooking Demos, Best of Fest Chef Awards, VIP Tent, and Live Music.

Fri 6:30-10:30pm, Sat 11am-3pm / Embarcadero Marina Park N



Stone 22nd Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Aug. 18

Enjoy a relaxing evening of beer, food and live music with brewers and representatives from all of your favorite breweries.

1-8pm / California State University San Marcos



California Clambake Aug. 18

With a sunset backdrop, live entertainment and interactive beach games, guests donned in white attire will cozy up on communal tables and enjoy a shellfish feast featuring menus from renowned Guest Chef Tim Hollingsworth.

5:30-8pm / Hotel del Coronado

619-522-8490 / www.hoteldel.com


Chula Vista HarborFest Aug. 18

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!

10am-6pm / Bayside Park

619-233-5008 / www.chulavistaharborfest.com


World Bodysurfing Championships Aug. 18-19

350-400 bodysurfers from around the world compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes.

6:30am / Oceanside Pier



Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational Aug. 19

Four will be paired with a surf legend for a friendly competition that draws surf legends from around the world, followed by a festive luau with musical entertainment, a tropical buffet, and live and silent auctions featuring surf-inspired artwork, unique surfboards and vacation packages. All proceeds benefit research and patient care at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health.

7am / Scripps Pier, La Jolla



Carlsbad Music Festival Aug. 24-26

The Festival programming is an eclectic mix of creative music ranging from contemporary classical, to indie rock, to world music, to electronic; plus a beer garden and food trucks steps from the beach.

See website for schedule. / Carlsbad Village



Imperial Avenue Street Festival Aug. 25

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.

12-9pm / Logan Heights



San Diego Spirits Festival Aug. 25-26

The largest Cocktail Festival in San Diego provides a tremendous occasion to sample and experience the finest spirits and foods, with unique opportunities to learn how to create and pair the perfect cocktail and sample top-shelf cocktails from small-batch and big-name distillers.

Fri & Sat 2-6pm, Sun 2-5pm / Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier



LeucadiART Walk Aug. 26

Local juried artists displaying original art, live music, live mural painting, Craft Beer Garden, Children’s Art Pavilion.

10am-5pm / N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas

760-436-2320 / www.leucadia101.com


Bike the Bay Community Ride Aug. 26

Ride the bridge, Bike the Bay! Cruise around the San Diego Bay and enjoy an opportunity to pedal 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.



Barona Powwow Aug. 31-Sept. 2

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

Fri 6-11pm, Sat 7 Sun 1-11pm / Barona Sports Park, Lakeside

619-443-6612 x120 / www.barona-nsn.gov


US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Expo Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Over 300 tons of sand dumped on the pier on San Diego’s Big Bay. Patrons will see and be able to buy over 1,000 one-of-a-kind works of art and enjoy live entertainment from bands. Picnic on the Bay with food and drink from over a dozen gourmet food trucks and a wine and beer garden.

Broadway Pier and Landing: 1000 North Harbor Drive

619-980-6651 / www.ussandsculpting.com