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8/1 & 8/8 – Point Loma Summer Concerts |Optimist Field at Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Blvd | See website for times | FREE | Outdoor concert with various bands
8/1 – Summer movies in the Park | Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy | Begins at dusk | Free | Join us at the County of San Diego Waterfront Park for a night under the stars and a movie in the park
8/2 – Annual Clairemont Family Days | South Clairemont | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Festival with music entertainment, pancake breakfast, pony rides, carnival, arts & craft vendors & more!
8/2 – 60th Annual Balboa Park 8-mile & 3-mile Runs | Balboa Park – East side, off Park Blvd & Presidents Way | 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. | See website for fees | Courses are through and around Balboa Park
8/3 – Annual Lemon Festival | Downtown Chula Vista – Third Ave from E St to Roosevelt | 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | FREE | For More Information 619-422-1982 | Live entertainment on three stages, international foods, hand crafters, contests & lemons galore!
8/9 – Dog Days of Summer Canine Festival & Contest | Cardiff by the Sea – Aberdeen Dr & Newcastle Ave | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Dog contests, custom pet products, animal adoptions, live music, food, doggie photo booth & crafts, silent auction, raffle & more
8/9 – 8/10 – Annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival |Balboa Park – lawn area at Park Blvd & President’s Way | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | FREE | Festival showcasing Philippine performing arts, folk dances, music, food & costume.
8/10 – Annual CityFest | Hillcrest – 5th Ave & University | 12:00 – 10:30 p.m. | FREE | Popular arts & crafts festival with 250+ vendors, games, activities, beer garden, food & more
8/15 – 8/17 – Annual Summergrass Bluegrass Music Festival | Vista – Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave | Gates open 8:00 a.m. | Family oriented event with live music, food, music workshops, jam sessions, vendors & activities for kids
8/16 – World Bodysurfing Championships | Oceanside Pier | Begins at 6am | Body surfers from around the world will compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes
8/16 – Free to Breathe 5K Fun Run/Walk| Point Loma – Liberty Station NTC Park, Farragut Rd |8:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Event promoting awareness of and raising money for lung cancer research
8/17 – America’s Finest City Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk | Cabrillo National Monument & Balboa Park | 7:00 a.m. start | Half marathon begins at Cabrillo National Park and ends in the Pan-American Plaza in Balboa Park, 5k begins and ends at Pan-American Plaza
8/21 – 8/24 – Julian Starfest 2014 | Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Ln, Julian | See website for times | Four day festival focused around the field of astronomy
8/23 – 8/24 – San Diego Spirits Festival | Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier | Sat, 2-6pm; Sun 2-5pm | 21+ Event | Refer to website for pricing & tickets | Cocktail culinary and cultural event where the world of craft spirits, high profile liquors and fine cuisine unite overlooking a sun-drenched San Diego Bay
8/24 – Annual Bike the Bay | Downtown San Diego – Embarcadero Marina Park South | 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | 25-mile fun bike ride that begins and ends at Embarcadero Marina Park South, food, entertainment & beer garden
8/29 – 9/1 Festival of Sail 2014 | San Diego Bay – Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Dr | Refer to website for schedule | Annual event held each Labor Day weekend includes live entertainment, petting zoo, cannon battles, pirates, 150 vendors, racing yachts and more
Saturdays – Stagecoach Days : Celebrating the West on the Move | Old Town San Diego Historic Park, San Diego Ave & Twiggs St | 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. | FREE | Each week will offer a different theme and activities
7/4 – Annual Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show | San Diego Bay, Downtown San Diego | 9:00 – 9:30 p.m. | Fireworks extravaganza with good viewing areas: Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Spanish Landing, Seaport Village, Embarcadero Marina Park North, Tuna Harbor, Coronado Landing, & Coronado Tidelands Park
7/4 – Scripps Ranch Old Pros 10K, 2-mile Fun Run & Bike Rides | Miramar Ranch School parking lot, Scripps Ranch | 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Race starts at 7:00 am | Several running and cycling opportunities.
7/12 – 10th Annual Bake at the Lake Race | Lake Hodges | 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Admission $10 – $15 | A 4-mile cross-country race on the trails of Lake Hodges benefiting Mission Vista High School Cross Country Teams
7/12 – 7/13– Community Health & Fitness Expo | Saturday: Westfield Plaza Camino Real, Carlsbad; Sunday: Tamarack State Beach | Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sunday 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | The Expo features shopping, music, seminars/workshops, and fun activities. Sunday’s Expo is in conjunction with the Carlsbad Triathlon.
7/12 – 7/13 – Christmas in July Artisan Fair | Mission San Luis Ray Parish, Oceanside | Sat & Sun 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Annual shopping extravaganza sponsored by the Old Mission Montessori School and the Mission San Luis Rey Parish. The Christmas in July fundraiser draws an estimated 20,000 people each year. Event will include artisan booths, farmer’s market, a rummage sale, bake sale, food court raffle, kid’s activity area and live entertainment.
7/12 – 7/13 & 7/19 – 7/20 – Annual World Championship Over-the-Line Tournament | Fiesta Island, Fiesta Island Rd, East Mission Bay | 7:30 a.m. – dusk | 21+ Event | FREE | 61 years of adult rugged sandbox softball play: 1,200 teams, almost 2,400 games in 2 weekends
7/13 – 2014 Carlsbad Triathlon | Tamarack State Beach, Carlsbad | 8:00 a.m. | Begins with an open-water ocean swim, followed by a bike course and finally a run along the Pacific Ocean.
7/13 & 7/27 – La Jolla Concerts by the Sea | Scripps Park | Sunday afternoon | Free | Summer concerts – bring a blanket or beach chair and listen to live music.
7/17 – 9/3 – Del Mar Horse Races | Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar | Refer to the website for schedule & events | The track runs during the summer at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and can stable more than two thousand horses
7/19 – 7/20 – Annual LGBT Pride Parade, Rally & Festival | Balboa Park & Hillcrest | Festival including political rally, 5k run/walk, parade, entertainment and more. See website for dates, times & prices
7/20 – Bolt to the Q 5K & Kids Fun Run | Chargers Training Facility, 4020 Murphy Canyon Rd | 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Join this 5K event that begins at the Chargers Training Facility and finishes at the 50-yard line in Qualcomm Stadium. The Kids 1K Fun Run will start and finish at Qualcomm Stadium. Presented by Kaiser Permanente. proceeds will benefit the Trish & Ryan Mathews Door of Hope Chest. See website for registration fees.
7/24 – 7/27 – Comic Con International 2014 | San Diego Convention Center, 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego | Refer to website for schedule | The largest comic book and pop culture event in the United States
7/27 – Solana Beach Triathlon & Duathon | Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach | 7:00 a.m. | Classic beach party triathlon – come out and join the surf, sand and sun with over two thousand athletes, family and friends in the quaint surf side community of Solana Beach
8/3 – San Diego Blood Bank 5K Walk/Run | Embarcadero Marina Park North | 8:00 a.m. | The San Diego Blood Bank is hosting a 5K running and walking event along a waterfront route near the downtown area. Get some healthy exercise and enjoy scenic views of San Diego Bay. Proceeds benefit the Blood Bank’s programs & services. Enjoy delicious food and visit the family fun zone with games for all ages.
5/30 – 6/1 – Annual Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival | Lake Skinner, Temecula Valley, 37701 Warren Rd, Winchester | Wine tasting, food court, musical entertainment, kids fair, arts & crafts, commercial booths & more
5/31 – 6/1 – Julian Gold Rush Days | Julian Mining Company, 4444 Hwy 78, Julian | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Remembering the gold rush of 1869 with living history demonstrations, gold mine tours, book signings, face painting, old fashioned games, historic skits & more
6/1 – San Diego Rock n’ Roll Marathon |View website for route | Start time is 6:10 a.m. | Marathon & half-marathon with 26 stages, Finish Line Festival with music, food & beverages
6/7 – Annual Art Around Adams | Normal Heights & Kensington | 2:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Art and music fest raising funds for Adams Recreational Center
6/7 – 6/8 – Wings over Gillespie | Gillespie Field (near I-8 and Rte 67), 1960 Joe Crosson Rd, El Cajon | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Air show featuring B-17 Flying Fortress and B-25 Mitchell Bombers, helicopter and static displays, military and law enforcement vehicles, NASA display & more
6/7 – 7/6 – San Diego County Fair | Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd | Refer to website for times | San Diego’s annual county fair with flower garden shows, exhibit, art, gems, carnival rides, midway, concerts, food and more
6/13 – 6/15 – San Diego Greek Festival | 3655 Park Boulevard | Friday 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am – 8pm | Enjoy delicious Greek food, imported wine and beer, live Greek music and dancing
6/14 – Taste of Gaslamp | Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown San Diego | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Go to the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter for guest check-in and to pick up wristbands and walking map | A great opportunity to sample 30+ items per day at the Gaslamp Quarter’s best restaurants, plus 21+ venues
6/17 – 7/15 – San Diego Greek Festival | 3655 Park Boulevard | Friday 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am – 8pm | Enjoy delicious Greek food, imported wine and beer, live Greek music and dancing
6/18 – Taste of Little Italy | Little Italy, Downtown San Diego | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Taste of Little Italy gives you an opportunity to discover the palette of dining possibilities as you enjoy samples offered by Little Italy’s restaurants. Appetizers, desserts and specialty beverages will be offered as you stroll through the district’s tree-lined streets.
6/19 – Hopfest at the Museum – A Beer Tasting | Museum of Man | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Purchase tickets online | Tour the San Diego Museum of Man’s newest exhibit, BEERology, and experience Hopfest! We are celebrating the hoppy goodness of beer while exploring the role of hops in the brewing process.
6/19 – 6/22 – San Diego Yacht & Boat Show |Sheraton Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Dr & Cancer Survivors Park, 4100 N Harbor Blvd, Harbor Island | Thurs. & Fri. 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. / Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. / Sun. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Admission Adults $10, 12-years and under FREE | Powerboats and sailboats in the water and on land
6/20 – 7th Annual Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival | Liberty Station, Point Loma | 6:00-9:30 p.m. | Tickets are $35 each | Bring your friends for some dancing, wine, cheese, chocolate, silent auction and a fun filled night
6/20 – 6/22 – Temecula Art Festival | Old Town Temecula | Friday 6 – 9pm, Saturday 7 am – 9 pm, Sunday 8 am – 4 pm |FREE | “Street murals” will be painted on the streets of Old Town, live music & more
6/28 – 34th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off | Ocean Beach, Newport Avenue (4800-5000 block and surrounding areas)| 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. | FREE | Ocean Beach’s very own beach festival and amateur chili cook-off with live entertainment, artist alley, vendor booths, beachside beer garden, kids area & more
6/28 – Oceanside’s Independence Day Parade | See website for route | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Join us for the 19th Annual Oceanside Independence Day Parade. Come see floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars and much more. The theme this year is “The Spirit of Freedom”.
6/29 – Taste of Adams Avenue | Normal Heights, Kensington & University Heights | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Sample entrees and desserts from over two dozen local restaurants
5/2 – Friday Night Liberty @ NTC | Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Road | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | FREE | Open artist studios, galleries, performances and events throughout NTC at Liberty Station’s Arts & Cultural District.
5/2 – 5/4 – Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo | Old Town San Diego | Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | FREE | Live entertainment, kids area & stage, delicious food, beer garden and more
5/2, 5/16 & 5/30 – Race Legal | Qualcomm Staduim, 9449 Friars Road, San Diego | 6:00 p.m. – midnight | Race Legal, the safer and sanctioned track alternative to illegal street racing, was developed with one goal in mind. Saving the needless loss of young lives to an illegal street race gone bad is RaceLegal.com’s mantra.
5/3 – 5th Annual Classy Awards | Civic Theater, Downtown | Begins at 5:00 p.m. | Tickets are $50 | The CLASSY Awards is held annually in San Diego, CA. The weekend recognizes social achievement and encourages the brightest minds in the social sector to engage in conversation around social problems and solutions.
5/3 – Spring Garden Festival | Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | FREE | Family-friendly community celebration of spring and a greener future featuring programs, exhibitors and demonstrations that will help you become a better gardener and learn how to conserve our precious resources.
5/3 – 11th Annual Space Day Celebration | Air & Space Museum | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Kids 17 and under are FREE with a paid adult admission | Space Day will feature demonstrations, giveaways, and hands-on activities with local and national space experts.
5/7 – 5/10 – San Diego Surf Film Festival | 1091 West Morena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110 | Refer to website for schedule | The San Diego Surf Film Festival welcomes everybody to come celebrate the passion that we all share for simply being in the ocean
5/8 – 5/11 – Gator by the Bay Festival | Spanish Landing Park at Harbor Island, San Diego Bay | Refer to website for schedule | The event features 25 bands on five stages, dance lessons, Cajun cooking demonstrations and delicious crawfish
5/10 – Chocolate Festival San Diego Botanic Garden | San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas |10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, chocolate fountain, children’s activities (ages 2-12), and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts
5/10 – Waterfront Park Grand Opening Celebration | County Administration Center Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | FREE | Ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 am, followed by live performances, kids activities, farmers market & more
5/16 – Bike to Work Day | Join thousands of bike riders throughout the San Diego region on the morning of Bike to Work Day.
5/17 – 5/18 – Sleeping Beauty | Civic Theater, Downtown | Begins at 5:00 p.m. | See website for schedule and ticket prices | Enter the fairytale world of Princess Aurora, danced by California Ballet Ballerina Chie Kudo, as she is cursed by the evil Carabosse and then magically awakened by her Prince
5/18 – 21st Annual Sicilian Festival | Little Italy, Downtown | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | FREE | Sicilian Cultural Pavilion, Sicilian Cuisine, Ethnic Entertainment on Four Stages, Free Children’s Rides & Entertainment, Peroni Beer & Wine Tent, Art, History, & Heritage of the Sicilian-American Families of Little Italy, Car Show and Grape Stomp
3/30 – Padres Opening Day Block Party | Downtown San Diego, J Street between 7th & 10th | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | FREE Admission | An East Village block party in celebration of the Padres’ 1st home game of the season including music, beer garden, food court, live entertainment, tradeshow merchandise & more.
4/4 – 10/11 – Humphreys Concerts By the Bay | 2241 Shelter Island Drive | See website for concert information | The 1,400 seat outdoor theater covers the total spectrum of entertainment from rock and jazz to comedy, blues, folk and international music
4/5 – 4/6 – Annual San Diego Crew Classic | Mission Bay-Crown Point Shores |Saturday & Sunday 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Admission $12; Age 12 & under FREE | Premier rowing event where collegiate, junior and masters athletes will participate in over 90 races over 2 days. Various divisions of rowers will compete in eight-person shells hoping to win a prestigious trophy cup. The event includes a Trade Show with food, drink, rides, music, and merchandise.
4/11 – 4/13 – La Jolla Concours D’Elegance Motor Car Classic | La Jolla Cove | $35 in advance, $40 at the event; children under 14 free | Paying tribute to some of the world’s finest automobiles, the Motor Car Classic highlights over 30 juried classes of automobiles; vintage auto aficionados and collectors compete against the best vehicles in automotive history.
4/11 – 4/13 – Del Mar Home Improvement Show | Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar | Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. / Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. / Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | FREE | The show features home improvement product and services by local businesses.
4/12 – Fighting Parkinson’s Step by Step 2011 5K Walk & Fun Run| NTC Park at Liberty Station, Point Loma | Registration 7:00 a.m. – Run 8:15 a.m. – Walk 8:45 a.m. | Adults $45, Kids 12 & Under $20 | April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and the proceeds from this walk/fun run fund vital programs & services to local Parkinson’s families.
4/13 – Annual Port of San Diego Day at the Docks | San Diego Sportfishing Landings | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | The West Coast’s largest public celebration of sportfishing, this FREE annual event provides marine attractions for the whole family, and especially the sportfishing enthusiast. Features boat rides on San Diego Bay, displays by marine artists and fishing tackle experts, great food, entertainment, fishing seminars, open house aboard sportfishing boats, kid’s fishing, contests, prizes and more!
4/17 – 5/4 – Annual Del Mar National Horse Show | Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar | The most prestigious horse show in Southern California offers more than $300,000 in prize money and attracts more than 3,000 horses to the equestrian complex at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in coastal Del Mar.
4/18 – Race Legal | Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, San Diego | 6:00 p.m. – midnight | Race Legal, the safer and sanctioned track alternative to illegal street racing, was developed with one goal in mind. Saving the needless loss of young lives to an illegal street race gone bad is RaceLegal.com’s mantra.
4/19 – Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers | 2223 El Cajon Blvd – between Texas St & Mississippi St (in front of the Lafayette Hotel) | 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. | FREE | 21+ event | Over 30 local craft brewers will offer samplings, entertainment & food.
4/19– ACT Today 5K & 10K Run/Walk | Mission Bay Park, San Diego, CA 1300 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109 | Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. | Prices Vary | This event offers a 5K run, 10K run, and kids runs. It’s accompanied by a post event festival of music, beer, food, and inflatable jumpers. Event proceeds benefit military families that cannot afford treatments and other special needs for their autistic children.
4/19 – Annual Chicano Park Day| Chicano Park – Cesar Chavez Parkway exit, under the Coronado Bay Bridge | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Annual Chicano Park Day celebration features a children’s art workshop, traditional and contemporary music & dance, live bands, food, arts /crafts vendors & a classic low rider car display.
4/26 – Annual All American Soap Box Derby | Skyline Avenue (Between 61st & Omeara Streets) | 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. | FREE entry for San Diego residents | Youths age 8 to 17 will assist with the creation of soap box derby cars (fiberglass/wood) and race them down a 500-foot hill. The event teaches basic skills of workmanship, competition, and perseverance. Approximately 100 derby cars usually compete and cars will be transported to the top of the hill every few minutes.
4/26 – Annual Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair & Parade| Linda Vista Rd – between Comstock & Ulric, Linda Vista | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Parade 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Cultural celebration with food, merchandise, performances, climbing wall & carnival rides.
4/26 – March for Babies | Balboa Park-at Laurel St & Balboa Dr. | 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | This is a nationwide fundraising walk organized by the March of Dimes. Proceeds from this 5K (3.5 mile) walk will help improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Admission: Suggested participant pledge/donation.
4/26 – 4/27 – Annual Art Walk | Little Italy – Various locations | 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | FREE | Little Italy presents an adventurous art walk showcasing visual and performing art such as paintings, sculpture, photography, digital art, mixed media, music, and dance. Art collectors and visitors interact with artists, view and purchase their artwork and enjoy an outdoor casual atmosphere. The fine art festival encompasses 18 blocks of downtown “Little Italy” San Diego where works are displayed in tents along the streets. A Kids Walk in Amici Park accompanies this event.
4/26 – 4/27 – Annual Coronado Flower Show | Coronado Village-Spreckels Park, Orange Ave (between 6th & 7th St), Coronado | Saturday 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. / Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Adults $5, FREE for children 12 and under and CFA members | The largest flower show held under tents in the nation. Exhibits are placed inside tents surrounding a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for continuous entertainment, announcements and trophy presentations. There will be a Beer Garden, serving beer and wine.
4/27 – Bridal Bazaar | Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar | Admission: $12.00 ($2 discount coupon on website), Parking $9.00 | Annual consumer bridal show featuring wedding professionals such as photographers, videographers, DJs, musicians, cake and catering options, the latest trends in floral, décor, and much more!
4/27 – Annual San Diego EarthFair 2012 | Balboa Park – Central Mesa area | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | FREE | Annual event showcasing a wide variety of causes, goods, and services pertaining to the environment and quality of life.
4/27 – Walk for Wishes | Embarcadero, Marina Park | Registration 8:00 a.m., Walk 9:00 a.m. | The Make A Wish Foundation provides an avenue for people to help local children receive wishes through donations and even such as this one. This family-friendly event is open to all and will feature a 1.5 mile course along San Diego’s beautiful Embarcadero Park. Presented by San Diego County Credit Union.