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8/1 – 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!
8/1 – 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
8/2 – 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!
8/7 – Point Loma Summer Concerts |Optimist Field at Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Blvd | See website for times | FREE | Outdoor concert with various bands
8/7 – 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
8/8 – Dog Days of Summer Canine Festival & Contest | Cardiff by the Sea – Aberdeen Dr & Newcastle Ave | 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Dog contests, custom pet products, animal adoptions, live music, food, doggie photo booth & crafts, silent auction, raffle & more
8/9 – 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
8/9 – Free to Breathe 5K Fun Run/Walk| Point Loma – Liberty Station NTC Park, Farragut Rd | 6:45 – 10:00 a.m. | Event promoting awareness of and raising money for lung cancer research
8/13 – 8/15 – Julian Starfest 2014 | Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Ln, Julian | See website for times | Four day festival focused around the field of astronomy
8/14 – 8/16 – 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 – America’s Finest City Half Marathon & 5K | 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
8/22 – 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
8/22 – 8/23 – 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
8/23 – 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
9/5 – 9/7 Festival of Sail 2015 | 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 | Celebration of the West on the Move with children’s activities, historic interpretation, cannon and anvil firings, and more
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.
7/9 – 7/12 – Comic Con International 2015 | 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
7/11 – 12th Annual Bake at the Lake Race | Lake Hodges, Escondido | 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Admission $12 – $17 | A 4-mile cross-country race on the trails of Lake Hodges benefiting Mission Vista High School Cross Country Teams
7/11– Lifestyle & Fitness Expo | Pine Avenue Park, 3333 Harding Street | Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | The Expo features samples, demonstrations on healthy lifestyles, seminars/workshops, and fun activities in conjunction with the Carlsbad Triathlon.
7/11 – 7/12 – 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.
7/11 – 7/12 & 7/18 – 7/19 – 62nd 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
7/12 – 2015 Carlsbad Triathlon | Tamarack State Beach, Carlsbad | 7:30 a.m. | Begins with an open-water ocean swim, followed by a bike course and finally a run along the Pacific Ocean.
7/16 – 9/7 – 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
7/17 – 7/19 – 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
7/19 & 7/26 – La Jolla Concerts by the Sea | Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove | Sunday afternoon | Free | Summer concerts – bring a blanket or beach chair and listen to live music.
7/19 – 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.
5/31 – 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
6/5 – 7/5 – 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
6/5 – 6/7 – San Diego Greek Festival | 3655 Park Boulevard | Friday 5-10pm, Sat 10am-1pm, Sun 11am – 1pm | Enjoy delicious Greek food, imported wine and beer, live Greek music and dancing
6/6 – Annual Art Around Adams | Normal Heights & Kensington | 2:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Art and music fest raising funds for Adams Recreational Center
6/17 – 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.
6/18 – 6/21 – San Diego International Boat Show |Sheraton Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Dr & Cancer Survivors Park, 4100 N Harbor Blvd, Harbor Island | Thurs. & Fri. 10:00 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 – 6/21 – Air Show San Diego | Gillespie Field (near I-8 and Rte 67), 1960 Joe Crosson Rd, El Cajon | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 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
6/26 – 8th 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
6/26 – 6/28 – 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
6/27 – 36th 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
6/27 – Oceanside’s Independence Day Parade | See website for route | 10:00 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”.
6/27 – 6/28 – 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
6/28 – 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
5/1 – Friday Night Liberty @ NTC | Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Road | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | FREE | Open artist studios, galleries, performances and events throughout NTC at Liberty Station’s Arts & Cultural District.
5/2 – Tacos and Tequila Festival | Makers Quarters, 753 15th St, downtown | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 21+ Event | GA Tickets $35 | Tacos and Tequila festival in a fun interactive event celebrating the best margaritas and tacos in San Diego.
5/2 – 5/3 – 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
5/3 – Bridal Bazzar | Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $12 | Open artist studios, galleries, performances and events throughout NTC at Liberty Station’s Arts & Cultural District.
5/1 & 5/29 – 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 – 12th 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 – 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
5/9 – 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
5/9 – Girls on the Run | East Mission Bay Park | 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | $20-$80 | Mother’s Day is celebrated with an athletic event that is designed for women on the go and energetic girls ready to run.
5/9 – 67th Annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival | Sunset Cliffs Blvd at Nimitz | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | FREE | Make and decorate your own kite / Get free materials, instructions, and help with kite making / Prizes awarded for best decorated kites
5/9 – Bacon and Barrels | Embarcadero Marina Park South | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | See website for ticket prices | The All-day Festival with bacon inspired dishes and libation booths and all-inclusive and unlimited tastings as well as live music and live chef demos
5/15 – Bike to Work Day | Join thousands of bike riders throughout the San Diego region on the morning of Bike to Work Day.
5/20 – 5/23 – 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
5/22 – 5/24 – San Diego Jazz Festival | 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad | Refer to website for more info | The San Diego Jazz Festival is a must attend event for R&B and smooth jazz starved fans in “America’s Finest City”
5/24 – 9/6 – Coronado Summer Concert Series | 601 Orange Avenue, Coronado | Sundays at 6pm | Sunday concerts in the park are signature elements of the Coronado experience where friendships and family memories are made
4/9 – 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.
4/9 – 10/31 – 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
4/16 – 5/3 – 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 – 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.
4/18 – 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.
4/18 – 4/19 – 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.
4/19 – 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.
4/19 – 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!
4/25 – 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.
4/25 – 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.
4/25 – 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.
4/25 – 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.
4/25 – 4/26 – 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.
4/25 – 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.