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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
8/29 – 9/1 – U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo | B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier, Downtown | Refer to website for schedule | Master-class sculptors build beautiful 3-dimensional works of art
9/6 – Julian Grape Stomp Festa | Menghini Winery, Julian | 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Ages 21+ $10, ages 6-20 $5, ages 5 & under FREE | Julian celebrates the harvest of the grapes with Italian music, dancing, Bocci ball, stomping, wine tasting and more
9/6 – Coronado Main Street Garden Party | 1144 Isabella Ave, Coronado | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Annual garden party with entertainment and no-host beverages
9/7 – Brazilian Day Festival and Parade | Pacific Beach – Garnet between Bayard & Everts Streets | 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | 40 performances, carnival parade, unique handicrafts, food, live music, colorful costumes
9/9 – 11/21 – Fleet Week San Diego | San Diego Bay | Refer to website for times & locations | Thank our Sailors, Marines & Coast Guardsmen for their services
9/12 – 9/14 – Fall Home/Garden Show | Del Mar Fairgrounds at O’Brien Hall | Fri & Sat, 10am – 6pm; Sun, 10am – 5pm | Featuring interior design displays, remodeling inspiration, hands-on demonstrations and educational seminars. This event showcases the newest products and hottest trends for both inside and outside the home.
9/13 – 84th La Jolla Rough Water Swim | Largest rough-water swimming competition in the U.S.
9/12 – 9/14 – Annual San Diego Bayfair Powerboat Racing | Mission Bay – Vacation Island/ Fiesta Bay / Ski Beach / Crown Point Shores / Stony Point / Hydro Pond | $10 – $45 | All ages | 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Watch the fastest boats in the world, live entertainment, fireworks and more
9/13 – 9/14 – Coronado Art Walk | Museum of History, Coronado Ferry Landing | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.| Over 90 artists displaying paintings, photography, pottery, glass work & jewelry
9/19 – 20th Annual Beer Festival | Columbia & B Streets, Downtown San Diego | 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. | Sample from over 40 different breweries
9/20 – Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day | San Diego coastline beaches & bay | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Major part of international coastline cleanup including all 50 states and over 100 countries
9/20 – 9/21 – Annual Pacific Islander Festival | Ski Beach, East Mission Bay | Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Culture, food, crafts & customs of the Pacific Islands
9/21 – 9/26 – San Diego Restaurant Week | Various restaurants throughout San Diego | Lunch and Dinner | See website for participating restaurants and menus
9/24 – 10/31 – Fall of the Farm – Bates Nut Farm | 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center | Pumpkin Patch open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily | Pumpkin patch, pony rides, straw maze, rock climbing, kid n’ paint, food and more!
9/24 – 9/28 – San Diego Film Festival | Gaslamp Theater, 701 5th Ave, Downtown San Diego | 10th birthday celebration showcasing best in American & International Cinema
9/26 – 10/31 – Pumpkin Station – Del Mar | Del Mar Fairgrounds – East Parking Lot, 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar | Mon – Thur 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. / Fri – Sun 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Ages 3 – 13 | Admission FREE | Pumpkins, rides, slides & jumps | Other locations include: Rancho Bernardo, Mission Valley, El Cajon, National City, Bonita, Chula Vista
9/26 – 11/1 – The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park | Balboa Park – Marston Point, east of 6th Ave & Juniper | Refer to website for times | A stroll through the park you will never forget!
9/27 – 9/28 – ArtSplash | Flower Fields of Carlsbad | Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Free | Chalk Art Festival on Armada Drive, hands-on art, fine art, carnival & sand sculpting
9/27 – 9/28 – Adams Avenue Street Fair | Adams Avenue, between 35th & Bancroft St, Normal Heights | Sat 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Southern California’s largest free 2-day music festival with more than 70 artists on 6 outdoor stages, hundreds of food and arts/crafts vendors, 3 beer gardens, carnival & kids’ activities
9/28 – Spirits of Mexico Festival | Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar |3:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Showcasing top agave spirits brewed by hundreds of distillers
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