Aug. 31–Sep. 3, U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo
Don’t miss this stunning sand-sculpting competition between master sculptors from around the world! Check out artwork made of metal, glass, resin, wood, clay, leather, fabric, and more. Enjoy live music, food and beer, and kids’ activities.
Time: Refer to website Location: Broadway Pier & Pavilion, Downtown San Diego
Continue the old-world tradition and kick off your shoes, roll up your pants, and squish tons of grapes with your feet! With samples from local wineries, plenty of food, shopping, Italian music, bocce ball, and dancing, it’ll be a party to remember!
Honor and celebrate a long-standing neighborhood tradition while stirring up fun childhood memories! Head to Little Italy as the streets erupt with shouts and cheers for the various stickball teams competing for the Jillie Trophy.
Time: 9 am–5 pm Location: India St. and Columbia St., Little Italy, San Diego
Give hunger the blues, and boogie to Billy Gibbons & Friends, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, The Sons of the Soul Revivers, and more! Enjoy craft beer, specialty cocktails, wine, food, and various vendors. Proceeds go to the San Diego Food Bank.
Time: Noon–8 pm Location: Marina Embarcadero N.
500 Kettner Blvd., San Diego
From parades to performances and carnival rides to craft beer, there is something for everyone at this three-weekend event highlighting local bands, performers, artisans, and eateries. Celebrate the Poway community and create new memories!
Time: Refer to website Location: Refer to website (Poway)
Escape to the perfect weekend! Experience a three-day sound voyage combining rock-n-roll and tastemaking socials. Bask in world-class music, great cuisine, craft libations, comedy acts, contemporary art, dancing, and premium amenities.
Time: Refer to website Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
See some of the world’s fastest boats on Mission Bay! Bayfair features three days of nonstop boat racing, food and drinks, and family fun. Get an up-close view of the action along the shores of East Vacation Island, Fiesta Island, or Crown Point.
Time: Refer to website Location: Mission Bay, 1404 Vacation Rd., San Diego
Celebrate Mexican Independence while commemorating the rich, diverse culture of Mexican California! The colorful parade kicks off the festivities, which include traditional music and dance groups, crafts, games, historical demos, and much more.
Time: Noon–4 pm Location: Old Town State Historic Park, San Diego
Join thousands of volunteers from all over San Diego to clean up our local beaches, rivers, creeks, and parks. Take part in beautification projects like invasive plant removal, trail building, and planting. Together, we can make waves of change!
“Let the bluegrass shine” at this 21+ fund-raising event for people, parks, and programs. It is sure to be a delightful evening of delicious brews, fine wines, delectable treats, a giving tree, opportunity drawings, and live bluegrass music.
Time: 5:30–9:30 pm Location: Town Center Community Park East, Santee
Two days of sun, sand, and surf provide an ideal opportunity to come together for food, beer, and family-friendly activities including arts and crafts, a kids’ costume party, a sand castle contest, a nail ‘n’ sail competition, live music, and more.
Gather friends and family for a salty day of festivities to support local charity—a San Diego-style grass roots festival including live music, vendors, artists, beach games, and a Tiki Bar. This year’s non-profit is Rancho Coastal Humane Society.
Enjoy beers with friends while supporting a fundraiser to fight cancer! This indoor/outdoor event features live music, games, vendor booths, food trucks, and 120 varieties of tasty brews. All proceeds will benefit local cancer-fighting charities.
Time: Noon–5 pm Location: Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego
Explore a variety of cuisine options from over 180 restaurants across San Diego. This beloved culinary tradition features the city’s best restaurants offering fixed price, three-course dinners and two-course lunches. Reservations are recommended.
Time: Refer to individual restaurant hours Location: Various locations
Journey to the year of 1542 and experience a re-enactment of Juan Cabrillo’s historic landing on the shores of San Diego Bay. Festivities include music, dancing, vendors, educational activities, cultural performances, and more. Enjoy traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese, and Spanish food.
Time: 11 am–4 pm Location: Naval Base Point Loma/Ballast Point, San Diego
Experience three free days of elevated family-friendly activities, hundreds of exhibitors, top-notch German food, live music, dancing, games, rides, and of course, beer. Grab your steins and get ready to “Prost!” because there’s a libation to satisfy the taste of every Mann or Frau at this year’s Oktoberfest.
Time: 4–10:30 pm Friday, 10 am–10:30 pm Saturday
10 am–6 pm Sunday Location: La Mesa Village, 8401 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa
Join friends and neighbors for the AIDS Walk & Run. Gather to remember the many who have been lost to AIDS, and to raise vital funds to support those living with HIV. Join in and be the generation that helps eliminate new cases of HIV!
Time: Refer to website Location: Hillcrest, San Diego
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