Del Mar Racing Season Through Sep. 2
This season features the nations top racehorses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Contact: 858-755-1141 / www.dmtc.com
Julian StarFest Aug. 1-3
Camping availability for tent and RV campers. Exhibits by major telescope and accessory vendors. Food and beverage vendors. Astronomy games and crafts for kids. Raffle for donated astronomy equipment on Saturday. Optional behind the scenes tour of the world-famous Palomar Observatory on Saturday.
Time/Place: Menghini Winery
Carlsbad Music Festival Aug. 2-4
Features dozens of performances of creative music of all kinds curated by CMF Founder and Artistic Director, composer/violinist Matt McBane. The weekend includes free indoor and outdoor concerts at various venues, beer garden, food trucks, artisan market, and pop-up art gallery.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Village of Carlsbad
The Great Inflatable Race San Diego Aug. 3
You and your friends will feel like kids again as you jump, dive and bounce on our custom-designed inflatables.
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / SDCCU Stadium
Chula Vista Lemon Festival Aug. 4
Sport your brightest yellow outfit and enjoy lemon-infused treats as you stroll and enjoy hundreds of vendor booths, live bands, sour contests, a kids grove of fun, and the festivals lemony adult beverage stand.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Third Avenue
Oceanside International Film Festival Aug. 7-11
Features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works along with workshops and after-parties.
Time/Place: Sunshine Brooks Theatre: 217 N Coast Hwy
Contact: 760-433-3632 / www.osidefilm.org
Heiva San Diego Aug. 9-11
A Polynesian celebration representing Tahiti as the bridge between French Polynesia and the US and sharing our culture with the community. We celebrate friendship, music, dancing, drumming, singing, arts & crafts and islands spirits!
Time/Place: 8am-8pm / Broadway Street Pier
National City Automobile Heritage Day Festival & Car Show Aug. 10
Join us for live music, food from a variety of popular eateries, entertainment for children and specialty booths. A drive-by awards ceremony at 2 pm will showcase first-place winners for each of the classes as well as second- and third-place winners.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Kimball Park: 12th St & D Ave
Contact: 619-477-9339 / www.nationalcitychamber.org
Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition Aug. 10
More than 60 dogs are expected to participate in this family-friendly event, which raises funds for the San Diego Humane Society.
Time/Place: 8am-3pm / Next to the Imperial Beach Pier
Contact: 949-297-6536 / www.surfdogevents.com
ArtWalk @ Liberty Station Aug. 10-11
More than 200 international, national and local San Diego artists, showcasing every medium including painting, sculpture, glasswork, fine jewelry, photography and more. 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.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Arts District Liberty Station at Ingram Plaza
Contact: 619-615-1090 / www.artwalksandiego.org
Chula Vista Challenge Half Triathlon Aug. 11
A fresh new race experience for individuals and relay teams, with 10 races to choose from including International, Sprint, & Youth Triathlons, Duathlon, Aqua Bike.
Time/Place: 5:30am-4pm / Bayside Park
Contact: 858-268-1250 / www.chulavistachallenge.com
Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair Aug. 11
A huge celebration of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, and food.
Time/Place: 12-11pm / 5th Ave and University Ave
Contact: 619-299-3330 / www.fabuloushillcrest.com
Cardiff Dog Days of Summer Aug. 11
Watch or enter into 6 different dog contests. Enjoy a wide variety of music throughout the event. A Makers Market row will feature quality handmade goods made by local artisans and don’t miss the Rescue Row presented by Rancho Coastal Humane Society and Pet Health Expo.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Encinitas Community Park
Contact: 760-436-0431 / www.cardiff101.com
Best of San Diego Party Aug. 16
The event brings together the top local restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, and businesses as featured in San Diego Magazines Best Restaurants and Best of San Diego issues.
Time/Place: 6:30-9:30pm / Liberty Station
Contact: 619-230-9292 / www.sandiegomagazine.com
Latin Food Fest! Aug. 16-17
A high energy party hosted by Mexicos most acclaimed chef, Enrique Olvera, and Gran Tasting the festival’s signature event featuring 150 food, beverage, wine, beer and spirits stations, Cooking Demos, Best of Fest Chef Awards, VIP Tent, and Live Music.
Time/Place: Embarcadero Marina Park North
Ferragosto 2019: Pirates Invade Sicily Aug. 17
A Pirates bounty of food, wine, beer, cocktails and yes, there will be RUM awaiting you as you set sail.
Time/Place: 5pm / Amici Park, Little Italy
Contact: 619-888-9399 / www.ferragostosd.org
Chula Vista HarborFest Aug. 17
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 summers day to remember!
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Bayside Park
Contact: 619-233-5008 / www.chulavistaharborfest.com
Imperial Avenue Street Festival Aug. 17
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.
Time/Place: 12-7:30pm / between 26th & 27th Street
Contact: 619-858-0563 / www.imperialavenuestreetfest.com
Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational Aug. 17-18
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. Surfers, scientists, and survivors come together to support the fight against cancer.
Time/Place: 7am-4pm / Scripps Pier, La Jolla
World Bodysurfing Championships Aug. 17-18
350-400 bodysurfers from around the world compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes. The Men and Women’s Grand Champions will be announced Sunday afternoon on the final day.
Time/Place: 6:30am / Oceanside Pier
Fairy Tale Village Aug. 17-18
Presented in conjunction with Fairy Tales in the Park, the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet will present the Fairy Tale Village – complete with family activities such as face painting, crafts, meet-and-greets, demonstrations, food and more! We will once again be sustainability-themed.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Casa del Prado patio, Balboa Park
Contact: 619-233-3060 / www.sdcyb.org
Americas Finest City Half Marathon & 5k Aug. 18
Aid stations at 7 locations plus Start & Finish. The expo is held at host hotel Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.
Time/Place: 6:15am-12pm / Cabrillo National Monument to Balboa Park
Contact: 760-692-2900 / www.inmotionevents.com
San Diego Underground Film Festival Aug. 22-25
A lineup of experimental, documentary, animated, and narrative films which are complimented by nightly expanded cinema performances, installations, and live music.
Time/Place: Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego
San Diego Int’l Kids Film Festival Aug. 23-25
In addition to the film screenings, as the regular program, the film festival will host an Opening Night Gala, Culture Forums, Industrial Panel Discussions, Screenplay showcase, and Red Carpet Award Ceremony.
Time/Place: 10am-9:30pm / Schulman Auditorium Street, Carlsbad
Contact: 310-541-8040 / www.sdkidsfilms.org
Orfila’s Annual Grape Stomp Aug. 24
Your ticket gets you wine tasting, gourmet dinner by Crown Point Catering, grape stomping, vineyard tractor rides, lawn games, live music, raffles, special guests!
Time/Place: 4-8pm / Orfila Vineyards & Winery
San Diego Spirits Festival Aug. 24-25
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.
Time/Place: Sat 2-6pm, Sun 2-5pm / Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
Bike the Bay Aug. 25
Cruise around the San Diego Bay and enjoy your only opportunity to ride 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.
Time/Place: 6am-12pm / Embarcadero Marina Park South
LeucadiART Walk Aug. 25
Local juried artists displaying original art. Six places for live music! Live mural painting. Craft Beer Garden. New and improved Children’s Art Pavilion.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
Contact: 760-436-2320 / www.leucadia101.com
San Diego Quilt Show Aug. 29-31
Enjoy hundreds of quilts on display and over 40 vendors featuring everything quilters and others, need, want and love. In addition to all the quilts and vendors, enjoy Raffle Baskets, Daily Door Prizes, Challenges, and Kids Scavenger Hunt.
Time/Place: San Diego Convention Center, Halls G & H
Contact: 619-443-2706 / www.sandiegoquiltshow.com
Barona Powwow Aug. 30-Sep. 1
Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums, and cultural immersion.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Barona Sports Park, Lakeside
Contact: 619-443-6612 / www.crazycrow.com
Labor Day Stickball Tournament Aug. 31-Sep. 1
Columbia Street erupts with yelling and cheering for the stickball teams, stirring up childhood memories. Come out and see these teams grab a broomstick, table leg or any other kind of bat-like stick that will send a rubber Wilson ball flying!
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Little Italy: State St & W Ash St
Contact: 619-233-3898 / www.littleitalysd.com
US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo Aug. 31-Sep. 2
The sculptures weigh over 10 tons, so we have over 1,000 works of art that you can fall in love with, buy and take home. There is also live entertainment, a sandbox, and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, a fantastic view of the bay and all the great stuff that you always find on the Embarcadero!
Time/Place: Sat & Sun 9am-7pm, Mon 9am-5pm / Broadway Pier and Landing
Contact: 619-980-6651 / www.ussandsculpting.com