September in San Diego!


Del Mar Racing Season Through Sep. 2

This season features the nation’s top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.

See website for schedule. / Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

858-755-1141Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Barona Powwow Aug. 30-Sep. 1

Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion.

See website for schedule. / Barona Sports Park, Lakeside


Labor Day Stickball Tournament Aug. 31-Sep. 1

Columbia Street erupts with yelling and cheering for the stick ball teams, stirring up childhood memories.

9am-5pm / Little Italy: State St & W Ash St

619-443-6612Little Italy Association of San Diego

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’s also live entertainment, a sand box 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!

Sat & Sun 9am-7pm, Mon 9am-5pm / Broadway Pier and Landing

619-980-6651US Sand Sculpting Challenge

Big SoCal Euro Sep. 1

The event features more than 3,000 European cars from throughout the region. Bring your family to meet other car enthusiasts and enjoy raffles, drag racing, great food, automotive vendors, swap meet, afterparty and more.

11am-6pm / SDCCU Stadium Big-Euro

SD Architectural Foundation Tour of Del Mar Sep. 4

Tour the Del Mar Civic Center and Town Hall, a 2018 Orchid winner. Tours will be led by The Miller Hull Partnership and Spurlock Landscape Architects.

4:30-7pm / 1050 Camino Del Mar San Diego Architecture

Taste of Del Mar Sep. 5

Explore 20+ culinary creations from local and award-winning restaurants, experience 10+ craft beer and wine “Sip Stops,” and enjoy live music.

5-8pm / Downtown Del Mar Village

858-735-3650Visit Del Mar Village

Sycuan Pow-Wow Sep. 6-8

Only registered contestants can participate in the dancing contests, but everyone can take part when an “intertribal” dance is announced - visitors included.

5459 Sycuan Rd., El Cajon Crazycrow

Julian Grape Stomp Festa Sep. 7

With ten local wineries offering sips to sample, a wide variety of food and shopping opportunities, great Italian music provided by Roman Holiday, Bocce Ball Court, a little extemporaneous dancing here and there, this will be a party to remember!

11am-6pm / Menghini Winery: 1150 Julian Orchards Dr.

760-765-1857 / Visit Julian California

Carlsbad Brewfest Sep. 7

Celebrates craft beer with tastings from more than 34+ San Diego & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.

12-4:30pm / Holiday Park: 3400 Pio Pico Dr.

Carlsbad Brewfest

Burgers & Beers Sep. 7

Try gourmet burgers from more than 20 of San Diego’s best restaurants as they compete to win the “Best Burger” award. Enjoy unlimited beer samples from over 40 of the best breweries.

1-4pm / Golden Hill Park, San Diego

Reader Burgers & Beer

San Diego Blues Festival Sep. 7

Features 9 musical acts on two stages. Festival attendees will enjoy local craft beer, cocktails and wine along with specialty food trucks and arts and crafts vendors. Raises much-needed food and funds for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

12-8pm / Embarcadero Marina Park North

San Diego Blues Festival

Cardiff Greek Festival Sep. 7-8

Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children’s activities and more!

Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm / Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church: 3459 Manchester Avenue 

​​​​​​​760-942-0920Cardiff Greek Festival

Aloha Run Sep. 8

A fun and festive, Hawaiian-themed 5k/10k event. Stick around for a luau party at the finish line with Tahitian dancers, live music, photo opportunities and much more!

7:15-10am / Tecolote Shores Park: 1292 E. Mission Bay Dr.

The Aloha Run

2019 Chef Throwdown Sep. 13

Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Guests will gather on The Del’s seaside Windsor Lawn, where they will enjoy chef tastings, both savory and sweet creations, sample craft cocktails and sips from wineries on both sides of the border followed by a three-course gourmet dinner.

6-11:30pm / Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado

San Diego Bayfair Sep. 13-15

San Diego Bayfair’s World Series of Powerboat Racing - a family festival tradition for more than 40 years speeds to the finish line. Beach party, America’s Finest BBQ State Championship on the 14th, live music, action sports, fast boats and craft beer.

Mission Bay Park 760-789-8870San Diego Bay Fair

South Bay Pride Art & Musical Festival Sep. 14

A day (and evening) of fun for all with live entertainment, local art, food, drinks and more! Children’s Area, live music on two stages, Art in the Park and more!

12-8pm / Chula Vista Bayside Park

South Bay Pride

Santee Bluegrass Festival Sep. 14

Fine wines, a bevy of brews, tasty treats, bidding bazaar and live Bluegrass music. Annual fundraiser in the East County and San Diego Communities.

5:30-9:30pm / Town Center Community Park East

619-258-4100Brews & Bites

Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias Sep. 14

Our exciting and colorful Fiestas Patrias parade kicks off the festivities that will include the Escaramuzas, traditional women equestrians. Entertainment, crafts, games and demonstrations.

11am-4pm / Old Town State Historic Park

Old Town San Diego

OMBAC Classic Longboard Surfing Contest Sep. 14

All contestants must surf on 1969 or older longboards, 9’ or longer, with no leash. Unique awards for top three finishers in each division along with local business SWAG!

7:30am-4pm / North Side of Crystal Pier Old Mission Beach Athletic Club

Ironman 70.3 Superfrog Sep. 15

The challenging course was designed by a group of Navy Seals stationed at the US Navy Seals center in Coronado to both prepare them for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and to enhance their training.

7-11am / Imperial Beach Pier Ironman

Bonitafest Performing Arts Festival Sep. 21

Come see the South Bay’s best show choirs and stage bands, sample delicious food, take in arts and crafts, and the fun!

9am-4pm / Bonita Vista High School, Chula Vista


San Diego Festival of Beer Sep. 21

Beer lovers will enjoy the sounds of live music while sampling unlimited and exclusive craft beer tastings, food trucks, vendor booths, lively music, fun games, and more!

12-5pm / Broadway Pier

Julian Music Festival Sep. 21

Celebrate the end of summer with bluegrass to celebrate the festival’s roots and Western ballads.

Menghini Winery: 1150 Julian Orchards Road

Menghini Winery Inc.

Clash at Clairemont Sep. 21

A star-studded athlete roster, incredible musicians, Vendor Village, food and fun for the whole family.

11am-6pm / 3401 Clairemont Clash at Clairemont

Bayside Brew Festival & Spirits Sep. 21

Over 40 local San Diego and Baja California micro breweries, spirit brands, and food trucks/vendors, with different artists/bands entertaining you throughout the day.

1-5pm / Pepper Park, National City

619-477-9339 / Bayside Brew & Spirits Festival

Taste of South Park Sep. 21

Guests will also get a taste of the diverse boutiques and shops lining the streets of South Park between bites.

12-4pm / 30th St. and Fern St. corridor, San Diego

South Park

Be The Change 5K Sep. 21

Enjoy some of the best views in the city as you run through this scenic waterfront course. Visit our Wellness Fair after the race. 100% of net proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish® San Diego, Caterina’s Club and the Gary Sinise Foundation.

3:30-5:30pm / Spanish Landing Park West, San Diego

Youngevity Be The Change

Viking Festival Sep. 21-22

Meet the Norse Gods and Viking Folk at the Living History Viking Village and Marketplace. Two stages of Live Music and Entertainment. Exotic food and drink. Brew Master’s Beers and Mead Garden. Axe throwing, KidZone, Live Viking Combat, Norway Heritage Hall, Games & Competitions.

Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm / 2006 E. Vista Way, Vista

Vista Viking Festival 

Adams Avenue Street Fair Sep. 21-22

SoCal’s largest free two-day music festival. Beer gardens and beer tastings, giant carnival rides, festival foods and more than 300 arts and crafts booths.

Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm / Normal Heights

619-282-7329Adams Avenue Business Association

Oceanside Harbor Days Sep. 21-22

Sun, sand, and surf including a costume party for kids 12 and under at Pirate Village; Arts, Crafts and Food booth areas; Nail ‘n’ Sail Competition; music, a beer garden and more.

9am-5pm / Oceanside Harbor Oceanside Chamber of Commerce

Pacific Islander Festival Sep. 21-22

Showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and crafts.

9am-4pm / Mission Bay’s Ski Beach. PIFA San Diego

San Diego Restaurant Week Sep. 22-29

Over 180 participating restaurants will offer 3-course prix-fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person.

San Diego Restaurant Week

Gaslight Steampunk Expo Sep. 26-29

A weekend of interactive maker workshops, special presentations, vendors, tea pot racing, tea dueling, fashion shows, games, music, movies and so much more!

12-5pm / Town & Country Resort Hotel, San Diego

Steampunk & Maker Festival

Poway Rodeo Sep. 27-28

Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Bull Riding. There’s even a “Mutton Bustin”.

14336 Tierra Bonita 866-776-7633Poway Rodeo

El Cajon Oktoberfest Sep. 27-29 & Oct. 4-6

Entertainment provided by our popular band Guggenbach-Buam. Enjoy folk dances, games, and contests, vendor booths and craft stands, and Kids’ Zone!

South Mollison Avenue.

German American Societies San Diego

Cabrillo Festival Sep. 28-29

Educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances. Food booths with delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food. Vendors will showcase their various artistic goods.

11am-4pm / Naval Base Point Loma. Cabrillo Festival

Encinitas Oktoberfest Sep. 29

Will feature music, Bavarian dancers, German food and drink, and a street craft faire featuring more than 200 vendors.

10am-6pm / Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real

Encinitas Oktoberfest

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