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Many of the events are taking a hiatus during the recession, but will be back.
Some events may take place at the end of the previous month or beginning of the next month.


JANUARY


San Diego Events Location & Information:
San Diego New Year's Day Race
January - See website for date, time, & details.

The traditional regatta; includes boats of all classes & multi-hull boats.

Shelter Island, San Diego Yacht Club
Info: (619) 221-8400   www.sdyc.org


San Diego Events Location & Information:
San Diego Boat Show
January - See website for date, time, & details.

Boating buffs get an up-close look at a wide selection of boats, state-of-the-art equipment, and marine industry products. Free demonstrations, seminars, sails around the bay, etc.

San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego.
Info: (858) 274-9924   www.sandiegoboatshow.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
San Diego Restaurant Week
January - See website for date, time, & details.
Held twice annually

Experience 6 nights of amazing dining at San Diego's finest restaurants. Select from a special 3-course dinner menu at any participating restaurants.

See website for details and price.
Info: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Carlsbad San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon
January - See website for date, time, & details.

Formerly the San Diego Marathon, The Carlsbad Marathon features a rolling course, including 14 miles along the Pacific Ocean.
Visit the website for other events and start times.

Carlsbad, CA
Westfield Shoppingtown Plaza Camino Real
Info: (760) 692-2900   www.carlsbadmarathon.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Del Mar Antique Show & Sale
January -
A 3-day event (3 times per year Jan Apr Nov)
See website for admission cost, dates, times, and details.

More than 250 premier antique dealers from all over California and the western United States will be selling the finest in antiques & collectibles, including all types of glass, pottery, paper ephemera, crystal, jewelry, art, silver, Americana, primitives, American and European furniture, and much more. Appraisal service will be available for a fee.

Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd - Del Mar
Event Info: (800) 943-7501 www.calendarshows.com
Fairgrounds Info: www.delmarfairgrounds.com  Map & Directions


FEBRUARY


San Diego Events Location & Information:
San Diego Brazil Carnival
February or March - See website for date, time, & details.

This Gala Event signals the start of San Diego's Carnaval Mardi Gras Celebration that culminates with the Gaslamp Association Mardi Gras Parade on Fat Tuesday in February. Features: Brazilian Carnaval Band & Samba Show. Capoeira (exhibit of dance with martial arts), Parades, lots of Mardi Gras Beads and a Samba contest.

Downtown San Diego
345 B Street & 4th Ave
Info: (619) 224-4684  www.brazilcarnival.com  www.gaslamp.org


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday
February or March - See website for date, time, & details.

One of the largest and most authentic Carnaval celebrations on the West Coast. Celebrate Mardi Gras "San Diego Style" throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, with participating restaurants offering "Mardi Gras" specials. There will be a Mardi Gras Parade and Brazilian Street Carnival inside the Mardi Gras Celebration. 21+

Gaslamp Quarter - Downtown San Diego
Info: (619) 224-4684  www.brazilcarnival.com  www.gaslamp.org


MARCH


San Diego Events Location & Information:
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
March thru May - See website for dates, times, & details.

50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus bloom for approximately eight weeks every spring.

Carlsbad Ranch
5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Interstate 5 to Palomar Airport Rd Exit
Info: (760) 431-0352   www.theflowerfields.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Family Festival
March - See website for date, time, & details.

The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place in Balboa Park with floats, bands, dancers, clowns, pipers, equestrian units, fire trucks, and Irish setters celebrating Irish heritage. Following the parade, the Irish Family Festival offers food and beverages, Irish crafts, a Celtic Heritage Village, a classic car exhibition, skateboarding demonstrations and games and rides at the Kids’ Zone

Balboa Park
Parade Route:
Usually starts at 6th & Juniper.
Festival Location: Usually between 6th Ave & Balboa Dr, and Laurel & Olive St.
Info: (858) 268-9111 www.stpatsparade.org


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual ShamROCK
March (17) - See website for exact date, time, & details.

Outdoor musical block party celebrating St. Patrick's Day on the green streets of the Historic Gaslamp Quarter (Usually on F Street between 5th & 7th Avenues). Features Irish rock bands, green beer and much more! 21 & up. Must have valid I.D.
Check website for ticket cost, times and location

Gaslamp Quarter
Info & Tickets: (619) 233-5008  www.gaslampquarter.org
www.gaslampquarter.org/events/shamrock.php


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Vista Civil War Reenactment
March or April - See website for exact date & details

As one of the premier reenactments in the western states, the Civil War comes to life with hundreds of "North & South" uniformed combatants in raging battles recreated by some of the largest reenactment groups in California.

Vista Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
2040 N Santa Fe Ave - Vista, CA
Museum Info: (760) 941-1791 www.agsem.com
Event Info: (805) 496-6036  Gold Coast Festivals


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Bluegrass Festival - Old Town Temecula
March - See website for exact date & details

The best Bluegrass Festival on the west coast, unique in that it features nationally known performers in free concerts. Free workshops on the mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo are held each day. Pickers can find a place to jam anywhere along the streets, and organized jam sessions with host bands are also part of the event. Performers to be announced. A free event.

Old Town Front Street - Old Town Temecula
Info:
City of Temecula  (951) 694-6412  www.cityoftemecula.org  Details


San Diego Events Location & Information:
La Mesa Village Annual Antique Street Faire
March -
See website for exact date & details

The La Mesa Village Annual Antique Street Faire usually features over 125 booths including appraisals, restorations, collectibles and genuine antiques. Food, live music, free admission & parking.

La Mesa Village - La Mesa, CA
Venue:
La Mesa Boulevard
between Spring & 4th Streets
Info: (619) 462-6777  www.lmvma.com


APRIL


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Escondido Renaissance Faire
April - See website for exact date & details

Two weekends in April, the age of chivalry will be recreated among the wonders of nature in an idealic setting. Travel back to the 16th century and the glories of the reign of Elizabeth the First. Activities include several of Will Shakespeare's new plays, battle pageants, music in the streets, jugglers and hundreds of costumed re-enactors performing in this giant outdoor play. There is an admission fee, which covers all entertainment.

Felicita County Park - Escondido CA
742 Clarence Lane
Info: (805) 496-6036  Gold Coast Festivals  Details


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Lakeside Rodeo & Parade
April - See website for exact date & details

This 3-day Rodeo features seven major events: Bareback Bronc, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, and Team Roping. youth of Lakeside.
The Western Days Parade takes place on Saturday morning.

Lakeside Rodeo Grounds
Highway 67 & Mapleview St, Lakeside CA
Info: El Capitan Stadium Association
(619) 561-4331 www.lakesiderodeo.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Del Mar Antique Show & Sale
April -
A 3-day event (3 times per year Jan Apr Nov)
See website for admission cost, dates, times, and details.

More than 250 premier antique dealers from all over California and the western United States will be selling the finest in antiques & collectibles, including all types of glass, pottery, paper ephemera, crystal, jewelry, art, silver, Americana, primitives, American and European furniture, and much more. Appraisal service will be available for a fee.

Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd - Del Mar
Event Info: (800) 943-7501 www.calendarshows.com
Fairgrounds Info: www.delmarfairgrounds.com  Map & Directions


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Port of San Diego Day at the Docks
April - See website for date, time, and details.

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 fishing seminars, kid's fishing adventure, casting contests, Izorline knot tying competition, fishing videos, boat rides around the bay, gourmet galley, hot tackle/fishing equipment, marine art, open house on the boats in the fleet, and entertainment all day on stage. Free Admission.

San Diego Sportfishing Landing
Point Loma - Harbor Dr & Scott St
Info: (619) 234-8793 http://sportfishing.org


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Encinitas Street Faire
April – 2-day event
See website for date, time, and details.

Browse among 400 unique booths featuring a little of everything: arts & crafts, antiques, clothing, items from around the world, and more. In the spring, children's rides, four live stages, and the Karl Strauss Brewery beer garden guarantee that you'll find fun for the whole family at the annual Encinitas Street Faire, ongoing since 1983!

Encinitas CA
South Coast Hwy 101 - D to J Streets
Info: (760) 945-9288
kennedyfaires.com/encinitas


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual San Marcos Grand Spring Festival
April - See website for date, time, and details.

Family festival featuring a kid's area, entertainment, Beer Garden, Classic Car Show and unique vendor booths. The Beer Gardens include local breweries and well known suppliers. A children's area features rides for children of all ages. The Festival route is dotted with a wide variety of delicious food vendors. Venue: On Via Vera Cruz between Grand Ave & San Marcos Blvd.

San Marcos, CA
San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
939 Grand Ave - San Marcos, CA 92078
Info: (760) 744-1270  www.sanmarcoschamber.com

Info: Kennedy & Associates (760) 945-9288
kennedyfaires.com/san-marcos


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Wings over Gillespie
Spring – 3-day event
See website for dates, times, and details.

Great airshow featuring aerial attacks and dogfight re-enactments, along with a pyrotechnic show. Those attending will be able to purchase rides on vintage warbirds such as the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. There will be a large Kids Zone with inflatable attractions, 30+ merchandise & food vendors & live stage shows throughout the day.

Gillespie Field, El Cajon CA
(Near I-8 and Rte 67)
Info: (619) 259-5541  www.wingsovergillespie.org


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Cajon Classic Cruise
April
thru August - Wednesday Nights
See website for dates, times, and details.

The largest weekly classic car show in Southern California. Stroll through
El Cajon's Historic District while enjoying the cars, the action, street vendors, food
and live entertainment presented amid a vibrant small town atmosphere.

Main Street - Downtown El Cajon
Info: El Cajon CDC (619) 401-8858
168 East Main Street - El Cajon CA 92020
www.downtownelcajon.com/event_ccc.shtml


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Crusin' Grand - Escondido
April
thru September
See website for dates, times, and details.

Friday nights in Escondido, things are hoppin'. Sponsored by the Downtown Business Association of Escondido, Grand Avenue becomes a parade of pre-1970's vintage cars. Crusin' Grand Ave are classic cars, antique autos, custom cars, American hot rods, and of course, people! Naturally, all traffic laws are enforced.

Escondido CA - 7 blocks along Grand Avenue
Friday Nights 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Business Association of Escondido
Info: (760) 745-8877  www.downtownescondido.com


MAY


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Carlsbad Spring Village Faire
First Sunday in May
See website for date, time, and details.

The largest one-day fair in California. Features hundreds of exhibitors, arts & crafts, a large variety of food stands serving International foods, and children's rides.

Downtown Carlsbad
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
Info:
(760) 945-9288
Check the website for parking & shuttle information.
kennedyfaires.com/carlsbad


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Ramona Rodeo
May – A 3-day event
See website for ticket prices, dates, times, & directions.

Professional rodeo action! Events include: Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding. Plus: Western dances, western specialty acts. Kids Day is a half-day event dedicated to children of all ages. Ticketed event.

Fred Grand Arena
421 Aqua Lane (5th & Aqua)
Ramona CA 92065
Tickets & Info:  ramonarodeo.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Escondido Street Faire
May - See website for date, time, and details.

Over 600 vendors, arts & crafts, live entertainment,
and food from around the world.

Downtown Escondido
Grand Ave between Center City Parkway & Ivy
Info: (760) 945-9288
kennedyfaires.com/escondido


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Valley Center Western Days
May – A 3-day event
See complete schedule of events and times on website.

Carnival, vendors, food booths, beer garden, exhibits, rodeo, sheriffs, cowboys, cowgirls, outlaws, mayor's shoot-out, games, live entertainment, country music, food and parade. Exhibit booths on Sunday. Western Days Parade Saturday.

Valley Center Community Center
28246 Lilac Road - Valley Center CA
Info: (760) 749-8472   www.vcchamber.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Fallbrook Vintage Car Show
May - See website for date, time, and details.

Presented by the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club, admission
is free to this charitable event, benefiting the community of Fallbrook.

Fallbrook High School
On the football field - Stagecoach Lane
Info: Fallbrook Vintage Car Club
www.fallbrookvintagecarclub.com


JUNE


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Fiesta del Sol - Solana Beach
June – A 2-day event
See website for dates, times, and details.

Celebrate the start of summer at this free two-day party featuring live music (18 bands), an international food court, beer garden, arts & crafts booths. Plenty of rides & activities for the kids will be available.

Fletcher Cove - Solana Beach
West end of Lomas Santa Fe, and surrounding streets
Info: (858) 755-4775  www.solanabeachchamber.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
San Diego County Fair
Usually the 2nd week in June
thru July 4
Closed Mondays except July 4
See website for dates, times, and details.

San Diego's annual county fair. Flower and garden shows, exhibits,
art, gems & minerals, carnival rides, food booths, midway, and concerts.
Formerly known as the Del Mar Fair.

Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd - Del Mar
Info: (858) 755-1161 Info Line: (858) 793-5555
www.delmarfairgrounds.com   Map & Directions


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Threshing Bee, Tractor Parade & Harvest Fair
June - Generally 2 weekends in June
See website for tickets, dates, times, and details.

Antique tractor parade and car, truck, tractor, & antique engine show. Demonstrations of early American crafts & farming, log sawing, blacksmithing. Exhibits include blacksmith & wheelwright shop, country kitchen & parlor, steam & gas industrial power units, gristmill & sawmill and farm equipment from horse drawn through modern row crop).
(No dogs allowed on grounds).

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
2040 N Santa Fe Ave - Vista, CA
Info: (760) 941-1791 www.agsem.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
June - See website for date, time, and details.

Food Vendors, and Merchandise Booths. Music on several stages. Artists offer handmade goods. Chili Cook-Off venue is usually at the foot of Newport Ave, as amateur cooks compete for prizes with their original recipes. Free event.

Ocean Beach
4800 - 5000 block of Newport Avenue
Info: (619) 226-2193  www.obstreetfair.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual La Jolla Festival Of The Arts
June – A 2-day event
See website for dates, times, and details.

Art, music, fun stuff & food. Children's Area with hands-on activities, games, arts & crafts, entertainment and more. Check website for admission cost, exact dates & times, & details on the event.

University of California
San Diego's East Campus - La Jolla
Corner of Genesee Ave and Regents Rd
Info: (858) 456-1268  www.lajollaartfestival.org


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Encinitas Classic Car Nights
June
thru September – Every third Thursday
See website for dates, times, and details.

Every third Thursday in June through September Hot rods, classic cars, woodies, and customs will cruise down Highway 101 for one of the top classic and muscle car rolling exhibits in San Diego County. Event is free to attend or free to exhibit. Formerly called the Encinitas Rods & Woodies Car Show.

Venue: Downtown Encinitas: Highway 101 between D & I streets
Every third Thursday – Usually 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association
Info: (760) 943-1950  www.encinitas101.com  Details


JULY


San Diego Events Location & Information:
July 4th Special Events

One-day events taking place on July 4th: Parades, Festivals, Fireworks, etc.
Link to all events are posted on our regular events page
during the latter part of June.


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Del Mar Racing Season
July
thru September Excluding Tuesdays
See website for exact dates, times, & details.

Hold on to your horse hat...
The Del Mar Racing Season Begins!

Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd - Del Mar
Info: (858) 755-1141   Info Line (858) 793-5533

www.delmarracing.com   Map & Directions


San Diego Events Location & Information:
O'Fest Summer Beach Festival
Parade - Carnival - Street Fair

Usually July 1
thru July 4
NOTE: This event is iffy after 2009 -- may be dropped.
See website for dates, times, and details.

The O’Fest begins the celebrations with the Freedom Days Parade. Concurrently is the Carnival with rides and games for all ages are offered in a clean family oriented environment, and the street fair, offering international food, retail items, arts & crafts, and product and service exhibitors. Sample the latest products offered free by a variety of well known corporations. Indulge in a variety of snacks or enjoy a full meal while checking out the street fair. Listen to an afternoon of music. Fireworks were dropped in 2009 due to budget constraints. See website for full details.

Oceanside CA 92054
MainStreet Oceanside Info: (760) 754-4512
www.msoceanside.com
Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Info: (760) 967-2005
www.oceansidechamber.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual World Championship Over-The-Line Tournament
July - 2 weekends
See website for dates, times, and details.

Over-the-Line Tournament - Over fifty years of adult sandbox play. Admission is free. You have to be 18+ to play. Play is from 7:00 am to dusk. The island is closed to traffic between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Food and drink available.

Fiesta Island
Fiesta Island Road - East Mission Bay
Old Mission Beach Athletic Club
Info: (619) 688-0817  www.ombac.org


San Diego Events Location & Information:
U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition
July - 3-day event

After 31 years, this event was cancelled in 2012 and may not take place again.

Imperial Beach Pier - Imperial Beach, CA
Info:
Imperial Beach Camber of Commerce (619) 424-3151


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Summer Sunday Concerts by the Sea - Encinitas
July - 2 concerts & August - 2 concerts
See website for dates, times, and details.

Free early evening concerts. A four-concert series, each featuring a different musical style. No dogs, alcohol, or glass allowed, but do bring a beach blanket or chair.

Moonlight Beach
400 B Street - Encinitas
Info: (760) 633-2740
  www.ci.encinitas.ca.us


San Diego Events Location & Information:
La Jolla Concerts by the Sea
July thru September – Various dates during these months.
See website for dates, times, and details.

Free afternoon concert in Scripps Park. Enjoy music from a variety of live bands. Hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream and drinks will be available. The concerts are free, but are supported in large part by your purchase of hot dogs, sodas, ice cream and raffle tickets. So, eat heartily, and enjoy the music!

Scripps Park in La Jolla Cove
Girard Avenue off Prospect.
La Jolla Concerts by the Sea
Info: (858) 454-1600  www.ljconcertsbythesea.org


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Ramona Country Fair
July or August – 4-day event
See website for exact dates, times, and location.

The Annual Ramona Country Fair features crafts, carnival rides, vendors,
live entertainment, great food and lots of animals. Free admission.

Ramona Chamber of Commerce
960 Main Street Ramona, CA 92065
Event Line: (760) 789-1484
www.ramonachamber.com


AUGUST


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Street Scene
NOTE: Street Scene had a financial loss in 2009, skipping 2010.
Not sure if it will be back in subsequent years....

August – 2-day event
See website for admission cost, dates, times, and details.

One of the largest music festivals in California. Listen to over 40 top music performing acts. Dance, drink, and mingle. Location recently moved to Qualcomm Stadium.

Qualcomm Stadium
West parking lot at 9449 Friars Rd
Info: (619) 557-8490  www.street-scene.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
Used to be in August

Looks like we won't be having this big circus anymore...Waahhh

Watch for the Fern Street Circus - San Diego's One-Ring
non-profit junior circus:  www.fernstreetcircus.com

and Circus Vargas: www.circusvargas.org


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Hillcrest Cityfest Street Fair
August - See website for date, time, and details.

This is a free event usually featuring a vintage car show, live entertainment,
crafts, several entertainment stages, food courts, and beer gardens.

Hillcrest - San Diego CA
Venue: 5th Ave - Hillcrest central area
Info: (619) 299-3330  www.hillcrestassociation.com  Details


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Carlsbad Art in the Village
August - See website for date, time, and details.

Over 200 of the finest arts and crafts vendors in the most beautiful of settings in the Village of Carlsbad, just two blocks from the beach. Features fine art, sculpture, photography, ceramics and handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing and wood crafts. Live onstage music.

Carlsbad Village - Carlsbad CA
Info: (760) 945-9288 
kennedyfaires.com/carlsbad


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Bluegrass Festival
August – 3-day event

See website for dates, times, and details.

The Bluegrass Music Festival takes place in Vista, at the Antigue Gas & Steam Engine Museum. This family oriented event features tasty food, live music, music workshops by performing artists, jamming, music & craft vendors, camping, and activities for kids.

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
2040 N Santa Fe Ave - Vista, CA
Info: (760) 941-1791 www.agsem.com or www.summergrass.net


SEPTEMBER


San Diego Events Location & Information:
San Diego Restaurant Week
September - See website for date, time, & details.
Held twice annually

Experience 6 nights of amazing dining at San Diego's finest restaurants. Select from a special 3-course dinner menu at any participating restaurants.

See website for details and price.
Info: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Julian Grape Stomp Festa
September - See website for date, time, and details.

Julian celebrates the harvest of the grapes with an olde-world style grape stomp and festa at the Menghini Winery. Italian music, dancing, Bocci Ball competitions, stomping, wine tasting, a Jumbo Jump for the kids and a variety of food and crafts for sale.

Menghini Winery Julian, CA
Julian Chamber of Commerce
Info: (760) 765-1857
www.julianca.com/media/grape_stomp.htm


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual San Diego BayFair Powerboat Racing
September – 3-day event
See website for admission cost, dates, times, and details.

Join the crowd at Mission Bay to watch the fastest boats in the world compete to win at this extreme event. You'll see sleek powerboats and hydroplanes race so fast that they nearly become airborne. The event also includes music, a beer garden, memorabilia, and motor home and camping displays.

Mission Bay - San Diego
Fiesta Island / Fiesta Bay / Ski Beach / Crown Point Shores / East Vacation Island
Info: (619) 225-9160 x-101  www.thunderboats.net


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest
Mid-September
thru Mid-November
See website for dates, times, and details.

Apple cider, apple pie, and entertainment in the historic
gold mining town of Julian. Special weekend events.

Julian, CA
Julian Chamber of Commerce
Info: (760) 765-1857
www.julianca.com  Details


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Julian Lion's Banjo Fiddle Contest & Music Festival
September – 2-day event  (Julian Bluegrass Festival)
See website for dates, times, and details.

Formerly known as the Annual Julian Bluegrass Festival, this is the oldest Bluegrass Festival in California. Entertainment includes bluegrass, spiritual, all-girl band, jug band, banjo & fiddle contests, workshops, & instrument petting zoo. Bring your instruments for the open jam.

Julian, CA
Frank Lane Park - 2645 Farmers Rd 
Info:
(760) 765-3937 
www.julianbluegrassfestival.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Festival of Beer
September - See website for admission fee, date, time, and details.

This adult-oriented beer tasting event serves a variety of beers from over 40 local microbreweries. You admission ticket includes 10 4-ounce beers which is enough to get you feeling confident to dance in the street. Food, novelty merchandise, and non-alcohol beverages will also be available.

San Diego: B Street / State Street / Union Street
Info:
(858) 672-3972   www.sdpac.org    www.sdbeerfest.org


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Fleet Week Activities
September
thru October
See website for complete dates and schedule.

A tribute to San Diego's military service men and women. It’s called Fleet "Week," but a variety of events take place over the period of almost a month, including the Sea’n Air Parade of ships, Navy ship tours, and the MCAS Miramar Air Show.

Info: (619) 858-1545   www.fleetweeksandiego.org   Events List


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
September – 2-day event
See website for dates, times, and details.

Southern California's largest free two-day musical festival features more than
400 food and arts & craft vendors, three beer gardens, giant carnival rides,
circus acts, and more than 80 musical acts on six outdoor stages.
This event covers an 8-block radius, and Adams Ave will be closed down from
Bancroft to 35th Streets during the event.
Venue: The community of Normal Heights, on Adams Ave, between
Bancroft & 35th Streets and Adams Park. Details

The above information is standard for this event, but check the
website for exact dates, times, locations, and updates.
Adams Avenue Business Association
Info:
(619) 282-7329   www.AdamsAvenueBusiness.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Poway Days
September – 2-week event

See website for all events, exact dates, times, and locations.

Poway Days is held every September with a parade, pancake breakfast, Community Day, the Poway Rodeo & BBQ and more. The Poway Chamber of Commerce serves as the coordinator for a dozen or more events sponsored by numerous community groups in a span of a little more than two weeks. A few small events run over into October. See the Poway Days Calendar link for the full event list.

Poway Chamber of Commerce
Info:
(858) 748-0016
www.poway.com   www.powayrodeo.com  Poway Days Calendar (2010 pdf)


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Del Mar International Horse Show
September or October – 4 or 5-day event
See website for dates, times, and details.

A four-day or five-day show featuring the athletic prowess, skill, and agility of some of the best Show Jumpers on the west coast.

Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd - Del Mar
Info: (858) 792-4252  www.jumpdelmar.com
Fairgrounds: www.delmarfairgrounds.com   Map & Directions


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Cabrillo Festival
September – 3-day event
Check website for exact dates, times, & current info.

Fun, food, and history. Free family festival commemorating Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's discovery of San Diego features children's activities, entertainment, live demonstrations, and foods from Spain, Mexico, Native America, and Portugal. This multi-cultural event will be highlighted by the reenactment of Cabrillo's landing. Free admission.
Festival Venue: Ballast Point, Naval Base Point Loma, south end of Rosecrans.

Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr - San Diego CA
South end of Catalina Boulevard, Point Loma
Info: (619) 557-5450   www.nps.gov/cabr
For specific events, dates, & times: Festival Page


OCTOBER


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Children's Month At The San Diego Zoo
October – all month - See website for details

Children 11 and under will be admitted free, during special hours,
to the San Diego Zoo during October. (Must be accompanied by an adult).

San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive - Balboa Park - San Diego, CA
Info:  (619) 231-1515   San Diego Zoo


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show
October - 3-day event
See website for exact dates, times, & details.

Annual aviation expo with nearly seven hours of performances by the world's best military and civilian pilots. Includes: the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Canadian Snowbirds, MV-22 Osprey, F-22 Raptor, F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter, AV-8B Harrier, USN F-18 Super Hornet, F-16 Falcon, F-15 Eagle Tactical Demo, and civilian performers such as the Red Baron Pizza Squadron, the Silver Wings Wingwalking Team, and so much more. Free parking, free admission, & free blanket seating for all shows. (The above is a general description of the usual performances. Any of them may change on any year.)

MCAS Miramar
Info:
(858) 577-1000 or (858) 577-6289 
www.miramarairshow.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Octoberfest - La Mesa
October – 3-day event
See website for exact dates, times, & location

This is the Big 'un... La Mesa's Oktoberfest is among the largest celebrations of its kind on the West Coast. Traditional German celebration featuring dancing, food, Bavarian bands, arts & crafts and commercial booths.

La Mesa, CA
La Mesa Blvd between Date & Fourth Streets

Info: (619) 644-3003  www.lmvma.com/lmv_oktoberfest.html
www.eastcountychamber.org


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual San Marcos Grand Fall Festival
October - See website for date, time, and details.

Family festival featuring an Oktoberfest atmosphere, Beer Garden, kid's area, entertainment and unique vendor booths. The Beer Gardens include local breweries and well known suppliers. A children's area features rides for children of all ages. The Festival route is dotted with a wide variety of delicious food vendors. Venue: On Via Vera Cruz between Grand Ave & San Marcos Blvd.

San Marcos, CA
San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
939 Grand Ave - San Marcos, CA 92078
Info: (760) 744-1270  www.sanmarcoschamber.com

Info: Kennedy & Associates (760) 945-9288
kennedyfaires.com/san-marcos


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Train Song Festival
October – See website for dates, times, details

A free celebration of the history of Trains and Song, featuring steam train rides, mock train robberies, arts & crafts, train-related vendors, displays, food, entertainment, and activities for children: games, crafts & more.

Old Poway Park - Poway
14134 Midland Rd
Info: (858) 668-4576
www.powaymidlandrr.org  Songfest


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Escondido Street Faire
October - See website for date, time, and details.

Over 600 vendors, arts & crafts, live entertainment,
and food from around the world.

Downtown Escondido
Grand Ave between Center City Parkway & Ivy
Info: (760) 945-9288
kennedyfaires.com/escondido


San Diego Events Location & Information:
The Scream Zone
End of September thru October 31
See website for admission price, exact dates, times, details.

The 10-acre Scream Zone comprises 3 attractions: The Chamber of Chills, Haunted Hayride, and the House of Horror, featuring themed rooms guaranteed to make your spine crawl. The Chamber of Chills was a new attraction for 2006, a twisting, turning labyrinth of scares, with monsters and zombies around every corner. Food and beverages will include a variety of snacks such as coffee, hot chocolate, soda, pretzels, hot dogs and popcorn.  (House of Horror is not recommended for children younger than 10).

Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd - Del Mar - Map & Directions
New Location: the Green Lot on the far west side near the training track.
Information & tickets:
(858) 755-1161
www.thescreamzone.com   Screamzone Maps & Directions


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Haunted Hotel
End of September thru October 31

See website for admission price, exact dates, times, details.

The Haunted Hotel is where horror movies come to life with terrifying special effects and illusions. Experience the terror from the inhabitants of your favorite horror movies such as Hotel Saw II, Texas Chain Saw Massacre and House of 1000 Corpses. Not recommended for children 10 years of age or younger.

The Haunted Hotel – Gaslamp Quarter
424 Market St - Corner of 4th and Market
Info: (619) 696-7227  www.hauntedhotel.com
www.hauntedhotel.com/pages/directions


San Diego Events Location & Information:
The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park
End of September thru October 31

See website for admission price, exact dates, times, details

The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park that you will never forget. When the sun goes down--run for your life! Experience outdoor terror that is simply too big to house indoors. Not recommended for children 10 years of age or younger.

Balboa Park - Marston Point
East of 6th Ave & Juniper
Info: (619) 696-7227  www.hauntedhotel.com/pages/trail
www.hauntedhotel.com/pages/trail_directions


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Escondido Renaissance Faire
October / November
See website for admission price, exact dates, times, details.

Two weekends in October/November, the age of chivalry will be recreated among the wonders of nature in an idealic setting. Travel back to the 16th century and the glories of the reign of Elizabeth the First. Activities include several of Will Shakespeare's new plays, battle pageants, music in the streets, jugglers and hundreds of costumed re-enactors performing in this giant outdoor play.

Felicita County Park - Escondido CA
742 Clarence Lane
Info: Gold Coast Festivals (805) 496-6036


NOVEMBER


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Christmas on the Farm - Bates Nut Farm
November - 2-day event

See website for exact dates, times, details.

Christmas on the Farm Arts & Crafts Fair with over 100 artisans selling handmade gifts, decorative accessories and fine art. Face Painting, Kids ‘n Paint, Bounce & Hayrides, Country BBQ, & Food vendors.

Bates Nut Farm - Valley Center
15954 Woods Valley Road
www.batesnutfarm.biz  Details


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Carlsbad Fall Village Faire
First Sunday in November
See website for exact date, location, & details

Let's Go Shopping!!! The Village Faire features over 850 unique vendors with a little of everything: arts & crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, and more. Children's rides, an international food center, and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast guarantee fun for the whole family!

Downtown Carlsbad - Grand Ave
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
Info: (760) 931-8400   www.carlsbad.org
Check the website for parking & shuttle information:
kennedyfaires.com/carlsbad


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Del Mar Antique Show & Sale
November -
A 3-day event (3 times per year Jan Apr Nov)
See website for admission cost, dates, times, and details.

More than 250 premier antique dealers from all over California and the western United States will be selling the finest in antiques & collectibles, including all types of glass, pottery, paper ephemera, crystal, jewelry, art, silver, Americana, primitives, American and European furniture, and much more. Appraisal service will be available for a fee.

Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd - Del Mar
Event Info: (800) 943-7501 www.calendarshows.com
Fairgrounds Info: www.delmarfairgrounds.com  Map & Directions


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Encinitas Street Faire & Fall Festival
November – See website for exact date & details

400 unique booths featuring arts & crafts, antiques, clothing, items from around the world, and more. The Fall Faire also offers children's rides, two stages of live entertainment, and the Poinsettia Flower Pavillion at the Annual Encinitas Poinsettia Festival.

Encinitas - Coast Highway 101
Info:
(760) 945-9288
kennedyfaires.com/encinitas


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Mother Goose Parade
November – See website for exact date, parade route, & details

The Mother Goose Parade is the largest, single-day event in San Diego County and one of the biggest parades of its kind in the United States. Over 100 entries featuring clowns, floats, bands, and equestrians.

El Cajon, CA
Parade Route: Usually West Main St & Chambers St, continues
east to Second St, then north on Second St to Madison.
Info: (619) 444-8712   www.mothergooseparade.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival
November – 5-day event / See website for schedule.

Annual celebration of Dixieland jazz featuring bands
from the U.S. & Canada.

Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center
500 Hotel Circle North - San Diego CA

America's Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society
Info: (619) 297-5277
www.dixielandjazzfestival.org/festival.html


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Julian's Country Christmas - Tree Lighting Ceremony
November – See website for date, time, & details

The traditional lighting of the Julian Community Christmas Tree ceremony features the Julian Carolers and a visit from Santa. The tree-lighting ceremony usually takes place at 5:30 p.m. in Pioneer Park, adjacent to the Julian Pioneer Museum. A month-long celebration, Country Christmas runs in Julian from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year's. On the holiday schedule are Living Nativity presentations, Christmas teas, a holiday home tour, festive dinners at Julian restaurants, performances of A Christmas Carol and Handel's Messiah.

Pioneer Park - Julian, CA
Info: Julian Chamber of Commerce (760) 765-1857
http://julianca.com/media/country_christmas.htm


DECEMBER


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Coronado Christmas Open House & Parade
December - See website for exact date, times, location & details

Free to the public. Santa arrives at the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace at 5:00 pm. Following Santa's arrival, at 6:00 pm the parade moves along Orange Avenue & 8th, ending at Dana Place. Music, entertainment, Merchant's Open House at various locations in Coronado. Fireworks display at 8:30 pm at the Ferry Landing Marketplace.

Ferry Landing Marketplace - Coronado
Info: (619) 437-8788  www.coronadohistory.org
www.coronadovisitorcenter.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Balboa Park December Nights
(Previously known as Christmas on the Prado)
December – 2-day event
See website for dates, times, updates & details

Free community festival. Balboa Park holiday extravaganza featuring two days of caroling, bands, choirs, light displays, music, theater & dance performances, plus crafts, shopping, and holiday food. More than 80 museums & cultural organizations will be open for this event. Participating museums will be free to the public from 5:00 to 9:00 each evening.

Balboa Park - Main Entrance
Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street
Info: (619) 239-0512 ( 619) 235-1100
www.balboapark.org

www.balboapark.org/decembernights


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Starlight Parade - Chula Vista
December – See website for date, times, & details

This annual event is the largest nighttime parade in the South County, with over 5000 participants each year. Special features will include carolers, delightfully decorated floats, local school marching bands, and, of course, Santa Claus! Enjoy strolling holiday carolers before the parade kicks off. Other events include the Children’s Holiday Festival and the Mayor’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Memorial Park. Generally starts at 6:00 pm.

Downtown Chula Vista
Third Avenue Village Association
353 Third Ave - Chula Vista, CA 91910
Info: (619) 422-1982  www.thirdavenuevillage.com  Details


San Diego Events Location & Information:
San Marcos Santa's Magical Village
December – 2-day event
See website for date, times, location, & details

A special village for children and their families. Handcrafted holiday gifts for sale, while dancers, elves, and carolers perform throughout the weekend. A child-size magical village will offer free activities for children including creating ornaments, sand art, decorating holiday candles and more! Entertainment will begins generally at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lighting of the Tree by Santa.

San Marcos Community Center
Info: (760) 744-9000   www.ci.san-marcos.ca.us


San Diego Events Location & Information:
San Marcos Holiday Street Parade
December – See website for date, time, parade venue, & details.

The Parade usually begins at Palomar College and travels East down Mission Rd right into San Marcos Blvd. Features bands, equestrians, floats, marching units, car clubs, clowns and Santa. Parade will end at the San Marcos Civic Center.

San Marcos - Civic Center Complex
3 Civic Center Drive
Info: (760) 471-3201  www.ci.san-marcos.ca.us


San Diego Events Location & Information:
La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival
December – See website for exact date, times, & parade venue.

The Holiday Festival usually starts off the day at 9:00 am with the YMCA Arts and Crafts Faire along Silverado Street with food, entertainment, games, arts & crafts booths. The parade generally begins at 1:30 pm at Girard Avenue in Downtown La Jolla. Consists
of marching bands, equestrians, dogs, floats, flags & banners.

Parade Route: Usually Torrey Pines Rd/Girard Ave > Girard Ave > Prospect St > Silverado St/Prospect St

Downtown La Jolla
La Jolla Town Council
Info:
  www.ljparade.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Cajon Classic Cruise Parade of Lights
December – See website for exact date, times, & location.

Specialty vehicle owners are invited to decorate and light up their vehicles for the holidays, and a trophy will be awarded to the most festively decorated car. Santa usually arrives at 5:45 pm in the Christmas Cruise Caravan. Santa will be available for pictures, so bring cameras! Kids can play games and win prizes.

Downtown El Cajon - East Main Street
El Cajon Community Development Corporation
Info: (619) 401-8858  www.downtownelcajon.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Christmas in the Village - La Mesa
December – 3-day event

See website for exact dates, times, and most current information.

Free event. Enjoy an outdoor market, craft booths & shops. Food, strolling minstrels, carolers, choral & orchestral groups and hayrides. Includes a visit from Santa Claus.
Venue: Usually La Mesa Boulevard from Fourth Street to Acacia Avenue

La Mesa, CA
Info:
(619) 462-3000
www.lmvma.com  Details


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Garden of Lights - San Diego Botanic Garden
December – various dates throughout the month
See website for exact dates, times, details, & updates.

Annual holiday celebration at the Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas. Over 90,000 lights will illuminate the Gardens. Festivities include horse drawn wagon rides, food, and shopping.

Encinitas - San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Drive - Encinitas CA
Info: (760) 436-3036  www.sdbgarden.org


San Diego Events Location & Information:
San Diego Bay Boat Parade of Lights
December – 2 events this month
See website for dates, schedule, viewing locations & details

Spectacular event--free to view! Fireworks, followed by a decorated and lighted boat procession parading single file on Mission Bay, some broadcasting holiday music. This popular lighted boat parade begins at Quivira Basin, and along Crown Point, Vacation Island, Fiesta Island, & Sea World. Best viewing areas for this event is from Crown Point, or the west side of Fiesta Island, or the east side of Vacation Island.

Mission Bay - San Diego
Hosted By Mission Bay Yacht Club
Info: (619) 224-2240  www.sdparadeoflights.org
www.sdparadeoflights.org/event_schedule.shtml


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Annual Pacific Beach Christmas Parade
December – See website for date, time, & details.

What will Santa be riding on this year? A community parade with uniformed
marching bands, marching groups, drill teams, floats, clowns, and more. Free event.

Parade Route: Usually Pacific Beach Middle School > Haines St > Garnet Ave > Bayard St

Pacific Beach
Discover Pacific Beach Hospitality Task Force
Info: (858) 273-3303   www.pacificbeach.org  Events


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Oceanside Harbor Boat Parade of Lights
December – See website for exact date, time, & details.

Oceanside's Annual Parade. All decked out for the holiday, a wide variety of boats circle the inner Oceanside Harbor. A spectacular sight. Best viewed from along the side of the harbor near the Harbor Police and fishing dock. Sponsored by the Oceanside Yacht Club.

Oceanside Harbor - Oceanside, CA
1540 Harbor Drive North
Info: Oceanside Yacht Club
(760) 722-5751  www.oceansideyc.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade
A
Holiday Bowl Event
December – See website for exact date, times, parade route & details.

America's Largest Balloon Parade! Massive inflatables, numbering more than any other parade in the nation, colorful floats, unique drill teams, and marching bands!
Parade Route: Usually begins at the Star of India on Harbor Drive and follows the waterfront, ending at Seaport Village.

Don't miss the Wiener Dog Race! The fastest dog from the San Diego Finals will represent San Diego at the National Championship Race that takes place during the nationally televised Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade!

North Harbor Drive - Downtown San Diego
Info: (619) 283-5808   www.holidaybowl.com


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Garrison Street Holiday Lights
December - Start date unknown

Each year, high atop Point Loma, homeowners on Garrison between
Liggett and Chatsworth out-do each other with elaborate Christmas displays.

Point Loma
On Garrison Street between Liggett & Chatsworth


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Holiday of Lights - Del Mar Fairgrounds
End November
thru December 31
See website for exact dates, times, admission cost, and details
.

Drive around the Del Mar Racetrack and view more than
350 spectacular lighted scenes from the comfort of your car.

Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd - Del Mar
Event Info: (858) 755-1161 www.holidayoflights.com
Fairgrounds Info: www.delmarfairgrounds.com  Map & Directions


San Diego Events Location & Information:
Whale Watching
Mid-December
thru Mid-March the following year

Annual migration of the California gray whales from their Arctic feeding grounds in the northern Bering Sea to the warm southern breeding grounds off of Baja California, where they give birth to their young and prepare them for the long trek back to the Arctic. On the return trip the young calves can frequently be seen swimming at their mother's side. Glimpse these peaceful "giants of the sea" from Cabrillo National Monument or on special whale-watching cruises.

Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr - San Diego CA
South end of Catalina Boulevard, Point Loma
Info: (619) 557-5450   www.nps.gov/cabr

SanDiegoWhaleWatching.com   About Gray Whales

Birch Aquarium at Scripps - Info: (858) 534-7336
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92097
www.aquarium.ucsd.edu   Naturalist Guided Whale Watching   Blog


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