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- In 2015, Balboa Park will celebrate its 100th anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition of 1915. Often referred to as the "Smithsonian of the West" for its vast cultural offerings, the park was initially developed with stunning gardens and striking Spanish Colonial Revival architecture for the exposition. The year-long centennial festival will highlight the region's history, both past and future, through the lenses of art, commerce, culture and technology.
- During September and October, the popular Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest celebrates the historic mountain town’s famous homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, apple picking in local orchards, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops, horse-drawn carriage rides and live entertainment. Held Oct. 4-5, the Julian Apple Days Festival at Menghini Winery features music and dancing, children’s games and activities, a wine and beer garden and Julian’s famous apple pies.
- The annual San Diego Bayfair thunderboat regatta will be held Sept. 12-14 on Mission Bay. This year the popular race celebrates 50 years and will host special events to mark the occasion. The Bayfair races feature the world’s fastest boats, as well as hydroplanes, tunnel hulls, unlimited lights, drag boats and other racing classes. Other highlights include live entertainment and food booths.
- San Diego’s culinary community celebrates San Diego Restaurant Week from Sept. 21-26. More than 180 of the region’s top restaurants offer prix-fixe, three-course lunch menus at just $10, $15 and $20 or dinner menus at $25, $35 or $45 per person, allowing visitors to sample the signature cuisine and sophisticated style that make San Diego’s dining scene one of the region’s top attractions.
- San Diego Beer Week returns Nov. 7-16, 2014 for a 10-day celebration of local craft beer and San Diego's thriving brewing culture. The event serves as a showcase for San Diego’s breweries, restaurants and pubs. Festivities kick off with a Brewers Guild Festival and conclude with a Chef Celebration of San Diego Beer, a gourmet beer and food pairing event.
- Visitors can become a part of history and celebrate the discovery of California during the 51st Annual Cabrillo Festival, Sept. 27-28. Guests can enjoy cultural festivities, educational activities, music, food, dancing and a reenactment of the landing by explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo on the shores of San Diego Bay in 1542.
- The San Diego Film Festival returns Sept. 24-28 to downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter and at ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla. Now in its 13th year, the festival will feature more than 100 film screenings showcase some of the best in American and international full-length features, documentaries and shorts. Additional activities include Q&A sessions with directors, workshops, panel discussions, guest appearances by film and video artists and more.
More than 60 galleries from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and Asia will showcase paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, videos and cutting-edge multimedia artworks during ART SAN DIEGO 2014. Held in Nov. 6-9 Balboa Park, the contemporary art fair serves as a marketplace for the world's leading contemporary art galleries. This year ART SAN DIEGO will host ArtSpot International Art Fair, a stand-alone event that will present carefully selected modern and cutting-edge galleries with a strong Latin-American emphasis.
- The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club presents two racing seasons in 2014: the traditional summer season (July 17–Sept. 3, 2014) and the new Bing Crosby Season (Nov. 7-30, 2014). The summer meet will offer 36 days of racing Wednesday through Sunday with special racing on Labor Day. Del Mar’s fall meet will feature 15 racing days, including Thanksgiving Day, and will run Friday through Sunday on its first weekend, followed by four-day racing weeks (Thursday through Sunday) for the remainder of the session.