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Spend the Summer in San Diego enjoying one or more of these outdoor summer festivals, fairs, neighborhood taste ofs, cultural celebrations and more.

June | July | August | September

June

  • The annual San Diego County Fair features outlandish foods, garden shows, livestock tents and a midway complete with carnival rides and concerts held throughout the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds in ocean front Del Mar.
  • Make Music Day San Diego in Balboa Park will include "Mass Appeal" events (musicians playing together on one kind of instrument like a ukulele, banjo, harmonica and guitar) as well as unique, site-specific musical performances and educational programming such as hands-on instrument making workshops.
  • With over 100,000 square feet of fun, dozens of activity stations and 50+ exhibitors, KidsFest San Diego is filled with simple, organic, creative play for kids.
  • At the annual San Diego Scottish Highlands Game & Gathering of the Clans, rival clansmen will test each other's prowess at various sports - running, jumping, wrestling, or primitive forms of weight putting with stones.
  • Julian Gold Rush Days is a great opportunity to turn back the clock and give visitors an idea what Julian was like in its early days. It's entertainment for the whole family!
  • The Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival will offer attendees eclectic fun in the sun that's great for all ages.
  • Taste of Adams Avenue features 30 restaurants, coffee houses, pubs, wine bars and eateries through some of San Diego's hottest and historic neighborhoods.

July

  • Comic Con International San Diego the largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture.
  • Old Town Stagecoach Days invites visitors enjoy afternoons in Old Town filled with activities that reflect life in early San Diego and celebrate the West on the move.
  • An annual shopping extravaganza, Christmas in July Artisan Fair & Carnival draws thousands of people each year. Offering handmade arts and craft items (many with Christmas themes) by more than 150 artisans, the event also includes a rummage sale, bake sale, food court raffle, kid's activity area and live entertainment.
  • The Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am will feature a surf contest, live music performances, and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats.
  • The Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors, music, children's activities, a Kids 'n Kastles competition, and more.
  • The annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade is the 4th largest in the United States attracting over 100,000 cheering spectators and significant media participation.
  • Celebrate diversity under San Diego's amazing sky during the San Diego Pride Music Festival with 5 phenomenal stages over 2 days with over 100 entertainers and thousands of your closest friends. All people - 1 love!
  • Rubio's CoastFest is a celebration of the ocean and its many gifts. From the bounty it offers to the shores it graces, the ocean is more than a resource for Rubio's: it is a way of life.
  • Lemon Zest & Garlic Festival will be filled with lemon and garlic inspired food tastings, a beer garden, dozens of retail vendors and a free family area.
  • Festival of the Bells is a weekend celebrating the anniversary of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, California's first Missions, with the the blessing and ringing of all five Mission bells.
  • During the San Diego International Fringe Festival, artists from around the world will participate alongside home-grown talent spanning all art forms.
  • Hundreds of fashion filmmakers from around the world will be enthralled by the top 1% of fashion films at the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival.
  • Get together and enjoy Pine Valley Days with a parade, bouncies for kids, rock climbing wall, music, horseshoe tournament, marketplace and of course, food!
  • Fiesta del Sol in Solana Beach features stellar live music, an arts & crafts fair, children's activities, an international food court, and a beer & wine garden.
  • The annual Spanish Village Art Center's Art in Bloom is set in the picturesque courtyard of Spanish Village, where original art works in various media will be displayed side by side with their fresh flower interpretations.
  • The one-of-a-kind Insect Festival features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches.
  • The Ramona Country Fair is a great place for family fun featuring rides, carnival games, vendors, beer and wine gardens, food, entertainment, and much more!
  • Oz Con - Winkie Con features: Oz quizzes, Treasure Hunt, Oz Show and Tell to share your rare and wonderful Oz discoveries, panels, displays, and after-parties.

August

  • Baja by the Sea displays the culinary and cultural heritage of five Baja California cities including: Tijuana, Tecate, Ensenada, Rosarito and Mexicali.
  • South Bayfront PowWow invites visitors to the Chula Vista bayfront for a weekend of traditional Music, Dance, Arts and Crafts and Food.
  • The Lemon Festival celebrates Chula Vista's heritage as the "Lemon Capital of the World" and will feature live entertainment, a kids' fun zone and lemons galore.
  • It's the world's most celebrated dance event. The world's best dancers will come together in San Diego, CA for the World Hip Hop Dance Championship.
  • Heiva San Diego, a Polynesian celebration representing Tahiti as the bridge between French Polynesia and the US and sharing our culture with the community.
  • The Living Coast Discovery Center has assembled a Who's Who of San Diego's top restaurants, breweries, wineries, spirits, farms and more for a celebration of the local flavors and sustainable ingredients that make San Diego so special at the Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic.
  • The Oceanside International Film Festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works along with workshops and after-parties.
  • The National City Automobile Heritage Day features a dazzling display of those cars from very early models to the latest Super Cars.
  • Cardiff-by-the-Sea is ready to celebrate man's best friend! Set in a beautiful beach community, Cardiff Dog Days of Summer is a fair for dogs and dog lovers.
  • CityFest takes place in the heart of Hillcrest under the Hillcrest Sign and is a huge celebration of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, and food.
  • Spirit of '45 Day honors the legacy of service of America's Greatest Generation with music, entertainment, and you will get to meet WWII Veterans and share their stories from that time in our history.
  • Julian StarFest, a three-day festival focused around the field of astronomy, will occur in the mountain town of Julian. Julian is known for its clear dark skies and one of the best locations in Southern California for observing.
  • Tiki Oasis is the Class M hypergiant of the Tiki scene - the biggest Tiki Weekender in the solar system. The Space Age ran parallel to the Modern Primitivism of Tiki Culture.
  • ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego provides a variety of culinary experiences from chef's supper club style dinners to a festivals with demonstrations and tastings!
  • ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station brings fine art outside under San Diego's sunny skies to create the perfect viewing art under natural light and purchase artwork directly from the finest artists in the region.
  • Little Italy's Togo Party - Ferragosto Means Fun. Great food, live entertainment, and an exciting theme party with dancing under a starry San Diego sky.
  • Bring your appetite for the tastiest food on wheels when the annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival comes to Del Mar.
  • The nature-focused, environmental film festival, Julian Film Festival will focus on important themes of water, watershed and wildlife corridors.
  • Chula Vista HarborFest is a family-friendly celebration that welcomes everyone to enjoy a classic summer festival with breathtaking ocean views as a backdrop.
  • The San Diego International Kids' Film Festival will screen over 70+ films from 20+ countries including USA, China, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, and many more.
  • Imperial Avenue Street Festival is a multicultural street scene that will celebrate the rich culture of the Logan Heights community.

September

  • Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for Barona PowWow - a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion.
  • US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition is an extravaganza for the whole family with Master Sand Sculptors, entertainment, food and more.
  • Festival of Sail is the largest Tall Ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, transforming the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for 4 adventure filled days.
  • Julian Grape Stomp Festa's atmosphere is created with Italian music by Roman Holiday, dancing, Bocce Ball, stomping, wine tasting, kids entertainment and more.
  • The San Diego Quilt Show's theme is "A Walk in the Park," chosen to commemorate the centennial of "The Crown Jewel" of San Diego, Balboa Park.
  • During the Taste of Downtown, enjoy tantalizing tastes from more than 50 Restaurants located throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, Headquarters, Financial District and East Village neighborhoods!
  • Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children's activities and more the Annual Cardiff Greek Festival.
  • During the Coronado MainStreet Garden Party, explore the gardens of one of Coronado's historic homes while enjoying wine, craft beers and hor d'oeuvres.
  • Escondido's Grape Day Festival starts with a 5k fun run, followed by the historic parade down Grand Ave & then enjoy the festival in the park.
  • San Diego's Horrible Imaginings Film Festival promotes and spotlights exemplary new artistic voices in what is commonly known as the horror genre.
  • The Sycuan Pow-Wow is a time for people to get together, sing, dance, renew old friendships and make new ones, and a time for young people to meet and court.
  • The 2-day Coronado Art Walk is put on by the Coronado Historical Association and is an admission free, public event designed to foster creativity and appreciation for the wonders of art.
  • Brazilian Day Festival invites you to join in the festivities celebrating the Brazilian culture with a street fair, parade, music, carnival and more!
  • It's that time again to head to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to celebrate Mexican Independence! The annual Fiestas Patrias festivities commence with the ringing of the bell at the historic Casa de Estudillo.
  • Fleet Week San Diego honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through public events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes.
  • Gaslight Gathering is a convention to promote Steampunk and Victoriana aesthetics as it relates to dress, art, music, crafts, pop culture, and literature.
  • This year's San Diego Restaurant Week is going to be the best one yet, with more than 180 restaurants participating all over San Diego county.

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