Sunny days and mild nights make San Diego the perfect place to enjoy festivals year round. Unique and seasonal festivals happen throughout the year, taking place in the diverse and vast neighborhoods and regions across San Diego, showcasing everything from music, film, food, beer, and celebrating every holiday.
From the best showcase of local artists at the San Diego ArtWalk festival in Little Italy, to the annual gathering of leading contemporary galleries from around the world at the Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair, San Diego celebrates the best of the best in visual arts.
America’s Finest City is also home to some of the finest restaurants, wineries and breweries in the country. Enjoy many great restaurants throughout the county at discounted prices during the bi-annual San Diego Restaurant Week (January and September) or get a taste of the best microbrews made in the region during San Diego Beer Week.
Film buffs and movie lovers visiting San Diego will find an exciting film festival happening in San Diego. From Italian, Asian, Jewish and Latin film festivals, to the annual San Diego Film Festival or Women’s Film Festival, there is something or every kind of movie-goer to enjoy and discover.
Seasonal celebrations abound in San Diego throughout the year, from Mardi Gras, St, Patrick’s Day, and Halloween block parties in the Gaslamp Quarter, to Cinco de Mayo in Old Town. Add to that the San Diego County Fair that kicks off summer each year and the San Diego Parade of Lights on the Big Bay. Finally, with Balboa Park December Nights, the largest community festival in county, it's clear to see that San Diego is the place to be for any holiday.
San Diego’s lively local music scene kicks up in high gear during street festivals, where music fills the neighborhoods of Normal Heights during the Adams Avenue Street Fair in September. Ranging from Jazz to Alternative Rock to Reggae, to the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops with performances held under the stars along San Diego's Big Bay, lively music festivals are happening throughout San Diego.
Summer means Shakespeare at the Old Globe theater in Balboa Park. Modeled after Shakespeare's Old Globe in London, it's a fitting place to host the yearly Shakespeare festival which brings three dynamic Shakespeare productions in nightly rotation.
Every July, the neighborhood of San Diego Hillcrest lights up with the colorful Pride Parade and Festival, for the largest LGBT celebration in the city.
San Diego pays tribute to the military with a variety of events each fall including a parade of ships, the Coronado Classic Speed Festival and MCAS Miramar Air Show.
Browse the articles and listings below for great upcoming festivals and events in San Diego.