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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. 

Best of the Best Art in San Diego

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.

Culinary Festivals

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. 

International Film Festivals

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 Festivals

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.     

Pride Festival

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.

Fleet Week

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. 

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ArtWalk San Diego
2210 Columbia Street
San Diego, CA 92122
Region: La Jolla

Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy and April and ArtWalk NTC @Liberty Station in August are San Diego's original fine art festivals, bringing in...

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America's Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society

Region: Mission Valley and Old Town

At the heart of our organization is the exciting annual 5-day Jazz Festival held Thanksgiving weekend. The SD Jazz Fest presents a variety of...

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KidsFest San Diego
2690 Historic Decatur Rd
San Diego, CA 92106
Region: Point Loma, Harbor Island & Shelter Island

Welcome to KidsFest San Diego It starts with inspiration. Mix in a little fascination. Toss around a pinch of exploration. Add a few drops of...

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San Diego LGBT Pride
3620 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
Region: Hillcrest

Our Mission: Fostering pride in and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, locally, nationally, and globally. ...

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La Jolla Festival of the Arts
3453 Voigt Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
Region: La Jolla

The La Jolla Festival of the Arts is a spectacular two-day event of fine art, entertainment, and fun in scenic coastal San Diego county. "The La...

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San Diego Spirits Festival

Region: Downtown

Shake it up each year at the end of summer in San Diego with a fresh, booming cocktail and culinary scene at the San Diego Spirits Festival! A...

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San Diego Italian Film Festival
3593 5th Ave. Suite A
San Diego, CA 92103
Region: Downtown

the San Diego Italian Film Festival, a not for profit 501c(3) organization, has quickly made its mark on the local landscape, joining ranks among the...

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La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
PO Box 2369
La Jolla, CA 92038
Region: La Jolla

The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns to La Jolla for its fourth annual season on October 13th and 14th, and will take place in the heart of...

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