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Major Events in San Diego

Plan your trip around one of San Diego's signature events

San Diego Events Not to Miss

San Diego is packed with exciting events throughout the year. Below is a brief summary of some of the biggest events of the year, but there are also many more events to discover in the San Diego Calendar of Events.

Winter & Spring Gray Whale Watching

Migration Period: Mid-December - April

Each year, more than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants.

San Diego Restaurant Week

When: January 15-22, 2017

San Diego Restaurant Week is back to kick off your New Year with food, fun, and memories. With more than 180 participating restaurants to choose from across every neighborhood in San Diego County, diners can be assured that appetites will be appeased and cravings will be satisfied with prix-fixe two course lunches and three course dinners.

Farmers Insurance Open

When: January 26-29, 2017

The annual PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open men's golf tournament is played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 & 2021 U.S. Open.

San Diego Museum Month

When: February 1-28, 2017

Arts, entertainment and culture collide for Macy’s Museum Month in San Diego. The San Diego Museum Council and Macy's have teamed up for Museum Month, giving patrons a chance to discover what's new at more than 40 area museums with savings only seen once a year. Pick up a Museum Month Pass at any area Macy's store to enjoy half-off admission to all of the participating museums through the entire month of February.

The Flower Fields

When: March 1 - May 14, 2017

For more than sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year - from early March through early May - literally bringing the famous fields back to life.

CRSSD Festival

When: March 4-5, 2017

CRSSD Festival is a two-day electronic music festival at the 12-acre San Diego Waterfront Park featuring three stages and 36+ performers. In addition to the music, the festival will offer craft beer, mixed drinks, food and more.

World Baseball Classic

When: March 14-19, 2017

The Padres' Petco Park will host second-round games of the World Baseball Classic. Teams include: United States of America, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and more.

San Diego Crew Classic

When: April 1-2, 2017

Regarded as the first major regatta of the year, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs and high school programs from across the United States to participate in this premier rowing event in San Diego.

Red Bull Air Race

When: April 15-16, 2017

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship makes a welcome return to San Diego on the 15-16 April 2017. Set on the Pacific coast of California the location provides the perfect backdrop for a race. San Diego last hosted a Red Bull Air Race back in 2009 and proved extremely popular with the fans that have often asked when the Air Race would return, well 2017 is the answer. Nicolas Ivanoff won in the skies above the Pacific coast back in 2009 and he'll be looking to do it again in 2017 when the Red Bull Air Race returns.

San Diego County Fair

When: June 2 - July 4, 2017

San Diego's annual county fair is the largest fair in California, offering a variety of food, entertainment, exhibits, rides & games throughout the beautiful and historical Del Mar Fairgrounds in the oceanfront village of Del Mar.

Rock 'N' Roll San Diego

When: June 3-4, 2017

Rock out at the annual San Diego Rock 'N' Roll Marathon and half-marathon with live music lining the streets, cheer squads and a huge post-marathon.

4th of July - Big Bay Boom

When: July 4, 2017

Whether you're traveling with friends or family, San Diego is everyone's first choice for 4th of July celebrations. Even locals can't think of anything better than relaxing with loved ones on a long stretch of sand and watching an extraordinary show of lights in the sky such as Big Bay Boom, the largest fireworks display in the county.

World Championship Over the Line Tournament

When: July 8-9 & 15-16, 2017

San Diego's beach softball Over the Line Tournament is played by men and women into their 80's and is one of the last pure Southern California traditions.

CONCACAF Gold Cup

When: July 9, 2017

San Diego will host CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C's opening round double-header at Qualcomm Stadium with matches between Curacao vs. Jamaica and Mexico vs. El Salvador.

Del Mar Racing Season

When: July 19 - September 4, 2017

San Diego horse racing takes place where the "turf meets the surf" at the Del Mar Racetrack when fans flock to the track to wager on their favorite horses. Be part of the magic and nostalgia!

San Diego Pride Parade & Music Festival

When: July 15-16, 2017

The annual San Diego Pride Parade is among the largest in the United States, attracting over 100,000 cheering spectators and significant media participation. Following the Parade, the annual San Diego Pride Music Festival in Balboa Park includes multiple stages of entertainment, more than 200 musicians, bands, comedians, and dancers, marvelous shopping at dozens of vendor booths, an art exhibit, cultural presentations, and great food!

San Diego Comic-Con International

When: July 20-23, 2017

Comic-Con is 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.

KAABOO Del Mar Festival

Where: September 15-17, 2017

KAABOO is three days of fun, packed full with memories and it has all of the makings of a comfortable event. We have plenty of shade and seating, all restrooms are clean with flushable toilets (no porta-potties), and there is no dirt, dust or mud to fight through just to have a good time. Enjoy the world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences. Get ready for this journey of discovery!

San Diego Restaurant Week

When: September 2017

San Diego Restaurant Week is back to kick off your fall with food, fun, and memories. With more than 180 participating restaurants to choose from across every neighborhood in San Diego County, diners can be assured that appetites will be appeased and cravings will be satisfied with prix-fixe two course lunches and three course dinners.

Extreme Sailing Series

When: October 19-22, 2017

The Extreme Sailing Series™, the world's leading Stadium Racing series, will return to the Americas for the first time in six years in 2017 in what promises to be another action-packed season. Alongside existing host venues of Muscat, Qingdao, Madeira, Hamburg and Cardiff, the Series is now set to visit San Diego.

Bing Crosby Season

When: November 1-26, 2017

Old Hollywood style meets classic Southern California cool this November at Del Mar with four weeks of elite Thoroughbred racing, fresh events and musical performances to keep the good times rolling.

Breeders' Cup

When: November 3-4, 2017

The Breeders' Cup makes its debut at another iconic racing venue for the first time: Del Mar, where the turf meets the surf Southern California style. With San Diego's vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches and sunny days creating a perfect trifecta.

San Diego Beer Week

When: November 3-13, 2017

San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local beer and promoting San Diego's brewing culture with events across the county.

Balboa Park December Nights

When: December 1-2, 2017

Balboa Park December Nights brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy and kick-off the "most wonderful time of the year" with lights and more!

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

When: December 2017

Don't miss America's Finest Bowl Experience! This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game between some of college football's most competitive conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12.

New Year's Eve

When: December 31, 2017

Who needs Times Square when you can celebrate in San Diego? Pamper yourself and your loved ones by ringing in the New Year with all night parties, cruises on the bay, family friendly bashes and more!

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