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Top August Events

Tons of Things to Do Under the Summer Sun

Summer is just getting started here in California's Beach City! Make your way to the sandy shores of San Diego this August for days full of sunshine and nights packed with excitement at these top events.

Don't miss these exciting events happening in San Diego this August.

Featured August Events

ArtWalk at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station

When: August 10-11, 2019
ArtWalk at ARTS DISTRICT 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.

Bike the Bay

When: August 25, 2019
Experience Bike the Bay, a scenic bayside ride, and also enjoy a rare opportunity to ride over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.

US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition

When: August 31 - September 2, 2019
It's a 3-day extravaganza for the whole family! An international competition among World Master Sand Sculptors plus artworks in glass, wood, metal, ceramics, gemstones, fabric and mixed media for personal use and home and garden. Also, there will be live entertainment (big bands, singers and more), a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks and a great view of the bay.

Summer Safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

When: Thru September 1, 2019
Go wild at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park this summer! Summer Safari presented by Groupon brings later hours and more fun. Walk among kangaroos and wallabies at the newest habitat, Walkbout Australia, and hear a didgeridoo played. Enjoy guitar music, roaming jugglers and magicians, and summer food and drink specials throughout the Park.

Sesame Street Party Parade

When: Thru September 1, 2019
The Sesame Street Party Parade is marching Sesame Street excitement throughout SeaWorld San Diego. This colorful, musical, show-stopping parade is fun enough to get the whole family dancing.

SeaWorld's Electric Ocean

When: Thru September 2, 2019
Surf beyond your expectations as the sea comes alive at night and dive into Electric Ocean, SeaWorld's fantastic summer nighttime celebration.

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

When: Thru September 2, 2019
Stay after dark and help us celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo! Come "rock and roar" every day this summer with live music, fun shows, and special animal encounters. The fun begins before the sun goes down with an amazing trampoline act, Dr. Zoolittle's special performances, and African-themed entertainment for the whole family. Musicians will serenade and engage guests with tunes ranging from classic rock riffs to jaunty brass band sounds to sweet beats from throughout Africa.

Aquatica SeaWorld's Waterpark

When: Thru September 2, 2019 (Open weekends only after Sept 2)
Aquatica is set to make a splash for a third season with a combination of high-speed thrills, a relaxing beachside resort atmosphere, up-close animal encounters, and heated resort pools and children's attractions. Big Surf Shores, Loggerhead Lane, Slippity Dippity, Walkabout Waters and Kata's Kookaburra Cove will all be heated to a relaxing 78-80 degree temperature! Also adding to guest comfort this year are additional shade structures, shade trees, lounge chairs and dining tables.

San Diego Padres 50th Season

When: Thru September
The Padres will celebrate 50 years as Major League franchise in America's Finest City throughout 2019.

More Great August Events

Bayside Summer Nights

When: Thru August 31, 2019
This is where music lovers gather to enjoy a picnic on the lawn, share a bottle of champagne at reserved tables, or sit in the grandstand taking in the beauty of San Diego Bay. The shimmering skyline and spectacular fireworks provide the perfect backdrop for enjoying the great San Diego Symphony and special guest artists.

Julian Starfest

When: August 1-3, 2019
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. 

Ramona County Fair

When: August 1-4, 2019
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!

Carlsbad Music Festival

When: August 2-4, 2019
The Carlsbad Music Festival - Adventurous music by the beach - featuring 25+ performances in three days in the charming seaside Village of Carlsbad.

Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic

When: August 3, 2019
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.

Del Mar Tacos & Beer Fest

When: August 3, 2019
Mobile pizzeria's will serve a variety of pizza styles and options for fans to pair with more than 100 craft brews during the Del Mar Races.

Chula Vista Lemon Festival

When: August 4, 2019
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.

Taste of Encinitas

When: August 6, 2019
Treat your taste buds to food samples from 30+ restaurants and enjoy local wine and craft beer served at 15 Sip Stops the Encinitas Taste of MainStreet.

Tiki Oasis - Party on Monster Island

When: August 7-11, 2019
This year Tiki Oasis celebrates our monster brethren from King Kong (1939), Godzilla and Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) to the famous monsters of Hollywood (1932-1950s).

Oceanside International Film Festival

When: August 7-11, 2019
The Oceanside International Film Festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works along with workshops and after-parties.

Heiva San Diego

When: August 9-11, 2019
Heiva San Diego, a Polynesian celebration representing Tahiti as the bridge between French Polynesia and the US and sharing our culture with the community.

National City Automobile Heritage Day

When: August 10, 2019
The National City Automobile Heritage Day features a dazzling display of those cars from very early models to the latest Super Cars.

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

When: August 11, 2019
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. 

Chula Vista Challenge

When: August 11, 2019
The Chula Vista Challenge Triathlons (swim, bike & run) provides both participants and spectators the opportunity to enjoy the pristine South Bay waterfront.

Spirit of '45 Day of Remembrance

When: August 11, 2019
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.

Hillcrest Cityfest Street Fair

When: August 11, 2019
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.

Best of San Diego Party

When: August 16, 2019
The Best of San Diego Party brings together the top restaurants, wineries and breweries for an unforgettable evening of food and entertainment.

¡Latin Food Fest!

When: August 16-17, 2019
The four-day San Diego ¡Latin Food Fest! includes a kick-off party, two-day ultimate tasting experience, and private chef's dinner!

Imperial Avenue Street Festival

When: August 17, 2019
Imperial Avenue Street Festival is a multicultural street scene that will celebrate the rich culture of the Logan Heights community.

Stone's 23rd Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival

When: August 18, 2019
This is the main event! Stone's annual Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival has become the biggest craft beer festival in Southern California, and this year promises to be the best one yet!

Chula Vista Haborfest

When: August 17, 2019
Chula Vista HarborFest is a family-friendly celebration that welcomes everyone to enjoy a classic summer festival with breathtaking ocean views as a backdrop.

TVG Pacific Classic

When: August 17, 2019
Watch many of the country's top horses compete at the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles in the 26th running of Del Mar's signature event, the TVG Pacific Classic.

Annual World Bodysurfing Championships

When: August 17-18, 2019
Approximately 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world will compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes.

America's Finest City Half Marathon & 5K

When: August 18, 2019
Run on a fast, scenic, course that starts at the historic Cabrillo National Monument and ends in Balboa Park.

The San Diego International Kids' Film Festival

When: August 23-25, 2019
The San Diego International Kids' Film Festival will screen over 70+ films from 20+ countries including USA, China, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, and many more.

San Diego Spirits Festival

When: August 24-25, 2019
The San Diego Spirits Festival promises to open your eyes to new cocktails, introduce you to the great liquor purveyors, talented mixologist, and great chefs!

LeucadiART Walk

When: August 25, 2019
Join us for LeucadiART Walk, a revival of the original 80's art event in historic Leucadia with art, entertainment, a children's art pavilion and more.

San Diego Quilt Show

When: August 29 - 31, 2019
Come to the Quilt Show for all things quilt. Take a class, play games, bring a friend and have fun. Catch talented instructors from out of the state that cannot be missed.

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