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7 Things to Do this September

Summer Happiness is Calling You Back

Cool off at the beach, enjoy the ocean breeze and soak in everything San Diego has to offer with these 7 things to do this September.


Father and Son Surfing on the water in San Diego

Treasure the Last Days of Summer in San Diego

Cap off summer by spending Labor Day weekend in San Diego and enjoying everything California's Beach City has to offer. From days playing along wide-open beaches and at world-class attractions to dining outdoors and quality time with friends and family around a beach bonfire, staying in San Diego this Labor Day weekend will have you smiling from ear to ear.

San Diego Blues Festival

Enjoy A Weekend of the Arts

Culture and the great outdoors make for a pair without peer in San Diego. The San Diego Blues Festival returns to the downtown San Diego waterfront on Saturday, Sep 11, with a lineup of nine acts, sunshine, drinks and a good time. Head north to the San Diego Surf Cup Sports Park for the San Diego Festival of the Arts, a juried art festival featuring the works of 175 artists, a wine and beer garden, entertainment and more. Lastly, cinema junkies can head to Balboa Park for the best in LGBTQ+ and cult genre films at the FILMOUT San Diego Film Festival, Sep 9-12.

Surf in San Diego

Paddle out for California Surfing Day

Surf culture is so prevalent in California that lawmakers made it the official state sport, and in San Diego, it's a way of life! Celebrate California Surfing Day (Sep 20), or any day, in San Diego by riding the waves of La Jolla, shopping at classic surf shops along the coast or watching the pros at the Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro, Sep 17-19.

SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream

Dress Up for Halloween Happenings

Get a jump start on the Halloween scares this September in San Diego. For the first time ever, Howl-O-Scream has arrived to transform the peaceful SeaWorld San Diego park you once knew into something sinister. Evade angry phantoms as they rampage through scare zones, and deepen the thrills with a nighttime coaster ride. Howl-O-Scream takes place select nights Sep 17 - Oct 31. Experience the outdoor horror of The Haunted Trail, a stroll through Balboa Park you will never forget, Sep 24 - Oct 31. And for the little ghouls and witches, Halloween is back with candy, costumes, your favorite Sesame Street® friends and plenty of spooky surprises at SeaWorld Spooktacular, Sep 18 - Oct 31.

Grapes growing at Bernardo Winery for California Wine Month

Celebrate California Wine Month

San Diego is one of the few places in the world where you can experience expansive vineyards a short drive from the beach. This September, treat yourself to a San Diego getaway for California Wine Month and savor locally produced wines after a day spent enjoying San Diego's temperate weather and numerous outdoor adventures.

San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego's favorite foodie event, San Diego Restaurant Week, is back! From Sep 26 to Oct 3, take a culinary tour through the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego at 90+ participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options and a myriad of outdoor dining options with charming and spacious open-air settings to satisfy every mood and craving.

Speed Boat Adventures

Feel the Need for Speed

The thrilling San Diego Bayfair, Sep 17-19, features thunderboat racing, tunnel hulls, drag boats, hydroplanes, fireworks and concerts, specialty vendors and food, along and on the waters of Mission Bay. After watching the races, feed the need for speed by piloting your own speedboat with San Diego Speed Boat Adventures, or zip and zoom around San Diego Bay at speeds up to 50 mph aboard the Flagship Patriot Jet Boat Tour.

Surfing in Pacific Beach 25 Free things to Do in San Diego

Bonus: 25 Fun & Free Things to Do

Having fun in San Diego doesn't require a lot of money; many things to see and do are free. This September, visit San Diego for a fun and inexpensive getaway with these 25 free things to do.

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