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Top September Events

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 September events.

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

Featured September Events

SeaWorld Craft Beer Festival

When: August 19 - September 11, 2022
SeaWorld's Craft Beer Festival features more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails. Sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local California favorites.

San Diego Bayfair

When: September 16-18, 2022
San Diego Bayfair's World Series of Powerboat Racing - a family festival tradition for more than 40 years speeds to the finish line.

San Diego Open - An ATP 250-Level Tournament

When: September 17-25, 2022
A 28-player singles main draw and a 16-team doubles main draw are held, all featuring best two-out-of-three set matches. A 16-player singles qualifying draw will be held for four main-draw entries.

MCAS Miramar Air Show

When: September 23-25, 2022
Guests can count on seeing the Marine Corps' F-35B demonstration, the unique Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration, the Air Force's F-22 Raptor demonstration team, Aaron Fitzgerald flying the Red Bull Helicopter, a 5G Technology Expo and much more.

San Diego Oktoberfests

When: September 25 - October 8, 2022
Munich's Oktoberfest may have more than 200 years on our own celebration here in San Diego, but that doesn't mean we don't know how to throw a party! Enjoy San Diego's Oktoberfests and chug a hefty stein of lager, chow down on a bratwurst and oom-pah-pah to your heart's content.

San Diego Restaurant Week

When: September 25 - October 2, 2022
San Diego Restaurant Week, hosted by the California Restaurant Association, returns with over 100 restaurants across 30+ neighborhoods for eight days of dining.

Halloween Happenings

When: Now - October 31, 2022
From family-friendly fright fests and historically haunted tours to terror-filled scream zones and wild trick-or-treat parties, Halloween in San Diego scares up plenty of fun for all ages.

More Super September Events

Annual Barona Pow Wow

When: September 2-4, 2022
Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion.

TVG Pacific Classic

When: September 3, 2022
Del Mar's richest and most prestigious race, the Grade I $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic, a Win And You're In for the Breeders' Cup Classic, takes place on Saturday, September 3, 2022.

Julian Grape Stomp Festa

When:September 3, 2022
Please join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary of the Julian Grape Stomp Festa! We are excited to be continuing the old-world tradition of kicking off your shoes, rolling up your pant legs and letting tons of blessed grapes squish beneath your feet!

FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival

When: September 8-11, 2022
FilmOut San Diego is one of the longest-running film festivals in Southern California and the only LGBTQ film festival in the San Diego area.

Art San Diego

When: September 9-11, 2022
Explore an amazing array of contemporary and modern art at Art San Diego, taking place at the San Diego Convention Center located along the beautiful waterfront setting of San Diego Bay.

Sycuan Pow-Wow

When: September 9-11, 2022
The Sycuan Pow-Wow is a time for people to get together, sing, dance, renew old friendships and make new ones, and a time for young people to meet and court.

Cardiff Greek Festival

When: September 10-11, 2022
Food, friends, family, music and dance, kids games, culture, faith... who could ask for anything more? (besides a plane ticket to Greece, I suppose). Come experience Greece right here in Cardiff and Encinitas. Bring the kids, your friends, your family, a stranger, whatever!

2022 Aimloan.com San Diego Blues Festival

When: September 10, 2022
This year’s 2022 lineup features returning headliner Billy F Gibbons with amazing national and local acts including: Southern Avenue, Phantom Blues Band with Curtis Salgado, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Eddie 9v, Memphissippi Sounds, Ben Powell and the Taryn Donath Duo.

Burgers & Beers

When: September 10, 2022
Try gourmet burgers from more than 20 of San Diego's best restaurants as they compete to win the "Best Burger" award at Burgers & Beers.

San Diego Festival of the Arts

When: September 10-11, 2022
Now in its 36th year, this age 21 and up event is a prestigious juried festival, showcasing stunning works of painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber and mixed media from more than 150 world renowned artists.

Heart of PB Restaurant Walk

When: September 14, 2022
Bring your appetite – All food is included at this popular annual event and will offer a great taste of Pacific Beach.

Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro

When: September 16-18, 2022
The weekend will be jam-packed with world-class surfing competition that will blow your mind, and a festival village loaded with female-inspired vendors, activities and amazing entertainment. The event is free to attend!

SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream

When: September 16 - October 31, 2022
After a successful "inaugural fear", Howl-O-Scream will once again arrive to transform the peaceful SeaWorld San Diego park you once knew into something sinister. When night falls and a carnival of horrifying creatures surrounds you, just try to put on a happy face.

Bonitafest Performing Arts Festival

When: September 17, 2022
Come see the South Bay’s best show choirs and stage bands, sample delicious food, take in arts and crafts, and enjoy a day full of fun!

OMBAC Classic Longboard Surfing Contest

When: September 17, 2022
Grab your vintage surfboard (or beach chair) and gather for a nostalgic longboard competition at the North Side of Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach.

Amps & Ales in Downtown Chula Vista

When: September 17, 2022
The day promises top be filled with brews, bites, and beats as attendees stroll along Third Avenue tasting the best of the best from over 30 local breweries, distilleries and wineries, live music and local food vendors.

SeaWorld Spooktacular

When: September 17 - October 31, 2022
Kids love trick-or-treating during this daytime event as they explore our decorated trail and meet all sorts of colorful characters. And that's just the beginning! From a Halloween dance party to a pumpkin scavenger hunt, and more, this is immersive family fun you'll only find here.

The Count's Halloween Spooktacular

When: September 17 - October 30, 2022
The park will be transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haven and guests will enjoy trick-or-treating around the park, Halloween-themed shows, and unique photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume!

Oceanside Harbor Days

When: September 17-18, 2022
Two event filled days of sun, sand, and surf provide an outstanding opportunity for residents and neighbors to experience fun activities such as a costume party for kids 12 and under (accompanied by parents) at Capt’n Junebug’s Kids Zone where they'll meet local pirates and mermaids.

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat

When: September 17 - October 30, 2022
Our signature Halloween event is better than ever this year! Brick-or-Treat will bewitch LEGOLAND® California Resort with tons of candy, an all-new show line up, never-before-seen exclusive LEGO® characters, and more!

Live Well San Diego 5K

When: September 18, 2022
Live Well San Diego 5K will be a fun, family-friendly event for all ages, including a kids fun zone all while supporting a great charity.

Solento Surf Festival

When: September 22-25, 2022
If you like films, live music, connecting with your community or surf culture, consider yourself busy September 22nd-25th because you'll be at the 2nd annual Solento Surf Festival.

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

When: September 23 - October 31, 2022
Located in San Diego's world famous Balboa Park, The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will never forget. Make your way out of the eXperiment Maze before entering the mile long Trail through the grove of twisted pines and gnarled oaks.

Poway Rodeo

When: September 23-24, 2022
Professional rodeo cowboys from around the country compete during the annual Poway Rodeo. Can they hold on for 8 seconds?

28th Annual Pacific Islander Festival

When: September 24-25, 2022
PIFA is proud to announce its 28th annual festival this year at Ski Beach to celebrate the culture and tradition of the Melanesian, Micronesian & Pacific Islander people.

San Diego Spirits Festival

When: September 24-25, 2022
The two-day Signature Event is set to delight everyone’s palate and promises to be a feast for ALL your senses, with a weekend of unlimited tantalizing sips as you reconnect with brands you know, and discover new ones from over 65 brands from High end Spirits to ready to drink cocktails and seltzers.

3rd Annual ArtWalk Carlsbad

When: September 24-25, 2022
Attendees can explore different facets of art from local, regional and international professional artists while enjoying street food, wine and beer, live entertainment, and the surrounding breathtaking views.

Adams Avenue Street Fair

When: September 24-25, 2022
Adams Avenue Street Fair is SoCal's largest free two-day music festival held each year during the last weekend in September in the community of Normal Heights.

CRSSD Festival

When: September 24-25, 2022
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.

Art & Craft Show Old Town

When: September 24-25, 2022
Get excited to be immersed into an amazing sensory overload as the streets of Old Town San Diego transform into a beautiful art display at this year’s Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego.

Trolley Dances

When: September 24-25, 2022
In partnership with San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, SDDT has presented Trolley Dances™ for over 20 years. Trolley Dances™ was created by former Artistic Director Jean Isaacs to make dance accessible to our entire community by taking art “to the people.”

Buffalo Alley 10K Trail Run

When: September 24, 2022
This race is a 10K trail run in the northwestern foothills of Camp Pendleton. The course offers a challenging hill climb, rolling hills along the ridgeline, and scenic views of surrounding mountains and meadows.

Encinitas Oktoberfest

When: September 25, 2022
This free and festive community event has a longstanding tradition of celebrating the German roots of our Encinitas area along with showcasing local artisan products, an authentic German beer garden with stage entertainment to include Bavarian music and dance troupes, German refreshments as well as an international food court, carnival ride attractions, and a recently added local craft beer garden.

Gaslight Steampunk Expo

When: September 29 - October 2, 2022
Gaslight Steampunk Expo is an three and a half day event held annually in San Diego, California by a group of dedicated enthusiasts and volunteers who have a passion for science fiction, the Victorian era, Maker ingenuity, and a flair for costumes.

La Mesa Oktoberfest

When: September 30 - October 2, 2022
Since 1973, the La Mesa Oktoberfest has been attracting Oktoberfest revelers from across Southern California for 3 FREE days of festive live music and steins filled to the brim with German & Craft beer!

Oktoberfest in El Cajon

When: September 30 - October 9, 2022
Come and enjoy authentic German food, such as bratwurst, ox-on-the-spit, potato salad, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, red cabbage, pretzels, and a variety of German pastries. We offer a great selection of German beers and liquors, and soft drinks and water, to enjoy with your friends and family!

The Haunted Hotel Disturbance Mission Valley

When: September 30 - October 31, 2022
The Haunted Hotel has been "disturbed", completely upset, thrown into disorderly chaos...every possessed zombie, every dead freak, every spider web, and every last drop of blood have been unearthed and re-located.

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