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Top September Events

There is Still Plenty of Summer Fun Left

There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy in San Diego this September. Find yourself smiling in California's Beach City with longer days, warm weather and this awesome lineup of events and things to do.

This page is updated as soon as event details are available. Please check with event organizers for the most up-to-date information.

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

Featured September Events

Labor Day Weekend

When: August 30 - September 2, 2019
Cap off the perfect summer by spending Labor Day weekend in San Diego enjoying the warm weather, cool beaches and everything the city has to offer including amazing sandcastles, fireworks, evening concerts, extended museum hours and more.

US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition

When: August 30 - September 2, 2019
It's a 4-day extravaganza for the whole family! The World Master Sand Sculptors' 3-dimensional art is astounding. 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.

KAABOO Del Mar Festival

When: September 13-15, 2019
KAABOO was created by music lovers for music lovers. An adult escape uniquely curated to appeal to all five of your senses, with world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences.

San Diego Bayfair - Thunderboat Races

When: September 13-15, 2019
San Diego Bayfair's World Series of Powerboat Racing - a family festival tradition for more than 40 years speeds to the finish line.

Founders' Day Festival

When: September 14-15, 2019
Celebrate history in the birthplace of San Diego (Old Town) with a weekend of free festivities, entertainment, and activities for the whole family.

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular

When: September 21 - October 27, 2019
For weekends brimming with family fun, SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular thrills with spooky live shows, Halloween activities and trick-or-treating for the little ones throughout the park in a safe, family-friendly environment.

San Diego Restaurant Week

When: September 22-29, 2019
For eight days only, enjoy prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus compiled of local products and ingredients at over 180 participating restaurants throughout San Diego County.

MCAS Miramar Air Show

When: September 27-29, 2019
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is once again hosting the largest military Air Show in the country! This year's theme is "Honoring 100 Years of Women in the Marine Corps."

CRSSD Festival

When: September 28-29, 2019
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.

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

When: September 29 - October 26, 2019
Every Saturday night, LEGOLAND® California Resort creates Halloween excitement with live entertainment, character meet-and-greets, costume contests, and treat stations during extended Park open hours!

More Awesome September Events

46th Annual Barona Powwow

When: August 30 - September 1, 2019
Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion.

Little Italy Labor Day Stickball Tournament

When: August 31 - September 1, 2019
The Labor Day Stickball Tournament takes over the streets of Little Italy and allows players to revisit some childhood memories.

Big SoCal Euro

When: September 1, 2019
One of the largest all-European car events on the west coast, the Big SoCal Euro boasts more than 3,000 European cars from throughout the region. Bring your family to meet other car enthusiasts, and enjoy raffles, drag racing, great food, automotive vendors, swap meet, afterparty and more.

29th Annual Sycuan Pow-Wow

When: September 6-8, 2019
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.

Greek Festival in Cardiff

When: September 7-8, 2019
Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children's activities and more at the Annual Cardiff Greek Festival.

Julian Grape Stomp Festa

When: September 7, 2019
Julian Grape Stomp Festa's atmosphere is created with Italian music by Roman Holiday, dancing, Bocce Ball, stomping, wine tasting, kids entertainment and more.

6th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest

When: September 7, 2019
Carlsbad Brewfest celebrates craft beer with tastings from more than 34 San Diego & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.

Burgers & Beer

When: September 7, 2019
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 Blues Festival

When: September 7, 2019
Amid stunning views of the San Diego waterfront, the San Diego Blues Festival features members of the Blues Hall of Fame, a Grammy Award winner and many other blues acts.

Annual Coronado MainStreet Garden Party

When: September 7, 2019
Explore the gardens of one of Coronado's historic homes while enjoying wine, craft beers and hor d'oeuvres at this annual garden party.

America’s Finest BBQ State Championship

When: September 14-15, 2019
Compete in a KCBS sanctioned BBQ competition or come to sample the world class BBQ and enjoy the beer garden, all while watching the San Diego Bayfair's World Series of Powerboat Racing and listening to live entertainment right on San Diego’s Mission Bay.

Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias

When: September 14, 2019
It's that time again to head to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to celebrate Mexican Independence during the Fiestas Patrias! 

South Bay Pride Art & Musical Festival

When: September 14, 2019
South Bay Pride Art and Music Festival will be a day (and evening) of fun for all with live entertainment, local art, food, drinks and more!

OMBAC 25th Annual Classic Longboard Surfing Contest

When: September 14, 2019
Grab your vintage surfboard (or beach chair) and gather for a nostalgic longboard competition at the North Side of Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach.

Santee Bluegrass Festival

When: September 14, 2019
Take part in the Santee Bluegrass Festival with fine wines, a bevy of brews, tasty treats, bidding bazaar and live Bluegrass music.


When: September 15, 2019
This competition in Imperial Beach is part of triathlon's rich Navy Seal history, a spectacular race set in one of the hotbeds of the sport.

SaltDog Classic Beach Festival

When: September 20, 2019
Held at Seaside State Beach in Solana Beach, this is a family- and pet-friendly music and art festival you won't want to miss. Great music from local artists will be ringing across the salty shores, with plenty of sun to soak up, and tropical drinks to cool down.

Taste of South Park

When: September 21, 2019
Hallmarked by an eclectic band of restaurants, bars and pubs, coffee houses and family dining spots, chart a course for South Park and satisfy all your foodie cravings in one day!

Oceanside Harbor Days

When: September 21-22, 2019
Oceanside Harbor Days are two event filled days of sun, sand, and surf including a Sandcastle competition, entertainment, Nail 'n' Sail Competition, and more.

25th Annual Pacific Islander Festival

When: September 21-22, 2019
Pacific Islander Festival showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and specialty crafts.

Adams Avenue Street Fair

When: September 21-22, 2019
Featuring 90 musical acts on six stages, the 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.

25th Annual San Diego Festival of Beer

When: September 21, 2019
San Diego Festival of Beer is a fun-filled evening with beer lovers like yourself enjoying the sounds of live music while sampling from nearly 60 breweries.

Bonitafest Performing Arts Festival

When: September 21, 2019
Bonitafest celebrates the heritage and spirit of Bonita and the Sweetwater Valley. 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!

Bayside Brew & Spirits Festival

When: September 21, 2019
Bayside Brew and Spirits Festival is the first bi-national beer festival in San Diego. We're bringing together the best of both sides of the border to create an afternoon of fun for the South Bay.

Julian Music Festival

When: September 21, 2019
Celebrate the end of summer with bluegrass to commemorate the festival's roots and Western ballads to remember the past and present at the Julian Music Festival.

GI Film Festival San Diego

When: September 24-29, 2019
The GI Film Festival San Diego features film screenings, panel discussions, a family movie night, and awards while highlighting the local military culture.

Oktoberfest in El Cajon

When: September 27 - October 6, 2019
Come to Oktoberfest in El Cajon and enjoy authentic German food, German beers and liquors, our band the Guggenbach-Buam and traditional folk dancing.

Poway Rodeo

When: September 27-28, 2019
Professional rodeo cowboys from around the country compete during the annual Poway Rodeo. Can they hold on for 8 seconds?

The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

When: September 27 - November 2, 2019
The Scream Zone is San Diego's largest haunted attraction with three terrifying haunts, including the labyrinth of terrifying rooms known as the House of Horror, the dizzying and disorienting KarnEvil maze, and the Haunted Hayride through the dark and dreary backside of the Del Mar Scaregrounds.

Haunted Trail Of Balboa Park

When: September 27 - November 2, 2019
The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is a stroll you will never forget. As you walk the mile-long Trail, spine-tingling sights and sounds will leave you trembling.

Cabrillo Festival

When: September 28-29, 2019
Be a part of history and welcome 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as he steps ashore on Ballast Point during San Diego's Cabrillo Festival.

37th Annual San Diego Quilt Show

When: September 29-31, 2019
Enjoy hundreds of quilts on display and over 40 vendors featuring everything quilters and others, need, want and love, as well as Raffle Baskets, Daily Door Prizes, Challenges, Kids Scavenger Hunt, and much more.

Encinitas Oktoberfest

When: September 29, 2019
The Encinitas Oktoberfest will feature music, Bavarian dancers, German food and drink, and a street craft faire featuring more than 200 vendors.

XTERRA Wetsuits Mission Bay Triathlon

When: September 29, 2019
Join us at the birthplace of the sport for the Mission Bay Triathlon! Competitors from around the country will return to Mission Bay to celebrate the triathlon.

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