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Awesome Autumn Arts

Concerts, Film Festivals & More

Fall for the arts this autumn in San Diego. Thanks to the cool fall weather, the arts and culture scene takes to the streets in San Diego. Stay outside and enjoy art fairs, outdoor concerts, dancing in the streets and much more. End the day by heading inside to enjoy a film festival or two.

Below are just a few of the great annual arts and culture events happening in San Diego this fall.

This page is updated as soon as event details are available. Events are subject to change or cancellation, so please check with event organizers for the most up-to-date information.

Music Festival

September

49th Annual Barona Pow Wow

When: September 4-5, 2021
Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion.

FILMOUT San Diego

When: September 9-12, 2021
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 bringing the best in LGBTQ+ and cult genre films to San Diego!

Annual Sycuan Pow Wow

When: September 10-12, 2021
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.  

San Diego Festival of the Arts

When: September 11-12, 2021
The 35th annual San Diego Festival of the Arts is a juried festival showcasing the painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber, and mixed media art from nearly 175 world-renowned artists.

San Diego Blues Festival

When: September 11, 2021
This must-attend event for blues fans returns in-person at 100% capacity with the 2021 lineup featuring nine musical acts including Larkin Poe, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Aki Kumar, Nikki Hill Band, Backtrack Blues Band, Tia Carroll, The Fremonts and Tracy Lee Nelson. 

CRSSD Festival

When: September 25-26, 2021
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.

San Diego International Film Festival

October

San Diego Italian Film Festival

When: October 8-24, 2021
The San Diego Italian Film Festival showcases the best of new Italian film with a series of premieres ranging from dramas and comedies to documentaries.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

When: October 9-10, 2021
Just steps from the beautiful Pacific Ocean on Girard Avenue, bask in beautiful San Diego sun while meandering through over 150 handpicked artist booths, for a weekend of fine art, along with delectable wines, craft beers, scrumptious food, and live music.

San Diego International Film Festival

When: October 14-24, 2021
The San Diego International Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with film throughout San Diego.

San Diego Filipino Film Festival

When: October 14-19, 2021
SDFFF aims to not only be a platform to amplify Filipinx visions, voices and stories but also foster new interest in filmmaking and cinema as art throughout the local and global Filipinx community.

San Diego Asian Film Festival

When: October 28 - November 6, 2021
Experience the largest Asian Film Festival on the West Coast with 150+ films from 20 countries with a movie genre for everyone and meet/greets with film cast and crew.

San Diego Jazz Festival

November

Coronado Island Film Festival

When: November 10-14, 2021
The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) cordially invites makers and lovers of film everywhere to join us in this unique historic seaside village. 

San Diego Jazz Fest 

When: November 26 - November 28, 2021
The San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to swing to rockabilly at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.

* Please note, events are subject to change and cancellation. Please confirm the event information by visiting the event website.

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Fall Fun and Excitement in San Diego

When autumn arrives, a crisp soothing breeze sweeps over San Diego complementing the region's warm temperatures and welcoming vibe.

Make San Diego your awesome autumn escape and activate smile mode with a variety of festivals, haunting Halloween celebrations, plenty of outdoor activities, and diverse cultural entertainment.

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2022 San Diego County Fair

Jun 8 - Jul 4, 2022

Pow! Wham! Shazam! Superheroes are the stars of this year’s San Diego County Fair...from the action-packed pop culture superheroes from comic books and the silver screen, to those awe-inspiring Community Heroes we’ve found right in our own neighborhoods.
 
Soar through the air on adrenaline-pumping carnival rides, strike a power pose with your favorite superheroes, taste your way through the Fair’s superfoods, and discover entertainment surprises around every corner.

All Fair Admission & Parking tickets must be purchased online in advance.
To better serve Fair guests, the San Diego County Fair is moving to a cashless payment experience. Cashless payments are safer and faster, too–avoid wait times at the gate and spend more time enjoying the Fair!

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City Ballet's On The Move 2022

Jul 21 - Jul 23, 2022

There’s a change in the wind. Classical ballet is being modified and updated for presentation. Across the dance world, traditional ballets are being re-imagined and revived with new choreography.

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Nat Diego

Jul 17 - Jul 18, 2022

Come taste the exciting world of natural wine and learn about what you drink at a weekend festival packed with winemakers, importers and advocates of Natural wine. 

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San Diego Pride Festival

Jul 16, 2022

Pride Festival is your time to be OUT and PROUD, San Diego style! Enjoy the city’s biggest celebration with thousands of your closest friends while dancing to live entertainment from over 100 entertainers at 4 phenomenal stages.
Buy tickets at: www.sdpride.org

General Admission:

-$20 1 Day, or $26 Weekend Pass (Online only: Pre-Event)
-$38 Weekend Pass (Day of or at the Festival Gates)

High-school aged youth and younger:

-FREE at Box Office

VIP Admission (Limited Quantity):

-$175 VIP Weekend Pass (Pre-Event)
-$225 VIP Weekend Pass (Day of or at the Festival Gates)

Ticket Subsidies:

-Volunteers: Free

High-school aged youth and younger:

-Free at box office

Seniors (65+):

-Discounted tickets at box office

 

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