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