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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.

San Diego Trolley Dances

September

 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.

Cardiff Greek Festival

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

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!

Pacific Islander Festival

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

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.

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.

Trolley Dances

When: September 28 - October 6, 2019
Experience dance as you never have before on this one-of-kind ride to see spectacular site-specific dance along a San Diego trolley line.

San Diego International Film Festival

October

Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show

When: October 10-13, 2019
Art San Diego features over 500 leading contemporary artists, museum exhibitions, art labs, events, and talks focused on collecting.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

When: October 12-13, 2019
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.

Latin American Art Fair

When: October 12-14, 2019
The Latin American Art Fair is an annual event that presents outdoor exhibits, painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking as well as folk art, crafts, performance and culinary arts of Latin American countries.

San Diego International Film Festival

When: October 15-20, 2019
Be part of the scene with five days to immerse yourself in engaging films, the hottest parties, intriguing panels, celebrity sightings, and industry events. 

San Diego Italian Film Festival

When: October 15-27, 2019
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.

Without Walls Festival 

When: October 17-20, 2019
Experience an exhilarating weekend of immersive and site-based work designed to break barriers by moving beyond the boundaries of a traditional four-walled theatre spaces.

San Diego Jazz Festival

November

Dia de los Muertos

When: Thru November 3, 2019
Honor your lost loved ones and immerse yourself in traditional and authentic Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations throughout San Diego.

Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

When: November 4 - December 24, 2019
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book.

San Diego Asian Film Festival

When: November 7-16, 2019
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.

Coronado Island Film Festival

When: November 8-11, 2019
The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) cordially invites makers and lovers of film everywhere to join us in this unique historic seaside village.

UH Arts Open & Taste of University Heights

When: November 10, 2019
Stroll through the quaint neighborhood sampling delicacies from University Heights' diverse restaurants and enjoy a free self-guided tour of the arts.

Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival

When: November 22-24, 2019
A highly-anticipated 7+ stage, 95+ bands, 3-day music, culinary and arts festival will descend upon the stunning waterfront of downtown San Diego from Broadway Pier to the Embarcadero Parks.

San Diego Jazz Fest 

When: November 27 - December 1, 2019
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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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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Old Town, Tequila and Tortillas Tour

Nov 29, 2019 - ongoing

Get a taste of Mexico in San Diego’s most historic neighborhood! Explore the origins of the birthplace of California as you sample local delicacies such as handmade tortillas and tacos and sip some of the world’s best tequilas.

Tour Highlights

Explore San Diego’s most historic neighborhood

Gain a unique insight into Mexican culture in the region by exploring the Old Town’s adobes, shops, and church

Take a short hike up Presidio Hill to where Europeans first settled over 250 years ago.

Sample handmade tortillas from authentic tortilla makers and try some traditional street tacos

Choose from a vast selection of tequila varieties at an authentic tequileria that boasts a collection of thousands in its museum

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She Fest

Jul 11, 2020

She Fest is a woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of women while fostering meaningful connections within the LGBT and larger San Diego community.

Building on second-wave feminism’s creed of “the personal is political,” we are guided by principles of intersectional feminism: we recognize that while all women experience oppression, we also all experience oppression in varying forms based on race, age, class, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, etc. With that in mind, we want everyone at She Fest to feel supported, included, and represented. She Fest is intentionally inclusive of transgender women, nonbinary people, intersex people, and gender non-conforming folks.

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MCAS Miramar Air Show

Sep 25 - Sep 27, 2020

The Miramar Air Show is an annual air show held at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California. This three-day event is the largest military air show in the United States, with total annual attendance estimated at 500,000. This years air show will be September 25th-27th. 

The Blue Angels, U.S. Army Golden Knights, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning and more will fill the sky over the three days of air show. The show includes a large selection of "static" (non-flying) displays representing aircraft from the United States Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Air Force, as well as civilian and historic military aircraft. 

Parking and admission is free for this event. For more information visit miramarairshow.com.

 

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Incubus

Jul 19, 2020

Don't miss Incubus with special guest 311 and Badflower at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre on July 19th, 2020. 

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MCAS Miramar Air Show

Sep 25 - Sep 27, 2020
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Jul 19, 2020
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