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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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