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Arts

Concerts, Film Festivals & More

Theater, Concerts, Art Shows, 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.

San Diego Trolley Dances

September

BONITAFEST PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL

When: September 22, 2018
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!

GI FILM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO

When: September 25-30, 2018
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 29-30, 2018
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 3-14, 2018
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.

Trolley Dances

When: October 5-7, 2018
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.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

When: October 6-7, 2018
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 10-14, 2018
Be part of the scene with five days to immerse yourself in engaging films, the hottest parties, intriguing panels, celebrity sightings, and industry events.

Fashion Week San Diego

When: October 12-14, 2018
Bringing new designers from around the world to show their never seen before collections on the FWSD Runway. This year's events will feature 15 very talented and dynamic labels/brands on the catwalk in Encinitas.

Julian Melodrama

When: October 12-27, 2018
Join in the booing and cheering audience participation, and see the variety of Olio performances between acts at traditional old time Julian Melodrama.

San Diego World Comedy Jam

When: October 12-14, 2018
The San Diego World Comedy Jam is the first event of its kind in San Diego, focusing on restoring social tolerance through multicultural comedic arts from around the globe!

Latin American Art Fair

When: October 13-14, 2018
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.

Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show

When: October 18-21, 2018
Art San Diego features over 500 leading contemporary artists, museum exhibitions, art labs, events, and talks focused on collecting.

Coronado Art Walk

When: October 20-21, 2018
Coronado Art Walk will feature more than 70 accomplished artists presenting their own original work in all mediums of fine art, including paintings in acrylic, oils, watercolor, photography, etchings, sculpture in clay, glass, metal, stone and wood.

San Diego Jazz Festival

November

California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival

When: November 1-3, 2018
The California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival will highlight current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors.

Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

When: November 3 - December 29, 2018
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 8-17, 2018
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 9-12, 2018
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 11, 2018
Stroll through the quaint neighborhood sampling delicacies from University Heights' diverse restaurants and enjoy a free self-guided tour of the arts.

San Diego Jazz Fest 

When: November 21-25, 2018
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.

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Balboa Park December Nights

Dec 7 - Dec 8, 2018

Balboa Park December Nights brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy and kick-off the "most wonderful time of the year" with lights and more!

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San Diego International Auto Show

Dec 27 - Dec 30, 2018

Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof.

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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2018

Now in its 15th year, the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival® is the largest wine and culinary classic on the West Coast and is a signature event for the city of San Diego. The week long festival features wine tasting seminars, cooking classes by James Beard Award-winning chefs, intimate luncheons with hand-selected wine pairings, and unforgettable celebrity chef dinners. The Festival culminates on Saturday at the star-studded Grand Tasting Event held on the magnificent San Diego Bay.

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San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2018

The 39th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz 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.

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