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Air Shows, Parades and More

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show, Photo By Public Domain

Festivals, Parades and More

When autumn arrives and the summer beach crowds diminish, visitors to San Diego can relish in the region's sunny mild weather and enjoy a number of fun-filled Fall activities to enhance their vacation getaway. During San Diego's shoulder season, visitors can find a variety of annual festivals, fairs and diverse cultural entertainment.

CRSSD Festival

September

24th Annual Pacific Islander Festival

When: September 22-23, 2018
Pacific Islander Festival showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and specialty crafts.

24TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL OF BEER

When: September 22, 2018
San Diego Festival of Beer is a fun-filled evening with beer lovers like yourself enjoying the sounds of live music while sampling from nearly 60 breweries.

SALTDOG CLASSIC BEACH FESTIVAL

When: September 22, 2018
Held at Seaside State Beach in Solana Beach, this is a family- and pet-friendly music and art festival you won't want to miss. Great music from local artists will be ringing across the salty shores, with plenty of sun to soak up, and tropical drinks to cool down.

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.

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show

When: September 28-30, 2018
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is once again hosting the largest military Air Show in the country! This year's theme is "Honoring 100 Years of Women in the Marine Corps." 

Cabrillo Festival

When: September 28-29, 2018
Be a part of history and welcome 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as he steps ashore on Ballast Point during San Diego's Cabrillo Festival. 

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.

Adams Avenue Street Fair

When: September 29-30, 2018
Featuring 90 musical acts on six stages, the Adams Avenue Street Fair is SoCal's largest free two-day music festival, held each year during the last weekend in September in the community of Normal Heights.

BAYSIDE BREW & SPIRITS FESTIVAL

When: September 29, 2018
Bayside Brew and Spirits Festival is the first bi-national beer festival in San Diego. We're bringing together the best of both sides of the border to create an afternoon of fun for the South Bay.

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.

Gaslight Steampunk Expo

When: October 5-7, 2018
Revisit Jules Verne's classic tale of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: follow Captain Nemo west across the Pacific Ocean as he returns to his secret island paradise on Vulcania and be prepared to add a little Tiki to your weekend at a Tiki-punk inspired weekend to remember!

Maker Faire San Diego

When: October 6-7, 2018
Balboa Park is host to Maker Faire San Diego, a celebration of technology, arts, crafts, science, many more projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset.

Annual Pacific Beachfest

When: October 6, 2018
Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone including a fish taco contest, beach volleyball, craft beer, 5K run, kids activities and music!

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
We are 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.

Polish Festival

When: October 12-14, 2018
The annual Polish Festival in San Diego is a wonderful cultural celebration in Pacific Beach all about Polish culture, traditions and cuisine.

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

When: October 12-14, 2018
Each Harvest Festival features hundreds of artisans exhibiting American handmade items, strolling entertainment, festival food and a Kidzone.

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.

Borrego Days Desert Festival

When: October 19-21, 2018
Borrego Days Desert Festival is filled to the brim with inspiring art, entertainment, delicious food and drink, and so much more!

Fleet Week San Diego

When: October 20-28, 2018
Fleet Week San Diego honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes.

Bulls of Sant'Agata Charge Little Italy

When: October 20, 2018
Get ready to rev up your engines as the streets of Little Italy become home to over 40 classic and rare “Italian bulls,” better known as Lamborghinis.

San Diego Kids Expo & Fair

When: October 20-21, 2018
The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair is part businesses and non-profits on display, part fun fair and part music and dance festival. And definitely all kids!

Ye Scallywag! Festival

When: October 20, 2018
A day-long music and craft beer festival at Waterfront Park in San Diego, featuring live music from Rancid, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hepcat, Less Than Jake, and The Interrupters.

Escondido Grand Avenue Festival

When: October 21, 2018
Since 1989, the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival has brought live entertainment, over 400 vendors, children's rides and activities, and food from around the world to the tree-lined streets of downtown Escondido.

San Diego Veteran's Day Parade

November

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.

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

When: November 4, 2018
Take in the beauty of the seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment at the Carlsbad Village Faire.

Fallback Festival presented by G.Q.H.F.

When: November 4, 2018
Climb aboard an old-fashioned hay ride, pan for gold, check out a Wild West Show, saddle up on pony rides, and enjoy two stages of live entertainment.

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.

San Diego Veteran's Day Parade

When: November 10, 2018
See over 4,000 Veterans, Active Military, Bands, Floats and Civic Groups celebrate Veterans Day with the San Diego Veteran's Day Parade.

72nd Annual Mother Goose Parade

When: November 18, 2018
The Mother Goose Parade is San Diego's East County's annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.

Encinitas Holiday Street Fair

When: November 18, 2018
With 450+ booths, plus dozens of unique downtown retailers, the Encinitas Holiday Street Fair is a perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

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Macy's Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2019

Macy’s Museum Month ended February 28, 2018, but don’t fret, the program will return next February.

During the promotion, San Diegans and tourists are invited to enjoy half-off admission at more than 40 San Diego Museum Council (SDMC) member museums the entire month.

Whether you are an art aficionado, history buff, or nature lover, the SDMC has a variety of member organizations that are bound to capture your interest. And with these special savings that are only offered once a year, it’s a great time to visit both old favorites and new attractions you have never even heard of. See below for the full roster of participating organizations.

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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 County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Dec 31, 2018

Don't miss America's Finest Bowl Experience! This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game between some of college football’s most competitive conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12. 

Marking both teams’ first-ever Holiday Bowl appearance, the University of Utah (No. 17) and Northwestern University (No. 22) will play in the 41st annual San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium.

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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Dec 9 - Dec 16, 2018

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.

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Macy's Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2019
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San Diego International Auto Show

Dec 27 - Dec 30, 2018
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San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Dec 31, 2018
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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Dec 9 - Dec 16, 2018
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