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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

23rd 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.

Bayside Brew & Spirits Festival

When: September 28, 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.

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.

8TH ANNUAL TREASURE CHEST BEER + FOOD FEST

When: September 30, 2018
A rare beer and food pairing extravaganza, Treasure Chest Beer + Food Fest serves as a fundraiser for local breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen San Diego.

San Diego International Film Festival

October

San Diego Italian Film Festival

When: October 4-15, 2017
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.

San Diego Maker Faire

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 volley ball, 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 we are featuring 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!

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 enjoy two stages of live entertainment.

San Diego Asian Film Festival

When: November 8-17, 2018
Experience the largest Asian Film Fest on 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.

70th 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.

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San Diego Restaurant Week

Sep 23 - Sep 30, 2018

San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 30th with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.

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Bike the Bay

Aug 26, 2018

Experience Bike the Bay, a scenic bayside ride, and also enjoy a rare opportunity to ride over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.

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US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

Aug 31 - Sep 3, 2018

One of the top 20 "Must See" seaside festivals in the world according to American Express and USA Today's 10 Best, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition will return to San Diego's downtown waterfront for 2018. This will be the seventh year that one of the world's most important sand-sculpting competitions will be held on this built-for-the-occasion beach, with over 300 tons of sand dumped on the pier on San Diego's Big Bay. The 7th annual edition will be open to the public Aug. 31 - Sept. 3. The Port of San Diego is again Presenting Sponsor, as the event is held on its beautiful Broadway Pier and Landing. So come and celebrate Labor Day on the Bay with us.

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KAABOO Del Mar Festival

Sep 14 - Sep 16, 2018

KAABOO is the ultimate live entertainment experience. Enjoy world-class music, hilarious comedy, inspiring contemporary art, incredible cuisine, craft libations, and personal indulgences.

This year’s lineup includes today’s hitmakers to bucket-list acts and everything in between. See Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Halsey, Post Malone and many more! Also, see comedic favorites like Craig Ferguson, Iliza Shlesinger, Judd Apatow & Friends, Craig Robinson and many more.

KAABOO is not your ordinary festival – it offers an unbelievable live music experience without the rough qualities of a typical music festival. SDTA and KAABOO are offering pass and hotel packages to you at discounted rates.

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San Diego Restaurant Week

Sep 23 - Sep 30, 2018
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Bike the Bay

Aug 26, 2018
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US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

Aug 31 - Sep 3, 2018
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KAABOO Del Mar Festival

Sep 14 - Sep 16, 2018
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Valid: Sep 14 - Sep 16, 2018

Enjoy world-class music, hilarious comedy, inspiring contemporary art, gourmet cuisine, craft libations and personal indulgences. See Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, Robert Plant & the...

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Airline Employee Special / ID Required

Porto Vista Hotel
Valid: Apr 18, 2018 - ongoing

Industry Discount and Breakfast for 2, & $15 Valet parking. Airline Identification required at check-in to qualify for this rate. Airline Employee must be part of traveling party. Discount is...

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15% Discount for Passengers with Disabilities

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
Valid: Mar 22, 2018 - ongoing

Take the scenic route to San Diego.  With large picture windows, accessible restrooms, spacious seating, free Wi-Fi and other amenities, the Pacific Surfliner offers a comfortable journey. ...

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