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Fall is Calling You Outdoors in San Diego

Awesome Active Autumn and Events

The sun shines almost every day in San Diego, making it the perfect place to bask in awesome autumn weather and enjoy all of the great outdoor sports events the region has to offer — from baseball to football to thunderboat racing to surfing contests and a whole lot more!

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.

The Padres playing at Petco Park as the sun sets over San Diego

September

San Diego Padres

When: Sept. 1-24, 2023
Catch at game at the Best Ball Park in the United States, Petco Park, this September:

  • San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants - Aug. 31 - Sept. 3, 2023
  • San Diego Padres vs. Philadelphia Phillies - Sept. 4-6, 2023
  • San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies - Sept. 18-20, 2023
  • San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals - Sept. 22-24, 2023

TVG Pacific Classic

When: Sept. 2, 2023
Del Mar's richest and most prestigious race, the Grade I $1,000,000 FanDuel Racing Pacific Classic, a Win And You're In for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

San Diego Wave FC

When: Sept. 3 & 16, 2023
Experience San Diego Wave Fútbol Club this September at Snapdragon Stadium:

  • San Diego Wave vs. Houston Dash - Sept. 3, 2023
  • San Diego Wave vs. FC Kansas City - Sept. 16, 2023

San Diego Loyal SC

When: Sept. 3-30, 2023
Watch as San Diego's premier outdoor professional men’s soccer club, competing in The USL Championship, plays at Torero Stadium (University of San Diego) this September:

  • San Diego Loyal SC vs. Birmingham Legion FC - Sept. 3, 2023
  • San Diego Loyal SC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC - Sept. 24, 2023
  • San Diego Loyal SC vs. Monterey Bay FC - Sept. 30, 2023

Cymbiotika San Diego Open

When: Sept. 9-16, 2023
The 2023 Cymbiotika San Diego Open presented by ResMed will be a WTA 500 event featuring the best professional women’s tennis talent in the world.

OMBAC Classic Longboard Surfing Contest

When: Sept. 16, 2023
Grab your vintage surfboard (or beach chair) and gather for a nostalgic longboard competition at the North Side of Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach.

Belmont Park Community 5k

When: Sept.17, 2023
Starting and ending in the heart of Belmont Park, participants will enjoy stunning views of Mission Beach, the iconic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and all that the community has to offer.

Live Well San Diego 5K

When: Sept. 17, 2023
Live Well San Diego 5K will be a fun, family-friendly event for all ages, including a kids fun zone all while supporting a great charity.

Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro

When: Sept. 22-23, 2023
The world's top professional female surfers will be back in Oceanside for the annual Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro, a 3 day event jam-packed with world-class surfing competition that will blow your mind, and a festival village loaded with female-inspired vendors, activities and amazing entertainment.

Poway Rodeo

When: Sept. 22-23, 2023
Professional rodeo cowboys from around the country compete during the annual Poway Rodeo. Can they hold on for 8 seconds.

Ken Whalen Surf Challenge

When: Sept. 24, 2023
The Ken Whalen Surf Challenge is in memory of Ken's love for family, surfing and the beach. The goal for the event is to encourage kids (including CAF adaptive surfers and Rady Children's Hospital Cancer Families) to strengthen their connection with surfing by competing and having a fun day at the beach with their friends and family.

Buffalo Alley 10K Trail Run

When: Sept. 24, 2023
This race is a 10K trail run in the northwestern foothills of Camp Pendleton. The course offers a challenging hill climb, rolling hills along the ridgeline, and scenic views of surrounding mountains and meadows. 

Marine Corps Mud Run Camp Pendleton

When: Sept. 30, 2023
The 2023 version of the Marine Corps Mud Run features a 7K Distance Trail Run with multiple military themed obstacles, fitness stations, and MUD!

Mission Bay Aerial

October

San Diego Loyal Soccer Club

When: Oct. 7, 2023
Experience the last regular matchday of the 2023 season at Torero Stadium as San Diego Loyal FC take the pitch with Oakland Roots.

Carmel Valley Trail 15k, 10k and 5k

When: Oct. 14, 2023
On the Carmel Valley Trail 15K, 10K and 5K, participants will experience a combination of single track and dirt service road trails through beautiful open spaces.

San Diego Wave

When: Oct. 15, 2023
Catch the San Diego Wave take the pitch against Racing Louisville at Snapdragon Stadium.

XTERRA Wetsuits Mission Bay Triathlon

When: Oct. 15, 2023
Join us at the birthplace of the sport for the Mission Bay Triathlon! Competitors from around the country will return to Mission Bay to celebrate the triathlon.

USA Ultimate National Championships

When: Oct. 19-22, 2023
The top 16 teams in Men's, Mixed, and Women's divisions from across the United States and Canada will compete for the USA Ultimate Championship.

San Diego Triathlon Challenge

When: Oct. 20-22, 2023
Join the Challenged Athlete Foundation Mission Bay to celebrate the transformative power of sport. Participants from around the world take on the one-mile bay swim, 35-mile bike ride, and 10-mile run, while new adaptive sports and community events promote inclusivity and support.

MCRD San Diego Bootcamp Challenge

When: Oct. 21, 2023
The MCRD Bootcamp Challenge features obstacles used only by Marine Recruits plus USMC Drill Instructors providing direction and encouragement.

EŌS Fitness Tour de Cove

When: Oct. 22, 2023
Rocket into orbit with the 4.5 hour stationary cyclethon led by your favorite San Diego instructors. Join CAF and EōS Fitness to help change lives through sport for people with permanent physical challenges.

Opening of a soccer game with the American Flag at Snapdragon Stadium

November

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

When: Nov. 3, 2023 - Jan. 8, 2024
Lace up your skates and take in the holiday splendor as you relive a cherished piece of your childhood or take your very first spin at the Viejas Ice Rink!

Bike the Coast

When: Nov. 4, 2023
Join riders of all levels and ages while experiencing the best of Southern California beaches and surf towns as you ride routes of 100, 50, 25 on historic Highway 101, or enjoy our family ride on the San Luis River Trail (15 or 7 miles).

Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon, 5K & Wish Walk Event

When: Nov. 4, 2023
The Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon & 5K benefits the Make-A-Wish San Diego and encourages runners to "Thrive" by staying active, eating healthy, living well and giving back while running along Mission Bay.

More Than Pink Walk

When: Nov. 5, 2023
Walk through Balboa Park for the people who can't: For those too weakened by treatment to join. For those who are suffering. For those we have lost. Together, walkers will fight back against breast cancer.

Del Mar Bing Crosby Season

When: Nov. 10 - Dec. 3, 2023
This nostalgic season will present superior racing Fridays - Sundays and Thanksgiving along with a lineup of engaging events during the four-week run.

NWSL Championship San Diego 2023

When: Nov. 11, 2023
San Diego Wave FC will serve as the host of the 2023 NWSL Championship, presented by Bud Light, and the final will be held at Snapdragon Stadium.

Ride the Point Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride

When: Nov. 11, 2023
Ride the Point encompasses the most picturesque natural coastline in Southern California on exclusive routes along San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K

When: Nov. 12, 2023
Flat, Fast Run or Walk with the waves of the Pacific Ocean on your right and the San Diego Bay on your left and capping off your run with a California Beach Party!

Rady Children's Ice Rink at ARTS DISTRICT

When: Nov. 16, 2023 - Jan. 7, 2024
Located in the Central Promenade at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, all net proceeds from the ice rink will benefit the Thriving After Cancer program at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s.

Skating by the Sea

When: Nov. 17, 2023 - Jan. 7, 2024
Take a spin around Hotel del Coronado's famous beachfront ice rink featuring stunning views of the Pacific and benefitting Make-A-Wish® San Diego.

Bikes and Beers

When: Nov. 18, 2023
Bikes and Beers San Diego is back, start at Alesmith Brewing and ride 15 or 30 miles through the city of San Diego with a large group and enjoy some of the best sights of the city!

Father Joe's Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K

When: Nov. 23, 2023
San Diego's original and longest-standing Thanksgiving Day "turkey trot" is back, and it's critical mission remains the same: To provide crucial funds to feed the homeless through Father Joe's Villages' meal program.

Fallbrook Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

When: Nov. 23, 2023
This 5K is a fun family Thanksgiving morning to come together with the community to raise money for the Fallbrook Village Rotary Club Foundation while feeling good and creating memories of a lifetime

O'side Turkey Trot

When: Nov. 23, 2023
Come move your feet before you eat this Thanksgiving at Oceanside's 16th Annual Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot 10k Run, 5K Run/Walk and Senior 1 Mile.

Coronado 5K Turkey Trot

When: Nov. 23, 2023
Join the Coronado Unit of the Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary for our 5k Turkey Trot benefit Rady Children's Hospital.

Rady Children's Invitational

When: Nov. 23-24, 2023
The Rady Children's Invitational, a Thanksgiving Day men's college basketball tournament, features elite teams like Iowa, USC, Seton Hall, and Oklahoma at LionTree Arena on the UC San Diego Campus.

Black Mountain Turkey Burner

When: Nov. 25, 2023
Run the Black Mountain Turkey Burner Trail Race to burn off all that turkey (or tofurkey) you may have consumed over the holiday.

*Please note, events are subject to change and cancellation. Please confirm the event information by visiting the event website.

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Fall Fun and Excitement in San Diego

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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Surf Scene

From Beginner Breaks to Surfing Competitions, there are no shortage of surf breaks in San Diego and the perfect wave to match any skill level.

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Kayaking

No Experience Required. Anyone can enjoy kayaking from their very first outing, with challenges ranging from two-hour coastal tours to epic multi-day expeditions.

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Boating & Sailing

A mild climate and steady winds make San Diego the ultimate playground for boating of all kinds. From sabots to super yachts, cruise ships to catamarans, recreation to racing, San Diego is the place to get out on the water.

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Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

What makes San Diego scuba diving and snorkeling so unique is the kelp. Kelp can grow as much as 30 inches per day and forms an undersea forest with an overhead canopy. Just like a terrestrial forest, the kelp is a teeming three-dimensional realm, extending from the sea floor to the surface, and to dive the kelp is to soar weightlessly through that undersea forest.

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Hiking

Experience San Diego County's Breathtaking Natural Beauty. Thanks to its mild, sunny climate and a wide array of landscapes and natural features, San Diego County contains diversity so spectacular that it takes even local residents by surprise.

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Biking

San Diego's varied terrain offers a perfect fit for every type of cyclist. Whether you're an avid mountain bicyclist, a road bike warrior, or a breezy beach cruiser, there are plenty of paths, trails and roads in San Diego to explore on two wheels.

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Golf

Why are golfers so happy here? Maybe it's because San Diego is home to more than 90 golf courses in every conceivable setting - from oceanfront to desert to mountains. Or that golf is a year-round pursuit with more playable days than anywhere else in the United States.

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Running

San Diego has long played host to the world's most ardent fitness fanatics and some great competitive runs including being the origin of the very fun and popular Rock 'n' Roll half and full Marathon.

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Annual Over The Line Tournament

Jul 13 - Jul 21, 2024

The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) is calling all players, beach-goers, and sports enthusiasts to the biggest summer event in San Diego!

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Del Mar Racing Season

Jul 20 - Sep 8, 2024

San Diego horse racing takes place where the "turf meets the surf" at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Racetrack racing season, mid-July - early-September. Be part of the magic and nostalgia of this long-time horse race tradition dating back to 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the first guests, and Seabiscuit won by a nose in the infamous race in 1938. This season features the nation's top racehorses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.

 

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United States Police & Fire Championships

Jun 8 - Jun 15, 2024

Welcome to the United States Police & Fire Championships!

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Lake Open Memorial Day

May 27, 2024

The lake will be open for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27th from 6 AM to 7 PM. 

 

Motorboat rentals will be $5 off! 

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Jul 13 - Jul 21, 2024
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Jul 20 - Sep 8, 2024
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United States Police & Fire Championships

Jun 8 - Jun 15, 2024
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Lake Open Memorial Day

May 27, 2024
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Show Your Badge & Save at The Gondola Company

The Gondola Company
Valid: Jul 17, 2023 - ongoing

The Gondola Company is your Passport to Italy. Indulge in all the magic and tradition of Venice right here in San Diego as you gently cruise in a private gondola through the enchanting canals of the...

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$10 off Tall Ship Sail Experiences

Maritime Museum of San Diego
Valid: Mar 20 - ongoing

Join the Maritime Museum of San Diego Sail Crew for a 4-hour sail aboard the state tall ship Californian or the Spanish galleon San Salvador and save $10.00 with this promo code TALLSHIPSAILFUN24! ...

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Show Your Badge and Save at Triton Charter's Bar!

Triton Catamaran Charters
Valid: Sep 4, 2023 - ongoing

Sail with us on a ticketed charter and get 10% off your bar tab when you show your badge! 

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