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Summer Food & Drink Festivals

Flip-flop friendly food, craft beer and wine festivals

Please Note

Due to Covid-19 social distancing event restrictions, many events featured on this page have been postponed or cancelled. Please check with with event organizers for updated information.

Sip and savor your way through a San Diego Summer. These festivals and taste-ofs offer you the chance to experience award-winning craft beer, enticing plates from local celebrity chefs, regional wines and more...all while wearing shorts and flip-flops!

This page is updated as soon as event details are available. Events are subject to change or cancellation. Please check with event organizers for the most up-to-date information.

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Summer Food & Drink Festivals

June | July | August | September


Beer & Sake Festival

When: June 3, 2016
The Beer & Sake Festival offers a wide variety of Japanese sakes & beers, local craft beers, appetizers from local restaurants, and great entertainment.

Taste of La Mesa

When: June 6, 2016
Come taste the food and drink of local restaurants, caterers and other food providers of La Mesa!

Tacos and Tequila Festival

When: June 11, 2016
Tacos & Tequila Festival in a fun interactive event celebrating the best beer, tequila and tacos in San Diego.

The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition & Festival

When: June 11, 2016
The Toast of the Coast will feature the finest wines from licensed wineries in California and Baja California. When you find one you like, you'll be able to buy bottles to take home.

Stone Sour Fest

When: June 12, 2016
"Dr." Bill Sysak is busy hunting down the best sour beers the world has to offer in order to bring you one of the biggest festivals ever held featuring these special brews.

Taste of Little Italy

When: June 15, 2016
Each year, Little Italy's one-of-a-kind eateries open their doors for food lovers to enjoy a sample of each restaurant's most popular dishes.

Taste of Vista

When: June 15, 2016
Guest to Taste of Vista will savor food samples and craft beers, and enjoy live country music all while discovering historic downtown Vista.

San Diego Magazine Best Restaurants Kick Off

When: June 16, 2016
Celebrate San Diego Magazine's Best Restaurants issue with an evening of indulgent bites and chef encounters. Enjoy live entertainment, drinks, and product demos.

San Diego Oysterfest

When: June 17-18, 2016
At the San Diego Oysterfest - try Oysters of numerous varieties, foods from local restaurants, full bars, beautiful weather and a superb musical lineup.

San Diego International Beer Festival

When: June 17-18, 2016
Breweries from around the world will come with hundreds of beers for you to sample. We'll crown the Champion Brewery and Best of Show Beer during the Festival.

Del Mar Summer Solstice

When: June 23, 2016
Come experience delectable culinary creations during Del Mar Village Summer Solstice, enjoy selections from some of California's best wineries and breweries.

9th Annual Wine & Music Festival

When: June 24, 2016
Start your summer off right! Come to our 9th Annual fundraiser for the Women's Museum of California, the Wine & Music Festival, formerly the Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Festival.

Distilled: San Diego Spirit & Cocktail Festival

When: June 25, 2016
At Distilled, we raise our glass to honor the best distillers and mixologists throughout San Diego and beyond! Learn who is serving it up neat, and who is shaking it up in our cocktail competition.

Taste of Gaslamp

When: June 26, 2016
Join us for the 22nd Annual Taste of Gaslamp, San Diego's original culinary and cultural tour! The Gaslamp Quarter will be showcasing the excellent dining, live music, art gallery, and retail options available in our vibrant district.

Taste of Adams Avenue

When: June 26, 2016
Taste of Adams Avenue will feature 30 restaurants, coffee houses, pubs, wine bars and eateries through some of San Diego's hottest and historic neighborhoods.


Del Mar Gourmet Food Truck Festival

When: July 23, 2016
Bring your appetite for the tastiest food on wheels when the 6th annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival comes to Del Mar.

San Diego Craft Beer Fest

When: July 23, 2016
Beer aficionados will enjoy the opportunity to sample from more than 100 different brews, including hard-to-find specialty choices to top-rated favorites from the local brewing scene.

Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival

When: July 23, 2016
100+ craft beers from 40+ breweries, the Caped Crusader Costume Contest, music, dancing and craft beer fest vendors combine powers to form Heroes Brew Fest!


Del Mar Racing Chili Cook Off

When: August 6, 2016
Spice up your day when the Western Regional Chili Cookoff returns to Del Mar. Receive free chili samples from the cooks throughout the day in the concert area west of the grandstand.

Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic

When: August 6, 2016
The Living Coast Discovery Center has assembled a Who's Who of San Diego's top restaurants, breweries, wineries, spirits, farms and more for a celebration of the local flavors and sustainable ingredients that make San Diego so special.

¡Latin Food Fest!

When: August 12-15, 2016
The four-day San Diego ¡Latin Food Fest! includes a kick-off party, two-day ultimate tasting experience, and private chef's dinner!

5th Annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers

When: August 13, 2016
The annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers offers live music, food vendor, and unlimited beer samples - more than 50 beers to choose from!

Del Mar Pizza & Beer Fest

When: August 20, 2016
Mobile pizzeria's will serve a variety of pizza styles and options for fans to pair with more than 100 craft brews during the Del Mar Races.

San Diego Spirits Festival

When: August 27-28, 2016
The San Diego Spirits Festival promises to open your eyes to new cocktails, introduce you to the great liquor purveyors, talented mixologist, and great chefs!


San Diego Bacon Fest

When: September 3, 2016
San Diego Bacon Fest is an all-inclusive event at Liberty Station, granting you unlimited samples from all our beverage and food vendors.

3rd Annual Carlsbad Brewfest

When: September 10, 2016
Carlsbad Brewfest celebrates craft beer with tastings from more than 30 San Diego & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.

Taste of Downtown

When: September 15, 2016
During Taste of Downtown, enjoy tantalizing tastes from more than 40 Restaurants located throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, East Village and other neighborhoods!

22nd Annual San Diego Festival of Beer

When: September 23, 2016
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.

San Diego Restaurant Week

When: September 25 - October 2, 2016
This September, San Diego Restaurant Week will celebrate local by showcasing the fresh and delicious ingredients that our region is known for with Eight Days of Dining!

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