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Summer Festivals in San Diego

Festivals, fairs, cultural celebrations, events and more

Spend the Summer in San Diego enjoying one or more of these outdoor summer festivals, fairs, film festivals, cultural celebrations, events and more.

Spend the Summer in San Diego enjoying one or more of these outdoor summer festivals, fairs, cultural celebrations, events and more.

June | July | August | September

June

San Diego County Fair

When: June 3 - July 4, 2016
The annual San Diego County Fair features outlandish foods, garden shows, livestock tents and a midway complete with carnival rides and concerts held throughout the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds in ocean front Del Mar.

FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival

When: June 3-5, 2016
FilmOut San Diego seeks to recognize, promote, celebrate and support the important diverse artistic contributions LGBT filmmakers make to our community.

Art Around Adams

When: June 4, 2016
Enjoy Adams Avenue in a friendly, relaxed and carefree environment where taste-makers and free thinkers mix freely with family and friends. Experience exhibits and performances that will dazzle the eye and stir the senses.

RB Alive! Street Fair

When: June 5, 2016
Celebrate the annual RB Alive! Street Fair with more than 300 booths, Kids Zone with rides, games and special carnival foods, cultural stage, classic car show and more.

San Diego Greek Festival

When: June 10-12, 2016
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church invites you to join them at their annual Greek Festival. They enjoy sharing their heritage, culture, music, traditions, customs and culinary skills.

Inter-Tribal Powwow

When: June 11-12, 2016
Join the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseño Mission Indians for the Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow with arts and craft booths, food, dancers, drums, an opportunity drawing and contest dancing.

San Diego Festival of the Arts

When: June 11-12, 2016
Meet nearly 200 artists in an intimate setting of original fine art, entertainment and delicious cuisines, complemented with fine wine and craft beer as you stroll the turf of Waterfront Park.

Van Go! Soap Box Competition & Steam Festival

When: June 11, 2016
Van Go! features a silly soap box race; fine arts exhibition, live music as well as visual and performing arts entertainment and a beer and wine garden.

Julian Gold Rush Days

When: June 25-26, 2016
Julian Gold Rush Days is a great opportunity to turn back the clock and give visitors an idea what Julian was like in its early days. It's entertainment for the whole family!

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival

When: June 25, 2016
The Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival will offer attendees eclectic fun in the sun that's great for all ages.

July

San Diego Bike Fest

When: July 3, 2016
If you love motorcycles, then you need to be at the San Diego Bike Fest, a two day motorcycle festival with tons of bands, vendors, booze and food.

Stagecoach Days: Celebrating The Wild West In San Diego

When: July 9 - August 27, 2016
Stagecoach Days invites visitors enjoy afternoons in Old Town filled with activities that reflect life in early San Diego and celebrate the West on the move.

Christmas in July Artisan Fair & Carnival

When: July 9-10, 2016
An annual shopping extravaganza offering handmade arts and craft items (many with Christmas themes) by more than 150 artisans, the event also includes a rummage sale, bake sale, food court raffle, kid's activity area and live entertainment.

Fiesta del Sol

When: July 9-10, 2016
The largest community-driven family festival in San Diego County, the annual Fiesta del Sol is a two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego.

Switchfoot Bro-Am

When: July 9, 2016
The Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am will feature a surf contest, live music performances, and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats.

Sun & Sea Festival

When: July 15-16, 2016
The Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children's craft activities, a Kids 'n Kastles competition, Farmer's Market and International Food Fair.

Pride of Hillcrest Block Party

When: July 15, 2016
This signature party kicks off Pride weekend with urban style and flare.

Rubio's CoastFest

When: July 16, 2016
Rubio's CoastFest is a celebration of the ocean and its many gifts. From the bounty it offers to the shores it graces, the ocean is more than a resource for Rubio's: it is a way of life.

San Diego Pride Music Festival

When: July 16-17, 2016
Celebrate diversity under San Diego's amazing sky during the San Diego Pride Music Festival with 5 phenomenal stages over 2 days with over 100 entertainers and thousands of your closest friends. All people - 1 love!

San Diego Pride Parade

When: July 16, 2016
The annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade is the 4th largest in the United States attracting over 100,000 cheering spectators and significant media participation.

Festival of the Bells

When: July 16-17, 2016
Festival of the Bells is a weekend celebrating the anniversary of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, California's first Missions, with the the blessing and ringing of all five Mission bells.

Comic-Con International San Diego

When: July 21-24, 2016
The largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture.

Insect Festival

When: July 23-24, 2016
This one-of-a-kind event features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

August

South Bayfront PowWow

When: August 4-6, 2016
South Bayfront PowWow invites visitors to the Chula Vista bayfront for a weekend of traditional Music, Dance, Arts and Crafts and Food.

Julian Starfest

When: August 4-6, 2016
Julian StarFest, a three-day festival focused around the field of astronomy, will occur in the mountain town of Julian. Julian is known for its clear dark skies and one of the best locations in Southern California for observing.

Chula Vista Lemon Festival

When: August 7, 2016
The Lemon Festival celebrates Chula Vista's heritage as the "Lemon Capital of the World" and will feature live entertainment, a kids' fun zone and lemons galore.

Oceanside International Film Festival

When: August 7-14, 2016
The Oceanside International Film Festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works along with workshops and after-parties.

ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station

When: August 13-14, 2016
ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station brings fine art outside under San Diego's sunny skies to create the perfect viewing art under natural light and purchase artwork directly from the finest artists in the region.

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

When: August 13, 2016
Cardiff-by-the-Sea is ready to celebrate man's best friend! Set in a beautiful beach community, Cardiff Dog Days of Summer is a fair for dogs and dog lovers.

Hillcrest Cityfest Street Fair

When: August 14, 2016
CityFest takes place in the heart of Hillcrest under the Hillcrest Sign and is a huge celebration of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, and food.

Tiki Oasis - Party on Monster Island

When: August 18-21, 2016
This year Tiki Oasis celebrates our monster brethren from King Kong (1939), Godzilla and Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) to the famous monsters of Hollywood (1932-1950s).

Heiva San Diego

When: August 20-21, 2016
Heiva San Diego, a Polynesian celebration representing Tahiti as the bridge between French Polynesia and the US and sharing our culture with the community.

Chula Vista Haborfest

When: August 20, 2016
Chula Vista HarborFest is a family-friendly celebration that welcomes everyone to enjoy a classic summer festival with breathtaking ocean views as a backdrop.

Ramona County Fair

When: August 25-28, 2016
The Ramona Country Fair is a great place for family fun featuring rides, carnival games, vendors, beer and wine gardens, food, entertainment, and much more!

The San Diego International Kids' Film Festival

When: August 26-28, 2016
The San Diego International Kids' Film Festival will screen over 70+ films from 20+ countries including USA, China, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, and many more.

Best of San Diego Party

When: August 26, 2016
The Best of San Diego Party brings together the top restaurants, wineries and breweries for an unforgettable evening of food and entertainment.

Imperial Avenue Street Festival

When: August 27, 2016
Imperial Avenue Street Festival is a multicultural street scene that will celebrate the rich culture of the Logan Heights community.

National City Automobile Heritage Day

When: August 27, 2016
The National City Automobile Heritage Day features a dazzling display of those cars from very early models to the latest Super Cars.

LeucadiART Walk

When: August 28, 2016
Join us for LeucadiART Walk, a revival of the original 80's art event in historic Leucadia with art, entertainment, a children's art pavilion and more.

San Diego Quilt Show

When: August 31 - September 3, 2016
The 2016 San Diego Quilt Show's theme is "Show us Your Red, White and Blue," chosen to commemorate the election year.

September

US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition

When: September 2-5, 2016
US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition is an extravaganza for the whole family with Master Sand Sculptors, entertainment, food and more.

Festival of Sail

When: September 3-5, 2016
Festival of Sail is the largest Tall Ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, transforming the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for 4 adventure filled days.

Festival of Sail Tall Ship Parade

When: September 3, 2016
Join the celebration as part of the flotilla of ships that sails into San Diego Bay to kick off Festival of Sail!

Barona PowWow

When: September 2-4, 2016
Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for Barona PowWow - a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion.

Fleet Week San Diego

When: September 3 - October 1, 2016
Fleet Week San Diego honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through public events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes.

Julian Grape Stomp Festa

When: September 3, 2016
Julian Grape Stomp Festa's atmosphere is created with Italian music by Roman Holiday, dancing, Bocce Ball, stomping, wine tasting, kids entertainment and more.

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

When: September 7-11, 2016
San Diego's Horrible Imaginings Film Festival promotes and spotlights exemplary new artistic voices in what is commonly known as the horror genre.

Cardiff Greek Festival

When: September 10-11, 2016
Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children's activities and more the Annual Cardiff Greek Festival.

South Bay Pride

When: September 10, 2016
South Bay Pride Art and Music Festival will be a day (and evening) of fun for all with live entertainment, local art, food, drinks and more!

Coronado Art Walk

When: September 10-11, 2016
The 2-day Coronado Art Walk is put on by the Coronado Historical Association and is an admission free, public event designed to foster creativity and appreciation for the wonders of art.

Old Town Fiestas Patrias

When: September 17, 2016
It's that time again to head to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to celebrate Mexican Independence! The annual Fiestas Patrias festivities commence with the ringing of the bell at the historic Casa de Estudillo.

Landlubbers Day

When: September 17, 2016
In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day this September, Seaport Village is hosting Landlubbers Day, a festive celebration of all things pirate!

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