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San Diego's 2013 Calendar of Events

From the largest flower show in the West to a star-spangled Fourth of July, there are a number of signature events for visitors to enjoy throughout the year.

San Diego is a year-round travel destination offering a plethora of annual events. No matter what time of year, visitors can travel to San Diego and find an extraordinary range of colorful street festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, specialty fairs and much more. For up-to-the-minute event listings and changes, visit


  • Jan. 13-18
    San Diego Restaurant Week
    More than 180 of San Diego's finest restaurants participate in a celebration of the local dining scene with prix fixed menus.
  • Jan. 27
    Carlsbad Marathon and Half-Marathon

    The second-oldest marathon on the U.S. West Coast also features a Kids' Marathon Mile on the day before the big race, as well as a Health and Fitness Expo.
  • Jan. 21-27
    Farmers Insurance Open

    The annual PGA Tour men's golf tournament is played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 U.S. Open.
  • Jan. 26
    Big Bay Whale Days & Festival

    This free family event offers a wide variety of interactive and hands-on displays to learn about the annual winter migration of the California gray whale along San Diego's coastline.


  • February – April
    Wildflowers Bloom in the Desert
    Depending on the timing and amount of winter rainfall, the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego's East County turns into a wonderland of color when the spring wildflowers bloom.
  • Feb. 12
    Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter

    This is the biggest Fat Tuesday celebration on the U.S. West Coast. Parades, music and beads take over downtown San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter. 
  • Feb. 16-17
    31st Annual Chinese New Year and Cultural Fair
    Festivities in downtown San Diego include Asian cuisine, martial arts and cooking demonstrations, cultural exhibits and traditional Lion and Dragon dances.


  • Mar. 1 - May 12
    Flower Fields Ranunculus Season

    Fifty acres of beautiful Tecolote Giant Ranunculus come into bloom every spring at the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch.
  • Mar. 7-17
    20th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival

    San Diego's proximity to Mexico makes it a natural venue for this prestigious film festival, focusing on works by Latinos or about the Latino experience, held at the UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center in Mission Valley.
  • Mar. 16
    Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

    'Tis the luck of the Irish for San Diego when the St. Patrick's Day Parade sets off from Juniper and 6th Street by Balboa Park. An Irish festival with traditional dancers, music, a beer garden and Celtic village follows the parade.
  • Mar. 17
    ShamROCK 2013
    With 40,000 sq. ft. of Astroturf, downtown San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter turns into the rolling hills of Ireland from 4 p.m. to midnight. This St. Patrick's Day party includes Irish rock bands and pints of green beer; guests must be 21 years or older to attend this ticketed event.
  • Mar. 23-24
    Spring Busker Festival
    Seaport Village along San Diego Bay comes alive with a celebration of street performers in a battle of entertainment and one-of-a-kind performances by jugglers, sword swallowers, comedic stuntmen and more.
  • Mar. 30
    Ford California Half-Ironman Triathlon
    Athletes from all over the world swim 1.2 miles in Oceanside Harbor, bike 56 miles through neighboring Camp Pendleton and run 13.1 miles back to the finish line at Oceanside Pier in the San Diego North County city of Oceanside.


  • April – October
    San Diego Padres Season

    The San Diego Padres step up to the plate and begin another exciting, six-month season of Major League Baseball, played in PETCO Park in downtown San Diego.
  • Apr. 5-7
    La Jolla Concours D'Elegance Motor Car Classic

    Paying tribute to some of the world's finest automobiles, the Motor Car Classic highlights over 30 juried classes of automobiles; vintage auto aficionados and collectors compete against the best vehicles in automotive history.
  • Apr. 6-7
    40th Annual San Diego Crew Classic Regatta

    Rowers from across the country come to Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay to participate in one of the most distinguished rowing competitions in the U.S.
  • Apr. 18 - May 5
    Annual Del Mar National Horse Show
    The most prestigious horse show in Southern California offers more than $300,000 in prize money and attracts more than 3,000 horses to the equestrian complex at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in coastal Del Mar.
  • Apr. 19-21
    49th Annual Lakeside Rodeo
    Bareback bronco rides, calf roping and other traditional rodeo competitions, along with food and crafts, bring the Wild West to life in Lakeside in San Diego's East County.
  • Apr. 20-21
    88th Annual Coronado Flower Show
    The nation's largest flower show under a tent takes place in Spreckels Park in Coronado. Flower exhibits are placed around a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for live entertainment and trophy presentations.
  • Apr. 21
    Fallbrook Avocado Festival

    Since the 1960s, tens of thousands of avocado lovers converge in Fallbrook, located in San Diego's North County, to sample avocados, check-out the crazy cooking contest entries, buy funky avocado-themed gifts and enjoy bands, live entertainment and friendly beer gardens.
  • Apr. 21
    Annual San Diego Earth Fair
    Set in Balboa Park, the celebration of planet Earth features a children's parade, booths, educational exhibits, music and earth-friendly food.
  • Apr. 27-28
    Mission Federal ArtWalk

    The free visual and performing arts celebration takes place in downtown San Diego's colorful Little Italy neighborhood and is the largest art event in San Diego.
  • Apr. 27-28
    40th Annual Adams Avenue Unplugged Festival

    The free, two-day festival features 180 musical performances of acoustic music, held on four outdoor stages and 22 indoor stages along a two-mile expanse along Adams Avenue, from the neighborhoods of Kensington to North Park.


  • May 3-5
    Annual Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo
    A celebration of Mexican spirit and culture, the Fiesta Cinco de Mayo is held in Old Town, the birthplace of San Diego, and features music, food and entertainment for the entire family.
  • May 5
    Carlsbad Spring Village Faire
    One of the largest one-day street fairs in California features hundreds of exhibitors, international food and children's rides in the coastal city of Carlsbad.
  • May 10-12
    Gator by the Bay, Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival

    Knee-slapping good times abound at Spanish Landing on Harbor Island. The event features 25 bands on five stages, dance lessons, Cajun cooking demonstrations and delicious crawfish.
  • May 19
    20th Annual Sicilian Festival
    The music, dance, culture and cuisine of Sicily come to the streets of downtown San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood with four performance stages, a parade of costumed dancers, musicians and more.


  • Jun. 1-2
    18th Annual Wings Over Gillespie Air Show
    San Diego's biggest civilian air show includes re-enactments of WWII and Vietnam War aerial battles with pyrotechnic and aircraft displays, along with live entertainment, a Kidz Zone, food and more.
  • Jun. 2 - Sept. 29
    The Old Globe Theatre's Summer Shakespeare Festival
    Three dynamic Shakespeare productions are performed in nightly rotation in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre of the Tony Award ®-winning Old Globe theatre in Balboa Park.
  • Jun. 2
    Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
    It's a 26.2-mile race and block party all in one! The marathon begins at Balboa Park and finishes at SeaWorld San Diego on Mission Bay. Live music and cheer squads line the route, while a killer post-race party and headliner concert celebrates everyone's victory.
  • Jun. 8 - Jul. 4
    San Diego County Fair
    The annual county fair features outlandish foods, garden shows, livestock tents and a midway complete with carnival rides and concerts, held at the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds in oceanfront Del Mar. 
  • Jun. 22
    8th Annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition
    Dozens of dogs take to the waves at Imperial Beach to compete in small dog, large dog and tandem surfing heats.
  • Jun. 22-23
    Annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts
    Held on the University of California, San Diego campus in La Jolla, the event includes award-winning artists, gourmet cuisine, contemporary music and entertainment.


  • July – September
    San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Season
    Summer performances are held under the stars in downtown San Diego along San Diego Bay; fireworks occur on some nights.
  • Jul. 4
    Fourth of July Celebrations
    Fireworks, festivals and patriotic parades are held in numerous communities throughout San Diego County. Coronado's popular Independence Day celebration features a two-hour parade followed by a family concert in Spreckels Park. The Port of San Diego celebrates with its Big Bay Boom fireworks extravaganza over San Diego Bay, the largest fireworks display in the county.
  • Jul. 12-14
    Festival of the Bells
    The festival celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first mission in California.
  • Jul. 12-14
    San Diego LGBT Pride Parade, Rally and Festival
    One of the city's largest grassroots organizations, San Diego LGBT Pride sponsors a weekend of festivities including a headlining parade through Hillcrest and two-day festival in Balboa Park.
  • Jul. 13-14 & 20-21
    60th Annual World Championship Over-the-Line Tournament
    A San Diego original, this boisterous, fast-paced beach softball event is played at Fiesta Island on Mission Bay.
  • Jul. 17 - Sept. 4
    Del Mar Racing
    Horses and fans alike meet for live thoroughbred racing, held five days a week at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in oceanfront Del Mar.
  • Jul. 18-21
    Comic-Con International
    The largest comics and pop culture event in the United States attracts thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture to the San Diego Convention Center in downtown San Diego.
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  • July – August
    SummerFest 2013
    The La Jolla Music Society presents classical and new compositions with renowned artists and ensembles from around the world, held at various locations in La Jolla and San Diego.


  • Aug. 11
    Hillcrest Cityfest 2013
    Arts, crafts, food and entertainment are featured at this popular annual street festival, held along Fifth Avenue in the eclectic neighborhood of Hillcrest.
  • Aug. 9-11
    Julian Star Fest
    Guests can explore the world of astronomy during this four-day festival, the second biggest in California, with exhibition areas, guest speakers, an astronomy equipment swap meet and more, held at Menghini Winery in the San Diego East County town of Julian.
  • Aug. 17-18 
    37th Annual World Body Surfing Championships
    International and U.S. body surfers compete at the Oceanside Pier and Beach in San Diego's North County.
  • Aug. 30 – Sept. 2
    U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition
    Guests can watch over 300 tons of sand be carved and molded into beautiful sculptures. Held at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal alongside San Diego Bay, the summer event will feature live entertainment, food trucks and unique rides for kids including a zipline that flies over the show. 


  • September – October
    Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest
    Local residents and guests celebrate autumn with music, art shows, cider and delicious apple pies in the charming San Diego East County mountain town of Julian.
  • September – December
    San Diego Chargers Season
    The San Diego Chargers "bolt" into action during home games at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley, while fans gather in the parking lot for tailgate parties before catching the excitement inside the stadium.
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  • Sept. 8
    La Jolla Rough Water Swim
    The largest rough-water swimming competition in the U.S. takes place at picturesque La Jolla Cove in La Jolla.
  • Sept. 13-15
    San Diego Bayfair
    This thrilling event features thunderboat racing, tunnel hulls, drag boats, hydroplanes, fireworks and concerts, as well as specialty vendors and food, along and on the waters of Mission Bay. 
  • Sept. 13-15
    24th Annual Sycuan Pow-Wow
    The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation presents a traditional celebration featuring Indian song, dance, arts and crafts, games and food, held at the Sycuan Reservation in San Diego's East County.
  • Sept. 15-20
    San Diego Restaurant Week
    More than 180 of San Diego's finest restaurants participate in a celebration of the local dining scene with prix fixed menus. 
  • Sept. 20 
    19th Annual San Diego Festival of Beer 
    More than 75 San Diego brewers provide samples and tastings alongside live musical performances, vendors and food booths in downtown San Diego.
  • Sept. 21-22
    19th Annual Pacific Islander Festival
    The cultures, foods, crafts and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia are showcased at Ski Beach on Mission Bay.
  • Sept. 29
    Cabrillo Festival
    The exploration of the U.S. West Coast by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542 is commemorated at Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma.
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  • Sept. 28-29
    32nd Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
    One of the largest free music street fairs in California, the event features over 70 live musical acts, held on six stages, along with three beer gardens, giant carnival rides and 300 craft and food vendors.


  • Oct. 2-6
    San Diego Film Festival
    This annual festival offers a fresh take on film premieres, featuring American and international features, thought-provoking documentaries, short films and music videos. 
  • Oct. 4-6
    Oktoberfest in La Mesa
    This traditional German celebration features dancing, food, Bavarian bands, arts and crafts and commercial booths in the San Diego East County city of La Mesa.
  • Oct. 4-6
    MCAS Miramar Air Show
    This award-winning, world-class air show features the best military and civilian pilots in the world, including the U.S. Navy's famous Blue Angels.
  • Oct. 5-6
    Julian Apple Days Festival
    This two-day festival at Menghini Winery in Julian features music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children's games, gold panning demonstrations, apple-related contests and more.
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  • Oct. 13
    19th Annual Little Italy FESTA!
    This colorful Italian celebration features music, fine food and "Gesso Italiano," a traditional Italian street-painting festival, held in downtown San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood.
  • Oct. (Dates TBA)
    48th Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival
    Weekend activities include arts and crafts, a parade and the Miss Borrego Springs Pageant in the East County desert town of Borrego Springs.


  • November – December
    Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"

    This annual holiday musical jumps right off the pages of the classic Dr. Seuss book and onto the stage of The Old Globe theatre in Balboa Park.
  • Nov. 1-10
    San Diego Beer Week
    Hundreds of beer-centric events take place throughout the county during this 10-day festival that highlights San Diego's award-winning craft beer, breweries and pubs. 
  • Nov. 7-15
    14th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
    The largest exhibition of Asian-American and Asian cinema in North America presents films, videos and workshops that celebrate the work of Asian artists from around the world. Screenings are held at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinema in Hazard Center and showcase feature films, shorts and animation.
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  • Nov. 20-24
    10th San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
    Wine and food enthusiasts gather for this five-day event, the region's largest wine and culinary extravaganza, held at several venues throughout downtown San Diego.
  • Nov. 24
    Annual Mother Goose Parade
    San Diego East County's annual holiday kick-off celebration features celebrity appearances, whimsical floats, clowns, bands, equestrians and more.
  • Nov. 27 – Dec. 1
    San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival
    A jazz celebration that lasts throughout the Thanksgiving weekend, the festival features world-class bands at the Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley.
  • November – January
    Holiday of Lights at Del Mar

    The public is invited to drive their cars around the infield racetrack of the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar to view more than 350 dazzling holiday light displays.


  • December – April
    Whale Watching
    The majestic California gray whales make their annual migration from the Arctic waters to the warm lagoons in the Gulf of California for breeding. These "peaceful giants of the sea" come within miles of San Diego's coastline and can be viewed on daily whale watching excursions and from Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma.
  • Dec. (Dates TBA)
    La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival
    Marching bands, floats, equestrians, vintage automobiles and more parade down the streets of La Jolla. The parade ends with a holiday festival featuring craft booths, carnival rides, food, entertainment and a tree lighting ceremony.
  • Dec. 6-7
    Balboa Park December Nights
    This celebration of the holiday season is the largest free community festival in San Diego and features foods and crafts from around the world, music and events in Balboa Park's diverse museums. 
  • Dec. 8 & 15
    42nd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
    This colorfully unique San Diego holiday tradition features more than 100 private boats decorated with holiday lights, sailing along the waters of San Diego Bay.
  • Dec. 26
    San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
    San Diego's annual pre-Christmas bowl game is played at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley and matches teams from the Mountain West and Western Athletic Conferences. The nationally recognized event features all the pomp and circumstance of a major college post-season football game.
  • Dec. 30
    Big Bay Balloon Parade and National University Holiday Bowl
    A popular parade along downtown San Diego's waterfront is followed by a major college bowl game at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley, featuring teams from the Pac-10 and Big 12 Conferences. The exciting gridiron action is augmented by spectacular pregame and halftime pageantry.

Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on San Diego's offerings, including exciting vacation packages and valuable coupons for attractions, restaurants and more, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority's website at or call 619-236-1212.

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