Oceanside International Film Festival
The first of the film fests in Southern California known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom.
Location: Star Theatre,
402 North Coast Highway & The Brooks,
217 North Coast Highway.
Date: 8/1 – 8/5
Balboa Park 8 Miler
The longest consecutively run race in San Diego and the only one that offers a full tour of Balboa Park!
Location: Balboa Park
Time: 7 am
Clairemont Family Day
A full day of fun. Food, musical entertainment, games, pony rides, carnival rides, and a car show.
Location: South Clairemont Park
at 3605 Clairemont Dr.
Time: 8 am – 4 pm
Chula Vista Lemon Festival
The Lemon Festival celebrates the heritage
of Chula Vista as the city was once self-proclaimed “Lemon Capital of the World” in the 1920’s.
Location: Third Avenue, between E Street
and Roosevelt Street.
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Vista Rod Run
Hosting a collection of classic, hot rod and specialty vehicles along with their owners.
Location: 319 E Broadway, Vista.
Time: 9 am – 2 pm
Encinitas Taste of MainStreet
Treat your taste buds to food and drink samples from 30+ restaurants and enjoy local wine and local craft beer served at 19 Sip Stops hosted by shops and salons. Pause along the way to enjoy live music at seven venues.
Location: Downtown Encinitas.
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm
The original fan gaming convention! Bringing gamers, geeks, cosplayers, and pop culture fans together to celebrate all things gaming.
Location: Tenth Avenue Art Center, Downtown.
Date: 8/9 – 8/12
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Santee Movies by the Lake
Family-friendly movies, food trucks, inflatables, snack bar, and fun filled activities await.
Location: 9310 Fan-ita Pky.
Time: 8 pm (Kids activities start at 6 pm)
Art Walk NTC @ Liberty Station
Artists love the flat grassy park with easy load-in and strike access, and the layout provides every artist with a corner space.
Location: Ingram Plaza – Liberty Station. Date: 8/11 & 8/12
Time: St: 10am – 6 pm
Sn: 10 am – 5 pm
Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
This free event features over 100 dog-related vendors, rescue group pet adoption agencies, dog contests, live music, kids activities, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.
Location: Encinitas Community Park,
425 Santa Fe Dr.
Time: 11 am – 6 pm
Over 250 arts and crafts vendors, live music, dancing, face-painting, performances, lantern-making, and more.
Location: 5th Ave between Brookes & University Ave.
Time: Noon – 11 pm
Latin Food Fest
Cooking demos by Aaron Sanchez, Marcela Valladolid, Enrique Olvera; over 100 food, beer, wine, and spirits booths.
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North.
Date: 8/17 – 8/18
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Summergrass San Diego
So-Cal’s best bluegrass festival! Lots of jamming, dry camping, tasty food, music workshops and music & craft vendors.
Location: Antique Gas &
Engine Museum, Vista.
Date: 8/17 – 8/19
Time: 3 pm – 6 pm
World Bodysurfing Championships
Approximately 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes.
Location: Adjacent to Oceanside Pier.
Date: 8/18 – 8/19
Time: 6:30 am – 5 pm
Summer Food Truck Festival
San Diego’s favorite food trucks return to Bates Nut Farm! In addition to unique and delicious food, there will be live music, kids activities, and family fun.
Location: Bates Nut Farm.
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Americas Finest City 5K Run/Walk
& 1/2 Marathon
One of the largest half marathons in the United States. Can’t run 13.5 miles? Try the 5 K instead.
Location: Balboa Park.
Time: Half Marathon 6:30 am;
5k 6:15 am
Ramona Country Fair
Featuring rides, carnival games,
lots of animals, a battle of the
bands, “Ramona Idol” singing
contest, watermelon eating contest and much more.
Location: Ramona Fairgrounds.
Date: 8/23 – 8/26
Time: T/F:5-11 pm,
S/S: 11 am-11 pm
San Diego Fall Home Show
To inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcom-ing home improvement .
Location: San Diego Convention Center – Hall FG.
Date: 8/24 – 8/26
Time: Fri 11 am – 8 pm;
Sat 10 am – 8 pm;
Sun 10 am – 6 pm
Carlsbad Music Festival
An eclectic mix of creative music ranging from contemporary classical, to indie rock, to world music, to electronic; plus a beer garden and food trucks.
Location: Carlsbad Village.
Time: F: 5–11 pm;
St 12–11 pm;
Sn 12– 8 pm
San Diego Spirits Festival
It’s all about craft cocktails – culinary and culture.
Location: Port Pavilion Broadway Pier.
Date: 8/25 – 8/26
Time: Sat 2 – 6 pm; Sun 2 – 5 pm
Imperial Avenue Street Festival
Browse 4 blocks of local artists, crafts, and enjoy gourmet food and beverages and live music.
Location: Imperial Ave.
between 28th & 30th.
Time: 12 pm – 9 pm
Bike the Bay
A 25-mile bike ride that begins at the Embarcadero Marina Park South and travels over the magnificent San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge.
Time: 6:30 am – 12:30 pm
End of Summer Fire Run
This course travels through lofty neighborhoods along the coast.
Location: Prospect St.
Time: 8 am
Local juried artists displaying original art in specified areas along Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia.
Location: W. Side of Hwy 101.
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories; camping, drums, and cultural immersion.
Location: Barona Sports Park.
Date: 8/31 – 9/2
Time: Thu 1 pm – 11 pm;
Fri 6 pm – 11 pm;
Sat & Sun 1 pm – 11 pm