Things to Do in San Diego – September 2019
Things to Do in San Diego – September 2019September 3rd, 2019
- The birthstone is Sapphire / Flower is Aster
- The zodiac signs are Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22) and Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
- Labor Day (Sept 2) / Grandparents Day (Sept 8)/First Day of Fall (Sept 23)
- National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Del Mar Racing Season Through Sept. 2
This season features the nation’s top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Labor Day Stickball Tournament Aug. 31-Sept. 1
Columbia Street erupts with yelling and cheering for the stick ball teams, stirring up childhood memories.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Little Italy: State St & W Ash St
Hawaiian Plumeria Festival Aug. 31-Sept. 1
Offers live entertainment, an amazing Flower Show, along with one of Southern California’s largest and most extensive potted Plant Sale. This event is free and open to the public
Time/Place: Sat 9am–4pm, Sun 10am – 4pm / Casa del Prado, Balboa Park
US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo Aug. 31-Sept. 2
The sculptures weigh over 10 tons, so we have over 1,000 works of art that you can fall in love with, buy and take home. There’s also live entertainment, a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, a fantastic view of the bay and all the great stuff that you always find on the Embarcadero!
Time/Place: Sat & Sun 9am-7pm, Mon 9am-5pm / Broadway Pier and Landing
Big SoCal Euro Sept. 1
The event features more than 3,000 European cars from throughout the region. Bring your family to meet other car enthusiasts and enjoy raffles, drag racing, great food, automotive vendors, swap meet, afterparty and more.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / SDCCU Stadium
SD Architectural Foundation Tour of Del Mar Sept. 4
Tour the Del Mar Civic Center and Town Hall, a 2018 Orchid winner. Tours will be led by The Miller Hull Partnership and Spurlock Landscape Architects.
Time/Place: 4:30-7pm / 1050 Camino Del Mar
Taste of Del Mar Sept. 5
Explore 20+ culinary creations from local and award-winning restaurants, experience 10+ craft beer and wine Sip Stops, and enjoy live music.
Time/Place: 5-8pm / Downtown Del Mar Village
Sycuan Pow-Wow Sept. 6-8
Only registered contestants can participate in the dancing contests, but everyone can take part when an intertribal dance is announced – visitors included.
Time/Place: 5459 Sycuan Rd., El Cajon
Julian Grape Stomp Festa Sept. 7
With ten local wineries offering sips to sample, a wide variety of food and shopping opportunities, great Italian music provided by Roman Holiday, Bocce Ball Court, a little extemporaneous dancing here and there, this will be a party to remember!
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Menghini Winery: 1150 Julian Orchards Dr.
Carlsbad Brewfest Sept. 7
Celebrates craft beer with tastings from more than 34+ San Diego & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.
Time/Place: 12-4:30pm / Holiday Park: 3400 Pio Pico Dr.
Burgers & Beers Sept. 7
Try gourmet burgers from more than 20 of San Diego’s best restaurants as they compete to win the Best Burger award. Enjoy unlimited beer samples from over 40 of the best breweries.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Golden Hill Park, San Diego
San Diego Blues Festival Sept. 7
Features 9 musical acts on two stages. Festival attendees will enjoy local craft beer, cocktails and wine along with specialty food trucks and arts and crafts vendors. Raises much-needed food and funds for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Embarcadero Marina Park North
Cardiff Greek Festival Sept. 7-8
Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children’s activities and more!
Time/Place: Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm / Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church: 3459 Manchester Avenue
Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon Sept. 8
Get excited for the Helen Woodward Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon Dog Surfing Competition and family-friendly beach day!
Time/Place: 8 am-2 pm / Del Mar Dog Beach
9/11 Heroes Run Sept. 8
9/11 Heroes Run 5k + 1 mile fun run/walk unites communities internationally with the goal to never forget the sacrifices of the heroes of September 11th and the wars since: veteran, first responder, civilian and military. Join us to raise awareness and honor the fallen.
Time/Place: 8 am / San Diego State University
Aloha Run Sept. 8
A fun and festive, Hawaiian-themed 5k/10k event. Stick around for a luau party at the finish line with Tahitian dancers, live music, photo opportunities and much more!
Time/Place: 7:15-10am / Tecolote Shores Park: 1292 E. Mission Bay Dr.
Los Angeles Chargers First Regular Season Game Sept. 8
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts
Time/Place: 1:05 pm / Home Game
2019 Chef Throwdown Sept. 13
Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Guests will gather on The Del’s seaside Windsor Lawn, where they will enjoy chef tastings, both savory and sweet creations, sample craft cocktails and sips from wineries on both sides of the border followed by a three-course gourmet dinner.
Time/Place: 6-11:30pm / Hotel del Coronado
KAABOO Del Mar Sept. 13-15
KAABOO was created by music lovers for music lovers. An adult escape, uniquely curated to appeal to all five of your senses, with world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences.
Time/Place:Del Mar Racetrack + Fairgrounds
San Diego Bayfair Sept. 13-15
San Diego Bayfair’s World Series of Powerboat Racing – a family festival tradition for more than 40 years speeds to the finish line. Beach party, Americas Finest BBQ State Championship on the 14th, live music, action sports, fast boats and craft beer.
Time/Place: Mission Bay Park
South Bay Pride Art & Musical Festival Sept. 14
A day (and evening) of fun for all with live entertainment, local art, food, drinks and more! Children’s Area, live music on two stages, Art in the Park and more!
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Chula Vista Bayside Park
Santee Bluegrass Festival Sept. 14
Fine wines, a bevy of brews, tasty treats, bidding bazaar and live Bluegrass music. Annual fundraiser in the East County and San Diego Communities.
Time/Place: 5:30-9:30pm / Town Center Community Park East
Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias Sept. 14
Our exciting and colorful Fiestas Patrias parade kicks off the festivities that will include the Escaramuzas, traditional women equestrians. Entertainment, crafts, games and demonstrations.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Old Town State Historic Park
OMBAC Classic Longboard Surfing Contest Sept. 14
All contestants must surf on 1969 or older longboards, 9 or longer, with no leash. Unique awards for top three finishers in each division along with local business SWAG!
Time/Place: 7:30am-4pm / North Side of Crystal Pier
Ironman 70.3 Superfrog Sept. 15
The challenging course was designed by a group of Navy Seals stationed at the US Navy Seals center in Coronado to both prepare them for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and to enhance their training.
Time/Place: 7-11am / Imperial Beach Pier
Bonitafest Performing Arts Festival Sept. 21
Come see the South Bays best show choirs and stage bands, sample delicious food, take in arts and crafts, and the fun!
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Bonita Vista High School, Chula Vista
San Diego Festival of Beer Sept. 21
Beer lovers will enjoy the sounds of live music while sampling unlimited and exclusive craft beer tastings, food trucks, vendor booths, lively music, fun games, and more!
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Broadway Pier
Julian Music Festival Sept. 21
Celebrate the end of summer with bluegrass to celebrate the festivals roots and Western ballads.
Time/Place: Menghini Winery: 1150 Julian Orchards Road
Clash at Clairemont Sept. 21
A star-studded athlete roster, incredible musicians, Vendor Village, food and fun for the whole family.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / 3401 Clairemont
Bayside Brew Festival & Spirits Sept. 21
Over 40 local San Diego and Baja California micro breweries, spirit brands, and food trucks/vendors, with different artists/bands entertaining you throughout the day.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Pepper Park, National City
Taste of South Park Sept. 21
Guests will also get a taste of the diverse boutiques and shops lining the streets of South Park between bites.
Time/Place: 12-4pm / 30th St. and Fern St. corridor, San Diego
Be The Change 5K Sept. 21
Enjoy some of the best views in the city as you run through this scenic waterfront course. Visit our Wellness Fair after the race. 100% of net proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish San Diego, Caterina’s Club and the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Time/Place: 3:30-5:30pm / Spanish Landing Park West, San Diego
Noble Canyon 50K Sept. 21
The Noble Canyon 50k is run each year in the beautiful mountains in east San Diego county. It is a USATF sanctioned event which is run on National Forest land and is operating under permit on the Cleveland National Forest.
Time/Place: 6:30 am / Mt Laguna, CA
Viking Festival Sept. 21-22
Meet the Norse Gods and Viking Folk at the Living History Viking Village and Marketplace. Two stages of Live Music and Entertainment. Exotic food and drink. Brew Masters Beers and Mead Garden. Axe throwing, KidZone, Live Viking Combat, Norway Heritage Hall, Games & Competitions.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm / 2006 E. Vista Way, Vista
Adams Avenue Street Fair Sept. 21-22
SoCal’s largest free two-day music festival. Beer gardens and beer tastings, giant carnival rides, festival foods and more than 300 arts and crafts booths.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm / Normal Heights
Oceanside Harbor Days Sept. 21-22
Sun, sand, and surf including a costume party for kids 12 and under at Pirate Village; Arts, Crafts and Food booth areas; Nail n Sail Competition; music, a beer garden and more.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Oceanside Harbor
Pacific Islander Festival Sept. 21-22
Showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and crafts.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Mission Bays Ski Beach
San Diego Restaurant Week Sept. 22-29
Over 180 participating restaurants will offer 3-course prix-fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person.
Gaslight Steampunk Expo Sept. 26-29
A weekend of interactive maker workshops, special presentations, vendors, tea pot racing, tea dueling, fashion shows, games, music, movies and so much more!
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Town & Country Resort Hotel, San Diego
Padres Last Regular Season Home Game Sept. 26
San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Last regular season home game
Time/Place: 12:40 pm / Petco Park
RV Super Show Sept. 26-29
Features the best new motorhomes, fifth wheels, toy haulers, and travel trailers from leading RV manufacturers, giving you the opportunity to find the perfect RV for your budget and lifestyle.
Time/Place: 9am – 7 pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
MCAS Miramar Air Show Sept. 27-29
See the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron and the RAF’s Red Arrows Team! Enjoy exciting aerial performances by Marine Corps aircraft including the F-35B Lightning II, the MV-22 Osprey and the Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration team.
Time/Place: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Poway Rodeo Sept. 27-28
Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Bull Riding. There’s even a Mutton Bustin.
Time/Place: 14336 Tierra Bonita
El Cajon Oktoberfest Sept. 27-29 & Oct. 4-6
Entertainment provided by our popular band Guggenbach-Buam. Enjoy folk dances, games, and contests, vendor booths and craft stands, and Kids Zone!
Time/Place: South Mollison Avenue
The Scream Zone Sept. 27-Nov.2
San Diego County’s largest haunted experience, The Scream Zone is considered among the goriest, scariest, and screaming-est fright fests to be found in the dark corners of Southern California.
Time/Place: See website / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Cabrillo Festival Sept. 28-29
Educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances. Food booths with delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food. Vendors will showcase their various artistic goods.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Naval Base Point Loma
Encinitas Oktoberfest Sept. 29
Will feature music, Bavarian dancers, German food and drink, and a street craft faire featuring more than 200 vendors.
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real
XTERRA Wetsuits Mission Bay Triathlon Sept. 29
Join us at the birthplace of the sport for the Mission Bay Triathlon!
Time/Place: 6:40 am / Mission Bay
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