Things to Do in San Diego – August 2018
Things to Do in San Diego – August 2018July 31st, 2018 by Karen
School may start in August, but there’s still plenty of summer left in San Diego! From art walks, classic car shows, sand castles and surfing, August is full of fun things to do in San Diego.
- The Birthstone: Agate or Onyx / Flower: Gladiolus or Poppy
- The zodiac signs are Leo (July 23 – Aug 22) and Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)
- National Catfish Month / Peach Month / Immunization Awareness Month / Harvest Month
- Friendship Day (Aug 5) / Women’s Equality Day (Aug 26)
August 1 – 6
The CADO Through Aug. 30
An immersive pop-up experience devoted to California Avocados will feature seven imaginative rooms of large-scale interactive art installations.
Time/Place: Liberty Station, South Promenade
Del Mar Racing Season Through Sept. 3
The Del Mar Racetrack is a world-class Thoroughbred racing destination welcoming the industry’s top athletes and California’s most spirited partygoers.
Time/Place: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Contact: 858-755-1141 / www.dmtc.com
Summer Family Mural Project Aug. 3
Join us during “Food Truck Fridays” in Balboa Park! Help paint a large mural in front of the Timken, then go inside for an art treasure hunt.
Time/Place: 5-7pm / Timken Museum of Art, Balboa Park
Contact: 619-239-5548 x109 / www.timkenmuseum.org
Bon Odori Festival Aug. 3-4
Enjoy a variety of merchants, family friendly activities, Japanese festival foods, a beer garden, a tea & dessert garden, and cultural performances! Each festival day will also be highlighted with traditional Bon Odori practices – “Toro Nagashi” and the “Bon” dance.
Time/Place: Fri 12-8pm, Sat 11am-9pm / Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park
Contact: 619-232-2721 / www.niwa.org/bonsd
Lake Poway Family Campout Aug. 4-5
Activities include: guided evening hikes, campfire with s’mores, and Extreme Rahim returns with his family pleasing magic/comedy show. Remember to bring your own camping equipment, dinner supplies to barbeque, and grill/charcoal. Kiwanis club will be offering a pancake breakfast.
Time/Place: 5pm-9am / Lake Poway
Contact: 858-688-4772 / www.poway.org
Chula Vista Lemon Festival Aug. 5
Live entertainment, a kids’ fun zone and lemons galore. Celebrate this juicy jubilee with the community by sporting your brightest yellow outfit and enjoying lemon-infused activities including live bands, sour contests, a kid’s fun zone, a craft beer garden and hundreds of festive booths.
Time/Pl ace: 11am-5pm / 3rd Avenue: E to G Streets
Contact: 619-422-1982 / www.thirdavenuevillage.com
Vista Rod Run Aug. 5
300+ classic and specialty cars. Car owners compete for the best of the best to win one of 30 trophies. Also featured is High Energy DJ, Millionaire Beach Bums band, Specialty Auto vendors and great downtown shopping, restaurants and breweries.
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Historic Downtown Vista
Tiki Oasis 2018 – South Seas Cinema Aug. 8-12
The largest and longest-running tiki gathering in the world, Tiki Oasis attendees enjoy a tiki-tastic art and fashion marketplace, live tropical-jazz music, go-go dancers, a classic car show, pool parties and more.
Time/Place: Bali Hai & The Crowne Plaza Hotel
Summer Bash – Business Expo Aug. 9
Join members of the business community and view the goods and services they provide and mix and mingle! Attend and be prepared to have fun, taste great food and the opportunity win over 46 FREE door prizes from participating business vendors!
Time/Place: 5-8pm / La Mesa Community Center
Contact: 619-465-7700 x2 / www.lamesachamber.net
Night Fishing Aug. 9 & 23
Bring your lanterns, but not your radios. Permit required but no state license is needed.
Time/Place: 5-11:30pm / Santee Lakes: Lakes 1-4
Contact: 619-596-3141 / www.santeelakes.com
National City Automobile Heritage Day Festival & Car Show Aug. 11
Join us for live music, food from a variety of National City’s popular eateries, entertainment for children and specialty booths.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Kimball Park
Contact: 619-477-9339 / www.automobileheritageday.com
Julian Natural Wonderfest Aug. 11
Wildlife encounters, music, art and star party featuring the Perseid Meteor Shower. Learn about the wildlife through our animal ambassadors. Learn about the Cosmos with Telescopes and our local Astronomers. Enjoy special activities at our Exhibitor Booths. Stage events for adults and kids.
Time/Place: 3-11pm / Jess Martin Park
ArtWalk @ Liberty Station Aug. 11-12
More than 200 international, national and local San Diego artists, showcasing every medium including painting, sculpture, glass work, fine jewelry, photography and more. Along with the art, attendees will also be able to enjoy live music, interactive art for kids and the kids at heart, street food options and a wine and beer pavilion.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / 2645 Historic Decatur
Contact: 619-615-1090 / www.artwalksandiego.org
Art in the Village Aug. 12
Celebrating the dynamic art culture in Carlsbad Village and the surrounding areas, the event attracts thousands of residents and a diverse selection of fine artists. Live music & local dining.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Carlsbad Village
Contact: 760-453-7076 / www.carlsbad-village.com
Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair Aug. 12
Games, activities, more than 250 vendors, live headliner music, a beer garden and much more, CityFest is a celebration of spirit and play each year in San Diego.
Time/Place: Noon-11pm / 5th Ave and University Ave.
Contact: 619-299-3330 / www.fabuloushillcrest.com
Cardiff Dog Days of Summer Aug. 12
Watch or enter in 6 different dog contests. Enjoy a wide variety of music throughout the event at the Main Stage and in the Beer & Wine Oasis. A Maker’s Market row will feature quality handmade goods made by local artisans. Rescue Row by Rancho Coastal Humane Society and Pet Health Expo.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Encinitas Community Park
Contact: 760-436-0431 / www.cardiff101.com
San Diego Int’l Mariachi Summit Gala Aug. 17
Celebrate the beauty, passion and pageantry of Mexico. Benefitting the Mariachi Scholarship Foundation, promoting mariachi education in San Diego and awarding over $450,000 worth of college scholarships since 1996.
Time/Place: 7:30-9:30pm / San Diego Civic Theatre
Contact: 619-570-1100 / www.sandiegotheatres.org
¡Latin Food Fest! Aug. 17-18
California’s largest most attended annual Hispanic culinary celebration includes a festival kick-off party “Mexico Mercado.” Gran Tasting – the festivals signature event featuring 150 food, beverage, wine, beer and spirits stations, Cooking Demos, Best of Fest Chef Awards, VIP Tent, and Live Music.
Time/Place: Fri 6:30-10:30pm, Sat 11am-3pm / Embarcadero Marina Park N
Stone 22nd Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Aug. 18
Enjoy a relaxing evening of beer, food and live music with brewers and representatives from all of your favorite breweries.
Time/Place: 1-8pm / California State University San Marcos
California Clambake Aug. 18
With a sunset backdrop, live entertainment and interactive beach games, guests donned in white attire will cozy up on communal tables and enjoy a shellfish feast featuring menus from renowned Guest Chef Tim Hollingsworth.
Time/Place: 5:30-8pm / Hotel del Coronado
Contact: 619-522-8490 / www.hoteldel.com
Chula Vista HarborFest Aug. 18
Enjoy the endless opportunities for delicious food and drinks, art in the park, and family friendly activities that combine with perfect weather and a long list of top-notch entertainment to make for a fun-packed summer’s day to remember!
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Bayside Park
Contact: 619-233-5008 / www.chulavistaharborfest.com
World Bodysurfing Championships Aug. 18-19
350-400 bodysurfers from around the world compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes.
Time/Place: 6:30am / Oceanside Pier
Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational Aug. 19
Four will be paired with a surf legend for a friendly competition that draws surf legends from around the world, followed by a festive luau with musical entertainment, a tropical buffet, and live and silent auctions featuring surf-inspired artwork, unique surfboards and vacation packages. All proceeds benefit research and patient care at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health.
Time/Place: 7am / Scripps Pier, La Jolla
Carlsbad Music Festival Aug. 24-26
The Festival programming is 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 steps from the beach.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Carlsbad Village
Imperial Avenue Street Festival Aug. 25
The festival grooves to the sounds of live music from multiple stages. Browse the offerings of 4 blocks of local artists, crafts, and gourmet food and beverages. Columbian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions.
Time/Place: 12-9pm / Logan Heights
San Diego Spirits Festival Aug. 25-26
The largest Cocktail Festival in San Diego provides a tremendous occasion to sample and experience the finest spirits and foods, with unique opportunities to learn how to create and pair the perfect cocktail and sample top-shelf cocktails from small-batch and big-name distillers.
Time/Place: Fri & Sat 2-6pm, Sun 2-5pm / Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
LeucadiART Walk Aug. 26
Local juried artists displaying original art, live music, live mural painting, Craft Beer Garden, Children’s Art Pavilion.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
Contact: 760-436-2320 / www.leucadia101.com
Bike the Bay Community Ride Aug. 26
Ride the bridge, Bike the Bay! Cruise around the San Diego Bay and enjoy an opportunity to pedal across the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. This non-competitive community bike ride is for riders of all abilities and will take you on a scenic, and primarily flat ride, around the San Diego Bay via the Bayshore Bikeway.
Barona Powwow Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion.
Time/Place: Fri 6-11pm, Sat 7 Sun 1-11pm / Barona Sports Park, Lakeside
Contact: 619-443-6612 x120 / www.barona-nsn.gov
US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Expo Aug. 31-Sept. 3
Over 300 tons of sand dumped on the pier on San Diego’s Big Bay. Patrons will see and be able to buy over 1,000 one-of-a-kind works of art and enjoy live entertainment from bands. Picnic on the Bay with food and drink from over a dozen gourmet food trucks and a wine and beer garden.
Time/Place: Broadway Pier and Landing: 1000 North Harbor Drive
Contact: 619-980-6651 / www.ussandsculpting.com