San Diego Events

Welcome to San Diego, California's second largest city, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of majestic coastline and a gentle Mediterranean climate and friendly locals create a welcoming vibe all its own.

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to the east, and Mexico to the south, the diverse neighborhoods of San Diego are spread out over 4,200 square miles, offering endless opportunities for exploration and activities. Spend a day relaxing in one of the many beach communities, then hiking in the east San Diego County mountains the next. Explore the urban neighborhoods of San Diego's downtown, from the iconic Gaslamp District to the eclectic community of Hillcrest. Visit the quaint and charming island town of Coronado or the picturesque village of La Jolla. San Diego's regions are so unique and diverse; there are plenty of options to discover something new each time you visit.

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Sports Events - San Diego

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13th Annual Silver Strand Half Marathon and 5K - Walk, run, bike, rollerblade, rollerskate, handcycle and wheel chairs are welcome at this years 13th Annual Silver Strand Half Marathon and 5k.

Pacific Classic Race Day - Del Mar runs its richest race, the $1 Million Pacific Classic each year. This signature event is renowned for drawing a field of the nation's top Thoroughbreds and one of the season's largest crowds. For more information on race times, admission, and parking.

San Diego Crew Classic – In April, collegiate, junior and masters athletes will return to the sun-kissed water of Mission Bay for the 40th anniversary Crew Classic. More than 100 races over two days. Across seven lanes, with the city skyline as a backdrop, athletes will race for early season honors and coveted trophies. Again they will be cheered by spectators enjoying amenities such as the shore-side tent row for alumni and clubs, the jumbotron displaying races start to finish, a beer garden on the sand, and much more...

Just for Fun - San Diego

Old Town San Diego's Dia de los Muertos - Colorful altars and other traditional celebrations of Day of the Dead, one of Mexico's most revered and festive holidays, return to Old Town San Diego. This community-wide commemoration, which honors ancestors and other deceased loved ones with special menus, music, dancing and crafts, is free and designed for all ages. Family activities will include Day of the Dead sugar skull decorating, mask and paper flower making and face painting. Free live music and folkloric dancing will be presented on Old Town's plazas and courtyards. Artists will exhibit works that speak to this legendary holiday and the power of love and ritual that connect us through time.

Art in the Pines is a 2-day celebration of nature through the interpretive eye of the artist. Held for the 3rd year at a time when the Reserve's wildflowers are in full bloom, the outdoor venue is atop the mesa near the Torrey Pines Visitor Center. A highlight will be a competition of recently painted plein air paintings representing the beauty of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Artists from the entire San Diego County region will display and sell their nature-based art for the benefit of the educational programs at the reserve.

The Mother Goose Parade - The Mother Goose Parade was originated in 1947 by Thomas Wigton, Jr., and a group of El Cajon businessmen. This parade was their gift from the business community to the "Children of East County." So, Is It A Big Deal? The Mother Goose Parade attracts upwards of 400,000 spectators and chooses a different theme each year. The parade has everything you'd want in a parade: marching units, bands, floats, clowns, the Queen and Court and equestrians.

Coronado Flower Show - The Coronado Flower Show is held annually on the third weekend of April in Spreckels Park in the center of Coronado's Village. This is the largest flower show held under tents in the nation. Exhibits are placed inside tents surrounding a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for continuous entertainment, announcements and trophy presentations.

Wildlife Events - San Diego

San Diego Bird Festival - The San Diego Audubon Society invites you to San Diego for its annual San Diego Bird Festival, held at the Marina Village Conference Center. Festival headquarters, overlooking a picturesque marina, is just steps away from San Diego's species-rich San Diego River estuary. From sea to desert to mountaintop, San Diego County has a lot of birding to offer, with more than 500 species. Our birding area encompasses diverse habitats ranging from desert to mountains, shore to coastal wetlands, urban and suburban. We'll even take you birding by bicycle and kayak.

 

Food and Spirits - San Diego

San Diego Food and Wine Festival - The 9th Annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival attracts thousands of travelers from all over the states who enjoy fine dining, wine, culinary feasts, traveling and more. The festival showcases over 170 wine and spirit purveyors, 70 of San Diego's fine dining restaurants, gourmet food companies, and luxury lifestyle brands. The festival wraps up with a Celebrity Chef Luncheon and Live Auction benefiting the Chaine des Routisseurs and the American Institute of Wine & Food enology and culinary scholarship programs.

Beer Week - San Diego is celebrating its diverse beer culture for ten days! Beer cnnoisseurs from around the country flock to this event, where a variety of restaurants and craft breweries can show off their specialties.

Julian Apple Days - As part of Julian's Apple Days Celebration, a two-day Apple Days Festival will be held at Menghini Winery featuring apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children's games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, and, of course, apple pie.

Fallbrook Avocado Festival - Since 1962, Fallbrook, California has been known for its spectacular Avocado Festival. Held each year in the spring, this festival showcases the amazing avocado in a friendly, small-town atmosphere. Hundreds of booths line Fallbrook's Main Street, attracting thousands of people for a day of endless fun and fabulous food. From the moment you are greeted by a giant, inflatable avocado, you'll know you're going to have a fantastic time.