Local Events: September 2016

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46th Annual Barona Powwow

Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion. Dancers will be competing for over $60,000 in prize money!

Special Contests

Men’s Fancy Dance – Saturday Night

Hand Drum Contest – Sunday Afternoon

Date: September 2 – 4, 2016

Price: Free

1095 Barona Road
Lakeside, CA 92040


US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition

Well, look no more! It’s a 4-day extravaganza for the whole family!

We’re changing the name of America’s 8th largest city between September 2nd and 5th, 2016. We’re calling it SANDiegoTM. Not only that, we’re building a beach high above the water, bringing 300 tons of sand to the ‘B’ Street cruise ship terminal pier, with our Big Bay on the West and downtown’s castles in the sky on the East. It’s been called the most creative atmosphere in the world. There’s nothing else like it anywhere.

Date: September 2 – 5, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Saturday until 9:00 PM)

Price: $6-$35

1140 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101


Festival of Sail – Tall Ship Parade

Join the celebration as part of the flotilla of ships that sails into San Diego Bay to kick off Festival of Sail! Sail aboard the official tall ship of California, the Californian, as she leads the parade of ships down San Diego Bay and to their docking spaces at the Maritime Museum. Or come aboard Pilot, the official Festival of Sail tall ships parade escort.

Date: September 2 – September 5, 2016

Time: 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Price: Viewing From Shore – Free

1492 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101


Fleet Week San Diego 2016

In June of 1935, San Diego hosted the inaugural Fleet Week celebration as part of the California Pacific International Exposition. Under command of U.S. Navy Admiral Joseph M. Reeves, Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Fleet, 114 warships and 400 military planes arrived with more than 3,000 commissioned officers and 55,000 enlisted men. Thousands of San Diegans and other exposition-goers were guests on the various ships.

Date: September 3 – October 1, 2016

Price: Varies depending upon event



Julian Grape Stomp Festa

Every September the Julian Chamber of Commerce celebrates the harvest of the grapes with a real, olde-world style grape stomp and festa at the Menghini Winery. This grape stomp out-does all others by providing two barrels for stomping – one for adults and one for children.

Date: September 3 – September 3, 2016

Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Price: $15-$50

1150 Julian Orchards Dr
Julian, CA 92036


San Diego Bacon Fest

Limited bacon and beer samples? What is this sorcery you speak of? Bacon Fest is an all-inclusive event, granting you unlimited samples from all our beverage and food vendors. We want you to be double fisted throughout the entire day. Bacon in one hand. Beer in the other. It’s hard to maintain a level of double fistedness (we made that word up) when you have to reach for your wallet every couple of minutes. Yeah, we know what you’re thinking. “They thought of everything!” Yes. Yes we did. Oh, water is free too.

Date: September 3 – September 3, 2016

Time: 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM (VIP admission at 1:00 PM)

Price: $50-$100

2600 Cushing Rd.
San Diego, CA 92106


Labor Day Lunch Cruise on San Diego Bay

Red, white and cruise! Get out on the Bay during the first day of the summer season. Enjoy a lavish lunch buffet featuring a savory selection of all your favorite dishes including free flowing beer and champagne. View the landmarks and sights that make San Diego great such as Navy ships and North Island Air Station. See submarines, Seals training area, ship building facilities and aircraft carriers. See USS Midway, Star of India and cruise under the Coronado Bay Bridge.

Date: September 5 – September 5, 2016

Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Boarding: 10:30 AM)

Price: Adults Starting at – $64.95 

1800 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101


Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

The horror genre has long been a staple of film and literature, boasting a significant number of fans and devoted connoisseurs who dedicate much time and money to its exploration. Because the city of San Diego has long had a notable lack of film festivals devoted to the genre, Horrible Imaginings has been able to fill a perceived need and remain a successful enterprise during the first five years of our existence.

Date: September 7 – 11, 2016

Price: $10-$80

1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101


Cardiff Greek Festival

Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children’s activities and more for the entire family at the Annual Greek Festival held at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

Date: September 10 – 11, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Saturday: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Sunday: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Price: Adults – $3

Children 12 and Under – Free

3459 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff by-the-Sea, CA 92007


Coronado Art Walk

The 2016 Coronado Art Walk is Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 at the Coronado Ferry Landing celebrating Coronado Art Walks 11th Anniversary. Participating Artists will be listed after the July 15th deadline for jury results. The 2-day Coronado Art Walk is a juried art show put on by the Coronado Historical Association, the Unified Port of San Diego, along with many sponsors and volunteers.

Date: September 10 – 11, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Price: Free

1100 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118


San Diego Brazilian Day Festival

With over 60,000 attendees expected, this is touted as the largest Brazilian festival on the West Coast. A free, fun and family friendly festival, activities include a street fair with more than 150 vendors, food court, kids zone and carnival parade complete with floats. Music from Brazil is the sound for the day with 2 stages for bands and performing groups.

Date: September 10 – September 10, 2016

Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Price: Free

One block from the beach on Garnet Ave.
San Diego, CA 


3rd Annual Carlsbad Brewfest

Celebrating craft beer with tastings from more than 30 local & national breweries, music, entertainment, games & food vendors.

Date: September 10 – September 10, 2016

Time: 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM (Last Pour at 4:00 PM)

Price: $10-$40

3400 Pio Pico Dr. 
Carlsbad, CA 92008


South Bay Pride Art & Musical Festival

South Bay Pride Art and Music Festival will be a day (and night) of fun for all. The fun starts at noon at the Bayfront Park in Chula Vista, next to the South Bay Harbor on Marina Parkway.

Date: September 10, 2016

Time: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Price: Free

999 Bayside Parkway
Chula Vista, CA 91910


Burgers & Beers

Join us in our search to find the best burger at the 1st Annual Reader Burgers & Beer at Golden Hill Park on Saturday, September 10th, 2016. Try gourmet burgers from more than 30 of the best restaurants as they compete to win the “Best Burger” award. Curated exclusively by our food writers, this event brings together the very best burger vendors – and you decide who will ultimately win. Each attendee will be given a token to place in a voting box on the table of their favorite vendor. The vendor who receives the most tokens wins.

Date: September 10, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Price: $15-$50

2590 Golden Hill Dr.
San Diego, CA 92102


Santee Bluegrass Festival

The Santee Bluegrass Festival has become an annual fund-raiser in the East County and San Diego Communities. Participants take part in an evening filled with fine wines, a bevy of brews, tasty treats, bidding bazaar and live Bluegrass music. A wide variety of businesses, wineries, breweries and restaurants help support this great fund-raiser year after year. Come check out the event or make it your new annual tradition. You won’t be disappointed.

Date: September 10, 2016

Time: 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Price: $35-$125

550 Park Center Drive
Santee, CA 92071


Giro di San Diego GranFondo

Experience the passion and thrill of an Italian crafted GranFondo cycling event in Southern California. Born in Italy, these events have captured the heart and soul of what it means to ride. The best routes, best rest stops and ultimate gourmet meals are what it’s all about. These rides are for all levels of Recreational Riders!

Date: September 11, 2016

Price: $67-$181

150 South Sierra Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075


Taste of Downtown

Take your taste buds on a tour, your appetite on an adventure, and your palate to paradise at the 24th Annual Taste of Downtown, sponsored by Makers Quarter, on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM! The Downtown San Diego Partnership brings you Downtown San Diego’s most delicious eateries throughout the bustling neighborhoods of the Gaslamp Quarter, Core District, and East Village. Taste of Downtown tickets can be purchased in advance for just $30, or $35 the day of the event. New for 2016: Blue Chair Bay Rum will be featured at some of the many participating restaurants to wet your whistle as you sample delectable bites!

Date: September 15, 2016

Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Price: $30-$35



San Diego Bayfair

San Diego Bayfair’s World Series of Powerboat Racing – a family festival tradition for more than 40 years speeds to the finish line.

Date: September 16 – 18, 2016

Price: $20-$250

1404 Vacation Rd‎
San Diego, CA 92109


KAABOO Festival

The KAABOO Festival will include performances by more than 100 musical acts on seven stages with internationally known headliners, established favorites and emerging artists. To unearth your inner foodie, KAABOO will feature celebrity, as well as local chefs from high quality restaurants, wine selections from vineyards throughout California, craft breweries from top markets including San Diego, craft distillers in various categories, mixologists and more. There will also be a dedicated comedy stage with comfortable seating and a unique after hours dance party highlighting additional performances and award-winning DJs.

Date: September 16 – 18, 2016

Price: $229-$2499

2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014


Carmel Valley Trail 5k and 10k

Welcome to San Diego’s only trail race through beautiful Gonzales Canyon Open Space and Torrey Highlands Community Park.

The 3rd annual Carmel Valley trail race  will add in a 15k distance in 2016, truly making this race “Carmel Valley’s premier trail race”.

Date: September 17, 2016

Price: $30-$55

Del Mar Heights Rd & Lansdale Dr
San Diego, CA 92130


Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias

It’s that time again to head to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to celebrate Mexican Independence! This year our annual festivities commence with the ringing of the bell at the historic Casa de Estudillo on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Date: September 17, 2016

Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Price: Free

San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street
San Diego, CA 92110


Landlubbers Day

A celebration of all things pirate in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day. We encourage young and old to throw on their best pirate attire for a day of eye patches, parrots and walking the plank!

Date: September 17, 2016

Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Price: Free

849 W Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101


The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure

Calling all Octo-Cadets! For the first time ever, The Octonauts are bringing their live stage show to the U.S.! The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure features brand new and fan favorite songs from the entire crew of beloved underwater explorers, led by the intrepid Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso. Join them as they embark on an exciting new quest through an aquatic world full of adventure, interactive opportunity, and “must-sea” surprises from coast-to-coast! Octonauts Live promises to be the perfect theatre show for all fans of the Disney Jr. series!

Date: September 22, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM (Please plan to arrive 45 minutes early)

Price: Tickets start at $41

868 Fourth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


2016 MCAS Miramar Air Show

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is once again hosting the largest military Air Show in the country! This year’s theme is Celebrating 100 Years of the Marine Corps Reserves.  

Date: September 23 – 25, 2016

Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Price: General Admission and Parking – Free

PO Box 452008
San Diego, CA 92145-2008


22nd Annual San Diego Festival of Beer

This year we’re excited to celebrate our 22nd year with the biggest and best festival yet!

This year’s Festival will return to the Broadway Pier. The indoor/outdoor event will feature live music and nearly 60 different breweries serving up 120 varieties of tasty brews.

Date: September 23, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Price: $30-$50

1000 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101


SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

Where can kids meet some spooky and not-so-spooky animals? Dance the day away with funny friends like Tabitha Taffy and Timothy Toffee? And trick-or-treat in a sea-inspired atmosphere? It’s all part ofSeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, where kids can dress up in their Halloween best and go on a trick-or-treating adventure throughout the park (trick or treat bags are provided).Festivities are geared for kids 12 years and under, who are invited to come in costume and enjoy all the festivities on Saturdays and Sundays, September 24 to October 30, 2016.

Date: September 24 – October 30, 2016

Price: Included with park admission.

500 SeaWorld Dr
San Diego, CA 92109


San Diego Restaurant Week

This September, San Diego Restaurant Week will celebrate local by showcasing the fresh and delicious ingredients that our region is known for, from Sunday, September 25th through Sunday, October 2nd, 2016. San Diego residents and tourists’ alike benefit from San Diego’s year-round growing season, providing access to seasonal, nutritious, local food that will be featured this September during San Diego Restaurant Week.

Date: September 25 – October 2, 2016

Price: $10-$50



San Diego International Film Festival

More and more, film enthusiasts are coming to San Diego to bask in the light of the glitz and glamour, the parties and premieres, the artists and aficionados, celebrities and scene stealers that travel from LA, New York, London or Sydney – and everywhere in between – to be a part of our five day festival extravaganza.

Date: September 28 – October 2, 2016

Price: Passes – $75-$595 (Individual tickets will be offered)

San Diego, CA 


The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

Located in San Diego’s world famous Balboa Park, The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will never forget. Enter the mile long Trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. Visitors watch your back, you’ll never know which way the terror will hit you.

Date: September 30 – October 31, 2016

Price: TBD

6th & Juniper at Marston Point
San Diego, CA 92103


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