San Diego Festival Guide

San Diego has become one of the most visited cities in the country for a wide variety of reasons. Of course, it is home to miles and miles of pristine coastline, the weather is amazing, and the culture is one of a kind. But there is another reason to visit the city: the festivals. The vibrant community of San Diego is always finding something to celebrate, and they throw some of the most exciting festivals around throughout the entire year. Here is a list of some of the best festivals in San Diego.

Kaaboo Del Mar

This year from September 15th through the 17th, Kaaboo will be taking over Del Mar for a weekend full of music and fun. The weekend features musical performances of all kinds from classic rock to hip hop and EDM. Among some of the more notable acts, there are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Muse, and Weezer. But there is so much more than music to love about this amazing event. You can enjoy endless art displays, unique foods, comedy, and more.

San Diego Barrel Aged Beer Fest

A huge part of the culture in San Diego revolves around great beer with good people. There is no event that encapsulates this better than the Barrel Aged Beer Fest. This is a must-attend event for the beer drinkers out there, because over 40 breweries come together and present the beers that they are most proud of. This means you will be able to enjoy one of the most unique and extensive beer lists that you will find anywhere. Obviously, if you love beer, you will not want to miss this event on Saturday, October 27th. But there is still a lot to love about this festival for those that do not have a great love for beer. Everyone can enjoy music, activities, and of course, amazing food.

San Diego Earthwork’s Earth Fair

This event has been proclaimed to be the largest scale, free admission, environmental event in the entire world! If you find yourself in San Diego in April, then this massive celebration of mother earth is something that you will not want to miss. The main point of the festival is to feature works of art dedicated to the earth. You will find over 300 pieces throughout the fair. But there is also music, educational performances, great food and much more!

It is true that anytime is a good time to visit San Diego. But there are so many events that will change your trip from a nice relaxing time to one that you will never forget. Check the city’s events schedule to plan your trip around a festival that you will truly love.

4th of July in San Diego

If you have ever been to San Diego, you know that it is not only an incredibly beautiful place, but a very proud city with strong ties to this country and its armed forces. This is on prime display when the 4th of July comes around. The energy that consumes the city is something that you cannot help but become a part of, and that makes for amazing 4th of July celebrations. Here are some of the most exciting things going on throughout the city of San Diego on this momentous occasion.

Annual Big Bay Boom July 4 Fireworks Show

This is the place to be! The bay of San Diego becomes the talk of the country on this day as the largest fireworks display in the whole United States takes place over the calm waters of the bay. The beauty of this event is there are so many places you can take it in from. Find a cozy seat along the bay, or you can usually enjoy the event with great success from the comfort of your vacation home, depending on the location of course.

4th of July Celebration in Coronado

This is an amazing celebration because it is so continuous that it practically knows no beginning or end. 7 am sharp is when the festivities begin, and visitors can enjoy a day’s worth of parades down Orange Street, a concert at Spreckels Park, and the culmination of the event in a breathtaking fireworks show over the Glorietta Bay.

Old Town 4th of July

This is perhaps the most uniquely San Diego celebration of this holiday. It begins at 11 am and continues until 4 pm. Throughout this time, you can enjoy a wide variety of activities focused on the early days of the country and the city. Parades, crafts, and games are just a few of the things to enjoy. This is all packaged within the historical and beautiful ambiance of Old Town, making it that much better. You will need to go elsewhere for fireworks, though.

The great thing about the 4th of July in San Diego is you can keep yourself busy the entire day if you choose, bouncing around from celebration to celebration and experiencing the different sides of San Diego, all within a fun environment. For a one of a kind 4th of July experience, take a trip this summer to the beautiful city of San Diego!

Top Summer Events in San Diego

San Diego is an amazing vacation destination, especially during the summer. The weather is perfect and there are many events and festivals that take place in the area over summer. If you find yourself in California during this summer, make sure that you check out these amazing summer events in San Diego.

San Diego County Fair: June 5-July 5

Did you know the bicycle, telephone, ice cream cone, Ferris wheel, and air conditioning were all introduced at a World’s Fair? The San Diego County Fair will celebrate the world’s fairs and their contributions to global culture during the past 165 years. Enjoy carnival rides, car shows, concerts, horse shows, beer, wine and spirits, and a whole lot more.

36th Annual OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-off Festival: June 27

Attracting more than 65,000 visitors throughout the day, this highly anticipated festival features five stages of nonstop music, art, vendors, children’s area and community mural. Don’t forget to sample tastings of original chili recipes during the chili cook-off.

San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans: June 27-28

Since 1974, this celebration of Scottish heritage features competitions in bagpiping, drumming, highland dancing, athletics and sheep dog trials.

Details: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Presale tickets: Adults $13, senior and military $8, $5 youth. Gate tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors (62 and older) and military, $5 ages 6-15.

Comic-Con International San Diego: July 9-12

Originally showcasing comic books and science fiction/fantasy-related film, television, and popular arts, the convention now includes a larger range of pop culture and entertainment in all genres. Along with movie star appearances, TV previews, and toy shopping, you’ll find parties and event happenings throughout the Gaslamp Quarter. Tickets to SDCC generally sell out months in advance, but there are various events going on around the convention. Check out all of Gaslamp during this amazing event.

Sun & Sea Festival: July 17-18

Imperial Beach will be flooded with an estimated 70,000-plus spectators as professional sand castle sculptors form beautiful works of art out of, well, sand. The festival is expanding on the family-oriented theme by adding an expanded Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair.

Del Mar Horse Racing: July 16-Sept. 3

Horse enthusiasts will be placing their bets at this annual horse-racing event. The Del Mar Horse Racing season also has a hat contest, Friday-night concerts, family days and more. No races on Mondays (except Labor Day) and Tuesdays.

Top 5 April Events in San Diego

Between its cheerful sunshine, pleasant climate, cool ocean waves, and myriad of fun-filled events, it’s no wonder that San Diego continues to draw in visitors each spring. Particularly during the month of April, the city begins its spring celebrations with a number of lively festivities that are sure to add to your San Diego experience. Below, we’ve put together just a brief list of the many wonderful April events that you can (and should) check out all month long. We hope that you enjoy these events as much as we do!

San Diego Crew Classic

Taking place on April 1st and 2nd in Mission Bay and Mission Beach, the San Diego Crew Classic is a rowing regatta competition that has been held annually in San Diego since 1973. There’s also a beer garden and a trade show with a variety of vendors selling food and items. Ticket prices and race times will depend on the event you wish to attend.

Ching Ming Festival

Also on April 1st, from 11:00am until 2:00pm, will be Greenwood Memorial Park’s first Ching Ming Festival, an ancient Chinese tradition where dancers costumed as lions scare the evil spirits away from the graves of their deceased loved ones. This event is free to attend, with refreshments and supplies provided.

La Jolla Concours D’Elegance

On April 7th through April 9th in the eclectic and beautiful town of La Jolla, a showcase of gorgeous cars will take over the area. General admission tickets are priced at $175, while VIP tickets cost $250. General admission tickets are not required for children ages ten and under, though VIP access will require ticket purchases for those ages five and above.

Red Bull Air Race World Championship

An adrenaline-fueled event that will get spectator’s hearts pumping, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship will be held in San Diego on April 15th and April 16th. During the event, pilots compete on aerial racetracks to demonstrate their abilities. Tickets range from $20 to $375 depending on the event or number of days you wish to attend.

Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art will host its ambitious annual art exhibit on April 27th through April 30th that covers works of art created from floral arrangements made by designers both from San Diego and across the nation. Tickets are $25 for non-members, $5 for children ages seven to seventeen, and free for members and children ages six and under.

San Diego for the Holidays

Yes, you could stay home for the holidays this year and face the snow, the cold, and streets filled with drivers who seem to have forgotten how to drive in the slushy stuff even if they have lived there their entire lives! There is something to stay about traditions and continuity, but aren’t you ready for a change? Wouldn’t you love to spend your holidays somewhere warm with the ocean as your backyard? Wouldn’t you like to start NEW holiday traditions like a bonfire on the beach on Christmas Eve, or the non-traditional Christmas Crab Dinner?

Sunny days, starry nights, and the sound of ocean waves crashing against the beach can all be yours when you spend this Christmas in one of our luxury SanDiego.Rentals vacation homes. Here is a list of Christmas activities guaranteed to put the spirit back in your tinsel while you’re here!

Mother Goose Parade

Held November 20th in nearby El Cajon, the Mother Goose Parade has been an annual tradition since 1947 and features Santa Claus’s friend from way back, Mother Goose herself, as well as floats, balloons, marching bands, and of course St. Nick!

Balboa Park December Nights

This isn’t just the best celebration in San Diego; Balboa Park December Nights, held December 2 & 3, is probably one of the best in the nation! Sparkle lights, tasty treats, Christmas carols, and other fantastic holiday activities ensure your entire family will have a Christmas to remember for years to come!

Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland

Escondido is home to the North Pole during this special time of year, offering Christmas cookies, carols, and twinkle lights to help put you in the holiday mood! If none of the aforementioned works, maybe you just need to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what you want for Christmas. He will be there too, and nothing cheers us up more than the sight of his smiling face! Local stores will be open as well, giving you the opportunity to do a little last minute shopping for yourself!

Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl-iday

This fun event always has us laughing like loons. You would be surprised at the number of ugly sweaters out there, and when you wear yours to this adults-only event, you have the opportunity to win prizes! Starting at Typhoon saloon on December 4, the party begins at 12:30 and ends when you call uncle!


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Halloween Weekend in San Diego

Sometimes you need to get out of your Halloween rut, and if you are already planning on being in San Diego over Halloween weekend, congratulations! You are about to experience the “ghoulest” celebration you have ever lived through. San Diegans do Halloween right, and the list of celebrations, festivals, haunted houses, and parties is limitless! Keep reading for a sample of the spooky fun you can have in our favorite place on Earth!

Trick or Treating

If you brought your kids with you on your fabulous San Diego vacation, they may be a little upset with you right now, thinking they are missing out on the trick or treating back home, but never fear! Trick or Treat on India Street is where the fun starts! For over 10 years, local children have been dressing up on Halloween night and visiting the stores for sweet and safe treats that most likely will be appropriated by hungry parents after they are asleep, and this year, your little angels can join in the fun!

Haunted Houses

Haunted houses are getting scarier and gorier every year, and this year, the ones in San Diego have reached new highs in setting up the scariest, creepiest, and bloodiest haunted houses in the nation! If you like to have the socks scared right off your feet and feel that blood curdling screams (your own) help clear the psyche, The Haunted Hotel on Market Street is where you want to be this Halloween weekend (Unless you’re pregnant or a child under 10)! The Haunted Hotel, with its Hellevator, has been ranked in the top 13 Haunted Houses in America. Do you have what it takes to survive?

Costume Parties for the Over 21 Crowd

Yes, even as adults, we all love the opportunity to dress up as our favorite princess or ghoul—especially when you add alcohol to the mix! San Diego’s Monster Bash is the city’s largest and freakiest Halloween party. Musical entertainment is spread out over five stages. Don’t mind the assorted broken toys and scary little girls haunting the Doll House stage, it’s just part of the ambience! A $5000 prize is given to the person with the best costume, so this is a time you may just want to put a little extra effort into your zombie makeup! This party is taking place on Saturday, October 29th, starting at 6. Check out the Monster Bash website for more information.


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Top September Events in San Diego

San Diego is a powerhouse vacation destination for obvious reasons; the beautiful beaches, unbeatable weather, and endless leisure opportunities cannot be beat. But it is also the city’s amazing schedule of events that make it a no-brainer for a vacation destination. This is especially true for the month of September in 2016. The schedule is jam-packed with exciting events that will provide a little fun and excitement for everyone! Here are some of the events that are sweeping through the city this September.

San Diego Bayfair

If you find yourself in San Diego, then you simply must do something by the water. San Diego Bayfair is the perfect opportunity to do just that. This event is often considered the world series of powerboat racing, and as such, it is quite the spectacle. Hundreds of amazing boats come to race for glory at speeds approaching 225 miles per hour. Beyond the amazing competition, visitors also enjoy a family festival, live entertainment, beer and food gardens, endless vendors, fireworks, and much more. You can find these amazing festivities at the Mission Bay and Beaches from September 16th to the 18th.

San Diego International Film Festival

Wednesday, September 28th is the beginning of San Diego’s premiere film event: The San Diego International Film Festival. From this day until Sunday, October 2nd, visitors are captivated by over 100 films that are being seen for the first time here. From independent films and first-time directors to studio pictures and world renowned directors, the movie buffs out there can find a little bit of everything. This is a spectacle that you will not want to miss this September.

San Diego Restaurant Week

The end of September is the time to be in San Diego for the lovers of food out there. From September 25th to October 2nd, you can be a part of one of the greatest celebrations of the food we love in San Diego. Over 150 local restaurants are participating, offering amazing three-course meals for a range of fixed prices per person. It is largely a celebration of the year-round nature of San Diego’s growing season, ensuring that everything that makes it to your plate is fresh and in season.

San Diego is an amazing place regardless of the time of the year. But this September will paint the city in a whole new light. Make sure you come out for one or many of the amazing events that will take San Diego over this September.

Top Comedy Clubs in San Diego

Movies and concerts get all the hype when it comes to entertainment, but what about the beloved art of comedy? Anyone laughing is having a good time, so head out and see some people who specialize in the art of laugh-making. San Diego is host to many comedy clubs that regularly feature outstanding comedians and impressive improvisationalists. The ones listed here are recognized as the best in the city!

National Comedy Theatre

The word “national” isn’t just for flair, as this theater is renowned beyond the confines of California. The NCT performs improv comedy shows—and has been for two decades! Throughout this time, the crew has changed, but always grown, and they now offer comedy classes and team-building events. For a 100-minute show, adult tickets cost about $17. It’s worth going multiple times, as the show is always different—the cast incorporates audience suggestions and some sketches even turn interactive! Also—a rarity among comedy shows—the shows are appropriate for all ages. You can find National Comedy Theatre in Middletown, between San Diego Bay and Mission Bay.

The Comedy Store

It sounds like a joke shop, but this La Jolla-based venue is actually where you pay a little to laugh a lot. It lives up to an impressive history, starring geniuses such as Robin Williams and Michael Keaton back in the 70s. It features country-famous comedians such as Ian Edwards and Paul Morrissey. The Comedy Store dabbles in side events such as open mic night, but its star attractions are its weekend headliners. You can see touring laugh-artists for $20 a ticket, with a two drink minimum. The Comedy Store is easily accessible from our La Jolla vacation rentals, lying on Pearl Street between Fay and Girard Avenues.

The Comedy Palace

If you’re further inland than La Jolla—or have good access to Highway 163—The Comedy Palace might be more up your alley. Like The Comedy Store, it has events such as open mic during the week, and brings in most of its crowd for the weekend headliners. It also features Thursday Night Magic—a comedy/magic show combination that astounds and delights. The standard two-drink minimum is in place, making this a twenty-one and over venue—however, they do feature occasional clean shows, often as fundraisers. Tickets for headlining acts usually cost between $20 and $25. If you’re looking for a good time here, it’s right off of Highway 163 by where Kearny Villa Road meets Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

Local Music in San Diego

What do movies, parties, and nights on the town have in common? They’re no good without music! With a strong West-Coast love of the arts, San Diego gives rise to new musicians every year. To really get a feel for a place though, you can’t just go to a big concert with a country-famous headliner—to really experience San Diego, you need to visit the local bars, lounges, and restaurants and hear the local talent. If you love San Diego, then we’re sure you’ll love its music too. Check these places out if you need a good groove:

710 Beach Club

Located in Pacific Beach, this club has been hopping with live music for over 25 years. If you want to be part of the show, head to open mic on Wednesdays or Karaoke on Thursdays and Sundays. If you want to dance your heart out, come in on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, where the volume goes up when the sun goes down. Fridays make sure to feature both acoustic sounds as well as more electrified music. Covering their bases with rock, electronic dance music, and reggae, they’re bound to feature something you like at least one night of the week—check out their website and see what they’ve got playing on your night out!

The Casbah

Okay, so “local” might be a stretch here—this club sometimes hosts country-famous acts—but most of its musicians are local, and the local feel is strong here. The Casbah is a 21+ club that’s up to date on the music scene, focusing primarily on alternative rock and punk bands. If music is the focal point for your night out, then this is the place to look up—complete with bar, lights, and speakers, it’s just shy of being a concert stadium. Tickets are usually in the $12 – $20 range.


Nightclubs may have you jumping and sweating until 3 a.m., but Lestat’s will welcome you anytime between one midnight and the next. In fact, it’s not a nightclub or lounge at all—it’s a coffee house! Lestat’s is perfect for people seeking a more relaxed environment to sit and listen. Its annex, Lestat’s West, features live entertainment almost every night, including comedy, poetry, and of course, live music. In San Diego, you’ve got the money for a $3 drink, then you have the money for a nice performance.

Tio Leo’s

Rounding out this list with a restaurant, Tio Leo’s has a strong tradition of local music. Its lounge has featured all kinds of music throughout the years; while swing music is featured every Thursday, other days might have rockabilly, acoustic alt rock, or country—you name it, they might host it. If you prefer your music to be incidental to your evening and not the focus, Tio Leo’s is worth checking out.

San Diego Fireworks Spectaculars

The Fourth of July is a fantastic day where Americans put aside our differences and celebrate our common history—and what better way to do this than with bright, beautiful pyrotechnics that turn the sky into a work of art? The long beaches of San Diego make it a perfect place to enjoy Fourth of July festivities. Not only is there plenty of room to sit, but the mild weather makes it comfortable to be out late. Plus, with the ocean to fire from, fire dangers are hardly an issue—meaning San Diego shows can go all-out with more dazzling displays than people further inland can hazard.

If you weren’t planning on doing anything for the Fourth, please read below and see why we’d personally insist you change your mind! Keep in mind, these are just a few of the places to enjoy fireworks in our spectacular town.

Big Bay Boom

If someone asks you if you’re going to see “the fireworks” on the Fourth of July, this is probably the event they’re talking about! One of the largest light shows in California, the Big Bay Boom launches magnificently choreographed fireworks from barges around the Bay. It begins at 9 p.m. and is completely free!

While the show can be seen from quite some ways away, the best places to watch are at Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Coronado Ferry Landing, and South Embarcadero. With viewing spots so spread out, you can imagine the size of this show!

Fireworks at La Jolla Cove

If you’re further north in the city and not a fan of crowds, try a smaller show in the community of La Jolla. Held at Ellen Browning Scripps Park at 9 p.m., this event is also free and is great if you prefer smaller events.

Celebration in Ocean Beach

Another community celebration, Ocean Beach has its own fireworks show, also starting at 9 p.m. in the evening. Parking at the Pier Parking lot is free, as is the event. It’s perfect for topping off a day at the beach.

Sea to Shining Sea Fireworks Show

If you can’t fit all your Fourth of July plans in with your San Diego vacation checklist, why not combine them? Sea World is hosting its own dazzling fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July. The 17-minute show costs nothing beyond the price of admission.

Red, White, and BOOM!

Another theme park’s tribute to the United States of America, Legoland hosts its own extravaganza, “Red, White, and BOOM!” starting at 8:30 p.m. The price is included with admission tickets, and tops off a day full of extra celebrating in the park.

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