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.

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.

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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Upcoming Festivals in San Diego

San Diego has been one of the hottest vacation destinations in the United States for decades, and it does not take Sherlock Holmes to deduce why. The endless excitement of the city, the massive expansive of beautiful beaches, and the consistently pleasant weather are only a part of what makes this place so appealing. It is also home to some of the most frequent and exciting festivals that you can find anywhere, especially in the summer. Here are some of those festivals that you really should not miss in 2016.

San Diego International Beer Festival

A huge aspect of the culture in San Diego is the beer. It seems that on every street corner, there is a brewery concocting unique and delicious beers. So it only seems right that there be a huge festival in beer’s honor from June 17th to the 19th. You can find the festivities at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack and gain admittance for only $43. Wit admittance, you will have the chance to relax and drink some of your favorite beers as well as a few new ones. If you love a good beer, then you cannot miss this beer festival to end all beer festivals.

The San Diego County Fair

have no excuse to not make it out to one of the best fairs in the country (bringing 1.5 million people annually) as the event runs from June 3rd all the way until July 4th. You are sure to find all of your favorite classic fair rides as well as a few twists, and of course, you will be offered all of the fried food and games, along with the best view in San Diego. All of the fair shenanigans are offered in addition to the Toyota Summer Concert Series, so you are sure to hear some great tunes while at the Fair. You can gain access to all the Fair fun for $15, with discounted prices for children and seniors as well.

San Diego Festival of Arts

There is so much creativity and artistry that plays a dominant role in the culture of San Diego. On June 11th and 12th, there is a massive event celebrating this culture at Waterfront Park. Over 2,000 artists assemble at this beautiful venue. Throughout the amazing displays of art and exhibits, you will also fine delicious food, endless wine, and unique craft beers. Be a part of all this amazing creative energy for only $12 for a day and $16 for the whole weekend.

Just Scratching the Surface

There are still so many more festivals in San Diego offering fun and excitement all summer long. Regardless of your interests, there are a multitude of festivals that sweep through the streets of San Diego every year. Food, music, art, culture, holiday, film, and theatre festivals flow through the city every year. It seems there is always something to celebrate in this beautiful city and you certainly will not want to miss the next one!