San Diego County Events August 2019
*Del Mar Racing Season Through Sep. 2*
This season features the nations top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and
plenty of fun in the sun.
*Time/Place: *See website for schedule. / Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
*Contact: *858-755-1141 / www.dmtc.com
*Julian StarFest Aug. 1-3*
Camping availability for tent and RV campers. Exhibits by major telescope
and accessory vendors. Food and beverage vendors. Astronomy games and
crafts for kids. Raffle for donated astronomy equipment on Saturday.
Optional behind the scenes tour of the world famous Palomar Observatory on
*Time/Place: *Menghini Winery
*Carlsbad Music Festival Aug. 2-4*
Features dozens of performances of creative music of all kinds curated by
CMF Founder and Artistic Director, composer/violinist Matt McBane. The
weekend includes free indoor and outdoor concerts at various venues, beer
garden, food trucks, artisan market, and pop-up art gallery.
*Time/Place: *See website for schedule. / Village of Carlsbad
*The Great Inflatable Race San Diego Aug. 3*
You and your friends will feel like kids again as you jump, dive and bounce
on our custom-designed inflatables.
*Time/Place: *9am-12pm / SDCCU Stadium
*Chula Vista Lemon Festival Aug. 4*
Sport your brightest yellow outfit and enjoy lemon-infused treats as you
stroll and enjoy hundreds of vendor booths, live bands, sour contests, a
kids grove of fun, and the festivals lemony adult beverage stand.
*Time/Place: *11am-5pm / Third Avenue
*Oceanside International Film Festival Aug. 7-11*
Features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works along with
workshops and after-parties.
*Time/Place: *Sunshine Brooks Theatre: 217 N Coast Hwy
*Contact: *760-433-3632 / www.osidefilm.org
*Heiva San Diego Aug. 9-11*
A Polynesian celebration representing Tahiti as the bridge between French
Polynesia and the US and sharing our culture with the community. We
celebrate friendship, music, dancing, drumming, singing, arts & crafts and
*Time/Place: *8am-8pm / Broadway Street Pier
*National City Automobile Heritage Day Festival & Car Show Aug. 10*
Join us for live music, food from a variety of popular eateries,
entertainment for children and specialty booths. A drive-by awards ceremony
at 2pm will showcase first-place winners for each of the classes as well as
second- and third-place winners.
*Time/Place: *10am-3pm / Kimball Park: 12th St & D Ave
*Contact: *619-477-9339 / www.nationalcitychamber.org
*Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition Aug. 10*
More than 60 dogs are expected to participate in this family friendly
event, which raises funds for the San Diego Humane Society.
*Time/Place: *8am-3pm / Next to the Imperial Beach Pier
*Contact: *949-297-6536 / www.surfdogevents.com
*ArtWalk @ Liberty Station Aug. 10-11*
More than 200 international, national and local San Diego artists,
showcasing every medium including painting, sculpture, glass work, fine
jewelry, photography and more. 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-11pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Arts District Liberty Station
at Ingram Plaza
*Contact: *619-615-1090 / www.artwalksandiego.org
*Chula Vista Challenge Half Triathlon Aug. 11*
A fresh new race experience for individuals and relay teams, with 10 races
to choose from including International, Sprint, & Youth Triathlons,
Duathlon, Aqua Bike.
*Time/Place: *5:30am-4pm / Bayside Park
*Contact: *858-268-1250 / www.chulavistachallenge.com
*Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair Aug. 11*
A huge celebration of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, and
*Time/Place: *12-11pm / 5th Ave and University Ave
*Contact: *619-299-3330 / www.fabuloushillcrest.com
*Cardiff Dog Days of Summer Aug. 11*
Watch or enter in 6 different dog contests. Enjoy a wide variety of music
throughout the event. A Makers Market row will feature quality handmade
goods made by local artisans, and dont miss the Rescue Row presented by
Rancho Coastal Humane Society and Pet Health Expo.
*Time/Place: *11am-6pm / Encinitas Community Park
*Contact: *760-436-0431 / www.cardiff101.com
*Best of San Diego Party Aug. 16*
The event brings together the top local restaurants, breweries, wineries,
distilleries and businesses as featured in San Diego Magazines Best
Restaurants and Best of San Diego issues.
*Time/Place: *6:30-9:30pm / Liberty Station
*Contact: *619-230-9292 / www.sandiegomagazine.com
*Latin Food Fest! Aug. 16-17*
A high energy party hosted by Mexicos most acclaimed chef, Enrique Olvera,
and 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: *Embarcadero Marina Park North
*Ferragosto 2019: Pirates Invade Sicily Aug. 17*
A Pirates bounty of food, wine, beer, cocktails andyes, there will be RUM
awaiting you as you set sail.
*Time/Place: *5pm / Amici Park, Little Italy
*Contact: *619-888-9399 / www.ferragostosd.org
*Chula Vista HarborFest Aug. 17*
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 summers day
*Time/Place: *10am-6pm / Bayside Park
*Contact: *619-233-5008 / www.chulavistaharborfest.com
*Imperial Avenue Street Festival Aug. 17*
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
*Time/Place: *12-7:30pm / between 26th & 27th Street
*Contact: *619-858-0563 / www.imperialavenuestreetfest.com
*Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational Aug. 17-18*
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. Surfers, scientists and survivors come
together to support the fight against cancer.
*Time/Place: *7am-4pm / Scripps Pier, La Jolla
*World Bodysurfing Championships Aug. 17-18*
350-400 bodysurfers from around the world compete in their respective age
divisions for trophies and prizes. The Men and Womens Grand Champions will
be announced Sunday afternoon on the final day.
*Time/Place: *6:30am / Oceanside Pier
*Fairy Tale Village Aug. 17-18*
Presented in conjunction with Fairy Tales in the Park, the San Diego Civic
Youth Ballet will present the Fairy Tale Village - complete with family
activities such as face painting, crafts, meet-and-greets, demonstrations,
food and more! We will once again be sustainability-themed.
*Time/Place: *10am-4pm / Casa del Prado patio, Balboa Park
*Contact: *619-233-3060 / www.sdcyb.org
*Americas Finest City Half Marathon & 5k Aug. 18*
Aid stations at 7 locations plus Start & Finish. The expo is held at host
hotel Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.
*Time/Place: *6:15am-12pm / Cabrillo National Monument to Balboa Park
*Contact: *760-692-2900 / www.inmotionevents.com
*San Diego Underground Film Festival Aug. 22-25*
A lineup of experimental, documentary, animated, and narrative films which
are complimented by nightly expanded cinema performances, installations,
and live music.
*Time/Place: *Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego
*San Diego Int'l Kids Film Festival Aug. 23-25*
In addition to the film screenings, as the regular program, the film
festival will host an Opening Night Gala, Culture Forums, Industrial Panel
Discussions, Screenplay showcase and Red Carpet Award Ceremony.
*Time/Place: *10am-9:30pm / Schulman Auditorium Street, Carlsbad
*Contact: *310-541-8040 / www.sdkidsfilms.org
*Orfilas Annual Grape Stomp Aug. 24*
Your ticket gets you wine tasting, gourmet dinner by Crown Point Catering,
grape stomping, vineyard tractor rides, lawn games, live music, raffles,
*Time/Place: *4-8pm / Orfila Vineyards & Winery
*San Diego Spirits Festival Aug. 24-25*
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
*Time/Place: *Sat 2-6pm, Sun 2-5pm / Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
*Bike the Bay Aug. 25*
Cruise around the San Diego Bay and enjoy your only opportunity to ride
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.
*Time/Place: *6am-12pm / Embarcadero Marina Park South
*LeucadiART Walk Aug. 25*
Local juried artists displaying original art. Six places for live music!
Live mural painting. Craft Beer Garden. New and improved Childrens Art
*Time/Place: *10am-5pm / N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
*Contact: *760-436-2320 / www.leucadia101.com
*San Diego Quilt Show Aug. 29-31*
Enjoy hundreds of quilts on display and over 40 vendors featuring
everything quilters and others, need, want and love. In addition to all the
quilts and vendors, enjoy Raffle Baskets, Daily Door Prizes, Challenges and
Kids Scavenger Hunt.
*Time/Place: *San Diego Convention Center, Halls G & H
*Contact: *619-443-2706 / www.sandiegoquiltshow.com
*Barona Powwow Aug. 30-Sep. 1*
Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in
all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion.
*Time/Place: *See website for schedule. / Barona Sports Park, Lakeside
*Contact: *619-443-6612 / www.crazycrow.com
*Labor Day Stickball Tournament Aug. 31-Sep. 1*
Columbia Street erupts with yelling and cheering for the stick ball teams,
stirring up childhood memories. Come out and see these teams grab a broom
stick, table leg or any other kind of bat-like stick that will send a
rubber Wilson ball flying!
*Time/Place: *9am-5pm / Little Italy: State St & W Ash St
*Contact: *619-233-3898 / www.littleitalysd.com
*US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo Aug. 31-Sep. 2*
The sculptures weigh over 10 tons, so we have over 1,000 works of art that
you can fall in love with, buy and take home. Theres also live
entertainment, a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks,
a fantastic view of the bay and all the great stuff that you always find on
*Time/Place: *Sat & Sun 9am-7pm, Mon 9am-5pm / Broadway Pier and Landing
*Contact: *619-980-6651 / www.ussandsculpting.com