Grape Day 5K, Parade, and Festival
This is Escondido’s oldest and longest running event. It starts off with a 5K fun run and continues with a short parade on Grand Avenue. In celebration of its heritage, the Escondido Grape Day Festival features grape stomping, free grapes, an entertainment stage, vendor booths, fun zone, and more! This is a free event.
Time: 5K: 7:30 am / Parade: 9:30 am / Festival: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway, Escondido
For more information visit www.escondidohistory.org
September 8 – 9
34th Annual Greek Festival 2012
For two days, church grounds are transformed into a quaint Greek village atmosphere where you can experience fine food, traditional Greek dancing, live entertainment, children’s activities, and the warmth of Greek hospitality.
Time: Sat: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm / Sun: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Location: 3459 Manchester Ave, Cardiff by the Sea
For more information visit www.cardiffgreekfest.com
5th Annual Brazilian Day Festival & Bicycle Parade
The largest Brazilian festival on the west coast! There will be two stages with musical bands and performing groups, a kid’s area with carnival rides, and lots of food vendors. This is a free event.
Time: Festival: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm / Bike parade: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Garnet Ave between Mission Blvd. and Everts St., Pacific Beach
For more information visit www.braziliandaysandiego.com
September 14 – 16
47th Annual San Diego BayFair Powerboat Racing
Join the crowd at Mission Bay to watch the fastest boats in the world compete to win at this extreme water sport event. There will be vendor & food booths, several RV campsites, and now tent campsites on Fiesta Island. Refer to website for both Bayfair tickets and campsite fees.
Time: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Mission Bay Area, San Diego, refer to website for map
For more information visit www.sandiegobayfair.org
Annual San Diego Heart Walk
This is a nationwide 5K or 1-mile walk. Form teams to obtain pledges that will be used to help fight against various forms of heart disease.
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Location: Balboa Park War Memorial Building, 3325 Zoo Dr, San Diego
For more information visit www.sdheartwalk.org
14th Annual Mira Mesa Street Fair 2012
The event includes entertainment on two stages, a carnival, children’s crafts and games, free rock painting for kids, craft, vendor, and info booths. There will also be a Scout Village, showcasing camping skills and equipment.
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: On Camino Ruiz, Mira Mesa, see website for map
For more information visit www.miramesatowncouncil.org
The Sand Pit 5K (Obstacle Course)
The course will consist of 10 beach obstacles in the water and on hard and soft packed sand. Obstacles will include, but are not limited to, “water jogging,” seal crawls, jump walls, tire rings, and finishing with the 10 foot Sand Everest Mountain along with the 3 foot-deep sand pit. There will be entertainment, continental breakfast, and a beer garden. See website for entry/registration fees.
Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Mission Beach, San Diego, see website for directions
For more information visit www.kozevents.com
26th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day
This event is a major part of an international coastline cleanup that includes all 50 states and over 100 countries worldwide. See website for registration and choose from over 80 sites in San Diego County.
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: San Diego coastal beaches & bays, see website for locations
For more information visit www.cleanupday.org
September 15 – 16
6th Annual Coronado Art Walk 2012
This art walk is an open-air arts festival at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Painting, hand crafted jewelry, photography, ceramics and other mediums will be featured. This exciting venue will include interactive art activities for both children and adults. This is a free event.
Time: 10:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Coronado Ferry Landing, refer to website for map
For more information visit www.coronadoartwalk.org
September 15 – October 15
Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest Days
Opening weekend for apple season! There will be apple cider, apple pie, and entertainment in the historic gold mining town of Julian. Special weekend events will take place each weekend until the apples are all gone!
Time: Refer to website
Location: Julian Chamber of Commerce, Julian
For more information visit http://www.julianca.com
Fiestas Patrias – Mexican Independence Day in Old Town
Celebrate Mexican Independence with colorful displays of dancing, storytelling, and music. Learn historic games such as cascarones, and how early San Diego men’s clothing originated from the Charros of the past. Other activities include branding, corn husk doll making, relay races, and vaquero games. This is a free event.
Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Old Town State Park, San Diego
For more information visit www.parks.ca.gov/events/
18th Annual Festival of Beer
This adult-oriented beer tasting event serves a variety of beers from over 60 different breweries. Food items and munchies will be for sale in addition to a selection of fine wines for purchase by the glass. Refer to website for ticket information.
Time: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Downtown San Diego, Columbia & B Street
For more information visit www.sdbeerfest.org/
Santee Bluegrass Festival
This is a fundraising event featuring wine & beer tasting, food sampling, a silent auction and a variety of Bluegrass music. Funds will benefit municipal parks, community programs and the Voucher Incentive Program. Refer to website for ticket information.
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Dr, Santee
For more information visit www.ci.santee.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=8
September 22 – 23
Carlsbad’s 10th Annual ArtSplash
A free festival of arts for the entire family. The event will include chalk art street paintings, creation of art on-site, live stage shows, street performances, food and fun. Funds raised will benefit North County schools.
Time: Sat: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Armada Dr, Carlsbad, refer to website for map
For more information visit www.carlsbadartsplash.org
Tour de Fat Festival & Bicycle Parade
A festival of colorful Brazilian dance performances, delicious cultural foods, New Belgium Beer, arts & crafts, a Kids Zone, unusual bike contests, and a costumed bicycle parade. This is a free event that raises funds for local non-profits.
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Golden Hill Community Park, 2600 Golf Course Drive
For more information visit www.newbelgium.com
Wild West Bonitafest
This event will feature a community parade, vendor booths with food, crafters, youth, businesses, plus an entertainment stage and a Kid’s Fun Zone in the shopping center. X-Game Riders will be there to thrill and amaze.
Time: Parade: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Bonnie Brae Shopping Center, 5080 Bonita Rd, Bonita
For more information visit www.bonitacalifornia.org
September 29 – 30
Adams Avenue Street Fair 2012
Southern California’s largest free two-day music festival features more than 90 musical acts on seven outdoor stages, hundreds of food and arts & craft vendors, four beer gardens, and giant carnival rides. This event is designed for a full day of enjoyment for the entire family.
Time: Sat: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sun: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Adams Ave, 4649 Hawley Blvd, San Diego
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