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San Diego – Things to do in September

Oh September. You’re just around the corner, but in the meantime, let’s CELEBRATE Labor Day! But really – Raise your hand if fall can’t come soon enough? By now, most of your kiddos are back in school, and life is probably going back to normal. Well just because it’s going back to normal, doesn’t mean you still can’t go out and have fun! Take a look at what’s going on around San Diego County and be sure to check me out on Instagram for some fun giveaways. Last month I gave away a family 4-pack to the Padres game, and the month before was a family 4-pack to go on the Hornblower.

September Calendar of Events -

***Some descriptions are directly from the events’ website. Be sure to check the event website for any changes.***

Labor Day Stick Ball Tournament

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Little Italy // State St & W Ash St, San Diego, CA 92101
August 31-September1, 2019 // 9am-5pm
This event is Free

Each year, the neighborhood erupts with shouts and cheers for the stickball teams, stirring up fun childhood memories for some. Join us in honoring and celebrating this long-standing tradition, loved from coast to coast.

US Sand Sculpting Challenge

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Broadway Pier and Landing // 1000 N Harbor Dr,
San Diego
Aug 31 – Sep 2, 2019// 9am-5pm, 7pm Sat & Sun

Over 300 tons of sand will be brought onto the Broadway Pier, as World Master Sand Sculptures create Sand Masterpieces. There will be live entertainment, kid activities, and gourmet food.

Taste of Del Mar

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Del Mar Village // 15th St & Camino Del Mar, Del Mar
Sep 5, 2019 // 5pm-8pm
Taste Only $35 // Taste & Sip $45

A wonderful experience tasting dishes from over 30 local and award-winning restaurants, over 15 “Sip Stops” craft beer and wine, and listen to live music throughout the Del Mar Village.


Carlsbad Brewfest

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Holiday Park // 3400 Pio Pico Dr, Carlsbad
Sep 7, 2019 // 12pm-4:30pm
$20-$55 // $15 for Designated Driver

It’s the 6th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest put on by the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary. This is an Adult (21+) only event so leave the kids and pets at home. Come early to insure that you get a taste of the beers.

San Diego Blues Festival

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Embarcadero Marina Park North // 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego
Sep 7, 2019 // 12pm-8pm
$35-$300 // Kids 12 and Under – Free

There will be 9 musical acts on two stages, local craft beer, cocktails and wine along with specialty food trucks, and arts & crafts vendors. Come out to see why this event is so popular in San Diego.


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Del Mar Fairgrounds // 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar
Sep 13 – Sep 15, 2019
1 Day Passes start at $115

This is a 3 day music festival with comedy, food, and lots of drinks.

San Diego Bayfair Thunderboat Races

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Mission Bay Beaches // 1404 Vacation Rd‎, San Diego
Sep 13 – Sep 15, 2019 // 8am-4pm
Tickets start at $20

Come enjoy this family festival tradition that’s been around for over 40 years. The 2.5-mile racecourse is the longest and fastest racecourse on the H1 Unlimited hydroplane circuit. Kids will have fun watching all the excitement of fast boats go speeding by. You won’t want to miss this!


America’s Finest BBQ State Championship

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Crown Point Park // Crown Point Dr, San Diego
Sep 14 – Sep 15, 2019 // 10am

Come out and sample some world class BBQ from some of the nation’s best BBQ Pitmasters.

Founder’s Day Old Town

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Old Town San Diego // 4002 Wallace St, San Diego
Sep 14 – Sep 15, 2019 // 10am-6pm
This event is Free

The weekend-long Founders’ Day Festival will feature entertainment, vendors and activities for the whole family. This event is free to the public.


Fiesta Patrias

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Old Town State Historic Park // San Diego Ave and Twiggs St, San Diego
Sep 14, 2019 // 11pm-4pm
This event is Free

Come out to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. This year our annual festivities commence with the ringing of the bell at the historic Casa de Estudillo. This free festival commemorates an important day in early San Diego history when Alta California was still part of Mexico and declared independence from Spain on September 16, 1821.

25th Annual Pacific Islander Festival

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Mission Bay’s Ski Beach // Vacation Road, San Diego
Sep 21 – Sep 22, 2019 // 9am-4pm
This event is Free

This event showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and specialty crafts as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Learn about the beautiful culture and experience the flavors and sounds of the Pacific. Come see why this event has been around for 25 years.


Oceanside Harbor Days

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Oceanside Harbor // Oceanside
Sep 21 – Sep 22, 2019 // 9:am-5pm
This event is Free

Two days of hanging out on the harbor with lots of activities and vendors. There’s also a costume party for kids 12 and under (accompanied by parents) at Pirate Village, and a  Nail ‘n’ Sail Competition, and so much more!

Adams Ave Street Fair

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Adams Ave // 34th and Adams Ave, San Diego
Sep 21 – Sep 22, 2019 // 10am-10pm, 6pm on Sunday
This event is Free // $20 to taste Beer

It’s the largest free two-day music festival held each year during the last weekend in September. Features 90 musical acts on six stages, beer gardens and beer tastings, giant carnival rides, festival foods and more than 300 arts and crafts booths.

MCAS Miramar Air Show

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MCAS Miramar // Click link above for different access gates
Sep 27 – Sep 29, 2019 // Check website for different show times
General Admission is Free

This 3 day event is the largest military air show in the United States! Watch the Blue Angels, U.S. Army Golden Knights, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning take to the air. The show includes a large selection of “static” (non-flying) displays representing aircraft from the United States Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Air Force, as well as civilian and historic military aircraft.

Poway Rodeo

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Poway Valley Riders Association // 14336 Tierra Bonita, Poway
Sep 27 – Sep 28, 2019 // 10am for most days, Check website for times
$8-$70 // Saturday is “Kid Buck Day” $1 for kid tickets

Professional rodeo cowboys from around the country come together to compete. There will be events such as Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Bull Riding. And for the little ones –  “Mutton Bustin” event where kids under 50lbs. ride sheep and see if they can hold on for 8 seconds.

San Diego Cabrillo Festival

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Naval Base Point Loma // 291 Rosecrans St, San Diego
Sep 28 – Sep 29, 2019 // 11am-4pm

The Cabrillo Festival is a fun event for the entire family, with educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances. Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures that are part of the Age of Exploration.

Oktoberfest in Encinitas

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Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, Encinitas
Sep 29, 2019 // 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Ceremonial Parade 12pm
This event is Free // Free shuttle service from Flora Vista Elementary School

The event entertainment features authentic German music, the Gemütlichkeit Alpine Dancers, carnival rides, a street craft faire featuring 200 vendors and more! The family food and refreshment tent along with the Keepin’ It Local Craft Beer Garden will serve authentic German food and beers from German & local San Diego breweries. There will be a family fun zone with children’s rides, family oriented activities and much more.

San Diego Padres Home Games

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Sept 6 // 7:10pm vs. Rockies (CocktailFest)
Sept 7 // 5:40pm vs. Rockies (Mystery Ball Fundraiser)
Sept 8 // 1:10pm vs. Rockies (Military Appreciation: Salute to Veterans)
Sept 9 // 7:10pm vs. Cubs (Friar Family Days)
Sept 10 // 7:10pm vs. Cubs (Taco Tuesday)
Sept 11 // 7:10pm vs. Cubs (First Responder Salute: 9/11 Honor and Remembrance Day)
Sept 12 // 12:40pm vs. Cubs (Friar Family Days)
Sept 20 // 7:10pm vs. D-Backs (First Responder Salute: American Red Cross)
Sept 21 // 5:40pm vs. D-Backs (Shirts Off Their Backs Fundraiser)
Sept 22 // 1:10pm vs. D-Backs (Shirts Off Their Backs Fundraiser)
Sept 24 // 7:10pm vs. Dodgers (Shirts Off Their Backs Fundraiser)
Sept 25 // 7:10pm vs. Dodgers (Shirts Off Their Backs Fundraiser)
Sept 26 // 12:40pm vs. Dodgers (Shirts Off Their Backs Fundraiser)

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