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20 Events to Freshen Up Your Fall Experience

Written By: Ivan Chung San Diego September Events

Coronado Art Walk

On Sept. 10 and 11, come to the Coronado Ferry Landing for the delightful Coronado Art Walk. It is their 11th anniversary and this art show features paintings, photography, ceramics, hand crafted jewelry and other galleries. These happenings around the venue will be sure to tickle your artistic senses.


Santee Bluegrass Festival

Come celebrate American Bluegrass music at the Santee Bluegrass Festival! Taking place on Sept. 10, the festival features live Bluegrass music from renowned musicians, food sampling, beer and wine tasting, silent auction and opportunity drawing.


KAABOO Music Festival

Held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, KAABOO is an event that best exemplifies the San Diegan spirit. The 3-day music festival goes from September 16 to 18, and features big names like
Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band, Aerosmith, Jack Johnson, The Chainsmokers, Ludacris and more. There will be something for everyone, as the Kaaboo mixperience also includes hilarious comedy acts, mouth-watering culinary demonstrations, a luxe beauty boutique, and contemporary art exhibitions. KAABOO will surely provide an epic weekend for all the attendees.

Poway Rodeo

Join the Poway Rodeo for a fun and authentic rodeo show experience. This year’s show will take place on Sept. 23 and 24. It features tons of activities and shows that are suitable for audiences of all ages, including a beauty pageant crowning ceremony and kids challenges.


Tour de Fat

Started by New Belgium Brewing, Tour de Fat is an event that raises awareness for using bicycles as a sustainable form of transportation. The bike parade will take place on Sept. 24, and it also features live music, dance competition and of course, brews.


Oktoberfest Encinitas

The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest just celebrated their 20th birthday last year, and will continue on October 2 to keep the ball rolling. Sponsored by local craft powerhouses like Ballast Point, Green Flash and many more, this brew festival is going to keep the Oktoberfest tradition alive and thriving.


Del Mar International Horse Show

The annual Del Mar International Horse Show is a massive two-week event that spans from the 12th to the 30th of October. It takes place at one of California’s finest horse show venues—the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which is also home to many other fairs and festivals. The 370-acre property is sure to attract elite horses and riders worldwide for one giant competition.


Pedal the Cause SD

This year’s Pedal the Cause San Diego is taking place in Petco Park, and it’s bigger and better than ever! Founded by two-time lymphoma survivor Bill Koman, Pedal the Cause is a non-profit organization that raises money for cancer research and shines light on the cause with a team cycling event. Sign up for various distance goals up to 100 miles to show your dedication for cancer research!


Headquarters at Seaport

Named after the former San Diego Police Department, the Headquarters at Seaport Village has become one of the most visited spots in SD. Enjoy a great view by the waterfront, and draw inspirations from the historical architectures and intriguing happenings around the Seaport area. The constant refreshment of restaurants, retail and entertainment events will definitely keep you occupied.

Bow Wow Brunch Cruise

All aboard the Hornblower cruise! The weekly Sunday brunch cruise by Hornblower has always been a must-go spot with friends and family. The Bow Wow Brunch Cruise is a pet-friendly edition of the infamous brunch, and will be taking place on Sunday Oct. 9. Bring your “fur child” along and enjoy a pet buffet! All proceeds will go towards helping Helen Woodward Animal Center.


Flagship Patriot Jet Boat Tour

The Patriot Jet offers a thrilling ride that also lets you sightsee across San Diego Bay. Thirty minutes of speed, turns and stops will give you a thrill. If you want a little fun and excitement to your sightseeing experience, the Flagship Patriot Jet Tour is one you shouldn’t miss!


Bite San Diego Pacific Beach Walking Tour

What’s better than food, you ask? Burning calories and eating food at the same time. Bite San Diego has granted us another food walking tour, this time around PB. Take a casual stroll around the beach walk and enjoy delicious food provided by Izakaya, The Mad Beet, Hammond’s and many more!


K1 Speed Racing

Who doesn’t like go kart racing? K1 Speed Racing offers an indoor karting experience that also features pit cafes, meeting rooms and pool tables. Take your family and friends to the two speed racing spots in SD (Downtown and Carlsbad) and have a K1 day!


Old Town San Diego’s Day of the Dead

San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an annual Halloween celebration on November 1 and 2. The free and festive event is to celebrate the cultural and historical significance of Old Town and Halloween. Come dressed up and visit the altars on the second day, along with engaging in family craft activities.


MCRD Boot Camp Challenge

Looking to flex your muscles and test your toughness? The annual Boot Camp Challenge hosted by MCRD has got you covered. Taking place on October 1 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot located near the SD Airport, this boot camp style obstacle course will resemble marine training and be accompanied by MCRD Drill Instructors.


Bridget Jones’s Baby at Cinépolis

The Cinépolis is not just your regular movie theater, it is a frontrunning luxury cinema with leather seats, waiter service and in-theater eateries. Catch the premiere of Bridget Jones’s Baby starring Renée Zellweger, Patrick Dempsey, Emma Thompson and Colin Firth at the Cinépolis Del Mar if you want an all-out movie experience with the popular action-comedy film.


A Taste of Coronado

It’s difficult not to become a foodie if you live in San Diego. With a festival like A Taste of Coronado, you will be sure to satisfy your palate with meals provided by all many different local restaurants. This year’s festival is on Wednesday October 12, so make sure to save the date and come hungry!


Taste of Del Mar

Participate in he Taste of Del Mar at the Del Mar Village on September 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For $25, guests can enjoy a variety of delicious tastes, and for an additional $10, will be able to pair those tastes with refreshing beverages at this event. Make sure to come with a palate ready to explore!


San Diego Veterans Day Parade

Come to the SD Veterans Day Parade on November 11 to pay respects to all soldiers and celebrate the 71st anniversary of WWII victory and peace. The parade starts on N Harbor Drive, and extends one mile past Broadway, the USS Midway and continues on Harbor Drive one block east to Pacific Highway.


San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Featuring the top culinary chefs around the world, the SD Bay Wine & Food Fest is as fancy as it gets. From Nov. 13 to 20, indulge in the week-long food-tivities and spend time with thousands of food and wine enthusiasts across the nation.

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