San Diego September Events

San Diego September events offer both indoor and outdoor fun.  Celebrate cultural traditions, food and beer!

The summer crowds are mostly gone but the great weather isn't.  You'll find plenty of fun outdoor events to enjoy all month long.

Del Mar Racetrack (July 17-September 4)

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club meet runs July 17-September 4, with racing every day except Tuesday. Post time is 2 p.m. except Four O'Clock Fridays. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014 858-755-1161. 

Come experience this San Diego tradition.  Free concerts on Friday evenings with paid admission to the races.

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Old Globe Shakespeare Festival (June 9 - September 29)

This year, the Old Globe will host performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (June 2-September 29), The Merchant of Venice (June 9- September 28), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (June 16- September 26).

Festival of Sail (August 30-September 2)

Open 9:00am to 7:00pm at the Maritime Museum on the North Embarcadero.  This event is a favorite for kids of all ages.  It is the largest tall-ship festival on the West coast and features over 20 tall ships as well as other vessels.  Special sails around the bay, cannon battles and many activities are offered to visitors.  This is a perfect event for the whole family and one of the favorite San Diego September events. For more information, visit the Maritime Museum website at:

Brazilian Day Festival  (September 8)

This free festival takes place in Pacific Beach from 11:00am to 7:00pm.  There will be stages set up on Garnet Avenue and musical acts will perform throughout the day.  There will also be a variety of vendors and a food court.  Don't miss out on the carnaval parade, complete with floats and performers.

Festival del Grito (September 14-15)
Join Old Town San Diego restaurants and businesses as they celebrate the official Mexican Independence Day.  Restaurants will offer special dinner and drink discounts. At approximately 7:50 a priest will make the famous and historical "El Grito" shout declaring Mexico's fight for independence against the Spaniards.

Restaurant Week (September 18-23)
Restaurant week is a great opportunity to indulge in delicious dining and try new restaurants. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, you won't want to miss it. Over 180 restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus. For a list of participating restaurants, visit their website.

Annual San Diego Festival of Beer (September 20)

From 6:00 to 11:00pm, beer lovers can sample from over 60 breweries.  There will be live music and a selection of wines for purchase as well. This event will take place on Columbia and B streets in downtown. In a city that boasts a booming micro-brew culture, this is sure to be a beer-lover's paradise. Your ticket buys you ten 4 oz tastes.  Tickets are $30.  Check out their website for more information.

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SEA Days at the Birch Aquarium (September 21)

Experience Science, Exploration and Adventure days at the Birch Aquarium are a monthly feature focusing on hands-on exploration and special activities that highlight current cutting edge research and learning. The special activities give visitors an opportunity to interact with the Scripps Oceanography scientists. These events are included with the price of admission and take place between 11AM-3PM.

Mira Mesa Street Fair (September 21)
The 15th annual Mira Mesa Street Fair will be held on September 21 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Camino Ruiz from Mira Mesa Blvd. to New Salem St. A true community event, there will be children's crafts, games, a carnival and live entertainment.

Adams Avenue Street Fair  (September 28-29)

This annual event includes over 90 musical acts on 7 stages in Normal Heights. You'll enjoy plenty of food, vendors, artists and more.  Pack the sunscreen and comfortable shoes as this event goes from 10:00am to 10:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am to 7:00pm on Sunday.  The fair is free.

Cabrillo Festival at Ballast Point  (September 29)

Every year , the city of San Diego hosts the Cabrillo festival to commemorate the anniversary of Cabrillo’s landing.  The festival consists of a few events, culminating in a re-enactment of the Cabrillo expedition landing at Ballast Point.
The Festival is a family event complete with cultural demonstrations and educational exhibits.  There are food booths, and performances which highlight the rich cultural and historical traditions of Native American, Portuguese, Mexican and Spanish peoples. The event takes place at Ballast Point, Point Loma Naval Base and is free.

Chargers Football

The NFL season is underway. Come watch the San Diego Chargers as they embark on the new season.  Home games are as follows:

September 9, vs. Texans
September 29, vs. Cowboys

Padres Baseball

Petco Park combines the very best of San Diego, sun, sky, sea and sports!  You'll enjoy watching a game at this beautiful and fun-filled park and then taking in the sights in the Gaslamp Quarter after the game. Games for September are:

September 1, vs. D-backs (1:10PM)
September 2, vs. D-backs (7:10PM)
September 3, vs. D-backs (7:05PM)
September 4, vs. D-backs (7:10PM
September 15, vs. Phillies (7:10PM)
September 16, vs. Phillies (7:10PM)
September 17 vs. Phillies  (7:10 PM)
September 18 vs. Phillies (7:10PM)
September 19 vs. Giants (7:10PM)
September 20 vs. Giants  (5:40PM)
September 21 vs. Giants (1:10PM)
September 22 vs. Rockies  (7:10PM)
September 23 vs. Rockies (7:10PM)
September 24 vs. Rockies (7:10PM)

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