Things To Do In San Diego In September
We LOVE September in San Diego! It’s some of the best weather of the year, and so much to do!
Revel in German culture in an array of Oktoberfest celebrations, be mesmerized by Cirque du Soleil’s acrobatics, or groove to the music at the Adams Avenue Street Fair. Don’t miss the culinary delights of Taste of Encinitas either, and the high-flying spectacle of the Miramar Air Show.
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The late-summer and early-fall weather is the perfect time to snuggle up for a movie at Rooftop Cinema Club, given it’s incredible location atop the Manchester Grand Hyatt with never-ending views of the downtown skyline!
From celebratory gatherings to regular happy hours to holistic wellness offerings, Mission Pacific and The Seabird invite guests and locals alike to revel in the sunshine and enjoy all that Oceanside, including locally inspired events across dining, spa and wellness, and outdoor adventure.
WNDR Museum, San Diego’s immersive art and technology experience, welcomes two brand-new exhibits to its gallery. Interoptics, a multi-sensory fiber-optic experience, and Waterfaux, inspired by the power of a waterfall and the impact it has on the senses.
Farm fresh produce is available for purchase seven days a week; no admission fee is necessary to buy produce. Funds earned from garden sales will go directly to the animals and sanctuary. Produce includes lettuce, carrots, radishes, kale, squash, zucchini, chard and more, harvested daily.
Puesto worked with a Scripps dietitian to develop the Vegetable Mole Verde Taco, now available on menus at all San Diego locations. For the next year, a portion of the proceeds from this taco, and some other select menu items, will go directly to support Scripps cancer care.
September 6 to 10
This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, has amazed over 10 million spectators in 20 countries and on four continents.
September 7 to 30
This uproarious murder mystery promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats with its scandalous secrets, over-the-top theatrics, and unforgettable characters.
Perched atop a picturesque bluff in the charming seaside town of Encinitas, these two award-winning powerhouse chefs will collaborate on a special multi-course menu paired with Kosta Browne wines.
Starts September 9
Enjoy exciting activities for both kids and adults, including free trick-or-treating, festive fall entertainment, all things pumpkins, festive fall treats, seasonal workshops, a 5K in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and more.
Indulge your taste buds at the Harvest for Hope foodie festival! Experience an array of delectable bites from 19 local businesses, perfectly complemented by a selection of spirits.
The concert is hosted by KSON’s own Kimo Jensen with performances by country stars, Brian Kelley (Florida Georgia Line), Chase Matthew, Runaway June and Tim Dugger.
The Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk offers a self-guided food tour between Dawes and Lamont Streets. The event is vegetarian-friendly and aims to showcase Pacific Beach’s diverse cuisine.
Join us for an unforgettable evening of gourmet food tastings, beverage samplings, and mingling with San Diego’s young professionals as a meaningful way to engage with Big Brothers Big Sisters and your community.
September 14 to 16
The tournament consists of a 28-player singles main draw, a 16-team doubles main draw, and a 24-player singles qualifying draw. San Diego has a rich history of hosting major women’s tennis events, marking the return of the WTA to the city for the first time since 2015.
The evening will feature craft cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres, live music, Blackjack, Craps and Roulette under the stars. Dress to impress in your very best cocktail or black-tie attire as you enjoy every detail carefully curated to give guests the most authentic Italian garden casino experience.
This ticketed event invites guests to express themselves through the art of Japanese pop-culture! Activities include music, performances, a cosplay contest, food, Cars N Anime, nunchaku lessons and so much more!
Chula Vista’s premier festival for music and craft beverages returns, featuring an abundant selection of breweries, distilleries, and wineries, along with live music in the city’s historic neighborhood.
OMBAC hosts annual longboard surfing contest in Pacific Beach, where contestants must use 1969 or older longboards that are 9′ or longer with no leash. The event features Open, Wahine, and Menehune (youth 16 and under) divisions and proceeds benefit the Drowning Prevention Foundation of San Diego.
Come celebrate Mexican Independence Day in Old Town San Diego with a variety of festivities, starting with the ringing of the bell at Casa de Estudillo and a colorful Fiestas Patrias parade featuring traditional women equestrians.
Registered participants receive a free wristband for rides and attractions at Belmont Park, which will also host its annual Fall Festival. Proceeds from the event will support Team Parker For Life, a local charity focused on raising awareness for childhood cancer.
Proceeds will provide transitional housing and services for single post-9/11 veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) military-related injuries and severe financial hardship through the Wounded Warrior Homes program.
Indulge in culinary delights with food and drink samples from over 15 restaurants, complemented by local wine and craft beer available at 20 Sip Stops hosted by shops and salons.
The event will be held at DIESEL, A Bookstore in Del Mar, and Michael Gardiner will be there to discuss and sign copies of his book. Come to explore the delicious and diverse world of Cali Baja cuisine!
The flavors of the deep South and Northern California converge at this West coast BBQ bash at Estancia La Jolla. A nod to the property’s horse ranch heritage, this southern-style feast under the stars features a menu of comfort food favorites washed down with whiskey, bourbon and wine tastings.
September 22 to 24
Join us for the largest military air show, featuring immersive experiences, stunning aerial displays, and flight simulators. Create unforgettable memories with family and friends at the Miramar Air Show, open to the public.
September 22 to 23
The annual Poway Rodeo features professional rodeo cowboys competing to hold on for 8 seconds, along with free Rodeo Dances. Admission is free for children 5 and under in general seating, and 3 and under for preferred seating when on an adult’s lap; discounted family and kids’ VIP tickets are also available for Saturday’s performance.
September 22 to 24
The most talented US female surfers will come together to Oceanside for three days of thrilling surf and a spectator-friendly surf village focused on female empowerment. the most talented US female surfers to Oceanside for three days of thrilling surf and a spectator friendly surf village focused on female empowerment.
Your good time does good for the planet, too, when you come out to support and save wildlife. With food, drink, and fun included, this all-inclusive night is not-to-be-missed. It’s the tastiest event to help wildlife: Join us in celebrating our passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives!
September 23 to 24
As the largest and longest-running event of its kind, PIFA attracts a diverse audience, including attendees from outside San Diego, contributing to the city’s tourism. The festival’s impact is amplified through extensive social media sharing, preserving and promoting the rich traditions and culture it represents.
September 23 to 24
The event, held in San Diego’s Normal Heights neighborhood, is Southern California’s largest free two-day festival. Adams Avenue businesses are proud sponsors of the event that brings the community together each year.
This large community event, launched in 2019 and now drawing hundreds of attendees each year, pays homage to the region’s growing craft distilling scene and is presented by the San Diego Distillers Guild.
The 12th Annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise supports orphaned pets at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. This special event offers the same delightful Champagne Brunch Cruise experience for you, your family, and your pooch.
September 23 to 24
Experience the ultimate music and arts festival at CRSSD Fest. Join us for two days of electrifying performances, stunning visuals, and unforgettable moments.
This free community event celebrates German heritage with live entertainment, an authentic beer garden, international food, and artisan exhibits, drawing attendees from across San Diego County.
Starts September 24
The event features over 100 restaurants across the county offering prix-fixe menus starting at $20. No tickets are required, but reservations are recommended, and many venues offer expanded outdoor dining options.
Feeding San Diego announced that its next Pairings with a Purpose Dinner Party fundraiser will be held this fall and will be helmed by acclaimed Chef Brad Wise, chef and owner of TRUST Restaurant Group.
Starts September 29
Nominated as USA Today 10Best best Halloween event, guests can enter if they dare and escape through an all-new heart-stopping haunted house with 3D effects & three completely reimagined horrifying haunted houses plaguing this year’s event.
Starts September 29
As it marks its 50th year, La Mesa Oktoberfest remains committed to upholding its cherished traditions and offering Bavarian festivities that appeal to San Diegans of all generations! La Mesa Oktoberfest provides an ideal occasion to forge lasting memories, relish the companionship of loved ones, and unite for an unforgettable weekend in a German-inspired haven right in the heart of La Mesa.
Quartyard has partnered with the East Village Association to host the largest celebration to date, transforming East Village into a modern faced Oktoberfest activation with one-of-a-kind Latin flair for the evolving East Village community.
With 10K and 5K courses that include rolling hills, river crossings, tall walls, muddy pits, tunnels, slippery slopes, cargo climbs, and more, this iconic event offers a taste of Marine Corps life. Enjoy the Filthy Fun Fest afterward, featuring food, music, muddy vendors, family-friendly activities, beer, Marine Corps exhibits, and the Mud Run Store.
Go out there and enjoy your amazing city!
See you there!