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San Diego's Best Events in August

Exciting things come to the city this month!


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Chris Isaak and a classic car

August 1:

The Living Coast Discovery Center (formerly the Chula Vista Nature Center) showcases sea life and glasswork in its Art Aquatic exhibit.

August 2:

Smooth crooner Chris Isaak brings his A-game to Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. $85.

August 3:

La Jolla Music Society opens its SummerFest with “A Romantic Promenade” at MCASD. $50 and up.

Bazaar del Mundo showcases authentic Mexican art and collectibles during its free three-day Latin American Festival.

The Coronado Playhouse presents a comedic production of The Man Who Came to Dinner in its intimate, 100-seat cabaret-style theater.

August 4:

Swing with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Anthology in Little Italy. $12 and up.

Sip in support of Encinitas Coastal Rotary at Brewfest Encinitas. $40 and up.

The city’s elite bartenders serve up craft cocktails during the San Diego Craft Beer and Cocktail Showcase street fest at El Dorado. $15 and up.

If you didn’t make it to London, you can still get in the Olympic spirit with a free guided tour of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

August 5:

Enjoy mini spa treatments in the Seaside Cabana courtesy of Spa Gregorie’s on Ladies’ Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

National City car enthusiasts celebrate Automobile Heritage Day at Kimball Park.

Experience the thrill of small craft aviation at the San Diego Ultralight Annual Fly-in at John Nichols Field.

food from Phil's BBQ

Phil's BBQ

August 6:

What’s better than barbecue and baseball? Enjoying both to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters at Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark. $25.

August 8:

Hop the free bus from Sessions Public or Slater’s 50/50 and shuttle your way to several Point Loma drinking establishments on the Drink the Point pub crawl.

August 9:

The arts crowd is out in full force at Thursday Night Thing, taking over downtown’s MCASD. $7 and up.


Country’s most patriotic crooner, Toby Keith, raises a “Red Solo Cup” to the crowd at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre.

August 10:

San Diego Museum of Art’s Sculpture Court Café presents its three-course Seasonal Prix-Fixe Dinner. $30 and up.

Mix and mingle your way through Little Italy’s boutiques and galleries on the Kettner Nights gallery walk.

August 11:

Prep your pup for some canine competition at the Cardiff Dog Days of Summer festival and contest. $5 per contest entry.

Barrio Logan celebrates the city’s diverse culture with its two-day Fiesta del Sol at Cesar Chavez Park.

August 12:

Fabulous Hillcrest becomes even more festive during the free CityFest street fair.

Chula Vista celebrates its heritage as the lemon capital of the world at its annual downtown Lemon Festival.

Head from the bay to the hills to the Olympic Training Center in the Chula Vista Challenge Olympic-distance triathlon.

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