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San Diego's Best Events in August

Things to do this month in San Diego


August 1

La Jolla Athenaeum serves up classic films with wine pairings at its outdoor Flicks on the Bricks series, Thursdays this month.

August 2

Leave the Merlot at home and journey to the La Jolla Playhouse for a performance of the book-turned-movie-turned-stage show, Sideways.

San Diego Showcase
San Diego Showcase

August 3

Chula Vista’s Living Coast Discovery Center supports coastal wildlife “From Farm to Bay” at its Food and Wine Classic.

El Dorado gets crafty with its cocktails at its San Diego Showcase.

Beer lovers say cheers at BrewFest Encinitas.

August 8

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s “Built to Amaze” brings the circus to Valley View Casino Center.

August 9

The stars at night are big and bright at the Julian StarFest at Menghini Winery.

Snores and S’mores
Snores and S’mores

August 10

Because kids and grownups alike love a good campfire, pitch a tent at Aviara Community Park’s Snores and S’mores family campout.

August 11

Head to University Avenue with your shopping sense and dancing shoes for Hillcrest’s CityFest—street fair by day, dance party by night.

August 15

Channel your inner tween and hear Taylor Swift sing about her string of breakups at Valley View Casino Center.

August 16

It’s one long jam session during the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival at Vista’s Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum.

Carlsbad’s Leo Carrillo Ranch proffers an evening of food and nostalgia at the Dinner and a Movie outdoor film screening fundraiser.

August 17

Enjoy art, music, food, and drink at the heART of Mt. Helix sunset soirée.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club sizzles with its first ever Grill Fest and a concert by Weezer.

Revel in Stone Brewery’s craft beer celebrity status at the Stone 17th Anniversary Celebration and International Beer Festival.

August 18

Beautify before you bet with free spa services from Spa Gregorie’s at Ladies Day at the Races.

See Buzz Lightyear like you never have before as the San Diego Symphony accompanies film clips at Pixar in Concert.

Best of San Diego Party
Best of San Diego Party | Photo by Eddie Garcia III, E3 Photography

August 23

See and be seen among the best of the best at the hottest party of the year: the Best of San Diego Party at Liberty Station.

August 24

Run three miles and get doused in neon at the Color in Motion 5K.

Kick off your shoes and smash before you sip at Orfila Winery’s Grape Stomp.


August 25

Formerly “on the bay,” this summer’s ArtWalk sets up shop at Liberty Station with more than 160 artists and a full musical lineup.

Get boozy at Broadway Pier for two days of celebration at the San Diego Spirits Festival.

August 28-29

An excuse to go out for dinner! SD’s first annual Dine Out for the Cure benefits Susan G. Komen, San Diego. Visit KomenSanDiego.org/DineOut2013 for participating restos.

San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers

August 29

Bolt up! Support the San Diego Chargers as they go head-to-head with the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium

Seafarers rejoice! It’s tall ships on parade at the two-day Festival of Sail at the North Embarcadero.

August 30

Downtown’s cruise ship terminal transforms into a sandcastle wonderland at the four-day U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition.

August 31

Celebrate International Bacon Day at the inaugural Hormel Black Label Bacon Fest at NTC Park’s Preble Field.

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