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San Diego Events Calendar: August 2019

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego


Marine Band San Diego

August 1:

Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World take the stage together at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre.

Hear hit songs from The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, and Tina Turner at Lyceum Theatre in 33 1/3 - House of Dreams, which chronicles the history of Gold Star Recording Studios and its co-founder, who put all those artists on the map (through 8/25).


August 2:

Join the colorful fiesta at Bazaar del Mundo’s three-day Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market in Old Town.

Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market

Enjoy dozens of free concerts—classical, indie rock, electronic, jazz, and more—during the weekend-long Carlsbad Music Festival.


August 3:

Help support native wildlife at Living Coast Discovery Center’s Farm to Bay fundraising event.

Ooh, aah, and ooh-rah as the 45-piece Marine Band San Diego jams out in its Summer Concert at the Piazza della Famiglia.

Shake things up at the Margaritas y Más Festival, including unlimited tequila and mezcal tastings, food trucks, live music, and lawn games at Embarcadero Marina Park North.


August 4:

Sip rosé the grand way—sparkling or frozen—at Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s Pink Party (Sundays through 9/1).


August 5:

Mellow out with indie folk music from Lord Huron and Shakey Graves, live in concert at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay.


August 7:

Binge-watch independent movies during the five-day Oceanside International Film Festival at Sunshine Brooks Theater.

Unlikely musical duo Blink-182 and Lil Wayne join forces at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre.

Slip into your best aloha wear for the five-day Tiki Oasis festival at Crowne Plaza San Diego.


August 8:

Renowned blues musicians Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, and Charlie Musselwhite bring down the house at California Center for the Arts, Escondido.


August 10:

Spend the weekend browsing ArtWalk @ Liberty Station and appreciate work from over 200 visual artists.

Clink your glasses together for Blended: Wine and Music Festival at Waterfront Park.

Get your fill of all things Pinoy at the weekend Philippine Cultural Arts Festival in Balboa Park.


August 11:

A tale of star-crossed lovers plays out between the Montague and Capulet families in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at The Old Globe (through 9/15).

Browse Carlsbad’s Art in the Village event to admire work from more than 100 local and regional artists.

Take to the streets for a colorful block party at Hillcrest CityFest Art and Music Festival along Fifth Avenue.

Hillcrest CityFest Art and Music Festival


August 14:

Sondheim wrote the lyrics and Bernstein wrote the score—we’ll never get tired of West Side Story, at Moonlight Amphitheatre (through 8/31).


August 16:

Jam through the weekend at Vista’s Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum for Summergrass San Diego Bluegrass Festival.

Hobnob with restaurateurs, brewers, vintners, distillers, and business leaders at San Diego Magazine’s Best of San Diego Party at Liberty Station, with unlimited bites and sips from over 100 vendors.

San Diego Magazine’s Best of San Diego Party


August 17:

Spice things up during the Latin Food Fest Gran Tasting event at Embarcadero Marina Park North.

Spend a day on the bay for Chula Vista HarborFest, including live music, tacos, craft beer, and spirits at Bayside Park.

Hit the beach for two days of competition at the World Bodysurfing Championships in Oceanside.

Make your way to Imperial Avenue Street Festival in Logan Heights.

Party the night away at Ferragosto in Little Italy’s Amici Park, the country’s largest themed Italian American gala.

Prepare to be serenaded at the San Diego International Mariachi Summit Gala Concert at Civic Theatre.


August 20:

A long-distance train ride shows what happens when a young man’s life goes off the rails in The Coast Starlight at La Jolla Playhouse (through 9/15).


August 22:

Support alternative media at the four-day San Diego Underground Film Festival at Tenth Avenue Arts Center.


August 24:

Say cheers to the two-day San Diego Spirits Festival on Broadway Pier’s Port Pavilion.

Comedian Brian Regan brings a barrel of laughs to Balboa Theatre.


August 25:

Stroll Highway 101 for LeucadiART Walk.

Cruise over the Coronado Bridge during Bike the Bay, a 25-mile ride that begins and ends at Embarcadero Marina Park South.


August 29:

The Gilbert Castellanos Quartet puts on a jazz concert poolside at The Westgate Hotel.


August 30:

Head to Broadway Pier for the three-day U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition

Spend Labor Day weekend with the San Diego Symphony as they play the 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular at Embarcadero Marina Park South.

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