The “A” List for September 2011
Art San Diego
The Hilton San Diego Bayfront beckons contemporary art lovers with gallery works, art labs and wine and food events. Through September 4. artsandiego-fair.com.
Festival of Sail
All hail the love of the sail at this annual family festival featuring cannon battles, yacht racing and pirate encounters on San Diego Bay. Through September 5. sdmaritime.org.
Julian Grape Stomp Festa
Wet your feet with grapes and whet your appetite for wine at Menghini Winery’s annual harvest festival. julianca.com.
Taste of Downtown
Downtown San Diego lures diners with delicious bites from more than 50 restaurants. mcfarlanepromotions.com.
Taste of MainStreet Encinitas
Coastal North County diners have their share of culinary delights, dished out by three dozen establishments at this 22nd annual event. encinitas101.com.
San Diego Festival of Beer
Sample the suds of more than 70 breweries at San Diego’s oldest beer fest, taking over the streets at Columbia and B. sdbeerfest.org.
San Diego Music Thing
North Park’s historic Lafayette Hotel becomes a music Mecca with industry insiders, panels, parties and live performances. Through September 10. sandiegomusicthing.com.
Monte Carlo Goes Burlesque
It’s burlesque at its best as the sultry Dita Von Teese takes the stage at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s annual gala. mcasd.org.
Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival
OB’s former Jazz Fest goes big with eight stages, 23 bands and 80 artists all along Newport Avenue. obmusicfest.org.
Art Walk on the Bay
Head to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Park for two days of fine art, interactive children's activities, live performances and more -- all in a spectacular waterfront setting -- at the free ArtWalk on the Bay. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. artwalkonthebay.org.
The Spirits of Mexico Festival kicks off with this Taste of Old Town food fiesta, featuring signature dishes and spirits samples. polishedpalate.com.
Hillcrest Grub Sprawl
This fun neighborhood food fest moves its feet to Hillcrest for an evening of cheap eats and self-guided gastronomy. grubsprawl.com.
Women Who Move the City
San Diego Magazine honors the city’s finest females at this annual celebration of community change makers at Scripps Seaside Forum. sandiegomagazine.com.
San Diego Salsa-Bachata Festival
Put on your dancing shoes and prepare to get sassy at this fifth annual dance festival at the Town and Country Resort. Through September 19. sandiegosalsafestival.com.
Party at the Park
Petco Park rolls out the barrel gets all fired up for its pre-game Oktoberfest celebration and post-game fireworks display. padres.com.
Spirits of Mexico Main Event
It’s all about agave at the grand finale of a week of spirited festivities in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. polishedpalate.com.
Taste of Hope
Fight cancer through food at this tasting event for City of Hope, held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. cityofhope.org.
San Diego Restaurant Week
Foodies’ favorite week returns with six days of face-stuffing deals at the city’s finest dining establishments. New on the menu: Lunch. Through September 23. sandiegorestaurantweek.com.
Blue Man Group
These boys in blue are a crazy crew – prepare to be entranced by their Civic Theatre performance. Through September 25. broadwaysd.com.
Taste of Third Avenue and Art Walk
Chula Vista shows its cultural chops with this sidewalk art show and walking tour of its culinary establishments. thirdavenuevillage.com.
Humphrey’s hosts the hilarious comedian with the child-like inner voice and love of Hot Pockets. jimgaffigan.com.
Santee Wine and Bluegrass Festival
Santee’s Town Center Community Park is the place to be for wine and food, beer and bluegrass. ci.santee.ca.us.
Coronado Speed Festival
Patriotic race fans wave their checkered flags at this Fleet Week “Race at the Base,” featuring classic cars from the ‘50s to ‘70s. Through September 25. fleetweeksandiego.org/events/speed-fest.html.
Chula Vista Centennial Harbor Days
San Diego County’s largest southern city celebrates its century-old history at this two-day family-friendly extravaganza. Through September 25. cvharbordays.com.
San Diego Film Festival
Film fanatics flock to the Gaslamp Theater for five days of screenings, soirees, meet-and-greets and more. Through October 2. sdff.org.
Art in Fashion Marketplace
The Bazaar Del Mundo shows off its passion for fashion infused with unique Southwestern style at this two-day shopping event. Through October 1. bazaardelmundo.com.
Grab your beer stein and follow the tunes of the oompah to the county’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations, taking place in La Mesa and El Cajon this weekend and next. lmvma.com/SeasonalEvents/Oktoberfest.aspx, germanclubsandiego.org/oktoberfest.html.