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San Diego's Best Events in September

Exciting things come to the city this month!


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September 1

It’s harvest time in the hills of Julian at Menghini Winery’s Grape Stomp Festa.

The East Village amps up its acoustics at the SoCal Music Festival.

Ziggy Marley stirs it up at the Reggae Festival at the Del Mar races.

September 2

Roll up to PB for a night of classic flicks, ’50s style, at the Full Moon Drive-In.

September 3

It’s the beginning of the month, but the last day to check out the Living Coast Discovery Center’s community art project: Washed Ashore: Plastics, Sea Life & Art.

September 5

And just like that, it’s over. Close out the Del Mar racing season at the Party in the Paddock.

Keep those last flames of summer alive by attending Burgers & Brews barbecue class at the Sheraton Carlsbad, where you’ll whip up lamb burgers with harissa aioli and Kobe beef beauties with truffle cheese.

John Hiatt and the Combo fill the Belly Up with poetic lyrics and rhythm guitar.

September 6

Lucky guests can catch the exclusive Hale Bob Fashion Show at a private RSF estate presented by TRE Del Mar.  For tickets and details call 858-755-7227.

September 7

Relive your college days with the Dave Matthews Band at the Cricket Wireless amphitheater in Chula Vista.

Get out the lawn chairs, cheese plates, and kettle corn—it’s Cardiff Family Movie Night in the Town Center at sunset.

September 8

Get a taste of the good life—and some local food and drink—at the Coronado Garden Party.

Fan of medieval drama? Spend your Saturday evening at the OnStage Playhouse for an intimate rendition of The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman.

An evening of flowers, food, wine, music, and fine art grace the 12th Annual Gala in the Garden at the San Diego Botanic Gardens.

Escondido’s Grape Day Festival means a 5K run, festive parade, grape stomping, and wine tastings with local vintners.

September 9

Singer Jewel strums in support of women in crisis at the Rachel’s Brunch benefit for Rachel’s Women’s Center.

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September 11

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila—you know the rest, now sip some of the best at the week-long Spirits of Mexico Festival, which kicks off September 9 in Old Town.

September 13

Sugar and porcelain sculptor Susan Graham settles in as the artist-in-residence at Lux Art Institute (through October 27).

September 13–16

Don’t miss the first annual Carlsbad Film Festival, showcasing more than 30 films from action sports and animation to features and documentaries. Stay for the parties, panels, and award ceremony.

September 14

National City closes out its summer Movies in the Park series with Moneyball, screened on the Little League field. The first 50 film lovers score Padres tix. 

Take Friday afternoon off for tee time at Salt Creek Golf Club in Chula Vista. Start between 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. to catch the Twilight and Super Twilight price specials.

September 15

Audiophiles get their fill of performances and panels at the San Diego Music Thing at the Lafayette Hotel.

September 16

Bring your dancing shoes down to Memorial Park for an afternoon with soul band Latin Paradise as part of the Chula Vista Village Vibes Concert Series.

Browse the wares of more than 100 different artists at the two-day Coronado Art Walk, kicking off September 15.

September 16–21

Restaurant Week returns with your biannual opportunity to sample some of the city's best restos at prix fixe bargains.

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