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San Diego's Best Events in September

Things to do this month in San Diego


September 4

Pack up that hat: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s Party in the Paddock signifies the end of racing season.

September 7

Will Ferrell hosts The Comedy Explosion, with guests like Ed Helms and Jack Black, at the Civic Theatre, to benefit Cancer for College.

Bring the family to the Escondido Grape Day 5K and festival, featuring food trucks, wine and craft beer, and a parade.

Green Flash Brewing Co. kicks off its Treasure Chest event series with a rare beer festival and debut of the 2013 Treasure Chest Beer (a Belgian-style brown). Events (through November 3) support Susan G. Komen for the Cure San Diego

Brazilian Day San Diego
Brazilian Day San Diego

September 8

More than 60,000 celebrate capoeira, Carnaval, and the World Cup at the Brazilian Day San Diego festival in PB.  

September 9

Thirty of San Diego’s top chefs prepare a fundraising feast at the Flavors of San Diego Culinary Gala at the Grand Del Mar.  

September 13

It’s a four-day fiesta for the senses at the Latin Food Fest.

September 14

Have a boot-stomping good time with music, food, wine, and beer at the Santee Bluegrass Festival.

La Mesa’s newest oenophile attraction, San Pasqual Winery, hosts live music every Saturday.

September 15

Three courses; $20, $30, or $40; 180 dining destinations: It must be San Diego Restaurant Week.

September 17

Plinko your way to the grand prize at The Price is Right Live! interactive stage show at the Civic Theatre.

Spirits of Mexico
Spirits of Mexico

September 18

“Sample, sip, and savor” the Spirits of Mexico with five days of foodie events, tequila tastings, art exhibitions, and cocktail competitions.  

September 19

The Country Friends take to the catwalk for the 58th annual Art of Fashion runway show and luncheon at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.

September 20

Beer lovers descend on downtown to sample more than 60 breweries at the San Diego Festival of Beer.

Crab claws

September 21

Sip your Pinot with a panda at the San Diego Zoo Food and Wine Celebration.

It’s a seaside celebration in the South Bay at the Chula Vista Harbor Fest, featuring a seafood feast.  

September 22

The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society hosts an afternoon of food and wine at the RB Tastings Festival at Bernardo Winery.

September 26

LGBT supporters pre-party at the Shakespeare Festival’s OUT at the Globe mixer.

Tasters shuttle from the East Village to Little Italy to sample more than 50 restaurants in the Taste of Downtown.

September 27

Birch North Park Theatre transforms into 1930s Harlem with San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Tour de Fat
Tour de Fat

September 28

Normal Heights and Kensington are alive with musical entertainment, food, and fun at the two-day Adams Avenue Street Fair.

Two-wheeling brew connoisseurs take to Balboa Park for “beer, bikes, and bemusement” at New Belgium Brewing’s Tour De Fat.

Trolley Dances
Trolley Dances

September 29

San Diego Dance Theater takes mass transportation to a whole new level with Trolley Dances, site-specific performances at six MTS stops.

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