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Calendar of Events: September 2016

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego


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September 2: Balboa Park After Dark

September 2:

Prepare to be awestruck by super-talented sculptors from all over the world competing in the four-day U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exhibition taking place on Broadway Pier.

Bid adieu to summer with the last Balboa Park After Dark of the season, featuring extended museum hours, discounted admissions, and food trucks on the Prado.

September 3:

Celebrate the fruits of the vine during the Julian Grape Stomp Festa at Menghini Winery. Set sail on San Diego’s historic tall ships at the Maritime Museum’s three-day Festival of Sail.

September 4:

Celebrate a San Diego craft beer empire with live music from The Roots at the Ballast Point 20th Anniversary Festival, hosted at the Del Mar Racetrack.

September 7:

Get your scream on at the Museum of Photographic Arts for the five-day Horrible Imaginings Film Festival.

Sing along to “The Circle of Life” as Mufasa, Simba, and everyone’s favorite meerkat-warthog duo return to the Civic Theatre for Disney’s The Lion King, through October 2.

September 10:

Show your support during South Bay Alliance’s South Bay Pride Art and Music Festival at Bayside Park in Chula Vista.

All hail ’70s rocker chic—and now 71-year-old Debbie Harry—as Blondie takes the stage at the Observatory North Park.

September 15:

Stroll or shuttle your way through the Gaslamp, East Village, and Headquarters to sample more than 40 restaurants at the Taste of Downtown.

September 16:

Kick up your cowgirl boots with American Idol winner turned megastar Carrie Underwood, in concert at Valley View Casino Center.

Embark on “the ultimate mix-perience” at the second annual Kaaboo Del Mar, an upscale three-day music, comedy, and culinary festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, featuring acts like Jimmy Buffett, Aerosmith, and Jack Johnson.

September 17:

Show your love for the San Diego shoreline at Coastal Cleanup Day.

September 18:

Spend a Sunday Fun Day sipping and supporting charity during the Wine & Roses fundraiser at the Darlington House.

September 23:

Join the fun at the long-running San Diego Festival of Beer, offering unlimited tastes of more than 120 brews at Broadway Pier.

September 24:

Cheers to 100 years of animal conservation at the San Diego Zoo’s Food, Wine, & Brew Celebration.

September 25:

Tap into your creative side for a cause and enjoy “art, food, and fun” at Party ARTy for ArtReach at a private residence in Del Mar.

Tighten your wallet and loosen your belt for the city’s budget-conscious culinary extravaganza as San Diego Restaurant Week returns.

September 27:

The queen of classic country takes the stage at Valley View Casino Center for An Evening with Dolly Parton.

September 28:

Former rocker and Staind front man Aaron Lewis flexes his country muscles at Humphreys by the Bay.

Roll out the red carpet for five days of screenings, parties, and panels as the San Diego International Film Festival returns to town.

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