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San Diego Events Calendar: September 2018

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego


Taste of Downtown

September 1:

Sing along to your favorite heartbreak melodies with pop-music powerhouse Sam Smith at Valley View Casino Center.

Southern rock band Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit with special guest Aimee Mann bring catchy Americana music to Copley Symphony Hall.


September 5:

Shake your hips with Colombian superstar Shakira in concert at Valley View Casino Center.

Peruvian musician Alexandro Querevalú plays a variety of indigenous wind instruments at California Center for the Arts, Escondido.


September 6:

Sample bites and sips from more than 25 restaurants during Taste of Del Mar, paired with ocean views and live music in the village.

Catch world-premiere musical The Heart of Rock & Roll, presenting classic hits from Huey Lewis and the News at The Old Globe (through 10/21).


September 7:

Watch 50 horses and 12 players compete in the three-day Beach Polo Cup at Hotel del Coronado.

Beach Polo Cup

Nicknamed “the Latin Madonna,” pop star Marisela brings a fiery performance to the Civic Theatre.


September 8:

Find your rhythm during the San Diego Blues Festival at Embarcadero Marina Park North, benefiting the San Diego Food Bank.

Support the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego at their annual gala, Monte Carlo: An Art Affair, held in a private residence.


September 9:

Ready or not, Lauryn Hill performs her soulful hits at CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre.


September 13:

Stroll the Taste of Downtown for eclectic fare from more than 40 participating eateries throughout the Headquarters at Seaport, Core District, Gaslamp Quarter, and East Village.


September 14:

Head to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for the three-day Kaaboo Del Mar music festival, featuring over 60 artists and bands, comedy shows, art installations and galleries, culinary demonstrations, and other indulgences.

Spend the weekend on Mission Bay at San Diego Bayfair for boat races, live music, and an all-ages beach party.

Country superstar trio Rascal Flatts rocks the house at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre.


September 15:

Spend the weekend at Oceanside Harbor Days for arts, food, and family-friendly activities.


September 16:

Get a Taste of South Park at the annual foodie walking tour of this hip hood.


September 17:

R&B star Miguel brings his sensual music to CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre.


September 20:

Throw on your cowboy boots as country crooner Jason Aldean takes the stage at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre.

Jason Aldean


September 21:

Strike a pose during the 40 North Dance Film Festival, held at various venues in Balboa Park, North Park, and South Park (through 10/6).


September 22:

Take a walk on the wild side at the San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration, featuring more than 160 participating restaurants and bars, live entertainment, dancing, and exotic animals.

Join a cultural celebration of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia at the two-day Pacific Islander Festival, held on Mission Bay’s Ski Beach.

Explore the inaugural two-day ArtWalk Carlsbad festival, showcasing work from over 200 artists in all kinds of media, from paint to chalk art along Armada Drive.

Take it easy with the Eagles, Zac Brown Band, and The Doobie Brothers in a special concert at Petco Park.

Prepare for a feast at the three-day Robb Report Culinary Masters event at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, with world-renowned master chefs including Thomas Keller, Jérôme Bocuse, and William Bradley.

Community festival SaltDog Classic brings local bands, craft beer, vendors, artists, and a tiki bar to North County’s Seaside State Beach.

SaltDog Classic

Raise a glass at the San Diego Festival of Beer on Broadway Pier, featuring more than 50 breweries, food trucks, and music.

Traditional dance, music, and martial arts abound during the Chinese Moon Festival in Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

Mexican designers sell their latest collections of clothes, jewelry, art, and home goods at the two-day Nero48 pop-up shop in the Makers Quarter.


September 23:

Stretch your paycheck for San Diego Restaurant Week, when 180 local restaurants offer discounted prix-fixe menus for eight days.

Shake it out with Florence and the Machine at Viejas Arena.


September 25:

See powerful stories from servicemembers during the six-day GI Film Festival San Diego at the Museum of Photographic Arts and UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center.

We’re toasting to the city’s female CEOs, nonprofit leaders, and all-around visionaries at our annual Celebrating Women event, atop The Westgate Hotel.


September 27:

Get in formation for Jay-Z and Beyoncé to bring down the house at SDCCU Stadium.


September 28:

Military aviators perform high-flying stunts and speedy flyovers at the three-day MCAS Miramar Air Show.


Adams Avenue Street Fair

September 29:

Make your way through the Adams Avenue Street Fair, with 80 musical acts, beer gardens, street vendors, and more.

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