San Diego Calendar of Events – August 2018

San Diego Calendar of Events – August 2018

Oceanside International Film Festival

The first of the film fests in Southern California known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom.

Location: Star Theatre, 402 North Coast Highway & The Brooks, 217 North Coast Highway


8/1 – 8/5 Time Various

Balboa Park 8 Miler

The longest consecutively run race in San Diego and the only one that offers a full tour of Balboa Park!

Location: Balboa Park


8/4  7 am

Clairemont Family Day

A full day of fun. Food, musical entertainment, games, pony rides, carnival rides, and a car show.

Location: South Clairemont Park at 3605 Clairemont Dr.


8/4 8 am – 4 pm

Chula Vista Lemon Festival

The Lemon Festival celebrates the heritage of Chula Vista as the city was once self-proclaimed “Lemon Capital of the World” in the 1920’s.

Location: Third Avenue, between E Street and Roosevelt Street


8/5 11 am – 5 pm

Vista Rod Run

Hosting a collection of classic, hot rod and specialty vehicles along with their owners.

Location: 319 E Broadway, Vista


8/5 9 am – 2 pm

Encinitas Taste of MainStreet

Treat your taste buds to food and drink samples from 30+ restaurants and enjoy local wine and local craft beer served at 19 Sip Stops hosted by shops and salons. Pause along the way to enjoy live music at seven venues.

Location: Downtown Encinitas


8/7 5:30 – 8:30 pm


The original fan gaming convention! Bringing gamers, geeks, cosplayers, and pop culture fans together to celebrate all things gaming.

Location: Tenth Avenue Art Center, Downtown.


8/9 – 8/12 10 am – 6 pm

Santee Movies by the Lake

Family-friendly movies, food trucks, inflatables, snack bar, and fun filled activities await.

Location: 9310 Fanita Pky.


8/10 Coco-8 pm (Kids activities start at 6 pm)

Art Walk NTC at Liberty Station

Artists love the flat grassy park with easy load-in and strike access, and the layout provides every artist with a corner space.

Location: Ingram Plaza – Liberty Station.


8/11 & 8/12 St: 10am – 6 pm Sn: 10 am – 5 pm

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

This free event features over 100 dog-related vendors, rescue group pet adoption agencies, dog contests, live music, kids activities, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.

Location: Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Dr.


8/12 11 am – 6 pm

Hillcrest CityFest

Over 250 arts and crafts vendors, live music, dancing, face-painting, performances, lantern-making, and more.

Location: 5th Ave between Brookes & University Ave


8/12 Noon – 11 pm

Latin Food Fest

Cooking demos by Aaron Sanchez, Marcela Valladolid, Enrique Olvera; over 100 food, beer, wine, and spirits booths.

Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North


8/17 – 8/18 11 am – 3 pm

Summergrass San Diego

So-Cal’s best bluegrass festival! Lots of jamming, dry camping, tasty food, music workshops and music & craft vendors.

Location: Antique Gas & Engine Museum, Vista


8/17 – 8/19 3 pm – 6 pm

World Bodysurfing Championships

Approximately 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes.

Location: Adjacent to Oceanside Pier


8/18 – 8/19 6:30 am – 5 pm

Summer Food Truck Festival

San Diego’s favorite food trucks return to Bates Nut Farm! In addition to unique and delicious food, there will be live music, kids activities, and family fun.

Location: Bates Nut Farm


8/19 11 am – 4 pm

Americas Finest City 5K Run/Walk & 1/2 Marathon

One of the largest half marathons in the United States. Can’t run 13.5 miles? Try the 5 K instead.

Location: Balboa Park.


8/19 Half Marathon 6:30 am; 5k 6:15 am

San Diego Fall Home Show

To inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement.

Location: San Diego Convention Center – Hall FG


8/24 – 8/26 Fri 11 am – 8 pm; Sat 10 am – 8 pm; Sun 10 am – 6 pm

Carlsbad Music Festival

An eclectic mix of creative music ranging from contemporary classical, to indie rock, to world music, to electronic; plus a beer garden and food trucks.

Location: Carlsbad Village


8/24–8/26 F: 5–11 pm; St 12–11 pm; Sun 12– 8 pm

San Diego Spirits Festival

It’s all about craft cocktails – culinary and culture.

Location: Port Pavilion Broadway Pier


8/25 – 8/26 Sat 2 – 6 pm; Sun 2 – 5 pm

Bike the Bay

A 25-mile bike ride that begins at the Embarcadero Marina Park South and travels over the magnificent San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge.

Location: Embarcadero


8/26 6:30 am – 12:30 pm

End of Summer Fire Run

This course travels through lofty neighborhoods along the coast.

Location: Prospect St.


8/26 8 am

Leucadia ART Walk

Local juried artists displaying original art in areas along Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia.

Location: W. Side of Hwy 101


8/26 10 am – 5 pm