August 2, 25th Annual Clairemont Family Day
This family festival offers residents a full day of fun with food, merchandise, and musical entertainment. There will also be games, pony rides, carnival rides, and a car show. The recreation center pool allows free swimming all day, so take your swimsuit! This is a free event.
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: South Clairemont Park, 3605 Clairemont Dr.
August 3, Annual Lemon Festival
Celebrating Chula Vista’s heritage as the Lemon Capital of the World, the Annual Lemon Festival will be packed with entertainment and loads of summer fun. This free event features lemons, live entertainment, food, lemons, vendors, kid’s fun zone, lemons, contests, and lemons galore!
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Third Ave., Downtown Chula Vista
August 9, 9th Annual Dog Days of Summer 2014
There is nothing like a canine festival to keep Fido entertained. However, this free event will be fun for the entire family! Vendors with pooch products, dog contests, live music, food, a kid’s zone, a large silent auction, pet adoptions, and much more will be present.
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Cardiff 101 Maint Street, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
August 10, Art in the Village Arts & Crafts Show
There will be over 150 of the finest arts and craft vendors in the most beautiful of settings in the Village of Carlsbad, just two blocks from the beach. Live acoustic music, artist demos and instruction throughout the event. Enjoy the day and take home some great handcrafts and art for your home.
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Carlsbad Village
August 10, Annual CityFest - Hillcrest
A celebration of spirit and play, this event is a popular festival featuring over 250 vendors, games, activities, music, a beer garden and much more. Patrons can sit at cafe style seating and watch entertaining street performers while listening to live music. This is a free event.
Time: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: 5th Ave. and University Ave., Hillcrest
August 15, Wine & A Bite Art Walk
Wine, art, and music in the Village Square: Stop at several destination venues in Historic Downtown Fallbrook where you can stroll along and taste great food, wine, desserts and have an art experience. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Fallbrook Chamber office.
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Historic Downtown Fallbrook, Village Square Main & Alvarado
August 15 – 17, 12th Annual Summergrass Bluegrass Music Festival
This family oriented event features tasty food, live music, and music workshops by performing artists, jam sessions, vendors, a raffle, and activities for kids. Refer to website for ticket information.
Time: Fri: 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Sat: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sun:9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave., Vista
August 16, Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Walk
This event is a 5K run/walk and 1 mile walk to promote awareness about lung cancer and to obtain vital funding for research. Help double lung cancer survival. By participating, you’re helping raise awareness and fund vital research programs dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.
Time: 7:45 am – 10:00 am
Location: North Embarcadero Marina Park, 400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego
August 21 – 24, Julian Starfest 2014
Activities include photographing the August night sky (a workshop) plus various speakers. On Friday afternoon you’ll learn the basics of setting up your gear and shooting in complete darkness. Activities on Friday and Saturday are available in the vendor/exhibit area. See website for activities costs.
Time: Refer to website for schedule
Location: Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian
August 22, Summer Movie on the Flight Deck of the Midway
Bring the kids to the Flight Deck of the Midway for a free summer movie. Planes is the feature movie. Light concessions will be available for sale. Bring a blanket!
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, with the film starting at approximately 8 pm.
Location: USS Midway Museum, 910 North Harbor Dr., Downtown San Diego
August 23, Mira Mesa Festival of Beers
Beer lovers, head to Mira Mesa to sample craft beers from local breweries. You can sample up to 40 different beers while enjoying live band music. There will be food trucks, vendor booths, and more. Refer to website for admission information.
Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St., San Diego
August 24, 6th Annual Wild Rides Car Show
There will be hundreds of hot rods and classic cars, demonstrations, a contest, food and auto-related vendors. Staged entertainment includes music, dance, comics, and bikini contest. This is a free event.
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Garnet Ave., Bayard St., and Cass St., Downtown Pacific Beach
August 24, 7th Annual Bike the Bay
Join a 25-mile fun bike ride that begins and ends at the Embarcadero Marina Park South, crossing over the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge, and circling the San Diego Bay. The event is for all levels of riders and for individuals, families, and groups. The event will conclude with a post-ride Festival with food, beverages and entertainment at the park.
Time: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
August 24, 10th Annual LeucadiArt Walk
Leucadia art galleries and local artists will display original art in galleries or in specified areas along Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia. There will be live musical performances throughout the day. A Local Craft Beer Garden with popular local musical acts and a new and improved kid’s zone with mural painting and multiple art stations.
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
August 29 – September 1, Festival of Sail: The Festival
Festival of Sail is the largest Tall Ship festival on the west coast. Fun for the entire family featuring an expanded events area, with more booths to explore, larger kids zone, vintage boat display, stage for live entertainment, beer garden, and lots more to see and do. On August 28th the Parade of Tall Ships will take place from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm where a fleet of tall ships and vessels will majestically make their way into the San Diego Bay. Once the ships from the Parade have docked, you can purchase passports to go aboard and do some exploring.
Time: Fri: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: North Harbor Dr. and the Maritime Museum, San Diego
August 30, Hormel Black Label Bacon Fest
An event designed especially for 21+ bacon enthusiasts. Try some delicious samplings of bacon-inspired foods prepared by top chefs combined with beverages from established breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Live music will accompany the event. Refer to website for admission information.
Time: 12:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: Preble Field, Liberty Station
August 31, Sand Art Contest at Oceanside Pier
A Sand Art Contest limited to 50 teams of 4 people and a free family art day at the picnic tables. Join in on the fun and enjoy some sun! This event is sponsored by Oceanside Museum of Art.
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: South Pier Beach, Oceanside