San Diego Annual Events & Festivals

You know an event is popular and successful when it keeps popping up on your calendar year after year.  San Diego is packed with a great mix of recurring festivals, fairs, parties, and other events that give locals and visitors something to look forward to year-round. 

This just scratches the surface, but here’s a quick rundown of the best of the best you can keep coming back to every year. 

San Diego Restaurant Week

Kick off the New Year with food and fun each January when 180 participating restaurants set the table in a big way across every neighborhood in San Diego County.  Restaurant week returns in September for a repeat of January’s good times!

Farmers Insurance Open

The biggest names in men’s golf converge in January for the annual PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament.  Picturesque Torrey Pines Golf Course in nearby La Jolla hosts this gathering of the world’s best vying for big prize money.

San Diego Museum Month

In February, arts, entertainment, and culture join together to celebrate Macy’s Museum Month.  Patrons can discover what's new at more than 40 area museums with big savings, including Museum Month Pass, good for half-off admission for the entire month.

San Diego County Fair

There’s nothing quite like a good old-fashioned county fair, and San Diego has the largest in California, taking place every June and July at the beautiful and historic Del Mar Fairgrounds.  

Del Mar Racing Season

Del Mar also hosts summer racing from July through September, where the "turf meets the surf" at the Del Mar Racetrack.  Thoroughbred racing also returns every November and December for an encore trackside fun.

Comic-Con International

It’s the largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting thousands of artists, celebrities, and fans every July.  Tickets for this must-attend event sell out quickly every year.

Miramar Air Show

Every September, the skies above San Diego turn into a jet-fueled tapestry featuring the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels, ground-based entertainment from military and civilian performers, simulation rides, fun for the kids, and a variety of delicious food and beverage offerings. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar hosts this three-day event, the largest military air show in the U.S. 

Kids Free San Diego

During this month-long celebration every October, kids rule with free admission to attractions, free food, and lots of other great perks throughout San Diego. 

Activate Holiday Mode

The city turns festive every November and December with a slew of family-friendly San Diego-style holiday events, like beachside ice skating and an illuminated boat parade on San Diego Bay.

Beer Week and the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Both events highlight spirits in their unique ways, celebrating the breadth and diversity of craft beers, wine, and food capped off with a Grand Tasting Finale on the Embarcadero.

Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival

This sprawling festival captures the city’s attention over three days in November with multiple stages, close to 100 bands, and a culinary and arts festival on the downtown waterfront from Broadway Pier to the Embarcadero Parks.