Though Labor Day marks the end of summer, it doesn’t mean there’s any less to look forward to – the fall brings an entirely new set of festivities, from apple picking to street fairs and, of course, Oktoberfest. America’s Finest City isn’t going to let you down this autumn! Check out these 10 awesome September events in San Diego and mark your calendars for a fun-filled month.
Taste at the Cove: September 4
Taste at the Cove is one of La Jolla’s longest-standing charity events and will be featuring food from San Diego’s top-rated restaurants, a New York-style Runway Fashion Show, and two local honorees (one in the medical field and one professional athlete) as well as silent and live auctions. Join the community on Thursday, September 4 at 5:30pm for the 13th Annual Taste At The Cove and support The San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation.
Julian Fall Apple Harvest: September 1-October 15
Revel in the fall foliage and delight in succulent apples September through mid-October when Julian celebrates its award-winning apples! The highlight of the harvest is the Julian Apple Days Festival, a two-day celebration on October 4th and 5th at Menghini Winery, which features apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer & wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, and, of course, apple pie. The event runs from 10am-5pm both days. Fall is the perfect time to visit this quaint little mountain town!
Coronado Main Street Garden Party: September 6
This year Coronado’s most anticipated party will be held at the beautiful, historic property located at 1127 F Avenue from 5pm-8pm. Chefs will be preparing their specialties from local favorite restaurants while you enjoy cocktails and wine tastings; live entertainment will add to the fun and there will be a fabulous silent auction near the end of the evening. All proceeds from the Party will be used to support the Orange Avenue Meridian Gardens, a Memory Care Facility located in Coronado.
20th Annual Festival of Beer: September 19
This year the festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary – with the biggest and best weekend yet! The festivities will be held at a brand new location on the Broadway Pier this year; the indoor/outdoor event will feature live music and nearly 60 different breweries serving up to 120 varieties of tasty brews. Each ticket includes admission into the event and 10 (4 oz) beer tastings. All your favorite breweries are pretty much guaranteed to be there – Alesmith, Ballast Point, Green Flash, Karl Strauss, Mission, Fat Cat, Stone, and countless others.
Encinitas Oktoberfest: September 21
The Encinitas Oktoberfest officially kicks off a month-long Oktoberfest celebration in San Diego! This year’s festival will feature The Bluebirds (a German-American Band), Bavarian dancers and a street craft faire featuring over 200 vendors, including artisans with unusual arts and craft items. The food and refreshment tent will be serving authentic German food and beers from places like Goose Island Brewery, Shock Top, and Spaten’s savory Oktoberfest beer – the authentic Munich namesake. 10am-6pm at Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real.
San Diego & La Costa Film Festivals
The start to the film festival season officially begins with two of the most talked-about festivals in Southern California. The San Diego Film Festival is September 24-28 and will take place at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp Quarter & Arclight Cinemas La Jolla in UTC. An extraordinary lineup of high powered and little known independent films from around the world will be featured, many of which are already generating awards buzz. The La Costa Film Festival is September 18-21 and will be held at 3 venues: the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas, and the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium.
San Diego Restaurant Week: Sept 21 – 26
6 days and more than 180 restaurants! What’s not to love? This is an awesome time to try restaurants that would normally be a little out of your price range; all participating eateries will be offering great specials and deals, and there are several participants right here in La Jolla – Bijou French Bistro, Crabcatcher, Cafe Japengo, CUSP, George’s California Modern, and Iberico just to name a few. Lunch and dinner deals range from $15 – $45. Visit sandiegorestaurantweek.com to get more details on specials.
Adams Ave Street Fair: September 27 & 28
Don’t miss the largest FREE two-day music street fairs in all of California. Located in the Normal Heights community of San Diego, the festival includes over 100 live music acts on 8 different stages, four beer gardens, beer tastings, giant Carnival rides, and 300 craft & exotic food vendors and tents. The Street Fair offers great entertainment for all ages all weekend! Open hours are 10am-10pm on Saturday, and 10am-7pm on Sunday. Live music headliners include The Album Leaf, The Burning of Rome, The She’s, The Loons, and more. Visit their website for more info and complete schedule of events.
51st Annual Cabrillo Festival: September 27 & 28
Journey back in time to September 28, 1542 when Cabrillo, a Portuguese navigator sailing under the flag of Spain, landed at San Diego. Stepping ashore on Ballast Point, he was the first European to land on the west coast of what is present-day America. Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures that are part of the Age of Exploration. The Festival will feature food booths with delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food and vendors will showcase their various artistic goods.
The Mexican Spirits Tasting Festival: September 28
Experience Mexico without even crossing the border! It’s The Spirits of Mexico’s 11th anniversary this year and the fest will be held at a brand new venue – the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Enjoy tequila, mezcal, sotol, raicilla, bacanora, and other spirit tastings; brand-new market product showcases; a Meet the Master demonstration and the chance to chat with pioneer Master Distillers, producers of world-class spirits; and seminars hosted by some of the top producers that’ll teach the history and culture of agave spirits and other Mexican favorites.
Where will you be eating and drinking in San Diego this September? Don’t forget to check out our events page for more exclusive events and activities!
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