North County and San Diego County Events – August 2016 certainly feel like summer. There are so many outdoor activities — concerts, movies, star gazing, sailing, surfing, horse racing, car shows, even a street fair for dogs! If you’re looking to beat the heat, no worries. There’s plenty to do indoors too!
Del Mar Racing Season
August 1 – September 5
Location: Del Mar, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd
San Diego horse racing takes place where the “turf meets the surf” at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season, mid-July – early-September. Be part of the magic and nostalgia of this long-time horse race tradition dating back to 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the first guests, and Seabiscuit won by a nose in the infamous race in 1938. This season features the nation’s top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.
Don’t miss the Del Mar Summer Concert Series. Concerts are free with racetrack admission purchased prior to the last race.
Moonlight Presents Peter Pan
August 1 – 6
Location: Vista, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr
Broadway’s high-flying musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Peter and his mischievous sidekick Tinkerbell visit the Darling children’s nursery late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook. Featuring the dazzling sets and costumes of the famous Cathy Rigby production, the show will feature spectacular flying effects.
Love Letters In Metal: Jewelry By Svetozar And Ruth Radakovich
August 1 – 7
Location: Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier Way
Svetozar (Toza) and Ruth Radakovich created some of the most exquisite, unique, and recognizable pieces of mid century American jewelry. Their designs have left a lasting impression on the modern design and studio jewelry movement.
Radakovich jewelry is exceptionally rare, whereas many studio jewelers created a design and produced hundreds of examples, the Radakoviches were known for creating unique, one-of-a-kind pieces which took inordinate amounts of time to perfect and complete. This exhibition is a narrative of their interwoven personal and professional lives—a long journey across continents and wars during which they found ways to speak words of love to each other through their art.
SummerFest Under the Stars
Location: La Jolla, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1133 Coast Blvd
Join us at the famous La Jolla Cove for our annual free concert to kick off SummerFest!
First we welcome back SDYS International Youth Symphony led by Jeff Edmons, then Time for Three takes center stage for an entertaining mix of virtuosity and showmanship. Let loose with these brilliant and innovative musicians.
Bring your picnic and enjoy this wonderful, family-friendly SummerFest tradition featuring a stunning ocean backdrop!
August 4 – 6
Location: Julian, 1150 Julian Orchards Ln
The Julian Starfest is an annual star party and astronomy exhibition held on new moon weekend each August in the dark skies of Julian, amongst the grape vines and apple orchards of the Menghini Winery.
Anyone can enjoy the Julian StarFest by participating in the free public star party on Saturday, August 6, 2016. Arrive in Julian between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and you can enter the StarFest grounds (1150 Julian Orchards Ln, Julian, CA 92036) for free. Take a star tour of the heavens using the many telescopes set up in the viewing area. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about what you’re looking at and about the telescopes.
Parking is available nearby and we suggest you bring a red light flashlight to guide yourself to the observing area. If you don’t have a red light flashlight, red film will be provided to cover a white light flashlight.
If you wish to take part in the drawing at 5:00 p.m., you must arrive before 5:00 p.m. and pay regular admission prices.
Vans Warped Tour
Location: San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd
The Warped Tour is a traveling rock festival that has toured the United States annually each summer since 1995. It is the largest traveling music festival in the United States, and the longest-running touring music festival in North America. It brings together diverse artists, extreme sports, a chance to meet the artists and supports non-profit organizations.
TGIF Concerts in the Parks
August 5, 12, 19
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Carlsbad, various parks
For over 30 years, the City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office has presented live music events throughout the city. When summer rolls around in Carlsbad, everyone gears up for TGIF Concerts in the Parks! The 2016 season runs Friday nights from June 24 through Aug. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. (all fields open at 4 p.m.) and features great music, food and a chance to dance the night away with friends and neighbors in a beautiful outdoor setting.
This year’s band lineup offers a music genre for everyone, from country to rock, cover bands to spicy Latin and world grooves. Concerts are free and open to the public and move across the city, from Stagecoach to Alga Norte, Poinsettia and Calavera Hills community parks. A free shuttle service is available at most concert locations, as onsite parking is limited.
The music at TGIF is just the beginning. A variety of food vendors are onsite at the events, or you can bring your own feast from home. Family Open Studios is back with free, hands-on art making activities for all ages. And of course, there will be plenty of chances to enter the Opportunity Drawing from the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts. There are prize packages each night, all to support future arts and cultural events in Carlsbad.
Semper Tri & Devil Dog Duathlon
Location: Camp Pendleton
Triathlon, duathlon and 7K fun run for Marines and civilians ages 13 and up. Closed roads for run and bike courses. T-shirts, swim caps, transition and on-course mechanical support Sag vehicles, timed results and awards are included with your registration.
Elizabeth Hospice Charity Regatta
August 6 – 7
Location: Oceanside Harbor, 1950 Harbor Dr North
The Oceanside Yacht Club (OYC) is hosting the 14th annual Charity Regatta to benefit The Elizabeth Hospice on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday August 7, 2016 at OYC located at 1950 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside. Entry Fee to race in the two-day Regatta is $50 and daily Post-Race Parties are open to the public free of charge beginning at 3:00pm Saturday and 2:00pm Sunday.
The two-day event commences with sailboat races starting at noon on August 6 and August 7. Food and drink are available for purchase both days starting at 4:00pm along with a silent auction and raffle taking place both days. The Grand Prize Raffle Drawing includes a 7-day Holland America Cruise for 2 to the Caribbean, Mexico or Canada/New England or Alaska. The cruise drawing is $20 per ticket. The public can join the fun “on the water” and board a luxury powerboat for a $100 per person donation to The Elizabeth Hospice. Enjoy live music by local bands.
Vista Rod Run
Location: Vista, Downtown
This year is the 27th Annual Rod Run and Vista is proud to once again host a collection of classic, hot rod and specialty vehicles along with their owners. Without the owners, these cars would just be a memory. Some owners and their cars are attending for the 27th year in a row; now that’s impressive!
The Vista Rod Run on Sunday, August 7, 2016, is more than a car show. It’s not just a dusting off of the old Ford and parking it for spectators to view. The Rod Run is pride of ownership, bragging rights and friendly competition amongst serious collectors. Owners prepare for this day long in advance, some driving from other states just to showcase their baby and hang out with those who share the same passion for classic and hot rod cars, detailed to perfection.
Summer Jazz Concert 2016
5 – 8 PM
Location: Encinitas, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr
Spend the evening listening to the sounds of the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame Orchestra perform to the music of Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Baise, Artie Shaw, Stan Kenton and many more.
The BB&JHF Orchestra consists of musical talents playing authentic arrangements of these famous big bands. CD’s will be available for purchase the day of the concert.
This event will be held in the Gazebo Lawn and chairs will be provided.
Adult member $15, adult non-member $25,
Youth member $5, Youth non-member $10.
Jazz Festival Food will be Feel Good Coffee Cart – Serving Light Fare, Snack and Beverages. Patrons are welcome to bring a picnic lunch
Oceanside International Film Festival
August 7 – 14
Location: Oceanside, various theaters
Held every August, Oceanside International Film Festival officially kicks off a season of various film festivals, which are conducted annually in San Diego County and usually continue through the fall. Established in 2009, OIFF is an opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their work screened and judged. It also gives film buffs a jump-start chance for viewing local and international films at a place in Southern California known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom.
This year the organizers from Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation have put together a program of 60 films. North San Diego County’s largest film festival will show films from the U.S., Spain, Greece, Singapore, Ireland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, and Australia.
Sunday Summer Concerts by the Sea
August 7, 21
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Location: Encinitas, Moonlight Beach, 400 B St
This summer, Encinitas Parks and Recreation brings more fun to our beach concert experience. Each concert date features cool, hands-on exhibits, demos, concerts and free stuff! All you need to do is show up. How cool is that?
There are two concert dates in August. August 7 features Betamaxx playing 80s music. August 21 features The Devastators playing Reggae.
Summer Concerts are held right on the sand at beautiful Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Come enjoy fun at the beach. Remember that glass, alcohol, smoking and dogs are prohibited on our beaches
Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show
August 11 – 14
Location: Escondido, California Center for the Arts, 340 N Escondido Blvd
The California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show in partnership with North Coast Repertory Theatre. Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a sassy, sultry celebration of legendary jazz great, Fats Waller. This roof-raising musical tribute will transport audiences to the glory days of the Harlem Renaissance with a versatile cast that struts, strums, and sings the songs that Waller made famous during his storied career including, “Honeysuckle Rose,” “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” and dozens more.
32nd Annual Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Contest and Beach
August 12 – 14
Location: Oceanside, Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre
This is really three events taking place on the south side of the Oceanside pier, the Oceanside Longboard Annual Surf Contest, the Guy Takayama Noseriding and Open Pro, and the Oceanside Beach Festival. The 32nd annual event features coalition surf teams from all over California. The event will include a beach festival in the amphitheater with vendors selling food and merchandise. There will also be live music and a beer garden in the bandshell all weekend long. The event is free to spectators and shoppers. Sponsored by The Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club (OLSC).
Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
Location: Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Newcastle Ave, Aberdeen Dr, Liverpool Dr
Cardiff-by-the-Sea is ready to celebrate man’s best friend! Set in this beautiful beach community, this annual one-day street fair for dogs and dog lovers is set for Saturday, August 13, from 9:30am-6pm on Newcastle Ave, Aberdeen Drive and Liverpool Drive in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The event is hosted by Cardiff 101 Main Street and is expected to draw 10,000 four-legged friends, their fans and family members.
Dog Days of Summer is San Diego County’s largest dog-centric event! Beginning at 10 am watch or enter in 4 different dog contests including Cutest Puppy, Dog/Owner Look-A-Like, Best Looking Big Dog and Best Looking Small Dog. After the contest, local musical talents will be showcased in conjunction with the Lost Abbey beer garden with Second Cousins at 1 pm and Trouble in the Wind at 3 pm. Bring your pup and enjoy a beer while listening to these local legends!
Movies in the Park
Location: Vista, Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr
The Movies series is the perfect chance to enjoy a fun FREE night with the family outdoors and under the stars. Come early, bring a blanket, a picnic and get a good seat! Bring jackets as the nights are cool!
Inside Out, rated PG will begin at 8:00 PM.
Snores ‘n S’mores Family Campout
August 13 – 14
Location: Carlsbad, Aviara Community Park, 6435 Ambrosia Ln
Come on an overnight adventure at the City of Carlsbad’s Snores ‘n S’mores family campout Saturday, Aug. 13, to Sunday, Aug. 14, at Aviara Community Park, 6435 Ambrosia Lane. Snores ‘n S’mores brings families together for a night of games and activities, marshmallow roasting, outdoor movie watching, and camping all in the comfort of a neighborhood park.
Set-up your tent on the field and enjoy a night that includes dinner and movie-themed games, giant Zorb balls, a hockey challenge, a rainbow slide and more. The evening continues with s’mores, popcorn and the Disney-Pixar movie, Inside Out (rated PG) under the stars.
The event runs from 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, to 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, and is $25 per person (free for ages 3 and under). Attendees register in advance by Aug. 12. Visit www.carlsbadconnect.org under special events to register or call 760-602-7510.
Moonlight Presents Titanic The Musical
August 17 – September 3
Location: Vista, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr
Maury Yeston’s riveting and haunting musical based on the worst nautical disaster in history (and not the movie), depicts the final hours of the real-life people who set sail on the “unsinkable” Titanic. Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Titanic celebrates the human spirit of the rich and the poor, the lovers, the heroes and cowards for a theatrical experience that will stay with you long after the curtain comes down. San Diego Regional Premiere.
Stone 20th Anniversary Celebration & International Beer Festival
August 19 – 20
Location: San Marcos, Cal State San Marcos
This is the main event! Our 20th annual Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival has become the biggest craft beer festival in Southern California, and this year promises to be the best one yet!
Friday night is the brewers’ reception with more than 40 beers on tap, many of which won’t be available Saturday; sample beers with no tabs or tokens required; upper-level cigar lounge; commemorative Brewers Reception glass; complimentary gourmet fare by Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens; live music all evening long; panel discussion with Greg Koch and brewing friends.
Saturday will include commemorative 20th Anniversary tasting glass; twenty 2 oz samples (no additional samples will be sold); expansive festival area with three levels and lots of shade; over 60 guest breweries; 150+ amazing beers; Stone brews on cask; free home brewed sodas; cigar lounge, and live music.
Aloha Plunge withTarzan
5:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Carlsbad, Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 6565 Alicante Rd
Attendees will enjoy island themed pool games and activities. As the sun goes down, finish the night off with a special presentation of the movie, Tarzan (rated PG) on the giant outdoor movie screen. The event begins at 5 p.m. and movie begins at dusk. Tickets are $10 per person and kids ages 3 and under are free.
World Bodysurfing Championships
August 20 – 21
Location: Oceanside, Oceanside Pier
Beachsport.org announces the 40th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships to be held adjacent to the Oceanside Pier August 20-21, 2016. Approximately 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes. The Men and Women’s Grand Champions will be crowned on Sunday afternoon, the final day.
San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival
August 26 – 28
Location: Carlsbad, Escondido, various locations
The 2016 San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival (SDIKFF) will take place from August 26th to 28th at the Schulman Auditorium in Carlsbad, California. On behalf of the SDIKFF committee, we cordially invite you to join us at the 2016 San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival.
Aiming to promote positive educational impact on children and the youth, the San Diego International Kid’s Film Festival actively supports innovative films made by filmmakers from around the globe. The festival offers an excellent multi-cultural platform to engage aspiring filmmakers, students, and educators alike: screening quality films, television series in short and feature length, as well as works in documentaries, animation, educational visual arts, and mixed media.
Treasure Chest Fest San Diego
12:00 – 5:00 PM
Location: Mira Mesa, Green Flash Brewing Co, 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd
Join us for our largest and most anticipated rare beer event of the year! For the 6th year in a row, Treasure Chest Fest will serve as a fundraiser for local breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen San Diego. The tropical Hawaiian Luau theme is back by popular demand so grab your best Tiki attire! Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, and retro-inspired island kitsch apparel encouraged. All tickets include food and beer pairings, commemorative glass, and festival flair! The festival will be held at Green Flash Brewing Co. in Mira Mesa and will take over the tasting room, beer garden, and outside space. Our team is busy working on the finest rare beer and food pairings and expect to see:
- 20+ rare beer, cask, and barrel-aged creations from Green Flash, Cellar 3, and Alpine Beer Company
- 2016 release of Treasure Chest: an IPA brewed with grapefruit, prickly pear juice, and hibiscus flowers
- Food pairings from the best local restaurants
- Behind the Craft: culinary demos and bonus tastings taking place throughout the event
- Photo booth
- Vendor village
Location: Encinitas, Leucadia, along Coast Highway 101
- Local juried artists displaying original art in specified areas along Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia
- Free open air trolley rides! Beat a parking hassle by parking at Encinitas City Hall (505 S Vulcan) and taking the trolley to the event.
- Six places for live music!
- LIVE art.
- Our Craft Beer Garden featuring beers from The Lost Abbey and popular musical acts from our region!
- New and improved Children’s Art Pavilion with multiple art stations sponsored by Scripps Health.
- A FREE, collectible retro road map of Leucadia showcasing sponsors, event locations and participating businesses locations.
- More than 5,000 people turn out for this event.