Del Mar Racing Season
August 1 – September 4
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 through 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.
California Connections: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
August 1 – 27
Location: Escondido, California Center for the Arts, 340 N Escondido Blvd
The California Center for the Arts, Escondido draws from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s (MCASD) permanent collection, featuring works by beloved California artists. MCASD and The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) share a commitment to serving diverse audiences and bringing people together through art. MCASD has long been dedicated to the history of California art, with works highlighting the wide range of practices and perspectives that have shaped the art of our region from the 1950s to today.
This partnership expands the audience of both organizations and invites members of the two Museums to visit both institutions throughout the run of the exhibition with reciprocal free admission.
Meaning in Bronze and Bronze Casting Workshops
August 1 – October 8
Location: Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier Way
In partnership with the Veterans Art Project (VetArt), OMA will facilitate positive healing for veterans and the communities they call home through the making, showing, and sharing of art. Specifically, VetArt utilizes the multi-stage process of bronze casting to teach art-making skills, and create opportunities for sharing and storytelling. The results provide a powerful tool for educating the broader community about veterans issues through the dignified presentation of completed artwork, and much more.
Bronze casting workshops and demonstrations will be held at OMA on August 5, 10, 19 and 24.
SummerFest Under the Stars
Location: La Jolla, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1133 Coast Blvd
We invite you to pack a picnic and join us for the wonderful, family-friendly SummerFest tradition.
This free outdoor concert is the beginning of the annual SummerFest. It features SummerFest Music Director Cho-Liang Lin, festival artists and special guests for an extraordinary evening of music set against a stunning ocean backdrop.
This year we are planning some additional surprises, so mark your calendars. You won’t want to miss it!
TGIF Concerts in the Parks
August 4, 11, 18
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 2017 season runs Friday nights through August 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. It features great music, food and a chance to dance the night away with friends and neighbors in a beautiful outdoor setting. All fields open at 4 p.m.
This year’s band lineup offers a music genre for everyone, from country to Cajun, and includes rock, funk, soul, blues and swing. Concerts are free. They are open to the public and will take place in four beautiful Carlsbad community parks. As onsite parking is limited, a free shuttle service is available at most concert locations.
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.
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 even support for non-profit organizations.
Oceanside Yacht Club Charity Regatta
August 5 – 6
Location: Oceanside Harbor, 1950 Harbor Dr North
The Oceanside Yacht Club (OYC) is hosting the 15th annual Charity Regatta to benefit The Elizabeth Hospice on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday August 6 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 on August 5 and August 6. Food and drink are available for purchase both days along with a silent auction, raffle, awards and live music. 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 28th Annual Rod Run, and Vista is proud to once again host a collection of classic, hot rod and specialty vehicles along with their owners. There will be 350 domestic and imported, pre-74 and specialty vehicles including classic and custom hot rods, street rods, muscle cars, and trucks.
The annual Rod Run features live music, a raffle, vendors, trophies, and a 50/50 drawing with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Vista Teen Outreach. Hosted by the Vista Village Business Association.
Oceanside International Film Festival
August 6 – 13
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 the 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.
Over the course of 8 days, OIFF 2017 will screen over 70 films and showcase some of the best San Diego has to offer in local craft brew and catering.
Sunday Summer Concerts by the Sea
August 6, 20
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 6 features Betamaxx playing 80s music. August 20 features Simpkin Project 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.
33rd Annual Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Contest and Beach Festival
August 11 – 13
Location: Oceanside, Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre, 200 The Strand N
This is really three events taking place on the south side of the Oceanside pier, the Oceanside Longboard Annual Surf Contest, the Guy Takayama PRO-AM Noseriding Event, and the Oceanside Beach Festival. The 33rd annual event features coalition surf teams from all over California. The event will include a beach festival in the amphitheater with merchandise vendors, music, food and a beer garden.
The event is free to spectators and shoppers. Sponsored by The Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club (OLSC).
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!
Sing, rated PG will begin at 8:00 PM.
Snores ‘n S’mores Family Campout
August 12 – 13
5:00 PM – 9:00 AM Location: Carlsbad, Aviara Community Park, 6435 Ambrosia Ln
Set up your tent in the park for a fun overnight campout, and we’ll provide the rest. Enjoy a night under the stars as you become a star. It’s a night all about Sing with games and activities that put you in the show. Sing in your own music video, get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, design your own guitar, and leap across building roof tops to get to the show.
The event will feature a special performance from Star Theatre in Oceanside. The Star Kids and Glee Club will perform at 6:30 p.m. The evening wraps up with an outdoor movie presentation of Sing (rated PG) complete with popcorn and s’mores.
Dinner and a continental breakfast are provided. Preregistration is required. Visit www.carlsbadconnect.org to register.
Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
12:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Dr
Cardiff-by-the-Sea is ready to celebrate man’s best friend! Set in this beautiful beach community, this FREE event features over 200 dog-related vendors and rescue groups, pet adoptions, live music, dog contests, kid activities, beer and wine oasis, food trucks and more! 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! You can watch or enter in six different dog contests including Cutest Puppy, Best Trick, Best Dressed, Dog/Owner Look-A-Like, Best Looking Big Dog and Best Looking Small Dog. Is your dog up for a challenge? Stop by the Kamp Kanine agility course for a fun and challenging course. Make sure to enter the opportunity drawing to win cool gear from Nixon, Etnies, GoPro, GoldCoast Skateboards, Hansen’s Surf Shop, and more!
Thanks to The Lost Abbey and Skater Girl Wines By Coomber Family Wines there will be refreshing blends and brews to try at the Beer & Wine Oasis. You won’t want to miss tasting The Lost Abbey’s new Cardiff 101 Hoppy Wheat beer! Skater Girl Wines is generously donating 10 percent of all event proceeds to benefit Rancho Coastal Humane Society, so come thirsty and ready to sip for a good cause. Enjoy a wide variety of music throughout the event at the Main Stage and in the Beer & Wine Oasis with performances by The Shift, emerging local artist Lizzie Waters, students from California Music Studios, The Lindy Crandall Band and more!
Summer Jazz Concert 2017
5 – 7 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, snacks and beverages. Patrons are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.
Moonlight Presents Sunset Boulevard
August 16 – September 2
Location: Vista, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr
Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star, Norma Desmond, longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of talkies. Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.
Based on the film noir classic by Billy Wilder that starred Gloria Swanson and William Holden, it received seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and features some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most soaring melodies including, “With One Look” and “As If We Never Said Goodbye.”
Stone 21st Anniversary Celebration & International Beer Festival
August 18 – 19
Location: San Marcos, Cal State San Marcos, 333 S Twin Oaks Rd
The Stone 21st Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival is not only the largest craft beer festival in Southern California, but it’s also our largest annual charitable event. We’re proud to support our community by donating 100% of the proceeds from this event and by promoting a culture of social responsibility, collaboration and involvement.
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; cigar lounge; commemorative 21st anniversary tasting glass; complimentary gourmet fare by Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens; live music.
Saturday will include commemorative 21st Anniversary tasting glass; twenty 2 oz samples; expansive festival area with three levels and lots of shade; over 50+ guest breweries; 100+ amazing beers; complimentary artisan snacks; free parking; cigar lounge, and live music.
THIS EVENT IS 21 AND OVER ONLY, INCLUDING DESIGNATED DRIVERS. Every festival we turn someone away for not having a valid ID. Don’t be that person. BRING YOUR ID! Sorry, no infants, children, or pets.
World Bodysurfing Championships
August 19 – 20
Location: Oceanside, Oceanside Pier, 300 The Strand N
The contest is projected to start at 6:30 am each morning. WBC reserves the right to change the projected schedule based upon the actual number of applications received.
San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival
August 25 – 27
Location: Carlsbad, Escondido, various locations
The 2017 San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival (SDIKFF) will take place from August 25th to 27th at the Schulman Auditorium in Carlsbad, California. Other events will be held at various locations in Carlsbad, Escondido and San Diego. On behalf of the SDIKFF committee, we cordially invite you to join us at the 2017 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.
Float n’ Flick
7:00 – 10:00 PM
Location: Carlsbad, Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 6565 Alicante Rd
Bring a swim suit and join us as we enjoy a movie under the stars while floating in our warm water pool! Enjoy dinner at the Dive in Grill open during the event. Menu includes made-to-order grilled burgers, chicken sandwiches, pizza, shaved ice, ice cream and other tasty treats. Tickets are $10 per person and kids ages 3 and under are free.
Save time and avoid lines by picking up event wristbands in advance. As a courtesy, wristbands will be available for pick up starting August 14th and ending August 26th at Alga Norte Aquatics Center ONLY during regular business hours. All sales are final; absolutely no refunds. Wristbands that are picked up in advance that are lost or not brought to the event will not be replaced. No exceptions.
Treasure Chest Beer + Food Fest
12:00 – 5:00 PM
Location: Poway, Green Flash Cellar 3, 12260 Crosthwaite Cir
The annual Treasure Chest Beer + Food Fest is back for a 7th year! Our most anticipated rare beer and food pairing extravaganza will be moving to our Cellar 3 barrel-aging facility in Poway, so that we can offer even more beer, food, and fun. All festival proceeds benefit Susan G Komen, San Diego.
Enjoy exclusive Green Flash, Cellar 3, and Alpine beers (including one-off keg and cask creations), served alongside perfectly paired plates prepared by some of San Diego’s finest chefs. In addition to the delicious beer and food, we’ve got live music, games, Behind-the-Craft demonstrations and plenty of shade! 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 is encouraged.
All tickets include unlimited beer tasting, 10 food tastings commemorative glass, and festival experience:
- Over 20 options of rare beer, cask, and barrel-aged creations from Green Flash, Cellar 3, and Alpine Beer Co. with unlimited tasting
- Food pairings prepared by some of our favorite 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, dance and art demonstrations.
- 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.