North County and San Diego Events – September 2017

North County and San Diego Events - September 2017

Annual Barona Powwow47th Annual Barona Powwow
September 1 – 3
Location: Lakeside, Barona Sports Park, 1095 Barona Rd

Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of dancing and dress contests, camping, drums and cultural immersion. Dancers will be competing for over $60,000 in prize money! Plenty of parking, delicious food vendors and so much more make this the perfect family celebration!

Julian Grape Stomp FestaJulian Grape Stomp Festa
September 2
11 AM – 7 PM
Location: Julian, Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Dr

This year we are celebrating our 21st anniversary of the Julian Grape Stomp Festa. We are excited to be continuing the old-world tradition of kicking off your shoes, rolling up your pant legs and letting tons of blessed grapes squish beneath your feet!

Julian’s Grape Stomp is a great way to spend a Saturday and this year’s is shaping up to be one of our best. There will be ten local wineries offering sips to sample, and a wide variety of food and shopping opportunities. Great Italian music will be provided by Roman Holiday The festa will include a Bocce Ball court, a Lucy Look-Alike contest, and plenty of dancing. This will be a party to remember!

The fun will begin at 11AM and wrap up at 7PM. Regular admission tickets are $15 for adults, children ages 6 to 20 are $5, and under age 5 are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. VIP tickets are also available at

Labor Day Pier SwimAnnual Labor Day Pier Swim
September 4
7 AM – 12 PM
Location: Oceanside, Oceanside Pier

The Pier Swim opens with swimmers diving into the surf, circles one mile around the pier and ultimately ends with swimmers riding waves onto the beach and dashing toward a finish line on the sand. Not much has changed in the years since it began. It is still an excuse to gather some of the most hardcore swimmers in the country, and even Canada, together to compete. The Pier Swim has transferred from being a fundraiser for the City of Oceanside itself to being the main fundraiser for the Oceanside Swim Club, a non-profit organization and competitive swim team for children 5-18 years of age.

The swim allows children over 12 to participate and includes swimmers up to their 70s and 80s. The mile can be enjoyed by all and is dreaded by others coerced into doing it with friends. However, one thing is true. After one time it is hard to stay away from the friendly competition that the Pier Swim brings annually to Oceanside’s shores.

Cardiff Greek FestivalCardiff Greek Festival
September 9 – 10
Location: Cardiff, 3459 Manchester Ave

Be Greek for the day! Bring the entire family to the Annual Greek Festival held at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. The church grounds are transformed into a quaint Greek village complete with Greek cuisine and heavenly pastries, live Greek music, folk dancing, a kid’s fun zone, a marketplace and church tours. Come dance, enjoy the wine and beer presentation, cooking demonstrations and musical performances. Free parking and fun for the whole family!

Carlsbad BrewfestCarlsbad Brewfest
September 9
12 – 4:30 PM
Location: Carlsbad, Holiday Park, 3400 Pio Pico Dr

30+ craft breweries and cider houses with 60+ of the finest craft beers and ciders from San Diego County and beyond. Enjoy music, entertainment, games, beer education and food vendors.

Carding Policy: Please note: ALL ATTENDEES, including designated drivers, will be carded at the gate and must be over the age of 21 to enter the Brewfest. NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 WILL BE ADMITTED. This includes children, toddlers, and infants. No refunds will be issued to patrons under the age of 21 attempting to enter the festival.

West Coast SCADaddle5K West Coast SCADaddle for Research
September 9
Location: Carlsbad, Aqua Hedionda Lagoon, 4200 Garfield St

It’s our third annual West Coast 5K Fun Run/Walk to raise money for Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) research. We hope you can join us!

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) is the #1 cause of a heart attack in women under age 50, pregnant women and new moms. SCAD occurs more often in women than men. It is a type of a heart attack not associated with the typical risk factors of heart disease such as high blood pressure or plaque. Unlike a typical heart attack most people hear about, SCAD is relatively uncommon and often impacts younger, otherwise healthy individuals. It happens when a coronary artery tears, which can cause a heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms and sudden death. Research is needed to answer fundamental questions such as what causes SCAD and what are the best treatment options.

Carmel Valley Trail 5K, 10K and 15KCarmel Valley Trail 5K, 10K and 15K
September 9
Location: Carmel Valley, Torrey Highlands Park, Lansdale Dr at Del Mar Heights Rd

Welcome to San Diego’s ONLY trail race through beautiful Gonzales Canyon Open Space and Torrey Highlands Community Park.

The 4th annual Carmel Valley trail race is Carmel Valley’s Premiere Trail Race. With an elevation gain between 300 and 700 feet, participants will experience a combination of single track and dirt service road trails. Great for all running levels with a mix of flat and fast with lots of hills thrown in for extra flavor. Includes a kids’ half mile dash for those 8 years and younger.

Family Movie NightFamily Movie Night
September 9
5:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Carlsbad, Stagecoach Community Park, 3420 Camino de los Coches

Bring family and friends, a blanket and low-back chairs to Stagecoach Community Park for a night of fun activities and an outdoor movie presentation of LEGO Batman, rated PG. There will be a movie themed Fun Zone between 5 – 7 p.m. with bounce houses, slides, crafts, games and activities. Wristbands for the Fun Zone can be purchased for $6 at the event. Food and beverage sales available between 5 and 7 p.m. The movie will start at dusk.

Surf for the SeaSurf for the Sea
September 9 – 10
Location: Oceanside, North Jetty – Oceanside Harbor

SURF FOR THE SEA is a memorial event benefitting and supporting the environment in honor of our loved ones whom we have lost from the local line-up over the last twenty years!!!

Sponsored by Surf for the Sea/Surfrider Foundation S.D.

Alley Art FestivalAlley Art Festival
September 10
10 AM – 6 PM
Location: Vista, Downtown

This isn’t your normal art walk. This is a celebration of creativity found off the beaten path. All are welcome to experience this interactive art and culture event.

Participants show their passions for creativity. Poets, designers, performers, and painters will take over the alleys of Vista, CA for a day of music, film, poetry, fashion, art, and more.

Noche MexicanaNoche Mexicana
September 10
1:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: Oceanside, Civic Center Plaza, 300 North Coast Hwy

This event is a cultural celebration by Oceanside’s Latino community, commemorating Mexican Independence Day, presenting cultural activites that include food, music, arts, traditional dance, and education. There will also be a guest appearance by the Office of the Mexican Consulate.

Taste of DowntownAnnual Taste of Downtown
September 14
5:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: San Diego, Downtown

Enjoy tantalizing tastes from more than 40 restaurants located throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, City Center and East Village neighborhoods!

Tickets $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the event. Complimentary Shuttle Service throughout the Taste.

September 15 – 17
Location: Del Mar, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd

KAABOO is three days of musical fun at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack. This is a different kind of festival and features an eclectic, multi-generational line-up of over 60 bands, plus hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art and personal indulgences. Instead of dirt, dust and mud, it has all of the makings of a comfortable event. This includes plenty of shade and seating, clean restrooms with flushable toilets (no porta-potties).

Tickets run from $119 to $2,999.

Oceanside Harbor DaysOceanside Harbor Days
September 16 – 17
Location: Oceanside, Oceanside Harbor, Beach Side

On September 16-17, 2017 the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce along with Tri-City Medical Center and Genentech will present Oceanside Harbor Days at the Oceanside Harbor. The event will feature arts and craft exhibits, great food and fun activities for the entire family.

Two event filled days of sun, sand, and surf provide an outstanding opportunity for residents and neighbors to experience fun activities including the Pirate Village, Arts, Crafts and Food booth areas, Nail ‘n’ Sail Competition, Military, Public Safety displays, and more. Harbor Days if free to the public.

Wavecrest WoodiesWavecrest Woodies
September 20 – 24
Location: Encinitas, Moonlight Beach

Wavecrest is the granddaddy of all woodie meets. You will experience the longest running and largest gathering of woodies in the world. There are around 300 woodies of every size, shape and description on display. Throughout the day there is Hawaiian and surf music performed live, along with fabulous raffle prizes and awards for the best of the best. Wavecrest merchandise and food will be available at the event.

The post Wavecrest evening activities begin with drinks (beer, wine, sodas & water) in the pool/cabana area at the Host Hotel followed by a fabulous buffet dinner. After dinner there will be a raffle/auction which will be limited to high-end woodie items. The evening will end with entertainment in the cabana.

To wrap up your Wavecrest experience, join 80-90 woodies on a cruise from Encinitas to Oceanside and back on the historic Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 101). The cruise of approximately 25 miles will begin at the Encinitas Civic Center parking lot at 8:00 am and proceed north to the Oceanside Harbor with a photo-op stop on the beach below the Oceanside Pier. If you didn’t bring your woodie to the event, you can still join the fun by hitching a ride on the cruise.

Miramar Air ShowMCAS Miramar Air Show
September 22 – 24
Location: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Welcome to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, home of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and the largest military air show in the nation. The theme of this year’s air show is “A Salute to Vietnam Veterans.” The air show is free to the public; however, upgraded seating options are on sale now.

“The 2017 MCAS Miramar air show gives the public and current service members an opportunity to say thank you to the veterans of the Vietnam War,” said Col. Jason Woodworth, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. “Our goal is to remind the veterans that the country cares about them and truly values the sacrifice they made for the American people, regardless of how they were treated when they originally returned from Vietnam.”

We are also pleased to celebrate another year showcasing the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team and welcome back the Patriots Jet Team. Both jet teams are sure to impress in what will be thrilling performances of fast-paced, formation flying and choreographed aerobatic maneuvers. Additionally, MCAS Miramar is honored to host an amazing line up of civilian performers, including Sean Tucker’s “Oracle Challenger,” John Collver’s “Wardog,” the Shockwave Jet Truck and Steve Stavrakakis’ “Tribute to Vets.”

Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy exciting performances from military parachute teams and aerial demonstrations by the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the AV-8B Harrier, the MV-22B Osprey, and an intense Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration. The MCAS Miramar flight line will also feature static displays, including past and present aircraft and ground combat equipment, air show memorabilia and plenty of vendors and activities for families to enjoy. Stop by and explore our military aircraft, or just sit back and enjoy the show.

While you are here, talk to the Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen who are here to support the show. Many of the young men and women you will meet have deployed numerous times to secure peace throughout the world. Their enthusiasm for what they do, and their passion for protecting our way of life, will impress you. Take a moment to thank these men and women who give so much to preserve the freedoms we enjoy every day. They are true American heroes.

MCAS Miramar has a long, rich history with the citizens of San Diego. We value this relationship and consider it an honor to serve and protect the citizens of the United States. On behalf of MCAS Miramar’s Marines and Sailors, we would like to thank San Diego for its unprecedented support of our young men and women in uniform. The air show is our way of thanking you for all you do for us. We are honored to share this incredible experience with you and truly hope you enjoy the 2015 MCAS Miramar Air Show.

Poway RodeoPoway Rodeo
September 22 – 23
Location: Poway, 14336 Tierra Bonita Rd

Professional rodeo cowboys from around the country compete during the Annual Poway Rodeo.

Guests can watch contestants compete in events such as Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Bull Riding. There’s even a “Mutton Bustin” event where kids under 50lbs. ride sheep. They try to hold on for 8 seconds, just like the cowboys. There’s also a free dance for everyone 21 and over after the rodeo Friday and Saturday nights.

Semper Tri Devil Dog DuathlonSemper Tri Devil Dog Duathlon & 7K
September 23
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.

NSSA Open Season Surfing ContestNSSA Open Season Surfing Contest
September 30 – October 1
Location: Oceanside, North of Oceanside Pier

The National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage and assist its members in their interest to learn and develop the fundamentals and skills of surfing competition while competing in structured and quality events.

It is one of the few national youth sports organizations that requires its participants to maintain academic standards in order to compete. Since 1978, the NSSA program philosophy has been that athletics and scholastics go hand in hand. More than 80 NSSA events are run nationwide that culminate with the annual National Championships which is regarded as the highest profile youth surfing event in America. Open Season is a ten event schedule running from September to June.

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