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Friday, August 30, 2013
Fun Events for San Diego in September (That Are Free or Pretty Darn Close)
Try to get out and enjoy our great city and check out some of the outdoor events below!
84th Annual Labor Day Pier Swim
Oceanside Pier Swim is an annual event celebrated by athletes from all
over California to help raise money for the Oceanside Swim Club. The
event is a one-mile swim around the pier, beginning and ending on the
beach. Minimum age for participation is 12 years.
Time: Check-in begins at 7:30 am. First heat starts at 8:30 am
celebrates the harvest of the grapes with an olde-world style
grape stomp and festa at the Menghini Winery. Italian music, dancing,
Bocci Ball competitions, stomping, wine tasting, a jumbo jump for the
kids and a variety of food and crafts for sale. $10 for adults 21 and
over, $5 ages 20 to 6, 5 and under free.
and low-brow art show featuring pre-1972 hot rods, street rods,
customs, muscle cars & trucks. Painters, pinstripers & low-brow
artists. Live pin-striping and lettering demos. Vendors include car
& motorcycle related items, vintage apparel, accessories, helmets
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Old Town San Diego – San Diego Ave. – Harvey & Twiggs Streets
held in 1908, this is Escondido’s oldest and longest running event.
The event starts off with a 5k fun run. The short, whimsical parade
features equestrians, floats, marching bands, and walking groups. In
celebration of its heritage, the Escondido Grape Day Festival features
grape stomping, free grapes, entertainment stage, vendor booths, fun
zone, food trucks and more!
Time: 5K – 7:30 am / Parade – 9:30 am / Festival – 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway, Escondido
two days, the church grounds are transformed into a quaint Greek
village atmosphere where you can experience fine food, traditional Greek
dancing, live entertainment, kid’s zone, live auction, marketplace, and
the warmth of Greek hospitality.
Time: Sat. 10:00 am – 10:00 pm / Sun. 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Location: Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Ave., Cardin-by-the-Sea
largest Brazilian festival on the west coast showcasing the culture of
Brazil and South America. Family oriented, non-alcoholic. Two stages
with musical bands and performing groups. Kids zone, Brazilian food
vendors, multicultural arts and crafts. The highlight of the festival is
the carnival style parade, with vibrant floats, extravagant costumes
and infectious rhythms. Free event.
Time: Festival 11:00 am – 7:00 pm / Parade 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Pacific Beach – Garnet Ave. between Bayard St. & Everts St.
ranked #1 America’s premier open water swimming competition event, the
La Jolla Rough Water Swim has been a summertime tradition since 1916.
The course consists of a Junior Swim (250 yards), Amateur Swim (1 mile),
and a Gatorman Swim (3 miles). See website for entry fees.
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: La Jolla Cove, Scripps Park, 1150 Coast Blvd.
the crowd at Mission Bay to watch the fastest boats in the world
compete to win at this extreme watersport event. Vendor & food
booths, several RV campsites and tent campsites on Fiesta Island. See
website for tickets and campsite information.
Fiestas Patrias – Mexican Independence Day in Old Town
Patrias celebrates Mexican Independence with colorful displays of
dancing, storytelling, and music from early San Diego. Enjoy lively free
activities, including children’s games. Other activities include
branding, corn husk doll making, relay races, and vaquero games and
Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Old Town San Diego, adjacent to the Old Town Transit Center
first ever San Diego seafood tasting and a free day filled with family
fun. Enjoy live music at the main stage, a wine & beer garden, a
youth zone and stage with BMX riders, pro skateboarders, DJs, and live
bands, plus educational exhibits from The Living Coast Discovery
Center. The shores will be lined with exotic automobiles and arts and
“Race at the Base” is generally comprised of over 200 of the world’s
most unique vintage race cars, chosen to compete on the basis of their
historical significance and certified authenticity. Fans are invited to
tour the pits and speak with the drivers.
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: San Diego Bay – Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado
Fest will feature Bavarian dancers and bands, a street craft faire with
over 200 vendors, authentic German food and beer, and a ceremonial
parade. There will also be a family fun zone, and much more!
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: 6-block marketplace at Mountain Vista Dr. & El Camino Real, Encinitas
festival that promotes an environmental need for clean oceans. Over
1000 surfers will paddle around the OB Pier. The event will be
celebrated with a free, light breakfast for all paddlers, guest
speakers, a raffle, and beach clean up.
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Ocean Beach Pier, Newport Ave. & Abbott St.
rodeo cowboys from all over the country compete. Bronc riding, steer
wrestling, barrel racing, mutton busting and more. Craft and food
vendors. A free rodeo dance will be help on Friday and Saturday nights
following the rodeo performance. See website for schedule and admission
Time: Refer to website schedule
Location: Poway Valley Riders Association Arena, 14336 Tierra Bonita Rd. – Twin Peaks and Tierra Bonita