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August is filled with cool events including Cityfest, the Oceanside International Film Festival, TVG Pacific Classic and the 41st Annual World Bodysurfing Championships.

August is filled with cool events including Cityfest, the Oceanside International Film Festival, TVG Pacific Classic and the 41st Annual World Bodysurfing Championships.

8.5: 8th Annual Farm To Bay

Support coastal wildlife and local sustainability programs while sampling snacks and sips from more than 40 of SD’s finest restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries at the South Bay’s nonprofit zoo and aquarium.

The Living Coast Discovery Center: 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista, 619.409.5900,

8th Annual Farm to Bay. (Courtesy photo)

8.6: 8th Annual San Diego Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk

With a mission to double survival rates among lung-cancer patients by 2022, this fundraising 5K along the waterfront features a survivors’ area, kids’ activities, a local DJ plus plenty of refreshments.

Embarcadero Marina Park North: 400 Kettner Blvd., downtown,

Free to Breathe. (Andrew Barrera)

8.6: Vista Rod Run

Feast your eyes on 350 domestic and import vehicles made before 1974 at this car show offering live music, vendors and a 50/50 drawing with all proceeds benefiting Vista Teen Outreach.

Main Street, downtown Vista,

Vista Rod Run. (Courtesy photo)

8.6-13: Oceanside International Film Festival

Local, out-of-state and international filmmakers screen dozens of flicks over eight days as North County’s biggest film festival returns for another year of cinema.

Star Theatre and Sunshine Brooks Theatre: 217 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside,

Oceanside International Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)

8.8: 29th Annual Taste of Mainstreet

Don’t wait to buy tickets for this edible extravaganza offering bites, wine and beer from more than 30 restaurants in Encinitas.

South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas,

Taste of Mainstreet. (Courtesy photo)

8.10, 8.17, 8.24, 8.31: Flicks on the Bricks

Thursdays this month, the Athenaeum invites film aficionados to alfresco screenings of classic films about mismatched pairings, including Harold and Maude, Annie Hall, Groundhog Day and Silver Linings Playbook.

La Jolla Athenaeum: 1008 Wall St, La Jolla, 858.454.5872,

The La Jolla Athenaeum. (Courtesy photo)

8.10-13: Tiki Oasis

The world’s largest and longest-running tiki festival returns for three days and four nights of International Intrigue-themed events, including DJs, a burlesque show and a performance from Japanese rock trio The’s of Kill Bill fame.

Crown Plaza Hotel: 2270 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley; Bali Hai: 2230 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island,

Tiki Oasis. (Courtesy photo)

8.12: Burgers & Brews Invitational

Along with a hundred-plus beer tastings and unlimited samples of San Diego’s best burgers, a ticket to this event includes admission to the track plus a post-race concert from Ludacris.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar,

Ludacris. (Chadd Cady/Union-Tribune)

8.12-13: 12th Annual Artwalk @ Liberty Station

Featuring more than 200 visual artists, a dozen musical performers and a street food area with a shaded wine and beer pavilion, this sister event to the original Little Italy festival is a must-see.

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

More than 200 visual artists will be at Art Walk @ Liberty Station. (Bradley Schweit)

8.13: 12th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

Put Fido on a leash and head to this canine-centric event offering pet adoptions, puppy contests and hundreds of dog-related merchants, plus food trucks and a pawsitively perfect beer and wine garden.

Encinitas Community Park: 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas,

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer. (Courtesy photo)

8.13: Cityfest 2017

Art, music, games and hundreds of vendors await you (and 150,000 other attendees) at Hillcrest’s annual celebration of community spirit.

Intersection of University Avenue and Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest,

Cityfest. (David Brooks/ Union-Tribune)

8.18-19: 5th Annual Latin Food Fest

Raising awareness (and funds) for the fight against hunger, this vibrant street food party hosts talented cooks and culinarians providing demos and tastings for those who live for Latin food.

Embarcadero Marina Park North: 400 Kettner Blvd, downtown,

Latin Food Fest. (2014 ¡Latin Food Fest!)

8.19: Ferragosto 2017

Italian for Mid-August, this year’s Ferragosto will have a Wild West theme that includes live music, line dancing and a mechanical bull contest — all in support of the neighborhood’s three major nonprofits.

Amici Park: 1660 Union St., Little Italy,

Ferragosto. (Courtesy photo)

8.19: TVG Pacific Classic

Pick a pony to finish first during the 27th running of this 1¼-mile race that awards the winning horse a $1 million purse.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar,

TVG Pacific Classic. (K.C. Alfred/U-T)

8.19: Starlight Food & Wine Festival

Enjoy offerings from 50 top-notch wineries from around the world, while pairing sips with small bites and swaying to the tunes of a ’70s soft-rock tribute band.

Pala Casino: 11154 CA-76, Pala,


8.19: Chula Vista Harborfest

Cast your vote for the tastiest tacos and most spectacular spirits during this event featuring interactive activities, three stages of live performances and unlimited samples from chefs and wine merchants.

Bayside Park: 999 Bayside Pkwy., Chula Vista,

Harborfest. (Courtesy photo)

8.19-20: 41st Annual World Bodysurfing Championships

Witness hundreds of bodysurfers from around the world compete for trophies and prizes, with men’s and women’s grand champions announced Sunday afternoon.

Oceanside Pier: The Strand North, Oceanside,

Adam Leste competes in the 35-44 age group of the World Body Surfing Championships Saturday at the Oceanside Municipal Pier. (Bill Wechter)

8.20: 40th Annual America’s Finest City Half Marathon

Run your butt off on this scenic course that commences at Cabrillo National Monument and continues along the Big Bay and Harbor Island before passing the Star of India and concluding at the Balboa Park finish line.

Cabrillo National Monument: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, Point Loma,

Runners make their way through Balboa Park near the end of the America’s Finest City Half Marathon. (K.C. Alfred/Union-Tribune)

8.26: Pizza & Beer Festival

Sink your teeth into slices of cheesy heaven, then wash ’em down with any of 100-plus local and international craft brews while DJs and live bands amp up the afternoon before the free Slightly Stoopid concert following the races.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar,


8.26-27: 9th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival

Rub elbows with liquor industry insiders during this two-day cocktail festival and culinary celebration punctuated with tastings, seminars and bartender competitions.

Port Pavilion Broadway Pier: 1000 N. Harbor Drive, downtown,

San Diego Spirits Festival. (Courtesy photo)

8.27: 6th Annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers

Rock out to live music while knocking back unlimited samples from more than 20 of SD’s best breweries and filling up on bites from local food vendors at this annual beer fest benefiting the Mira Mesa Community Foundation.

Mira Mesa Community Park: 8575 New Salem St., Mira Mesa,

Mira Mesa Festival of Beers. (Courtesy photo)

8.27: Bike the Bay

Pedal around the bay and take advantage of the only chance of the year to bike across the Coronado Bridge during this non-competitive, 25-mile ride through Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City.

Embarcadero Marina Park South: 200 Marina Park Way, downtown,

Bike the Bay. (Courtesy photo)

Padres home games

8.1-2 vs Twins

8.14-16 vs Phillies

8.17-20 vs Nationals

8.28-30 vs Giants

100 Park Blvd., downtown, 619.795.5555,

San Diego Padres. (Chadd Cady/Union-Tribune)

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