August Event Calendar

By Catlin Dorset


8/23:

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Me Rad 5K

Location:

Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley

Admission:

$30-$45

Info:

colormerad.com
Find your true colors during this (non-toxic, gluten-free) color-bombed run benefiting
Deaf Community Services of San Diego.

8/2: Western Regional Chili Cookoff & Salsa Contest

Location:

Del Mar Fairgrounds

Admission:

Free with racetrack admission

Info:

dmtc.com
Chill out with endless free samples of spicy stews and salsas before rocking out to the post-race Weezer concert.

8/2: Taste of the Past

Location:

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Admission:

$15

Info:

parks.ca.gov
Send your taste buds back to mid- 1800s San Diego (before California burritos ruled the land) at this self- guided culinary sampling tour of restaurants in Old Town.

8/2: Semper Tri and Devil Dog Duathlon

Location:

Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton

Admission:

$80-$90

Info:

hardcorpsraceseries.com
Try to keep up with San Diego's active duty military during this triathlon (500-meter swim, 30K bike, 5K run) or duathlon (2K run, 30K bike, 5K run) through Camp Pendleton's rocky terrain.

8/2-3: South Bayfront Powwow

Location:

Marina View Park, Chula Vista

Admission:

Free

Info:

southbayfrontpowwow.com
Celebrate local diversity and Native American customs through traditional dance, food and song.

8/3: Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Location:

Third Ave., Chula Vista

Admission:

Free

Info:

thirdavenuevillage.com
The Lemon Capital of the World (according to people who live there) draws 30,000 tart lovers to the streets of Chula Vista for a day of live entertainment, arts and crafts, and a lemon-pie-eating contest.

8/3-10: Oceanside International Film Festival

Location:

The Brooks Theatre and Star Theatre, Oceanside

Admission:

$15-$50

Info:

ocaf.info
See feature films, documentaries and shorts in this fifth annual festival highlighting independent filmmakers.

8/7-10: Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus Presents: Legends

Location:

Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma

Admission:

$22.50-$112.50

Info:

ringling.com
Death-defying entertainers dazzle audiences with lion taming, trapeze stunts and the like, all while dodging PETA picketers.

8/7, 14, 21 & 28: Outdoor Film and Wine Series: Flicks on the Bricks

Location:

Athenaeum Outdoor Patio, La Jolla

Admission:

$17-$22

Info:

ljathenaeum.org
Back for its eighth year, this 21-and-up event series screens classic flicks

North by Northwest

,

To Kill A Mockingbird

,

Singing in the Rain

and

The Thomas Crown 

Affair

on consecutive Thursday nights in August, with a special wine pairing for each film.

8/9:  Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

Location:

Newcastle Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Admission:

Free

Info:

cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com
Fetch your favorite four-legged friend for a day of doggone contests, pooch adoptions and K9-focused vendor booths.

8/10: Fantasia Live in Concert

Location:

Embarcadero Marina Park South, Downtown

Admission:

$20-$79

Info:

sandiegosymphony.org
Conductor Randall Craig Fleisher leads the San Diego Symphony through musical scores from Walt Disney's

Fantasia

and

Fantasia 2000

while the films play on an enormous screen above the orchestra.

8/10: Art in the Village

Location:

State St. and Grand Ave., Carlsbad

Admission:

Free

Info:

carlsbad-village.com
Go green and ride your bike to this year's local art showcase - featuring works by more than 100 sculptors, photographers and other artists - to receive complimentary valet service from the San Diego County Bike Coalition.

8/10: Hillcrest Cityfest

Location:

Fifth Ave. and University Ave., Hillcrest

Admission:

Free

Info:

fabuloushillcrest.com
Rage in the streets of Hillcrest with 150,000 other festivalgoers at this annual outdoor celebration of community, featuring DJs, a water slide and a beer garden.

8/14-17: Tiki Oasis

Location:

Bali Hai Restaurant, Point Loma; The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Mission Valley

Admission:

$15-$300

Info:

tikioasis.com
Soak-in burlesque performances, art, live music and mai-tais at what's hailed as the largest Tiki gathering in the world.

8/16: Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Location:

Del Mar Fairgrounds

Admission:

Free with racetrack admission

Info:

dmtc.com
Dine at a discount as 50 of SoCal's finest food trucks converge at the track, then wash it down with a frosty selection(s) from the beer garden

8/16: Del Mar PBR

Location:

Del Mar Fairgrounds

Admission:

$16-$66

Info:

pbr.com
When 150-pound cowboys risk broken bones and death to stay on a 2,000-pound bull for eight seconds, someone's bound to have some bucking fun.

8/16-17: ArtWalk NTC

Location:

NTC Liberty Station, Point Loma

Admission:

Free

Info:

artwalksandiego.org
See (and buy) paintings, sculptures, photography and other works by nearly 200 artists at this two-day event offering live entertainment, interactive art projects, and a beer and wine pavilion.

8/16-17: World Bodysurfing Championships

Location:

Oceanside Pier

Admission:

$50 to compete; free to watch

Info:

worldbodysurfing.org
Watch nearly 400 bodysurfers dive into the North County waters in hopes of catching a righteous wave and the Grand Champion crown.

8/19: Taste of MainStreet

Location:

Several restaurants in Encinitas

Admission:

$35-$45

Info:

encinitas101.com
Sample some of the best eats, drinks and tunes Encinitas has to offer during this self-guided tour of more than 30 of the neighborhood's restaurants, bars and live music venues.

8/23-24: San Diego Spirits Festival

Location:

Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, Downtown

Admission:

$85-$90

Info:

sandiegospiritsfestival.com

Sample cocktails and cuisine along the downtown waterfront at this sixth annual event showcasing a world of alcohol flavors while spotlighting the San Diego's local food and nightlife scene.

8/24: Bike the Bay 

Location:

Embarcadero Marina Park South, Downtown

Admission:

$60-$65

Info:

bikethebay.net
Bike a 25-mile loop around San Diego Bay and across the Coronado Bridge and then celebrate having done so in the New Belgium beer garden at the finish line.

8/29-9/1: Festival of Sail

Location:

Maritime Museum, Little Italy

Admission:

$7 to watch; $14-$72 to sail

Info:

sdmaritime.org
Shiver your timbers with swarthy pirates, booming cannon battles and the largest tall ship festival on the west coast.

8/29-9/1: US Sand Sculpting Challenge

Location:

B Street Cruise Ship Terminal, Downtown

Admission:

$10 per day; four-day pass $18

Info:

ussandsculpting.com
See a dozen artists sculpt 300 tons of sand into gravity-defying sandcastles and other impressive forms. Easier-to-carry 3-D sculptures made of metal, stone and wood are also available for perusal and purchase.

8/30: Hormel Black Label Bacon Fest

Location

Preble Field at Liberty Station, Point Loma

Admission

$60-$100

Info:

 

sdbaconfest.com
Squeal with excitement for bacon- wrapped hot dogs, peanut-butter-banana-bacon-jam sandwiches and a whole lot more bacon-y goodness on International Bacon Day.

8/30-31: Swim 24Challenge

Location:

Coggan Family Aquatic Complex, La Jolla; Canyonview Aquatic Complex, UCSD

Admission:

$100 fundraising goal

Info:

swim24.org
This 24-hour event challenges relay teams to swim around the clock (each team member swims for at least one hour) to support the San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation's initiative to reduce childhood drowning.


8/30-9/1: West Coast Stickball Tournament

Location:

Columbia St. and State St., Little Italy

Admission:

Free

Info:

littleitalysd.com
Grab a slice of pizza and cheer on San Diego's stickball heroes as they compete against teams from New York and Puerto Rico.

Padres Home Games
8/1-3: vs. Atlanta Braves
8/11-13: vs.Colorado Rockies
8/25-27: vs. Milwaukee Brewers
8/29-31: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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