By Catlin Dorset
9.26 New Belgium Brewing’s Tour De Fat
Golden Hill Park, Golden Hill, newbelgium.com
The Colorado-based beer company’s annual touring event celebrates bikes, beer and bemusement in 10 U.S. cities while also challenging festival goers to swap their hooptie for a two-wheeler to support greener living.
9.4-7 U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
B Street Cruise Ship Terminal, Downtown
Enjoy live entertainment and food truck fare while perusing 3-D, 10-ton sand masterpieces sculpted by expert artists from all around the world.
9.5 San Diego Bacon Fest
NTC Park at Liberty Station, Point Loma
Unlimited samples of bacon-wrapped baby back ribs, bacon pecan praline cinnamon buns, bacon chocolate cake and more await swine addicts at this hog heaven.
9.5 San Diego Stair Climb
San Diego Hilton Bayfront, Downtown
Climb the San Diego Hilton Bayfront’s staircase three times - for a combined 110 floors, equivalent to climbing one of New York’s former Twin Towers - to honor the 403 fallen emergency response heroes of 9/11 and to raise money for nationwide veteran and firefighter foundations.
9.5-7 Festival of Sail
Maritime Museum of San Diego, Downtown
Say Ahoy! to a weekend of swashbuckling pirates, faux cannon battles and beer at this nautical event touted as the West Coast’s largest tall ship festival.
9.6 Pier Pressure SD Mega Yacht Party
The Inspiration Yacht, Downtown
Hop aboard a $10 million yacht with 1,000 party people dressed entirely in white, grooving into the wee hours to the beats of DJ Dynamiq and five other mixmasters.
9.10 Taste of Old Town
Restaurants throughout O
Ride the Old Town Trolley to move between the 16 Mexican eateries offering traditional plates, desserts y mucho tequila samples during this annual event.
9.10 Taste of Downtown
Dozens of downtown restaurants
This 23rd annual self-guided dining tour features more than 50 downtown restaurants serving sample- size portions of their most popular dishes.
9.11 Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales
Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma
Snow White, Belle, Cinderella and more than 20 other Disney characters re-enact their classic tales and happily-ever-afters through live song and dance.
9.12 South Bay Pride
Bayside Park, Chula Vista
See pop artist Ivy Levan perform on the main stage and attend the first-ever crowning of Mr., Miss, Ms. and Mx. Gay Pride during this South County LGBT celebration.
9.13 Brazilian Day San Diego
Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach
Thousands of merrymakers fill the streets of Pacific Beach for Brazilian food, music and dancing while celebrating this year’s “Olympic Spirit” theme in advance of the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.
9.18-20 San Diego Bayfair
Vacation and Fiesta Islands, Mission Bay
Enjoy live music and beer pints onshore while watching some of the world’s fastest hydroplanes race offshore at speeds topping 200 mph.
9.18 Neon Nights at Sea
Adventure Hornblower, Downtown
DJ Schoeny lays down mad beats for a crowd of 500 aboard this floating, two- story nightclub, marking the final Neon
Nights at Sea event of the season.
9.19 Coastal Cleanup Day
Several local beaches
Join I Love A Clean San Diego in removing debris from more than 100 cleanup sites countywide and trying to beat last year’s record-breaking haul of 104 tons of litter.
9.19-20 Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival
Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado
Prewar sports cars, Trans Ams and even sedans get in on the racing action at the 18th annual “Race atthe Base.”
9.20-27 San Diego Restaurant Week
Dine at a discount at nearly 200 participating restaurants offering prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner during this semi-annual foodie favorite.
9.25-26 Poway Rodeo
Poway Valley Riders Association
Rednecks from far and wide (and east) head to North County for a weekend of beer drinking, bull riding and broken bones.
9.26 Bootcamp Challenge
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Midway District
Tunnel crawls, pushup stations and nearly 40 other obstacles lining a three-mile course stand between brave challengers and the cold beers at the post-race festival.
9.26 Hop Heads & Dreads
Harrah’s Resort SoCal, Valley Center
Dozens of local craft breweries and food trucks offer suds-tenance and sustenance to attendees jamming out to live performances by reggae acts The Expendables and Mike Love.
9.26 Ceviche Showdown
Fat Fish Cantinagrill, Pacific Beach
Seven local chefs compete for culinary glory and to win the hearts and mouths of throngs of Mexican-food lovers at Fat Fish, where live Latin beats set the tone for a delicious evening that begins with complimentary drinks (one margarita and one beer included with ticket) and ends with a trophy for best ceviche.
9.26 Del Mar Mud Run
Del Mar Fairgrounds
Run this filthy 5K for the free Miller Lite at the finish line and to raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Operation Rebound program.
9.26-27 Pacific Islander Festival
Ski Beach, Mission Bay
Celebrate and experience Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian culture through traditional food offerings and dance performances at this 21st annual event.
9.27 Bridal Bazaar
San Diego Convention Center, Downtown
Taste wedding cakes, meet photographers, see the latest in bridal fashion and arm yourself with there sources to plan your big day(s) at this one-stop shop featuring more than 200 nuptial know-it-alls.
9.27 Coronado Pet Parade &Chili Cook-Of
Promenade Park, Coronado
Because nothing quite complements a hot bowl of beans (the musical fruit) like a four-legged fur-ball panting at your feet, enter your pooch and chili recipe inthe corresponding contests for a shot at winning “Best of” nods.
9.27 Ironman 70.3 Superfrog
Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado
Founded in 1979, the Superfrog Triathlon (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run) is touted as the longest-running half-distance marathon in the world.
Padres Home Games
8/31-9/2: vs. Texas Rangers (Taco Tuesday 9/1)
9/3-6: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (College Night 9/3; BeerFest 9/4; Ferrell Takes the Field 9/5; U.S. Air and Air National Guard Appreciation Day 9/6)
9/7-10: vs. Colorado Rockies (Taco Tuesday 9/8)
9/22-24: vs. San Francisco Giants (Taco Tuesday 9/22; College Night 9/24)
9/25-27: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (Fiesta in the Park 9/25; Padres Team Photo 9/26; Salute to the Military Family 9/27)
9/29-10/1 vs. Milwaukee Brewers (Taco Tuesday 9/29; Shirts Off Their Backs Post-Game Ceremony 10/1)
Chargers Home Games
9/13: vs. Detroit Lions