Things to do in September

September is filled with cool events including CRSSD, San Diego Restaurant Week, KAABOO Del Mar and the 36th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair.

9.1-4: U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

Sand sculptors from around the world compete for top honors during this four-day bayside extravaganza that includes live entertainment, a dozen gourmet food trucks and 300 tons of imported sand.

Broadway Pier and Pavilion: 1000 N Harbor Drive, downtown,

9.1-4: U.S. Maritime Museum Festival of Sail

Scores of tall ships, windjammers and nautical vessels of all varieties return to the San Diego Bay for California’s largest tall ship festival, while merchants, beer gardens and live entertainment line the Embarcadero’s waterfront.

Maritime Museum of San Diego: 1492 N Harbor Drive, downtown,

9.1-3: Polo America’s 2nd Annual Beach Polo Cup

Fifty horses and as many polo players compete in four matches during this lavish, three-day event featuring pop-up boutiques, hat contests and informal fashion shows.

Hotel del Coronado: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado,

9.2: San Diego Bacon Fest

Celebrate International Bacon Day with thousands of other swine-loving locals as oodles of restaurants and more than two dozen breweries provide the goods for pigging out in style.

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

9.2: 21st Annual Julian Grape Stomp Festa

Stomp grapes then play a round of bocce ball, sample sips from local wineries or enter the I Love Lucy lookalike contest at this event for oenophiles set against a live Italian soundtrack.

Menghini Winery: 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian,

9.3: Big SoCal Euro 2017

Scope out more than 3,300 imported vehicles - or showcase your own set of wheels - at one of the West Coast’s largest all-European car gatherings.

Qualcomm Stadium: 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley,

9.7: Taste of Del Mar

Culinary creations from more than 20 of Del Mar’s best restaurants and several sip stops will be accompanied by live music while walking between venues.

Del Mar Village: 1104 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar,

9.9: 10th Annual South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival

Celebrate love, equality and South Bay Pride at this free event featuring live bands, DJs and dancing, along with artisans, adult beverages and loads of beachy activities.

Bayside Park, 999 Bayside Pkwy., Chula Vista,

9.9: San Diego Blues Festival

Nine outstanding acts provide head-bobbing blues tunes at this event that raises funds to support the battle against hunger in San Diego County.

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

9.9: Carlsbad Brewfest

Join 1,500 fellow beer aficionados as they sip samples from more than 30 craft breweries and cider houses during nearly five hours of music, entertainment and games.

Holiday Park: crossroads of Chestnut Street and Pio Pico, Carlsbad,

9.9-10: The 39th Annual Cardiff Greek Festival

Mouth-watering Greek food and out-of-this-world pastries complement award-winning musicians and folk dancers as they perform amid cooking demonstrations, beer presentations and other Mediterranean delights.

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church: 3459 Manchester Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea,

9.10: Brazilian Day San Diego

Celebrating 10 years in San Diego, the West Coast’s largest Brazilian festival floods the streets of Mission Beach with South American arts, sports and live music, as well as a not-to-be-missed beer garden.

Belmont Park: 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach,

9.11: 2017 San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Raising awareness for the sacrifices made by firefighters and their families, this 110-story climb specifically commemorates the 403 emergency responders who gave their lives 16 years ago on 9/11.

The Hilton San Diego Bayfront: 1 Park Blvd., Downtown ,

9.14: Dîner en Blanc

Don all white for this chic pop-up picnic - centered on appearance and etiquette -hosted at a public venue that’s kept mum until the very last minute.

Location TBD,

9.14: Taste of Downtown

Feast on samples from more than 40 restaurants throughout the Gaslamp, Civic/Core, Seaport Village and East Village on this self-guided restaurant tour showcasing downtown’s best bites.

Throughout downtown,

9.15-17: KAABOO

Combining today’s hottest music acts with many of the country’s best comedians, this three-day adult escape returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for a third consecutive year. Headlined by P!nk, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and featuring the comedic stylings of Patton Oswalt, Norm MacDonald, David Spade, and many other stand-up comics, KAABOO plays host to incredible cuisine, inspiring art and plenty of personal indulgences.

Del Mar Fairgrounds: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar,

9.15-17: San Diego Bayfair

Three days of family, friends, fireworks and fast boats will be on hand at this high-energy bayside celebration ideal for RV owners.

Mission Bay,

9.22: San Diego Festival of Beer

Back for its 23rd year, this indoor/outdoor cancer-fighting fundraiser offers live music and unlimited samples from more than 60 different breweries

Broadway Pier: 1000 N Harbor Drive, downtown, downtown,

9.22-24: MCAS Miramar Air Show

The nation’s largest military air show takes flight above Miramar, while an exhibit of past and present aircraft, along with an extensive array of ground-combat equipment, offers enthusiasts an insider’s glimpse of wartime equipment.

Marine Corps Air Station,

9.23: Crab Fest

The city’s quintessential all-you-can-eat crustacean confab returns with 20,000 pounds of freshly cooked crab, plus interactive exhibits and live DJs.

Marina Village: 1936 Quivira Way, Mission Bay,

9.23: San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration

More than 160 Southern Californian vendors, dancers and entertainers convene at the San Diego Zoo for an internationally inspired food-, wine- and beer-tasting event featuring seven live stages and offering exotic animal interactions.

San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park ,

9.23: Pacific Islander Festival

Get immersed in the culture of the indigenous people of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia during this annual celebration of the Pacific Islander lifestyle.

Ski Beach: 1600 Vacation Road, Mission Bay,

9.23-24: Vista Viking Festival

Celebrate Viking culture at this two-day Nordic festival, featuring live music, beer gardens, a KidZone and competitions such as the battle cry, horn blowing, fiery axe toss and the world-famous fish fling.

Norway Hall Foundation: 2006 E. Vista Way, Vista,

9.24-10.1: San Diego Restaurant Week

Don’t wait to make reservations as more than 180 area restaurants offer steep discounts on prix fixe menus over the course of eight consecutive days.


9.30-10.1: CRSSD

The infamous underground dance music festival arrives for a sixth edition, featuring Richie Hawtin, Cut Copy and Chromeo, among dozens of other acts.

Waterfront Park: 1600 Pacific Hwy., downtown,

9.30: AIDS Walk & Run

In remembrance of the lives lost to AIDS, this ambulatory event also raises funds to support the many San Diegans currently living with HIV/AIDS.

Throughout Hillcrest,

9.30-10.1: 36th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair

With six stages, 80 musical acts and more than 300 arts, crafts and food vendors, this free two-day music festival returns with even better beer gardens, carnival rides and festival food.

Adams Avenue and Normal Heights,


9.1-3 vs. Dodgers

9.4-7 vs. Cardinals

9.18-20 vs. Diamondbacks

9.21-24 vs. Rockies

100 Park Blvd., downtown, 619.795.5555,


9.1: Renegades

9.8: IT, Home Again

9.15: American Assassin

9.22: The Lego Ninjago Movie, Victoria and Abdul, Battle of the Sexes, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Friend Request

9.29: Flatliners, American Made


You’ll float too.

Drama | Horror

Directed by Andrés Muschietti

Starring Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer

In theaters: Sept. 8

After a series of children disappear in a rural New England town, seven school-age friends encounter an evil clown with an affinity for abduction.