By Catlin Dorset

8.1 Surf Dog Competition
Imperial Beach Pier
Now in its 10th year, this fido-focused day at the beach offers beer and dog food gardens, an off-leash play area and plenty of plucky pooches hangin’ 20 in the South County waters.

8.2 Chula Vista Lemon Festival
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
Live music, lemonade, a lemon pie eating contest and more is in-store at this annual fruit fest held in the town that calls itself the “Lemon Capital of the World.”

8.6 MOVE Live on Tour
San Diego Civic Theatre, Downtown
Siblings and dance pros Derek and Julianne Hough star in this two-month-long touring production of song, choreographed dance numbers and elaborate set design.

8.6-9 Circus XTREME
Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma
If the PETA protesters outside don’t get your adrenaline pumping, the aerialists, human cannonballs, animal tamers and other daredevils inside the arena sure will.

8.8 Dog Days of Summer
Newcastle Ave. and Aberdeen Dr., Cardiff
A Lost Abbey beer garden, canine-catered contests and more than 200 vendor booths draw upwards of 10,000 four-legged friends and their owners to Cardiff for this free annual event.

8.9 San Diego Free to Breathe 5K
Embarcadero Marina Park North, Downtown
Walk/run this 3.1-miler along the downtown waterfront to raise money and awareness for programs dedicated to lung cancer research and awareness.

8.9 Hillcrest CityFest
Fifth Ave. and University Ave., Hillcrest
Join a crowd of 150,000 revelers beneath the neon “Hillcrest” sign to celebrate the neighborhood’s community, music and food during this free, all-day event.

8.9 Art in the Village
State St. and Grand Ave., Carlsbad
Peruse and purchase the works of more than 100 oil painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelers and other artists while taking in live music and sweeping ocean views.

8.9-16 Oceanside International Film Festival
Star Theatre and Sunshine Brooks Theatre, Oceanside
Oceanside’s two oldest theatres showcase documentaries, short films, student works and other flicks from independent filmmakers looking to win the Best Picture nod at the concluding awards ceremony.

8.14-17 Latin Food Festival
Broadway Pier, Downtown
Take your taste buds on a culinary voyage south of the border and beyond at this four-day fiesta featuring Latin-inspired food and drink, cooking demonstrations by local chefs, a silent auction and live music.

8.15 Ferragosto 2015: Pompeii
Amici Park, Little Italy
Party like it’s 79 AD with thousands of honorary Romans filling the streets of Little Italy (many dressed in togas) to enjoy an evening of live music, dancing and Italian food.

8.15 Julian StarFest
Menghini Winery, Julian
Find Cassiopeia, Ursa Major, Orion and other constellations in the skies above with the help of an onsite stargazing expert at this free event (telescopes provided).

8.16 America’s Finest City Half Marathon Race
Begins at Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma
Run a scenic 13.1-mile course from the Cabrillo National Monument to Balboa Park and enjoy a post-race special performance at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion during this 38th annual event.

8.18 Taste of MainStreet
Various Encinitas restaurants
Sample dishes from more than 30 Encinitas restaurants along this self-guided tasting tour peppered with live music venues and featuring 20 Sip Stops offering local wines and craft brews.

8.21 Neon Nights at Sea
Adventure Hornblower, Downtown
Electro house DJ Craig Smoove keeps the party rocking for 500 of America’s Finest ragers aboard this floating, two-story nightclub cruising San Diego Bay.

8.22 Color Me Rad
Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar
Doubling the number of color stations on the 2014 tour, volunteers armed with nontoxic, gluten-free powders and gels take aim at race participants, firing color bombs at them from eight different posts along this 5K race.

8.22 Chula Vista HarborFest
Bayside Park, Chula Vista
Chow down (and vote for your favorites) at the Taco Competition while enjoying three stages of live entertainment, free kayak lessons, a wine/beer/spirits garden and an exotic auto show.

8.22-23 World Bodysurfing Championships
Oceanside Pier
See nearly 400 bodysurfers from across the globe compete for prizes and bragging rights during this 39th annual tournament.

8.22-23 San Diego Spirits Festival
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, Downtown
Get in the spirits to celebrate San Diego’s thriving craft-cocktail and culinary scenes as nearly 100 alcohol brands help liquefy two days of bartending contests, libations and local food offerings on Broadway Pier. Ex-NBA star and Kim Jong-un BFF Dennis Rodman will be on-site to promote his Bad Boy Vodka.

8.23 Bike the Bay
Embarcadero Marina Park South, Downtown
Pedal 25 miles from downtown, across the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, south to Imperial Beach and back before rolling over to the post-race party and New Belgium beer garden at the finish line.

8.29 Cork and Draft Classic
Embarcadero Marina Park North, Downtown
Take in sweeping ocean views and live reggae/rock by local band Tribal Theory while throwing back unlimited tastings of wine and beer.

8.29 San Diego Brew & Food Festival
Waterfront Park, Downtown
This inaugural event benefiting San Diego Coastkeeper boasts world-class chefs and their dining selections, more than 70 breweries and live entertainment at downtown’s new Waterfront Park.

8.29 San Diego Beer Run
Embarcadero Marina Park South, Downtown
Enjoy two complimentary beers and beer pong tournaments at the Craft Beer Festival immediately following this 5K race.

8.30 LeucadiART Walk
Along North Coast Hwy 101, Leucadia
Hop on the free, open-air trolley to move between juried artist displays, live music stages, the craft beer garden and other attractions at this 11th annual art affair.

8/7-9: vs. Philadelphia Phillies (CocktailFest, National Purple Heart Appreciation Day and San Diego Police Department Salute 8/7; Throwback Replica Jersey 8/8; Military Salute 8/9)
8/10-12: vs. Cincinnati Reds (Taco Tuesday 8/11; Way Back Wednesday 8/12)
8/17-19: vs. Atlanta Braves (Taco Tuesday 8/18; Way Back Wednesday 8/19)
8/21-23: vs. St. Louis Cardinals ( American Red Cross Salute and WineFest 8/21; Dri Fit T-shirt 8/22; Salute to Veterans 8/23)
8/31-9/2: vs. Texas Rangers (Taco Tuesday 9/1)