9/1-3: U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3-D Art Exposition
Location: Cruise Ship Terminal, Downtown
The best sand sculptors from around the world compete in the creation of 3-D art.
9/1-3: Festival of Sail
Location: North Embarcadero, Downtown
Touring tall ships from around the world gather for this three-day festival featuring cannon battles and pirate-themed bay cruises.
9/13: Chef Showdown
Location: Legacy Plaza at Liberty Station, Point Loma
Chefs battle head-to-head, preparing signature dishes from various San Diego restaurants to satisfy the audience and raise money for the prevention and intervention of domestic violence.
9/16: An Evening of Aloha: UCSD Burn Center Benefit
Location: Stingaree nightclub, Downtown
Admission: $20 suggested donation
Support UCSD's burn center while enjoying food from 23 of San Diego's top chefs and participating in a silent auction. The event will also support the wife of Stingaree's executive chef, who was burned during an accident July 4.
9/16-21: San Diego Restaurant Week
Location: Restaurants throughout the county
Admission: $10-$40 for meals
Eat for a discount during this semi-annual celebration of dining in San Diego, as more than 180 local restaurants offer discounted two-course lunches (for $10, $15 or $20) and three-course dinners (for $20, $30 or $40) for six days.
9/21: San Diego Festival of Beer
Location: Columbia St. and B St., Downtown
Sample beers from more than 60 breweries while
enjoying live music and snacks with a crowd
of 5,000 people.
9/22: CLASSY Awards
Location: Civic Theatre, Downtown
Philanthropic celebrities, social leaders and the next generation of do-gooders come together for this red-carpet event to celebrate the achievements of nonprofit organizations.
9/22-23: ArtWalk on the Bay
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Park, Downtown
Supports the local arts community by cruising and perusing (and then buying something) as artists display their work along the waterfront.
9/22-23: Pacific Islander Festival
Location: Ski Beach, Mission Bay
Swaying music, imported goods and exotic food mark this colorful celebration of Pacific Island (Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia) cultures.
9/28: Laugh with Maher
Location: Humphreys By the Bay, Shelter Island
Left-leaning comedian, talk-show host and filmmaker Bill Maher discusses various topics and musings.
9/29-30: Adams Avenue Street Fair
Location: Along Adams Ave. in Kensington, Normal Heights, University Heights
More than 90 musical acts perform live on seven stages along Adams Ave., which will be lined with carnival rides and more than 300 vendor and food booths.