September Calendar

Padres home games:
9/7-9: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
9/10-12: vs. St. Louis Cardinals
9/14-16: vs. Colorado Rockies
9/25-27: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
9/28-30: vs. San Francisco Giants

Chargers home games:
9/16: vs. Tennessee Titans
9/23: vs. Atlanta Falcons

9/1-3: U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3-D Art Exposition
Location: Cruise Ship Terminal, Downtown
Admission: $5-$8
Info: ussandsculpting.com
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
Admission: Free
Info: sdmaritime.org
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
Admission: $125
Info: ccssd.org
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
Info: stingsandiego.com
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
Info: sandiegorestaurantweek.com
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
Admission: $25-$35
Info: sdbeerfest.org
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
Admission: $49
Info: classyawards.org
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
Admission: Free
Info: artwalkonthebay.org
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
Admission: Free
Info: pifasandiego.com
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
Admission: $79
Info: humphreysconcerts.com
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
Admission: Free
Info: adamsavenueonline.com
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.

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