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Events in San Diego during August include Fresh Fest, 13th annual Liberty Station ArtWalk, CityFest and Bike the Bay.

Events in San Diego during August include Cardiff Dog Days of Summer 13th annual Liberty Station ArtWalk, CityFest and Bike the Bay.

8.1-5: Oceanside International Film Festival

Independent filmmakers from far and wide put their cinematic creations on display during this event kicking off San Diego’s film festival season.

Brooks Theatre, Oceanside, osidefilm.org

Oceanside International Film Festival

Check out the independent films that will be featured at this film fest.

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8.2, 9, 16, 23: Flicks on the Bricks

La Jolla’s signature outdoor movie series is back, this year focusing on film noir with a connection to America’s finest city. Films scheduled include The Clay Pigeon, Tension, The Brothers Rico and more.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, ljathenaeum.org

8.3-5: Bazaar Del Mundo’s Annual Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market

More than two dozen Latin American artists put their vibrant creations on display, while attendees can also listen to live music, feast on Mexican cuisine and watch artisans create intricate pottery adorned with ancestral symbols.

Bazaar Del Mundo, Old Town, bazaardelmundo.com 

Bazaar Del Mundo’s Annual Latin American Festival

Bazaar Del Mundo’s Annual Latin American Festival showcases Latin American art.

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8.4: Balboa Park 8 Miler

San Diego’s longest consecutively run race returns to Balboa Park with an 8-mile route that starts and ends at Pan American Plaza and features scenic trails, stunning bridges and windy roads along the way.

Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, balboapark8miler.com

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Balboa Park 8 Miler.

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8.4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in concert

Fans of the fourth Potter film won’t want to miss this chance to catch Harry, Ron and Hermione on the big screen, while the San Diego Symphony performs the movie’s sweeping score.

Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown
sandiegosymphony.org

8.5: Vista Rod Run

More than 300 auto enthusiasts showcase their classic and specialty cars while competing to win one of 30 treasured trophies.

downtown Vista, vvba.org

Vista Rod Run

Vista Rod Run shows off the city's hot rods.

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8.11: Destination San Diego

At this all-ages first come free (with RSVP) action sports-inspired event, presented by Adidas and Journeys, enjoy live art exhibits, design studios, food, drinks, giveaways and musical performances all day.

Horton Plaza Park, 900 Fourth Ave., downtown, journeys.com/destination

8.11-12: 13th annual Liberty Station ArtWalk

Feast your eyes on the creations of more than 200 visual artists at this free event that also includes live music, a shaded wine-and-beer pavilion and a ton of street food.

Ingram Plaza, Liberty Station, artwalksandiego.org

Liberty Station ArtWalk

Liberty Station ArtWalk will feature art, music and drinks. 

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8.12: 13th annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

More than 100 rescue groups, adoption agencies and other canine-centric merchants gather in Cardiff for this free event that also features live music, dog contests, a beer and wine garden and more.

Encinitas Community Park, Encinitas, cardiff101.com

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

Perky pooches will roam the event, you might even find one you want to call your companion.

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8.12: CityFest

Join 150,000 locals in the streets of Hillcrest for the city’s largest street fair and music festival, boasting more than 250 merchants, oodles of eateries and creations from up-and-coming artists.

throughout Hillcrest, fabuloushillcrest.com

CityFest

CityFest is the city's largest street fair and music festival.

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8.12: Chula Vista Challenge San Diego Half Triathlon

This endurance race, the second in San Diego’s Triple Crown series, spans 70.3 miles before reaching the Bayside Park finish line where a beer garden and Mexican food merchants await those hearty enough to complete the challenge.

Bayside Park, Chula Vista, chulavistachallenge.com

8.18: TVG Pacific Classic

Del Mar’s richest and most prestigious race returns with a new betting challenge, a mandatory Pick Six payout and more than $50,000 in prizes.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, dmtc.com

TVG Pacific Classic

Collected, right, with jockey Martin Garcia aboard was in the lead from the start of the Pacific Classic, winning it with a time of 2:00.70. Arrogate, far left, came on at the end and finished in second place. | Photo by Howard Lipin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Howard Lipin / San Diego Union-Tribune

8.18: Harbor Fest

Board a boat tour, take a kayaking lesson or check out the Taco, Spirits & Craft Beer Festival at this culinary contest and music concert right on Chula Vista’s waterfront.

Bayside Park, Chula Vista, cvharborfest.com

Harbor Fest

Harbor Fest blends all the great things San Diego offers, from boats to booze.

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8.18-19: 42nd annual World Bodysurfing Championships

Bear witness to nearly 400 bodysurfers from around the world as they compete for trophies and prizes in the sport’s signature event.

Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, worldbodysurfing.org

World Bodysurfing Championships

Adam Leste competes in the 35-44 age group of the World Body Surfing Championships Saturday at the Oceanside Municipal Pier. Photo by Bill Wechter.

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8.19: Yoga After Dark

Grab a mat and let the night sky lead you through this practice where participants all wear headphones filled with tranquil music to drown out the downtown noises.

Horton Plaza Park, downtown, yogaafterdarkevent.com

8.19: 41st annual America’s Finest City Half-Marathon & 5K

Choose either a 5K around Balboa Park or half-marathon from the Cabrillo Monument to Pan American Plaza, then follow it up with post-race festivities including live music, flavorful fare and a craft beer garden. 

Balboa Park, downtown, inmotionevents.com

America’s Finest City Half-Marathon & 5K

Runners in the America's Finest City Half Marathon make their way through Balboa Park.(Photo by K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune

8.22: Star Wars: A New Hope in concert

Experience the first Star Wars movie like never before as the San Diego Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ iconic score while Episode IV unfolds on a cinema-size screen.

Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown, sandiegosymphony.org

Star Wars: A New Hope in concert

Star Wars: A New Hope in concert is sure to dazzle and amaze.

San Diego Symphony

8.23-26: San Diego Underground Film Festival

Independent and experimental films and filmmakers are given the festival treatment at this fourth annual event that celebrates the “anarchist spirit of independent film.”

Tenth Avenue Arts Center, East Village, sdundergroundarts.org

San Diego Underground Film Festival

The San Diego Underground Film Festival celebrates the "anarchist spirit of independent film." 

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8.24-26: 15th annual Carlsbad Music Festival

Rock out to performances by more than 60 acts encompassing everything from the classic to the contemporary during three days of music, merchants, food trucks and craft beer.

Throughout Carlsbad, carlsbadmusicfestival.org

8.26: Bike the Bay

Don’t miss the only time of year to bike across the Coronado Bridge during this scenic, non-competitive pedal-fest across the Big Bay.

Around San Diego Bay, bikethebay.net

Bike the Bay

Riders make their way over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge during the ninth annual Bike the Bay ride. (Photo by K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune

8.31-9.3: Seventh annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

Master sand sculptors from around the world take on the U.S.’s best builders during this four-day extravaganza that transforms 300 tons of sand into more than 1,000 works of art.

Broadway Pier and Pavilion, downtown, ussandsculpting.com

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge brings artists from all over the world.

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Padres Home Games

8.10-12 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
8.13-15 vs. Los Angeles Angels
8.16-19 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
8.28-29 vs. Seattle Mariners
8.30-31 vs. Colorado Rockies

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San Diego Padres relief pitcher Jose Castillo works against an Atlanta Braves batter during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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