Things to do in September


Events to look out for this month around San Diego include Cardiff Greek Festival, Aloha Run, ArtWalk Carlsbad and Adams Avenue Street Fair.

9.1: Big SoCal Euro 2019

Scope out more than 3,000 imported vehicles — or showcase your own set of wheels — at one of the West Coast’s largest European auto gatherings, featuring drag racing, a swap meet and an unforgettable after-party.

SDCCU Stadium, Mission Valley,

9.6: Fourth annual Play on the Bay

Do your part to support local educators while enjoying spectacular food, drinks and live music during this exquisite affair on the waterfront.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado,

9.7: Ninth annual San Diego Blues Festival

Outstanding acts perform brooding blues tunes at this beloved event that raises funds for the fight against hunger.

Embarcadero Marina Park North, Downtown,

9.7: Memorial Stair Climb

Raising awareness for the sacrifices made by fearless firefighters and their families, this 110-story climb commemorates the 403 emergency responders who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Downtown,

9.7: 23rd annual Julian Grape Stomp

Slosh around in a vat full of fruit before feasting on exotic food, sipping samples from local wineries, and strutting your stuff to Italian anthems at this annual oenophilic extravaganza.

Menghini Winery, Julian,

9.7-8: 41st annual Cardiff Greek Festival

Munch on mouthwatering Greek eats and out-of-this-world pastries while musicians and folk dancers perform alongside cooking demonstrations, beer presentations and many other Mediterranean delights.

Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Cardiff,

9.8: Aloha Run

Run or walk along the scenic course of this festive, island-inspired 5/10K followed by a post-race luau replete with live Hawaiian music and other tropical attractions.

Tecolote Shores Park, Mission Bay,

9.8: Rock the Bay Triathlon

Downtown’s song-centric triathlon is back with a boardwalk swim entry, a one-of-a-kind cycling course and a concluding run along the Embarcadero.

Bayfront Park, Downtown,

9.13-15: San Diego Bayfair

Owners of RVs won’t want to miss this three-day beach-party barbecue that features fireworks, craft brews and a frenzy of fast boats.

Crown Point and Fiesta Island, Mission Bay,

9.15: Ironman 70.3 Superfrog

Run, swim and cycle as never before during this half-Ironman challenge held annually, starting in Imperial Beach and continuing along Coronado’s Silver Strand.

Portwood Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach,

A photo of Ironman 70.3 Superfrog
Ironman 70.3 Superfrog
(Sean M. Haffey Staff/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

9.21: One Love Movement’s 8th Annual Charity Yoga Event

Join a live DJ and more than 1,000 local yogis at this bayfront fundraiser that features a wellness garden and supports social justice efforts for refugees held along the Mexican border.

Waterfront Park, Little Italy,

9.21: 35th annual Coastal Cleanup Day

Pitch in to help beautify more than 100 sites throughout the county at this environmental effort that’s a proud part of National Cleanup Day.

Throughout San Diego,

9.21-22: Second annual ArtWalk Carlsbad

This fine art festival showcases painters, chalk artists and many of North County’s most talented creators before concluding with a live performance by the one and only A.J. Croce.

Armada Drive, Carlsbad,

9.21-22: 25th annual Pacific Islander Festival

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

Ski Beach, Mission Bay,

9.21-22: 17th annual Vista Viking Festival

Hurl spears, throw axes and amble through historic encampments while listening to live music, eating exotic food and experiencing what life was like during the Viking era.

Norway Hall, Vista,

9.21-22: 38th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair

With six stages, 80 musical acts and more than 300 arts, crafts and clothing merchants, this free two-day music festival returns with four beer gardens, carnival rides and oodles of festival food.

Adams Avenue, Normal Heights,

9.22: 16th annual Harvest for Hope Fundraiser

Treat your palate to plates and pairings created by some of the county’s finest chefs during this culinary fundraiser for children from underprivileged families who are fighting cancer.

Brick, Liberty Station,

9.24-29: GI Film Festival

Movie buffs with an appreciation for the military won’t want to miss this film festival, which depicts service members’ struggles and triumphs through various forms of cinematic storytelling.

Venues throughout San Diego,

9.27-28: Poway Rodeo

Celebrating the culture of the Old West, this bareback riding competition also includes rodeo clowns, steer wrestling and a traditional dance on both nights.

Poway Valley Riders Association Arena, Poway,

9.27-29: 2019 MCAS Miramar Air Show

Recognizing the contributions and sacrifices of our nation’s first responders, this aerial exhibit offers a look at past and present aircraft — along with an extensive array of ground-combat equipment — giving enthusiasts a rare glimpse of wartime weapons.

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar,

A photo of MCAS Miramar Air Show
MCAS Miramar Air Show
(Howard Lipin/The San Diego-Union-Tribune)

9.28: San Diego Polo Classic

Polo players from far and wide compete in two fast-paced matches during this lavish event boasting boutiques, hat contests and a postgame party with the players.

Del Mar Arena, Del Mar,

9.29: beWELL Fitness Fair

This fitness-focused fundraiser for Rady Children’s Hospital includes a yoga session, a boot camp class and a vendor village full of wares to increase your well-being.

La Jolla High School, La Jolla,

A photo of a woman doing yoga at a stadium
Young happy sporty girl sitting in yoga pose at the stadium. Yoga woman meditating on green grass against the sun.
(Andrii Bicher/iStock/Getty Images)

9.29: 30th annual Mission Bay Triathlon

Join more than 2,000 competitors from around the country at this athletic event that begins with a swim at Bonita Cove and concludes under Belmont Park’s iconic roller coaster.

Bonita Cove, Mission Bay,

Padres Home Games

9.6-8 vs Colorado Rockies
9.9-12 vs Chicago Cubs
9.20-22 vs Arizona Diamondbacks
9.24-26 vs Los Angeles Dodgers