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,

A photo of Big SoCal Euro
Big SoCal Euro
(Courtesy photo)

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,

A photo of Play on the Bay
Play on the Bay
(Charissa Magno)

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,

A photo of San Diego Blues Festival
San Diego Blues Festival
(Jon Naugle)

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,

A photo of 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
(Bill Wechter)

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,

A photo of Julian Grape Stomp
Julian Grape Stomp
(Courtesy photo)

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,

A photo of Cardiff Greek Festival
Cardiff Greek Festival
(Courtesy photo)

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,

A photo of Aloha Run
Aloha Run
(Courtesy photo)

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,

A photo of Rock the Bay Triathlon
Rock the Bay Triathlon
(Courtesy of Endurance Sports)

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,

A photo of San Diego Bayfair 2018
San Diego Bayfair
(Chadd Cady)

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,

A photo of One Love Movement’s Charity Yoga Event 2018
One Love Movement’s Charity Yoga Event
(Jenn Ludwig)

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,

A photo of Coastal Cleanup Day
Coastal Cleanup Day
(Courtesy photo)

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,

A photo of ArtWalk Carlsbad
ArtWalk Carlsbad
(Courtesy photo)

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,

A photo of Pacific Islander Festival
Pacific Islander Festival
(Courtesy photo)

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,

A photo of Vista Viking Festival
Vista Viking Festival
(Courtesy photo)

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,

A photo of Adams Avenue Street Festival
Adams Avenue Street Festival
(Jared Gase)

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,

A photo of Harvest for Hope Fundraiser
Harvest for Hope Fundraiser
(Courtesy photo)

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,

A photo from 'This One Step,' a film playing during GI Film Festival
‘This One Step,’ a film playing during GI Film Festival
(Courtesy photo)

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,

A photo of Poway Rodeo
Poway Rodeo
(Reed Settle)

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,

A photo of San Diego Polo Classic
San Diego Polo Classic
(Kel Casey)

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,

A photo of Mission Bay Triathlon
Mission Bay Triathlon
(Osamu Chiba )

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