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Things to Do in San Diego in August

Music festivals, an 8-mile race, a Tiki bash, and more things to see and do in San Diego this month

August 1

Boots in the Park

Head to Waterfront Park to catch Old Dominion, Dustin Lynch, Scotty McCreery, and Ryan Griffin play at this weekend music festival.

Waterfront Park

August 4

Little Italy Wednesday Mercato

Welcome the Little Italy Wednesday Mercato back to Date Street this month! Starting on August 4 and continuing every Wednesday, the Mercato serves up a variety of farm-fresh produce, eggs, meat, baked goods, fish, and more all from California farmers, fishers, and businesses. The weekly market runs on Date Street between Kettner Boulevard and State Street.

Date Street, Little Italy

August 6

Rady Shell Opening Night

Welcome the new outdoor concert venue at Jacobs Park to San Diego at its official opening night performance, led by music director Rafael Payare with the San Diego Symphony.

200 Marina Park Way

TTD - Cutwater Tiki

TTD – Cutwater Tiki

August 6

Cutwater Spirits’ Tiki Bash

Join Cutwater Spirits at their festive summer Tiki Bash at Humphreys Outdoor Concert Lawn on August 6. While enjoying the live music of The English Beat, you can try Cutwater’s three tiki-themed canned cocktails. Also available is a limited edition tiki mug, a live statue carving and painting, Cutwater giveaways, and a Yacht Rock DJ in the Marina Ballroom. All ticket sales will benefit the San Diego Food Bank.

2241 Shelter Island Drive, Point Loma

August 7

Balboa Park 8-Miler

Take a (sweaty) tour of Balboa Park at one of the city’s longest-running races. The race starts and ends in front of the Air & Space Museum.

Balboa Park

August 7–8

DAY.MVS.XL Music Festival

From the producers of CRSSD comes the electronic music fest DAY.MVS XL. At Waterfront Park, check out the household names and rising stars of the electronic and house music space, including Fisher, Lane 8, MK, and Felix Da Housecat. The two-day festival will feature two stages to keep the party going all weekend long.

1600 Pacific Highway, Embarcadero

TTD - Artwalk

TTD – Artwalk

Paul Nestor

August 7-8

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station

ArtWalk is celebrating 16 years of fine art festivities, where over 150 artists from the US and Mexico will showcase their work in a variety of media for you to peruse and shop.

Liberty Station, Point Loma

August 7

Summer Surf Fest at One Paseo

Celebrate San Diego’s surf culture at One Paseo’s Summer Surf Fest. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., catch live music from Woodie and the Longboards, a classic car show, and an art installation from local artists, all in honor of California’s surf scene. The family-friendly event will also have a vintage photo booth in a VW van, a kids’ zone, beach games, and shopping options from One Paseo’s beach-inspired shops like Roark, Urban Beach House, and Faherty.

3725 Paseo Place, Carmel Valley

August 7

Disestablishment at The San Diego Museum of Art

This new exhibit coming to The San Diego Museum of Art highlights local artist John Raymon Mireles’ photographs of the stunning sites across the country that have lost their US National Monument status. Special to this showing is an immersive element: Mireles will print his works using solvent ink on cellulose paper and, during the run, will remove the prints from the wall to allow for visitors to damage the works, in order to create a more tangible understanding of what happens when we leave these sites unprotected.

1450 El Prado, Balboa Park

August 8

Pupologie Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

Bring your pooch up the coast to this free event. It will have pet-themed vendors, adoption agencies, dog contests, and more.

425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas

TTD - Padres

TTD – Padres

August 9

Padres vs. Marlins

It’s the first of three consecutive games the San Diego Padres are playing against the Miami Marlins at Petco Park—let’s root for the home team!

Petco Park

August 13-15, 20-22

Baja Beach Fest

Ticketholders can plan a getaway across the border for two weekends of Baja Beach Fest, where the big names in reggaeton and Latin music will take the stage in Rosarito, Mexico.

Rosarito Beach

TTD - Meet the Breeds

TTD – Meet the Breeds

August 14-15

American Kennel Club Meet the Breeds

Get your puppy fix in and learn about over 100 dog breeds when this event takes place at the San Diego Convention Center.

San Diego Convention Center



August 20

Best of San Diego Party

Join us in toasting to the places, plates, and people that make San Diego simply the best—our Best of San Diego party is back. We missed you! Get your tickets here.

Legacy Plaza at Liberty Station

August 21

Petco Mobile Adoption

Need a four-legged friend in your life? Head to Petco Oceanside for their mobile adoption event with dogs from San Diego Humane Society.

2445 W. Vista Way, Oceanside

August 21

Gatsby Summer Gala by Black Swan Initiative

Join Black Swan Initiative for a grand Gatsby affair to raise money for local nonprofit Corazón de Vida. The evening will offer cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, a silent auction, art and dance performances, and much more. Cocktail attire is required and 100 percent of net profits will go to Corazón de Vida, which provides support for orphaned youth in Baja.

TTD - Carlsbad Music Fest

TTD – Carlsbad Music Fest

August 27-29

Carlsbad Music Festival

The festival is hosting its three-day lineup of indie rock, classical, and electric music entirely outdoors for the first time—enjoy food trucks, a beer garden, and dozens of performances.

Carlsbad Village

August 29

Strolling Through Summer

Chula Vista’s Third Avenue Association kicked off this new event series last month, bringing a line of themed vehicles to the downtown street on the last Sunday of every month (last month’s theme was classic cars from South Bay Cruisers). This month, see a variety of off-road vehicles, including monster trucks, on August 29 from 12 to 4 p.m., and enjoy live music and food and drink specials from local businesses.

Third Avenue, Chula Vista

Balboa Park 8-Miler

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