September San Diego County Events Calendar

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Challenge Walk Multiple Sclerosis     Sept. 5-7 
The event is a 50-mile, 3-day walk from Carlsbad to San Diego. Participants will experience a personal journey of physical stamina and adventure while benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Today, the walk will travel from the Carlsbad Flower Fields to the Del Mar Mariott Hotel. 7am-4pm. (760) 448-8435 /http://www.mymschallenge.com

Old Town Fiesta de Kustom Kulture     Sept. 6
Car and motorcycle enthusiasts will not want to miss this! It’s a unique car show that features 72 hot rods, street rods, and muscle cars; plus show-quality motorcycles. Come and get a close look at the specialty art of pin striping and browse through auto & bike related merchandise. 10am-6pm. San Diego Avenue. (619) 291-4903

OM Volleyball Tournament     Sept. 6
Mini-courts are set up at Bonita Cove and ready for three-person teams to play beach volleyball. It’ll be a fun day for athletes to show off their skills. The competition will continue throughout the day as losing teams are eliminated and the final winning team is announced. 8am-5pm. Joel McMurrin (619) 247-0769 / http://www.ombac.org

La Jolla Rough Water Swim     Sept. 7
This swimming event has been a summer tradition since 1916 and is nationally ranked #1 as America’s premier open water swimming competition. The courses consist of a Junior Swim (250-yards), Amateur Swim (1-mile), Master’s Swim (1-triangular mile), and the Gatorman Swim (3-triangular miles). 9am-4pm. La Jolla Cove. (858) 456-2100 / http://www.ljrws.com

Brazilian Day San Diego Festival     Sept. 7
A fantastic festival in Pacific Beach is showcasing the culture of Brazil. The contagious drum percussion, moving rhythms, fascinating dances, exotic foods, and hand-made crafts make it a festival to remember. This event is in conjunction with the “Brazilian Day Parade”. 11am-8pm. (858) 731-4953 / http://www.braziliandaysandiego.com

San Diego Bayfair (Festival)     Sept. 12-14
For enjoyment at the San Diego Bayfair thunderboat races, this festival offers freestyle demonstration interactive displays, RV camping, live music, food, cocktails, merchandise, and powerboat memorabilia. This event is in conjunction with the “San Diego Bayfair Powerboat Races”. 6am-6pm. West Mission Bay (Crown Point) (805) 276-5135 / http://www.sandiegobayfair.org

Tierrasanta 5K Run & Fun Run/Walk     Sept. 13
Participants can choose to join a 5K Run (measured distance of 3.2-miles) or a Fun Run/Walk. Afterwards, there’s pizza & burritos, musical entertainment, a beer garden for adults, and a kids fun zone for children. The event is accompanied with a morning concert and a business expo. 6-11:30am. Tierrasanta Recreation Center. (619) 507-0666 / http://www.tierrasantafoundation.org

Heart & Stroke Walk     Sept. 13
This nationwide 5K walk encourages participants to form teams and obtain pledges for lifesaving research on heart disease and stroke. The event also presents a 1-mile miracle survivor walk that celebrates success stories for heart disease and stroke victims. 6-10am. Balboa Park. (858) 410-3849 / http://www.sdheartwalk.org

Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego     Sept. 13-14
Talented artists from around the county are presenting their amazing art creations in Old Town. The event includes a Children’s Art Show, staged entertainment, a food court, and a beer garden. If you have time to spare, there are many Old Town galleries and quaint shops to explore. 10am-6pm. (619) 233-5008 /http://www.oldtownartfestival.com

Slide The City     Sept. 13
Get ready for a big splash of fun! A 1,000-foot long inflatable water slide will be set up in downtown San Diego offering thrilling rides. Food, music, dancing, and merchandise accompany the event. Wear your swimsuit and bring your friends for a great time! 12-10pm. 8th Avenue. (619) 233-5008 / http://www.slidethecity.com

La Costa Film Festival     Sept. 18-21
We envision the creation of a unique cultural event that enhances our appreciation of the arts, and establishes not just our community, but all of North County as an entertainment hub. Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. http://www.lacostafilmfestival.org

Gaslamp Quarter Parking Day     Sept. 19
The Gaslamp Quarter brings activation to the area by transforming an entire city street into a public park complete with seating, bike racks, and musical entertainment. All persons are welcome to come. A free pancake breakfest is presented to “First Responders” (police & fire). 8am-3pm. (619) 233-5227 / http://www.gaslamp.org

Carlsbad Music Festival     Sept. 19-21
This year’s Festival will feature over 50 performances in three days with concerts in Magee Park and Carlsbad Village Theater on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the Village Music Walk on Friday, all curated by Festival Founder and Director, composer Matt McBane. Carlsbad Village. http://www.carlsbadmusicfestival.org

So Fine on Kline     Sept. 20
Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church is hosting a community family festival. Those who come can enjoy a full day of wholesome entertainment. Highlights include rock n’ roll music, game booths, a bake sale, barbequed food, beer, and a kids zone with an inflatable slide and jump house. 10am-7pm. Kline St. (858) 414-8281 /http://www.marystarlajolla.org

Mira Mesa Street Fair     Sept. 20
It’s a fun community festival that brings neighbors together to learn about local businesses, community groups, service providers, schools, and charities. The event includes stage shows, jumpers, a dunk tank, beer garden, food, merchandise, a library book sale, and police & fire displays. 10am-5pm. Camino Ruiz. (858) 566-2261 /http://www.miramesatowncouncil.org

Imperial Avenue Street Festival     Sept. 20
Local businesses along Imperial Avenue are promoting their shops with a street fair. Regional and jazz music will entertain patrons who come to relax in the beer garden and browse through booths offering food, clothing, handicrafts, toys, and more. 12-6pm. (619) 858-0563 /http://www.imperialavenuestreetfest.com

PurpleStride San Diego     Sept. 21
PurpleStride is an athletic event where participants can enjoy a 5K run/walk. It takes place at East Mission Bay with views of water, grass, and trees. Post-event activities include music, light refreshments, and games for children. Proceeds benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Network. 6:30-10:30am. (310) 706-3338 / http://www.purplestride.org

Encinitas Oktoberfest     Sept. 21
This traditional German celebration includes Bavarian entertainment, a variety of vendors, traditional German food, wine, beer, and family-oriented activities and games. 10am-5pm. Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real. http://www.encinitasoktoberfest.com

Pacific Islander Festival     Sept. 21-22
Island music can be heard at a colorful festival that celebrates Polynesian, Micronesian, and Melanesian culture. Traditional costmed dance performers, tantalizing foods, crafts, and displays of artifacts are there for you to enjoy. This is the perfect event to wear your flowered island clothing. 9am-4pm. West Mission Bay Park (Ski Beach) (619) 823-8435 / http://www.pifasandiego.com

San Diego AIDS Walk/Run     Sept. 27
AIDS Walk offers a 5K walk and a 10K run. A health fair accompanies the event with HIV testing, information, refreshments, and more. In addition, there will be an evening candlelight vigil. Proceeds will go towards ongoing research on HIV/AIDS. 6am-8pm. Normal St./Harvey Milk St. (619) 692-2077 x-220 / http://www.aidswalksd.org

Adams Avenue Street Fair     Sept. 27-28
This popular festival has seven stages and 90 musical performances of rock, blues, folk, and jazz. Art, food, and craft vendors number about 300. You can also go on carnival rides and visit the beer garden. Take your time to enjoy it all; the event is for two full days. 10am-10pm. (619) 282-7329 / http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com

Mission Beach Centennial Festival     Sept. 27
Mission Beach is a happening place. The festivities of this event include live music with an electric mix of sounds, a beer garden, food, merchandise, and a barbeque cook-off. The rides and attractions in Belmont Park serve as the fun zone. 11am-8pm. (619) 888-0273 /http://www.belmontpark.com

Tour de Fat     Sept. 27
Tour de Fat is a national traveling festival that promotes the use of bicycles as a sustainable form of transportation. It begins with a bike parade and continues with a festival offering lively entertainment, tasty food, beer, and merchandise. Bring your bike and mingle with other cyclists. 11am-5:30pm. Golden Hill Park: 2600 Golf Course Dr. (435) 901-2582 / http://www.newbelgium.com

Tour de Poway     Sept. 28
Cyclists are getting in gear for an adventurous bike ride and can choose between different course lengths; 100-mile, 62-mile, 50-mile, and a 24-mile. Each distance has various grades and elevations and scenic views from sub-cities to back country roads. 7am-4pm. (858) 679-1027 / http://www.tourdepoway.com

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