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San Diego Festivals and Events Guide

With tons of sunshine and long, sandy beaches, San Diego is the perfect place for festivals and parties. Though summertime is prime festival season, you’ll find events throughout the year. From art shows to food festivals to theater productions, we promise you’ll find plenty of San Diego festivals and events that fit your interests.


For two days, visitors can enjoy food, live music, beer, and if they’re brave, compete in the “shuck and suck” contest at one of the best events in San Diego CA. This festival celebrates its 10th year San Diego in 2019. Past years’ music lineups have included Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros, Devo, Cake, and Passion Pit among others.

Sun & Sea Festival

This summer festival in Imperial Beach, just south of San Diego, showcases the work of world-class sand castle builders. The free festival also features a kids’ zone, farmers’ market, and international food fair. Sand castles are a part of this city’s blood. Imperial Beach was the site of the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition for 32 years, from 1980 to 2011.

Summer Shakespeare Festival

From June to September, The Old Globe hosts its Summer Shakespeare Festival. This Tony Award-winning theater is a must for any theater fan. Built in 1935, the Old Globe is modeled off the original Old Globe in London, where Shakespeare staged his plays. San Diego’s version has produced more than 20 shows that have gone on to play on and off Broadway. Its productions have won 13 Tony Awards.

San Diego Pride

If you’ve ever been to a pride parade, you’ve probably heard that San Diego has one of the best San Diego festivals in the nation. This July festival celebrates the LGBTQ community, self-love and acceptance. There’s dancing, music, vendors, a rally, and of course, the parade. In 2018, the San Diego Pride Parade was attended by an estimated 300,000 people. It’s kind of a big deal.

The San Diego County Fair is One of the Best Events in San Diego CA

This fair runs from May to July at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and was attended by more than 1.5 million people in 2018. There’s live music, comedy shows, vendors, tons of delicious, greasy fair food, rides and a kids’ zone.

The list of festivals and events in San Diego goes on and on. There’s a flair and buzz about San Diego that we absolutely love, and our list of events showcases the best about San Diego. So pick a festival or two and join us in this beautiful city. Call us today to reserve one of our vacation rentals and to learn more about events in San Diego CA!