With fantastic weather almost all year round, it’s no surprise that San Diego is home to some great festivals. If you’re interested in enjoying some of the top festivals available around San Diego, check out a few of these great options happening throughout the year.
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What started out as a simple festival to honor the oyster has turned into one of the hottest music and food festivals in the area. In fact, Oysterfest Music Festival, which occurs every June, has gotten so big that it has expanded from one day to two. You’ll still enjoy an excellent selection of beer, fresh oysters, and other foods. Plus, you’ll find other fun while you’re there, such as live art, a shuck and suck contest, dozens of DJs, sponsor booths, and live performances from some of the freshest bands.
Sun & Sea Festival
Head to the sandy shores of Imperial Beach to check out this exciting sand castle competition. Held every July, this festival offers more than just a chance to view some incredible works of art by world-class sand castle sculptors. You can also enjoy a pancake breakfast, Pirates in Paradise Parade, 3K beach walk and run, live music, the Sand Castle Ball, and a street festival with fair food and kiddie rides.
San Diego Spirits Festival
If you love craft cocktails, you won’t want to miss your chance to check out the San Diego Spirits Festival, which occurs every August in downtown San Diego. This two-day event brings in over 70 alcohol brands to go along with the live music, dance performances, bartender competitions, and chef demonstrations. While you’re there, be sure to check out the talented chefs, top mixologists, and great liquor purveyors as you indulge in unlimited cocktail and food samples.
Held every October in downtown Pacific Beach, the Pacific Beachfest is a free, full-day event with something for everyone to appreciate. You’ll enjoy volleyball tournaments, a 5K run, live music, a fish taco contest, and a craft beer garden. If you’re bringing the kids, make sure you stop by the Kids Action Alley for kiddie rides, games, and arts and crafts. Since the Pacific Beachfest is one of the premier festivals in the area, it brings in plenty of people. Be sure to check out hotels in the area and book early to reserve the room you want.
San Diego Bacon Fest
The San Diego Bacon Fest combines two great items into one thrilling festival: beer and bacon. Held every September, this amazing festival offers unlimited samples of beer and food. Choose the VIP admission ticket, and you’ll get to enter the festival 90 minutes early, enjoy a free brew sling to hold your drink around your neck so you have both hands free for food, and get exclusive beer samples from select breweries.
Whether you’re looking to celebrate food, drinks, or fun in the sun, you’ll find plenty to enjoy when you check out these great festivals around San Diego.