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Things to Do in San Diego September

When the calendar flips to September, you might think the best of San Diego's sunny days are behind us. Think again! September is actually one of the finest months to visit this coastal California gem. The throngs of summer tourists have gone, the weather is still incredibly pleasant, and there are plenty of activities to suit all ages and interests. From cultural events to outdoor adventures, here are some top things to do in San Diego this September.

things to do in San Diego this month

Here's my picks for things to do in San Diego this month. Of course no list of mine would be complete without some holistic and yoga events.

Held annually on Mission Bay, the San Diego Bayfair offers a weekend of world-class boat racing, live music, and fun activities for the whole family. Don't miss this exciting water event that turns San Diego Bay into a racetrack.

By September, the summer crowds have thinned out, but the water is still warm. Whether you're into surfing, sunbathing, or beach volleyball, now’s a great time to hit the beaches of La Jolla, Coronado, or Mission Bay.

Foodies, rejoice! San Diego Restaurant Week usually takes place in late September. It's a fantastic way to explore the city’s vibrant food scene without breaking the bank. Multiple restaurants participate, offering discounted prix fixe menus.

Held at Waterfront Park, a venue that offers stunning views of the San Diego Bay and skyline. The festival primarily focuses on electronic and dance music genres, including house, techno, and more. Since its inception, CRSSD has gained a reputation for its more "grown-up" atmosphere, catering to a 21-and-over crowd.

The Festival will once again celebrate the early days of Escondido, when agriculture was “King” and festival goers traveled from all across the state to see why Escondido was hailed as a great place to grow sweet grapes and a central hub of citrus and other crops. From 1908 to 1950, it drew thousands of Southern Californians and rivaled Pasadena’s Festival of Roses in attendance. Revived by the Escondido History Center in 1990, it ran through 2018, and then again in 2022 after the Pandemic. This year, the History Center is once again bringing the Grape Day Festival to life, with a focus on celebrating the traditions of Escondido’s glorious past. Robin Fox, from the Escondido History Center recalls, “Grape Day is Escondido’s one-day history lesson, as well as a fun time for the whole family. And it’s free”

Boots in the Park

Country music’s hottest artist, Kane Brown, takes over Waterfront Park in San Diego on Saturday, September 9, with Tyler Hubbard, Flo Rida and many more!

San Diego Yoga Festival is San Diego's largest yoga festival and it is held right on the beach in Imperial Beach! We will be offering yoga classes every hour from 9:30 AM until sunset on the beach on Saturday + Sunday! Classes will be all levels, unique and different, taught by some of the best teachers and leave you feeling balanced in mind, body and soul. Along with this we will have an epic vending area with shopping and healthy food along with healing services like Reiki and sound healing.

West Coast Taco & Beer Festival is back for our fall edition in San Diego! Guests will experience bottomless craft beer/hard cider/seltzers & other beverage tastings from local and regional breweries & beverage companies as well as access to culinary food vendors selling the all types of tacos + other street food items on their menu.

Join us to experience Del Mar’s newest and most delicious tasting experience – the two-day Grand Tasting featuring bites from Celebrity Chefs and great local restaurants plus over 200 wines, beers, and spirits.

New Moon is a potent time to rest, go inward, and explore our heartfelt intentions. Allow the vibrations of the Gongs and Crystal Sound Bowls to bring you into deep rest in order to activate self-healing. It is an inspiring time to consciously connect to the lunar energy. Come and experience it for yourself!

Soak up good vibes and raise your energy frequency with gentle body movements, Reiki, Bach Flower Remedies, Sound Bath, Tuning Forks & more!

Round up the crew and join us for one of the top markets in the country. We will be bringing the freshest vintage, rustic, farmhouse, shabby chic, mid-mod, handmade, and much more on Sept. 29 & 30 from some of the best vendors on the west coast!

Donuts + Beer — The Sweetest Festival in Town

Love Donuts? Who doesn't? Enjoy beer? Us too — so join us for the sweetest event in your town! Donut Fest curates our favorite donuts and guests can simply enjoy a Sunday Funday while sampling donuts, enjoying beer, coffee and more with a fun-filled tasty event! We need your help to name your city's Favorite Donut too.

626 Night Market is back in San Diego and FREE! Bringing the epic flavors of our giant flagship food festivals in a MINI version to San Diego.

Featuring some of our most popular, local, small business food pop-ups (curated by the 626 Night Market team), merchandise/craft vendors, a full bar, and live music.

September is truly my favorite month in San Diego. The weather is beautiful, the crowds are gone and there is tons to do!

If you have thought about making San Diego your home, I'd be honored to help you discover all this city has to offer. Reach out and get a conversation started!


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