August 17-August 18
Head to the Oceanside Pier to cheer on 350-400 world class bodysurfers from all over the globe compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes at the Annual World Bodysurfing Championships. The contest starts at 6:30am each morning, and will feature the quarter, semi and finals for all age brackets. The Men and Women's Grand Championship Final will follow the last age group final.
August 31-September 2
Broadway Pier and Pavilion
The US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition returns for its eighth year to San Diego's downtown waterfront. Using over 300 tons of sand, top sculptors from all over the world (including Russia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, and Singapore)compete against the best in the US for bragging rights and $60,000 in appearance and prize money. Adding to the festivities is live entertainment from tribute bands honoring the Beatles, Beach Boys, Dylan, Journey, and other classic groups -- plus, there’s rumors that Elvis may show up! Dozens of gourmet food trucks and a wine and beer garden will provide the ingredients for an impromptu picnic, and the kids can play in a huge sandbox or enjoy rides and free activities in the expanded Arts for Learning/San Diego Kids Zone.
Cost: $5-10, free for children under 2 in strollers, active duty military, SDPD, SDFD, other first responders with valid i.d.
Golden Hill Park
20 of San Diego’s best restaurants, exclusively curated by local food writers, will throw down their best burgers for bragging rights at the fourth annual Reader Burgers and Beer festival. Vote for your favorite while washing it all down with craft beers from more than 40 local breweries. Your ticket includes unlimited burger and beer tastings, live music, art demos and more; VIP tickets get you in an hour early.
Menghini Winery, Julian
Kick off your shoes and stomp to your heart’s content at the 23nd annual Julian Grape Stomp Festa! Enjoy tastings from 10 different wineries, live music by Roman Holiday, and a bocce ball court. Lucy look-alikes are encouraged, and a little spontaneous dancing has been known to break out! Upgrade your ticket to VIP status for convenient reserved parking, a fast-pass to the stomping vat, comfortable seating in the shaded VIP tent, a wine glass, two free cocktails and snacks.
Cost: 21+ $15, ages 6-20 $5, under 5 free, VIP $50
September 13-September 15
Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds
Billed as THE music festival for adults, KAABOO Del Mar takes pride in providing not only world-class music and uproarious comedy, but also indulgent cuisine, craft beverages, uplifting contemporary art, and personal pampering, including a spa where you can get a massage, hair blow-out, fashion consultation, or a gentlemen’s hot shave. This year’s musical lineup includes Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, Mumford and Sons, Duran Duran, Sheryl Crow, and Snoop Dogg, while the comedy events feature Bert Kreischer, Pete Holmes & Friends, Wayne Brady, Bob Saget, Kevin Smith, Jen Kirkman, Cristela Alonzo, Cameron Esposito, and more. Even the food is prepared by culinary A-listers like Antonia Lofaso, Nyesha Arrington, Richard Blais, and Michael Mina.
Cost: Ranges from $139 for a one-day pass to the “Ultimate Hang” pass for a whopping $20,000, which ensures a rock star level experience (and a payment plan!)