Held in early January

Location:  De Anza Cove in Mission Bay


Hours: 9am – noon

Brave the cold water at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay and water-ski without a wetsuit to earn a Penguin Patch.

Mainly Mozart Spotlight

Location:  Neuro Science Institute La Jolla

Held January – April


The annual spotlight concert series highlights chamber music.

San Diego New Year’s Day Race

Held on New Year’s Day

Location:  Shelter Island Yacht Club


Traditional regatta with all classes and multi-hull boats.


Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series

Held thru April

Location: Neuro Science Institute La Jolla


The annual spotlight concert series highlights chamber music.

Whale Watching

Season is mid December – mid March

Location: Cabrillo Nation Monument or on special whale-watching cruises


Annual migration of California gray whales to the warm breeding grounds off the coast of Baja California.

Buick Invitational

Held in early February

Location:  Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla


Annual PGA Tour men’s golf tournament.  Buick Invitational Pro-Am with local and national professionals.

Wildflowers Bloom

Takes place in February, depending on weather conditions


Call for additional information

In the desert depending on rainfall in winter, the natural beauty of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park is enhanced by the almost magical appearance of desert wildflowers in the spring.

Kumba Fest

Held in early February

Location: Lyceum Theatre, Horton Plaza, downtown San Diego


 A black history month celebration of African-American arts, creativity and cultural heritage. Co-produced with the San Diego Repertory Theatre’s African-American Council. Showcases African American art and cultural heritage, with a variety of drama, song and poetry. 

San Diego Brazil Carnival

Held in February

Location: Downtown San Diego


The annual Gala Event will be held at a downtown location. The Brazilian ‘Mardi Gras’ Ball features a samba show, Mardi Gras Beads, Cappeira (exhibit of dance with martial arts), carnival bands, parades and a costume contest with the first prize winner receiving a trip to Brazil.

San Diego International Auto Show

Held in mid February

Location: San Diego Convention Center


Features foreign and domestic cars, futuristic concept cars, never-before seen models and many others.

World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship
Held in late February

Location: La Costa Resort


The Accenture Match Play Championship returns to the La Costa Resort and Spa. The prestigious event features the world’s top 64 players from the Official World Golf ranking in dramatic head-to-head, single elimination match play competition. Mon and Tues: practice rounds, Wed-Sat am: competition rounds, Sat pm: Semifinal Match and Sun: Championship


Annual America’s Schooner Cup Charity Regatta

Held most of March and April

Location: San Diego Harbor


Schooners compete in San Diego Harbor.

San Diego International Film Festival

Held most of March

Location: Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD, La Jolla and Hazard Center


 Premieres of feature films from around the world. Also includes “Celebrating Animating” and the “The Short Night” featuring short subject films.


Butterflies & Orchids

Held early – mid April

Location: San Diego Wild Animal Park’s Hidden Jungle exhibit


Thousands of butterflies from around the world swarm the San Diego Wild Animal Park’s Hidden Jungle exhibit. The Crevasse, adjacent to Hidden Jungle, features stick insects, leaf bugs and leaf cutters ants. More than 300 orchids are displayed during this two week spring fling and the horticulture staff gives daily presentations on orchid care and cultivation during park hours.

Annual Jewish Film Festival

Held the first two weeks of April

Location:  AMC Theaters at La Jolla and Hazard Center


Annual presentation of American and International features, documentaries and short subjects that explore the Jewish experience.

Annual Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair/Parade

Held in late April

Location: San Diego


Call for exact location and further information

Parade route travels from Levant to Comstock on Linda Vista Road. Fair is located at Linda Vista Road, between Comstock and Ulrich Streets, and features ethnic food and entertainment.

Annual San Diego Adams Avenue Roots Festival

Held in late April

Location: San Diego


Free vintage blues, folk, jazz, country and international music on 6 stages.

Annual Union-Tribune San Diego A La Carte Festival

Held in late April

Location: Presidents Way & Park Blvd, Balboa Park


Food from San Diego’s best restaurants, unique micro beers, live music, entertainment, special activities for kids and celebrity chef demonstrations.

Art Walk

Held in late April

Location: Little Italy, downtown San Diego


The two day festival showcases visual and performing artists in their work environment and in stage areas.


Buds ‘n Blooms

Held all of May

Location:  Balboa Park


The magnificent horticulture of Balboa Park is the centerpiece for this annual spring celebration. Features floral-themed activities, museum exhibits, tours, performances and free outdoor family activities. 


Score Baja 500

Usually held in early May

Location: Ensenada


Admission Free

Annual off-road car, motorcycle, truck loop race in Baja California, Mexico. Starts and ends in Ensenada.

Annual Fiesta Del Sol

Held in June

Location: Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach


Celebrate the beginning of summer with music, entertainment, children’s games, arts and crafts.

Del Mar Fair

Usually held in mid June

Location:  Del Mar Fairgrounds


San Diego’s annual county fair.

Annual Mainly Mozart Festival

Usually held in June

Locations:  San Diego Baja California, Mexico


An all-star orchestra performs the works of Mozart and other baroque, classical and romantic composers. 

Annual Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival

Usually held in mid – late June

Location: Lake Skinner


This festival features food, entertainment, wine-tasting, exhibits, kids fair and balloon launches. The balloons are launched at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Lake Skinner, weather permitting.

Old Town State Park Fourth of July Celebration

Held on the fourth of July

Location: Old Town State Park Plaza


Free old fashioned 4th of July celebration with flag raising event, pony rides, hay rides, stage entertainment and family games.

San Diego Balloon Association Hot Air Balloon Classic

Held on the fourth of July

Location:  Del Mar Racetrack Grandstand


Balloon Race begins at 6 p.m. Viewing is included in Del Mar Fair admission.

Annual San Diego Lesbian and Gay Parade, Rally and Festival
Held in late July

Location: Balboa Park


Annual San Diego Lesbian and Gay Parade, Rally and Festival include a rally, parade, 5k run, and a 1.5 mile walk.

Annual US Open Sandcastle Competition
Usually held in mid July

Location: Imperial Beach Pier


Saturday events include parade at 10am and children’s sandcastle contest at 2pm with a fireworks display at dusk. Sandcastle competition is Sunday starting at 7:30am-12:30pm, with awards following the contest.

Annual World Championship Over-The-Line Tournament
Held in mid July

Location: Fiesta Island, Mission Bay

Over-the-line softball is played on a small field and is unique to San Diego. There is free viewing of San Diego’s original beach softball event at Fiesta Island, Mission Bay.

California State Summer Games

Held in mid July

Location: Vary throughout San Diego County including Qualcomm Stadium, Balboa Stadium and University of San Diego

California State Games create an Olympic style competition for amateur athletes of all age ranges and abilities to challenge themselves and excel their individual past performances. The athletes, from youth to adult will participate in twenty different sports ranging from archery to track & field.


Acura Classic

Held in early August

Location: La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad
A WTA Tour event featuring world famous tennis.

Annual World Body Surfing Championships
Held the entire month of August

Location: Oceanside Pier and Beach

International and U.S. bodysurfers, equipped with swim fins, ride and perform on ocean waves. Open to all ages 12 and up.


San Diego Historical Society Holiday Home Tours

Held November – early January

Location: Varies


View the period style decorations that adorn the ornate, historic Villa Montezuma & the historic Marston House. Tours are given Thursday through Sunday.


San Diego Historical Society Holiday Home Tours

Held November – early January

Location: Varies


View the period style decorations that adorn the ornate, historic Villa Montezuma & the historic Marston House. Tours are given Thursday through Sunday.

Whale Watching

Usually the entire month

Location: Cabrillo Nation Monument or on special whale-watching cruises


Annual migration of California gray whales to the warm breeding grounds off the coast of Baja California. Glimpse these peaceful “giants of the sea” from Cabrillo Nation Monument or on special whale-watching cruises.

Arts and Entertainment:

San Diego Opera
Civic Center Plaza 1200 Third Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101


Call for schedule of performances

San Diego Opera, ranked by Opera America as one of the top 10 opera companies in the United States, is a widely respected member of the international opera community and an invaluable cultural resource to the San Diego community.

San Diego Ballet

5304 Metro Street, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92110


Call for performance schedule

Each year since 1996, the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture has awarded the San Diego Ballet an arts-organization rating of “excellent”. San Diego Ballet continues to enjoy growth and critical acclaim with original pieces.

San Diego Symphony

1245 Seventh Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101

Call for schedule of performances

The San Diego Symphony has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States. It is committed to providing musical experiences of superior quality for the greater San Diego community and beyond. Through a rich mixture of innovative and educational programming designed to appeal to all ages and cultures, the Symphony makes music an integral part of the cultural and intellectual fabric of the San Diego Region. The Symphony offers wide range of concert experiences and performs over 100 concerts each season.

Broadway/San Diego
401 B St.

San Diego, CA  92101

Touring Broadway musicals. 

La Jolla Playhouse 2910 La Jolla Village Dr

La Jolla, CA 92093


This Tony Award-winning San Diego theater presents musicals, comedies, world premieres and classics. Located on UCSD campus, La Jolla.

San Diego Civic Theatre 1100 Third Ave. San Diego, CA  92101 619-615-4000 

Premiere venue for productions, presentations of San Diego Opera, California Ballet, La Jolla Music Society and Broadway/San Diego.

San Diego Junior Theatre Casa del Prado, Balboa Park 1650 El Prado, Suite 208 San Diego, CA  92101 619-239-1311 

Provides engaging, innovative, high-quality theater education and productions for children of all cultural heritages, ages, abilities and levels of interest.

San Diego Repertory Theatre 79 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA  92101


An established professional theater presenting a six play season. Dramas, musicals and four annual festivals.

Season run September – June.

Spreckels Theatre 121 Broadway, #600 San Diego, CA  92101


1,466 seat, historic theater, reminiscent of a London opera house, in the heart of Downtown San Diego.

Starlight Theatre, San Diego Civic Light Opera
1549 el Prado Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

An established professional musical theater company producing large-scale Broadway- quality musicals at Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park under the stars.

The Old Globe 1363 Old Globe Way San Diego, CA  92101-1696 619-23-GLOBE 

This Tony Award(r)-winning Theatre produces 15 works annually, from Shakespeare to Stoppard to Sondheim, at a 3-venue complex in Balboa Park.

Theatre in Old Town 4040 Twiggs St. San Diego, CA  92110 619-688-2494 

Operated by Miracle Theatre Productions, intimate theater in the heart of Old Town that offers innovative and award-winning productions year-round.

Triple Espresso…a highly caffeinated comedy 444 Fourth Ave. Horton Grand Theatre San Diego, A  92101 619-234-9583 

Every Wednesday through Sunday, this family-friendly comedy keeps audiences of all ages laughing from start to finish. Absolutely hilarious!


San Diego Padres

Professional Baseball

Games played at PETCO Park, San Diego
San Diego, CA 92112

877- 374-2784

Season runs April – October

San Diego Chargers

Professional Football (NFL)

Games played at Qualcom Stadium

4020 Murphy Canyon Rd. San Diego, CA 92123


Season runs September – January

San Diego Gulls

Ice Hockey

3500 Sports Arena Boulevard
San Diego, California 92110


Call for schedule and additional information

Games played at the Sports Arena

San Diego Sockers
Indoor MISL soccer team

9606 Aero Drive

San Diego, CA 92123

Call for schedule and additional information