Here in San Diego county, this weekend looks like it’s festival weekend! There is a vast variety of festivals to choose from; attend one celebrating: Oktoberfest, boats, local heritage, beer, music, or food!
The San Diego Festival of Beer finally comes of age this year, turning 21. The beer tasting festival is organized by the non-profit San Diego Professionals Against Cancer (SDPAC) and doubles as a fundraiser for the organization. The event will be held at the picturesque Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego, and the first 1,500 attendees will receive a free souvenir tasting mug to keep and use throughout the evening.
Where: Broadway Pier | 1000 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Tickets cost $50 per person and $20 for designated drivers and can be purchased online here.
More information: www.facebook.com/SanDiegoFestivalOfBeer
San Diego Bayfair
The world’s fastest boats will roar into Mission Bay for this three-day, family-friendly festival featuring high-octane action, music and beer gardens. This year, Bayfair organizers expect one of the largest boat fleets ever on the water, with more than 80 teams competing in multiple races. More than 85,000 spectators are expected to descend on East Vacation Island, Crown Point and Fiesta Island for this annual outdoor weekend event. The schedule, as well as details on different ticket packages and prices, is available on the Bayfair website.
Where: Mission Bay | 1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego
Cost: View the ticket prices on the website
More information: www.sandiegobayfair.org
43rd Annual Bonitafest
The communities of Bonita and Sweetwater Valley will celebrate their heritage Saturday with the 43rd Annual BonitaFest. The festival kicks off Friday evening with a twilight trail parade. A street fair will take over the area around Bonita Vista High School. There will also be a performing arts festival.
When: Saturday, Sept. 19 | 9am
Where: Bonita Vista High School | 751 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista
More information: www.facebook.com/Bonitafest
Julian Music Festival
Music lovers will get excited for this sweet melody of tunes come Saturday. Music at the festival will range from Latin jazz, alternative folk, Celtic and adult contemporary.
When: Saturday, Sept. 19 | 1pm
Where: Menghini Winery | 1150 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian
Cost: Parking is free and tickets range from $12 to $20.
More information: julianmusicfestival.com
20th Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
This lively event brings together Bavarian dancers, live music, a street craft fair with more than 200 vendors and, of course, authentic German food and beer. A parade at noon will kick off the event. You can park for free at the Flora Vista Elementary School lot and take a free shuttle to the event.
When: Sunday, Sept. 20 | 10am
Where: Mountain Vista Drive at El Camino Real & Mountain Vista Dr, Encinitas
More information: encinitasoktoberfest.com
San Diego Restaurant Week begins on Sunday! For a full week, you can indulge your taste buds at over 180 participating restaurants in the San Diego area.
When: Sunday, Sept. 20 – Sunday, Sept. 27
Where: Over 180 restaurants in the San Diego area
Cost: Various prices
More information: www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com