San Diego's unbreakable tie to the military through its presence and significance in the area is recognized and celebrated during Fleet Week, held every September.
The entire community gathers to celebrate their military heritage and honor the many Sailors and Marines who serve our country and are stationed in the area. The various activities at this festival include a ship parade, the sailing of the "Star of India," a number of aerial shows performed by the Blue Angels and other groups, fireworks and much more.
The Julian Apple Days Festival is a tradition that stretches back to the early 1900s. This is an excellent family-friendly festival held every fall at the Menghini Winery; and features such attractions as an antique tractor display, live music and karaoke, food vendors, games, merchandise vendors, a beer and wine garden and, of course, plenty of apples and apple products.
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a Christmas time tradition that families have been enjoying for years as a celebration of the holiday season. The boats in the harbor are adorned with flickering lights and take part in an aquatic parade that puts smiles on the faces of all who sit and watch.
For boaters, the best view of the pageantry is where the parade turns for Coronado, near the 10th Street Terminal. If you're on shore, the north or south ends of the Embarcadero or the path along Coronado offers excellent viewing as well. Since parking prices are at a premium for this popular festival, you may consider getting there by way of public transportation-and with plenty of time before the fun begins.
Air and water set the stage for the action of the San Diego Bayfair that features hydroplane races on Mission Bay that attract over 150,000 fans every year.
Ticket packages range from general admission to super passes and pit passes. RV camping is available for event-goers who want to get as close as possible to the action. Plus, there's a large number of food vendors, live entertainment and fireworks after the race.
If you love beer, then the San Diego Festival of Beer is an event you will find yourself attending year after year. Come and sample the impressive selection of over 120 different microbrews, and it's all for an excellent cause.
This festival began in 1994 to raise money for cancer research. Pay one price for a ticket that includes access to ten tastings (you can buy additional passes to additional tastings for an additional price). There's plenty of live music, and since you'll really need it, every visitor receives a complimentary souvenir tasting glass.
The San Diego Film Festival's goal is to bring much-due attention and positivity to the art of independent film making. The individuals who produce, direct, and star in the featured movies get their time and attention in the spotlight, as a plethora of parties, workshops and special events are always on the itinerary. This glamorous and glitzy event is held every year in the Gaslamp Quarter.
Dog surfing in San Diego means more than just a great time - all proceeds help rescue pets. Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon is a dog-friendly summer event with lots of fun family beach activities in addition to the free-to-watch dog surfing competition.