Event Date

Event Description




Sept. 1-5

The Really Hot Jungle

This hand puppet variety show includes Aesop's fable, The Lion and the Mouse and African tale, Who is in Rabbit's House?

Wed.-Fri.: 10 and 11:30 am; Sat.-Mon.: 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

Balboa Park, San Diego


Sept. 3

Julian Grape Stomp Festa

Celebrate the harvest with grape stomping, bounce house, live music, dancing, food and a craft sale.

11 am-7 pm

Menghini Winery

1150 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian

Adults: $10, Children ages 6-20: $5, Children 5 and younger: Free

Sept. 3-4

Hawaiian Plumeria Festival

Learn more about Hawaiian flowers and culture while enjoying live Hawaiian music.

10 am-4 pm

Casa del Prado, Rooms 101 and 102, Balboa Park


Sept. 3-4

Chula Vista Live Steamers

Join the volunteers for a ride on the rails.

12-2:30 pm

Rohr Park

4548 Sweetwater Rd., Chula Vista

.50 donation

Sept. 4

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea

Bill Magee Blues Band.

2-4 pm

Scripps Park,

La Jolla Cove


Sept. 10

Grape Day Festival and Parade

Grape stomping, museum tours, demonstrations, food court and more.

9:30 am-4 pm

130 Woodward Ave., Escondido


Sept. 11

Grandparents Day at the Fleet

Hands-on fun in all seven galleries.

10 am-6 pm

Reben S. Fleet Science Center

1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego

Free admission for grandparents and their grandchildren.

Sept. 10-11

San Diego's ArtWalk on the Bay

Artwork on display from over 150 artists includes paintings, sculptures, photographs and more. Live music, food and KidsWalk hands-on interactive art activities.

10 am-5 pm

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Park

1 Park Blvd., San Diego


Sept. 10-11

Cardiff Greek Festival

Traditional Greek dancing, music and items for sale. Fun zone with crafts, game booths and carnival rides.

Sat. 10 am-10 pm, Sun. 11 am-9 pm

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church

3459 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea

$3/adult, free for children under 12

Sept. 16

Disney’s Phineas and Ferb Live!

Catch your favorite TV characters in their latest adventure!

4 pm and 7 pm

Valley View Casino Center

3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego


Sept. 17

Family Moon Festival

Hear Chinese legends about the jade rabbit and fairy princess living on the moon. Festivities in the museum garden will include Chinese arts and crafts, a calligraphy demonstration and, of course, a chance to sample various types of mooncake!

1-3 pm

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and Society

404 Third Ave., San Diego


Sept. 17

Fiestas Patrias

Mexican Independence Day is celebrated with relay races, music, dancing, games and crafts.

12-4 pm

Old Town San Diego


Sept. 17-18

Fleet Week Big Bay Family Festival

Climb aboard US Navy ships and explore other military static displays and meet with sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Informative exhibits will be on display inside the terminal.

10 am-4 pm

Broadway Pier, Downtown San Diego


Sept. 17-18

Coronado Art Walk

See artists display and demonstrate their work and also take part in hands-on activities.

10 am-5 pm

Coronado Ferry landing

1201 1st St., Coronado


Sept. 17

California Coastal Cleanup Day

Bring your own bucket and help clean up debris and trash along the coast.

9 am-12 pm

Various locations along the coast, see website for detials.


Sept. 17

Mira Mesa Street Fair

Live entertainment, carnival rides, rock painting activity, a display of military vehicles from MCAS Miramar and more.

10 am-5 pm

Camino Ruiz, from New Salem St. And Mira Mesa Blvd.

Free admission

Sept. 18

Sage and Songbirds Fall Festival

Live monarch butterfly release, caterpillar races, caterpillar sale, chrysalis tree, live birds-of-prey, live spiders, snakes, lizards and more and an ongoing butterfly education program.

10 am-6 pm

Viejas Outlet Center

5005 Willows Rd.,



Sept. 19

History for Half-Pints: Apples, Apples, Apples

Get to the 'core' of this Julian treat!  Learn about Johnny Appleseed.  Read the Apple Farmer Anne storybook, create an apple craft, and gobble up a piece of apple pie!

10-11:30 am

San Diego History Center, Balboa Park


Registration is requested. Please call 619-232-6203, ext. 129 to reserve your spot.

Sept. 24

Kids Care Fest

Health screenings, art activities, meet fire fighters and police officers, kids fun zone and pony rides.

9 am-2 pm

Briercrest Park

9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa

Free with free parking

Sept. 24-25

Pacific Islander Festival

This event showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Live entertainment, food and specialty crafts unique to each culture.

10 am-5 pm

Ingraham St., Ski Beach, Mission Bay


Sept. 24-25

Adams Ave. Street Fair

More than 70 musical acts performing on six stages along Adams Avenue, and in Adams Avenue Park. Street Fair attendees will enjoy a variety of music, including blues, rock, roots-rock, indie, world, jazz, and zydeco. In addition to the variety of music, there will be three beer gardens, giant carnival rides, and more than 300 food, arts and craft vendors selling their specialties along Adams Avenue.

10 am-9 pm

Adams Ave., San Diego


September 2011 Family Events in San Diego