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The Ultimate San Diego Family Guide ™


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Event Date

Event Description




Aug. 29-Sept. 3

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. 1

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. 1-2

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. 1-2

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. 2

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea

Featuring the rock band “The Heroes.”

2-4 pm

Scripps Park,

La Jolla Cove


Sept. 8

Grape Day Festival and Parade

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

9:30 am-4 pm

130 Woodward Ave., Escondido


Sept. 9

Grandparents Day at the Fleet

Hands-on fun in all eight 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. 8-9

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. 15

Fiestas Patrias

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

12-4 pm

Old Town San Diego


Sept. 15-16

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. 15-16

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. 15

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 details.


Sept. 15

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. 17

History for Half-Pints:

Patches of History

Learn about San Diego’s oldest quilt, the person who made it and make your own quilt square to take home.

10-11 am

San Diego History Center, Balboa Park


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

Sept. 22-23

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. 22

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. 22-23

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. 29-30

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


Sept. 29-30

Oceanside Harbor Days

The event will feature arts and craft exhibits, great food and fun activities for the entire family including a Beach area stage, a Nail 'n' Sail Competition, Military, Police & Fire displays, and more.

Sat.: 9 am-6 pm. Sun.: 9 am-5 pm.

Oceanside Harbor

1540 North Harbor Drive., Oceanside


Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 6-7

Trolley Dances

Hop on board and visit 6 stops along the MTS line featuring site-specific dances. New work to be performed by 50 of San Diego’s most adventurous dancers.

2 hour tours leave every hour from 10 am - 3 pm.

6 Tours Daily - On the hour: 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3

Grossmont Transit Center,

Services on Orange and Green lines

8601 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa

Adults: $30

Students: $15,

Children ages 5 and younger: Free

September 2012 Family Events in San Diego

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