The rumors are true. It actually is 70 and sunny virtually every day of the year in San Diego. With such perfect weather comes some of America’s most entertaining festivals and things to do. It’s hard to stay away from the water, whether you are jet-skiing, paragliding or surfing at one of the many pristine beaches. Classic beach bars line the coast, street-style tacos are a staple at nearly every restaurant and the craft beer is truly unrivaled. The historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown SD is home to a slew of hoppin’ bars, lounges and entertainment for your nightlife pleasure. It’s time to check out Rad’s Top 5 San Diego Festivals. Your ultimate beach vacation awaits..
A powerful combo of big eats and smooth dranks..
Over 200 speciality and seasonal craft beers will be at your disposal during an all-out taste testing, monster grubbin’ event known as the San Diego Brew Festival. Gastropub dishes, tacos, finger foods and plenty more will fill your plates made by San Diego’s finest food truck cooking extraordinaires. Spend the afternoon at Liberty Station where live music will keep the party groovin’ all day long.
Take your pick of lunch at one of the dozens of well-known San Diego food trucks and wash it all down with a local craft brew or international-ale treasure. General admission and early admission both include unlimited beer tastings while VIP members get to drink up for free for an extra hour. It’s time for beer lovers to unite in paradise!
DATES: 2020 TBD
This little piggie..
It’s no secret that Americans love bacon. Put it on a burger, wrap it around your asparagus or just eat it by itself. There’s nothing quite like it. San Diego’s Bacon Fest makes sure there is no limit to the salt-cured pork and refills on drinks. Double fist your day away with one of San Diego’s very own craft beers as you tear your way through mounds of bacon. The all-inclusive event allows ticket holders to eat their hearts out with dozens of delicious bacon-inspired dishes prepared by top chefs. Live music features the likes of soul, blues, contemporary rock for a funky, laid back vibe while you gorge. It truly is the only way to celebrate International Bacon Day!
DATES: September, 2019 (TBD)
A summer expo of the ages..
Plenty of cities have their own version of comic-con, but none quite like San Diego’s Comic-Con International. Over 100,000 people converge at the mecca of pop culture inside the San Diego Convention Center. Walk into an alternate universe filled with iconic superheroes and costumes from science fiction, fantasy, video games and other forms of entertainment. For nearly 50 years, this multi-day summer expo has catered to a range of fans relating to anime, card games and more. The exciting festival includes several seminars, workshops and autograph signings for those who have massive passion for pop culture. Take part in this ultimate “geekin’ out” party this coming summer.
DATES: July 17-21, 2019
Sunsets, music, entertainment and the arts..
You bet your bottom dollar that anyone visiting San Diego will be attending this one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. The Kaaboo Del Mar festival is held for an amazing three-day span where ticket holders are showered with all types of music, comedy shows, craft drinks and gourmet eats. If that’s not enough, pamper yourself at the event’s very own spa and beauty stations or take in the sun at the high-energy pool parties with a direct view of the stage.
Take a visual trip on a contemporary art journey filled with creativity and Kaaboo vibes. The specialized art collection features dozens of murals and installation pieces that are also available for purchase. Take a break from dancing and head to the indoor comedy club, where some of the industry’s best will make you laugh till you drop.
DATES: Sep. 13-15, 2019
Ragers unite during an EDM paradise..
Over 12 acres of festival grounds at Waterfront Park is home to San Diego’s very own EDM event: CRSSD Festival. With three stages and nearly 40 performers, ravers across the world gather at this epic beachfront venue. San Diego’s very own highly desirable food trucks and craft breweries sponsor the event in addition to the head bangin’ music sets. Although the festival was first held in 2015, CRSSD has rapidly grown into one of So Cal’s go-to events each year. Most raves are known for their night time light shows, but this San Diego rendition allows ticket holders to rage-on in the park freely during the daytime
DATES: March 2-3, 2019
Last updated on Feb 27, 2019
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Rad's top 10 action sports, adventure events and music festivals in 2019 and 2020