In a city that combines laid-back beach vibes with an urban, metropolitan downtown and dozens of quirky neighbourhoods, visitors can find events year-round that are as diverse as San Diego itself. Below is our Top Ten list of uniquely San Diegan Special Events that visitors can experience in 2017.
Farmers Insurance Open
The annual PGA Tour men’s tournament sees golf’s biggest stars on the green at the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2021 U.S. Open. Golfers hoping to play the greens at the world-famous course can enjoy a $12.6 million renovation of the north course, completed in 2016.
Held at downtown San Diego’s Waterfront Park along the Embarcadero, the CRSSD music festival features top names in electronic music. Past performers have included Miike Snow, Maya Jane Coles, Aluna George and more. Craft beer, gourmet food, impeccable daytime vibes and an unparalleled bayside setting make CRSSD a uniquely San Diego music festival.
Fallbrook Avocado Festival
Since the 1960s, tens of thousands of avocado lovers converge in Fallbrook, California’s avocado hub located in San Diego’s North County, to sample avocados, check out the crazy cooking contest entries, buy funky avocado-themed gifts and enjoy bands, live entertainment and friendly beer gardens.
San Diego LGBT Pride Parade, Rally and Festival
One of the city’s largest grassroots organizations, San Diego LGBT Pride sponsors a weekend of festivities including a headlining parade through Hillcrest, the center of the city’s LGBT community, and two-day music festival in Balboa Park.
The largest comics and pop culture event in the United States attracts thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture to the San Diego Convention Center in downtown San Diego.
Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition
San Diego loves both surfing and dogs, so why not combine the two? Dozens of dogs take to the waves near Imperial Beach pier to compete in small dog, large dog and tandem surfing heats.
KAABOO Del Mar
An upscale music festival experience held at the seaside Del Mar Fairgrounds, KAABOO features seven stages and more than 100 musical acts, plus a dedicated comedy stage and food and beverages from local and celebrity chefs, craft breweries and local wineries.
Extreme Sailing Series
Professional sailors will take to San Diego Bay aboard a fleet of hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans, capable of reaching speeds of up to 39 knots. San Diego serves as the penultimate race stop and is the only U.S. destination featured in this international racing series.
Breeders’ Cup World Championships
One of thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, 2017 marks the first year this renowned race will be held at the seaside Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The best horses, trainers and owners from around the world will gather in Del Mar for the two-day, $26 million competition.
Balboa Park December Nights
This celebration of the holiday season is the largest free community festival in San Diego and features foods and crafts from around the world, holiday music and events in Balboa Park’s diverse museums.