San Diego Events August

San Diego events in August, a popular San Diego tourism month. Most events and venues are open,  but there are still some restrictions with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Come join in these fun summer activities in San Diego, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, La Jolla, and Coronado CA. It's hard to beat summer in San Diego for the best weather and fun outdoor activities.

Updated October 10, 2021 by San Diego Beaches and Adventures

San Diego Events August 2021

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La Jolla Beaches - Enjoy the lovely beaches in La Jolla, San Diego. See Children's Pool (shown above), La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores and more along the
La Jolla Coast Walk.

Bike The Bay - Sunday August 22 2021 is your chance to join in the fun and bike your neighborhood (most years you would get to ride across the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge and it all starts with a cruise around the San Diego Bay). This is a non-competitive community bike ride and is appropriate for all abilities. It is a mostly flat ride around San Diego Bay via the Bayshore Bikeway. You will get a chance to travel though Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City before returning to the start/finish line. This is a 25-mile bike ride with a one-time chance to ride their bike over the Coronado Bay Bridge! There will be a post-ride festival following the ride with food, beverage, a beer garden and entertainment! Where? Embarcadero Marina Park South. Price? $55 - $60 Check it out at

Film in the Garden - This event may be cancelled, but the museum is open. Grab your spot as early as 5 PM and movies start at 8:00 PM. Enjoy an outdoor film in these series from the SDMA exhibit, now shown on the Botanical lawn in Balboa Park. Bring a blanket, picnic dinner and dogs allowed too. Free San Diego events in August.

Art Walk San Diego - Saturday and Sunday August 7 to 8 2021 from 10 AM to 6 PM (5 PM Sunday) at Liberty Station (at Ingram Plaza). Fine artists show their original artwork in an outdoor San Diego setting. This replaces the former Art Walk on the Bay event in San Diego. For details about Art Walk San Diego see

Del Mar Horse Races - July 17 to Labor Day weekend (September 6 2021) at the Del Mar Racetrack, Del Mar Fairgrounds. Where the turf meets the surf, exciting horse racing at Del Mar race track. See the special events on Saturdays. Free summer concert series for fans attending the races on Friday evenings. For more information about the Del Mar Horse Races see Del Mar Horse Races

Dog Days Of Summer - Sunday August 8 2021, from 11 AM to 5 PM at the Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Dr. Talk about those Dog Days Of Summer! We have no room to complain whether we live or are visiting awesome Southern California!!! But you will be complaining if you miss out on this awesome canine festival. Dog Days of Summer is San Diego County’s largest dog-centered events and is located in Cardiff, California. It is an all day even and will bring in over 10,000 attendees from all over San Diego. There will be vendors, pet adoptions from local shelters and rescue organizations, dog and kid zones. There will even be a doggie photo booth. So dress up your best friend (yes, I mean your dog) and come on out and enjoy a fabulously, fun day with the critters. You may even want to get your furry friend entered into some of the contests. For more information about one of the best San Diego events in August for dogs see

San Diego Dog Beach - Show your dog that you love him, by taking him to the beach! Try the original California dog beach - Ocean Beach. Ocean Beach Dog Beach San Diego.

Encinitas Sunday Concerts by the Sea - Sunday August dates TBD 2021 from 3 – 5 PM at Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas. Bring your beach blankets.

San Diego Water Park - Summer is a great time to visit a San Diego water park. Try the Sea World Aquatica Water Park, the Legoland California Water Park in Carlsbad, or The Wave Waterpark in north county (Vista).

San Diego Harbor Cruise – For a fun day in San Diego activity, enjoy a San Diego Harbor Cruise. You can also see the USS Midway museum, SD Maritime museum, Seaport Village and much more.

Point Loma Summer Concerts - Cancelled for 2021. Scheduled August 5, 2022. Friday evening from 5:30 – 8:45 pm Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Blvd. Free summer concert series. For details about the Point Loma San Diego Summer Concerts see

Carlsbad TGIF Jazz in the Parks - TBD for 2021 Friday evenings in summer from 6 – 8 PM. Free outdoor summer concerts at various locations in Carlsbad, CA.

Green Flash Concert Series Call to confirm - Cancelled for 2021.. Monthly 21+ summer concert series on the Tide Pool Plaza at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Buy a season pass for the most savings, or single show ticket in advance. Tickets also sold at the door. One of our favorite San Diego events in summer! See the Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium information at

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Breakfast at the Del - Enjoy breakfast all day as you relax on the Sun Deck at The Del, and enjoy the beautiful ocean views. For a treat afterwards, take a walk on the beach.

World Bodysurfing Championships - August 7 to 8 2021 start time 6 AM near Oceanside pier. It’s the annual World Bodysurfing Championships. Located adjacent to the Oceanside Pier where you can see between 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world completing for trophies and prizes. There will be both Men and Women’s Grand Champions crowned on Sunday afternoon at the completion of all scheduled heats. If you are interested in learning more and possibly signing up to compete in the World Bodysurfing Championships see

Kayak at La Jolla Shores - This summer is a great time to kayak at La Jolla Shores to see the Sea Caves, marine life, and leopard sharks. Several different companies offer kayaking tours, or you can launch your own kayak at the free boat ramp. One of our favorite San Diego events. August is a great time, but make your reservations early, especially for weekends. For more information see La Jolla Kayaking

San Diego Wine Tasting Tours Call to Confirm - Enjoy a 3 hour walking tour with local resident guide and enjoy fine wine and gourmet food in the lovely town of La Jolla by the sea. Private tastings and 4-5 tour stops. Prices vary. Call for reservations (858) 551-5115

Things to do at Home - Sometimes you just need to stay at home. Enjoy a backyard BBQ or try one of our ideas for Fun things to do at home.

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park - Our favorite local zoo and safari park are open by reservation only. Visit the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Wildlife Park.

Sea World San Diego - Enjoy an animal exhibit at Sea World San Diego

Hotel del Coronado Historic Walking Tour Call to Confirm - Tuesdays and Friday at 10:30 AM, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM. 75 minute walking tour of the famous historic Hotel del Coronado, let by docents from the Coronado Historical Association. $20 for adults, children 12 and under free. Reservations recommended. 619.437.8788

Old Town San Diego - explore the historic Old Town district in San Diego. You can take the trolley there and on Saturdays from 9 AM - 3 PM see the artisan market featuring handmade works from local artists, including jewelry, photography, pottery, clothing, paintings, hand painted glass, glass blowing, woodworking's and more. There is a lot to do in Old Town so make a day of it. Old Town San Diego CA

Birch Aquarium - Open at La Jolla Shores. Birch Aquarium at Scripps naturalists can share some interesting exhibits. Some adventures TBD such as norkeling adventures to see the Leopard Sharks rays and more. Birch Aquarium Adventures

Farmers Markets - most weekends and weekdays throughout San Diego county. Enjoy fresh local produce, flowers and yummy food at one of the San Diego farmers markets. There are many to choose from throughout San Diego county. San Diego Farmers Markets

Back to School Treats for Mom and Kids - Go ahead and indulge your family. Your kids will love you for it! As I took my dogs for a walk yesterday I saw a few moms and dads outside side walk chalking special notes to their little back-to-schoolers. I know those kids are happy to get those pics but don’t you think some fabulous treats will help may their day? Make some healthy snacks if you want, or head down to VG Donut & Bakery at 106 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff the surprise everyone with those Southern California treats! Everyone loves VG’s!

San Diego Beach Events
Pier Moon Walks - Cancelled for 2021. Cost is $35 per person. A warm night lit by a full moon is the perfect time to explore the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, usually closed to the public. Also includes a tour of the Scripps Oceanography campus. Birch Aquarium Adventures

Legoland California Now Open - Spend a day at Legoland California this summer and enjoy the Legoland water park, open daily through Labor Day weekend and weekends in September and October. Legoland California

Things to Do in San Diego - For more San Diego events August for locals or San Diego tourism activities, check out these Things to do in San Diego and 101 Things to do at the Beach.

Check out the September San Diego event calendar at San Diego Events September

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