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San Diego, California is known for many things. From the year around beautiful weather and historical Gas Lamp district to the pristine beaches and pet friendly state of mind. This city obviously has a lot to offer, but did you know that there is an almost non-stop flow of festivals, fairs and celebrations happening year around? Any given week in San Diego you can find a reason to eat, drink and party with the locals. Both family friendly and adults only events are happening all over the city and this list is the perfect place to start you adventure.

The San Diego County Fair – June 2 & 3

The San Diego County Fair is a month long community celebration that attracts over a million guests each summer. This festival offers a changing line-up of events through out the month paired with a variety of rides, foods, beverages, entertainment and more. There are attractions for all ages including beer and wine for the adults and specialized entertainment for kids.

For tickets and info visit www.sdfair.com

Oysterfest – June 9 & 10

Enjoy delectable celebrity chef prepared dishes and more at this annual celebration of the oyster. Soak in a fun array of activities from live music to live art interpretations and more. Cheer on your favorite team in the shuck and suck competition, relax and unwind in the beer garden, learn how to safely shuck an oyster yourself and if you happen to be an oyster newbie you can document your experience in the “My first oyster booth”. This is a 21+ event that welcomes your leashed furry friends.

For tickets and info visit www.oysterfest.me/san-diego

The San Diego Greek Festival – June 9 – 11

Celebrate traditional Greek culture at this family friendly festival. You can sample authentic cuisines, shop local vendors and imported goods, tour the Orthodox Church and enjoy a taste of what it means to be Greek. Grab a pint at the beer garden or a glass of vino at the wine lounge and hit the dance floor. Not sure how to dance to contemporary Greek music? Join in on their complimentary dance lessons and walk away with a new skill. This festival is a great opportunity to get the family together for a fun and culture rich experience.

For tickets and info visit www.sdgreekfestival.com

San Diego Festival of the arts – June 10 & 11

Over 200 artists come together to showcase their works at this annual celebration. Soak in the stunning bay view setting while you sample fine wines, craft beers and delicious local cuisines. Between the live entertainment, art displays and local vendors there is no shortage of fun to be had. Proceeds for this event will benefit adaptive sports and recreation opportunities for San Diegans with disabilities.

For tickets and info visit www.sdfestivalofthearts.com

X-Fest – June 11

Alternative Rock station 91X brings you this mini music festival experience showcasing emerging and established indie rock bands. This year X-Fest brings you acts like Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, Skip Marley and more.

For tickets and info visit www.91x.com and check the concert page.

Toast of the Coast Wine Festival – June 12

If you are a wine lover, than this is the festival for you. Explore local vendors and sample over 100 delicious wines. This year the event will feature the best wines that the United States and Mexico has to offer. If you want to take your experience to the next level you can opt for the VIP treatment and enjoy a decadent chef prepared tasting menu with custom wine pairings. All tickets include complimentary entrance into the San Diego County Fair.

For tickets and info visit www.thetoastofthecoast.com

Taste of Little Italy – June 14

This event offers a unique opportunity to sample authentic Italian cuisine in the hip and historic urban neighborhood of little Italy. Live music and entertainment will line the streets as the finest local restaurants serve up samples of their best dishes including appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages. Grab your taste passport and collect your stamps as you journey through these one of a kind eateries.

For tickets and info visit www.littleitalysd.com and check the events page

International Beer Festival – June 16 – 18

This festival is an absolute must for any beer lover. The 2-day event offers 5 tasting sessions bringing you over 400 beers from 200 breweries. These New and established companies showcase their most unique and beloved brews for your tasting pleasure. Local eateries serve up a variety of foods that will perfectly compliment the beer drinking experience. Enjoy live music, demonstrations, educational seminars and a curated selection of local vendors as you savor all of the hoppy goodness this event has to offer.

For tickets and info visit www.sandiegobeerfestival.com

Samahan Philippine Cultural Arts Festival – June 24 & 25

Designed to instill cultural pride for younger generations this festival offers workshops and demonstrations that encourage celebrating Filipino traditions in a fun, social atmosphere. Bring the whole family out to sample authentic cuisines, take in live performances and enjoy a taste of the Filipino experience.

For more information visit www.samahanphilippinedance.com

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook Off – June 24

The summer is the perfect time for a chili cook off. Come and taste a variety of homemade chili recipes from the locals and vote for your favorites. Enjoy beachside musical performances, vendors, art exhibitions and more. Want to flex your artistic muscle? Purchase a space in the community mural and let the creative juices flow. From the fun zone for kids to the adult only beer garden, this family friendly community celebration has a little something for everyone.

For tickets and info visit www.oceanbeachsandiego.com

Taste of Adams Avenue – June 25

Take in the culinary culture that Adams Avenue has to offer at this local food festival. You will be able to sample delicious cuisines and beverages from over 30 restaurants, bars and coffee houses in the area. Beer tasting is available for an additional fee to guests 21+ and all of the participating restaurants are easily accessible via foot, bike or complimentary trolley ride.

For tickets and info visit the event page at www.adamsavenuebusiness.com

San Diego Fringe Festival – June 22 – July 2

The fringe festival celebrates it’s 5th year of bringing you beautiful bizarre and unexpected art. This uncensored showcase allows artists from all over the world to come together boosting the arts and culture scene within San Diego. You can enjoy a variety of artistic performances from theater to film, dance to poetry and absolutely anything in between. Further your creative experience through festival workshops, after parties and award shows. 100% of ticket sales for this event go directly to the artists.

For tickets and info visit www.sdfringe.org

This list is only a taste of what the San Diego Festival scene has to offer you. There are countless opportunities to get out and taste new cuisines, learn about different cultures and celebrate with friends and family. You can find more information about festivals coming your way at www.everfest.com or visit your cities local website.

By Janysh Osmon

25 May 2021