ANNUAL EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO
Hampton Inn by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley's central location makes it the ideal San Diego area hotel for events happening in downtown San Diego, Mission Valley, La Jolla, Del Mar, Mission Bay, Old Town San Diego, Coronado and more.
Farmer's Insurance Open Golf Tournament (January)
One of the top golf tournaments in the country, this annual PGA Tour event, hosted in stunning Torrey Pines with sweeping views and ocean breezes, features marquee golfers including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and others.
Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter (March)
This is the biggest Fat Tuesday celebration on the U.S. West Coast. Parades, music, and beads take over Downtown San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter.
San Diego Crew Classic (March)
This annual regatta event brings rowers from across the country to Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay to participate in one of the most distinguished rowing competitions in the nation.
San Diego Padres Baseball (April – October)
The San Diego Padres step up to the plate and begin another exciting, six-month season of Major League Baseball, played in PETCO Park in downtown San Diego.
Rock 'N' Roll Marathon (June)
This popular foot race brings out thousands of runners and sideline supporters each year.
San Diego County Fair (June)
San Diego's annual county fair features outlandish foods, garden shows, livestock tents, a midway complete with carnival rides, and concerts held throughout the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds in oceanfront Del Mar.
The Old Globe Theatre's Summer Shakespeare Festival (June – September)
Three dynamic Shakespeare productions are performed in nightly rotation in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre of the Tony Award ®-winning Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park.
Big Bay Boom Fourth of July Show (July)
Fireworks are discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around San Diego's Big Bay.
San Diego Comic Con (July)
The largest comic book and pop culture convention in the world. Started as a modest comic book collector's convention, over the years Comic Con has become synonymous with Hollywood blockbusters and the hottest TV shows.
Del Mar Racing Season (July – September)
Live thoroughbred racing at the Del Mar Race Track in the beautiful seaside city of Del Mar.
San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Season (July – September)
Summer performances are held under the stars in downtown San Diego along San Diego Bay; fireworks occur on some nights.
San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium (during football season)
The San Diego Chargers "bolt" into action during home games at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley.
Dixieland Jazz Festival (November)
The annual San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival is another great reason to rejoice over the holiday weekend. Held in Mission Valley, this exciting event represents a wide variety of jazz styles and is sure to showcase something for every music lover.
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival (November)
The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world's premier wine and spirits, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods.
Holiday of Lights at Del Mar (November – January)
The public is invited to drive their cars around the infield racetrack of the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar to view more than 350 dazzling holiday light displays.
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Football Game (December)
College football action comes to San Diego during the holidays when teams from the Pac-12 Conference and the Big 12 Conference square off and play.
Poinsettia Bowl Football Game (December)
Played at Qualcomm Stadium, the Poinsettia Bowl has been around since 2005 and has produced some exciting and historic battles.
Whale Watching Season (December – March)
Visitors to San Diego have the unique opportunity to glimpse one of nature's most extraordinary events—the migration of California gray whales. View these beautiful mammals as they travel from the chilly Alaskan seas to the warm water lagoons of Baja California where they birth and rear their young.