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San Diego Events CalendarThe dog days of summer are upon us. There’s only about a month left before people have to start returning from their vacations and the kids have to go back to school. So, why not make the most of it?

No matter what time of year it is, there’s always something happening in San Diego. The summer months, in particular, offer a wide array of things to do for adults, children, and families. Events, many of which are free of charge, are scheduled throughout August and September. Whether you’re into sports or just want to listen to some music, you should take a minute to find out what’s happening in San Diego.


August 16-18 – Summergrass San Diego Bluegrass Festival

Southern California’s premier bluegrass festival, sponsored by the San Diego Bluegrass Society and the San Diego North County Bluegrass and Folk Club, features a weekend of live music from international, regional, and local bands. Summergrass also includes music workshops, impromptu jam sessions, vendors, raffles, activities for kids, and much more. The festival will take place at the 40 acre outdoor Antique & Steam Engine Museum in San Diego’s North County.

For more information, visit www.summergrass.org.


August 17 – TwainFest

TwainFest is a family-friendly, free festival that celebrates the life of Mark Twain and his contemporaries. The event, now in its fourth year, explores mid-19th century American arts, literature, and culture through both performances and interactive exhibits. Local actors will be performing works by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edgar Allan Poe, and others. TwainFest is produced by Write Out Loud and will take place at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

To find out more, visit Write Out Loud’s TwainFest event page.


August 17 – Ferragosto / Little Italy America: The Roaring 20’s

This black tie gala, set in the roaring 20’s, offers guests a night of “fun, excitement, glamour, and glitz.” The event, which will take place in San Diego’s Little Italy district, includes an auction, entertainment, cocktails, and dinner. Proceeds from the event will go towards providing scholarships and supporting school programs that help to beautify and restore the history of San Diego’s Little Italy district.

For tickets, visit www.ferragostosd.org.


August 17-18 – San Diego IndieFest

For the 8th year, IndieFest will bring a three-day celebration of independent music, film, art, business, and thought to Liberty Station. The family-friendly event includes a wide array of visual art, film, comedy, dance, food, and beer. Of course, there will also be plenty of music, including performances by CAKE, Best Coast, and Talib Kweli.

Tickets are available at www.sandiegoindiefest.com.


August 18 – America’s Finest City Half Marathon and 5K Run / Walk

Looking for a scenic run? This half marathon begins at Cabrillo National Monument, which has a majestic view of San Diego Bay, and ends in front of the Hall of Champions at Balboa Park. For those who may be a little less experienced, a 5K Run / Walk will also be set up in the area. All runners will receive a special tech-fabric t-shirt for their participation.

To sign up, visit www.afchalf.com.