For over sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The flowers are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May.
Taking place aboard several of the historic vessels of the Maritime Museum and on the adjacent scenic North Embarcadero region of downtown San Diego, the Festival of the Sea has something for everyone to enjoy.
The largest, most-authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou. More than 100 musical acts and special performances on seven stages. Delicious Cajun and creole foods are featured – including 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked straight from Louisiana!
San Diego Comic-Con is one of (if not the largest) pop culture conventions there is, showcasing comic books, film, television, and video games. Even without passes, the entire downtown buzzes with entertainment. A must for people watching.
The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show over San Diego Bay features fireworks that are discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park and Coronado Ferry Landing.
US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo
One of the world’s most important sand-sculpting competitions. World Master Sand Sculptors come from the Netherlands, Italy and Canada, from exotic places like Latvia and Russia to challenge the best in the U.S. Their dimensional art is astounding.
Explore the world of astronomy during the three-day Julian StarFest. See telescopes and view objects in the night sky, vendors, guest speakers, and camping. Hosted by the San Diego Astronomy Association, under the dark skies of Menghini Winery near the mountain resort of Julian.
Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirits, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on the stunning Embarcadero.
This San Diego tradition features a parade of luxury yachts and boats decorated with holiday lights.
Pro-tip: On select nights in November and December, Corporate Helicopters offers a night helicopter tour called the San Diego City Lights Tour, and if you book your tour early, it will feature a flyover of the parade.