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While many city tourists and locals visit places to admire the big city or the beautiful parks, the festivals in America are a big part of what makes the country grand and the event worth attending. Each city brings its own cultural and historical heritage that are celebrated through various festivals and events. Some cities have similar types of festivals or events, and others have unique annual celebrations.

See how many festivals you can fit on your itinerary! These celebrations are going to give you memories of a lifetime as they reflect the art, culture, heritage and the music of each city in the most exciting way. Show up and have fun with your friends, make memories and celebrate the love of food, wine, music, art, history, culture, traditions, and more at these gatherings.
Fleet Week Foundation
Fleet Week Foundation

(619) 858-1545

3639 Midway Dr
San Diego, CA 92110   Directions Website

San Diego's unbreakable tie to the military through its presence and significance in the area is recognized and celebrated during Fleet Week, held every September.

The entire community gathers to celebrate their military heritage and honor the many Sailors and Marines who serve our country and are stationed in the area. The various activities at this festival include a ship parade, the sailing of the "Star of India," a number of aerial shows performed by the Blue Angels and other groups, fireworks and much more.

Julian Grape Stomp Festa
Julian Grape Stomp Festa

(760) 765-1857

1150 Julian Orchards Dr
Julian, CA 92036   Directions Website

The Julian Grape Stomp Festa is a great way to spend a Saturday and this year’s is shaping up to be one of our best. With ten local wineries offering sips to sample, a wide variety of food and shopping opportunities, great Italian music provided by Roman Holiday, Bocce Ball Court, a little extemporaneous dancing here and there, this will be a party to remember!

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

(619) 224-2240

San Diego, CA

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a Christmas time tradition that families have been enjoying for years as a celebration of the holiday season. The boats in the harbor are adorned with flickering lights and take part in an aquatic parade that puts smiles on the faces of all who sit and watch.

For boaters, the best view of the pageantry is where the parade turns for Coronado, near the 10th Street Terminal. If you're on shore, the north or south ends of the Embarcadero or the path along Coronado offers excellent viewing as well. Since parking prices are at a premium for this popular festival, you may consider getting there by way of public transportation-and with plenty of time before the fun begins.

San Diego Bayfair
San Diego Bayfair

(858) 578-7454

1404 Vacation Rd
San Diego, CA 92109   Directions Website

Air and water set the stage for the action of the San Diego Bayfair that features hydroplane races on Mission Bay that attract over 150,000 fans every year.

Ticket packages range from general admission to super passes and pit passes. RV camping is available for event-goers who want to get as close as possible to the action. Plus, there's a large number of food vendors, live entertainment and fireworks after the race.

San Diego Festival of Beer
San Diego Festival of Beer

(619) 686-8027

1000 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101   Directions Website

If you love beer, then the San Diego Festival of Beer is an event you will find yourself attending year after year. Come and sample the impressive selection of over 120 different microbrews, and it's all for an excellent cause.

This festival began in 1994 to raise money for cancer research. Pay one price for a ticket that includes access to ten tastings (you can buy additional passes to additional tastings for an additional price). There's plenty of live music, and since you'll really need it, every visitor receives a complimentary souvenir tasting glass.

San Diego Film Festival
San Diego Film Festival

(619) 818-2221

2683 Via de la Valle Ste G-344
San Diego, CA 92014   Directions Website

The San Diego Film Festival's goal is to bring much-due attention and positivity to the art of independent film making. The individuals who produce, direct, and star in the featured movies get their time and attention in the spotlight, as a plethora of parties, workshops and special events are always on the itinerary. This glamorous and glitzy event is held every year in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon
Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

(858) 756-4117

3200 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014   Directions Website

Dog surfing in San Diego means more than just a great time - all proceeds help rescue pets. Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon is a dog-friendly summer event with lots of fun family beach activities in addition to the free-to-watch dog surfing competition.

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