Summer is in full swing, which means tons of fun for the whole family with these events in Southern California for August 2019. From music festivals and surf competitions to outdoor plays and food festivals, it’s an exciting month ahead! Check out the highlights across SoCal and mark your calendars. The time to plan your Labor Day weekend is now!

Orange County Events

ChEAT Day Land

Now – Monday, September 30th
Dates & Times Available All Week Long
cheatdayland.com

 

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ChEAT Day Land is an immersive pop-up museum that’s centered on everyone’s favorite indulgent foods. Swim in a giant bowl of cereal, swing on a life-sized donut, and climb a mountain of delicious food. Built to capture the most Instagram worthy photos ever, this experience is available at the Irvine Spectrum all summer long so check it out online and book your tickets for a truly unique experience. Best of all, it is calorie free!

The San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival

Sunday, August 11th
9AM-7PM
scchamber.com

Enjoy live music all day alongside, contests and games from the tortilla toss to pie eating, arts and crafts vendors, motorcycle show, kids activities, and more. Admission is free and there’s a wide array of fabulous food available, provided by local non-profits. Remember, the more you eat, the more you benefit local philanthropic programs! Check out all the bands playing and more online.

Pacific Wine & Food Classic

Saturday, August 17th – Sunday, August 18th
Single Day Passes Still Available
pacificwineandfood.com
General Admission check in 2PM | VIP Check in 1PM

 

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As far as food and wine festivals go, this one is tops. Explore food, more than 150 wines and cocktail stations at Newport Dunes for the Pacific Wine & Food Classic. With cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs, mixologists and fun, it’s the perfect day to have your toes in the sand and enjoy with friends. Tickets are selling out so get yours ASAP!

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo

Saturday, August 24th – Sunday, August 25th
Gates open 1PM Saturday, 11:30AM Sunday
rmvrodeo.com

Yes, there is a rodeo in Orange County. Proclaimed as the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation, this year’s Rodeo features saddle bronc, bareback, steer wrestling, team roping, tie down roping and bull riding. You won’t want to miss this year’s excitement! Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for kids, plus there is a $10 parking fee, which is cash only.

Orange International Street Fair

Friday, August 30th – Sunday, September 1st
Friday 5-10PM | Saturday & Sunday 10AM-10PM
orangestreetfair.org

 

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Every Labor Day weekend in Orange County, the International Street Fair is the place to be. Filling Old Towne Orange with food booths from around the world, the street fair is all about the delicious eats. Each street leading out of the Old Towne Plaza features a selection of international food and drinks, including German, Irish, English, Polynesian, American, Greek, Japanese, Swiss, Italian, Lebanese, Australian and Mexican areas. Enjoy live music all weekend long plus the Children’s street, arts and crafts, community booths, beer booths and more.

Brea Improv Charity Night

Tuesday, August 27th
Doors open 7PM; Show at 8PM
Contact: Tammy Lathrop at (714) 809-0477 or tammy@teamlathrop.com

We’re getting together with our charity partners Team Kids to put on a night of good laughs and good company! Team Kids is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower children to change the world. We share a commitment to making our communities better which is why it’s a perfect collaboration. Held at the Brea Improv, the night will include prizes, raffles, and 5 different comedians. Tickets are $20 with a 2 item minimum.

San Diego Events

Annual Taste of Encinitas

Tuesday, August 6th
5:30PM-8:30PM
encinitas101.com

 

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Drop by our First Team Encinitas – Beach Office and enter to win 2 FREE tickets to this local event! We’ll be in the office 8:30am-5pm during the week, 10:30am-2:30pm on Saturday, or 12pm-3pm on Sunday to enter to win. You have until 10am Monday, August 5th to enter! At the event you can treat your taste buds to food samples from 30+ restaurants and enjoy local wine and craft beer served at 19 Sip Stops the Encinitas Taste of Main Street. While you’re at the event, stop by the First Team booth to say hello and grab a glass of wine. The $45 per person ticket price includes all food and drink samples.

Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition

Saturday, August 10th
Check-In Opens 8AM
surfdogevents.com/imperial-beach

Billed as the most adorable surf event of the year, the Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition shows off pups that have skills. More than 60 dogs are expected to participate and funds raise will go toward the San Diego Humane Society. Don’t forget to drop by the Pier for more fun and excitement for the day.

Annual World Bodysurfing Championships in Oceanside

Saturday, August 17th – Sunday, August 18th
Fee to participate; free to watch
worldbodysurfing.org

Nearly 400 bodysurfers from around the world will converge in Oceanside for the 43rd Annual World Bodysurfing Championships. The contest will start around 6:30AM each morning and the winners will be crowned on Sunday afternoon.

Chula Vista Harbor Fest

Saturday, August 17th
10AM-6PM
cvharborfest.com

 

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Chula Vista Harbor Fest is family event that’s free to attend, bringing together tons of fun. Enjoy live music all day, Lucha Libre wrestling, a classic car expo, pet costume parade, art in the park, and water fun like kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, and more. Plus check out the Discovery Zone filled with more kids activities from bungee jumping to rock climbing and giant hamster balls. Tickets are available for the Tacos & Spirits Revolution as well, which is a gourmet taco-tasting portion of the event where attendees vote for their favorites.

U.S. Sand Sculpture Challenge

Saturday, August 31st – Monday, September 2nd
Open till 7:00pm on Sat. and Sun.
ussandsculpting.com

Labor Day Weekend in San Diego is all about the sand sculptures. So much more than castles, these amazing pieces of art are displayed at the Broadway Pier and Pavilion all weekend long. You’ll see sculptors in action all day Saturday and Sunday until 2pm. Tickets are available for purchase online and winners are announced Monday, which is the best day to go if you only have one day to see all of the finished products!

Los Angeles Events

Long Beach Jazz Festival

Friday, August 9th – Sunday, August 11th
Friday 6-10PM | Saturday and Sunday 1-PM
longbeachjazzfestival.com

The Long Beach Jazz Festival is held in Rainbow Lagoon and features some of the top artists with a selection of food, art, and hot summer jazz. This is the 32nd Annual festival and this year’s theme is “A Healthy Taste of Jazz”. Stop by the Health & Wellness pavilion to hear from speakers and leaders and try healthy food samplings. The weekend is centered on enjoyment, feeling energized, de-stressed, and focused.

L.A. Taco Festival

Saturday, August 17th
3PM-6PM
latacofestival.com

 

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The LA Taco Festival brings all kinds of tacos to the masses in a fun, lively event that not only stimulates festivalgoers’ taste buds but their eyes and ears as well, with great live music and dance performances. The idea behind the taco festival came from the folks at a nonprofit, Jovenes, Inc., who are dedicated to solving the problem of youth homelessness in Boyle Heights. Go online to check out the music line-up and learn more. The event is free, open to the public, with donations accepted for Jovenes, Inc.

CicLAvia

Sunday, August 18th
9AM-4PM
ciclavia.org

Held along the iconic Wilshire Boulevard, CicLAvia takes over the neighborhood and closes off its streets so Angelenos can walk, run, or ride bikes along the carless roads. If nothing else, bask in the glory of the only time you won’t see LA’s streets looking like a parking lot. CicLAvia’s goal is to inspire all of us to reimagine Los Angeles and connect participants to neighborhoods, businesses, healthy lifestyles, alternative transportation and each other in a way that is not possible by car.

LA Food and Wine

Thursday, August 22nd – Sunday, August 25th
Various locations throughout LA
lafw.com

The weeklong festival of culinary delights all across the city has been going on for the past 6 years and it’s only growing bigger and better. The week includes celebrity chefs, world-class wines and live entertainment.

Taste of Brews

Saturday, August 24th
12PM-5PM
tasteofbrews.com/lbtob.html

 

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Taste of Brews is Long Beach’s original and authentic craft beer festival at Lighthouse Park. The event infuses more than 100 styles of microbrews and hard ciders and SoCal’s best food trucks at an amazing oceanfront venue. The event is expected to sell-out online with limited tickets at the gate so don’t wait too long to purchase your ticket. Charity partners include Long Beach Marine Institute and Make-A-Wish.

Inland Empire Events

Shakespeare in the Vines

Now – Saturday, September 21st
Seating open 6/6:30PM; Shows 7/7:30PM
shakespeareinthevines.org

On going through September, Shakespeare in the Vines during the month of August will be putting on Othello. Guest are encouraged to bring their own picnic meals to settle in for a magical night of Shakespeare under the stars and among the vines. Wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase. September’s show will be Comedy of Errors.

Palm Springs VillageFest

Every Thursday
7PM-10PM
villagefest.org

Taking place every Thursday evening from in downtown, this street fair features art, entertainment, crafts, shopping, and amazing food. Dogs and children are welcome to join the fun as well! The late night festival is the perfect opportunity to shop local and enjoy the local flair and flavor of the desert out of the sun.

Splash House

Friday, August 9th – Sunday, August 11th
Doors open daily at 12PM
splashhouse.com

 

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Splash House is the ultimate pool party concert mash-up. Featuring the best in house, disco, and electronica, three different hotels sync up to create a seamless experience. The event also includes an After Hours party at the Palm Springs Air Museum with even more great music with a vintage aircraft backdrop.

Big Bear Lake Brew Festival

Saturday, August 24th
11AM-5PM
eventbrite.com

This will be the first annual Big Bear Lake Brew Festival. Bringing together 30-50 craft breweries from all over California, the event will have tons of fun activities as well like a rock wall, bounce house, mechanical bull, dunk tank and more. The first 3,000 attendees will get a free tasting glass as well! Confirmed breweries include Stone, Refuge, Pizza Port, Modern Times, and more.

Wildhorse Music Festival

Saturday, August 31st
Event begins at 2PM; Doors Open 1PM
wildhorsefest.com

If you’re a fan of country music, then the Wildhorse Music Festival is for you. Featuring live music, craft cocktails, craft beers, wine tasting and food, it’s a recipe for a damn good time. Held at Galway Downs, the setting itself is gorgeous with a grass amphitheater lined with streams, boulders, log bridges, and shady trees.