Things to do in San Diego in September

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Summer may be winding down, but here in San Diego we still have plenty of events lined up to enjoy all through the month of September. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or a relaxing way to spend the day, there’s something for all of us.

Surf and Beach Fun

If you ask any of us what the best things to do in San Diego are, we’ll gladly tip you off on a hundred different awesome ways to spend your time, with surfing always being near or at the top of the list. Surfing is something anyone can take up at just about any age. From six to sixty, we’ve got wave riders out every day enjoying the summer sun and rolling Pacific Ocean waters. It’s something quite addicting and we find that once you start, you won’t ever want to stop.

If you’re a novice to surfing, no worries, our surf instructors at Ocean Experience Surf School are required to be ocean safety certified and can give you the knowledge you need to enjoy the surf lesson. Hooking up with an instructor is as easy as calling us or requesting a lesson online. Before you know it, you’ll be cruising waves and speaking the local surf lingo like you’ve been doing it for years.


In California, we’re known for our beautiful weather and San Diego is no exception. In America’s most bike friendly city, you can find bikers leisurely moving along the boardwalk taking in the sights and sounds of the milling crowds. It’s a perfect way to get your exercise, while maintaining the ability to stop at any point on your ride to enjoy the many things that might catch your eye.

Mission Bay is the perfect spot if you’re looking for more of a laid-back ride with scenic enjoyment, offering 12 miles of virtually car-free bike paths. And, if you don’t own a bike, no worries, you can always rent one for the day. Up for more of a workout, try Point Loma peninsula and face the challenge of its uphill climb. Make it to the top and we promise you’re going to love the rewards, unbelievable ocean views with San Diego Bay to your west and downtown to your east. 


Just like biking in San Diego, we can assure you the hiking is just as fantastic with thousands of miles of trails just waiting to be explored. Mission Gorge, Torrey Pines State Park, Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail, Cowles Mountain, Iron Mountain Trail, Cuyamaca Peak Loop Trail, are just a fraction of the amazing hikes you can look forward to with each offering a different degree of difficulty.

Concerts, Events, and More in September

If you’re visiting in September, or you’re a local looking for something to do, the city is buzzing with events this month. Don't forget the OB Farmers Market, Fashion Week, Festival of Sail, Julian Grape Stop Festival, Coronado Art Walk, the 3rd Annual Carlsbad Brewfest, Santee Bluegrass Festival, Taste of Downtown, San Diego Bayfair – Thunderboat Races, and the Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego are all taking place in September. 

Don’t forget, we’ve got San Diego Sea World, LEGOLAND California Resort, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, San Diego Safari Park, the Old Town Trolley Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour, drink and dining cruises, hot air balloon rides, sailing tours, and so much more. 

If you’re looking for non-stop adventure, San Diego is the place to be. We’re here and happy to help you fill your calendar with nothing but good times and great memories.