Things to do in San Diego: Top San Diego Events in August

Are you visiting San Diego in August? There are several Top San Diego Events in August to choose from! See our San Diego Travel Blog for more information on these August Events and other Things to do in San Diego.

Written by
Maria Mancuso

As August approaches, the end of Summer will be upon us, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy the perfect weather San Diego is known for. There are many August and Summer time events to enjoy, including; Horse racing, Free movies in the park, Zoo experiences, and other exciting things to do in San Diego.

The Keating Hotel is located in the heart of downtown San Diego and close to many of the best August Events in the San Diego!  This current San Diego Travel Blog article; 'Things to do in San Diego: Top San Diego Events in August' – details just a few of the best August events you can enjoy during your upcoming visit.

Lions at San Diego Zoo
You may not think about visiting the Zoo at night, but this is a great way to enjoy the world-famous San Diego Zoo in the cool of the night. 

Nighttime at the Zoo!
Dates: Throughout August (Spans June 16 through September 2, 2019)
Location: 2929 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Event Schedule: See Event Schedule 
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 3 Miles

The San Diego Zoo comes alive at night!  You may not think about visiting the Zoo at night, but this is a great way to enjoy the world-famous San Diego Zoo in the cool of the night.  This is a special treat because many of the animals are more active at night!  What a great way to spend a night away from the beaches!  Enjoy Zoo tours, music, live entertainment and of course – the animals at the #1 Zoo in the World!

Free Movies in the Park
Dates: Throughout the month of August
Location: Various Parks throughout San Diego
Event Schedule: See Event Schedule 
Distance from The Keating Hotel: Varies

Free Movie. Under the Stars.  What could be better.  Grab the family or your special movie partner and enjoy one of the free movies in the park!  Watch major motion pictures like; The Jungle Book, The Sandlot, Captain Marvel, The Lego Movie and others. The locations are throughout San Diego, including, Pointe Loma, Chula Vista, San Ysidro and others.  See the Event Schedule link above for details.  

San Diego Padres Baseball
Few things make Summer more enjoyable than a day at the Baseball park, the smell of freshly cut grass, the taste of hot dogs and a cold drink and the crack of the bat as a ball is sent skyward! 

San Diego Padres Baseball
Dates: Throughout August 
Location: Petco Park,100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Event Schedule: See Event Schedule 
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 1/2 Mile

Play Ball!  Few things make Summer more enjoyable than a day at the Baseball park, the smell of freshly cut grass, the taste of hot dogs and a cold drink and the crack of the bat as a ball is sent skyward!  The local team, San Diego Padres will face some of the best teams in baseball, including Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays and others, during the month of August.  See the Game Schedule link above for the latest games.

Del Mar Race Track
  Ah, few things in sports are more exciting than hearing the bell sounding as the horses launch from the gates and speed down the track to the finish line. 

Del Mar Horse Racing
Dates: Throughout August
Location: Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Event Schedule: See Event Schedule 
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 22 Miles

Ah, few things in sports are more exciting than hearing the bell sounding as the horses launch from the gates and speed down the track to the finish line.  Come and bet on your favorite horses or just enjoy some great food, refreshing drinks, and enjoy to crowds and some fantastic horse racing at one of the most famous horse tracks in all the sport, Del Mar Racetrack.  This beautiful track, where ‘the turf meets the surf’ in the coastal town of Del Mar.

The daily schedule of horse racing is Wednesdays to Sunday with most races beginning at 2:00 p.m. and at 4:00 p.m. on Fridays.

The racing season takes place from Mid-July to early September.

Bike the Bay
Dates: August 25, 2019
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South, 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule 
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 1.6 Miles

The most beautiful ride in San Diego! The ‘Bike the Bay’ ride will take you across 25 miles of San Diego including crossing the Coronado Bridge, along the waterfront of San Diego Bay, with views of the harbor, Downtown San Diego, Coronado Island and more.  The proceeds of the ‘Bike the Bay’ ride will benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to the improving bicycling in San Diego and neighborhoods.

Riders will cross through 5 cities surrounding San Diego from the Embarcadero Marina Park, across Coronado Bay Bridge, and other beautiful scenery along San Diego Bay.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Art Expo
Dates: August 31 – September 2, 2019
Location: 1100 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Event Schedule: View Event Schedule 
Distance from The Keating Hotel: 1 Mile

American Express and USA Today call the ‘U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Art Expo’ one of the best seaside festivals in the world, and it takes place in beautiful San Diego. This is the 8th year for this event in San Diego that brings in over 300 tons of sand that will be transformed into animals, cartoon characters, and anything the artists can imagine.  This is a great event that spans Labor Day weekend and is a fantastic way to enjoy the weather, the surf and sand as Summer comes to a close. This is a free event.


We hope this San Diego Travel Blog article; Things to do in San Diego: Top San Diego Events in August has provided you with just a few ideas for events to enjoy during your upcoming visit to San Diego.  

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