Craft Beer Weekend at Ace Hotel
Have a blast quenching your thirst at Ace Hotel & Swim Club’s Craft Beer Weekend, taking place on Saturday, August 7th from noon-4pm. Enjoy sumptuous suds from over 30 incredible craft breweries to pair with live music and BBQ. Tickets to this 21+ event are $75 and available on a limited basis.
August 13th – 15th & August 20th – 22nd
Splash House is back for another installment of fun in the desert sun. This annual desert music festival goes off like a giant pool party, featuring live DJ sets paired with some of the finest pools in Palm Springs. This time around, the semi-annual Splash House music festival hits the pools of Palm Springs Friday, August 13th, through Sunday, August 15th, and then again the following weekend running Friday, August 20th through Sunday, August 22nd. Splash House brings a party like no other to the SoCal desert. Hotels hosting this wet and wild time include The Renaissance, the recently renamed Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs, and The Saguaro. After hour parties will be held at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Tickets are sold out, however, a waitlist is available if you are interested in joining. Other opportunities to enjoy this event, including after parties and cabanas, are still available.
For more information on Splash House, including the lineup, head over to the festival website.
Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage
Through August 15th
Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage dishes cool savings, running through August 15th. With the purchase of a wristband for $10, enjoy discounts and specials at participating restaurants and resorts throughout Rancho Mirage. All proceeds go to local charities so your dollars support a buffet of worthy causes.
Participating restaurants include:
- Acqua California Bistro
- Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse
- Ben & Jerry’s
- Brandini Toffee
- Burgers and Beer
- Dringk Eatery & Bar
- Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
- Grazing Palm Springs
- Haus of Poké
- Krispy Kreme
- Las Casuelas Nuevas
- Norma’s Italian Kitchen,
- Pangaea Cuisine
- Pastry Swan
- Pinzimini at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
- Shabu Shabu Zen
- Shame on the Moon
- Si Bon
- The Slice
For up-to-date information, including to purchase a wrist band, please check out the Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage website.
Festival of Arts Laguna Beach
Through September 3rd
The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach is back for another season showcasing impressive creative works, running now through September 3rd. The original Laguna Beach art festival, Festival of Arts showcases all juried original works from southern Orange County artists as well as the famed Pageant of the Masters, a spectacle re-creating famous works of art with real people standing in as subjects of the paintings. The theme for this year’s Pageant of the Masters is “Made in America: Trailblazing Artists and Their Stories” and will feature classic works re-created on a rotating stage with a narrator telling the tale of each work.
This year’s festival will include safety measures to ensure a comfortable experience for all, including enhanced cleaning, availability of hand sanitizer, mobile ticketing, and required face coverings for all guests. Get more details here.
Coupled with Laguna Art-A-Fair and the Sawdust Art & Crafts Festival, Festival of Arts creates an exciting trifecta of art celebration and discovery in one of Southern California’s most scenic beach locales renowned for its unique, thriving arts community.
For more information on the Annual Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, check out the festival’s website.
Orange County Fair
Through August 15th
Head to the Orange County Fair for a month of epic fun and excitement, taking place at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa through August 15th. As it does each year, the Orange County Fair will feature creative concoctions and confections, live music, exhibits, midway carnival games, thrill rides, and more. Capacity is limited so be sure to plan ahead and purchase your tickets in advance.
For the full rundown of activities, rides, and more, including tickets, check out the Orange County Fair website.
Del Mar Racing
Through September 6th
A long-standing San Diego tradition, a day out at Del Mar offers unrivaled excitement. Horse racing season runs through September 6th, offering weeks of exciting trackside action in one of the most beloved racing venues in the sport.
Between the bevvy of food and beverage options, variety of seating areas to take in the sights and sounds of the races, and electric atmosphere, this is a spectacle to behold. Enjoy pre- and post-race fun as well, including the handicapping challenge, Taste of the Turf Club, and other creative experiences.
For more information on Del Mar racing season, including tickets, please visit the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club website.
The 44th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships
August 21st & 22nd
The 44th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships break for shore on Saturday, August 21st, and Sunday, August 22nd. Held in Oceanside each year adjacent to the pier, the event is expected to draw 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world to compete for trophies and prizes in their respective age divisions.
The contest is slated to begin at 6:30am each morning, with the Men’s and Women’s Grand Champions crowned Sunday afternoon. Nothing beats a Southern California day at the beach, and with world-class bodysurfers ripping up the waves, a day of excitement and entertainment is a guarantee. For those interested in entering, the cost is $75. Check out the competition’s registration page for more details on divisions and qualifications.
For the full schedule of the 44th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships, visit the event’s website.
St. George’s Greek Summer Festival
Returning as a hybrid event this August, the beloved St. George’s Greek Summer Festival returns on Saturday, August 21st, from 11am – 8pm. In-person attendees can expect the traditional St. George’s treatment celebrating all things Greek: Greek Dancers, a bake sale, a bazaar of beautiful goods and wares, live music, incredible food, tours of the church, and more. If you want to support the festival but can’t stay, you can enjoy delicious Greek food and baked goods “to-go” via drive-thru or for pickup.
The St. George’s Greek Festival is always an exceptional time and a cherished Palm Desert tradition. More information is available via a Facebook events page.
Bike the Bay
Bike the Bay returns for another riveting ride through a variety of stunning San Diego sceneries. Grab your bike and prepare to pedal a sweeping 25-mile course on Sunday, August 22nd. The planned circuit meanders around San Diego Bay via the Bayshore Bikeway, riding through the cities of Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, National City, and Downtown San Diego. Proceeds from the ride benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, an organization dedicated to improving the safety, connectivity, and quality of life for all who ride in San Diego.
This community event is non-competitive and accommodates riders of all abilities. It also offers the only chance to (legally) ride across the San Diego–Coronado Bay Bridge, with jaw-dropping sights of the soaring skyline and expansive coastline. With a gentle, flat course planned, even novice riders will enjoy the pace and distance.
Long Beach Greek Festival
September 4th – 6th
The Long Beach Greek Festival makes a triumphant return to dish out colorful, cheerful Greek culture over Labor Day weekend. This 3-day festival takes place September 4th through the 6th, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Long Beach. Prepare to celebrate all things Greek, including delightful dishes and delicacies, live Greek music and dancing, cooking demonstrations, shopping, and more. If you can’t get to Greece over Labor Day, this is the next best thing!
Orange International Street Fair
September 3rd – 5th
The Orange International Street Fair rolls back into the City of Orange, taking place Friday, September 3rd, through Monday, September 5th. This international celebration of culture and food features flavors from around the world, paired with delicious brews and live entertainment.
An Orange County tradition, the Orange International Street Fair offers food and drink options from a diverse set of countries served by local non-profit organizations. This massive food festival is one of Southern California’s most popular due to its iconic location and combination of excellent fare, lively crowd, and toe-tapping tunes. In addition, there is a children’s area to explore with your little ones, and a variety of vendor booths will be present, including arts and crafts booths selling their wares.
For the full rundown on the Orange International Street Fair, including gourmet treats, as well as a lineup of music, visit the street fair’s website.