Enjoy The Best of the SoCal Lifestyle this August with These Events
Live the SoCal lifestyle to the max with these fun and exciting events taking place over the month of August.
Check out these awesome things to do this month and make the most of the Southern California lifestyle.

Craft Beer Weekend at Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel's Craft Beer Weekend offers suds from over 30 craft breweries, live music, and great food.
Tap into an awesome day of delicious craft beer, live music, and great food at the Ace Hotel’s Craft Beer Weekend.

August 7th

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.

For the full details and to purchase tickets to enjoy this delightful afternoon of brews, tunes, and BBQ at one of the coolest spots in Palm Springs, visit the event page on the Ace Hotel’s website.

Splash House

Check out Splash House Palm Springs to get wet and wild over a long, hot weekend.
Palm Springs turns into a giant pool party at Splash House, combining music, pools, and a weekend of epic fun.

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

Dine out for a cause by purchasing a discount wristband through Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage.
Share a meal with friends and family for a great cause with Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage, offering deals and discounts at establishments throughout the city.

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
  • Maracas
  • 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

Experience a unique flair for dramatic arts at the Festival of Arts Laguna Beach.
Another year of incredible artistic displays and experiences await at 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

The Orange County Fair is an electric experience for all to enjoy.
Enjoy the quintessential fair experience at the 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

A day out at Del Mar is an unforgettable experience, filled with a plethora of fun stuff to check out and enjoy throughout the day.
A day out at the Del Mar races is a San Diego tradition, with tons of fun experiences surrounding the excitement of horse racing at the track.

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

The 44th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships take place August 21st and 22nd in Oceanside.
Catch some of the best bodysurfers from around the globe at the World Bodysurfing Championships, taking in place in Oceanside August 21st and 22nd.

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

Celebrate all things Greek at the St. George's Summer Festival, at St. George's Greek Orthodox Church in Palm Desert
Celebrate vibrant Greek culture at St. George’s Greek Summer Festival, running August 21st in Palm Desert.

August 21st

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

Grab your bike and hit the road to enjoy a scenic route for Bike the Bay, taking place around San Diego Bay.
Bike the Bay provides scenic San Diego as the backdrop for an epic ride around America’s Finest City.

August 22nd

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.

For more information on Bike the Bay, including registration, an FAQ guide, and more, speed over to the event’s website.

Long Beach Greek Festival

Enjoy Greece in Southern California at the Long Beach Greek Festival, bringing the best dishes, dancing, live music, and more, to Long Beach.
The Long Beach Greek Festival is a feast for the sense, with incredible dishes, music, and dancing, among other fun sights and sounds to savor.

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!

For more information on the Long Beach Greek Festival, including a schedule of events and a food and beverage menu, check out the festival’s website.

Orange International Street Fair

The Orange International Street Fair takes you and your palate around the world, September 3rd - 5th.
Feast on the finest flavors from around the world, all for a great cause, at the 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.

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