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EVENTS

Local Ocean Beach Events

Ocean Beach is host to many fun and festive events throughout the year. Numerous surfing contests are held across the street from the Ocean Beach Hotel and volleyball tournaments are at the north end of the beach. Other sporting tournaments are held at nearby Robb Field. The Ocean Beach Hotel is the perfect location for groups attending these events.

Enjoy the incredible OB Farmers Market every Wednesday where you can find fresh locally sourced produce, ready-to-eat local food, homemade arts and crafts, and live music.

While summertime is prime beach days, San Diego's climate offers warm days year round. We suggest wet suits if you are venturing in the water between November and May.

Ocean Beach has active businesses that hold the following events:

  • Farmers Market every Wednesday 4 to 8 pm
  • Kite Festival in Early March
  • Annual Street Fair and Chili Cook-off on June 26, 2010
  • Spectacular Fireworks off the Pier on July 4th
  • OB Octoberfest on October 8, 2010
  • Restaurant Walk mid November

December is packed with special holiday events:

  • Sand Castle building
  • Arrival of the OB Christmas Tree on Dec. 1
  • OB Craft Fair-December Saturdays 9 to 3 pm
  • OB Holiday Parade on December 4th at 5 pm
  • Sandy Claws at Dog Beach

Each week, the editors of San Diego Magazine bring you the top fairs, festivals, concerts, theatre, events, and things to do in San Diego. Use our event calendar to find things to do this weekend near you and never miss a great event in San Diego again. From food events and nightlife to 5k races and outdoor festivals, we've got your social calendar covered.



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  • Expedition: San Diego's Secret Speakeasies.
  • Smoked: A Live Fire Experience.
  • Del Mar Antique Show & Sale.
  • SDMA+ The San Diego Opera.
  • Beachside Fall Fest.
  • San Diego Craft Distillers Guild Fest.

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Lemon Grove Farmers Market
3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Veteran's Foreign Wars Parking Lot on Lemon Grove Avenue
The Lemon Grove Farmers Market goes down weekly each Thursday at the VFW parking lot at 2885 Lemon Grove Ave. Expect vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and handmade gifts, plus savory dishes from local restaurants. Entry is free; bring money to shop local.

North Park Thursday Market
3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., North Park Way & Granada Avenue (North Park)
North Park is known for its interesting small businesses and, on Thursdays year-round, local vendors and artisans are showcased at this popular farmers market located on the corner of North Park Way and 29 th Street. On the shopping list: farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, sauces, bread and even handcrafted gifts from local, small businesses. The free event also features live music.

Oceanside Sunset Market
5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Main Street Oceanside
Each Thursday, year-round, the Oceanside Sunset Market brings about 200 local merchants together for this sunset marketplace spanning four blocks in downtown Oceanside. Shoppers can expect vendors showcasing homemade goods and tasty grub, plus live music and, of course, an incredible ocean view. The family-friendly weekly event also features the Dorothy's KidZone filled with activities for the little ones. The free market is located on Pier View Way, west of Coast Highway. Rain may cancel the event, so check the weather before making your plans.

Sushi-Making Class
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., The Bayside Pavilion
Learn all about the art of making sushi in this 3-hour class at The Bayside Pavilion in Chula Vista. Attendees will work on the basics of handling sushi rice, sashimi slicing and rolling. A $55 fee covers all materials, plus Chef Jeff Roberto (Sushi on a Roll) Omakase menu to munch on, which includes sake and beer.

β€˜90s-Themed College Night Party Cruise
8:30 p.m., Bahia Resort and Mission Bay
The Bahia Resort in Mission Bay will host a 1990s-themed College Night Party Cruise aboard its resident vessel, the Bahia Belle, this Thursday night. And organizers promise it'll be β€œall that and a bag of chips.” Attendees are encouraged to sport their best β€˜90s gear; the cruise will include multiple levels of DJs, a lit dance floor and, of course, stellar views. Tickets cost $10; the boat boards at 8:30 p.m. from the resort and returns at midnight.

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