Fall may soon be in the air. But this weekend in San Diego is all about sea side celebrations and outside festivals. Bring the family downtown for San Diego Bay Fair or Fleet Week festivities. Celebrate Mexican Independence Day in Old Town State Park, and Hispanic Heritage Month at the Spring Valley Library. Head to Mira Mesa for the community’s annual Street Fair. There’s even an old-fashioned campfire and sing-a-long in Poway. Enjoy the last San Diego weekend outside before fall begins.

San Diego

San Diego Bay Fair
This end-of-summer tradition has been celebrated since 1964. The three-day event features overnight RV camping on Mission Bay, tons of professional boat racing classes, musical entertainment, festival vendors, kids’ zone and a specialty food village. Fri., times vary, Mission Bay, $20 – $45 (Free for kids 12 and under and military). All ages. Event details.

Fleet Week Sea Festival
This fun star-spangled festival is just one of the many events taking place during Fleet Week San Diego. The Sea Festival features navy ship tours, military static displays, military bands, entertainment and food. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Naval Base San Diego, Free. All ages. Event details.

Mira Mesa Street Fair
The 14th annual Mira Mesa Street Fair includes a day of fun with crafters, non-profit and business information booths, food from around the world, two entertainment stages, carnival, kids crafts and games, and free rock painting for the kiddos. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Camino Ruiz, Mira Mesa, Free. All ages. Event details. 

Fiesta Patrias
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with activities from the 1800s. Enjoy a parade at 12:10 pm, games, crafts, contests, performances, and more. Sun., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Old Town State Historic Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

East County

Library Fiesta
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a live entertainment event for the family. Enjoy kids activities, refreshments and community info booths at the Spring Valley Library. Sat., 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Spring Valley Library, Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Kid Ventures Family Fun Festival (Eastlake)
Make history with us at Kid Ventures first annual family festival! Kid Ventures is opening our doors to our favorite community vendors and local businesses to share their valuable services with YOU! Come to play, connect with friends,  browse vendor booths and take advantage of amazing day-of-deals! Fri., 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Kid Ventures Eastlake, $5 per child (free for members). All ages. Event details.

North County

Campfire Sing-A-Long
Bring the family to a Hobo Campfire Sing-A-Long for some evening fun. This box car production will feature the Poway Folk Circle and renowned storyteller, Charles Johnson. Feast on campfire while you toast s’mores and sing traditional campfire songs. Fri., 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Old Poway Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Rendezvous in Poway
Travel back to the days when pirates ruled the seas! Enjoy parades, pirate battles, costume contests and treasure hunts for the kids. Sun., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, $7 – $15 (age 4 and under free). All ages. Event details.

— Leah R. Singer

Photos courtesy of San Diego Fleet Week and Mira Mesa Town Council