7 Reasons to Visit
San Diego in 2018

San Diego is well renowned for its 70-miles of coastline, laid-back beaches and Cali-Baja cuisine. However, as the 8th largest city in the US, San Diego also showcases big sporting and cultural events. From amateur football to professional baseball, to up-and-coming music festivals, to the world’s leading pop culture celebration, the following events will offer visitors a diverse experience in 2018.

San Diego Beer Week Tents
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March Madness: Visitors planning to head to San Diego between 15-18 March should prep their brackets, as rounds 1 and 2 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship will take place at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena.

Chicano Park Day: Located underneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge overpass and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2017, Chicano Park is the world’s largest collection of Chicano murals. Held on 21 April, this free annual event honoring the park celebrates the art and culture of San Diego’s Latino residents with traditional music, dance, car show, kids’ arts workshops and more.

Ghostbusters at San Diego Comic-Con
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The Original Nerd Culture Fest: Others will come and go, but the original started and remains in San Diego. The largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, Comic-Con International attracts thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture to the San Diego Convention Center in downtown, from 19-22 July.

Outside San Diego Comic-Con
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Autumn's Best Music Festivals: Held from 14-16 September at the seaside Del Mar Fairgrounds, KAABOO Del Mar features seven stages and more than 100 musical acts, plus a dedicated comedy stage and food and beverages from local and celebrity chefs, craft breweries and local wineries. You can look out onto the sea and watch the infamous San Diego sunset while listening to some iconic bands.

For electronic music fans, CRSSD offers craft beer, gourmet food, and impeccable daytime vibes alongside world-class music. Dates in October for CRSSD are tbc.

The Ultimate of Ultimate Competitions: The pinnacle event for this popular flying disc sport, the U.S.A. Ultimate National Championships will be held from 18-21 October at the Surf Cup Sports Park located in the North County city of Del Mar.

A Football Rivalry for the Ages: Dating all the way back to 1927, visitors can watch the longest uninterrupted intersectional rivalry in college football when the United States Naval Academy Midshipsmen plays the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a regular-season college football game on 27 October at SDCCU Stadium.

San Diego's Automatic Brewing Co
Photo Courtesy of Robert Tardio

Celebrating 10 Years of Beer: With more than 150 craft breweries in the county, San Diego Beer Week has been extend beyond one week, into a 10-day celebration every year. 2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of Beer Week in America’s Capital of Craft Beer. Dates for San Diego Beer Week 2018 are tbc. 

Stone Beers of San Diego
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