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Beach Festivals for 2018 - Plan Your Vacation
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These Southern California beach events and festivals can be a great excuse to take a vacation to a particular beach town. Or, if you will already be there, you can add it to your list of fun things to do! Or maybe you want to avoid excess crowds and traffic by checking here first to see if a big event is going on where you were planning to go.

Don't forget to bookmark this page so you can come back again and again throughout the year and find out about great events as we update them.

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The events and festivals within each month take place all over the Southern California coast, from Santa Barbara County to Ventura County to Los Angeles County to Orange County to San Diego County. You'll find fun things to do in most of the beach towns, most months of the year.

We will be announcing upcoming Southern California beach events and festivals regularly on our RSS feed. To subscribe, click on the orange button on upper right corner of the Recent Articles section at the bottom of this page.

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FEBRUARY 

  • Tall Ships Sail Into Oxnard - February 6-13, 2018 
  • Mardi Gras in Gaslamp Quarter - San Diego - February 9-10, 2018 
  • Lunar Year at Seaworld - February 10-25
  • Scottish Festival - Long Beach - February 17-18, 201   

MARCH - Southern California Beach Events & Festivals

  • Festival of the Whales - Dana Point - March 3-4, 2018   
  • Beach Kite Party - Huntington Beach - March 10-11, 2018    
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival - Hermosa Beach - March 17, 2018    

APRIL

  • Annual Old Town Fiesta Cinco De Mayo - San Diego - April 5-7, 2018  
  • Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals - April 6-8, 2018  
  • La Jolla Concours D'Elegance - April 7-8, 2018  
  • Santa Barbara Kite Festival - April 8, 2018  
  • Del Mar International Horse Show - April 8-12, 2018
  • Ventura Music Festival - April 12-15, 2018
  • Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach - April 13-15, 2018  
  • Port of San Diego's Day at the Docks - April 15, 2018
  • Newport Boat Show - April 19-22, 2018 
  • Santa Barbara Vintner's Spring Weekend - April 19-23, 2018 
  • California Wine Festival Orange County - April 20-21, 2018  
  • Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival - April 21-22, 2018
  • Santa Barbara Fair & Expo - April 25-29, 2018  
  • Newport Beach Film Festival -  April 26-May 3, 2018  
  • Newport/Ensenada Yacht Race - April 27-29, 2018  
  • Founding Day Festival -  Santa Barbara - April 28, 2018
  • Mission Federal Artwalk - Little Italy, San Diego - April 28-29, 2018
  • Street Faire - Encinitas - April 28-29, 2018  
  • Southern California Woodie Club and Car Show - Dana Point April 28, 2018

MAY - Southern California Beach Events & Festivals

  • Newport Beach Film Festival - April 26-May 3, 2018
  • The Village Faire - Carlsbad - May 6, 2018  
  • Gator By The Bay - Zydeco, Blues, & Crawfish Music and Food Festival - San Diego - May 10-13, 2018
  • Festival of the Arts North Park - San Diego - May 19, 2018
  • Fiesta del Sol - Solana Beach - May 19-20, 2018  
  • Doheny Blues Festival - Dana Point - May 19-20, 2018  
  • Fiesta Hermosa - Hermosa Beach - May 26-28, 2018  

June - Southern California Beach Events & Festivals

  • Art-A-Fair - Laguna Beach
  • San Diego County Fair - sdfair.com 
  • San Diego Festival of the Arts - June 9-10, 2018  
  • Baroque Music Festival, Corona Del Mar - June 17-24, 2018  
  • Summer Solstice Celebration - Santa Barbara - June 22-24, 2018  
  • Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-off - San Diego - June 23, 2018  
  • Long Beach Bayou Festival & Mardis Gras - June 23-24, 2018  
  • Main Street Summer Soulstice - Santa Monica - June 24, 2018 (tentative)
  • Sawdust Art Festival - Laguna Beach - June 29-September 2, 2018  

JULY  - Southern California Beach Events & Festivals

  • San Clemente Fireworks Show
  • Fourth Of July Old Glory Boat Parade - Newport Beach
  • Fireworks Spectacular - Dana Point
  • Newport Beach 4th Of July Celebration
  • Huntington Beach Pier Plaza Celebration -
  • Art-A-Fair - Laguna  Beach
  • Sawdust Art Festival - Laguna  Beach
  • Big Bay Boom! - San Diego
  • Moonlight Movies on the Beach - Long Beach
  • 4th Of July Party On The Pier - Long Beach 
  • Sawdust Art Festival - Laguna Beach - June 29-September 2, 2018  
  • Fourth Of July Street Fair - Ventura - July 4, 2018
  • Huntington Beach 4th Of July Fireworks - July 4, 2018
  • 4th Of July Fireworks Extravaganza - Doheny Beach, Dana Point- July 4, 2018
  • Santa Barbara Fourth of July Celebration - July 4, 2018
  • Festival of the Arts- Laguna  Beach - July 5-September 1, 2018
  • California Wine Festival: Beachside Wine Festival - Santa Barbara - July 19-21, 2018
  • San Clemente Ocean Festival - July 21-22, 2018
  • Long Beach Crawfish Festival - July 27-29, 2018
  • Vans US Open of Surfing & Beach Games - Huntington Beach - July 28-August 5, 2018

AUGUST - Southern California Beach Events & Festivals

  • Dana Point Lobsterfest - Dana Point
  • Tiki Beach Festival  - Long Beach
  • US Sand Sculpting -- San Diego
  • Taste of Main Street International Food Festival - Encinitas
  • Santa Barbara Greek Festival
  • Moonlight Movies on the Beach - Long Beach
  • Art-A-Fair - Laguna  Beach
  • Sawdust Art Festival - Laguna  Beach
  • Huck Finn Fishing Derby for Kids - Huntington Beach
  • Toni Young Hueneme Beach Festival
  • Sawdust Art Festival - Laguna Beach - June 29-September 2, 2018  
  • Festival of the Arts- Laguna  Beach - July 5-September 1, 2018
  • Vans US Open of Surfing & Beach Games - Huntington Beach - July 28-August 5, 2018
  • Oceanside International Film Festival - August 1-4, 2018
  • Old Spanish Days Fiesta - Santa Barbara - August 1-5, 2018
  • Ventura County Fair - August 1-12, 2018
  • Art in the Village - Carlsbad - August 12, 2018

SEPTEMBER 

  • Fiesta Hermosa - Hermosa Beach
  • Annual Oceanside Labor Day Pier Swim & Paddle
  • Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
  • La Jolla Rough Water Swim 
  • Taste Of The Town Santa Barbara
  • Surf & Turf Lobster Festival - Redondo Beach
  • Adams Avenue Street Fair - San Diego
  • Sawdust Art Festival - Laguna Beach - June 29-September 2, 2018  
  • Festival of the Arts- Laguna  Beach - July 5-September 1, 2018
  • Harbor Days - Oceanside - September 15-16, 2018

OCTOBER 

  • Sandcastle Contest - Corona del Mar
  • Halloween Festival - Huntington Beach
  • Oktoberfest - Huntington Beach
  • California Avocado Festival - Carpinteria   - October 5-7, 2018
  • Old Hometown Fair - Manhattan Beach  - October 6-7, 2018
  • Little Italy Festa/Solo Italiano - San Diego - October 12-13, 2018
  • Annual Santa Barbara Seafood Festival - October 13, 2018
  • Doheny State Beach Annual Halloween Haunt - Dana Point - October 20, 2018

NOVEMBER 

  • WSA Tournament - San Diego
  • Dana Point Turkey Trot
  • Encinitas Fall Festival - November 18, 2018

DECEMBER 

  • North Park Toyland Parade - San Diego
  • Seal Beach Holiday Parade
  • Dana Point Parade of Lights - Dana Point Harbor
  • Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights - San Diego
  • Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights
  • San Diego Bay Parade Of Lights - San Diego
  • Christmas Boat Parade - Redondo Beach
  • Naples Island Annual Holiday Boat Parade - Long Beach
  • Huntington Harbour Cruise of Lights - Huntington Beach
  • Christmas Light Boat Parade  - Newport Beach
  • Big Bay Balloon Parade - San Diego
  • New Year's Eve Catalina
  • Sawdust Winter Fantasy Festival - Laguna Beach - November 17-December 16, 2018
  • Annual Parade of Lights - Santa Barbara - December 16, 2018

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