Festivals in Sunset Cliffs

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With more than 100,000 square feet of self-expression-expanding activities designed to stimulate malleable minds, your child will leave exhausted enough to play the quiet game for the whole drive home and most of the next day. Roll in goops of non-toxic gunk akin to a Nickelodeon bath at the Messy Zone, taste edible plants and spy friendly bugs at the Green Thumb Stop, or pet bulldozers and fire trucks at the vehicle petting zoo known as Touch a Truck.

2690 Historic Decatur Road
San Diego,
CA
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The Great Urban Race is a one-day event pitting teams of two against one another in a race combining physical challenges, scavenger hunts, and puzzles. Up to 700 twosomes will traverse 4 to 8 miles of Toronto terrain on foot and by public transportation as they solve 12 challenging clues in a fun quest to reach the finish line first. Sample clues and challenges from past Great Urban Races include charades, bubble-gum chewing, pig Latin deciphering, bicycle races, and word scrambles, making this race ideal for competitive eaters and cryptographers alike. Teams are encouraged to dress up in matching outfits, and prizes will be awarded for best costume. Prizes are also given for race results, with $300 going to first place, $200 to second place, and $100 to third place. The top 25 teams will qualify for the National Championship in New Orleans in November, with the top three teams receiving free entry. Each participant gets a T-shirt and postrace refreshments of fruit, granola bars, and a run through a Perrier sprinkler. Read over the rules and FAQs for more information.

3125 Ocean Front Walk
San Diego,
CA
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Kobey's Swap Meet started in 1976 at the Midway drive-in with only 13 sellers & 200 Shoppers, In 1980 Kobey's moved to its current location and it became a San Diego shopping destination with over 1000 sellers weekly & over 25,000 shoppers each weekend. Kobey's is open every Friday - Saturday - Sunday from 7am - 3pm !!

3500 Sports Arena Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

At the ¡Latin Food Fest! Grand Tasting Village, Latin culinary aficionados Richard Sandoval, Roberto Alcocer, and Javier Plascencia join with restaurants, distillers, artisan food makers, brewers, and winemakers for the annual Latin food grand tasting event in California. Guests rub elbows with the likes of TV host chef George Duran, or share a wave with Baja culinary icon and Misión 19 owner Javier Plascencia. Throughout the festival, dedicated pavilions focus on specific topics, ranging from the Wine Tasting Tent and Beer Cabana to the ¡Taste Baja! Pavilion and the Craft Spirits Expo & Awards, where distillers and mixologists hold tastings. In addition to the tastings, the festival holds competitions for Top Chef, Best Restaurant, and Best Dish to showcase local culinary excellence. Other senses are delighted by live music from Latin sensation QUATTRO and an art show, and a silent auction of culinary supplies and memorabilia will benefit non-profit partner Feeding America.

500 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego,
CA
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Today’s Groupon is your passport to cinematic bliss. For $49, you get a five-day all-access pass to the star-studded parties and premieres at the San Diego Film Festival on September 23–27 at the Gaslamp Theater. Even at the current sale price of $99, this deal still saves you 51%.

701 5th Ave
San Diego,
CA
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Color Me Rad stages 5K races that transform runners into mobile rainbows by launching cheerful barrages of colored cornstarch. Each color station along the racetrack flings a new, nontoxic pigment at passersby, who wear white shirts to enhance the chromatic onslaught's costuming effects. Brilliant neon-blue, green, purple, and yellow clouds dapple participants along the way, and the race concludes with a prismatic finish-line finale as sprinters chuck colors at each other in celebration. The race's noncompetitive credo shifts the emphasis from speed to silliness, and a portion of its proceeds go to local charities.

Upon registration, each runner collects a Color Me Rad T-shirt, sunglasses, sponsor gifts, and a race bib. Though they don't receive a gift packet, runners younger than 8 years old can sprint for free, provided they have a waiver signed by a guardian and won't give in to demands for gold from confused leprechauns.

100 Park Boulevard
San Diego,
CA
US