Port Experiences activates our waterfront year-round through public programming, and permitted and sponsored community events. The Tidelands Activation Program awards grant funds and services to organizations for public events that connect visitors and residents to new cultures and vibrant activities. Artistic and cultural exhibitions, along with exclusive interactive installations inspire visitors and residents to push the boundaries of creativity. Additionally, Port Experiences hosts events across the San Diego Bay, including organized runs, parades, cultural festivals, concerts and more.
Experiences at the Port of San Diego
Enjoy our Parks & PiersEnjoy our Parks & Piers
With 22 public parks, 5 public piers and over 200 acres of open space, the waterfront is the perfect place to enjoy everything San Diego Bay has to offer.
Cruise the Port of Land and SeeCruise the Port of Land and See
Drop anchor in the heart of our city, where the cruise continues on land... With two cruise ship terminals ideally located in downtown San Diego, an unparalleled array of visitor opportunities are all just steps off the ship.
Visit San Diego BayVisit San Diego Bay
Be amazed by the unique sights, sounds and flavors across 34 miles of dynamic waterfront. From epic events to intimate concerts, from world-class restaurants to traveling food trucks, from stunning coastal views to vibrant parks, from high-powered jet skis to tranquil sailboats and from four-star hotels to camping under the stars.
Waterfront EventsWaterfront Events
The Tidelands Activation Program awards sponsors community events along the waterfront that connect visitors and residents to new cultures and vibrant activities.
Immerse Yourself in the ArtsImmerse Yourself in the Arts
The art of the bayfront is not simply a spectacle to behold, but the addition of depth and personality to our shared community. Experience the Tide+Land+Art collection with self-guided tours designed to take you on a journey of textures, sights and sound.
Park to PlayPark to Play
Visiting the Wonderfront is easy with a variety of parking meters, pay stations, parking lots, and even park and ride options during the summer shuttle season!
Plan Your Cruise
San Diego offers fun for all ages, from paddleboarding through the bay to a trip through naval history. Experience the unique charm of San Diego, just moments from your ship.
Parks & Recreation
Tidelands Activation Programs (TAP)
As part of our efforts to support a vibrant and active waterfront, the Port of San Diego offers sponsorship to community organized events through the Tidelands Activation Programs, or TAP.
Pedicabs at the Port
Port Spaces Curatorial Series
An ongoing series of temporary, pop-up artistic explorations and creative interventions throughout the Port District tidelands.
Vending and Expressive Activity
SDUPD Code Section 8.05
San Diego Unified Port District (SDUPD) Code Section 8.09 regulates the parking of vehicles, oversized vehicles, trailers, and vehicles with boat trailers on Shelter Island.