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Port of San Diego Approves Support for 66 Waterfront Events in FY 18/19

As part of ongoing efforts to support a vibrant and active waterfront, the Port of San Diego has committed to supporting 66 special events around San Diego Bay during fiscal year 2018/2019.

Each year through its Tidelands Activation Program, the Port actively supports events that engage and inspire residents and visitors to enjoy San Diego Bay and its dynamic waterfront. The events take place throughout the year in all five Port cities – Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego. The Port’s support, approved by the Board of Port Commissioners as part of the Port’s FY 18/19 budget, comprises $776,700 in sponsorship funding with an additional $1,148,096 in the form of waived fees.

“We are proud to support a wide variety of events in our many beautiful bayfront parks and on our piers. We invite and encourage locals and visitors to join us – from festivals and fitness events, to films and fireworks, everyone is sure to have a lot of fun on San Diego Bay,” said Chairman Rafael Castellanos, Board of Port Commissioners.

All events were selected through a rigorous public evaluation process led by the Tidelands Activation Program Advisory Committee, chaired by Commissioner Garry Bonelli. Disbursement of funding for all of the events is subject to environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act and the completion of individual agreements with each event organizer. Visit the Port’s Tidelands Activation Program webpage for the latest event information.

Tidelands Activation Program Schedule of Events for FY 18/19

  • San Diego Symphony Bayside Summer Nights                           June 29 – September 2, 2018
  • 2nd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival                              June 29 – July 1, 2018
  • San Diego Bay Youth Connection Project                                   July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
  • Ocean Connectors Eco-Tours                                                     July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
  • Aquatic Adventures by the Bay                                                   Multiple Dates beginning July 2018
  • Imperial Beach Independence Day Fireworks                             July 4, 2018
  • Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks                                                July 4, 2018
  • Coronado Fourth of July Celebration                                           July 4, 2018
  • Crown City Classic                                                                       July 4, 2018
  • Sun and Sea Festival                                                                   July 13-14, 2018
  • Annual South Bay Salsa Festival                                                 July 21, 2018
  • Movies on the Bay                                                                       July 27 – August 10, 2018
  • Street Food Cinema                                                                     Multiple Dates Beginning July 2018
  • Live WELL San Diego 5K                                                            July 29, 2018
  • Farm to Bay 2018                                                                        August 4, 2018
  • SD Sportfishing Council Youth Fishing Programs                        Multiple Dates Beginning August 2018
  • Chula Vista Challenge Triathlon                                                   August 11-12, 2018
  • Heiva San Diego Tahitian Festival                                               August 11-12, 2018
  • Battle on the Midway Wrestling Tournament                                August 17-19, 2018
  • Chula Vista HarborFest                                                                August 18, 2018
  • Kiwanis Kids Fishing Derby                                                          August 18, 2018
  • Bike the Bay                                                                                 August 26, 2018
  • US Sand Sculpting Challenge                                                      August 31 – September 3, 2018
  • South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival                                          September 8, 2018
  • San Diego Blues Festival                                                             September 8, 2018
  • Dempsey Holder Ocean Festival & Surf Competition                  September 22, 2018
  • 2nd Annual Binational Bayside Brew & Spirits Festival               September 22, 2018        
  • San Diego Festival of Beer                                                           September 22, 2018
  • Symphony by the Sea                                                                  October 6, 2018
  • San Diego Fire Rescue 5K & Kids Run                                       October 6, 2018
  • San Diego Fleet Week                                                                 October 22-28, 2018
  • San Diego Brewers Guild Festival                                                November 2, 2018
  • Ride the Point                                                                               November 10, 2018
  • San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival                                          November 12-18, 2018
  • Operation Gobble                                                                         November 14, 2018
  • San Diego Ramen Festival                                                           November 29, 2018
  • Makers Arcade Holiday Fair                                                         December 8, 2018
  • Snow Mountain & Holiday Events                                                December 8, 2018
  • Christmas Comes to IB                                                                 December 8, 2018
  • Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights                                      December 9 & 16, 2018
  • Good Neighbor Project Parade of Lights Participation                 December 9 & 16, 2018
  • Semester at Sea Homecoming Voyage                                        December 23,  2018 – January 5, 2019
  • Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade                                       December 31, 2018
  • San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival                                                 January 12, 2019
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Parade                                                       January 20, 2019
  • 24th Annual San Diego Anglers Open Bay Bass Tournament      February 2, 2019
  • San Diego Bird Festival                                                                February 20, 2019
  • Best Coast Beer Fest                                                                   March 9, 2019
  • 7th Annual International Mariachi Festival & Competition            March 10, 2019
  • South Bay Earth Day                                                                    April 6, 2019
  • Port of San Diego’s Day at the Docks                                          April 14, 2019
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind San Diego Fun Day                              April 21, 2019
  • Chula Vista Maritime Week                                                          April 22-28, 2019
  • Barrio Logan Grand Prix                                                              April 27, 2019
  • Rady Children’s Celebration of Champions                                  May 2019
  • Gator by the Bay, Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival                  May 9-12, 2019
  • Paella Wine & Beer Festival                                                         May 11, 2019
  • Navy’s 33rd Bay Bridge Run Walk                                               May 19, 2019
  • Port of San Diego Festival of the Sea                                         May 25-27, 2019
  • San Diego International Boat Show                                            June 6-9, 2019
  • Port of San Diego Kids Fishing Derby                                        June 9, 2019
  • Pow Wow by the Sea                                                                  June 16, 2019
  • San Diego International Triathlon                                               June 23, 2019

The following events, which were approved for funding and/or services by the Port, are no longer being sponsored under TAP:

  • Cesar Chavez Community Awareness & Expansion Program    
  • da Vinci Dash 5K at the Port
  • Le Diner en Blanc San Diego
About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

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Port of San Diego Experiences welcomes businesses, residents and visitors from across the globe to enjoy and prosper from our dynamic waterfront.

As a treasured destination, the Port provides unique opportunities to captivate visitors and ensure everyone is welcomed, connected and inspired by our beautiful waterfront.