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Upcoming Events in San Diego

When it comes to upcoming events in and around Little Italy and San Diego, the options are as diverse as the region itself. From music and holiday festivals to sporting events and art exhibitions, these events give guests a wonderful opportunity to join the locals at play.

Upcoming Events in Little Italy, San Diego

Little Italy Mercato (Farmers Market)

Every Saturday Year Round, 9AM to 1:30PM

Eat, shop and enjoy at Little Italy Mercato, the city market for downtown San Diego residents and visitors with more than 70 booths lining Date Street from Kettner to Union offering farm fresh produce, artisan foods and specialty items. For more information call 619.233.3769 or

Kettner Nights in Little Italy North

Second Friday of every month

Browse Little Italy galleries, boutiques and entertainment venues on the second Friday of every month for a night filled with arts and design. Kettner Nights in Little Italy North takes place from 6:00pm to 9:00pm between W. Grape & W. Laurels Streets on Kettner Boulevard and India Street.

Taste of Little Italy


Enjoy live music while strolling and dining in San Diego's hip and historic Little Italy. Appetizers, entrees, beverages and desserts will be served by the neighborhood’s finest restaurants.

Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

First Saturday in December

Kick off the holiday shopping and dining season with the annual Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village held at the Piazza Natale on the corner of W. Date & India Streets from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on the first Saturday in December. In addition to a visit from Jolly Old St. Nick, attendees enjoy live music and entertainment.

The Bulls of St. Agata Charge Little Italy


On one Sunday each October, W. Date Street (between India and Columbia Streets) becomes the home to over 40 fine Italian “bulls” - the famous Lamborghini sports cars. Marvel at of some of the most beautiful cars on the planet while live music serenades the crowds.

Little Italy Carnevale

First Saturday in March

This event was inspired by the annual Carnevale in Venice, with diverse live entertainment and great Italian food! Grab your traditional Carnevale regalia and come share the night with revelers from across San Diego.

Gran Fondo


Open to bicycle riders of all skill levels, this charity races features 105-, 56-, and 34-mile routes.

ArtWalk San Diego


The largest art event in San Diego, the ArtWalk San Diego takes over Little Italy’s streets with more than 350 visual artists. The free outdoor festival offers a full array of music and dance performances, and a KidsWalk area with 15 interactive art activities.

The Little Italy Festa 


The Little Italy Festa is the largest Italian American festival on the West Coast, welcoming over 120,000 attendees with the tantalizing sights, sounds and aromas of Italian culture. A full palette of Italian cuisine is complemented by traditional and modern Italian music, arts and crafts and colorful tributes to San Diego’s rich Italian American heritage.

The Sicilian Festival


The San Diego Sicilian Festival is an annual celebration of Sicilian culture with food, music, dance, art and much more. Thousands of people flock to the heart of Little Italy for free admission to the one-day "Festa" full of activities for children and adults alike. Come to watch the colorful joyous parade, then stay to enjoy grape stomping, the pasta eating contest, beer & wine tent, and many musical performances.

San Diego Event Venues

San Diego Convention Center

The San Diego Convention Center is the premier meeting and conference facility for the region. Located on the harbor waterfront in downtown San Diego, the convention center provides vibrant panoramic views of the bay and cityscape. The San Diego Convention Center has won multiple awards earning national accolades for its architecture and quality of service and amenities, establishing it as one of the most distinctive convention centers in the country. The venue is nestled in the heart of downtown of San Diego near many favorites such as Seaport Village, the Gaslamp Quarter and PETCO Park. The San Diego Convention Center also hosts the famous four-day Comic-Con International convention each July that draws thousands of fans – including some A-list celebs - from around the globe.

San Diego Civic Theater

The Civic Theatre is a 2,967-seat performing arts venue located in downtown San Diego. It is the performing home of the San Diego Opera, Broadway/San Diego and regularly hosts performances of the California Ballet, presentations by La Jolla Music Society, touring orchestras and dance companies, Broadway musicals and plays, concerts, film presentations, lectures, etc.

San Diego Concourse 

Located in the heart of downtown, the San Diego Concourse is one of the city’s premier event destinations. Supported by an experienced planning and catering team, this versatile facility specializes in staging large-scale conventions, trade shows, banquets, themed parties, conferences and more. Nearby shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues make the San Diego Concourse an ideal venue to design a signature gathering.

San Diego Opera 

Located in Downtown San Diego, the San Diego Opera is one of the nation's top opera companies, attracting the same talent you would find in Vienna, Paris, New York and Chicago. From January to May, the Company produces four mainstage productions - from crowd favorites such as "Aida" and "Madame Butterfly" to lesser-known opera's such as "Moby-Dick" or "Murder in the Cathedral."

House of Blues-San Diego

As the top live music venue in San Diego, “HOB” offers fans the chance to get up close and personal with national and regional acts. In keeping with tradition, the House of Blues San Diego displays the Crazy Quilt and keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi underneath its stage. The restaurant menu is bold and classy yet contemporary, with dishes ranging from Voodoo Shrimp and Meatball Sliders to fresh seafood, Apple Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf and Buttermilk Fried Chicken.

San Diego Sports


The 70,561-seat Qualcomm Stadium is located in the heart of Mission Valley, minutes from downtown San Diego. The stadium is the home of the National Football League’s San Diego Chargers <LINK TO> and San Diego State Aztec football as well as the site of the Holiday Bowl, the Poinsettia Bowl, Street Scene and more. A sports field in the southwest corner, nicknamed “Concerts on the Green,” functions as the second biggest entertainment venue in the Greater San Diego area, hosting outdoor music concerts and festivals for up to 12,500 people.


Home to Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres, Petco Park is spectacular in every way, combining the best sight lines in baseball with breathtaking views of San Diego. Innovative design features evoke the timeless traditions of baseball in an intimate setting, with state-of-the-art fan amenities to suit every taste and budget.

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