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Southern California Events In August

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Summer is in full swing! Let’s get outside and enjoy what makes Southern California so amazing. Here are some great events taking place in August.

Los Angeles Events

626 Night Market

June 30th, 2023 – September 10th, 2023

One of America’s largest Asian food markets, 626 Night Market takes place at several locations, including Arcadia, Orange County, the Bay Area, Milpitas, Santa Monica, and San Diego, with a branch in Las Vegas (if you’re up for a trip). Enjoy over 250 Asian street foods, drinks, live music, and games. The market opens at different times depending on the location, so check out their website for tickets and hours of operation.

Boat Cinema

June 23rd, 2023 – September 9th, 2023 

Boat Cinema presents a summer movie night literally on Castaic Lake every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can rent an electric mini boat, though remember that at least one party member must be 18 or older to rent a boat. You can even watch the show from the beach. This first floating boat experience includes beachside music, picnics with charcuterie boxes, and you can even order pizza directly to your boat! Check-in begins at 6:30 PM, and everyone must be checked in by 7:20 PM. 

Orange County Events

Pageant of the Masters

July 7th, 2023 – September 1st, 2023

This year’s theme is “Art Colony: In the Company of Artists” at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, where you can experience art coming to life. This year’s event celebrates the 90th anniversary of “living pictures” at the Festival of Arts. The show includes real people dressing up and posing as classic paintings, murals, and statues. Be sure to bring blankets and jackets, as the weather tends to cool off once the sun sets and the performance begins. 

Sawdust Festival

June 30th, 2023 – September 3rd, 2023 

If you love art, this is the place to be! The Sawdust Festival is an outdoor arts and crafts festival where you can admire and buy directly from the artist. Enjoy live music and great company as you walk around the artistic atmosphere. This year’s celebration is the 57th annual Sawdust Art Festival, so grab your tickets in advance! 

Free Summer Concerts

Dates may vary per location. Visit the link to learn more!  

Calling all music lovers! Grab your family and friends for a night of laughter, dancing, and singing. Orange County offers free concerts in the park at multiple locations. Arrive early to set up your blankets and low-rise chairs for a night full of fun! From free summer concerts and movies to Shakespeare in the Park, there’s sure to be something fun going on all summer long. 

San Diego Events

Del Mar Horse Races

July 21st, 2023 – September 10th, 2023

Get ready to place your bets and have some fun! Make your way to the Del Mar Racetrack to watch the horse races at 1:30 PM on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays all summer. Head to the track early, as the doors open at 11:30 AM, and the track fills up fast. Be sure to check out the dining options at the track, as there are plenty of food options for the peckish equestrian fan. 

Bike The Bay

Sunday, August 27th, 2023

Make sure to bring your helmet and tune up your bike for the 16th anniversary of this amazing ride. Join the fun and bike the neighborhoods across the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge. This 25-mile community bike ride on a flat course is available to all abilities. After the ride, you can enjoy food, beverages, and entertainment! 

Temecula Events

Temecula’s Farmer Market

Dates and times vary by location

Temecula Valley has three outdoor Farmers Markets at Old Town Temecula, Promenade Temecula, and Vail Headquarters. The Old Town Temecula Farmer’s Market happens every Saturday from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM. The Promenade Temecula Farmer’s Market takes place every Wednesday until December 31st. The Vail Headquarters Certified Farmer’s Market happens every Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Each market includes handcrafted items, local produce, and goods. 


If you’re looking for even more fun things to do this August, check out our tours in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Temecula. We offer everything from coastline tours and city adventures to wine-tasting tours perfect for your bachelor or bachelorette party. Plus, with custom pickup locations, we’ll come to get you at your hotel room, reducing the amount of driving you need to do. If you’re looking for a great way to spend a hot summer day, schedule a tour with Best Coast Tours today. 

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