Annual Events in San Clemente

Every year San Clemente hosts several events to get the community involved. Attending is a great way to get a feel for the beach town lifestyle that makes San Clemente so special!

Farmers Markets:

THE MARKET AT NORTH BEACH

Farmers market with plenty of vendors to browse. Featuring goods from local artists, food trucks, music and more. Every Wednesday 4-8pm

VILLAGE ART FAIRE

San Clemente Farmers Market on Avenida Del Mar. Browse a selection of goods from local artists, flowers, plants, fruits, vegetables, and other assorted items. First Sunday of every month 9am-2pm

Events By Month:

MARCH

USA Surfing at Church Beach

USA Surfing Prime at Church Beach is usually held on the third weekend in March.  Since Church’s is pretty much only accessible by foot or bicycle, this event is a great excuse for a short bicycle ride or a nice walk to watch some of the top surfers in the world compete.   Church Beach is located San Onofre State Beach about one mile south of the Christianitos Road where you pick up the pathway/bike trail right next to the southbound freeway on ramp. More information at https://www.usasurfing.org/home.html 

MAY

Jack’s Pro at T-Street

Jack’s Pro at T-Street  is a USA Surfing Sanctioned Event and is usually held in the first week in May.  Top professional short board surfers participate at the popular and classic T-Street beach.  You can find T-Street at the intersection of Esplanade and Paseo De Cristobal or just a short walk south of the pier where the pedestrian overpass of the train tracks is located.  More information at https://www.boardriding.com/Events/jacks-pro-t-street-san-clemente-ca-2020

USA Surfing Prime at T-Street

USA Surfing Prime at T-Street  is usually held in the first week in May with big name sponsors of Toyota and Got Milk? 100 of the top 18 and under surfers from the west coast use this as a qualifying event for the USA Surfing Championships at Lower Trestles usually held in June.You can find T-Street at the intersection of Esplanade and Paseo De Cristobal or just a short walk south of the pier where the pedestrian overpass of the train tracks is located. More information at  https://www.usasurfing.org/events.html

San Clemente Cancer 5K Beach Run Challenge and Trail Walk

Usually held in May, this event continues a 15 year tradition in San Clemente of supporting the lifesaving research and cancer patient services provided by the American Cancer Society. Register to Run in the 5k Beach Run Challenge, join in the Beach Trail Walk of Support, or donate or volunteer! Be a part of the fight to end cancer! ALL proceeds are donated directly to the cause. More information at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/sc5krunwalk 

JUNE

San Clemente Car Show

The San Clemente Car Show is held on Avenida Del Mar which is the main shopping street in town that runs from El Camino Real down to the pier.  The street is closed and over 300 high quality show cars line both sides of the street.  The quality of the cars is unbelievable!  Even if you’re not into awesome cars you’ll enjoy the people watching, food and live music.  The place can really get packed so a free shuttle is available from the San Clemente High School parking lot.  The show is hosted by the San Clemente Downtown Business Association. For more information contact them at 949-218-5378 or info@sccarshow.com or check out their web page at www.scdba.org 

JULY

Office Chair Races

The office chair races start off the 4th of July holiday with the chaos of a fraternity style party/event on Avenida Rosa near Ola Vista a few streets south of Avenida Del Mar.  Competitors must start with, or at least include, an office chair in the construction of their racer.  Heats begin around 8 am and at least one race has all the competitors racing at the same time.  Spectators line the curbs several people deep, and a great place to watch is the left hand turn where a concrete cross gutter causes some great wipeouts.  Plenty of water balloons thrown from the balconies enhance the action.  The organizers claim it is the oldest continuously running office chair race in the world.  The racing kind of fisels out before noon. More information at www.officechairrace.com  

4th of July Fireworks Show

The Fourth of July fireworks display brings thousands of spectators to the beach when the fireworks are shot off of the pier.   The show begins at 9:00 pm and lasts till about 9:30.  If you sit close to the pier the fireworks are in sync with the music.  People crowd the beaches from North Beach to State Park.  Good luck finding parking, it is best to plan on a long walk.  It is definitely a local tradition to be on the beach for the fireworks show. 

San Clemente Ocean Festival

The Ocean Festival billed as “The Greatest Show on Surf” spans two days and is usually scheduled for the third weekend in July.  The festival includes professional lifeguard competitions of swimming, paddling, and the hugely popular dory races (if the surf is big, it is exciting). The local kids and adults get into the competition with swimming, beach running, surfing, and stand up paddling events.  Both days start off with a pancake breakfast to benefit the Jr. Lifeguard Program.  There are lots of food booths, exhibitors, live music, dancing and a rubber duck race for charity.  To top it off the pier is lined with classic woody surf wagons.  Every local makes an appearance at the ocean festival.  More information at  www.oceanfestival.org 

AUGUST

Fiesta Music Festival

The Fiesta Music Festival is usually held on the second Sunday in August from 9 am to 7 pm.  The “Fiesta” closes Avenida Del Mar for a party with music, food, drink, and good company.   Activities include live music, tastings from local micro-breweries, salsa challenge, arts and crafts exhibits, games and more.  More information at http://www.scchamber.com/special-events

SEPTEMBER

San Clemente Open Skateboard Contest

 09/19/2020 2:00pm-8:00pm (all day) Location:

If you have only seen kids riding a skateboard on the street, you need to check out this year’s 20th Annual Contest on September 19 at the Ralphs Skate Court.  You won’t believe the moves these skaters pull off.   Located at 241 Avenida La Pata in San Clemente, the contest is open to all ages with male & female divisions and the heats are held between 2:00pm and 8:00pm.  More information at the San Clemente Recreation Division (949) 361-8264 or https://www.san-clemente.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/6451/20?sortn=EName&npage=2&toggle=all

Coastal Clean-Up Day 

The clean up is held throughout California on the third Saturday in September.  It is a beach cleanup, what more needs to be said. Be there and do your part!   Meet at the pier 622 Avenida Del Mar   More information at https://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html

OCTOBER

Stoke-O-Rama at T Street   October 19th

Stoke-O-Rama is a kids surfing contest usually held in the middle of October and usually restricted to San Clemente locals. Sponsored in part by Vans, Stoke-O-Rama was created in conjunction with Dane, Pat, Tanner Gudauskas and the Positive Vibe Warriors Foundation as a means to give back to their community in San Clemente.   Stoke-O-Rama is also held in Huntington Beach, Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey, and Makaha Beach, Oahu, Hawaii.  The stoke is contagious.  Sign-ups are capped at 120 competitors, and the contest sign ups fill up in just minutes. https://www.vans.com/stokeorama.html

Carnival Colossal Date

The carnival is usually held on the second weekend in October at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park located at 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa.   Sponsored by Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation, the outdoor stage has live performances Friday through Sunday evening and the food trucks are open Friday through Sunday.  The carnival rides are open everyday.  Advance discount ride tickets available for purchase at San Clemente Community Center. More information at http://sanclementeparksfoundation.org/events/carnival-colossal-food-truck-festival/

NOVEMBER

Doogie Dive

The city of San Clemente is set to host a Doggie Dive event for all San Clemente residents at Ole Hanson Beach Club on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. The city’s inaugural Doggie Dive will allow residents’ four-legged companions to access the Beach Club’s pool for an exclusive dog-only pool party. The event will also feature a costume/swimwear contest for participating pets. The contest will begin around 11 a.m., followed by a Doggie Pie Eating contest at 11:45 a.m. 

DECEMBER

Santa’s Village By The Sea

The city is closing down Avenida Del Mar to host three community events on one magical evening. Ring in the season with children’s activities, tree lightings, Santa, shopping and more. Santa’s Village by the Sea features Holiday Hoopla at the Community Center, Christmas at the Casa, and Puttin’ on the Glitz. City Tree Lighting event with the mayor will be held at 5:15 p.m. Festivities at the Casa from 5:30-7:30 p.m. will include cookies and hot cocoa, photos with Santa, a bell choir and a traditional choir, as well as kids’ crafts and letters to Santa. Saturday, Dec. 7 2-9 p.m.


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