April 13, 2024
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Waterfront Park – 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101

JOIN US for our second annual San Diego Vegan Festival on Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 11am to 6pm at the County of San Diego Waterfront Park (1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101). This FREE vegan party is a celebration of the vegan lifestyle through food, drinks, goods, information and more! With free admission, this event is open and inviting for vegans and vegan-curious folks alike.

Please follow us on Instagram at @SDveganFest and Facebook at San Diego Vegan Festival to stay up on breaking news, vendor and speaking announcements, and joyful reminders.


VENDORS  |  SPEAKERS  |  FAQs, Parking & Tips


Pets are NOT allowed within 20 feet of open food vendors due to state law. Service animals are welcome.







All panels moderated by Terry Hagio! ASL interpretation will be provided for each panel discussion.

Meet your speakers -- Julia Pennington from Hera the Dog Vodka, Maya Madsen from Maya's Cookies, Katherine Olenski from Embers and Blooms, and Roy Elam from Donna Jean. Discussion is moderated by Terry Hagio.

12:00 p.m.  —  Lessons from a Vegan Business Owner

Meet your speakers -- Jackie Sobon author of Vegan Bowl Attack, Brian Watson author of Vegan Fast Food, and Matt Ruscigno co-author of No Meat Athlete. Discussion is moderated by Terry Hagio.

2:00 p.m.  —  Encouraging Veganism through Vegan Recipes

Meet your speakers -- Jennifer Lee from San Diego House Rabbit Society, Karin Annell from The Animal Pad, Lindsay Snook from Feral Cat Coalition and East County Animal Rescue, and Teri Crutchfield from Saving Animals and Healing Hearts. Discussion is moderated by Terry Hagio.

4:00 p.m.  —  Impacts on Rescues of the Nationwide Adopter Shortage



  • Entrance is free!
  • This event is family friendly, although music may be loud.
  • This venue is ADA accessible. If there is anything Vegan in San Diego can do to be of assistance, please feel free to reach out via comment, direct message on Facebook or Instagram, or email at sdveganfest@gmail.com.
  • Pets are NOT allowed within 20 feet of open food vendors due to state law. Service animals are welcome.
  • The entire park is smoke free.
  • Most vendors accept cash and card.
  • Most vendors bring at least one gluten free menu item.
  • Please bring: reusable straws, utensils, reusable containers for to-go orders, reusable bags, water, chairs or blankets.
    • Carpooling, ride-sharing, bike riding and public transportation are encouraged.
    • TROLLEY: There is an MTS trolley stop accessible via Green and Blue line with the nearest stop one block from the park at the County Center/Little Italy stop.
    • TRAIN: There is a Pacific Surfliner train stop two blocks away at the Downtown San Diego Amtrak Station (1050 Kettner Blvd).
    • BUS: There is a bus stop at N Harbor Drive and Broadway, right next to the event.
    • PARKING in the surrounding area is metered. There is a paid parking structure at Kettner and Cedar that is $5 per hour or $15 for the full day. There is metered parking along Harbor Drive. For more parking options, view this parking map.
  • Prohibited items: weapons, confetti, glitter, smoking devices, cigarettes, cigars, alcohol, glass, artificial flower petals, bird seed, or uncooked rice. View additional park rules here. Additionally, please do not bring any outside food or animal products and byproducts to this event.
  • No soliciting or signature gathering will be allowed at this event.
  • For fountain use safety tips, view the fountain use tips webpage. NOTE FOR 2024: The fountain is currently under construction and may not be on during our event.
  • For full park rules, view the Waterfront Park webpage.


By attending this event, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded for video content. This agreement includes any minors and children in your care. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use, in any and all media, for any purpose by Vegan in San Diego, Incorporated. Photos may be used for promotional material by Vegan in San Diego, Incorporated. If you do not wish to be on photographed or on film, please avoid cameras in this area.



Frost Venture    *    Plant Power Fast Food   *   Vegan in San Diego   *   Donna Jean   *   Maya’s Cookies   *   Farm Animal Refuge

If you would like to support this effort to bring a full-scale festival to San Diego, our nonprofit would be extremely grateful for your support. Donations can be made in several ways. Vegan in San Diego, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit; any donations made are tax deductible.



The Best Things to do This Weekend in San Diego: April 12-14 — San Diego Union-Tribune, April 10, 2024

Second Annual San Diego Vegan Festival Returns April 13 — VegOut Magazine, March 26, 2024

The San Diego Vegan Festival Returns to Waterfront Park April 13 — San Diego Magazine, March 29, 2024

Fun things to do in Southern California — AAA Magazine, March 15, 2024




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