San Diego Bird Festival 2024

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2024 San Diego Bird Festival

The San Diego Bird Festival 2024 is a public event organised and presented by the San Diego Audubon Society, which takes place from 21-25 Feb 2024 right here in San Diego, USA.

This birding event also provides several birdwatching activities around the city and offers various educational lectures at Marina Village. For those interested, registration will only open in November 2023, so please bookmark this page or the official San Diego Bird Festival website.

San Diego Bird Festival 2024

2023 San Diego Bird Festival
At last year’s event.

In a fascinating statistics report, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has put an estimated 45 million Americans that are birders from coast to coast. With such a vast number of birders, the hobby unites people from all walks of life to explore nature.

This has also contributed to birdwatching events throughout the United States and created more positive outcomes. This year also marks the 25th year of the San Diego Bird Festival, as the 2020 event was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, the SDBF conducted an online festival, and by 2022, it slowly moved back to the original format of having it on the ground.

One unique thing about the San Diego Bird Festival is that the organisers provide many birding field trips, workshops, pelagic ocean tours, and various optics brands on display. One of the highlights is no other than the all-day Pelagic Ocean adventure off the coast of Ventura.

And for those who want to buy items like books and souvenirs, the San Diego Bird Festival also has a unique bird bookstore with every sort of bird-related resource one could ever need. At every event, there will undoubtedly be some unique collectables that one may come across, so keep your eyes open for those items.

And for birdwatchers, one of the key activities to look out for is the ‘Birding the Border’ trips, where a coach takes you to the border to spot birds that can be seen in both California and Mexico. These are also paid trips with lunch included.

San Diego Bird Festival
Photo by Ilene Klein.

What’s Happening at the San Diego Bird Festival 2024?

As always, there’s a heap of activities going on, and for now, the official website for the event has provided the following, which will be in more detail as we get closer to the event.

  • Keynote Speakers
  • Bus Field Trips
  • Meet-you-there Field Trips
  • Boat Trips
  • Social Events
  • Bird Friendly Home and Garden Expo
Program San Diego Bird Festival 2024
Some of the activities are from the main website.

San Diego Bird Festival 2024 Information

  • Venue: Marina Village Conference Center
    1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
  • Date: 21-25 February 2024
  • Website: San Diego Bird Festival

The official hotel for the event is the Dana Resort on Mission Bay; therefore, those planning to attend can make pre-booking arrangements here. Otherwise, you can always check out some other hotels around the area. The next closest hotel is the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa And Marina.

You can also choose from Paradise Point Resort & Spa, Bahia Resort Hotel, San Diego Mission Bay Resort, Ocean Villa Inn, Holiday Inn Express San Diego-Sea World Area, Wyndham Garden San Diego, and of course, the budget-friendly Motel 6 San Diego, which is driving distance.

White Tailed Kite photo
White Tailed Kite photo by Jenna Asperslag.

All photos are taken from the official San Diego Bird Festival Facebook Page. And more information will be added closer to the event.


For anyone planning to visit the San Diego Bird Festival 2024, please start making your arrangements as it is now August, and within a few months, it’s the end of the year. Time does fly fast nowadays.

As I write this, I look forward to attending this fantastic birdwatching festival in San Diego, as it is truly one of the well-planned events that cater to all types of birders out there. Who knows, I might even get an official invitation to attend all the way from Malaysia.

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