San Diego River Days were initially conceived as a way to highlight the year-round work done by local groups to improve the health of the San Diego River, educate people about our River, and engage community members in River-friendly recreation or action. Many amazing organizations, agencies, and businesses offer opportunities for community members to get involved all along the River, from the mountains to the ocean. For San Diego River Days each year, the different groups plan a series of events to give the community a sampling of their exciting work.
This is the 20th year of the annual San Diego River Days celebration. The San Diego River Park Foundation and partners are offering a variety of fun and free activities from May 13th through May 21st that engage over 500 participants of all ages! These free activities are designed to be approachable and fun. By trying out something new, attendees are able to get to know a local group, explore a new place, connect with nature, and learn something new about their community. For a list of 2023 activities, click here.
About the San Diego River Park Foundation
In 2000, the largest sewer spill in California’s history dumped 34 million gallons of untreated sewage into the San Diego River. This spill ran for almost a week, while few people noticed or cared. Out of this tragedy, a group of concerned citizens formed the San Diego River Park Foundation on July 18, 2001. Since this tragedy, the San Diego River Park Foundation has worked with the community to change San Diego’s relationship to its namesake waterway.
We are working to create a better future for our San Diego River by advocating for the creation of a 52-mile river-long park and trail system, cleaning up trash from the river, educating youth about nature, restoring native habitat, conserving land for wildlife, researching and monitoring the riparian environment, and engaging the community in volunteerism and advocacy. We remain a local, grassroots non-profit organization and we rely on donations, support from the community, and public and private grants for our work creating the San Diego River Park, connecting people to the River, and conserving local resources.
Learn More about the San Diego River Park Foundation
We welcome members of the media to join us to showcase the fun, enthusiasm, and community involvement of San Diego River Days. For a full 2023 event list please click here.
Thank you to our 2023 event partners!
- California Art Club
- City of San Diego Parks and Recreation
- City of San Diego Park Rangers
- I Love A Clean San Diego
- Friends of Famosa Slough
- Friends of the Point Loma Native Plant Garden
- Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation
- Pollinator Initiative
- San Diego Astronomy Association
- San Diego Audubon Society
- San Diego Fly Fishers Club
- San Diego Plein Air Painters
- San Diego Tracking Team
- Santee Historical Site
- Surfrider Foundation
- Volcan Mountain Foundation
Thank you to our fantastic sponsors for your support of San Diego River Days 2023!
- US BANK (formerly Union Bank)
- Think Blue San Diego
- City of San Diego
- Banc of California
- Lazy Acres
- Mission Federal Credit Union
- My Point Credit Union
- Sharp Health Plan
2023 sponsorship opportunities are available. San Diego River Days sponsors receive more than 500,000 impressions in the community. For information about sponsoring San Diego River Days, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.