Mid-70’s, Endless Sunshine, Cool Breeze, Relaxing Ocean Waves. As if you need another excuse to come visit San Diego, here are some of our favorite Summer events to attend…
Big Bay Boom (July)
Every year, locals and tourists alike flock to the bay to witness this notorious fireworks show
are discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around San Diego’s Big Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park, Coronado Ferry Landing and Imperial Beach. The beautiful choreographed display will last around 15 minutes. | More Info.
LGBT Pride Parade & Festival (July)
San Diego Pride brings together the skills, talents and vision of a diverse community. The annual LGBT Pride Celebration brings in over 200,000 participants to Hillcrest and Balboa Park. Not only is it America’s Finest Pride Parade and Festival, but it is an all around good time! | Tickets & More Info.
San Diego Comic Con (July)
The largest comic book and pop culture convention in the world. Started as a modest comic book collectors convention, over the years Comic Con has become synonymous with Hollywood blockbusters and the hottest TV shows. Panel discussions with top movie stars are common, as are in-depth production discussions with directors, animators and producers. Screenings, signings, and omnipresent Klingons keep this party going year after year. | Tickets & More Info.
Del Mar Racing Season (July – September)
What better way to spend a Summer day than viewing thoroughbred racing at the Del Mar Race Track in the beautiful seaside city of Del Mar? Compete in the annual opening day hat contest, place your bets, and enjoy “4 O’Clock Fridays” – free concerts each week. Keep an eye out for special admission deals throughout the season! | Tickets & More Info.
Julian Apple Harvest (September – November)
Fall foliage, small town charm, and deliciously succulent apples. A trip to Julian is always a good idea, especially during the Julian Apple Harvest. Only 45 minutes northeast of San Diego, this quaint and historic town offers homemade apple cider, art shows and entertainment during this favorite time of year. Stop by Mom’s for the best caramel apple pie! | More Info.
This summer when you come visit the Ocean Park Inn make sure to check out all of awesome concerts being held all throughout America’s Finest City!
Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
When: April 5 – October 20, 2016
The popular Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay features top name entertainers performing on an outdoor stage adjacent to a picturesque marina at Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites on Shelter Island.
Green Flash Concert Series
When: May 18 – September 21, 2016
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps’ annual Green Flash Concert Series offers a unique summertime experience with live music and spectacular ocean sunsets. The concerts occur on the third Wednesday of every month during May through September on the aquarium’s stunning outdoor tide-pool plaza and include food, drinks and a sophisticated mix of national performers.
Toyota Summer Concert Series
When: June 3 – July 4, 2016
The Toyota Summer Concert Series is the San Diego County Fair’s premier entertainment event, featuring internationally known artists on the Heineken Grandstand Stage every night of the fair.
91X Presents X Fest
When: June 5, 2016
2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick will co-headline with The Offspring. Plus Iration, Kongos, Wolfmother, Chevy Metal, The Shelters, SWMRS, The Frights, Grace Mitchell, and The Young Wild rounding out the bill.
Julian Blues Bash
When: June 18, 2016
Lose your blues and find some fun! Julian Blues Bash beings together some of the best blues bands with the best fans for a day of amazing music dancing, food, drinks and fun.
Vans Warped Tour
Bayside Summer Nights
When: July 1 – September 4, 2016
The San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights features food, fireworks and fantastic orchestral performances under the stars at picturesque Embarcadero Marina Park South in downtown San Diego.
When: July 9, 2016
The Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am will feature a surf contest, live music performances, and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats.
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s Summer Festival
When: July 10-31, 2016
Pianist Gustavo Romero has become a cherished tradition in San Diego. The annual Athenaeum Summer Festival, a four-part series of concerts features the works of one famous composer each summer. The series also offers an optional dinner with Gustavo Romero following the concert.
When: August 3-26, 2016
The La Jolla Music Society SummerFest features more than 80 world-class classical artists and ensembles performing diverse concerts at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla. A free outdoor concert usually occurs at Scripps Park near La Jolla Cove.
Vans Warped Tour
When: August 5, 2016
The nationally-renowned festival has become an icon for youth, punk rock and skate culture bringing together a diverse lineup of artists, stemming from every genre, for the summer.
When: September 18-20, 2016
3 days, 7 stages, 100+ music acts, and many more happenings you’ll just have to discover for yourself.
El Cajon’s Dinner and a Concert
When: May 6 – October 7, 2016
Occurring every Friday night, El Cajon’s Dinner and a Concert transforms the Prescott Promenade in downtown El Cajon into a dynamic live concert scene with free rock, country, big band and R&B performances.
Coronado Promenade Summer Concert Series
When: May 29 – September 11, 2016
A beloved local tradition, the Coronado Promenade Summer Concert Series takes place every Sunday evening in Spreckels Park near the center of town. Visitors can enjoy cool live music while picnicking.
Bird Park Summer Concerts
When: June 11 – August 6, 2016
For over a decade, North Park’s Bird Rock Summer Concerts have drawn hundreds of people to the beautiful Bird Park setting for picnics, dancing, and enjoying the music of local talent.
Santee Summer Concert Series
When: June 16 – August 25, 2016
Join the community of Santee for the Summer Concert Series and the weekly Food Truck Rally every Thursday throughout the summer.
Del Mar Summer Twilight Concerts
When: June 21 – September 18, 2016
Since the first Twilight Concert was held at Seagrove Park in the summer of 1983, the Del Mar Summer Twilight Concerts have been a great Del Mar tradition, providing an opportunity for Del Mar families and visitors to gather by the Powerhouse to socialize, picnic, and enjoy music together as the sun sets over the ocean.
Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts
When: June 21 – September 1, 2016
Balboa Park’s annual Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts offers a free concert series under the stars on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Twilight concerts feature a mix of musical performances, including military bands, Dixieland jazz, big band swing and Latin salsa.
Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park
When: June 24 – July 22, 2016
Put on by the community organizations and businesses every summer, Summer Concerts in the Park is a beloved musical traditions in Mission Hills.
TGIF Concerts in the Park
When: June 24 – August 19, 2016
Carlsbad’s TGIF Concerts in the Park offers great music, plenty of room to dance, beautiful park settings for picnicking, free shuttle buses, fun hands-on art activities for the kids – it’s the best in community programming.
International Summer Organ Festival
When: June 27 – August 29, 2016
Guests can also visit the Spreckels Organ Pavilion for its free International Summer Organ Festival, occurring at 7:30 PM every Monday. San Diego’s warm summer nights allow guests to enjoy the majestic sound of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ, while enjoying music played by world-renowned concert and theater organists.
Point Loma Summer Concerts
When: July 8 – August 5, 2016
Families, friends and neighbors will enjoy a picnic and settle in for free concerts at Point Loma Park. This year’s Point Loma Summer Concerts lineup promises to please a variety of musical tastes including young talent on the “Junior Stage”.
University Heights Summer in the Park Concert Series
When: July 8 – August 5, 2016
Come out to Trolley Barn Park and enjoy an evening of free entertainment during University Heights Summer in the Park concert series.
La Jolla Concerts by the Sea
When: July 17 – September 4, 2016
The coastal city of La Jolla also hosts Summer Concerts by the Sea on Sundays over the summer. The family friendly outdoor concerts take place at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, overlooking La Jolla Cove, and feature artists performing a variety of styles, including blues, country, swing and classic rock.
1. Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Located in La Jolla, this aquarium is a great alternative to SeaWorld San Diego for families on a tight budget or limited time. At Birch Aquarium, the focus is on ocean education and conservation. I especially recommend this attraction for families with babies and toddlers who love to get an up close view of tanks filled with glowing jelly fish, beautiful but poisonous lion fish, crabs, sharks and other sea creatures.
Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
Hours: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
2. San Diego Zoo Safari Park
The Safari Park is just as impressive (if not more!) as its more well-known sister property, the San Diego Zoo. It is a whopping 1,800 acres, compared to the zoo’s 100. The “African Tram Safari” is by far the park’s most popular attraction as it takes visitors through a wide-open landscape similar to that of the African Savannah with animals, like lions, rhinos, giraffes and buffaloes. On hot summer days, make sure to bring swimsuits for the kids so they can cool off in the animal-shaped fountains at the Savannah Cool Zone.
Location: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
Hours: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
3. Maritime Museum of San Diego
Take a tour on unique sailing vessels at the floating Maritime Museum. Steam-powered boats, sailing ships and submarines make up the museum’s fleet of nine boats. Highlighted is The Star of India, the world’s oldest active ship. After your tour, your family is in the perfect location to walk along the San Diego waterfront and eat some delicious fresh oysters at Ironside Fish & Oyster.
Location: 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: Open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily
4. La Jolla Cove
La Jolla is best known for its boutique shops and upscale restaurant, but “The Cove” is also an excellent place to enjoy the great outdoors. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy live music on an expansive grassy field overlooking the ocean at Scripps Parkway during the summer. Walk along sea-cliffs and observe California Harbor Seals waddling around on the beach at Children’s Pool. From kayaking to sun bathing, your activity options are endless!
Location: Coast Blvd, San Diego, CA 92037
5. Balboa Park
Rich with history and culture, Balboa Park has been a staple of San Diego since 1892. This gorgeous outdoor destination is home to the city’s renowned zoo, 17 museums (including crowd favorites like the National History Museum, Museum of Man, and Museum of Art), botanical gardens, and more! Spend the day enjoying the beautiful weather that San Diego has to offer.
Location: 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, California, 92101
Hours: Open 24 hours, Hours vary for Museums