Sizzling San Diego Summer Concerts!

| Activities, Entertainment, Events, Greater San Diego

silhouettes of concert crowd in front of bright stage lights

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!

Ticketed Concerts

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.

Switchfoot Bro-Am

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.

SummerFest

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.

KAABOO Festival

When: September 18-20, 2016
3 days, 7 stages, 100+ music acts, and many more happenings you’ll just have to discover for yourself.

Free Concerts

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.

Spend the holidays in San Diego!

| Activities, Entertainment, Events, Greater San Diego

San Diego is the perfect place to visit during the holidays! In addition to our always beautiful weather there are tons of free activities to enjoy with the family or as a couple.

All year we love taking care of our guests at the Ocean Park Inn, but it is even more special during the holiday season. Click the link below to find out about all of the fun you can have in America’s Finest City this year!

 

25+ Free Holiday Events in San Diego!

San Diego Pride Festival 2015

| Events, Greater San Diego

San Diego BeachThe annual Pride festival is coming to San Diego from July 17th – 19th, and will boast multiple stages of entertainment, more than 80 musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, great food and much more. The ultimate goal of the festival is to celebrate pride and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, locally, nationally and globally. This festival will include special performances and appearances from current dance, pop, hip-hop, Latin and other stars including Emma Hewitt, Late Night Alumni, Mary Lambert, Taryn Manning, and dozens more all hosted by Carmen Electra. This two day event starts Friday evening with The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party, and continues the following day with the Pride Parade in Balboa Park. If you’re looking for a place to stay while enjoying San Diego’s Pride Parade, look no further than the comfort of a beachfront room at Ocean Park Inn. The Ocean Park Inn offers gorgeous ocean views and a great location on the Pacific Beach boardwalk, just a short drive from the festivities in Balboa Park.

If you need any more reasons to join in the celebration, consider the following:

  1. Music Festival: San Diego’s Pride Parade music festival will host about 40,000 people from across the nation, and will feature music, food trucks, five stages, 200 exhibitor booths, craft beer and more. Come enjoy the music and food while celebrating this beautiful festival that calls for equality for all people.
  1. Block Party: Kick off Pride weekend on Friday, July 17th at the San Diego Pride and Fabulous Hillcrest hosted Pride of Hillcrest Block Party. This signature party kicks off Pride weekend with urban style and flare. This Block Party boasts complimentary drinks and food from 6-7pm, and all guests are welcome!
  2. Parade: The Pride Parade spans 1.1 miles from 11am-2pm on July 18th, 2015, and is open for the public to enjoy. The parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave. and ends at Laurel St. The parade will accommodate more than 200 floats and is viewed by a crowd of nearly 200,000 people each year.

Worried about transportation? Don’t be! There are shuttles running from 8am-2pm, and public parking is provided around the Hillcrest area as well. Come be a part of this exciting event pride event, and enjoy live music and tasty food. Let the Ocean Park Inn make your stay in San Diego as comfortable as possible: visit oceanparkinn.com for booking information and room details.

San Diego Fair 2015

| Events, Greater San Diego

It’s that time of year again: the weather is getting warmer, Summer is on the horizon, and the fair is on its way into town! Experience this once-a-year event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, from June 5-July 5. Consider staying down the coast a bit at Pacific Beach’s most-loved family hotel, the Ocean Park Inn.

San Diego County Fair 2015The Del Mar Fair features many musical and talent performances from artists across the board, from nationally known performers, to local professionals and amateur groups. There are also dozens of contests that you can participate in, ranging from agricultural efforts to cooking and even flower arranging. The county fair also includes many animal exhibits such as a petting zoo, where you can feed the animals. The Del Mar Fair theme changes every year, which is a fun way to keep the attendants guessing on what to expect from the attractions and musical performers. In past years the themes have ranged from camping, to music mania. The theme for 2015 will be Planes and Aircraft, and we can’t wait to see what they do with this exciting topic. Still not convinced? Here are a few more reasons to get excited for the Del Mar Fair:

Musical Performers: This year the fair will be hosting musical performers such as Andy Grammer, Austin Mahone and Switchfoot. Along with the musical guests, the world tour of Legends of Rock will be in attendance. This tribute band performs in the Coors Light Rock On Series, a nightly entertainment series that features the finest tribute artists from southern California.

Easy Transportation and Cheap Tickets:
You can purchase your tickets to the county fair online, at the Del Mar fairgrounds and even at your local Albertsons or Vons. The tickets are usually around $25, and there are many discount deals available as well. When it comes to figuring out transportation, there are many options available to you. Attendees can drive to the fairgrounds, but keep in mind parking is paid. You may also consider taking public transportation like the trolley, or hop on the shuttle bus!

Festivals: Along with the food, rides, contests and music, there are also individual festivals inside of the county fair. This year the festivals will include the “International Beer Festival,” “Toast of the Coast wine festival,” “Spirit and cocktail festival” and many more. At these festivals, you are able to taste all of your favorite alcoholic beverages and maybe even find a new favorite drink.

So get your tickets and come on down to Del Mar to find out for yourself why the fair is such a talked-about San Diegan event. Get ready to start your summer off on the right note and come stay with us at www.oceanparkinn.com.