Spend the first weekend of summer in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.
Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts
For 36 years, Twilights live music under the stars has been delighting visitors to Balboa Park. The music program ranges from military bands and Dixieland jazz, to big band swing and Latin salsa.
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion – 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 20 – August 31
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 PM
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Taste of Liberty Station
Discover the variety of bites of Liberty Station’s eateries, live music and artisan goods in the storied corridors and plazas, artwork from the local art galleries in the community, and have the option to sip different sparkling wines in the Bubbly Garden. Ticketholders will receive a “Liberty Pass” that will map out a list of participating restaurants with their menu offerings, and businesses and art galleries that are taking part in the event.
Where: 2460 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
When: June 21, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
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San Diego International Fringe Festival
The San Diego International Fringe Festival brings the beautiful, the bizarre and the unexpected to America’s Finest City. In 2015, our award-winning venture includes Family Fringe, Emerging Fringe, Visual Fringe, Street Theatre, and the World’s First Bi-National Fringe!
Where: Various Locations Throughout San Diego
When: June 22 – July 3, 2017
Cost: Varies by event
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San Diego Padres vs. Detroit Tigers
Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Detroit Tigers at Petco Park! Game day promotions and events include: Friday – Party in the Park, Saturday – Padres Beach Mat, Sunday – KidsFest.
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 23-25, 2017
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Summer Safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
A smorgasboard of shows throughout the afternoon offer fun and entertainment with something for everyone. Bollywood style dancers will have everyone moving to fun, bouncy rhythms. Enjoy acrobatic feats, rhythmic drumming, colorful music and dance, a flag-filled, world-themed show, and much more! Tempt your taste buds with a world of flavors and international selections at our restaurants – plus, enjoy our outstanding craft beer choices. Meet our animal ambassadors and experience an adventure on one of our many safaris, and make it a summer to remember!
Where: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
When: June 24 – August 13, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Included with Admission
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44th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games
Some highlights include: Massed bagpipe bands, Scottish Athletics, Kid’s area, sheepdog trials, Highland dancing, foot and arts, Scottish clans area, and more! This is a family friendly event, but will have wonderful local breweries on site for those of age.
Where: Brengle Terrace Park – 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084
When: June 24-25, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
> Find out more about the 44th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games
San Diego Night Market
Taking place in the Convoy District – an emerging cultural, dining, and innovative economic hub – the San Diego Night Market returns for its tasty showcase of unique, mouthwatering food and diverse, modern performances! This open-air, urban experience is inspired by the lively night markets found in large cities throughout robust Asia.
Where: Kearny Office Park – 8304 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92111
When: June 24-25, 2016
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13th Annual Switchfoot BRO-AM
BRO-AM Beach Fest is an annual celebration that gives back to the San Diego Community. Surf contests, free concert, numerous vendor booths… all to celebrate community and to raise awareness and funds for local youth organizations.
Where: Moonlight Beach – 252 5th Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: June 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free. VIP Pit – $125
> Find out more about the 13th Annual Switchfoot BRO-AM
Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
Join more than 70,000 visitors for an oceanfront chili cook-off, five stages of continuous live music and entertainment, the community mural project, Artists Alley, carnival rides and games, food and vendor booths, a beachside beer garden and more. The one-of-a-kind Hodad’s Burger-Eating Competition will offer contestants a chance to be featured on the Hodad’s Wall of Fame in Ocean Beach.
Where: Newport Avenue, San Diego, CA 92107
When: June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
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Make, share and create art during Mass Creativity Day, a free outdoor arts festival at The New Children’s Museum! Bring the whole family out for a day full of art-making activities, free Museum admission, music, food and more!
Where: 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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Distilled: San Diego Spirit & Cocktail Festival
San Diego is fast becoming an epicenter of personally crafted distilled spirits. At Distilled, we raise our glass to honor the best distillers and mixologists throughout San Diego and beyond! We’re serving up 180 different spirits and mixers, including some rare and hard-to-find bottles!
Where: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: June 24, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
> Find out more about Distilled: San Diego Spirit & Cocktail Festival
Taste of Adams Avenue
Along Adams Avenue from University Heights through Normal Heights to Kensington, this gastronomic trek will feature 45 restaurants, coffee houses, pubs, wine bars and unique eateries in one of San Diego’s hottest and historic neighborhoods.
Where: Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
When: June 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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More Top Things to Do in San Diego
- Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo – Thru September 4, 2017
- SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean – Thru September 4, 2017
- Balboa Park After Dark – Thru September 4, 2017
- Wonderspaces – Thru July 30, 2017
- King Richard II – Thru July 15, 2017
- Escape to Margaritaville – Thru July 9, 2017
- San Diego County Fair – Thru July 4, 2017
- The Imaginary Invalid – Thru June 25, 2017
- Del Mar Summer Twilight Concerts – June 20 – September 10, 2017
- NatTalk: The Sting of the Wild – June 20, 2017
- Black Lips – June 21, 2017
- Green Flash Concert Series: Cracker – June 21, 2017
- 9th Annual Taste of Vista – June 21, 2017
- Summer Yoga Social – June 22, 2017
- Nick Waterhouse – June 22, 2017
- Storm Winemaker Dinner – June 22, 2017
- Del Mar Summer Solstice – June 22, 2017
- TGIF Concerts in the Park – June 23 – August 18, 2017
- Adele Givens – June 23-25, 2017
- Movies & More by the Lake – Secret Life of Pets – June 23, 2017
- The New Orleans Swinging Gypsies – June 23, 2017
- 32nd Philippine Cultural Arts Festival – June 24-25, 2017
- 33rd Annual Bonita 5K and Junior 1K – June 24, 2017
- Beats, Brews, and Browsing – June 24, 2017
- Paranormal Investigation of the Davis-Horton House – June 24, 2017
- Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl – June 24, 2017
- San Diego Brew Festival – June 24, 2017
- Summer Fun on the 101 – June 24, 2017
- San Diego International Triathlon – June 25, 2017
- Music and Movement – June 25, 2017
- Lori Bell: From Bach to Bebop – June 25, 2017