Top Things to Do in San Diego – June 20-25, 2017

Spend the first weekend of summer in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

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Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts

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
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts

Taste of Liberty Station

Taste of Liberty Station - Top Things to Do

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
Cost: $15-$30
> Find out more about Taste of Liberty Station

San Diego International Fringe Festival

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

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
> Find out more about Summer Safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

44th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games

San Diego Scottish Highland Games

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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
Cost: $15-$15
> Find out more about the 44th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games

San Diego Night Market

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
Cost: $3
> Find out more about the San Diego Night Market

13th Annual Switchfoot BRO-AM

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

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
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

Mass Creativity

Mass Creativity

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
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Mass Creativity

Distilled: San Diego Spirit & Cocktail Festival

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
Cost: $33-$125
> Find out more about Distilled: San Diego Spirit & Cocktail Festival

Taste of Adams Avenue

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
Cost: $35-$40
> Find out more about Taste of Adams Avenue

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About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home.

How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night’s sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.