Spend the upcoming Fourth of July weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including Big Bay Boom and these top things to do.
4th of July
Whether you’re traveling with friends or family, San Diego is everyone’s first choice for 4th of July celebrations. Even locals can’t think of anything better than relaxing with loved ones on a long stretch of sand and watching an extraordinary show of lights in the sky.
Celebrate the Southern California lifestyle we all know and love at the annual California Dreaming Beach Party of the Decades. Kick off your flip flops and dance the night away to songs that celebrate California’s beach culture, performed by the local classics band, The Fabulous Mar Dels. Guests will enjoy an endless buffet of summer-time staples complete with a barbeque grill station and clambake.
Where: Bahia Resort Hotel – 998 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: June 29 – August 31, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
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Bayside Summer Nights 2017
The San Diego Symphony has announced an impressive lineup of artists for its 2017 Bayside Summer Nights including legendary crooner Tony Bennett; star of Hamilton and Tony Award‐winner Leslie Odom Jr.; internationally acclaimed Brazilian artist Sergio Mendes; country songstress Wynonna Judd; Grammy Award‐ winning Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo; and films accompanied by live orchestra, Academy Award®‐winning La La Land, Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets ™ and E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial. San Diego Symphony’s popular and highly successful summer series truly has something for everyone!
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 30 – September 3, 2017
Cost: Starting at $18
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Sunset Luaus on Mission Bay
Enjoy a true luau experience that includes a lei, Mai Tai, all-you-can-eat buffet, and entertainment. Local luau specialist Pride of Polynesia provides the authentic island music and dance, featuring hula and fiery torch dancers.
Where: Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa – 3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
When: June 30 – September 1, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
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San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park! Game day promotions and events include: Friday – BeerFest, Saturday – Postgame LASER Show, and Sunday – Kidsfest.
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 30 – July 2, 2017
Cost: Check website for pricing
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USA Rugby Men’s National Team v Canada
The Men’s Eagles will look to punch their tickets to the 2019 Rugby World Cup by defeating Canada in their Rugby World Cup Qualifying Series. The two-game series kicks off in Canada (June 24) before heading to Torero Stadium at the University of San Diego on July 1. To qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the Eagles must total more points scored in the two-leg series. Following the MNT game the USA Women’s National Team will take the field in an exhibition match against the WPL All Stars for one of the WNT’s last matches before they head to Ireland for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Where: Torero Stadium at the University of San Diego – 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92111
When: July 1, 2017
Kick Off: 3:00 PM
Cost: Starting at $20
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Guys and Dolls
Based on Damon Runyon’s famous tales of small-time hoods and showgirls, Guys and Dolls is filled with some of the most wonderful showtunes ever, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” and the irrepressible anthem “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” Guys and Dolls will put a spring in your step and a smile on your face and remind you how much fun it is to see a top-notch Globe revival of a classic American musical!
Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 2 – August 13, 2017
Cost: Starting at $39
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SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean
Electric Ocean is an outrageous festival of lights, music, and life that’s as vibrant as the sea itself. Give yourself permission to voyage into exotic underwater worlds that come alive as the sun sets with brilliant energy, electrifying dance music, and dazzling light. Join live performers inspired by playful sea creatures at the party along the shore where world-class DJs transform the night into an all-ages club beneath the waves.
Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Thru September 4, 2017
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Included with park admission
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Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo
Stay after dark and help us celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo, brought to you by your San Diego County Toyota Dealers. Come “rock and roar” every day this summer with live music, a variety of surprise encounters and the opening of the Zoo’s newest experience, Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks.
Where: San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thru September 4, 2017
Activities Start: 4:00 PM
Cost: Included with admission
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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: Thru 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
Outdoor Summer Movies
After a day enjoying San Diego’s beautiful beaches, world-class attractions, numerous golf courses, fabulous shopping and amazing cultural institutions, spend the evening under the stars relaxing with a great movie, family, food and fun.
From the beach to the mountains, San Diego Summers are full of amazing live music. Whether at a star-studded amphitheater or a neighborhood park, there’s no better way to savor summer than spending a warm evening outdoors, listening to almost any type of music.
More Top Things to Do in San Diego
- Balboa Park After Dark – Thru September 4, 2017
- Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts – Thru August 31, 2017
- TGIF Concerts in the Park – Thru August 18, 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
- San Diego International Fringe Festival – Thru July 2, 2017
- San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves – June 27-29, 2017
- Live Music with Robin Henkel – June 27, 2017
- Happy Hour with DJ Mike White – June 28, 2017
- Cinema Under the Stars: Top Gun – June 28, 2017
- Champagne Pairing Dinner – June 28, 2017
- Farm Animal Friday – June 28, 2017
- Chris Distefano – June 29 – July 1, 2017
- World Class Wine Meets World Class Cheese – June 29, 2017
- Live Music with Jerry “Hot Rod” Demink – June 29, 2017
- California Clambake – June 30, 2017
- Paella, Tapas and Wine at the Beach – June 30, 2017
- Bird Rock Summer Concerts – July 1-29, 2017
- “Hue Views” An Art Exhibition – July 2-29, 2017