Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 25-30, 2017

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

Supergirl Surf Pro

Supergirl Surf Pro

The world’s top professional female surfers are back in Oceanside, CA for the 10th Supergirl Surf Pro. The weekend will be jam-packed with world-class competition that will have you on your toes and a festival village loaded with female-inspired vendors, activities and entertainment.

Where: Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: July 28-30, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Supergirl Surf Pro

San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburg Pirates

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Pittsburg Pirates at Petco Park! Game Day promotions and events include: Friday – Party in the Park, Saturday – Padres Baseball Hat, Sunday – KidsFest.

Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 28-30, 2017
Cost: Check website for seat pricing
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Pump Up The Volume: A 90’s Palooza!

Pump Up The Volume: A 90's Palooza! - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Seven strangers escape from the grind of two-thousand-now into the 1990s and relive the pimpin’ pop culture, phat fads and stylin’ fashion of the eclectic decade that’s all that and a bag of chips. Join them as they grunge, swing, vogue, rave, do the Carlton through the hits of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, U2, Bjork, Britney, Tori, Hootie, Shania, Alanis, Mariah, Celine, Tupac, Garth, Faith, JLo, Ricky Martin, NSYNC, Boys II Men, Christina, Spice Girls, and many more, while they rediscover their voice in a world longing to connect on the precipice of a new millennium.

Where: Horton Grand Theatre – 444 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 28 – September 10, 2017
Cost: $25-$60
> Find out more about Pump Up The Volume: A 90’s Palooza!

Bayside Summer Nights – Hooray for Hollywood!

Bayside Summer Nights - Hooray for Hollywood!

The San Diego Symphony’s popular salute to movie music of yesterday and today returns with a brand new set of breathtaking film clips and all-time favorite themes from the silver screen.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 28, 2017
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $24-$88
> Find out more about Bayside Summer Nights – Hooray for Hollywood!

Imperial Beach Surf Dog

Imperial Beach Surf Dog

Get stoked! It’s time for the most adorable surf event of the year . . .The Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition, where fearless surFUR dogs will jump on their boards and hang 20! The Imperial Beach event is the original surf dog competition. Check out the action adjacent to the Imperial Beach Pier, where more than 60 dogs are expected to participate in this family friendly event, which raises funds for the San Diego Humane Society.

Where: Imperial Beach Pier – 2 Elder Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
When: July 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free to spectators
> Find out more about Imperial Beach Surf Dog

U.S. WNT vs. Brazil

U.S. WNT vs. Brazil

The U.S. Women’s National Team will play its second game of the 2017 Tournament of Nations against longtime rival Brazil at Qualcomm Stadium. Prior to the U.S. WNT Game, Japan will take on Australia as part of a double-header day of soccer.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 30, 2017
First Kick: 2:15 PM
Cost: $25-$250
> Find out more about U.S. WNT vs. Brazil

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 11-16, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including the San Diego Pride Parade and these top things to do.

San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park! Game day promotions and events include: Friday – BeerFest, Saturday – post game fireworks, Sunday – KidsFest.

Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 14-16, 2017
Cost: Check website for seat pricing
> Find out more about the Padres vs. Giants

Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival

Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival

Pirates In Paradise is the theme for this year’s Festival. The 2017 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities, a Kids ‘n Kastles competition, Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair.

Where: Pier Plaza – 10 Evergreen Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
When: July 14-15, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival

Bayside Summer Nights – Air Supply

Bayside Summer Nights - Air Supply

Starting with “Lost in Love” in 1980, Air Supply was a fixture on FM radio for over a decade, releasing monster romantic hits like “All Out of Love,” “The One That You Love,” “Even the Nights are Better” and so many others. The group’s core duo, Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell, bring their classic hits to the Embarcadero.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 14-15, 2017
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $23-$88
> Find out more about Bayside Summer Nights – Air Supply

2017 Annual Over The Line Tourney

Annual Over The Line Tourney

Batter Up! It’s time once again for sun, sand and the annual Over the Line (OTL) tournament, a San Diego invented sport. If you have never seen OTL before, go check it out on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. You will not regret it. Remember, observe the five B’s rule: No Babies, No Bottles, No Bowsers, No Bikes, No Boas. Enjoy!

Where: Fiesta Island in Mission Bay
When: July 15-16, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM to Dusk
Cost: Free to watch
> Find out more about the 2016 Over the Line Tournament

Mission San Diego de Alcala Festival of the Bells

Mission San Diego de Alcala Festival of the Bells

The festivities include food, live entertainment, dancing, and traditional activities like the Blessing of the Bells and the Blessing of the Animals. All five Mission bells are rung during the weekend festivities, including the original bell dating back to 1802. The Festival of the Bells is a great family event and an opportunity for everyone to visit and learn more about this historical landmark.

Where: 10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 15-16, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Mission San Diego de Alcala Festival of the Bells

Pride Music Festival

Annual LGBT Pride Music Festival

San Diego’s biggest summer dance party is calling your name! Celebrate diversity under San Diego’s amazing sky at 5 phenomenal stages over 2 days with over 100 entertainers and thousands of your closest friends. All people – 1 love!

Where: Marston Point in Balboa Park – 6th Ave & Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92103
When: July 15-16, 2017
Cost: $15-$150
> Find out more about the Pride Music Festival

San Diego Pride Parade

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The annual San Diego Pride Parade is among the largest in the United States! Come be a part of this year’s historic celebration. Our 2017 theme: Allied in Action: United for Justice.

Starting Point: University Ave. and Normal Street, San Diego, CA 92103
When: July 15, 2017
Starting Time: 11:00 AM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Pride Parade

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 5-9, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including CONCACAF Gold Cup and these top things to do.

San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

This three-day event combines the soothing sounds of smooth jazz, a variety of delicious cuisine, and an amazing atmosphere that creates an unparalleled experience.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North – 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 7-9, 2017
Cost: Starting at $65
> Find out more about the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

Bayside Summer Nights – Leslie Odom, Jr.

Bayside Summer Nights - Leslie Odom, Jr.

The breakout star from Broadway’s phenomenal Hamilton brings his artistry and showmanship to Bayside Summer Nights. Leslie Odom, Jr. wowed the Great White Way with his thrilling portrayal of Hamilton’s nemesis Aaron Burr, winning the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 7-8, 2017
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $23-$86
> Find out more about Bayside Summer Nights – Leslie Odom, Jr.

Stagecoach Days

Stagecoach Days

Enjoy afternoons filled with activities that reflect life in early San Diego and celebrate the West on the move. Through living history activities and demonstrations, stories and songs, visitors will gain an appreciation for early modes of transportation and daily life. All activities are geared toward children and adults of all ages.

Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
When: July 8 – August 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Stagecoach Days

2017 Annual Over The Line Tourney

Annual Over The Line Tourney

Batter Up! It’s time once again for sun, sand and the annual Over the Line (OTL) tournament, a San Diego invented sport. If you have never seen OTL before, go check it out on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. You will not regret it. Remember, observe the five B’s rule: No Babies, No Bottles, No Bowsers, No Bikes, No Boas. Enjoy!

Where: Fiesta Island in Mission Bay
When: July 8-9 and July 15-16, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM to Dusk
Cost: Free to watch
> Find out more about the 2017 Over the Line Tournament

 

San Diego Pride SHE-FEST

San Diego Pride SHE-FEST - Top Things to Do

She-Fest is a woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of all women while fostering meaningful connections within the LGBT and larger San Diego community. This one-day festival is free to all and will include music, workshops, games, and more in a safe space where women can experience support, encouragement, and empowerment!

Where: North Park Community Park – 4044 Idaho St, San Diego, CA 92104
When: July 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about San Diego Pride SHE-FEST

Tour de Fat San Diego

Expect to experience the unexpected. New Belgium Brewing is bringing the party with The Naked & Famous and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. Costumes are highly encouraged (and a mindset to party is mandatory).

Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park – 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 8, 2017
Time: 4:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $25
> Find out more about Tour de Fat San Diego

San Diego Beer & Music Festival

San Diego Beer & Music Festival

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Enjoy unlimited samples of over 100 craft beers from local and regional breweries. The Main Stage will feature national headlining bands and DJ’s.

Where: Liberty Station – 2455 Cushing Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
When: July 8, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $35-$60
> Find out more about the San Diego Beer & Music Festival

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Gold Cup

San Diego will host the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C’s opening round double-header at Qualcomm Stadium featuring Curacao vs. Jamaica and Mexico vs. El Salvador!

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 9, 2017
First Kick: 4:00 PM
Cost: $30-$125
> Find out more about CONCACAF Gold Cup

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – June 27 – July 4, 2017

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

Big Bay Boom - 4th of July Fireworks

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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.

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California Dreaming

California Dreaming - Top Things to Do

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
Cost: $26-$49
> Find out more about California Dreaming

Bayside Summer Nights 2017

Bayside Summer Nights

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
> Find out more about Bayside Summer Nights 2017

Sunset Luaus on Mission Bay

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
Cost: $32-$69
> Find out more about Sunset Luaus on Mission Bay

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
> Find out more about Padres vs. Dodgers

USA Rugby Men’s National Team v Canada

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
> Find out more about the USA Rugby Men’s National Team v Canada

Guys and Dolls

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
> Find out more about Guys and Dolls

SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean

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
> Find out more about SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

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
> Find out more about Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

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: 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

Enjoy Outdoor SUMMER MOVIES UNDER THE STARS ABOVE SAN DIEGO

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.

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Summer Concerts

Rock Out at SUMMER CONCERTS

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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.

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – June 13-18, 2017

Spend the upcoming Father’s Day weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

Father’s Day

Let’s face it: Dad’s toolbox is already full, and he doesn’t need another tie! Instead, treat your old man to a day in San Diego. Let him choose or surprise him with one of the many exciting activities offered throughout the county.

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The Bodyguard – The Musical

The Bodyguard

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1101 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 13-18, 2017
Cost: Starting at $22.50
> Find out more about The Bodyguard – The Musical

Surfing America 2017 USA Surfing Championships

Surfing America 2017 USA Surfing Championships

The IOC-recognized National Governing Body for the sport of surfing in the USA, Surfing America is responsible for holding the USA Championships each year and for selecting the official USA Surf Team to compete internationally.

Where: Oceanside Harbor North Jetty – 1374 N Pacific St, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: June 13-17, 2017
Cost: Free to View
> Find out more about the Surfing America 2017 USA Surfing Championships

Taste of Little Italy

Taste of Little Italy

troll the sidewalks of Little Italy enjoying live music on street corners and taste bites from dozens of popular restaurants in the area. Ticketholders will receive a Taste Passport mapping out a list of participating restaurants and their menu offerings including appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages.

Where: Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 14, 2017
Cost: $40
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
> Find out more about Taste of Little Italy

Best Restaurants Party 2017

Best Restaurants Party

The Best Restaurants Party brings out the top chefs in San Diego for a celebration of culinary excellence. Winners from the June Best Restaurants issue will serve their signature dishes to an intimate crowd. Watch the chefs and their teams in action as they artfully create the dishes that won our readers over, plus sample unlimited bites and beverages while listening to live music.

Where: Pirch UTC, Westfield UTC – 4545 La Jolla Village Dr #1, San Diego, CA 92122
When: June 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Cost: $60
> Find out more about Best Restaurants Party 2017

San Diego International Boat Show

San Diego International Boat Show

Whether you’ve been yearning for a yacht, coveting a family cruiser, or anxious to dive into the exciting and healthy world of paddle sports, now is the time to make that dream a reality with nearly 150 boats for sale in addition to dozens of booths showcasing the newest nautical gear, gadgets and accessories. Not in the market to buy a boat? The boat show is the perfect place to get your feet wet by trying kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and more.

Where: Spanish Landing Park, East – 3900 N. Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 15-18, 2017
Cost: $15
> Find out more about the San Diego International Boat Show

Little Italy Summer Film Festival

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You’ll feel like you’re being transported to Italy for the night as you enjoy these wonderful Italian films, complete with English subtitles. Feel free to bring your own picnic, snacks and blanket to enjoy the show!

Where: Amici Park Amphitheater – State St And Date St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 15 – August 26, 2017
Time: Film starts at 8:00 PM
Cost: $5 donation
> Find out more about the Little Italy Summer Film Festival

San Diego International Beer Festival

San Diego International Beer Festival

With nearly 200 breweries represented from around the world, beer aficionados will enjoy hard-to-find specialty craft brews alongside favorites from our local brewing scene. Specialty vendors will be selling a variety of accessories and gifts for the beer lover – from craft beer art to brewed beer bones! With a stage featuring educational demonstrations with recognized industry professionals to food pairings presented by So Rich Chocolates and The Homebrewer – these are demonstrations you won’t want to miss!

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds 22nd DAA – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: June 16-18, 2017
Cost: $55-$110
Time: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
> Find out more about the San Diego International Beer Festival

SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean

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: June 17 – September 4, 2017
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Included with park admission
> Find out more about SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean

Taste of Gaslamp

Taste of Gaslamp

The Gaslamp Quarter will be showcasing the excellent dining options available in our vibrant district. General Admission tickets allow you to sample over 25 different restaurants on a self-guided walking tour with an after party at Altitude Sky Lounge.

Where: Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 17, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $30-$70
> Find out more about the Taste of Gaslamp

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

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: June 18 – September 4, 2017
Activities Start: 4:00 PM
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

Taco and Beer Music Festival

Taco and Beer Music Festival

With amazing support from the City of Chula Vista, the Port of San Diego, and in partnership with the Latino Food Industry Association nonprofit, more than 15 different Street Taco Stands and San Diego and Baja Breweries will participate in the first mega brew fest in Chula Vista. Taco Restaurants will be competing for the coveted Super Taco Trophy and $500 cash prize.

Where: Marina View Park – 900 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: June 18, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: $35-$70
> Find out more about the Taco and Beer Music Festival

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – June 6-11, 2017

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

Stone Liberty Station Movie Nights

Liberty Station Movie Nights

Every Tuesday this summer, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and settle down for a fabulous evening of great beer and great cinema! Space is limited, so get there as early as 5:00 PM to set up your spot on the lawn and dine with us in our garden before the show.

Where: 2816 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
When: June 6 – August 29, 2017
Time: 5:30 to 10:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Stone Liberty Station Movie Nights

America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16

America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16

A star-studded forum of astronauts and mission control directors will share in-depth personal experiences from NASA’s legendary Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs. Confirmed atendees include: Fred Haise (Apollo 13), Charlie Duke (Apollo 16), Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7), Al Worden (Apollo 15), Gerry Griffin (Flight Director).

Where: San Diego Air & Space Museum – 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 7, 2017
Time: 5:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $295
> Find out more about America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16

San Diego Padres VS. Kansas City Royals

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park! Game Day Promotions and Events include: Friday – Beer Fest, Saturday – Padres Replica Jersey, Sunday – KidsFest.

Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 9-11, 2017
> Find out more about the Padres vs. Royals

FilmOut San Diego

More than thirty films will be screened during the three-day film festival at the historic Observatory North Park Theatre in San Diego. Eighteen films will have their premiere with FilmOut San Diego along with award-winning films from both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, along with independent features and a variety of short films. Q&A’s will follow many films with director and cast members in attendance.

Where: Observatory North Park Theatre – 2891 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
When: June 9-11, 2017
Cost: Varies per show
> Find out more about FilmOut San Diego

San Diego Greek Festival

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church invites you to join us at our annual Greek Festival. They enjoy sharing our heritage, culture, music, traditions, customs and culinary skills with you, their neighbors and friends in San Diego and Southern California.

Where: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church – 3655 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92103
When: June 9-11, 2017
Cost: Free. Saturday-Sunday after 1:00 PM – $3
> Find out more about the San Diego Greek Festival

San Diego Oysterfest

San Diego Oysterfest

As ever they’ll bring you an array of beer, fresh oysters, other foods and full bars. Enjoy all the other fun with the shuck and suck contest, a dozen DJs, great sponsor booths, the Vavi play area, live art and more.

Where: Marina Embarcadero North – 500 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 9-10, 2017
Cost: $35-$2,000
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San Diego Festival of the Arts

San Diego Festival of the Arts

Nearly 200 artists in a bay view setting of original fine art, entertainment and delicious cuisines, complemented with fine wine and craft beer as you stroll the turf of Waterfront Park. Enjoy an exceptional dining experience from San Diego’s favorite restaurants, sample San Diego craft beer, and experience interactive activities for the whole family.

Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park – 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 10-11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: $12-$18
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2017 Marine Corps Mud Run Camp Pendleton

2017 Marine Corps Mud Run Camp Pendleton

We’ve packed in more obstacles for 2017 than ever before! For the Hard Corps runner, test your skills on the original 10K course. This course includes military obstacles that will get your juices pumpin’. Keep the traditions going strong by tackling the original World Famous Mud Run – don’t miss out on the hills you love to hate!

Where: MCB Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
When: June 10-11, 2017
Cost: Starting at $15
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The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition & Festival

The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition & Festival

The Toast of the Coast will feature the finest wines from licensed wineries in California and Baja California. Your ticket will include unlimited 1-oz samples of wines entered in the 2016 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition. When you find one you like, you’ll be able to buy bottles to take home.

Where: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: June 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: $65-$105
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Van Go! STEAM Festival

Van Go! STEAM Festival

This is a free family event celebrating science, technology and the arts. Enjoy food, festivities, games, family entertainment and cheer on Washington Elementary’s very own students in the soap box derby.

Where: Little Italy – 1789 State St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Van Go! STEAM Festival

Julian Backcountry Dance and BBQ

From the beginning, the “Dance” has featured the best in country music and dancing on the huge floor and stage built by the Sons of the American Legion, Julian. Fabulous BBQ has been a keystone of the event with all the food cooked on-site in the Santa Maria-style on an open oak flame. The wholesome family event is staged each year in a beautiful mountain setting at the Menghini Winery. With separate events for kids in their own area the “Dance” is a throwback to a simpler time with twinkly lights and bonfires back-dropped by dark mountain skies.

Where: Menghini Winery – 1150 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian, CA 92036
When: June 10, 2017
Time: 2:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $20-$25
> Find out more about the Julian Backcountry Dance and BBQ

King Richard II

King Richard II - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Robert Sean Leonard (TV’s “House,” The Old Globe’s Pygmalion) returns to the Globe in the title role of one of the greatest of Shakespeare’s towering cycle of history plays. Convinced of his divine right to rule, King Richard acts recklessly and provides the canny Henry Bolingbroke an opening to seize the crown. Filled with magnificent verse and Shakespeare’s characteristic wisdom and insight, King Richard II is a deeply moving and insightful portrait of how the forces of history collide and combust to shape a nation’s political landscape.

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 11 – July 15, 2017
Cost: Starting at $29
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91X X-Fest

No cheap pops at this show! Show up to one of the greatest showdowns ever – 91X Presents X-Fest – at the Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field in San Diego. Phoenix will co-headline with Empire of the Sun. Plus Bob Moses, Skip Marley, Missio, The Lemon Twigs, Sir Sly, Lo Moon, Creature Canyon and Lightning Cola rounding out the bill.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: June 11, 2017
Time: 2:00 to 11:00 PM
Cost: $55-$125
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San Diego County Fair - Top Things to Do in San Diego

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

San Diego County Fair

San Diego’s annual county fair is the largest fair in California, offering a variety of food, entertainment, exhibits, rides & games throughout the beautiful and historical Del Mar Fairgrounds in the oceanfront village of Del Mar. Join us for the 2017 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, as we present “Where the West is FUN!”

Where:2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: June 2 – July 4, 2017
Cost: $5-$18
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Sip the City

Sip the City - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Sip the City brings together the best of San Diego’s Urban Wineries to toast the local wine movement. With over a dozen urban wineries to taste, local winemakers to meet, delicious food and live entertainment, Sip the City is a splendid way to kick off San Diego Urban Wine Week.

Where: The Headquarters at Seaport – 789 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 1, 2017
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 PM
Cost: $25
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Wonderspaces

Wonderspaces

Their first tour, in San Diego, includes 20,000 sq. feet filled with 16+ unique experiences, ranging from room-sized interactive art installations to virtual reality films previously enjoyed at Burning Man, Sundance, and SXSW. Playing on all the senses, Wonderspaces transports visitors outside of their everyday lives with the goal to bring people together through shared experience. Visitors will enjoy extraordinary art not generally this accessible by the masses.

Where: Russell Parkway & Civita Blvd, San Diego, CA 92108
When: June 2 – July 30, 2017
Cost: $16-$24
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Damn Yankees

Damn Yankees

Winner of 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Choreography, Damn Yankees is sure to be a home run hit! Based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop, Damn Yankees is a devilishly clever musical comedy about America’s favorite pastime. Fanatical baseball fan Joe Boyd sells his soul to the devil in order to save his favorite team in this Faustian sports classic. With such illustrious songs as “Whatever Lola Wants” and “Heart,” follow Joe on his journey to save his team…and his soul.

Where: Spreckels Theatre – 121 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 2-18, 2017
Cost: $22-$72
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San Diego Padres VS. Colorado Rockies

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Colorado Rockies! Game day promotions and events include: Friday – Party in the Park; Saturday – Knockaround Sunglasses; Sunday – Kidsfest.

Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 2-4, 2017
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Pink Boots Society 10th Anniversary Conference & Beer Festival

Pink Boots Society 10th Anniversary Conference & Beer Festival

To celebrate Pink Boots Society’s 10th Anniversary, we’re hosting our very first FULL DAY Educational Conference on June 2nd in San Diego, California.  The Festival is a celebration of most fearlessly innovative female brewers in the world.  Sample some of the best beers in the industry, specifically from Pink Boots Society Members while you listen to our outrageously badass DJ mix tunes.

Where:
Conference – The Lafayette Hotel, Bungalows and Swim Club – 2223 El Cajon Boulevard , San Diego, California, 92104
Festival – Ingram Plaza – 2751 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
When: June 2-3, 2017
Cost: Starting at $15
> Find out more about the Pink Boots Society 10th Anniversary Conference & Beer Festival

The Vine Affair Balboa Park

The Vine Affair Balboa Park

Tour select Balboa Park museums during this up-scale wine event. Featuring tastings, unique art installations, live music, food pairings, and wine education.

Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 2, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $35-$100
> Find out more about the Vine Affair

Taste of Baja Food & Wine Festival

Taste of Baja Food & Wine Festival

The best in Baja California food and wine come together in San Diego for one evening only. Make your way through the Estancia La Jolla gardens and sample cuisine by the peninsula’s top chefs, sway to live Spanish guitar, and sip on wines from 20+ award-winning Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe wineries.

Where: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa – 9700 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: June 2, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $115
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Summer of InnovationSummer of Innovation

The Museum of Making Music’s fully interactive exhibition will introduce you to innovative instruments on the market today, and will open your ears and eyes to the many – perhaps surprising – ways that music is currently being made. Groundbreaking products showcased in the exhibition include the ROLI Seaboard Rise MIDI Controller, ROLI Blocks, Aerodrums, Stylophones, Phonotonic, Ableton Push, ATV aFrame, and Jamstik+.

Where: Museum of Making Music – 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: June 3 – August 31, 2017
Cost: Included with Admission
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Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego

Rock 'n' Roll San Diego

Rock out at the annual Rock N Roll Marathon! The annual Rock n’ Roll Marathon sprints into San Diego. This 26.2 mile marathon and 13.1 mile half-marathon features live music lining the streets, cheer squads, and a huge post-marathon concert to end the race with a bang. With more than 20,000 runners and 100,000 enthusiastic spectators, this popular event is not to be missed!

When: June 3-4, 2017
Cost: Starting at $45.99
> Find out more about Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego

San Diego County Fair Cattle Drive

San Diego County Fair Cattle Drive

What in tarnation? City slickers will want to take a gander at the Gaslamp to catch a glimpse of 200 head of cattle being escorted through the streets of San Diego by working cattlemen and their trusty cattle dogs, as they celebrate the opening weekend of the San Diego County Fair. The route runs down Harbor Drive, 5th Avenue and Market Street, with plenty of prime public viewing areas! Great photo opportunities!

Where: Harbor Drive – Market St & Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 3, 2017
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego County Cattle Drive

Art Around Adams

Art Around Adams

Enjoy Adams Avenue in a friendly, relaxed and carefree environment where taste-makers and free thinkers mix freely with family and friends. Experience exhibits and performances that will dazzle the eye and stir the senses. Each year we strive to infuse new and exciting artists and talents that reflect this year’s local trends in art and business. Stroll the entire route, or take the complimentary “Comedy Trolley.”

Where: Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
When: June 3, 2016
Time: 12:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 23-29, 2017

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day - USS Midway

Memorial Day is the quintessential signal for the start of summer. Make your travel plans now and spend the long weekend in the home of sun, sand and surf. While you enjoy everything California’s Beach City has to offer, please take some time to remember all of those that gave their lives in the service of the United States Armed Forces at one of the many Memorial Day Weekend observances and memorial sites.

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Taste of Asia

Taste of Asia

A gastronomic tour of Asian inspired cuisine, with over 20 restaurants, breweries and distilleries participating, it’s sure to be an evening of great food and fun! Restaurants will present their best culinary creations as they compete for The Best of ABA restaurant. Experience small-plate tastings and sips from top-rated eateries and breweries, network with ABA members and meet local business exhibitors.

Where: Four Points Sheraton – 8110 Aero Dr, San Diego, CA 92123
When: May 23, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $35-$40
> Find out more about Taste of Asia

Jahja Ling’s Finale

Jahja Ling's Finale

On this historic Season Finale weekend, Jahja Ling’s outstanding thirteen years of service as the San Diego Symphony’s Music Director comes to a magnificent end. For these concerts he will be joined by longtime colleague and dear friend Yefim Bronfman for Johannes Brahms’ monumental Piano Concerto No. 2. The program will close with Maestro Ling leading the Orchestra in a performance of Jean Sibelius’ chillingly brilliant, awe-inspiring masterpiece, his Symphony No. 2.

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 26-28, 2017
Cost: $20-$62
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Balboa Park After Dark

Balboa Park After Dark

This summer, Balboa Park comes alive after 5. On Fridays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, enjoy extended evening hours at eight museums, as well as food trucks and entertainment throughout the Park.

Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Fridays – May 26 – September 1, 2017
Cost: Free
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Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Festival

Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Festival

This year will be no exception, and we invite you to come enjoy Valley Center’s family-friendly rodeo and community festival. The community festival will feature vendors, western arts & crafts, food booths, live bands, a horseshoe tournament, beer gardens and more. After enjoying the festival, the community is invited to head to the rodeo grandstands for a full rodeo event lineup, followed by a live band and dancing on both Friday and Saturday night.

Where: 28246 Lilac Rd., Valley Center, CA 92082
When: May 26-28, 2017
Cost: $15-$50
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SeaWorld’s Ocean Explorer All New Realm

Dive in to SeaWorld’s new realm of deep-sea discovery, Ocean Explorer. With multiple undersea bases featuring unique aquariums and digital technology. Unlock the ocean’s greatest mysteries and plunge to new depths in your mini-sub on the interactive ride Submarine Quest. Get up close to some of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures like a giant Pacific octopus, elusive moray eels and Japanese spider crabs that measure nine feet from claw to claw! Then take a spin on three new family-friendly rides inspired by the sea. Team up with SeaWorld researchers in this immersive new world, Ocean Explorer.

Where: 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
Opens: May 27, 2016
Cost: Included with admission
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Fiesta Botanica

Fiesta Botanica

Celebrate spring in Balboa Park amid the region’s most spectacular historical gardens at Fiesta Botanica. The family-friendly festival kicks off with a foral Wagon Parade along El Prado and continues with horticultural-themed lectures and demonstrations, hands-on activities for kids, live entertainment, tours of the park’s historic gardens, majestic butterfly releases, open-air sketching stations, plant sales, and food trucks.

Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Fiesta Botanica

Vista Strawberry Festival

The Vista Strawberry Festival is the only festival in San Diego County that celebrates all the joys and pleasure of the Strawberry. Vista was once the “Strawberry Capital of the World” and still boasts many strawberry fields. Come enjoy our celebration of the ‘berry as we bring over 300 vendors, athletic competition, pie eating, costumes, beauty, carnival rides, music, food, and much more together in Historic Downtown Vista.

Where: 127 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084
When: May 28, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Looking for a Fun, Free and Fabulous Family Activity throughout San Diego? Summer Movies in the Park is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars. Come early and get a good seat!

Where: Throughout San Diego
When: Thru October 28, 2017
Cost: Free
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Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 16-21, 2017

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Ramona Rodeo

Ramona Rodeo

This year will mark the Ramona Rodeos’ 37th year in operation. They are proud to offer a Top Notch PRCA rodeo with some of the greatest cowboys around. Our event boasts the Professional attitude with the best hometown hospitality you will find at a rodeo.

Where: Fred Grand Arena, Ramona Outdoor Community Center – 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
When: May 18-21, 2017
Cost: $2-$100
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Shockhead Peter

Fall into the world of Victorian nightmares as a manic music box spins stories of naughty children and misguided parents. Silly and sinister, Shockheaded Peter dares us to ask what’s beneath the floorboards. Don’t miss the most damning tale ever told on stage!

Where: Cygnet Theatre – 4040 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110
When: May 18 – June 18, 2017
Cost: $41-$62
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San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park! Game day promotions and events include: Friday – WineFest, Saturday – Padres Fedora, Sunday – KidsFest.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 19-21, 2017
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Fiesta del Sol

Fiesta del Sol

Fiesta del Sol has something for everyone. Food Trucks along with other great specialty food vendors will be back as well as our Arts & Crafts area, Sponsor area, Solana Beach Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, and much more! They are also hosting a special place exclusively for local artists and local food vendors. The beer and wine gardens will be in their usual spots and the Lions Club will also be returning to serve in the wine garden and will be raising funds to support their local causes.

Where: Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, CA 92075
When: May 20-21, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Pirate Days

Pirate Days - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Sail with a Pirate. Hunt for the Treasure. Pirate Days, a two day celebration for kids of all ages, will include kids costume contests, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, scary stories, and a scavenger hunt for Pirate Treasure. Plus our add-on show “BOARDED! A New Pirate Adventure!”

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 20-21, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Starting at $9
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Beach Soccer Jam

Beach Soccer Jam is a Faster, Hotter Version of the World’s most Popular Sport filled with Entertainment. Come enjoy the excitement including Beach Soccer, Brazilian Samba and Capoeira dancers, some of San Diego’s best Entertainment DJs and a Beer Garden.

Where: Fiesta Island – 1550 Fiesta Island Road, San Diego, CA 92109
When: May 20-21, 2017
Cost: Free to spectators
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Southern California Beach Soccer Championships

Southern California Beach Soccer ChampionshipsSand, soccer & fun under the sun, join us for our 11th anniversary party. Southern California’s kick-off to the summer soccer season.

Where: 1200 N Pacific St, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: May 20-21, 2017
Cost: Free to spectators
> Find out more about the Southern California Beach Soccer Championships

Festival of Arts in North Park

Festival of Arts in North Park

This annual free festival has grown into a local tradition that includes amazing local art, exciting live music including dj sets, funk rock, world music and dance performances, vendor booths and fabulous food. There will be something for everyone, including the kids. Their hands-on Kids Art Block offers children the chance to participate in a variety of interactive activities designed to stimulate and inspire their imaginations and create their own masterpieces. Come thirsty to the Craft Beer Block and sample brews from San Diego’s favorite breweries.

Where: University Avenue & 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104
When: May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free. Craft Beer Block – $35
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D6 Nightmarket

More social event than shopping trip, a night market is a blend of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. Night markets, which are a popular tradition throughout Asia and other parts of the world, are an open-air casual social gathering and fill a need for civic community. They are a chance to leisurely stroll, shop, and eat while enjoying the excitement and pleasure that comes from being part of a festive crowd.

Where: Mira Mesa Community Park – 8575 New Salem St, San Diego, CA 92126
When: May 20, 2017
Time: 4:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Navy’s Bay Bridge Run Walk

Navy's Bay Bridge Run Walk

This annual Navy-hosted event includes the public in raising money for the Navy’s Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. This unique 4-mile run/walk has a one of a kind spectacular panoramic view as participants make their way to Coronado’s beautiful Tidelands Park from downtown San Diego over the Coronado Bay Bridge. During the finish line celebration, runners receive a special Finisher’s Medal and event shirt to commemorate our 31st year, plus complimentary transportation back to downtown. See you on the bridge!

Starting Line: Hilton San Diego Bayfront – 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 21, 2017
Starting Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: Starting at $28
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Mother’s Day

San Diego is the Perfect Mother's Day Getaway

With great weather, a host of fun filled family activities and ample ways to pamper mom, you’re sure to give her what she needs most – a refreshing getaway in San Diego!

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Escape to Margaritaville

Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the ocean’s warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of. Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer named Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – Mandell Weiss Theatre, La Jolla , CA 92037
When: May 9 – June 25, 2017
Cost: Starting at $85
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Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys

“TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!” raves the New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony® Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history and features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 9-14, 2017
Cost: Starting at $22.50
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San Diego Surf Film Festival

San Diego Surf Film Festival

The SDSFF returns with it’s headquarters at Misfit Gallery in La Jolla and once again offers a very ambitious program. Festival highlights include over 25 of the finest international surf films, a Skip Frye Lifetime Tribute, filmmaker meet and greets, Grant Ellis (Surfing Magazine Photo Editor) slideshow, live art brewery party, beach clean-ups and surfing expression sessions.

Where: Misfit Gallery – 565 Pearl St., La Jolla, CA 92037
When: May 10-13th, 2017
Cost: Starting at $5
> Find out more about the San Diego Surf Film Festival

Gator by the Bay – Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival

Largest, authentic Louisiana-themed festival this side of the bayou.Features 4 days of live music – more than 100 performances on 7 stages, dancing, delicious Southern food – including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya & 10,000 lbs of crawfish. Family Friendly & Fun!

Where: Spanish Landing Park – 3900 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 11-14, 2017
Time: $25-$95
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The Old Man and The Old Moon

The Old Man and The Old Moon

Photo by Jenny Anderson.

The Old Man tends to The Old Moon, refilling the light that spills out every night. When his wife unexpectedly leaves home, The Old Man abandons his post and plunges the world into darkness. His eventful journey across land, air, and sea to find her reminds them – and us – of the unwavering power of love. Discover why BroadwayWorld dubbed the production “a glorious fusion of music and theatrics,” and TheaterMania called it “extraordinarily imaginative – a rare example of true theatre magic!”

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 13 – June 18, 2017
Cost: Starting at $29
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San Diego Paella Wine & Beer Festival

San Diego Paella Wine & Beer Festival - Top Things to Do

A spectacular culinary competition showcasing the delicious paella dishes and finest beverages in our region. What You Get: Unlimited paella with 3 samples of sangria, wine, beer or spirits. What’s there: More than 40 chefs and 20 wineries.

Where: Embarcadero South Marina Park – 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 13, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Starting at $40
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Chocolate Festival

Chocolate Festival - San Diego Botanic Garden

Spend the Saturday before Mother’s Day at San Diego Botanic Garden’s famous Chocolate Festival! Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more.

Where: San Diego Botanic Garden – 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: May 13, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: Free with Paid Admission or Garden Membership
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