5 to Try: Summer Events in La Jolla

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Poster for the 25th Annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts

1. 25th Annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts – The La Jolla Festival of the Arts, one of the top-rated art shows in the state, is taking place June 18 and 19 on the USCD east campus.  Showcasing nearly 200 award-winning local and national artists, live music, classic cars, celebrity chef food demonstrations, and a live street chalking exhibition, this event is not to be missed.

Fireworks at La Jolla Cove

2. July 4th in La Jolla – The La Jolla Community Fireworks Foundation’s Fourth of July festivities kick off around 5:00 pm with a summer concert at Ellen Browning Scripps Park.  Then at 9:00 pm, the fireworks blast off from La Jolla Cove.  The best spots for watching the display are: Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla Shores, and Kellogg Park.

SummerFest returns to La Jolla this August

3. SummerFest 2011The La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest kicks off on August 3 with SummerFest Under the Stars, a free concert at La Jolla Cove.  Running through August 26, SummerFest will feature more than 70 world-class performances.

James Turrell, Stuck Red and Stuck Blue, 1970, construction materials and fluorescent lights. Copyright James Turrell. Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum Purchase, Elizabeth W. Russell Foundation Funds.

4. Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface – On September 25, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will open its most ambitious exhibition to date.  Phenomenal will be on view at both the La Jolla and downtown San Diego locations through January 22, 2012.

Boundless Energy at Scripps Aquarium Opening July 9

5. Boundless EnergyBirch Aquarium at Scripps’ newest exhibit, Boundless Energy, opens July 9. An outdoor, interactive exhibit exploring how we can use natural forces to power our lives, Boundless Energy features highly educational, interactive elements that encourage learning through play.

We want to send you to Birch Aquarium this summer.  Comment below by Thursday, June 16th at 10:00 am and get entered to win a family four-pack of tickets to Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

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About Courtney

I love fashion, Gerbera daisies, and yoga. I recently moved back to San Diego after 10 years of living in LA. I couldn't be more excited to rediscover the best activities, views, food, and more in this amazing city. My husband of two years is my partner in crime (thankfully he loves exploring SD as much as I do).

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

My perfect day would start with a cup of tea (no matter the temperature outside). A breakfast burrito from Pipe's would definitely be in order. Then I'd go for a leisurely bike ride or walk at the beach with my husband. We’d eat sushi for dinner, watch a movie at home, and drink a glass of red wine.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

It’s impossible to pick one thing! I love biking, walking, shopping, dining outside.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Linguine and red wine. Done!

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Josh Tuner, Keith Urban, the Best of Elton John

52 thoughts on “5 to Try: Summer Events in La Jolla

  1. It must have been hard for Courtney to pick only five summer events in La Jolla because there are soooo many more. I love the Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium and the free concerts in Scripps Park near The Cove every Sunday afternoon. And what about Flicks on the Bricks? Can’t forget that film series at the Athenaeum. I have a whole calendar of La Jolla events on my website.

  2. Hi I’m travelling the whole way from Ireland to San Diego in July for the 5th time in 6 years. I’ looking a good reasonto convince my family to visit La Jolla. We have never managed to visit La Jolla so far and I hear its a beautiful place

  3. I will be visiting San Diego in July and would love to take my family to the Birch Aquarium to experience some Boundless Energy. The art galleries in La Jolla and La Jolla Cove are two places I never miss on a trip to San Diego.

  4. I don’t think there was an Aquarium when I lived in San Diego. My family had summer family reunions on the beach. I’d love to see my family again. And there are no beaches anywhere else like the ones down there!

  5. Would love to go to the Birch Aquarium and take my grandkids. San Diego is of course my favorite place to be….give me an excuse to go 🙂

  6. i’ve been gone from the san diego area for 5 years, and not a day goes by that i miss it. i’d love to see the new Birch exhibit!

  7. Healing summer heat
    That comforts every bone;
    Juicy summer fruits,
    A frosty ice cream cone.
    Aroma of sizzling meat
    Grilling on the barbecue,
    Green lawns and summer flowers,
    A gazillion fun things to do.
    Summer shorts and swimsuits,
    Arms and legs are bare;
    Summer’s sweet delights
    Are welcome everywhere!

  8. I remember going the the aquarium back when I was in 4th grade (I’m 33 now) and have never forgotten that day. I was amazed at all I learned about the ocean and I remember being grossed out at the sea cucumber they brought out. I would love to take my family to see and learn just like me about the wonderful things that are living in our beautiful beaches so close to home :-)!

  9. Haven’t been to the Aquarium in years. My kids have gone more recently than I and they loved it! Would love to go as a family!!

  10. I haven’t been to San Diego for almost 50 years but I still have memories of the best times in my whole life there. I spent every weekend in Balboa Park the last few years going to the zoo, museums and taking ballet lessons. I bet everything has changed since then.

  11. Thanks for all of these tips I will have to check some of them out!
    And I also want to win! Thanks! 🙂

  12. Thanks for these great tips! We are headed to the area this summer and love all the event info. Would love to win aquarium tix!! 🙂

  13. After living here 2 years now we are finally going to Kayak La Jolla Shores and Caves this summer. Will have to check out Boundless Energy!

  14. La Jolla is the most Romantic Beach in California,,,, love to spend time there with my honey. Haven’t been to Scripps in a long time have two grandaughter that I would love to take….

  15. well ive only been to san diego a few times (i live about 2 hours south by LA) but i was in La Jolla for a day and by the end of the day i was like “im SO going to live and go to college here.” ot was amazing and i hope i can enjoy more of it with the tickets

  16. I’ve never been either, but it does sure seem like a great way to beat this desert heat in Palm Springs. Might even respark my interest in oceanography again 🙂

  17. San Diego is the place to be. Born and raised. I couldn’t live anywhere else! La Jolla is so beautiful. it’s a nice change of scenery, especially when u live south of the 8 🙂 the kids and I would have a great time!

  18. I’ve never been to the Birch Aquarium. I hope I win, I hope I win (clicking my shoes) LOL! Thanks for the opportunity.

  19. Really excited to visit San Diego all the way from West Virginia this July. Can’t wait to visit the beautiful La Jolla beaches while I’m there!

  20. Ooo! I love summer in La Jolla! The Scripps Aquarium is a special place and I hope (finger’s crossed!) that our family will get to go!
    Thanks so much!

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