Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 15-20, 2014

Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

From movies by the pool to spectacular opening day at the Del Mar Racetrack hats to amazing sandcastles to a parade full of pride, there is a ton of family fun to be had this weekend in San Diego with all of these top things to do.

Dive-In Movies

Dive-In Movies - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Relax and cool off in a pool with a classic movie

Relax and cool off after a warm day exploring San Diego by hanging out in a pool and catching a classic movie on a big screen:

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Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

Don your favorite hat and join in the revelry at the Del Mar Racing Season’s Opening Day

And they’re off! Hundreds of fashion-minded guests participate in Del Mar’s illustrious “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest.” A parade of eye-popping creations, this celebration is an annual tradition that gets the nod from spectators and fashionistas alike.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: July 17, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: $10-$20
> Find out more about Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

Del Mar Racing Season
When: July 17 – September 3, 2014
> Find out more about the Del Mar Racing Season

San Diego Pride Rally, Block Party, Parade and Festival

Rainbow Flag at the San Diego Pride Parade

Celebrate diversity and the LGBT community during San Diego’s Pride’s weekend long celebration

San Diego Pride continues to bring together the skills, talents and vision of a diverse community to produce the annual LGBT Pride Celebration which attracts 250,000 participants to Hillcrest for America’s Finest Pride Parade and Festival.

> Get the all the details on the 2014 San Diego Pride Weekend

Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival

Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival

The IB Sun & Sea Festival will showcase some of the best sand creations on the West Coast

The 2014 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: 10 Evergreen Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
When: July 18-19, 2014
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival

Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom at the Spanish Village Art Center

Art in Bloom – Where floral designs mimic art at the Spanish Village Art Center

This 3-day event features over 40 art and floral vignettes which will stimulate your senses and delight your creativity. Each year floral designers choose from an array of original artworks to interpret in flowers. Then the artwork together with the floral creation are displayed in captivating vignettes accompanied by live music in the patio.

Where: Spanish Village Art Center – 1770 Village Pl, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 18-20, 2014
Time: 11:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Art in Bloom

Festival of the Bells

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala

Celebrate the founding of the first California Mission at the Festival of the Bells

This weekend event celebrates the anniversary of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the Mother of California’s 21 Missions, which was founded by Blessed Father Junipero Serra on July 16, 1769. The celebration includes food, 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 an original bell dating back to 1802.

Where: Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala – 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 19-20, 2014
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Festival of the Bells

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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Brent Bernasconi

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.

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