Top 10 Things to Do this Summer in San Diego

Nothing beats summer in San Diego. With friendly locals, 70 miles of beautiful coastline, world-class attractions and a laid-back vibe all its own, California’s Beach City is perfect for the young and young at heart.

Below are ten events, things to do and attractions you need to check out this summer in San Diego.

FYI – Beaches and Comic-Con have been excluded because they are a given.

1. 2016 MLB All-Star Week

2016 MLB All-Star Week

Take yourself out to San Diego for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Week, July 8-12, featuring the All-Star Fanfest, All-Star Concerts, All-Star Sunday, Yoga, Color Run 5K, Home Run Derby, All-Star Game and More!

When: July 8-12, 2016
> Find out more about the 2016 MLB All-Star Week

2. Centennial Nighttime Zoo

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

This summer, the San Diego Zoo is celebrating its centennial year in a big way, with live music and fun activities during Nighttime Zoo presented by Cymer. Evenings at the Zoo will be filled with plenty of toe-tapping, body-moving music, special shows, and tons of fun!

Where: 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 19 – September 5, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Cost: Included with Admission

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> Find out more about the Centennial Nighttime Zoo

3. Big Bay Boom & 4th of July Fireworks

Big Bay Boom - San Diego's Largest 4th of July Fireworks Display

Photo courtesy of Big Bay Boom

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, especially the impressive Big Bay Boom fireworks show!

> Browse San Diego’s 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations

4. 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 nine museums, as well as food trucks and entertainment throughout the Park on select dates.

When: Thru September 2, 2016
>  Find out more about Balboa Park After Dark

5. La Jolla Zip Zoom Line

La Jolla Zip Zoom

Photo courtesy of La Jolla Zip Zoom

55 MPH – 2,500 Feet Long – Parallel Lines – Spectacular Views – That’s La Jolla Zip Zoom! Located in San Diego’s North Inland on the La Jolla Indian Campground, La Jolla Zip Zoom invites you to cool off this summer by flying through the air at amazing speeds along the longest zipline course in California.

Where: 22000 Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA USA 92061
> Find out more about La Jolla Zip Zoom

6. San Diego Pride Parade and Music Festival

San Diego Pride Parade

Photo Courtesy of San Diego LGBT Pride

The annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade is the 4th largest in the United States attracting over 100,000 cheering spectators and significant media participation. Following the Pride Parade honoring diversity and #OrlandoStrong, head on over to Balboa Park for the Pride Music Festival featuring musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, an Art exhibit, cultural presentations, great food, and more! Did we mention that KESHA will be headlining this year?

When: July 16-27, 2016
Cost: Parade – Free. Music Festival – $15-$150
> Find out more about the San Diego Pride Parade
> Find out more about the San Diego Pride Music Festival

7. Beers, Wines and Dines Festivals

Summer Food & Drink Festivals

Photo courtesy of San Diego Brewers Guild

Sip and savor your way through a San Diego Summer. All summer long, festivals and taste-ofs offer you the chance to experience award-winning craft beer, enticing plates from local celebrity chefs, regional wines and more…all while wearing shorts and flip-flops!


> Browse San Diego’s Summer Food & Drink Festivals

8. Bike the Bay

Bike The Bay

Photo courtesy of Charlie Sears

Ride the bridge, Bike the Bay! Not only will the scenic 25-mile route travel through five of diverse communities but it will also allow riders their only opportunity of the year to ride over the beautiful Coronado Bay Bridge. All riders will return to San Diego for a post-ride festival with food, beverage, beer garden and entertainment.

When: August 28, 2016
Cost: $55-$60
> Find out more about Bike the Bay

9. Labor Day Weekend

US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition

Cap off the perfect summer by spending Labor Day weekend in San Diego enjoying the warm weather, cool beaches and everything the city has to offer including tall ship cannon battles, amazing sandcastles, 1812 Overture with fireworks and more.

> Find out more about Labor Day Weekend in San Diego

10. Kaaboo Festival

The KAABOO Festival will include performances by more than 100 musical acts on seven stages with internationally known headliners, established favorites and emerging artists. To unearth your inner foodie, KAABOO will feature celebrity, as well as local chefs from high quality restaurants, wine selections from vineyards throughout California, craft breweries from top markets including San Diego, craft distillers in various categories, mixologists and more. There will also be a dedicated comedy stage with comfortable seating and a unique after hours dance party highlighting additional performances and award-winning DJs.

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: September 16-18, 2016
Cost: $449-$2499
> Find out more about the Kaaboo Festival

Want More Summer Fun in

San Diego?

Then make sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Summer in San Diego.

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