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
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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
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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
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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

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

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

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

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

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
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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.

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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

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.