Top Things to Do in San Diego – June 11-16, 2019

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Bring Dad to San Diego this Father’s Day weekend for time with the family, some outdoor adventures, a local beer or cocktail, and these top things to do.

2019 USA Surfing Championships

When: June 12-15, 2019
Surfing America is 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. Competition includes Adaptive, Longboard, SUP and Junior Teams

Best Restaurants Party

When: June 12, 2019
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.

Wild Night Out at the San Diego Zoo

When: June 13, 2019
Join us for an evening of music, socializing, and animal friends, and a preview of Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo! Adults—ages 21 and up only—can visit parts of the Zoo, savor a complimentary beverage (choice of either one beer, soda, or water), talk with a keeper, meet some animal ambassadors up close, and enjoy a variety of music and more, for a special night of fun!

17th Annual Beer & Sake Festival

When: June 13, 2019
The Japan Society’s Beer & Sake Festival is a unique and popular charity tasting event featuring local restaurants serving sumptuous appetizers and breweries pouring tasty beers and sakes. The festival also includes art booths, a silent auction, a raffle, and exciting entertainment.

San Diego International Beer Festival

When: June 14-16, 2019
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 you won’t want to miss!

SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean

When: June 15 – September 2, 2019
Surf beyond your expectations as the sea comes alive at night and dive into Electric Ocean, SeaWorld’s fantastic summer nighttime celebration.

San Diego Wooden Boat Festival

When: June 15-16, 2019
The San Diego Wooden Boat Festival provides a rare opportunity for the public to view some of the most beautiful and well maintained wooden crafts up close.

25th Annual Taste of Gaslamp

When: June 15, 2019
Join us for the 25th Annual Taste of Gaslamp presented by Karl Strauss, San Diego’s original culinary tour! On Saturday, June 15, 2019, the Gaslamp Quarter will be showcasing the excellent dining options available in our vibrant district.

Julian Dance and Back Country BBQ

When: June 15, 2019
The Julian Dance and Back Country BBQ is an outdoor event in its 13th year. The brain-child of the Sons of the American Legion in Julian, it began and has grown as an event to raise funds for Veterans, kids, local schools and other charitable organizations in the community. From the beginning, the “Dance” has featured the best in country music and dancing on the huge floor and stage built by the Sons.

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

When: June 16 – September 2, 2019
Stay after dark and celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo presented by One Medical. Enjoy live music, fun shows, animal encounters, food, and more!

As You Like It

When: June 16 – July 17, 2019
The 2019 Shakespeare Festival kicks off with the Bard’s fabulously charming romantic comedy, whose heroine is one of his most remarkable creations. The magical forest of Arden is the play’s famous setting, where a gallery of eccentric characters comes together to find love, fortune, redemption…and themselves. Banished from the court by her deceitful and treacherous uncle, Rosalind disguises herself as a boy, not knowing that the man she loves, also on the run, is behind the next tree. Bucolic Balboa Park is the ideal spot for Shakespeare’s enticing tale of mistaken identity, heartfelt romance, and the endearing fumbles and foibles of love.

Father’s Day

When: June 16, 2019
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.

San Diego County Fair

When: Thru July 4, 2019
Visitors will journey to the Emerald City, meeting magical new friends along the way. Channel your inner courage in our whirlwind of carnival rides. Expand your brain by immersing yourself in creative and educational exhibits. Warm your heart creating new memories with your friends and family. With all of the adventures you’ll encounter, you’ll discover, “There’s no place like the Fair.”

Summer Safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

When: Thru September 1, 2019
Go wild at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park this summer! Summer Safari presented by Groupon brings later hours and more fun. On Saturdays and Sundays from May 25 through September 1, you can stay until 7 p.m. for evening safari adventures. Walk among kangaroos and wallabies at the newest habitat, Walkbout Australia, and hear a didgeridoo played. Enjoy guitar music, roaming jugglers and magicians, and summer food and drink specials throughout the Park.

Sesame Street Party Parade

When: Thru September 1, 2019
The Sesame Street Party Parade is marching Sesame Street excitement throughout SeaWorld San Diego. This colorful, musical, show-stopping parade is fun enough to get the whole family dancing. This event features 10 larger-than-life themed floats including Sesame Street favorites such as Mr. Hooper’s Store and Count’s Castle. The whole family will be singing and dancing along with Elmo and his furry cast of friends as they join more than 20 dancers along the parade route.

Food Truck Fridays

When: Thru September 27, 2019
Enjoy free live entertainment while eating gourmet dishes from a rotating selection of more than a dozen food trucks. Each evening features fantastic local performers, vibrant music, and family-friendly activities. Foodies can also explore the many park museums hosting evening hours and special programs.

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