Kick off the first two weeks of summer with a big bang by visiting San Diego and enjoy the biggest fireworks show in California, plus outdoor summer celebrations and more top things to do.
When: Now – Jul. 4, 2023
Buckle in for an exhilarating adventure at the 2023 San Diego County Fair, themed “Get Out There!” From exploring the great outdoors to experiencing thrilling rides in the Fun Zone, there’s something for everyone. Discover award-winning exhibitions as well as local agriculture at San Diego Grown, and prepare to be amazed by an incredible lineup of entertainment.
When: Now – Aug. 20, 2023
Get ready for an extraordinary summer adventure at SeaWorld San Diego’s Summer Spectacular! Experience thrilling new rides, captivating shows and a breathtaking fireworks display. Be immersed in the SeaWorld Summer Splashtacular Parade, witness the epic Pirates Ahoy! water stunt spectacular and learn about animal conservation. Enjoy live performances from renowned artists like Vanilla Ice and Jordin Sparks during the Summer Concert Series. With an array of surprises and attractions for all ages, SeaWorld San Diego promises a season filled with inspiration and wonder.
When: Now – Aug. 20, 2023
Join the ultimate Block Party at LEGOLAND® California Resort this summer! Meet exciting costume characters and immerse yourself in a world of bricktastic fun. From the extreme stunts of GO Xtreme to the all-singing, all-dancing LEGOLAND Summer Jam, there’s entertainment for everyone. Don’t miss out on interactive adventures like Pirate Captain’s Swashbuckling Jig, Once Upon a Brick comedy show, and the martial arts spectacle of School of Spinjitzu.
When: Now – Sep. 4, 2023
As the sun sets, immerse yourself in a world of excitement and wonder of the Nighttime Zoo at the renowned San Diego Zoo this summer. Be captivated by global rhythms, dazzling entertainment and exclusive encounters with your beloved wildlife under the starry sky. With extended hours and special live performances, Nighttime Zoo offers a unique and unforgettable experience that will delight the entire family. Don’t miss this opportunity to create cherished memories while incredible wildlife takes center stage, providing an awe-inspiring and magical adventure you won’t want to miss.
When: Jun. 20 – 21, 2023
Experience the vibrant flavors of San Diego’s Little Italy at the highly anticipated Taste of Little Italy event. Embark on a culinary adventure through 48-square-blocks, indulging in delectable bites and sips from a variety of renowned restaurants. With a Taste Passport in hand, you can savor your delectable finds on the go or relax at the lively Piazza della Famiglia, accompanied by live music at Piazza Basilone. Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the deliciousness of this must-attend food festival.
When: Jun. 22, 2023
Escape to Del Mar Village and kick off your summer in style at the Summer Solstice 2023 event. Indulge in elevated bites from over 15 local restaurants, paired with refreshing craft cocktails, wine and beer from renowned brands. Immerse yourself in beachside melodies while enjoying the ocean views and the cool vibes. With the captivating sounds of Ben Benavente and the Stateside Bruddahs, and exciting additions like the Beauty & Wellness Corner, this year’s Summer Solstice promises an unforgettable seaside celebration you won’t want to miss.
When: Jun. 24, 2023
Get ready for an electrifying summer experience at Summer Fun on the 101, the ultimate music festival in Encinitas. This epic event, organized by Ruthless Hippies, promises a diverse and carefully selected lineup that will captivate and energize attendees. Best of all, it’s free and open to everyone, creating a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere that celebrates community and unforgettable musical moments. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to groove and rock along the iconic 101 Highway.
When: Jun. 24, 2023
Don’t miss the epic 43rd Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off, where you’ll be immersed in non-stop music across three stages and witness the creation of stunning community murals. Explore the vibrant Artist Alley, filled with talented local artisans, and indulge in mouthwatering food from diverse vendors. Be sure to taste the sensational chili entries and cast your vote in the People’s Choice Award. With a Seaside Family Fun Zone and convenient amenities like free parking and trolley services, this event has something for everyone.
When: Jun. 24 – 25, 2023
Immerse yourself in the captivating traditions of Scotland at the annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games. Brengle Terrace Park in Vista comes alive with a myriad of exciting events and activities. Witness the awe-inspiring Heavy Athletics competition, where participants display their strength in challenging contests like the famous Caber Toss. Delight in the enchanting Highland Dance performances, mesmerizing Bagpipes and Drum bands. Indulge in whisky tasting and delicious traditional Scottish meals throughout the entire weekend.
When: Jun. 25, 2023
Embark on a tantalizing adventure at the 22nd annual Taste of Adams Avenue. This food lover’s paradise showcases 40 diverse establishments, including restaurants, bakeries, pubs and more, nestled in the vibrant historic neighborhood of San Diego. Explore this gastronomic journey on foot, bike, or the event’s complimentary trolley service, and don’t forget to explore the neighborhood’s unique shops for a well-rounded experience. Secure your tickets online or in person and get ready to indulge in an unforgettable culinary exploration at Taste of Adams Avenue.
When: Jul. 2, 2023
The San Diego Legion, San Diego’s men’s professional rugby team, is set to host the Western Conference Final match for Major League Rugby (USMLR). This thrilling event promises intense competition, skillful gameplay and an electric atmosphere. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness high-level rugby action and cheer on the San Diego Legion as they battle for a spot in the championship final.
When: Jul. 3 – 5, 2023
The San Diego Padres face off against the Los Angeles Angels at America’s #1 Ballpark, Petco Park! Immerse yourself in the thrill of the game and enjoy unique theme nights that celebrate Japanese Heritage, Disc Golf Day and Independence Day, with exclusive Padres-themed items included with your ticket purchase. Join us for special highlights like Military Salute to Veterans and the Hats off Their Heads Fundraiser, while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the ballpark.
When: Jul. 4, 2023
Experience an unforgettable Fourth of July celebration in beautiful San Diego, where the city comes alive with breathtaking fireworks and festivities. Gather your loved ones and head to the beach, where you can relax on the sandy shores and witness stunning pyrotechnic displays illuminating the night sky. With a variety of beachside viewpoints and spectacular fireworks shows, San Diego offers the perfect backdrop for a memorable Independence Day. Join in the excitement and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you create lasting memories.