Summer Fun Guide To Summer Fairs And Festivals

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA – Ready for some hot fun in the summertime?

Fun events abound this summer in San Diego County for you and your family, and we compiled a list of top activities -- street fairs, festivals, the county fair, outdoor movies and concerts, July 4th fireworks and parades, art shows and more -- going on in your city and nearby.

Get your tickets for opening day at the Del Mar races or to view fireworks from the USS Midway. Jot down where to enjoy nearby free concerts and movies, or when and where the $1 movies are this summer.

Maybe treat Dad on Father's Day to a barbecue and Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band concert at Hotel Del?

Bookmark this page as a handy summer reference, as we will update over coming weeks.

Happy Summer, from Patch!



JUNE 29: >Wynonna & The Big Noise at Viejas Concerts in the Park

. "A power-packed performance."

JULY 4: >4th Of July Parade & Festival

. Parade participants welcome!



JUNE 13, 20, 27: Free Movie Night At Park: Park 101. Great flicks under the stars!

JUNE 9-10: 'Star Wars Days' at Legoland. Two days of family-friendly festivities.

JUNE 13: >Hullabaloo performs at Shoppes at Carlsbad

. your little ones will love it.

JUNE 14: >'7 Mile Kitchen' Grand Opening Party: Sheraton

. Music, cocktails and food at new restaurant.

JUNE 21: >'Make Music Day'

- See the Earth Harp, world's longest, playable-stringed instrument.

JUNE 23: 'Aloha Plunge' Island-Themed Fun & Outdoor Movie . Just $10 per person.

JULY 4: >July 4 Red, White & Boom Fun, Fireworks 2018: Legoland

. A family tradition, and new this year -- a patriotic costume parade.

AUG. 12: >20th Anniversary Art In The Village

. New this year are the Family Open Studios, a free art-making workshop, and Teen Art Pavilion.

AUG. 24-26: >15th Annual Music Festival

. "Adventurous music by the beach."

SEPT. 22-23: >Inaugural ArtWalk & Chalk On Asphalt.

Fine art for sale alongside colorful chalk art.



JULY 4: >Fourth Fest At The Lake 2018: Mtn. Hawk Park

. Fern Street Circus will entertain the children.

JULY 4: July 4th Fest & Fireworks 2018: Training Center. Gates open at 6 p.m.

JULY 21: >South Bay Salsa Festival San Diego 2018

. A spicy day with music & dancing.



JUNE 17: >Father's Day BBQ & Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band

. Includes skydiving show.

JUNE 17, JULY 1, 15, AUG. 5, 19: Art In The Park. Features work from selected artists from SD County.

JUNE 28, JULY 27, AUG. 26: >Full Moon Group Paddle & S'mores

. Great evening on the Bay

JULY 1: >Independence Beach Bash & Fireworks

. Great music & firepits with s'mores!

JULY 4: >July 4th 'Crown City Classic' Patriotic Runs.

New this year, a 1-mile run through downtown.

JULY 4: >4th of July Parade, Concert Band & Fireworks

. A perfect Independence Day.



JUNE 1 - JULY 4: San Diego County Fair. "With more than 1.6 million visitors each summer, The San Diego County Fair is the one of the top 10 Fairs in the U.S. and Canada."

JULY 4: >4th Of July Parade 2018: Powerhouse Park

. A community tradition.

JULY4: July 4th Fireworks & Dance Party at San Diego Co. Fair. DJ SteevieWild keeps this party lively immediately after Fair's July 4th fireworks show.

JULY 4: 4th of July Festivities 2018: Fairmont Grand. A day of BBQ & music & fireworks at upscale hotel.

JULY 7:>Touch A Truck X

. Back for 10th year! Kids love it.

JULY 18: Opening Day At Horse Races - Hats Contest & Party. Hats contest, VIP offerings, track party with band & after-party at L'Auberge Del Mar.

JULY 18-SEPT. 3: >Horse Racing 'Where Surf Meets The Turf'

. Even non-betters love the annual races!

AUG. 15: >Day at the Races in a Celebrity Suite

. Hosted by San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce.

SEPT. 14-16: KAABOO Del Mar 2018: Fairgrounds. Phenomenal line-up this year of performers, comedians and chefs.



TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS: $1 Summer Movies 2018: Regal & Edwards Theaters. Cheap family fun!

JULY 4: >4th Of July Picnic & Fireworks

. Kiddie train, music & lots of fun at Kennedy Park.



JUNE 10 & 17: >SURFER the movie at LA Paloma Theatre

. "This is the perfect movie event for a father and son to attend together on Father's Day."

JUNE 21, JULY 19, AUG. 16, SEPT. 20: >Cruise Nights & Music - Summer 2018: Downtown

. Live tunes & classic cars.

JUNE 23: Historical Encinitas Bus Tour: 50 Places Of Interest. Tickets support historical structures, like the Boathouses.

JUNE 30: >14th Annual SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM 2018: Moonlight Beach

. Surf, concert & community.

JULY 1 & 15, AUG. 5 & 19: Sunday Summer Concert By The Sea 2018: Moonlight Beach. Great bands lined up!

JULY 4: >4th Of July Parade 2018: San Diego Botanic Garden

. Wear your red, white & blue.

JULY 15: >Summer Culinary Institute: Moroccan Summer Cooking

. Yum!

AUG. 5: >Summer Culinary Institute: Summer Citrus, Light and Fresh

. Citrus salad and lavender-lemon cookies on the menu.

AUG. 6-17: >Cooking Round the World Summer Camp

. Two weekly sessions for ages 6-13.

AUG. 7: >Taste of Encinitas 2018: Downtown

. Get your tickets!

AUG. 12: >Cardiff Dog Days Of Summer

. Pet contests, food trucks & kids' activities.

SEPT. 8: >Gala In The Garden 2018: San Diego Botanic Garden

. "World-class food, wine and spirits served throughout the winding pathways of the Garden, while enjoying five musical groups and strolling entertainers."



FRIDAYS: >'Cruisin' Grand'

- A signature, weekly event held on Grand Avenue.

JULY 14, AUG. 11, SEPT. 8: Free, Historic Walking Tour. A glimpse into history of early Escondido.

JUNE 10: >Stone Sour Fest 2018

. At Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAYS JUNE 12-AUG. 8: >$1 Summer Movie Express 2018: Regal Theatre

. Inexpensive entertainment with the family!

JUNE 17: Father's Day Buffet 2018: San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Great day for Dad!

JUNE 30: Summer Brewmaster Dinner: San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Exciting animal presentation & four-course meal — each course paired with special beer.

JULY 4: >Independence Day July 4th Festival & Fireworks

. Admission free, and VIP area available, too.

JULY 6, 13, 20, 27: >Free 'Americana Music' Concert, Dance & Food Trucks

. "Different genre of live roots music each week."

JULY 7: Breakfast With Tigers 2018: San Diego Zoo Safari Park. "See how the big cats start their day."



JUNE 23, JULY 7: IB Artisan Market: Seacoast Drive. Browse & shop at the beach

JUNE 9-10: >IB Inaugural Cornhole-On-The-Beach Tournament

. Youth, 8-17, play free!

JUNE 30: Annual IB's 'Red White & Blue' Family Fun. Kids' Zone included.

JULY 4: >July 4th Independence Day Fireworks 2018: IB Pier

. A great community event.

JULY 13-14: >Sun & Sea Festival.

One of San Diego County's most beloved traditions.

JULY 21: Back-To-School Bash, Music & Laser Tag. A great day for families. Giveaways, too!

JULY 28: >Imperial Beach Surf Dog

. "It's time for the most adorable surf event of the year."

SEPT. 1: Annual IB Arts & Crafts Expo - Food & Music. Enjoy the day at Veteran's Park.



JUNE 17: >Father's Day 2018 Tour Artist James Hubbell Home

. A rare look at this unique retreat and base of the Ilan-Lael Foundation.

JULY 4: >Star Spangled July 4th Parade & BBQ

. A popular community tradition.



JUNE 16: >SEA Days: Surfin' into Summer

. Family fun at Birch Aquarium.

JUNE 20: >Green Flash Concert Series: Steve Poltz

. "This San Diego legend is always quirky and unpredictable."

JUNE 29: >Tequila Event, Baja Food & Mariachi Music: Estancia

. Held in the resort's gardens.

JUNE 30: >Cancer Survivors Day Celebration 2018: Scripps Health

. Free public celebration for local cancer survivors, families, friends and the community.

JULY 18: >Green Flash Concert Series: The FIXX

. Live music & panoramic ocean views on Birch Aquarium's stunning Tide-Pool Plaza.

AUG. 3-24: >Music Society's SummerFest

. This is Cho-Liang "Jimmy" Lin's final Festival as Music Director.

AUG. 19: Luau & Legends of Surfing Invitational. Outstanding event that benefits Moore's Cancer Center at US San Diego Health.



THURSDAYS through AUG. 23: >Classic Car Show & Music - Summer 2018

. Great summer evening in the Village.

SUNDAYS JUNE 10-JULY 15: >'Sundays At Six' Summer Concert

. Pack a picnic!

SUNDAYS THROUGH AUG. 19: >StoryTent at Grossmont Center!

Do your kids like reading? Prizes? Fun?

JUNE 16: >Manganista at Helix Brewing

. A free, all-ages show.

JUNE 18-22: >Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Camp

. Course ends with an Iron Chef-inspired cook off.

JUNE 23, JULY 21, AUG. 18: >Flick & Swim -Summer Family Event 2018: YMCA

. Enjoy a movie & great family time.

JULY 4: Lake Murray July 4th Music Fest & Fireworks. Fundraising underway.

JULY 20: Dive-In Movie 'Moana' At Pool. Free family fun on a Friday night!

AUG. 3 & SEPT. 28: >Free Movie In the Park

. Evening under the stars.



JUNE 10 & JULY 8: >San Diego Riding Academy Schooling Horse Shows

. Shows at Hazy Meadow Ranch.

AUG. 31-SEPT. 2: >48th Annual Barona Powwow

. Fantastic weekend with free admission.



JUNE 14: Community Blood Drive. Save your spot, and save a life!

THURSDAYS JUNE 28 - AUG. 16: >2018 Free, Summer Concert Series

. Diverse line-up every week.

JULY 6: >'ET' Free, Summer Movie In the Park

. Night out under the stars

AUG. 3: >'Coco' Free, Summer Movie In the Park

. Food will be available for purchase.



JULY 4: >4th Of July Parade, Family Fun Day & Fireworks

. Pancake breakfast, too.



JUNE 17: >Father's Day Farm Dinner - Brews & Churrasco BBQ

. Experience a fresh-picked dinner with farm tour, appetizers, drinks and wine.



JUNE 23: >2018 Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival

. Live entertainment, Artists Alley, carnival rides, games, lots of food booths, a beer garden and more. Admission free and all beachside!

JULY 4: >4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular

. A great time, but please "mallow out," and don't toss marshmallows.



SATURDAYS: >Trains for Kids: Heritage Park

. Children operate model trains.

JUNE 9-10: 22nd Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow: San Luis Rey Mission. Arts, crafts, food, music & dancers.

JUNE 10, JULY 21, SEPT. 29: >House Concerts.

Great fun at Laurel House.

TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS JUNE 12-AUG. 8: >$1 Summer Movie Express: Regal Theater

. Great deal!

JUNE 15, JULY 20, SEPT. 14: >Free Concert In The Park

. Pack a picnic dinner for a perfect summer evening.

JUNE 17: >Fathers Day BBQ & Discussion: Voice For The Silent Fathers

. For ages 13 & up.

JUNE 23, JULY 21, AUG. 25: >Movie By The Pier

. Free, family night out.

JUNE 30: >Independence Parade

. A hometown tradition!

JULY 3: >Independence Fireworks, Music & Food Trucks

. Enjoy the show!


Beach Fest & Dinghy Parade. A day of patriotic fun.

JULY 6, AUG. 3, SEPT. 7: >First Friday Art Walk: Downtown

. "Vibrant arts, performances, music, poetry, activities, food, and fun for all ages, all free."



JUNE 23: >Summer Movies in the Park: The Lego® Ninjago Movie

. Food vendors, too.

JUNE 24, JULY 8, 15, 22, 29, AUG. 5, 12

: Outdoor Summer Concert & Food Trucks. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy fine evening outdoors.

JULY 4: >Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

. "Patriotic entertainment, gun fighting re-enactments, free children's crafts, train displays, and old-fashioned games."

JULY 4: >4th of July Veterans Park Ceremony

. "Honor those who selflessly served."

JULY 4: 4th of July Fireworks. "Games, activities, and a DJ spinning the tunes round out the fun."

JULY 7-8 & JULY 21-22 & AUG. 4-5: >Lake Poway Family Campout & Pancake Breakfast

. Save your spot!

JULY 7: Summer Movies in the Park: Ferdinand. Family rec area before movie starts.

JULY 21: >Summer Movies in the Park: Coco

. Pack a picnic and enjoy

AUG. 4: >Summer Movies in the Park: Cars 3

. Great movie that the kids will love.

AUG. 18: >Summer Movies in the Park: Robin Hood

. Bring a blank and lawn chair.



JUNE 16 & 23: >Pop Up Yoga

. Three great locations!

JUNE 15: >Golfing 'Chip In For Education' School Fundraiser

. Fun event for a great cause.

JUNE 22: >Meet the Julian Artists

. Enjoy local artwork & refreshments.

JUNE 23: >Annual Community BBQ Rib & Chicken Fest

. Bake sale, silent auction and kids' activities.

JULY 4: >4th Of July Community Celebration & Fireworks

. Kids' zone, face-painting, DJ & more!

JULY 28: >National Day Of The Cowboy & Barn Dance

. Chuckwagon food!

AUG. 23-26: Country Fair 2018. Rides, carnival games, delicious "only-at-the-fair-foods," plus fun activities and contests.



FRIDAYS: >'Sunset Artwalk' Food & Music: Bernardo Winery

. Great start to every summer weekend!

SUNDAYS JUNE 24-SEPT. 23: >Live Music On The Patio: Bernardo Winery

. Great tunes on Sunday afternoons.

JULY 4: >'Spirit Of Fourth' 2018 Parade, Fair & Fireworks

. Includes the always popular Patriotic Pet Contest.



JUNE 9-10: >Festival Of The Arts 2018: Waterfront Park

. Two beautiful days of fine art, entertainment, delicious cuisine, wine & craft beer.

JULY 14, AUG. 11: Second Saturday Cinema. Spend evening under the stars at Liberty Station North Promenade.

JUNE 10: >Yoga After Dark Wellness Festival

. "Yoga and silent disco meet under glow of the moon and twinkling stars."

JUNE 13: >10th Annual Taste of Little Italy 2018

. "This is your opportunity to get a taste from every restaurant in Little Italy all in one night!"

JUNE 15: >Beer & Music Festival: Embarcadero

. "Craft beer, live music and killer eats."

JUNE 16: 24th Annual 'Taste of Gaslamp' Culinary Tour. Sample savory bites from top eateries, plus this year, beer on tap.

JUNE 17-SEPT. 3: >Nighttime Zoo 2018

. After-dark live music, fun shows, and special animal encounters.

JUNE & JULY: >German Summer Camps

. "Four weeks of very creative, imaginative camps with many hands-on projects."

JUNE 22: >Palaver Strings: Voice in the Crowd 2018 Tour

. Boston-based string ensemble touring West Coast for the first time.

JUNE 24: >JCC Patron Party - Rock and Dine Under the Stars

. At Humpheys.

JULY 4: >'Old Town 4th Of July' Parade & Family Fun

. Old-timey cherry-pit spitting & egg toss, too!

JULY 4: >4th Of July Celebration & Fireworks 2018: USS Midway

. "The biggest family party in town!"

JULY 4: >July 4th 'Big Bay Boom' Fireworks Show

. Four barges on San Diego Bay launch fireworks.

JULY 4: >Lake Murray July 4th Music Fest & Fireworks

. Fundraising underway.

JULY 4: >July 4th Fireworks Spectacular 2018: SeaWorld

. Fireworks shows run nightly July 4-7.

JULY 14-15: >Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market: Liberty Station

. A treasure trove of all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade!

JULY 14-15 & 21-22: OMBAC Annual World Championship Over-the-Line Tournament. "The biggest summer event in San Diego!"

JULY 19-22: >Comic-Con International 2018

. The always popular comics and popular arts convention!

JULY 29: >Tenth Annual Phil's Big BBQ at the Ballpark

. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters' military mentoring program, Operation Bigs.

AUG. 10: Annual Steel Beach Party & Beer Fest 2018: USS Midway. "A rockin' summertime party."

AUG. 19: >Paws FUR Pink Tri.Du.One

. Run, Yoga or Stand Up Paddle with your pup!

AUG. 31-SEPT. 3: >US Sand Sculpting Challenge

. World Master Sand Sculptors come from around the world to compete. A must-see!

SEPT. 23-30: Restaurant Week 2018: San Diego. Try out more than 180 eateries throughout the county at special pricing.



JULY 4: >July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza & Celebration

. Children's activities & music from Liquid Blue.



JULY 1: >'Independence Day At Border' Fest & Fireworks

. Held on Sunday before July 4th, with ample family activities



THURSDAYS JUNE to AUG: >Summer Concert, Food Trucks & Kids' Fun

. Stellar band line-up each week.

JUNE 21: 'County Night' Summer Concert, Beer Garden & Petting Zoo. Lasso lessons, too!

JULY 4: >July 4th Music, Ceremony & Fireworks

. Kids' Fun Zone all afternoon and evening, too.

JULY 7: >BATS: Summer Twilight Walk: Mission Trails Regional Park

. "Learn about bats – the amazing and often misunderstood nighttime aerialists."

JULY 12: Blues & BBQ Summer Concert. Two bands, beer garden & delicious BBQ.

JULY 28: >Concert At The Lakes 2018

. Master of Ceremonies is radio personality Shotgun Tom Kelly.

AUG. 9: >'Wingstock' Music From 1969 - Summer Concert

. Remember the summer of '69?

AUG. 10: >Stars At Mission Trails Regional Park

. "View the nighttime sky through telescopes."

SEPT. 15: Annual Bluegrass Festival. Tickets on sale.



JULY 4: >4th of July Run & Ride

. 10K, family fun run, 12-mile family bike ride, plus 28- and 50-mile rides. Beer garden, too!

JULY 4: >July 4th Parade & Festivities

. A great, community Independence Day celebration.



JULY 4: July 4th Independence Day BBQ & Fireworks. Tickets on sale for Light Up the Night Dinner.

JULY 7: Free Family Summer Fun Event. Bounce house, giant slide & face painting.




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