Festivals, music, food and all sorts of family activities and free events going on this weekend in San Diego County.
Superheroes In The Sand is the theme for this year’s Festival. The 2018 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities and a Kids ‘n Kastles competition.
When: Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, 2018
Where: Portwood Pier Plaza and along Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach
More information: sunandseafestival.com
Bayside Summer Nights: Rick Springfield
The San Diego Symphony’s annual summer concert series along the waterfront returns for the 2018 season. This weekend, the musician behind chart-topping hits like “Jessie’s Girl” and “Love Somebody” will rock on stage along San Diego Bay.
It’s a spectacle to behold when thousands of grunion, slim silver fish, come out of the water and onto the shoreline to spawn. To see the natural event that happens only a handful of days throughout the year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends heading to a San Diego County beach with a flashlight. Runs are expected through Sunday at various times but sightings are not guaranteed. Grunion sightings may occur at: Oceanside Pier View North Beach, Oceanside Harbor Beach, Del Mar Beach, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Coronado and Coronado Shores Beach and Imperial Beach.
When: expected now – Sunday
Where: May occur at various beaches; see list above
More information: www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Fish-Out-of-Water-Thousands-of-Grunion-Spawn-on-San-Diego-County-Beaches-484182251
Festival of the Bells
This event celebrates the founding of Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala nearly 250 years ago. The event will feature food, games and live entertainment at the historical landmark. All five of the mission’s bells will be rung during the weekend’s activities, including the original bell dating back to 1802.
When: Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Mission San Diego | 10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
More information: www.missionsandiego.org/events/festival-bells-meeting
Food Truck Fridays
Food trucks will swamp Balboa Park every Friday this summer. A lineup of about a dozen food trucks will rotate each week through September 28 at Plaza de Panama ready to feed hungry guests while listening to a variety of live music. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit in front of the Botanical Building as they eat, or enjoy craft beer, wine and cocktails inside nearby restaurants. Booths will be set up with activities for kids and Balboa Park will introduce a “living room” area filled with giant lawn games. Surrounding museums will extend hours to accommodate guests and the San Diego Museum of Art will offer $5 admission after 5 p.m.
When: Fridays, 4 – 8:30pm
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Varying prices
More information: balboaparkconservancy.org/project/food-truck-friday
Sundays at Six Summer Concerts
As a free community event, La Mesa is once again beginning its Sundays at Six free summer concerts. This Sunday, listen to the music from Rachel Aldous and The Road Home!
When: Sundays, starting June 10, until July 15
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA
More information: lamesaparks.org
El Cajon Dinner and a Concert
One of El Cajon’s premier events, our Dinner & a Concert Series is back again this year in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner & A Concert is a weekly concert and dance hosted by Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, performed on the Prescott Promenade, which is surrounded by a variety of restaurants. Thousands of people from all over San Diego County arrive to see and listen to many of our local bands and musicians. Join us Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a great time and great food from our downtown restaurants.
When: Friday evenings | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert
Summer Movies in the Park
Across the county, cities are taking part in the movie screenings at local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week this summer, San Diegans can find a free outdoor movie screening thanks to a county-wide initiative. This weekend, you have a few movies to choose from — check the movie calendar below!
When: Friday and Saturday | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar