San Diego County Events for July 20 – 22

Check out all sorts of family activities, fun and free events going on this weekend in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekend

Brad Paisley

Singer-songwriter Brad Paisley is bringing a bit of the countryside to San Diego. The Grammy-award winning country music star will perform at Chula Vista’s Mattress Firm Amphitheatre for one night only on Friday. Tickets to the concert start at $18.

When: Friday, July 20 | 7:30pm
Where: Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Cost: $18+
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Insect and Ladybug Festival

Thousands of critters are taking over the San Diego Botanic Garden for an event that teaches young ones and adults alike about the insect world. Live insects, lizards, snakes and ladybugs will be on display to give guests a close-up look at the fascinating creatures as bug experts answer any questions that arise. The event is free with a paid admission ticket to the San Diego Botanic Garden, which costs $18 for adults and $10 for kids 3 to 18.

When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden
Cost: $10 for kids; $18 for adults
More information: Insect and Ladybug Festival 

San Diego Pizza and Beerfest

Pizza and beer — it’s practically a match made in heaven, something the organizers of San Diego Pizza and Beerfest know all too well. This festival will give guests the opportunity to sample a selection of more than 100 craft beers while noshing on slices of tasty ‘za from 15 local restaurants. Tickets to the festival start at $35 and pizza slices will cost about $3 to $5 a piece. There will also be two stages for live performances that will fill the air with music as the beerfest continues into the evening.

When: Saturday, July 21 | 7 – 10pm
Where: Liberty Station
Cost: Free
More information:  San Diego Pizza and Beerfest

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
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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
Cost: Free
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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
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

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