Fill up your summer schedule with any of these events (many of them are free)!
The Spreckels Organ Society lights up San Diego summer nights with the International Summer Organ Festival – an inspiring lineup of free outdoor concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, each designed to demonstrate the fresh sound of the historic 1914 Spreckels Organ, the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world.
The 2018 Festival features virtuoso performances by world-class organists, acclaimed string and organ duos, Rising Stars Night with 15-year-old twin organists, the always popular Spreckels Silent Movie Night, and Rocking Balboa: A Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin Tribute.
When: Mondays, Jun 25 – Sep 3, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30
Where: Spreckels Organ Society | 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
More information: spreckelsorgan.org/summer-2018
Taste of San Diego
Taste of San Diego at Waterfront Park is an Art & Culinary Festival celebrating America’s Finest City! This event is FREE entry with food and goods available for purchase.
When: Saturday, July 7 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free entry, food and goods for purchase
More information: www.tasteofsandiego.org
Tap that Glass
Surfside Tap Room, a craft beer store in Oceanside, is hosting a summer hangout party every Sunday night at their seaside location. The free dog- and family-friendly event features an array of food trucks, a DJ spinning tunes, and a selection of pop-up shops with local artisan goods. RSVP in advance.
When: Sunday, July 8 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Surfside Tap Room | 507 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: Free entry
More information: theloopsocial.com/tapthatglass
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 (this week June 22) | 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
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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