This summery weekend in San Diego County, there’s so much to do!
Switchfoot considers San Diego home and because of that, the alternative rock group wanted to create a way to give back to their community. So, they established the Switchfoot Bro-Am, an annual charity surf contest to raise funds for San Diego children in need. The contest gets underway at 7 a.m. this year. After, it’s time for live music from local bands, including a special concert from the event hosts themselves. General admission to the concert is free but guests should register in advance here.
When: Saturday, June 30 | 7am – 5pm
Where: Moonlight Beach
Cost: Free — but register!
More information: Switchfoot Bro-Am Beach Fest
Oceanside Independence Parade
The streets of Oceanside will don red, white and blue as the annual Independence Parade marches through this Saturday. Hundreds of guests will line the street to catch a view of the patriotic parade as it travels up Coast Highway from Wisconsin Street to Civic Center Drive starting at 10 a.m.
When: Saturday, June 30 | 10am – 12pm
Where: Downtown Oceanside
More information: Oceanside Independence Parade
Bayside Summer Nights: Spar-Spangled Pops
The San Diego Symphony’s annual summer concert series along the waterfront returns with a pop-tacular concert that pays tribute to America in honor of Independence Day. The concert will feature patriotic tunes as well as a selection of scores from movies, like “Lincoln” and show tunes from Broadway. Each night, the outdoor show end with a star-spangled fireworks display. Tickets start at $30 for lawn seats.
When: Friday – Sunday | 7:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South
More information: Bayside Summer Nights: Spar-Spangled Pops
Summer Craft Fair
Handcrafted gifts and more created by local artisans, including wood products, Americana, jewelry, baked goods, home decor, soaps, pillows, antiques, and unique one-of-a-kind items.
When: Friday, June 29, 9am – 6pm | Saturday, June 30 | 9am – 4pm
Where: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church | 5150 Wilson Street, San Diego, 91941
More information: www.sandiegoreader.com/events/2018/jun/29/summer-craft-fair-3c24e850/?et=239428
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
San Diego County Fair
Get ready for treats that will tempt all of your senses at the 2018 San Diego County Fair presented by Albertsons/Vons. Visitors will discover, with kid-in-a-candy-store wonder, just how sweet the San Diego County Fair truly is.
You’ll leave the ordinary world behind the minute you step into this magical sweet spot overflowing with opportunities to truly savor summer with the excitement of a wide-eyed kid. Whether it’s sampling chocolate bubbling from a fountain, soaking up the glittery ocean views from atop the Ferris wheel, discovering how nature’s sweet fruits grow and ripen, or enjoying the Fair’s golden-ticket entertainment, your toughest decision will be choosing what to indulge in first!
When: Friday, June 1 – Wednesday, July 4
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: General admission $19, kids 6 – 12 and seniors $12
More information: www.sdfair.com
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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