Looking for summer fun in San Diego? Check out our guide to what you absolutely must see and do this summer!
San Diego County Fair
June 2 – July 4
San Diego’s annual county fair is the largest fair in California, offering a variety of food, entertainment, exhibits, rides & games throughout the beautiful and historical Del Mar Fairgrounds in the oceanfront village of Del Mar. More information here.
San Diego Brew & Food Festival
Beer and food collide at Waterfront Park for a midday festival showcasing San Diego’s finest eats and drinks! More information here.
San Diego Festival of the Arts
The San Diego Festival of the Arts has moved locations to Waterfront Park for the first time in 29 years. Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-5pm, almost 200 artists will be set up in the park along with live entertainment, food from local restaurants, and SD craft beers. More information here.
What started as a simple ode to the oyster has become one of San Diego’s most popular events for live music, beer, food, bay-side views and a whole bunch of good-looking locals! More information here.
Del Mar Summer Solstice
A handful of Del Mar’s most applauded restaurants will gather at Powerhouse Park for a bountiful culinary showcase alongside selections of California wine and beers! More information here.
37th annual OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival
This local favorite combines endless chili samplings, five stages of music, a beachside beer garden and a lively artist’s alley all under the sun in Ocean Beach! More information here.
Big Bay Boom 4th of July
The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park and Coronado Ferry Landing! More information here.
Sun & Sea Festival
As “the original Imperial Beach sand castle competition,” the Sun & Sea Festival brings together world-class sand castle sculptors plus a pancake breakfast, live music, a parade and more. Don’t miss the intricate and impressive creations that give playing in the sand a whole new meaning! For more information click here.
San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival
The San Diego Pride Festival features multiple stages of entertainment with more than 200 musicians, bands, comedians and dance performers. Attendees can celebrate LGBT pride throughout the two-day fest, which also includes vendor booths, a beer garden, a dance floor and an artist area! For more information click here.
Del Mar Racing Season
July 19 – September 3
Horse racing at its finest! Fun for the entire family where the turf meets the surf! More information here.
San Diego Comic Con
Comic-Con has presented literally thousands of special guests at its conventions over the years, bringing comics creators science fiction and fantasy authors
, film and television directors, producers, and writers and creators from all aspects of the popular arts together with their fans for a fun and often times candid discussion of various art forms. Don’t miss one of the biggest San Diego events this summer! More information here.
Heroes Brew Craft Beer Fest
Even superheroes need a beer break. The annual Comic-Con beer fest brings caped crowds together at Waterfront Park downtown to sip from more than 40 breweries. Dress to impress because the costume contest offers major prizes for best original costume, superhero look-alike, best group costume and best super villain! More information here.
Oceanside International Film Festival
The Oceanside International Film Festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works along with workshops and after-parties! More information here.
Stone 20th Anniversary & Invitational Beer Festival
Celebrate the anniversary with a brewers reception on Friday night or beer fest on Saturday featuring more than 150 beers from 60-plus breweries. The fest will also showcase Stone Anniversary IPAs from their 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th and 20th anniversaries, all on tap! More information here.
Sharp Hospice Care Annual Benefit Dinner Regatta
Hosted by Sharp Hospice Care, the benefit regatta brings together racers, community organizations and local families for an important cause! More information here.
San Diego Spirits Festival
This two-day event will boast more than 70 alcohol brands while heightening all of the senses with chef demonstrations, bartender competitions, dance performances and live music. Meet great liquor purveyors, talented mixologists and top chefs while indulging in unlimited cocktail and food samples! More information here.
San Diego Bacon Fest
At the San Diego Bacon Fest, there is no limit to bacon or beer samples, meaning you’ll be double-fisting your way through the day. VIP ticket holders receive a brew caddie, which essentially hangs around your neck and holds your beer for you while you stuff your face. More information here.