Everything in San Diego You Must Do This Summer

Looking for summer fun in San Diego? Check out our guide to what you absolutely must do and see this summer!

 

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May 1 – Sept 1:

Every Sunday this summer, get your chance to day drink on a rooftop with a pool at LOUNGESix.  Complete with DJ’s, VIP tables, and bottle service.  Visit their website.

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May 18 – 28:

Celebrate everything surf at the 5th Annual Surf Film Festival.  Featuring more than 20 internaitonal surf films, host filmmaker panels & workshops. For more info visit their page.

 

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June 3:

SILO in Makers Quarter will be hosting the 6th Annual Craft Beers + Bites in conjunction with the SDSU College of Extended Studies Business of Craft Beer Program to benefit the San Diego Brewers Guild.  Visit their page for more info.

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June 3-July 4th:

Mad About the Fair is the theme of the San Diego County Fair opening at 4:00PM on Friday, June 3 and continuing through Monday, July 4. (The Fair is closed on Mondays, except July 4, and the first two Tuesdays.)You’ll love our grand-scale tea party featuring the renowned Lewis Carroll classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,fused with influences from steampunk, cosplay, great literature, wacky machinery, and all the fun and magic you have come to expect. More information here. 

 

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June 11-12:

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 info on their page.

 

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June 15:

Sample your way through everyone’s favorite foodie neighborhood at this year’s Taste of Little Italy from 5-9pm.  Get your “taste passport” and follow the map of participating restaurants and each of their menu offerings for you to nibble on.  Their website has all the tasty details.

 

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June 18:

For the third year, run through the fair like a madman during VAVi’s San Diego County Fair 5k. Get there before crowds are allowed in for a race course winding through Ferris wheels and thrill rides. Tickets include admission to the fair that day and a free beer, so stick around after the race to ride the rides and refuel with funnel cakes.  Visit their webpage for more information.  The actual San Diego County Fair runs from June 3rd – July 4th.

 

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July 8th:

Baseball fans have five days to meet and get autographs from MLB legends at Petco Park. See if you’re good enough for the majors when you participate in baseball training drills or step into the all-star batting cages.  Click here to get all the details.

 

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July 9:

Bring your mat to Waterfront Park for an hour of outdoor yoga. Whether you’re a yoga master or you can barely touch your toes, there will be modifications fit for all levels during both sessions at 8am and 11am.  Visit their website for all the information.

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July 15th-Sept. 5:

Opening day at the Del Mar Racetrack takes place on July 15th! The summer meet of the track will run from July 15th-September 5th. As always, Del Mar will host a Summer Concert Series at the track, as well as other special events. More info here.

 

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July 21 – 24:

Comic-Con passes have been sold out for quite a while now, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. There are tons of Comic-Con events happening Downtown and all over San Diego, including meet & greets, exclusive parties, and more. They have more info on their website.

 

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July 23:

The 4th Annual Heroes Brew Fest is coming to Waterfront Park so you can drink like a superhero. More than 40 breweries will be pouring over 100 craft beers to benefit the Warrior Foundation from 2:30-6:30pm.  Visit their website.

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Aug 7:

Get your motor running for the 27th Annual Vista Rod Run, where car enthusiasts from all around can drool over classic cars, hot rods, and specialty vehicles.  Their website as more information.

 

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Aug 25:

Learn how to mix it up at the Hotel Del Coronado with cocktail-making classes taught by Nolet’s Gins mixologist Jaren Singh.  More information is on their website.

 

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Aug 26:

Come out to Coronado Island or watch from the shores around San Diego Bay as boats race in support of Sharp HospiceCare.  Visit their website to get all the details.

 

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Aug 27:

Logan Heights is celebrating the history and culture of its neighborhood with the Imperial Avenue Street Festival.  If you click here, you see all the information.

 

Event in Focus: 5th Annual American Freedom Festival

 

5TH ANNUAL AMERICAN FREEDOM FESTIVAL

 

San Diego, CA (March 31, 2014) — The American Freedom Foundation announces the 5th Anniversary of the American Freedom Festival San Diego concert event. The annual charity event will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm featuring the ultimate classic rock all-star band, World Classic Rockers. The concert, held annually aboard the historic USS MIDWAY MUSEUM, was a sell out last year! As a result, the Museum is moving planes around on the flight deck to accommodate an additional 400 seats for concertgoers.

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World Classic Rockers is being brought back by popular demand and features former members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steppenwolf, Journey, Boston and Santana performing such classic rock hits as: BORN TO BE WILD, MORE THAN A FEELING, SWEET HOME ALABAMA, BLACK MAGIC WOMAN, SEPARATE WAYS, DON’T LOOK BACK, FREE BIRD, MAGIC CARPET RIDE, GIMME THREE STEPS, ROCK ‘N ROLL BAND, FREE BIRD, ANYWAY YOU WANT IT, WHAT’S YOUR NAME, HERE I GO AGAIN, and more!

Over the last four years, American Freedom Festival San Diego has raised approximately $120,000 for local San Diego military charitable organizations. This year the event will benefit San Diego Armed Service YMCA, Wounded Warrior Support Network, ReBoot Workshops and Nice Guys Victory Fund. Further doing great work for our local community, the American Freedom Foundation will also hold their annual Warriors To The Workforce Hiring Event for veterans, transitioning military service members and their spouses on Friday, May 23 in the Hangar Deck of the USS Midway Museum.

 

Ticket Information: Tickets for the American Freedom Festival San Diego aboard the USS Midway Museum on Saturday, May 24 at 7:30pm are $69.50, $59.50 and $49.50 (plus applicable service charges). Tickets are available through www.midway.org/freedom and www.americanfreedomfoundation.org. For more information, please visit www.americanfreedomfoundation.org or www.midway.org/freedom or call (619) 398-8241.

 

Beneficiaries

The San Diego Armed Services YMCA enhances the lives of service members and their families in mind, body, and spirit through programs and services that are relevant to the unique challenges of military life. militaryymca.org/. REBOOT WorkshopsTM are designed to assist members of the military in making the social and career transition from years of service by addressing their fears and “re-booting” their skills. The workshop features three weeks of education designed to enhance and build upon their training, experience and skills to prepare them for life after the military. www.nvtsi.org. The Wounded Warrior Support Network features businesses and individuals joining together in a campaign to pay tribute to our Wounded Warriors by providing active support from treatment to transition. The support will include providing access to entertainment and sporting events, events for Wounded Warriors and their families to spend quality time together and a network of resources to help aid our Wounded Warriors in finding jobs. www.woundedwarriorsupportnetwork.org. The Nice Guys have been a part of San Diego since 1979, helping local families and individuals who, through no fault of their own, have fallen on tough times. Their goal is to get people back on their feet and self-sufficient . . . offering a hand up not a hand out. In April of 2003, a special fund, called the Victory Fund, was begun under the auspices of the Nice Guys organization. This fund has the sole purpose of providing aid and support to wounded Marines, sailors, and their families. www.sdniceguys.com

 

Event in Focus: 2013 San Diego County Fair

2013 San Diego County Fair

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014
858-755-1161

June 8th-July 4th (closed mondays)

www.sdfair.com

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Whether you’re new to San Diego or have lived here for years, one event you can’t help, but take part in is the San Diego County Fair. 24 days of food, fun, and festivities for all ages.

Bring the family out to get up close and personal with farm animals and farm equipment. You can even watch some of these animals compete for prizes. Get your picture taken with a giant pig or pet a goat.

If animals aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of shopping throughout the fair. You’ll get great discounts on all kinds of items and can even enter to win great prizes and coupons at some of the vendor booths. Get tips on how to care for your houseplants and stock up on handmade goods before the holiday rush.

Play games, win prizes, and ride on classic fair attractions such as the ferris wheel, meery go round, and more.

It wouldn’t be the fair without fair food. Grab a funnel cake, try some fried bacon, snack on popcorn, fries, and chicken strips, or check out some of the healthier options on hand. The wine and beer festivals and tastings are always a big hit during the fair. This year, there’s even a bacon festival for all you meat-lovers.

Stay late and enjoy musical performances from artists like REO Speedwagon, Train, Switchfoot, Colbie Caillat, and Martina McBride, among others.

This year’s theme is “Game On”, the celebration of games past and present. Are you game?

Tickets can be purchase online or at a discount from participating Albertsons

Event in Focus: 2013 Del Mar National Horse Show

Event in Focus: 2013 Del Mar National Horse Show

April 18th-May 5th, 2013

Del Mar Fairgrounds

http://www.delmarnational.com/

San Diego’s premier equestrian event is back! Now in its 68th year, this a chance for San Diego residents to see some of the county’s best riders and horses, including several Olympic team members and other international equestrian stars.

April 18th-21st: Western Week

Dust off your cowboy boots and rustle up your hat: the old west is back. From western pleasure classes to reining, to trail competitions and barrel racing, come out and see some genuine American Quarter Horses compete to win. The highlight of this week is The Night of the Horse, a fantastic show on the order of Cavalia. Night of the Horse tickets are available, while the rest of the Western Week events are free to spectators.

April 25th-28th: Dressage Week

Unless you were living under a rock during last election season, you’ve heard of dressage. Mitt Romney’s wife, Anne, is a dressage rider and co-owner of Rafalca, a horse that traveled to London this past Olympics to compete in the highest level of the sport, Grand Prix, with her rider, Jan Ebling. Additionally, many members of the US Dressage team, past and present will be on hand to compete for the top prize in both the Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle. The highlight of Dressage Week takes place on the 27th, The Evening of Musical Freestyles. Horse and rider pairs dance around the area to their own choreographed patterns and music. All other dressage events are free to spectators.

April 30th-May 5th: Hunter/Jumper Week

One of the most exciting sports, Hunter/Jumper week features a variety of different jumping events, open to riders and horses of all make and model. The premier event of the week is the Saturday night $10,000 Grand Prix jumping event. The stars are sure to be out during Hunter/Jumper week…catch several past and present Olympians in the competition line-up. As in the other weeks, all regular events are free to spectators.

 

Event In Focus: VinDiego Wine and Food Festival

VinDiego Wine and Food Festival

April 6th, 2013

The Port Pavilion of the Broadway Pier

http://www.vindiego.com/

Billed as the premier wine tasting event in Southern California, the VinDiego Wine and Food Festival showcases more than 300 offerings from over 75 California wineries. And that isn’t even all of it! It is, after all, called the Wine AND Food Festival. Some of San Diego’s best restaurants will be on hand, serving up some of their delicious culinary magic.

VIP Admission begins at 4pm, with general admission beginning at 5pm. The event runs until 8 that night. The beautiful glass windows of the Port Pavilion provide for a spectacular view of the sunset over the bay and Coronado in the distance.

Some of the participating wineries include Gnarly Head, Black Stallion, Incognito, Robert Mondavi, Bogle, and Seaglass.

There will also be a silent auction to benefit the non-profit charity, Freedom Station, an organization that helps wounded young Marines and Sailors transition back to civilian life. Some of the big ticket items include vacation packages, VIP winery tours, collectable wines, and more.

To buy tickets to this event, please visit the website.

 

Event in Focus: Sustainable Seafood Week

San Diego Sustainable Seafood Week

March 10th-15th, 2013

http://sdof.org/events/sustainable-seafood-week/

We’ve previously highlighted Restaurant Week, but here’s a new spin on it: Sustainable Seafood Week. The event’s purpose is to: “unites restaurants committed to bringing attention to the sustainable seafood movement”. All of the participating restaurants will be offering a prix fixe menu featuring different sustainable seafood options. As in restaurant, this gives patrons the chance to try out new restaurants and flavors, at a lower price.

Each of the participating restaurants will donate a portion of the proceeds to San Diego Oceans Foundation’s research and marine science education programs. The SDOF was founded in 1984.

Participating restaurants include some of our favorites like George’s California Modern, Via Italia Trattoria, Stone Brewery Bistro & Gardens, and Cafe Chloe, among others. Visit the site for the full list of restaurants and more information.

Event in Focus: San Diego Wine Affair

Hey winos, this event’s for you!

On February 7th at 6pm, the Cabrillo Advisors Foundation will be hosting an event for wine-lovers to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital and San Diego Social Venture Partners. The event is expected to draw over 300 wine enthusiasts. More than 30 top-rated California winemakers will also be attendance, with plenty of tasting samples for guests of the event. The Estancia’s chefs will prepare delicious food to accompany this night of wine. Live entertainment will be provided by Dawn Mitschele. Silent and live auctions will contain quality items, including some very big ticket offerings.

Rady Children’s Hospital is “is the county’s only dedicated pediatric care facility and trauma center”. San Diego Social Venture Partners is an organization that invests in non-profits.

For more information and ticketing, please visit the website.

February 7th, 2013 @ 6pm

La Jolla Ballroom

The Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa