Everything You Absolutely Must Do in San Diego This Summer

Updated On 06/12/2017 at 05:44PM EST Updated On 06/12/2017 at 05:44PM EST
San Diego Country Fair
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Thursday - Saturday
Jun 1-10
Maple Street Plaza
Presented by San Diego Urban Wineries, San Diego Urban Wine Week celebrates the county’s local wineries and increases awareness of locally crafted, artisanal wine. The 10-day celebration will include special events at over a dozen local wineries and tasting rooms including: 2Plank Vineyards, Négociant, and Koi Zen Cellars.
Friday - Tuesday
Jun 2-Jul 4
Del Mar Fairgrounds
Stuff your face at one of the many food booths, or festivals like the Toast of the Coast Wine Competition & Festival, San Diego International Beer Festival, and San Diego Spirit and Cocktail Festival. There'll also be plenty of live concerts, including performances by Patti LaBelle, LeAnn Rimes, Toby Keith, Switchfoot, and more.
Friday - Saturday
Jun 9-10
Embarcadero Marina North
Indulge in a boatload of oysters, as well as other indulgent foods from local restaurants at the Embarcadero Marina North for the 2017 San Diego Oysterfest. The two-day event will also feature live performances by Ghostland Observatory, Dance Yourself Clean, The Verigolds, MAGIC!, and more.
Jun 10
Manchester Grand Hyatt
This all-levels class will be led by CorePower yoga instructors, with music performed by Dance Social’s DJ Christian McCull and DJ Alan Hu. A complimentary day pass to the hotel’s rooftop pools will follow the class, as well as hosted sips and bites from the hotel.
Saturday - Sunday
Jun 10-11
Waterfront Park
Guests can check out original works by nearly 200 artists, as well as listen to live musical performances, all while enjoying San Diego craft beer, fine wines, and food from a variety of local restaurants. Outdoor games, live art, and silk painting will keep the kiddos entertained.
Jun 14
Little Italy
Enjoy 48-square blocks of food samples from Little Italy’s famous restaurants, pubs, wine bars, and cafés. More than 30 different venues will participate, including hotspots like Herb & Eatery, Juniper and Ivy, Queenstown Public House, Underbelly, and more.
Jun 17
South Park
South Park’s Old House Fair is in its 19th year, and promises tours of the gorgeous homes you go ga-ga over every time you drive through this historic neighborhood. Enjoy a street festival filled with vintage home specialists, local artisans, craft beer and wine, food vendors, live music, and more.
Jun 18
Marina View Park
Celebrate Father's Day the right way at the Taco and Beer Music Festival, where you'll enjoy a Selena cover band, as well as art, a lowrider show, unlimited drink samples, and $2 tacos. VIP admission includes five free taco tickets, and a private VIP section with tequila tasting tickets.
Jun 24
Ocean Beach
OB's annual street fair will feature five stages of live music, an artist’s alley with original artwork, a beachside beer garden, a community mural where you can paint your own square for $15, and a chili cook-off competition where you can taste competitors' creations.
Jun 25
Adams Avenue
If you’ve ever wanted a bite of everything delicious in Kensington to Normal Heights and University Heights, this is the right place. The 17th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue will feature tastes from 45 restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, wine bars, and more. Take a stroll down Adams Avenue on foot, bike, or access the free trolley service.
Jun 29
San Diego Museum of Art
Visit the San Diego Museum of Art for a special installation of its Culture & Cocktails event, entitled "Sculpture & Cocktails." Sip on mixed drinks while gazing at the latest contemporary sculpture exhibition in the museum’s outdoor garden space, with light bites, crafts, live music, a photo booth, and more included in this artsy, 21+ event.
Friday - Sunday
Jun 30-Sep 3
Embarcadero Marina Park South
The San Diego Symphony presents Bayside Summer Nights, an outdoor concert series located right on the bay at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. Bring a picnic to the lawn, sit in the grandstand, or reserve a table while sipping on a bottle of Champagne. A variety of guest artists are expected to perform, including: Wynonna Judd, Leslie Odom Jr., Air Supply, and Tony Bennett.
Sun & Sea Festival
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Friday - Saturday
Jul 14-15
Imperial Beach
View incredible displays of sandcastle artistry, and see who wins the sandcastle competition at the 2017 Sun and Sea Festival. Add to the day's festivities with a $5 Saturday morning pancake breakfast, a parade, food vendors, Kid’s Zone activities, Kids n’ Kastles sand-building competition, and an awards ceremony.
Jul 15
Join nearly 100,000 revelers for one of the largest LGBT Pride parades in the country, which will begin at the Hillcrest Pride Flag and run through the heart of Hillcrest on University Avenue, to the edge of Balboa Park. A music festival will follow in Balboa Park on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 with ticket prices ranging from $15 to $150.
Jul 19
Del Mar Racetrack
Forty thousand racetrack fans are expected to attend this fabulous event, which encourages attendees to sport their most stylish racetrack wear. The Opening Day Hats Contest invites guests to enter their most glamorous, outrageous, or racing-themed hat for a chance to win a share of more than $5,000 in prizes. Along with cheering on the ponies, opening day parties abound -- from the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, which offers a tour bus and food trucks, to an after party at the elegant L’Auberge Del Mar.
Thursday - Sunday
Jul 20-23
San Diego Convention Center
You don’t have to have a coveted ticket to this beast of an event to enjoy all of its splendor. Just take a walk Downtown, through the Gaslamp and the grassy areas surrounding the Convention Center, to get a look at all the fabulous costumes, memorabilia, and special events. Better yet, a Heroes Brew Fest will take place at the Waterfront Park, where craft beer can be enjoyed while donning your favorite super hero costume.
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Aug 5
South Claremont Community Park
This free, all-ages event will feature a Kiwanis pancake breakfast, free swim at the community pool, free pony rides, carnival rides, local food vendors, and a car show entitled the Greatest Show on Turf, where a variety of impressive cars, trucks, and motorcycles will be on display.
Friday - Saturday
Aug 18-19
Embarcadero Marina Park North
The Fifth Annual Latin Food Fest is a two-day event that includes a kick-off party dubbed the Summer Carnival, a street food party, and a chef’s dinner. There's also the Gran Tasting, which features 100 Latin food, beer, spirit, and wine stations, as well as musical performances and a VIP tent.
Aug 26
Imperial Avenue
Taking place in the heart of Barrio Logan from noon to 9pm, the festival brings together the neighborhood’s rich history and culture, and promises four blocks of local crafts, gourmet food, artisans, live music, and more. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
Aug 26
Port Pavilion Broadway Pier
Learn about craft cocktails, and get a taste of the best distilled spirits out there while overlooking the bay at this two-day culinary event. Watch an international spirits competition, enjoy unlimited cocktail and food tastings, chef demonstrations, and live entertainment.