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Kick-Off SUMMER with DAD this month!


Mainly Mozart Festival   June 1-24

Orchestral and Chamber Music concerts, lectures, parties, and presentations throughout San Diego and Tijuana illustrate the story of one of the greatest geniuses of all time.

See website for schedule. / Balboa Theatre, San Diego

619-239-0100 / www.mainlymozart.org


San Diego County Fair   June 1-July 4

“How Sweet it Is” 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!

Del Mar Fairgrounds



Art Around Adams   June 2

Each year we strive to infuse new and exciting artists and talents that reflect this year’s local trends in art and business.

12-8pm / Adams Avenue, Kensington

619-663-9278 / www.artaroundadams.org


Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego June 2-3

Marathon, Half, 5K and Relay. Tour San Diego by foot as you run through all of the city’s favorite neighborhoods on a course lined with live music and entertainment.

Downtown San Diego



RB Alive! Street Fair   June 3

Visitors can partake of tasty treats, browse over 300 booths featuring arts and crafts, information from regional and local businesses, service clubs and religious organizations.

10am-4pm / Bernardo Center Drive



United States Police & Fire Championships   June 2-9

Athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters, and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs from across the country compete in Olympic-style sports in 50 different sports in 35 venues throughout the county.



FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival   June 7-10

Some films will have their premiere with FilmOut San Diego along with award-winning films, independent features and a variety of short films.

Observatory North Park Theatre, San Diego



San Diego International Boat Show June 7-10

Make your boating dreams a reality by checking out the approximately 140 boats for sale, as well as the latest nautical gear, gadgets and accessories.

See website for schedule. / Spanish Landing Park, East

949-757-5959 / www.sandiegointernationalboatshow.com


San Diego Greek Festival   June 8-10

Come and enjoy fine foods, pastries, imported Greek beers and wines! Get your annual super-dose of traditional and contemporary Greek Music all weekend!

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church: 3655 Park Boulevard



Toast of the Coast Wine Competition/Festival   June 9

Your ticket will include unlimited 1-oz samples of wines entered in the 2018 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition. Includes entertainment and admission to the San Diego County Fair.

12-3pm and 4-7pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

858-755-1161 / www.thetoastofthecoast.com


Marine Corps Mud Run Camp Pendleton   June 9-10

Get ready to run through the terrain of Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton where our U.S. Marines train. There will be over 300 Marines “Motivating” participants along the course, as well as Military vehicle displays.

6am / MCB Camp Pendleton



Inter-Tribal Powwow   June 9-10

Join the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseno Mission Indians for the Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow with arts and craft booths, food, dancers, drums, an opportunity drawing and contest dancing.

Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 9am-6pm / Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside



San Diego Festival of the Arts   June 9-10

Gathers nearly 200 artists in a bay view setting of original fine art, entertainment and delicious cuisines, complemented with fine wine and craft beer.

10am-6pm / San Diego County Waterfront Park

619-744-0534 / www.sdfestivalofthearts.org


Surfing America 2018 USA Surfing Championships   June 10-14

Competition includes Adaptive, Longboard, SUP and Jr. Teams.

Oceanside Harbor North Jetty

949-391-1010 / www.surfingamerica.org


Taste of La Mesa   June 11

Eat your “heart out” while you stroll table to table and sample great food from many local restaurants - all in ONE location! You won’t want to miss this night of fun, food and more!

6-8pm / La Mesa Community Center

619-465-7700 x1 / www.lamesachamber.net/taste


Taste of Little Italy June 13

Walk along Little Italy’s charming flower and tree-lined sidewalks enjoying bites from San Diego’s top eatery hub, all while enjoying live music scattered throughout the 48-square-block neighborhood and spectacular views of San Diego’s sparkling embarcadero.

5-9pm / Little Italy, San Diego



San Diego International Beer Festival   June 15-17

Nearly 200 breweries represented from around the world, specialty vendors selling a variety of accessories and gifts for the beer lover and educational demonstrations.

11am-9pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds



Taste of Gaslamp   June 16

The Gaslamp Quarter will be showcasing the excellent dining options available in our vibrant district.

1-4pm / Gaslamp Square (Check-In): 538 L Street

619-233-5227 / www.tasteofgaslamp.com


Tony Gwynn 5.5K Run & Walk   June 16

A scenic route through Miramar (aka Beer-a-Mar) for all ages to enjoy. There will be beer pit-stops along the course. Post-event celebration at AleSmith’s Miramar headquarters.

8am-1pm / AleSmith Brewing Company: 9990 AleSmith Court



SoCal Etsy Guild Artisan Market   June 16

Join us for an amazing day of handmade fun! Local designers, live art, handmade vendors, and music.

10am-5pm / Amphitheater & South Plaza of Horton Plaza Park

626-274-1434 / www.socaletsyguild.com


California Clambake   June 16

With a sunset backdrop, live entertainment and interactive beach games, guests donned in white attire will cozy up on communal tables and enjoy a shellfish feast featuring menus from renowned Guest Chef Stefan Peroutka.

5:30-8pm / Hotel del Coronado



San Diego Wooden Boat Festival   June 16-17

A rare opportunity for the public to view some of the most beautiful and well maintained wooden crafts up close.

Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm / Koehler Kraft Boat Yard, Shelter Island



The CADO   June 16-Aug. 30

An immersive pop-up experience devoted to California Avocados will feature seven imaginative rooms of large-scale interactive art installations.

Liberty Station, South Promenade



Cooper Family Foundation Juneteenth   June 16

Free event! Educational program, kid zone, teen stage, cultural entertainment, health vendors, vendors, free food and much more. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

11am-6pm / 2900 Block of Imperial Avenue

619-245-3387 / www.cfjuneteenth.com


Father’s Day Concert & BBQ   June 17

Supporting America’s veterans and military through the Gary Sinise Foundation. The show will open with a spectacular skydiving show from Skydiving Innovations. Attendees will enjoy delicious BBQ and drinks as they listen to Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band.

11am-7pm / Hotel del Coronado



Taste of Vista   June 20

Savor food samples and craft beers, and enjoy live country music all while discovering historic downtown.

5-8pm / Main Street



Make Music Day   June 21

Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers.

10am-5pm / Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad

760-438-5996 / www.museumofmakingmusic.org


Ocean Beach Street Fair/Chili Cook-Off   June 23

An oceanfront chili cook-off, five stages of continuous live music and entertainment, the community mural project, Artists Alley, carnival rides and games, food and vendor booths, a beachside beer garden and more.

10am-8pm / Newport Avenue

619-224-4906 / www.oceanbeachsandiego.com


91X Presents BeerX   June 23

A day of great music and craft beer at Waterfront Park. Although the event is 21+ from 1-4pm, all ages are welcome after 4pm once the craft beer tasting portion is complete. Locally sourced food trucks and vendors will be on site to serve great nibbles all day long!

1-11pm / San Diego County Waterfront Park



Fairy Festival   June 23

Wear your fairy costume or come just as you are. Create a fairy house, make fairy treasures, leave messages on the wishing bush, or shop in the Fairyland market. Be sure to bring your camera for a picture with the Fairy Queen.

10am-4pm / San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas

760-632-0917 / www.sdbgarden.org


Summer Fun on the 101: Leucadia’s Music Festival   June 23

Encinitas’ most epic music festival and is free and open to the community! Ride your bike and walk to win excellent prizes!

12-7:30pm / Leucadia Roadside Park

760-436-2320 / www.leucadia101.com


Festival of Yoga   June 24

This free, all-ages event will feature guided yoga, meditation, music, a vendor marketplace, and other activities intended to instill peace and to inspire and empower people of all ages.

8am-3pm / San Diego Waterfront Park

619-7274930 / www.festivalofyogasandiego.org


San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival   June 29-July 1

The soothing sounds of smooth jazz, a variety of delicious cuisine, and an amazing atmosphere that creates an unparalleled experience.

Embarcadero Marina Park North

562-424-0013 / www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com


Oceanside Independence Day Parade   June 30

Come see floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars and much more! The grand marshal of this year’s parade and the first Hometown Hero to be recognized is Jim Wood, former mayor of Oceanside.

10am-12pm / South Coast Highway

760-754-4512 / www.mainstreetoceanside.com


Switchfoot BRO-AM   June 30

A surf contest, live music performances, and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats.

7am-5pm / Moonlight Beach, Encinitas



Celebrate May with MOM in San Diego this Month!


West Coast Weekender    May 3-6
A music conference and boutique festival spanning over four days in May. With a strong focus on local art and industry, we pay homage to the American westside’s underground music culture.
WorldBeat Cultural Center: 2100 Park Blvd 


Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo   May 4-6
Bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling, and a huge display of lowriders and other incredible autos! Delectable dining establishments throughout Old Town and enjoy margarita and tequila specials.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
619-291-4903 / www.cincodemayooldtown.com


Julian Woman’s Club Wildflower Show   May 4-6
The Wildflower Show is meant to educate club members, local residents, out-of-town visitors and children about the botanical wealth of Julian and its vicinity.

10am-4pm / Julian Town Hall: 2129 Main St.


Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival    May 5
Complete with jams from local musicians and tastes of more than 50 of the most renowned breweries from San Diego County and other vibrant craft beer regions around the country.
12-4pm / Historic Vista Village: 209 E Broadway


Cinco de Mayo Trail Run     May 5
The challenging and unique courses will take you out on the Lake Poway Trail through the foothills around the lake near Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. Kids Race at 9:30am.
6:30am / Lake Poway Trail


Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego     May 5
Cultural and traditional performances from a dozen countries and cultures. Children’s Art and Crafts, Martial Arts Demos, Video Game Tent, Cooking Demos, Ramen Eating Contest, Cultural Row Exhibition, Beer Garden, and delicious Asian food!
10am-5pm / Mira Mesa Community Park


Carlsbad Spring Village FaireMay 6
Clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. The international food court will once again feature more than 50 booths. The children’s area will entertain youngsters with games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting and arts and crafts.
8am-5pm / Carlsbad Blvd & Grand Ave


Spring Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon     May 6
With a calm bay swim and a flat bike and run course, the Spring Sprint is the perfect race to kick off your season.
7-11am / South Shores Park, Mission Bay
858-268-1250 / www.sdtriseries.com


Gator By The Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival     May 10-13
More than 100 performances on 7 stages, dancing, delicious Southern food - including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya & 10,000 lbs of crawfish.
Spanish Landing Park, Point Loma Peninsula
619-234-8612 / www.gatorbythebay.com


Disco Ball 2018     May 12
An elegant evening and help support our programs to enrich the lives of children and their families. Hosted Cocktail Reception, 3-Course Gourmet Dinner, Live and Silent Auction, Live entertainment.
6-10pm / Mission Bay Hilton: 1775 East Mission Bay Drive
619-320-4942 / www.childrensnatureretreat.org


Holi Festival of Colors   May 12
Dedicated to spiritual & social harmony, awakening a sense of brotherhood thru ecstatic dance, mantra music, yoga, free hugs and delicious vegetarian meals.
11am-4pm / Oceanside Pier Amphitheater


Ocean Beach Kite Festival    May 12
We have kite building and decorating, prizes, professional kite fliers and amazing kite demonstrations and games, crafters, community organizations, gourmet food, carnival activities and live music!
10am-4pm / Dusty Rhodes Park


Art Glass Guild Fall Patio Show & Sale   May 12-13
View beautiful art glass created by local artists. There will be entertainment for all including: live music, demonstrations featuring torch-work, and glass cutting as well as an area for children & adults alike to create their own unique mosaic art piece.
10am-5pm / Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park
619-702-8006 / www.artglassguild.com


Festa do Espirito Santo    May 18-20
Celebrate Portuguese Heritage by joining in the city’s oldest ethnic festival, Festa do Espirito Santo, that commemorates Portugal’s Queen St. Isabel.
United Portuguese S.E.S. Hall, Point Loma
619-223-5880 / www.upses.com


San Diego Taco Fest     May 19
30 of the region’s best taco-centric restaurants will offer a wide range of mouthwatering taco creations. Local and national musical performances. Chihuahua Beauty Pageant and Race.
11am-10pm / San Diego County Waterfront Park


Festival of Arts in North Park    May 19
The festival features a live art element: contemporary urban artists will create unique works of art using creative everyday objects like cars, refrigerators and boom boxes. Craft Beer Block, Live Music, Kids Arts Block, Cocktail Garden and more!
10am-10pm / University Avenue & 30th Street
619-294-2501 / www.northparkfestivalofarts.com


San Diego Century   May 19
Experience the beautiful hills and coastline during one of the nation’s most scenic rides along 33, 67 or 105 mile routes. Finish-line expo in Encinitas.
6am-5:30pm / MiraCosta College, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
909-399-3553 / www.sdcentury.com


Stone Liberty Station 5th Anniversary      May 19
To commemorate, we are throwing a celebration along with the awesome other local businesses in Liberty Station and Liberty Public Market!
12-4pm / 2816 Historic Decatur Rd.


Armed Forces Day Military Operation AppreciationMay 19
Thousands of active duty military and their family members are treated to a day of free food, carnival rides and entertainment.
11am-4pm / Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre
760-722-1534 / www.oceansidechamber.com


Pirate Days    May 19-20
Kids costume contests, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, scary stories, and a scavenger hunt.
10am-4pm / Maritime Museum of San Diego
619-234-9153 / www.sdmaritime.org


Beach Soccer Jam     May 19-20
Come enjoy the excitement including Beach Soccer, Brazilian Samba and Capoeira dancers, some of San Diego’s best Entertainment DJs and a Beer Garden.
See website for schedule. / Fiesta Island


Community Band Festival    May 19-20
Old Poway Park Action Committee members, the Pomerado Community Band and the Poway Arts and Crafts Guild, will host the annual CA Band Festival and Arts and Crafts Market.
10am-7pm / Old Poway Park


Fiesta del Sol     May 19-20
Food Trucks and other great specialty food vendors will be back as well as our Arts & Crafts area, Sponsor area, Solana Beach Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, and more!
9am-9pm / Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
858-755-4775 / www.fiestadelsol.net


Escondido Grand Ave Festival      May 20
One of the biggest street fairs in Southern California, with over 500 vendors bringing unique crafts and imports, fine international cuisine and family entertainment.
9am-5pm / Historic Downtown Escondido’s Grand Avenue
760-839-4777 / www.visitescondido.com


Navy’sBay Bridge Run/Walk     May 20
This unique 4-mile run/walk has a one of a kind spectacular panoramic view as participants make their way to Coronado’s beautiful Tidelands Park from downtown San Diego over the Coronado Bay Bridge. Followed by a finish line celebration.
8am-12pm / Hilton San Diego Bayfront
858-848-5786 / www.navylifesw.com/bridgerun


Classic Car/Motorcycle Show      May 20
From antique to current cars and motorcycles of beauty. Breakfast served, shrimp boil or hot dogs for lunch.
8am-2pm / Chula Vista Elks Lodge 2011: 901 Elks Ln.
619-421-2011 / www.chulavistaca.gov


Walk For the One Barefoot Walk-A-Thon    May 20
It’s .. in dirt... for 4 miles... barefoot (you can wear sandals or shoes if you need to.) This is what so many Ethiopian kids face daily to get to and from school. Gain a broader awareness of what others deal with on a daily basis!
11am / Ingold Field: 2551 Olive Hill Rd., Fallbrook
559-304-2100 / www.unforgottenfaces.org


Valley Center Western Days    May 23-26
Each May, the Valley Center community celebrates its western heritage with a series of events including the Western Days Parade, Library kick-off party, the election of Valley Center’s “Honorary Mayor,” and so much more.
760-440-8293 / www.westerndays.org


Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Festival    May 25-27
This year’s rodeo will kick-off on Friday at the rodeo grounds. On Saturday, the grounds will reopen following our town’s historic parade. Then on Sunday, the rodeo grounds will feature a locals roping event.
See website for schedule. / 28246 Lilac Rd.


Legacy Week     May 26-28
The lineup of activities range from a Wreath Memorial ceremony, benefit concert, family activities, blood drive, interactive exhibits and more. Each element of Midway’s Legacy Week commemoration is designed to honor and remember our heroes and celebrate our military heritage.
USS Midway Museum: 910 North Harbor Drive
619-544-9600 / www.midway.org


House of Pacific Relations’ Ethnic Food FairMay 27
Annual celebration of food from around the world! Sample the culinary treats of 34 different cultures and witness performances in native costumes. Features musical and dance performances on the HPR stage.
11am-5pm / Balboa Park


Vista Strawberry Festival     May 27
Come enjoy our celebration of the ‘berry as we bring over 300 vendors, athletic competition, pie eating, costumes, beauty, carnival rides, music, food, and more.
8am-6pm / Historic Downtown Vista


Fallbrook Vintage Car Club Car Show     May 27
Featured Cars - Packard. Restoration Road - Porsche. Swap Meet, Beer & Wine Garden, Food Vendors and Live Music.
9:30am-4pm / Pala Mesa Resort, Fallbrook


National City Memorial Day Celebration     May 28
As a symbol of that community spirit, several public officials will roll up their sleeves to serve the lunch in what has become an important component of La Vista’s Memorial Day tradition.
1-3pm / La Vista Memorial Park & Mortuary: 3191 Orange St.
619-475-7770 / www.nationalcityca.gov