12 Ways to Kick Off July in San Diego

july in san diegoSummer is officially in full swing! Kick off July in San Diego the right way. From the arrival of Comic-Con International to the start of Del Mar racing season, there are plenty of awesome events happening this month that are great for young and old alike. Whether you’re a Comic Con guru or more of a laid-back beach person, we’ve got everything you need to know about what to do this month in San Diego!

2016 MLB All-Star Week

July 7-12
100 Park Blvd, San Diego 92101. The 2016 All-Star Game will mark the third time that the Padres will serve as hosts of the Midsummer Classic, with Petco Park joining Jack Murphy Stadium (previously known as San Diego Stadium) as a host of the festivities. The Padres previously welcomed the event in 1978 and 1992. Festivities throughout the week include the All-Star FanFest, All-Star Sunday, Soul Pose MLB All-Star Yoga, the Color Run 5k, and more.

Over the Line Tourney

July 9-10 & 16-17
Fiesta Island on Mission Bay, San Diego. Over the Line (OTL) is a bat and ball game played with 2 teams of 3 players each. Games generally last about 3-4 innings unless extra innings are needed for tie-breakers and after two extra innings, the team with the most hits wins. OTL serves as the primary fundraising source for OMBAC’s year-round charitable programs; any profits from OTL goes back into the community.

Fiesta del Sol

July 9 & 10
Chicano Park, San Diego. The annual Fiesta del Sol is a two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego. This year’s fest includes an entertainment stage, a multi-cultural food court, four community pavilions, and over one hundred booths sponsored by local small businesses, non-profit organizations, and corporate partners. Admission is free and it’s totally family-friendly.

Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

July 15
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar 92014. More than 40,000+ race fans are expected to attend what’s become one of San Diego’s most fabulous, fashionable and fun festivities! Celebrate the season in style – fashion-minded guests may participate in Del Mar’s annual tradition, the Opening Day Hats Contest where entrants compete for cash prizes and judged on creativity and style. Then enjoy a day of horse racing and sunshine!

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Rubio’s Coast Fest

July 16
200 N. The Strand, Oceanside 92054. Rubio’s CoastFest is a celebration of the ocean and its many gifts. Clean up and party down in honor of that vast, great body of water to the west! The day begins with a big beach cleanup near the pier; then get the chance to sample the Santa Fe Crusted Tilapia taco before it hits Rubio’s restaurants, as well as guacamole, chips, and salsa. There will be plenty of kids activities and free live music, plus free surf lessons and a beer garden.

SEE ALSO: 4th of July Fireworks & Events in San Diego

Sun & Sea Festival

July 15 & 16
10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach 91932. The 2016 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities, a Kids ‘n Kastles competition, Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair. Festivities will kick off at 7am on Saturday with the pancake breakfast and continue on til 9pm; there will be plenty of live music, good food, and some epic sand castle making!

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

July 16 & 17
Liberty Station; 2870 Dewey Road, San Diego. With a commitment to unique and creative local vendors, attendees are sure to find something they love at this year’s vintage market. From all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade, you are sure to find that perfect vintage dress, a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture, handmade jewelry, or one of hundreds of other amazing treasures for your home or garden. You can also look forward to fabulous giveaways, vintage photo opportunities and infinite amounts of design inspiration from over 170 hand-picked vendors!

Annual LGBT Pride Parade

July 16
University Ave & Normal Street, Hillcrest 92103. Formed in 1974 as a sponsored program of The Center for Social Services, SD’s annual Pride Parade is among the largest in the United States. Be a part of this year’s historic celebration, “Pride Unites the World.” San Diego Pride brings together the skills, talents and vision of a diverse community to produce this annual Celebration, which attracts 250,000 participants to Hillcrest for America’s Finest Pride Parade and Festival. Parade starts at 11am and ends at Laurel St., where the entrance to the Pride Music Festival is located.

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Comic-Con International 2016

July 21-24
111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego 92101. Comic-Con returns for another explosive year at the San Diego Convention Center! Along with panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, there will be previews of upcoming feature films, portfolio review sessions with top comic book and video game companies, and awesome after-hours events including a Masquerade; a costume contest, and the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival.

SEE ALSO: 5 Summer Picnic Spots in La Jolla

Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival

July 23
Waterfront Park; 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego 92101. San Diego’s Waterfront Park transforms into a Craft Beer Comic Book July 23rd! Experience 100+ craft beers from over 40 breweries, the Caped Crusader Costume Contest, music, and dancing for an unrivaled San Diego beer fest experience. Heroes Brew Fest is also the only San Diego beer fest that benefits the 100% volunteer organization the Warrior Foundation – Freedom Station!

Del Mar Gourmet Food Truck Festival

July 23
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar 92014. Bring your appetite for the tastiest food on wheels when the 6th annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival comes to Del Mar this month! Enjoy a variety of some of the hottest eats in Southern California as 40 food trucks are expected, all in one location, with gourmet chefs serving their eclectic bests at extra low prices (most items are just $6-$10). Guests will get to pair their food items with several cold brews on tap in the Craft Beer Festival, which will feature over 100 craft brews.

Unleashed! by Petco Surf Dog Competition

July 30
2 Elder Ave., Imperial Beach 91932. It’s time for the most adorable surf event of the year! At the Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition, the most fearless dogs will jump on their boards, paddle out and hang 20. Enter your dog in the surf competition or just come take in all the fun under the sun – in addition to surfing, there will be a huge dog food garden (complete with food and treat samples), a kids zone, beginners’ agility course, photo and video booths, a dog adoption area, an off-leash play area, and a beer garden and food trucks.

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Emily Ruchlewicz

Emily Ruchlewicz

News & Feature Writer at http://www.lajollabluebook.com/
Emily Ruchlewicz is a News and Feature writer at Blue Book Publishers and has written more than 100 La Jolla-related articles. Follow her blogs to stay informed about new businesses, read exclusive interviews with local business owners, and keep up with community events. (emily@lajollabluebook.com)

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