June in San Diego means the official arrival of summer – and with it, a ton of activities, events, and outdoor festivals all month long! From the kickoff of the San Diego County Fair to summer concert series and film festivals, we’ve got everything you need to know about June right here.
June 3 – July 4
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar 92014. Head to Del Mar for the 2016 San Diego County Fair! This year’s theme is “Mad About the Fair,” a weird, wacky, and whimsical celebration of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Enjoy all the usual deep fried goodies on a stick, rides, animals, games, and world-class exhibits in fine art, photography, woodworking, jewelry/gems and minerals, and home and hobby.
2891 University Ave, San Diego 92104. More than thirty different films will be screened during the three-day film festival at the historic Observatory North Park Theatre in San Diego. Eighteen films will have their premiere at this 18th annual festival, along with award-winning films from both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, independent features, and a variety of short films. Q&A’s will follow many films with director and cast members in attendance.
Adams Avenue, San Diego 92116. Come visit the Adams Avenue District and the galleries and stages curated just for the event. Enjoy the Avenue in a friendly, relaxed and carefree environment where taste-makers and free thinkers mix freely with family and friends. Experience exhibits and performances that will dazzle the eye and stir the senses. Each exhibit showcases new and exciting artists and talents that reflect the year’s local trends in art and business. Stroll the entire route, or take the complimentary “Comedy Trolley.” The event is totally free!
6th Avenue & Quince Street, San Diego 92101. The ever-popular annual Rock n’ Roll Marathon sprints into San Diego this June! This 26.2 mile marathon and 13.1 mile half-marathon features live music lining the streets, cheer squads, and a huge post-marathon concert to end the race with a bang. With more than 20,000 runners and 100,000 enthusiastic spectators, this is a great activity to check out!
4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa 91942. Taste of La Mesa is back for its 8th annual year, from 6pm-8pm. Eat your heart out with tastings from dozens of local restaurants, plus premium beer and wine, desserts, and live entertainment.
3655 Park Blvd, San Diego 92103. Head to St. Spyridon Church for a fantastic culinary experience this June! In over four decades, the St. Spyridon Community has established a reputation of serving the finest homemade Greek Foods and Pastries in all of California; they have some of the finest cooks who use unsurpassed recipes and only top-grade Ingredients. Enjoy delicious food, pastries, and family-friendly activities all day long.
Starts June 11
Upas St. & 28th St., San Diego 92104. For over a decade these free, family-friendly concerts have drawn hundreds of people to the beautiful Bird Park setting for picnics, dancing, and enjoying the music of local talent. This year’s series is composed of five concerts, including names like the Euphoria Brass Band, Hills Like Elephants, and Doug Ellington. Concerts are held every other Saturday until August 6, from 5:30-7:30pm.
June 11 & 12
1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego 92101. What was previously the La Jolla Festival of the Arts has turned into one of the city’s biggest events! San Diego Magazine and Torrey Pines Kiwanis’ San Diego Festival of the Arts gathers nearly 200 artists in a bay view setting of original fine art, entertainment and delicious cuisines, complemented by fine wine and craft beer on the turf of Waterfront Park. Enjoy an exceptional dining experience from San Diego’s favorite restaurants, sample San Diego craft beer, and experience interactive activities for the whole family.
Starts June 17
The Mission Hills Concerts in the Park summer concert series is an annual event that happens Friday evening from 6pm-8pm in Pioneer Park. The Town Council is planning to produce 7 concerts for the 2016 season. Everyone is free to bring out their blankets and picnic baskets, catch up with neighbors and friends, and dance along to the music! The Mission Hills Town Council will also host the 4th of July BBQ competition, parade and concert in the park during the day on the 4th of July.
SEE ALSO: Our Top 10 Fair Foods This Year
June 17 & 18
500 Kettner Blvd., San Diego 92101. San Diego Oysterfest brings an amazing live music performance to the beautiful bayside setting of Marina Embarcadero North. This year they have added a second day to the festivities, with bigger and better bands than ever before. At the center of a great selection of food booths from prominent San Diego restaurants will be fresh succulent oysters from all along the western seaboard. Beverages range from crafted beers, cocktails to wines and champagne.
230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas 92024. Fairies! Come celebrate summer at the Hamilton Children’s Garden inside the San Diego Botanic Garden. 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; and be sure to bring your camera for a picture with the Fairy Princess.
Starts June 21
1549 El Prado, San Diego 92101. The Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts are some of the most popular summertime events in Balboa Park. Concerts are held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:15-7:15pm through September 1st in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Admission is free and beautiful Balboa Park provides a great setting to listen to some live music and watch the sunset! Visit the website for more details and complete schedule.
Note: The International Summer Organ Festival will also be held at Spreckels starting June 27; every Monday, internationally-known organists will play the nation’s largest outdoor pipe organ.
1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar 92014. Come experience delectable culinary creations from some of Del Mar’s most highly regarded restaurants, enjoy selections from some of California’s best wineries and breweries, and enjoy live music to celebrate the arrival of summer. With amazing front-row sunset views, balmy ocean breezes and live music this is the way Del Mar rings in the warmest season!
Newport Avenue, San Diego 92107. The 37th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival offers eclectic fun in San Diego’s beloved OB! Join more than 70,000 visitors for tasty festival nosh, art, beachfront entertainment, shopping and, more. The Chili Competition will feature more than two dozen tastings from amateur entrants competing for the titles of Hottest Chili, Judges’ Award and Grand Prize: People’s Choice Award. Attendees of all ages can take part in creating the annual Street Fair Community Mural.
June 25 & 26
4444 Hwy 78, Julian 92036
Julian Gold Rush Days is a great opportunity to turn back the clock and give visitors an idea what Julian was like in its early days. Experience old historical encampments, gun fighting, reenactments & mock claim jumping, tomahawk throwing demonstrations, gold panning, and more. The old fashioned mining camp will feature vendors, an arts & crafts market, gem mining, and children’s pioneer games.
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