Happy 4th of July weekend, San Diego! Besides the usual fireworks and events, there are plenty of other activities going on throughout the weekend. Here are our favorite (non 4th of July) San Diego weekend events! As always, please be sure to check ticket availability prior to attending.
When: Friday, July 1; 4:30-8:30pm
Where: Plaza de Panama, Balboa Park
What: Enjoy gourmet food truck fare all in one convenient location from Super Q, Two for the Road, Pizza Pazza, Tacos La Mezcla, New York on Rye, Sushi Uno, and more. DJ Justin Kanoya will be spinning your favorites tunes in the Plaza, and the Fringe Festival will be happening on the east end of El Prado near Cascades Plaza. Craft beers, wine, and cocktails will be available inside Panama 66 or the nearby Prado Restaurant.
When: Friday, July 1; 6pm-10pm
Where: The Lafayette Hotel; 2223 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego
What: San Diego’s retro hotel will celebrate its 70th anniversary on Saturday with a free party open to the public. The bash will feature three areas: “The City Within a City,” a throwback to the days when the hotel included more than 20 different shops, stores and services; “The Home Away From Home,” a cocktail lounge with a 1950s-themed USO show; and “The Soda Jerk,” an old school soda fountain and diner offering treats from the past. The 70th anniversary celebration will also include live music and the closing of a time capsule meant to be opened in 30 years.
When: Saturday, July 2; 7:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South
What: Spend your 4th of July weekend in Downtown San Diego, next to the beautiful bay as the sun sets, listening to the melodic sounds of the San Diego Symphony. Ring in the 4th with hits from movies, Broadway tunes, and popular music; plus a military salute and a grand fireworks finale. Pre-concert activities for children start at 6 p.m. Tickets begin at $20.
When: Saturday, July 2; 10am
Where: Ocean Beach Pier
What: Fifty years ago, Ocean Beach’s now-iconic Pier opened. Come out and celebrate the pier’s history by taking a stroll, enjoying the beautiful view and taking part in special activities, like a special pier postcard stop starting at 10am. At 11am, officials will hold a short ceremony to honor the pier. Leonard Teyssier, the contractor who built the pier, and Chuck Bahde, who served on Peninsulans, Inc., will be at the pier Saturday as well to answer questions and meet community members. A free shuttle will take visitors from the foot of Niagara Avenue to the end of the pier.
San Diego Red, White And Brew PubCrawl
When: Sunday, July 3; 2pm
Where: San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter
What: Put on your best red, white and blues and head out to this popular San Diego pubcrawl the Sunday before the 4th! More than a dozen bars in San Diego’s Gaslamp neighborhood will have awesome drink specials to celebrate the holiday. This pubcrawl will also take place on Monday. Participants must be 21 or over; tickets start at $10.
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