As the warmer months roll around, life takes on a softer glow. The long ago days of our childhood seem like they just occurred yesterday, our interests turn to outdoor activities, and we begin to play just a little more. Summer is for vacations, for explorations of new places and if your solstice journey brings you to the paradise we know as San Diego County, in addition to days at the beach, shopping expeditions, and dining out at culinary wonders of restaurants, you may want to explore the top summer events taking place here. We at Vacation Rentals by Kimberly want to ensure that your stay with us offers more than luxurious and comfortable vacation havens, we want you to live every moment to the fullest, and as such, we have created this San Diego summer events guide that will help you fill those moments that will tick by way faster than you are ready for!
San Diego Summer
Starting with the city our county is named after, these events are destined to keep your interest. July is when we celebrate America’s birthday (by the time you read this, June will be pretty much a memory) so of course our first event is the Big Bay Boom, taking place at multiple spots in San Diego, all overlooking the San Diego Bay on July 4th. Starting at 9 PM and reflecting the beauty in the sky to the waters below, it will be hard to NOT feel patriotic when sitting on the beach with family and friends, watching the show above! The music plays, the craft beers flow, and the food will be amazing at our second event, San Diego Bayfest. Held on July 8th at Waterfront Park, this amazing music festival celebrates the culture of the beach and if you miss it, life will go on, it just won’t shine as brightly!
And finally, with this last event, it is time to go big or go home and the perfect way to do so is with a visit to the one, the only, San Diego Comic-Con! Held July 20 through July 23 at the San Diego Convention Center, this is the chance to dress up as your favorite comic character, meet a few of your favorite actors, and purchase merch that your friends will be jealous of! If you can’t get enough Comic Con, you may even want to plan a visit to the Comic-Con Museum, located in Balboa Park, and experience the wonders of the event through the years!
One of our favorite and most unique summer events in San Diego lasts from July 7 through September 1st, ensuring that you have plenty of opportunities to explore the wonders offered at Pageant of the Masters! Celebrating 90 years of living pictures this year and located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, your favorite artists’ works really do come alive during this fascinating celebration of the arts! This year’s theme, Art Colony: In the Company Artists is sure to be unforgettable and as you watch real live humans recreate your favorite art pieces, you may decide that you have found your newest obsession!
Summer in Del Mar
If you are planning to explore the beauty of Del Mar the first 4 days of July are the last 4 days of the Annual San Diego County Fair. Held June 7 through July 4th the theme of this year’s fair celebrates the great outdoors and also offers everything about a county fair that you love and adore! From fair food to farm animals, crazy rides to crazy art displays, this year’s fair promises to outdo all the ones from our past! In August, the Taste of New Orleans Food & Music Festival comes to Del Mar Village bringing beignets and hurricanes to the Del Mar Race Track (August 5th.) If you are still in town on August 9 through 13 and love the horses, the Del Mar Summer Festival II provides 5 days of horsey fun, with a show that is guaranteed to be loved by all!
Summer in Carlsbad
This next event takes place in August in Carlsbad and is one we can promise your kiddos will beg to be involved! The San Diego International Kid’s Film Festival celebrates kids, the movies, and reaches an audience that stretches out over 40 countries! Held at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Avenue, and taking place August 25 through August 27, it is the perfect way to say farewell to summer, offering an opening night Gala, Culture Forums, a variety of panel discussions, and, of course, a variety of children movies, there will even be a Red Carpet Award Ceremony, honoring the filmmakers, actors, and writers that help bring magic to life!