Last month, we told you about nine iconic things to do in San Diego in the summer. Did you think there were only nine things to do here?!? Now that you’ve nailed June and July, get ready to rock August and September with nine more inexpensive summer events you can only go to in America’s Finest City! Caregivers, loved ones, and home care aides know that summer lasts longer in San Diego!
Everywhere else, July is mid-summer, but here in our town, we’re just getting started! Now that you’ve Big Bay Boomed, and the kids are enjoying camp, it’s time to get iconic.
San Diego ComicCon: July 21 – 24
- Starting July 20th for Preview Night, the International ComicCon comes to the San Diego Convention Center. Sure, tickets sold out months ago, but you don’t need a ticket to people watch! Superheroes, villains, aliens, and space cowboys walk the streets of the Gaslamp for all to see and admire. Even if you don’t know a Dalek from a Cylon, or River Song from Rivendell, you can appreciate the care, creativity and passion that goes into the costumes the conventioneers are wearing. There are many events located outside the convention center, so take advantage of the people-watching as convention-goers walk all around downtown.
- Want to keep up with all things ComicCon? There’s an app for that!
Supergirl Pro: July 22 – 24
- Didn’t get ComicCon tickets, and care more about hanging ten than aliens? Then this competition, where 100 of the world’s best female surfers compete, is for you.
- Plus, there’s a Festival Village to enjoy, now with Food Trucks! And live concerts, free hairstyling by Paul Mitchell, a beer garden whose lounge area shows a live-stream of the contest, the Supergirl Surf Film Fest, and celebrities!
Hot August Nights (And Days)
Film In The Garden: August 1 – August 29
- at The San Diego Museum of Art
Flicks on the Bricks: August 4 – August 25
- at La Jolla’s Athanaeum Music & Arts Library – movies + wine!
Bike The Bay: August 28
- A scenic 25-mile non-competitive bike ride through Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City offers you a once-a-year chance to ride your bike over the Coronado Bridge. Then, reward yourself with food, beer and music! ($55 – $60)
Labor Day Delights
US Sand Sculpting and Dimensional Art Exposition: September 2 – 5
- World-class sand sculptors come to the B Street cruise pier to compete against one another over Labor Day weekend. You can enter the ‘locals’ division, or just enjoy the music, dancing, gourmet food trucks, and sand sculpture classes for kids.
Festival of Sail: September 3 – 5
- San Diego’s Festival of Sail is the West Coast’s largest Tall Ship celebration. The North Embarcadero goes 100% ‘nautical theme park’ over Labor Day Weekend, courtesy of the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Start with a sailing parade, cannon salutes, and even the chance to be on board the ships as they enter the bay! Then, enjoy cannon fights between tall ships, naval re-enactors and a special 30 minute Festival of Sail bay cruise! On land, there’s a petting zoo, craft activities, face painting, a beer garden, hundreds of vendors, and all kinds of food!
San Diego Bayfair: September 16 – 18
- OK, not Labor Day, and definitely not wind-powered, but this 40 year old tradition showcases the fastest speed boats and racing teams in the world, all on Mission Bay Park. Over three days, enjoy family fun, interactive exhibits, specialty food, live entertainment and fireworks. Prior years, 150,000 people have attended Bayfair, making it the largest event of its kind in the world.
Big Family, Don’t Like Crowds, Not A Spectator?
- Try the Balboa Park Scavenger Hunt!
- First forget Pokemon Go, this is real! History, problem solving and navigating, oh my!
- Every day of the year, you, the kids and your out-of-town relatives can use a smart phone to play this mix of Amazing Race and ‘Gilligan’s Island’. It’s not entirely free for a team of up to 5 people, but we did find you a coupon from San Diego Magazine!