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Moms Guide to July Events in San Diego

July events Looking for something to do in San Diego in July? (Other then hitting the beaches obviously!) Here is your one stop shop to goings on all around town. If we missed any, please let everyone know by leaving a comment! Also- there are always farmers markets going on all over town, local picnic spots, and various splash pads! Don’t forget to check out our fireworks guide!

    Free Crafts for Kids

    WHEN: every Saturday from 11am to 3pm

    WHERE: Lakeshore Learning, 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, Ca

    COST: Free

    Nighttime Zoo

    WHEN: Jul 1st – Sep 5th from 5pm to 9pm

    WHERE: Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Dr. , San Diego, Ca

    COST: Admission to the zoo varies

    Passport to the Pacific featuring Turtle Lagoon

    WHEN: Jul 1st – Sep 5th starting at 10am

    WHERE: Chula Vista, Living Coast Discovery Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., San Diego, Ca

    COST: free with admission

    Kids Bowl Free this summer at Tavern+Bowl

    WHEN: Jul 1 – Aug 31 at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    WHERE: Costa Mesa, North County, East Village, and Eastlake, Tavern + Bowl , All 4 locations, San Diego, Ca

    COST: Free ($4/shoe rentals)

    AGES: 14 and under

    Balboa Park Free Museum Tuesday for Residents and Military 

    WHEN: 1st – 4th Tuesdays of each month

    WHERE: Some Balboa Park museums are free

    COST: FREE (Free admission on a rotating basis. Check website for calendar)

    WHO: Free to locals (San Diego Cal. City & county residents), and active military and their families.

    Oceanside Freedom Days Parade 

    WHEN: Saturday July 2 2016 from 10 AM – 12 pm

    WHERE: N Coast Highway 101 in Oceanside from Wisconsin Ave. to Civic Center Drive.


    DETAILS: Watch this annual 4th of July parade (on the Saturday before July fourth each year) starting at the 101 Café to the Civic Center. Bring your folding chair for a view along the sidewalks. For more information call 760.754.4512.

    Point Loma Summer Concerts

    WHEN: Friday evening dates July 8 to Aug 5 2016

    WHERE: Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Blvd.

    COST: Free summer concert series.

    2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Week

    WHEN: Jul 8 – 12, 2016

    WHERE: Downtown

    COST: Varies by event

    DETAILS: 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Week in San Diego will feature a FanFest, All-Star Sunday with celebrity softball game, Soul Pose Yoga, Color Run and more!

    Wacky Science Sunday

    WHEN: every Sunday at 12:15pm and 2:15pm (Sunday July 10th)

    WHERE: San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, Ca

    COST: Free with admission

    Over the Line Tournament 

    WHEN: Sat and Sun, July 9 to 10, and July 16 to 17 2016 from 7:30 AM to dusk.

    WHERE: Fiesta Island on Mission Bay, San Diego, CA.

    COST: Varies. The primary function aside from all the fun for this event is that it serves as the primary fundraising source for OMBAC’s (Old Mission Beach Athletic Club) year-round charitable programs. The profits from Over The Line go back into our community! AGES: Ages 21 and up only.

    DETAILS: Said to be one of the last pure Southern California traditions left untouched by commercialism. It is truly just a ball and bat game played with 2 teams and 3 players on each. There are no foul lines. It is played without gloves and pretty much only wooden softball bats and balls are used.

    Carlsbad Triathlon 

    WHEN: Sunday July 10th 2016. 7:30AM

    WHERE: Triathlon starts at Carlsbad State Beach, Tamarack and Carlsbad Blvd.

    COST: Call 760.602.7519. Limited to 1000 athletes so sign up now.

    Switchfoot Bro-Am surf contest and concert 

    WHEN: Saturday July 9 2016.

    WHERE: The Switchfoot Bro-Am surf contest and concert returns is the largest annual event at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.

    DETAILS: The Switchfoot Bro- Am features huge bands and top pro surfers in a fun event that benefits a local children’s charity.

    La Jolla Concerts by the Sea

    WHEN: July 17th to September 4th 2016 on Sunday afternoons from 2 – 4 pm

    WHERE: Ellen Browning Scripps park at La Jolla Cove.

    COST: FREE family friendly concerts on the grass. Hot dog, soda, ice cream and popcorn for sale.

    San Diego Pride Festival

    WHEN: July 15 – 17 2016 with various events, including the Gay Pride Parade, a 5K and

    WHERE: Various locations in Balboa Park

    Snorkeling with Sharks 

    WHEN: July 9, July 17 and July 30 2016

    WHERE: La Jolla Shores.

    COST: $30 per person.

    DETAILS: Birch Aquarium at Scripps naturalists host snorkeling adventures to see the Leopard Sharks rays and more.

    Del Mar Horse Races 

    WHEN: Opening day Thursday July 15 2016 – Labor Day weekend (Monday Sep. 5 2016)

    WHERE: The Del Mar Racetrack, Del Mar Fairgrounds.

    DETAILS: Where the turf meets the surf, horse racing kicks off with Opening Day at Del Mar, and includes Del Mar summer concert series. Free summer concert series for fans attending the races on Friday nights.

    Sun and Sea Festival aka The Original Imperial Beach Sandcastle Competition 2016 

    WHEN: July 15 and 16.

    WHERE: The 2016 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will be held at Portwood Pier Plaza in Imperial Beach.

    DETAILS: The event will include Kids N’ Kastles competition for children ages 12 and under (no adult sand castle competition). Join in the arts and crafts, enjoy some food from the farmer’s market and international food fair, and a fun day for all! Sandcastle Ball and exhibition the day before.

    Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

    WHEN: July 16th and 17th, 8am-4pm

    WHERE: 2875 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 9210 (Liberty Station)

    COST: Tickets are $10-$20

    DETAILS: 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!

    San Diego Botanic Garden Free Tuesday

    WHEN: The first Tuesday of every month

    WHERE: THE lovely botanical garden in Encinitas

    COST: Free admission on the first Tuesday of every month

    WHEN: July 18 and 19 2016
    WHERE: A warm night lit by a full moon is the perfect time to explore the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, usually closed to the public
    COST: $30 per person.
    DETAILS: Also includes a tour of the Scripps Oceanography campus.

    Hornblower Full Moon Dinner Cruise

    WHEN: Dates and times vary for these San Diego events July 2016.

    WHERE: At the Embarcadero

    DETAILS: Enjoy a glass of champagne and three course dinner as you see the romantic San Diego skyline from the bay during full moon.

    Comic-Con International 2016 

    WHEN: July 21 to 24 2016 and preview July 20

    WHERE: The San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego CA 92101.

    DETAILS: If you are looking for fun things to do in San Diego, don’t miss Comic Con! Four days of excitement at Comic Con 2016, plus bonus preview night. This is one of the most popular San Diego events and these tickets sell out early. But join in the fun anyway in the area if you don’t get a ticket. Most downtown San Diego hotels during this time will be booked by Comic-Con attendees, so you may need to look for hotels further north. See here also for details on how to make it a no-low cost event.

    San Diego Beer Fest

    WHEN: July 23rd

    WHERE: Liberty Station

    DETAILS: The 6th annual San Diego Brew Fest returns to Liberty Station, and promising another fun filled day with beer, food trucks, and music. The event will feature dozens of local local and international craft beers, as well as San Diego’s most popular food trucks (food sold separately).

    COST: Admission is $40 for general admission (2pm to 5pm) and $50 for VIP (1pm to 5pm) and include the beer tastings.

    Little People Live

    WHEN: July 23rd

    WHERE: Escondido, Westfield North County, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway, San Diego, Ca

    COST: Free

    Insect and Ladybug Festival 2016

    WHEN: Saturday July 23 – Sunday, July 24 10am – 4pm

    WHERE: San Diego Botanic Garden

    Hullabaloo on the Waterfront

    WHEN: July 31 from 6 – 7pm

    WHERE: Downtown, Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, Ca

    COST: Free

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