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This Weekend in San Diego: Summer Edition 6/22-6/24

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Summer has officially begun, and we are kicking it off right this weekend. In addition to a wide variety of concerts happening, there are art and yoga festivals. Head outside and celebrate the season of summer at the San Diego County Fair, or the Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook Off. Check out Wonderspaces while the exhibit is still in town, or watch the world premier of the La Jolla Play House’s the SQUIRRELS before it ends.

San Diego Weekend Events

Thursday, June 21

Summer Solstice Party at North Park

Held at the North Park Thursday Market, the Summer Solstice party will feature interactive activities for kids, tastings from local chefs, liquid sunshine in their craft beer garden and raffles with the chance to win hundreds of dollars in prizes. Live demonstrations by local artists and musical performances from Miss Erika Davies and kids’ artist, Raggle Taggle, will entertain guests into the evening. The neighborhood is invited to shop local at North Park Thursday Market during the celebration and each week throughout the year with fresh produce from San Diego farmers and unique hand-made products and gifts from artisans. 

World-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli returns to San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center with his unmatched repertoire of famed Arias, love songs, and beloved crossover hits. The tour is Bocelli’s first performance in almost 20 years in San Diego. The last time Bocelli visited America’s Finest City was on April 14, 1999. Tickets start at $82, show begins at 7:30pm.

Friday, June 22

Food Truck Fridays

Kick off your summer weekends in style every Friday evening at Balboa Park’s hottest after-hours event from 4-8:30 pm., visitors of all ages can enjoy live entertainment and activities for kids while eating gourmet dishes from a rotating selection of more than a dozen popular food trucks parked on the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway. Throughout the summer, Food Truck Fridays will present different musical performers or DJs each night in the Plaza de Panama.

Van’s Warped Tour

The bill includes 3OH!3, Knuckle Puck, Mayday Parade, Reel Big Fish, All Time Low, The Amity Affliction, We The Kings, Asking Alexandria, Simple Plan, Assuming We Survive, Taking Back Sunday, August Burns Red, Beartooth, The Used, Less Than Jake, Bowling For Soup, Broadside, and more at the SDCCU stadium at 11:00am. Tickets start at $30.

Rich the Kid at Parq Nightclub

Parq is downtown San Diego’s hottest nightclub. Parq features a 10,000 square feet main room, the largest HD LED wall on this side of the world, aerial dancers, the industry’s best hosts, 19 VIP tables and so much more. Check out Rich the Kid perform this Friday at 10:00 pm. Tickets are $20.

Slenderbodies at Soda Bar

The California-based duo met while attending university, and came together as a creative force 3 years later. The two wrote, recorded and produced their debut album “Sotto Voce” over the span of a month and 380 miles. The result was an emotionally impactful, sonically soft collection of songs, with intricate airy guitar work complemented by gentle vocals and present drums. With vivid imagery at the forefront of vocal waves, the Slenderbodies paints portraits of siren songs, sultry nights with foreign lovers, lost romance, and home. Check them out at Soda Bar at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Saturday, June 23

The 39th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival

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The 39th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival  is Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the 4800 – 5000 blocks of Newport Avenue, along the waterfront and in the pier parking lot. Chili tastings start at 11 a.m. and are usually done by 2 p.m. Trolley services will run from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., one near Robb Field every 30 minutes and one on Sea World Drive at Pacific Coast Highway every hour. There is a free bike valet at the intersection of Bacon Street and Newport Avenue, courtesy of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.

Jeff Dunham live at Concerts in the Park at Viejas

Regarded as one of America’s most popular stand-up comedians, Jeff Dunham exploded onto the scene in 1990 when he first appeared on the ever popular Johnny Carson Show. With current television specials like the “Very Special Christmas Special” and “Spark of Insanity”, he continues to make the list of top ten highest-grossing stand-up acts in North America. This Saturday at 8:00 p.m., enjoy a full plate of laughter as Jeff and his cast of zany misfit characters spew puppet insults. Be a part of this comedy chaos as Achmed, Peanut, Walter and the rest of the troops tell it like it is.

Beer X with Slightly Stoopid

Local reggae band Slightly Stoopid will light up San Diego’s seaside Waterfront Park for 91x’s fourth annual Beer X Festival featuring band’s like Pepper, Fishbone and other dub-heavy groups. About 120 breweries from Southern California and will offer unlimited samples starting at 1:00 p.m. to those with a ticket to both the concert and tasting session. Concert begins at 4:00 p.m.  Tickets start at $59

Distilled Festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Guests will get a 10-tab wristband with the purchase of a $33 admission ticket to Distilled, which allows them to sample quarter-ounce pours of spirits from dozens of distilleries and ounce pours of specialty cocktails. There will also be educational presentations hosted by local distillers for those interested in learning about the process behind their favorite sips. The ticket also allows guests to enter the San Diego County Fair. Tickets start at $33, event is from 12:00 – 5:00p.m.

The Squirrels at the La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse kicks off its 2018/2019 season with the world premiere of The Squirrels, a twisted new comedy by Tony Award nominee Robert Askins (Hand to God), directed by 2017 Tony Award winner and La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. Check them out this Sunday at 2:00 pm or 7:00 pm. The play runs June 5 – July 8 in the Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum. Get your tickets here.

Sunday, June 24

Festival of Yoga

This FREE event is San Diego’s largest yoga festival in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Yoga. Sponsored by Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga, the Festival is on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 8:00AM – 3:00PM at San Diego’s beautiful Waterfront Park. Featuring two vibrant community yoga classes, live music, vendor booths and a variety of breakout sessions to inspire and empower yogis of all ages, levels and walks of life. Bring along your friends and family for a great day of Yoga in the Park.

Juneteenth Block Party

Featuring music, food vendors, pop up shops, the electric slide, a double dutch competition, spades, and so much more. Juneteenth is a holiday to commemorate the end of the Civil War, specifically Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger’s Order No 3, as proclaimed on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX. This martial order was given to enforce the conditions of President Lincoln’s 1862 Emancipation Proclamation; as some 250,000 were still enslaved in Texas. Juneteenth “Independence Day” is celebrated in 43 states and Washington, DC. San Diego Melanin will be presenting the 1st annual Juneteenth Block Party at 4350 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105 from 1:00 – 5:30pm. Get your tickets here.

Escape Sundays at the Upper East Bar

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The Upper East Bar atop the trendy Kimpton Solamar Hotel will be hosting their Escape Sundays event from 12:00 -5:00 p.m., a relaxing poolside rooftop experience complete with a live DJ. Enjoy all day food & drink specials, including $5 draft beers. Sundays are for the girls, so grab your girl gang and recap the weekend over a bottle (or 2) of their $20 dry Rosé.


Wonderspaces returns to San Diego this summer with fifteen new works of extraordinary art after the 2017 debut drew over sixty-six thousand visitors. The new show, titled With Creative License, will be open on Friday from 12-10:30pm. Tickets for Wonderspaces will be available on a monthly, space available basis and range from $14 to $24.


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