July 2023 San Diego County Calendar of Events
Fun things to do in San Diego this month
Through July 4 » San Diego County Fair
“Get Out There!” to explore the great outdoors and get s’more of what life has to offer. Scout out Best-of-Show winners in the Fair’s competitive
exhibitions. Reach new heights as you spin upside-down in the FunZone. Be prepared for an unsurpassed line-up of entertainment on the fair’s
Del Mar Fairgrounds
July 6 » Night Fishing
Join us for a night of fishing in Lakes 1-4. No state fishing license is required, only a permit from the General Store. Adults $10, Jrs & Seniors
$6, Extra pole stamp $4. Bring your lantern.
Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
July 7 » July 2023 Art Walk
La Jolla has long been known for its iconic and cutting-edge galleries and proudly presents First Friday Art Walks a free sip, snack, and stroll through 16+ iconic galleries.
La Jolla Village Merchants Association
July 7 » Tanabata Festival
Originating from Chinese folklore, Tanabata is a holiday that celebrates the meeting of stars Orihime and Hikoboshi! This year’s festival will be full of kid-friendly fun, such as games, performances, crafts and food !
Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
July 7-8 » Nat Diego
Come taste the exciting world of natural wine and learn about what you drink at a weekend festival packed with winemakers, importers and advocates of Natural wine.
Sat 1-5pm & 7-11pm
Bread & Salt, San Diego
July 8 » San Diego Bayfest
The goal of Bayfest is to break down what works in San Diego and stick with it. At the festival aside from high energy musical performances you will find local food vendors including Taco stands, local bartenders pouring Craft Beer and Craft Cocktails as well as an assortment of local crafts and vending booths.
July 8-16 » San Diego Pride
Event includes She Fest, Light Up the Cathedral, the Rally, Pride 5K, the Parade, and the Festival. San Diego Pride’s mission is fostering pride,
equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally. See website for schedule of events. Website
July 13-16 » California State Games
Join 10,000 athletes competing for gold in 24 sports throughout San
Diego. The Athlete Parade at Opening Ceremonies is one of the many
highlights of this Olympic-style festival.
See website for schedule. www.calstategames.org/summer-games
July 15 » Summer FunFest & Movie in the Park
Come early for Summer FunFest from 5:30-7pm with activities for the entire family to enjoy. Then, get ready for a blockbuster movie! After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.
Brengle Terrace Park
July 15 » Mopar Club San Diego’s 24th All-American Car Show
All years, all vehicles; food trucks & vendors; 30+ trophies: judged categories and People’s Choice awards, plus judged award for best vehicle
owned by active-duty military or reservist.
Seaport Village Embarcadero North
July 15-23 & 22-23 » Over The Line Tournament
The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) is calling all players, beachgoers, and sports enthusiasts to the biggest summer event in San Diego! Over 1,000 teams will hit the sand at sunrise with their bats, balls, and most creative team names.
Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park
July 16 » Pupologie Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
This free event features numerous dog-related vendors, rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies. Activities include dog contests, live music, libation lounge, food trucks, and more!
Encinitas Community Park
July 20-23 » Comic-Con International
The largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture.
San Diego Convention Center
July 21-Sept. 10 » Del Mar Racing
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) hosts world-class thoroughbred horse racing, welcoming the industry’s top athletes to the Del Mar Racetrack.
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
July 22 » Next Episode Summer Sizzle Car Show
Cruise on down and join us for the Next Episode of Groupe SD Summer Sizzle. The legendary DJ Will on the 1s and 2s, live Norteno, Vendors, raffles, and awards. Benefiting the Mother Teresa charities in Tijuana.
2504 Transportation Ave., National City
July 24 » Drive Out Hunger Golf Classic
The annual tournament will kick off with a shotgun scramble and feature lunch, prizes for the top winning teams and contest winners, choice swag
for each player, and a LIVE auction that will take place during our cocktail reception and post-tournament dinner.
Shadowridge Golf Club, Vista
July 28 » National City Chamber Golf Tournament
The Chamber has held an annual golf tournament in memory of Kile Morgan. Highlights: Lunch & dinner, Hole-In-One Car, Raffle Drawings, Cash Prizes, Contests.
Chula Vista Golf Course
July 28-30 » Ramona County Fair
This family event features a cornhole competition, live music, amusement rides and carnival games, an off-road show, food & beverage vendors, craft & commercial vendors, Western shows, medieval demonstrations, and much more!
Ramona Outdoor Community Center
July 29 » Sip of Julian
The Sip features many of Julian’s alcoholic beverage purveyors. Tasters will enjoy their samples paired with small bites at each venue, take in the scenery, and spend a relaxing day enjoying the sights and sounds of Julian. Ticket holders enjoy a self-guided day throughout Julian to visit the various participating locations. This is a 21 and Over Event.
Julian Town Hall
July 29 » Street Nights Festival
An amazing day of music, craft beer and dozens street food vendors. Guests will experience bottomleess samples of craft beer, cider & other
beverages from dozens of breweries/ beverage companies + access to food truck and restaurant vendors for purchase.
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
July 30 » Solana Beach Triathlon
The surf-entry ocean swim is supported by lifeguards and swim buddies. The bike and run courses cruise down the world-famous Pacific Coast Highway. Finally a tunnel of high-fives awaits you at the finish line – a gauntlet of excitement.
4th of July Events:
Carlsbad Red, White and BOOM!
Coronado Crown City Classic
Coronado Tidelands Park
El Cajon 4th of July Activities & Fireworks
Escondido Independence Day Concert & Fireworks
Escondido Center for the Arts
Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks
Grape Day Park
Fallbrook Independence Day Pancake Breakfast
Friends of the Community Center
Imperial Beach Independence Day Fireworks
Julian 4th of July Parade
Downtown Julian, Main St.
Mira Mesa 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks – July 2
Hourglass Field Community Park
Poway Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Old Poway Park
Fourth of July Activities & Fireworks
Poway H.S., Fireworks Only: Poway Sportsplex
Ramona Family Picnic & Fireworks
Olive Peirce Middle School
Rancho Bernardo The Spirit of the Fourth & Fireworks
Community Fair: 9am-12pm / Webb Park
Parade: 3:30-5pm / Downtown RB
Festivities: 6-9:30pm / RB High School, www.spiritofthefourth.org
San Diego University City San Diego Celebration
Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom!
San Diego Bay
SeaWorld July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
SeaWorld San Diego
San Marcos Red, White & Boom
Santee Santee Salutes & Fireworks
Town Center Comm. Park East
4th of July Run & Ride
Oceanside Independence Day Parade
Fireworks Show July 3
SoCal Soccer Complex at El Corazon
Lake Murray Fireworks & Musicfest
Lake Murray Playground
May 4 » Taste of Cardiff
Restaurants in Cardiff will be crafting decadent tastes to win your vote for the 2023 Morgan Mallory Golden Fork Award, while local businesses host Sip Stops stationed with local libations. There will be local favorites and performing artists.
May 5 » Cinco de Mayo Sunset San Salvador Sail
Staged aboard the 16th-century galleon replica, San Salvador, this 21 and up event magically transports you back in time when explorer Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo’s vessel reached America’s West Coast in 1542. The festivities include lovely live Spanish guitar music, custom cocktails, and delicious food.
Maritime Museum of San Diego
May 5-6 » Wildflower Show
Wildflowers are gathered by members in distinct geographical areas surrounding Julian. Hundreds of varieties of flowers are exhibited and they differ each year depending on weather conditions. Free Admission.
Julian Woman’s Club
May 6 » Wine, Brews, & Blues Festival
Wine and craft beer tasting, silent auction, live music, dancing, Beer N’ Brats Courtyard, Tasty Bites by local restaurants.
Monserate Winery, Fallbrook
May 6 » Mental Health Festival
Change Your Mind is a free, one-day event that focuses on creating and sustaining mental wellness through workshops, demonstrations, presentations, and hands-on experiences.
Oceanside Pier Amphitheater & Beach Center
760-489-6380 / www.interfaithservices.org/change
May 6 » Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival
Butterfly Releases, Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Pollinator Party, Petting Zoo, Coyote Music Festival (Live Bands), Food Trucks, Garden Tour, Outdoor walking trails highlighting drought tolerant exhibits.
The Water Conservation Garden, El Cajon
619-660-0614 x10 / www.thegarden.org
May 6 & 13 » Wildlife Kayaking Eco Tour
Our naturalist guide will point out marine and bird life and teach you about local ecology and conservation efforts. All equipment is provided: Kayak, life vest, binoculars, and field guides.
Bayside Park, Chula Vista
May 7 » Boots & Butterflies Ball
Michelle’s Place is a 501C3 non-profit organization. In 2001, Michelle’s Place was founded by Michelle Watson’s friends and family to ensure no one faces cancer alone.
Peltzer Winery, Temecula
951-699-5455 / www.michellesplace.org
May 7 » Carlsbad Village Street Faire
Features over 750 unique vendors with a little of everything: arts & crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, and more. Children’s rides, an international food center, and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast!
760-931-8400 / www.carlsbad.org
May 7 » Spring Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon
With a calm bay swim, a flat bike, and run course, the Spring Sprint is the perfect race to kick off your Year.
South Shores Park, Mission Bay
May 7 » Touch-a-Truck Lakeside Edition
Trucks, trailers, tractors, machinery, cool cars and everything in between. Vendors will be on hand for food and drinks so come out and have lunch and a snack and enjoy a day outside with your family and friends.
11600 Riverside Drive
619-561-1031 / www.lakesidechamber.org
May 11 » Project Cornerstone Golf Tournament
Foursome Scramble. This is a charity golf tournament to support Project Cornerstone’s education and workforce development programs.
The Welk Resort Fountains Course, Escondido
619-787-8482 / www.project-cornerstone.org
May 11-14 » Gator By The Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival
The spirit, sounds and flavors of southwest Louisiana come alive! With everything from A to Zydeco, this 4-day, family-friendly cultural celebration takes place on picture-perfect San Diego Bay, featuring 100+ live musical acts & performances on 7 stages, wooden dance floors, shade, green grass and fun for the kids.
Spanish Landing Park, San Diego
619-234-8612 / www.gatorbythebay.com
May 12 » Challenge Cup Golf Tournament
We’re proud to partner once again with the Escondido Police Athletic League and have the proceeds benefiting both of our organizations again this year! Get ready for an awesome day of golf, friends, food, and making a difference in our community!
The Vineyard at Escondido Golf Course
760-745-2125 / www.escondidochamber.org
May 13 » Spring Flower Faire Extraordinaire
Flowers, plants, and vegetables. Unique plant containers and decorative garden art.
Fallbrook Historical Society
May 13 » Bags N’ Brews
The event will incorporate a cornhole tournament with divisions for beginners and advance players, with a total prize pool of $1500, while also offering local craft brews, a DJ, food trucks and children’s activities.
Hollandia Park, San Marcos
760-744-1050 / www.san-marcos.net
May 14 » Historic Home Tour 2023
We invite you to support the community you love, its history, and the Coronado Historical Association with someone special this Mother’s Day and walk through the doors to these exclusive private homes open to ticket holders only.
Coronado Historical Association & Museum
619-435-7242 / www.coronadohistory.org
May 19 » Discover Fallbrook Community Expo
Enjoy live music, beverages, and food available for purchase from the Firehouse Que & Brew food truck.
The Vineyard at 1924
May 20 » La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K
The course follows a scenic coastal route before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park. The course then rolls atop Torrey Pines mesa, continues down through residential La Jolla Shores, and finishes at La Jolla Cove. For those interested in a shorter option, the La Jolla Shores 5K offers a mostly downhill course.
Del Mar Fairgrounds
760-692-2900 / www.lajollahalfmarathon.com
May 20 » OB Kite Festival
Prizes for best-decorated kites, by age category. Spectacular kite flying demonstrations throughout the day. Carnival rides and a craft fair are also part of the event. Peruse the “Off” Street Fair of artisans, community booths, and food trucks.
May 20 » Armed Forces Day Operation Appreciation
Thousands of active-duty military, their family and dependents are treated to a day of free food, entertainment and a fun zone for kids. This event is open to the public.
Oceanside Pier Amphitheater
760-722-1534 / www.oceansidechamber.com
May 20 » Spring Taste of IB
This year we will be adding the IB Artisan Shop to the walk along Seacoast Dr. and Olde Palm Avenue. Browse, eat, drink, and be merry!
Ye Olde Plank Inn
619-559-0893 / www.ib-chamber.com
May 20 » Spring Escape 2023
Experience a daytime escape dedicated to yoga, art, sound, and nature. Yoga instructors Jackie Gadd, and Lisa Griffiths, along with Sound Therapist, Jon Freeman, guide a series of practices.
8:30am-2pm / The Water Conservation Garden, El Cajon
619-660-0614 x10 / www.thegarden.org
May 20-21 » Warner Springs Wine & Art Trail
A self-guided driving tour of Hwy 79 South along SD County’s North Mountain Wine Trail. Spend the day or weekend discovering new terrain, browsing art by professional artists and talented artisans, viewing unique vistas, hiking beautiful trails, and sipping award-winning wines.
11am-5pm / Highway 79 South
619-818-9343 / www.warnerspringsartisanguild.com
May 20-21 » Santa Ysabel Arts Festival
FREE EVENT. Painters, Artists, Musicians, Poets, and Wine!
30352 Highway 78
760-765-1676 / www.santaysabelartgallery.com
May 20-21 » Fiesta Del Sol
You will find over 200+ vendors, live music, 20+ unique food providers, a beer garden, a wine garden, and a special area just for kids with rides, games and hands-on activities. There will also be a Solana Beach Firefighters’ Pancake Breakfast on Sunday from 7:30-10:30am.
Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-8pm
Fletcher Cove Park, Solana Beach
May 21 » Navy’s Bay Bridge Run/Walk
The unique 4-mile run/walk has a one-of-a-kind spectacular panoramic view as participants make their way to Coronado’s beautiful Tidelands Park. During the finish line celebration, runners receive a Finisher’s medal, event T-shirt, and enjoy sponsor booths. Plus, all participants are eligible for drawing prizes and complimentary transportation back to downtown.
Starting Line – Hilton San Diego Bayfront
May 21 » Community Band Festival
Old Poway Park Action Committee members, the Pomerado Community Band and the Poway Arts and Crafts Guild, will host the annual California Band Festival and Arts and Crafts Market. Listen to bands from near and far that will offer a wide variety musical genres.
Old Poway Park
858-668-4576 / www.poway.org
May 25-28 » Kuumba Festival
A safe return to the 4th districts community of Encanto, Kuumba Festival San Diego’s longest running celebration of black youth, family, community development, health, art, culture, and heritage. The premiere unique black arts and culture celebration will be returning to the community of the 4th district where the people who named, defined, created, and demonstrated it since 1986, live work and play.
May 27 » Santee Street Fair
This is a free, public event featuring carnival rides, 21+Beer Garden, youth art show, food & beverages, and local performances.
Riverview Parkway & Town Center Parkway
619-449-1515 / www.santeechamber.com
May 28 » Fallbrook Vintage Car Club Annual Car Show
This year’s featured car are British cars. Free admission and parking. Swap meet and food vendors.
10am-3pm / Bates Nut Farm, Valley Center
May 28 » Vista Strawberry Festival
Wear your most festive Strawberry attire and bring your berry happy grin… we can’t wait to see you! There’s something for everyone… contests, kids play zone, entertainment, art, film festival, vendors and, of course, Strawberry deliciousness!
8am-6pm / Downtown Vista
760-726-1122 / www.vistastrawberryfest.com