10 Things You Won’t Want to Miss in San Diego This Summer

31 05 2010

Summer is finally here and lucky for us, we live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Here’s a list of a few fun events happening around the city this summer:

1. San Diego Spirits Festival- June 2-5
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com
Get educated on wine and beer and learn how to make amazing cocktails from the experts. There will be grand tastings at the Hilton’s waterfront park, bartender/chef food pairing challenges, trade seminars and entertainment.

Rock n' Roll Marathon

2. 13th Annual Rock n’ Roll Marathon- June 6
http://san-diego.competitor.com
This is one of San Diego’s biggest events with more than 20,000 runners and 100,000 spectators. The 26.2 mile marathon benefits the leukemia and lymphoma society and features live music lining the streets, cheer squads and a huge post-marathon concert. This year, the race route will feature more than 9 miles along San Diego’s scenic waterfront, include a stretch through PETCO Park and a 13.1-mile half marathon.

3. The San Diego County Fair-June 11-July 5
www.sdfair.com/fair
Soak up summer fun at this all-county fair. Thousands of people visit this fair every year for the rides, contests, merchandise, art, shows, games and of course fair food!

4. Imogen Heap Concert- June 20
Humphrey’s by the Bay
www.humphreysconcerts.com
Come see this Grammy award-winning British singer/songwriter whose unique sound has captivated audiences everywhere. She also has one of the largest online profiles with over 7 million YouTube hits on her standout single, “Hide and Seek”.

Bro-Am

5. 6th Annual Bro Am Surf Contest-June 26
Moonlight Beach, Encinitas 7am-5pm
http://www.switchfoot.com/switchfoot/p/broam
Every year, the popular rock band, Switchfoot, puts on a surf contest that benefits local chapters of Stand Up for Kids which aids homeless and street kids. Slap on some sunscreen and enjoy free concerts, beach vendors, live mural art, sand volleyball and great surf!

6. 31st Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili cook-off- June 26
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/ob-street-fair
If you’ve ever visited Ocean Beach, you know it’s a funky little beach town filled with unique shops on the main drag (Newport Street) and eclectic culture that is all it’s own. This free festival is a community tradition complete with 5 music stages, art, food and vendors.

7. San Diego Harbor Excursions- July 4
http://www.sdhe.com/san-diego-special-cruises.html
Take a dinner and fireworks cruise this fourth of July! Two-and-a-half hours cruising aboard a fine dining vessel which features 25 scenic miles of San Diego’s skyline. Includes a three-course dinner, cocktail, entertainment and fireworks show!

8. San Diego Comic-Con International-July 22-29
San Diego Convention Center
http://www.comic-con.org/cci/index.php
Some call it a nerd fest, others think it’s pretty awesome and still others say it’s a great people watching opportunity as attendees dress up in crazy costumes. This event showcases comic books, science fiction/fantasy film and TV, video games, collectibles, novels, celebrity appearances and speakers. It’s the largest convention in Western Hemisphere filling the San Diego Convention Center to capacity with over 125,000 attendees.

2010 Top Ten Idols

9. American Idol Tour 2010-August 16th
Viejas Arena
http://www.americanidol.com/news/view/pid/3046/
The top 10 finalists of this past season are hitting the road for a summer tour. A unique chance to see your favorite idols up close!

10. Ruben H. Fleet Science Center star gazing- 1st Wednesday of every month
Balboa Park
http://www.rhfleet.org/site/astronomy/skytonight.html
Come watch the monthly IMAX planetarium show, “Sky Tonight” at the Fleet Science Center’s space theatre.  Then at dusk, the San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) sets up telescopes on the north side of the Fleet building for public sky viewing. Experts are there to help you locate different stars and planets and answer questions.

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