Event Date

Event Description




June 11-July 5

San Diego County Fair

Great live music, rides, Kid Zone, animals, contests and more.


Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar

Adults: $7-13, Kids under 5: free; Tuesdays: Kids 12 and younger are admitted for free.

July 4

4th of July University City Celebration

The day begins with a 5K run/walk and a pancake breakfast. After, enjoy continuous music, dancing, food, beer, a bike & pet parade, scavenger hunt, rock walk, jumpers, pony rides, sack race, dunk tank, a monkey bridge, and more.

8 am-7 pm

Standley Park

3585 Governor Dr., San Diego


July 4

Lake Murray July 4th Music Fest

Independence Day is being celebrated with a food and music festival at the Lake Murray Community Park. The entire day is devoted to families as a free, fun, family happening. People can lay out blankets in a picnic-type setting and enjoy ongoing music, tasty food, and non-alcohol beverages.

9 am-9:30 pm

Lake Murray Community Park

7001 Murray Park Dr., San Diego

Free admission; there is a cost for food

July 4

Rancho Bernardo Spirit of the Fourth Festival

An Independence Day festival in Rancho Bernardo celebrates American heritage with flag-waving entertainment. There will be patriotic and educational activities, a parade at 3:30 pm, an Idol contest, displays, food, music, and beer.

9 am-5 pm

Webb Park near Bernardo Center Dr., Rancho Bernardo

Free admission

July 4

Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade and Festival

High School bands will sound off in a marching beat setting the pace for floats and local businesses and performing groups to follow in step. The festival includes an ice cream social, tasty hot dogs, a DJ, clowns, face painting, and inflatable jumpers.

10 am-3 pm

Hoyt Park near Aviary Dr. and Scripps Ranch Blvd., Scripps Ranch


July 7-11 and 14-18


Do you believe in magic? You will when you see a fairy godmother transform Cinderella from humble serving maid to the belle of the ball who wins the heart of the prince in this elegant tale told with hand and rod puppets plus marionettes.

Wed.-Sun.: 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

2130 Pan American Plaza, San Diego

Adults: $6, Children: $4

July 9, 23

August 6, 20

Movies By the Lake

Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic to enjoy games, contests and a family movie.

6-10 pm

9310 Fanita Pkwy., Santee

Free admission, parking is $8

July 10

NPCA Concert at Bird Park: Billy Lee & the Swamp Critters

Residents in North Park can enjoy an evening concert at Bird Park and the kids can play in the playground. "Billy Lee & the Swamp Critters" will perform super zydeco music. You can bring a picnic snack, relax and listen to the music, socialize, and dance.

5:30-7:30 pm

Bird Park

Upas St. and 28th St.,

San Diego


July 11

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea Rockola

Residents of La Jolla can have a relaxing afternoon at Scripps Park while listening to a summertime concert. Today, the "Rockola" band will perform great rock music from the 60's & 70's. Also available are raffles for prizes, hot dogs, popcorn, and ice cream bars.

2-4 pm

Ellen Browning Scripps Park

1180 Coast Blvd., La Jolla


July 17

Ramona and Beezus Kids Party

Families are treated to an afternoon of stories, games, and giveaways in honor of the release of the new Ramona and Beezus movie.

2 pm

Borders Bookstores across San Diego


July 17-18

San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Show  

Do you know the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Find out when you come to this show and see interesting reptiles from the turtle and tortoise world. They are very interesting creatures and can make a great pet for reptile enthusiasts.

12-4 pm

Balboa Park, Casa Del Prado, Room 101, San Diego


July 17

Family Storytelling

Storyteller Harlynne Geisler entertains the whole family.

11 am

Timken Museum of Art, Balboa Park, San Diego


July 17

SEA Day: Save Our Sharks

Hands-on activities, shark encounters, and learn how to protect sharks.

11 am-3 pm

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla

$8.50-$12; Children under age 2: Free

July 18

Target’s Arts and Wonder

Interactive activities and free admission showcase music and art!

10 am-4 pm at the Children’s Museum, 11 am-5 pm at the San Diego Musuem of Art

5:30-7 pm at Spreckles Organ Pavilion

The New Children’s Museum , 200 W. Island Ave., San Diego

San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park, San Diego

Spreckles Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego


July 18

San Diego DanceWorks presents Sleeping Beauty

Come see a mix of original and classical choreography as this fairy tale comes to life.

2 pm

Garfield Theatre, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla

$12; ages 7 and younger: Free

July 21-July 25

July 28-Aug. 1

Pirate Paul’s Pirate Party

Ships Ahoy, Mates! Pirate Paul is on a journey to find "The Treasure Of Balboa Park".  When his ship sinks and he is under the water a beautiful mermaid will rescue Pirate Paul and put him on the Island of Hula Helene, and true love!

Wed.-Sun.: 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

2130 Pan American Plaza, San Diego

Adults: $6, Children: $4

July 22-25

Comic-Con International

This convention is the largest comic book and pop culture event in the United States. It features major comic book publishers, artists, writers, movie studios, television networks, toy and game manufacturers and more.

8 am-5 pm

San Deigo Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego

Various ticket prices

July 24

Summer Concerts in the Garden

Listen to jazz music with your friends and family. Bring a picnic and a blanket!

7:30 pm

Woods House

1148 Rock Springs Rd., San Marcos


July 24-25

Into the Woods, Jr.

Musical with popular fairy tales told in a whole different way!

Sat.: 2 pm and Sun.: 1 pm

California Center for the Arts

340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido

Call for prices: (800) 988-4253

July 25

Bluegrass and Ice Cream Social

Fun event combines ice cream treats with the band Silverado.

4-7 pm

Rancho Buena Vista Adobe

640 Alta Vista Dr., Vista


July 30-Aug. 15

“Fame the Musical”

Lively performance following a group of teens who are pursuing their dreams while attending New York’s High School for the Performing Arts

Fr.: 7 pm; Sat.-Sun.: 2 pm

Casa Del Prado Theatre, 1600 Village Place

Balboa Park, San Diego


July 31-Aug. 1

Fisher-Price Play Weekend

Enjoy a huge play area filled with toys from Fisher-Price, including Power Wheels, vehicles as well as costumed characters.

10 am-4 pm

San Diego Wild Animal Park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido

Free wit paid admission

July 31

Doggie Street Festival

Adoption opportunities, gymnastics presentations, live entertainment, kids art project, food booths and pet-related products.

9 am-4 pm

Preble Field in Liberty Station, Cushing Rd. Between Dewey and Roosevelt, Point Loma

Free admission

July 31

San Diego Model Railroad Museum’s Birthday Bash

Behind-the-scenes tours of the exhibits, craft projects and birthday cake.

11 am-3:30 pm

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego

Free with admission of $7 for adults. Children under 14 are free when accompanied by an adult.

July 31

Camp Fire USA’s Centennial Celebration

Carnival games, live music, arts and crafts and more.

4-8 pm

Camp Cahito

3101 Balboa Dr., San Diego


July 31-Aug. 1

San Marcos Family Campout

Pitch your tent, enjoy a flashlight hike, games, crafts, songs, s’mores and more.

4 pm-9 am

Walnut Grove Park

Corner of Sycamore and Olive, San Marcos


July 2010 Family Events in San Diego