Event Date

Event Description




June 10-July 4

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.

June 29-July 3 and July 6-10


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 1-17

A Year with Frog and Toad

How can these two amphibious best friends be such opposites? Follow Frog, Toad, and their buddy Snail on a croakingly good musical journey where wonderful times abound, where ‘expecting the unexpected’ is just another way of having fun, and where friendship is valued above all else.

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

Casa Del Prado Theatre, 1600 Village Place

Balboa Park, San Diego


July 2

NPCA Concert at Bird Park: Stoney B Blues Band

Residents in North Park can enjoy an evening concert at Bird Park and the kids can play in the playground. 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 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

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 8, 22

August 5, 19

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 9

Family Storytelling

Tales Inspired by George Innes in Italy.

11 am

Timken Museum of Art, Balboa Park, San Diego


July 10-31, Sundays only

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea

Residents of La Jolla can have a relaxing afternoon at Scripps Park while listening to a summertime concert. 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 16-17

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 16

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 16

Bungle in the Jungle

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

3 pm

California Center for the Arts

340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido

Call for prices: (800) 988-4253

July 20-July 24

July 27-July 31

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 22-24

U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition

Live music, food, Kids-N-Kastles Competition, vendors, arts and crafts and viewing of the entries.


Seacoast Dr., Imperial Beach


July 21-24

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 23

Xmas in July

Whether you've been bad or good this year, everyone is welcome to enjoy Xmas in July at the Las Posas Pool. Participate in fun Reindeer Games, a Sled Race, the amazing Present Drop, and the San Marcos Aquatics Team version of a Snowball Fight! The whole family is invited. Come fun come all!

6-9 pm

Las Posas Pool

1387 W. Borden Rd.,

San Marcos


July 23

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

Bluegrass and Ice Cream Social

Fun event combines ice cream treats with the band Lonesome Otis.

1-4 pm

Rancho Buena Vista Adobe

640 Alta Vista Dr., Vista


July 28-31

Ramona County Fair

Ramona Idol contest, carnival rides, livestock, live music, fair food, egg toss, chicken bingo, and the Ramona Idol talent contest.

Thurs.-Fri: 5-11 pm

Sat.: 12 noon-11 pm

Sun.: 12 noon-10 pm

Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona

Free admission, fee for rides and games.

July 30-31

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

Hilton San Diego

Bayfront Park, San Diego

Free admission

July 30-July 31

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 2011 Family Events in San Diego