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July 1-4

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.

July 1, 6-8, 13-15


Enjoy the story of Ugly, who looks different from the others and struggles to find acceptance and love in all its forms. For all ages.

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

Casa Del Prado Theatre, 1600 Village Place

Balboa Park, 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

The parade includes high school bands, floats and local businesses and performing groups 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 6, 20

August 3, 17

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 6

Superhero Jam

Live entertainment, pop-up comic book workshop, super galactic beat manipulators, live DJ and the unicycle society.

10 am-4 pm

The New Children’s Museum

200 West Island Ave., San Diego


July 6-8

Robert Egger South Bay Recreation Center Carnival

Attractions include exciting carnival rides and games for all ages; plus snacks and a portrait novelty booth.

1-11 pm

1885 Coronado Ave., San Diego

$2.00 for ages 7 and older plus fees for games and rides

July 7

Children’s Craft Time

Craft, color, paste, and more.

10:30-11:30 am

University Heights 4193 Park Blvd., San Diego


July 11-15


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


July 12-15

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 14

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 15, July 22 and July 29

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 18-July 22

July 25-July 29

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


July 21

SEA Days: Sharks Around the Globe

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 21

Family Storytelling

Professional storyteller Harlynne Geisler will share lively tales inspired by Museum masterpieces.

11 am

Timken Museum of Art, Balboa Park, San Diego


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 24

Community BBQ Event

Meet up with new and old friends and enjoy a yummy lunch.

12:30-2 pm

South Bay Recreation Center

1885 Coronado Ave., San Diego

Kids eat free. Adults: $3.

July 26-29

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 28

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 28-29

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.

Sat.: 10 am-5 pm, Sun.: 10 am-4 pm

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


July 28

Concert at Bird Park: Folding Mr. Lincoln

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 2012 Family Events in San Diego