The San Diego County Fair takes place June 5–July 5, 2015, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This year’s theme, “A Fair to Remember: A Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park,” celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition held in Balboa Park and the great traditions and inventions arising from fairs. The fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and features top performing artists and popular attractions like the International Beer Festival, creative assortments of deep-fried food novelties, livestock exhibits, home and hobby displays, woodworking and an award-winning flower show.
San Diego celebrates Independence Day with a variety of Fourth of July celebrations throughout the county. Coronado's popular Independence Day Celebration features a two-hour parade followed by a family concert in Spreckels Park and spectacular fireworks over Glorietta Bay. The Port of San Diego celebrates with its Big Bay Boom fireworks extravaganza over San Diego Bay, the largest fireworks display in the county. LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad celebrates July 4th with Red, White and BOOM!Special family activities are available throughout the day with the fireworks starting at 8:30 p.m.
Visitors can be superheroes for a day at Comic-Con International, July 9-12, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center. Comic-Con has become a signature summertime event for San Diego; it is the largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting tens of thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, and features movie and TV memorabilia and all things related to pop culture.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is again planning two racing seasons in 2015–the traditional summer season kicks off with a Best Hat Contest on Opening Day, July 16 and runs through Sept. 7. The summer meet will offer racing Wed.-Sun. with an additional race day on Labor Day. Del Mar’s fall meeting will feature 15 racing days and run Fri.-Sun. on its first weekend, followed by four-day racing weeks (Thur.-Sun.) for the balance of the session.
Residents and visitors alike celebrate with pride during The Annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival, July 18-19. The second largest event of its kind on the West Coast, San Diego’s Pride Festival includes a mile-long parade through Hillcrest and two-day music festival in Balboa Park. The celebration will begin the evening of July 17 with dance stages and a big street festival at The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party.
This summer, the International Aerobic Championship (July 27-31) and the World Hip Hop Dance Championships (Aug. 2-9) are being held in north San Diego at the Event Center at Harrah's Resort. The events culminate with the World Hip Hop Dance Championship Finals on Aug. 9 at the Viejas Arena at San Diego State University. Competitions in 50 counties qualify the best street dancers and dance crews for the annual World Hip Hop Dance Championship, referred to as the “Olympics of Hip Hop Dance.” In the 2015 International Aerobic Championship, 300 of the world’s fittest athletes from 20 nations will vie for the top honors at the Event Center at Harrah's.
On Aug, 1, 2015, dozens of dogs take to the waves during the 10th Annual Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition in Imperial Beach. Visitors can take in the fun as more than 50 dogs compete in small dog, medium dog, large dog, extra-large dog and tandem surfing challenges.
During Sept. 4-7, more than 300 tons of sand will be carved and molded into beautiful sculptures for the annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition. Held at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal alongside San Diego Bay, the event features live entertainment, food trucks and unique rides for kids including a zipline that flies over the show.
The 21st Annual San Diego Festival of Beer takes place Sept. 18 on San Diego’s downtown bayfront at The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. More than 60 breweries provide up to 120 samples and tastings of brews alongside live musical performances, vendors and food.