Music is a vibrant, enduring part of San Diego’s cultural life, which means music lovers have plenty of options when visiting the city. Throughout the county, you can find moody jazz halls, iconic rock venues, vast outdoor arenas and sizzling night clubs.
If your tastes run to the classics, then an outdoor symphony at sunset, organ concerts in the park, a nationally recognized summer music festival or a world-class opera await.
When it comes to indie rock, San Diego's local music scene continues to churn out hit-makers and chart-toppers on the national scene. Bands like Pinback, Blink 182, Rocket from the Crypt, Unwritten Law and Jason Mraz all cut their teeth on local stages. Seminal venues like The Casbah still book new, up-and-coming bands and offer nightly options for rock fans visiting the city.
For jazz lovers, there’s no better spot than Dizzy’s, an intimate venue where it’s all about the music. Local and nationally known musicians love to play Dizzy’s because the audience is so focused on the performance and improvisation on the stage before them.
Music festivals pop up all over the city, celebrating jazz, roots, Latin, and Cajun music. A classical music festival called Summerfest brings some of the best orchestras, musicians and chamber groups to our shores every summer. And, the annual San Diego Music Awards is a great event to attend if you're scouting for the next big act to come out of the city.
Whatever you’re in the mood for, you're sure to find a concert or performance that will satisfy, and likely inspire, in this music-loving city.