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Top July Events

A Month of Epic Porportions

From Big Bay Boom fireworks over the bay to the sea of rainbows at the Pride Parade to outlandish hats at Del Mar Racetrack to amazing superhero costumes taking over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego goes big in July and you don't want to miss all these amazing events.

Don't miss these exciting events happening in San Diego this July.

Featured Events

Big Bay Boom

When: July 4
The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park and Coronado Ferry Landing. The impeccably choreographed display will last approximately 17 minutes.

Independence Day Celebrations

When: Thru July 4, 2019
Whether you're traveling with friends or family, San Diego is everyone's first choice for 4th of July celebrations. Even locals can't think of anything better than relaxing with loved ones on a long stretch of sand and watching an extraordinary show of lights in the sky. Below is a list of our favorite stretches of sand, spectacular fireworks shows around and places to watch the fireworks in San Diego.

San Diego County Fair

When: Thru July 4, 2019
The San Diego County Fair offers all of the deep fried-food-on-a-stick, rides, animals, and games you've experienced at other state and county fairs, but is also known for world-class exhibits in fine art, photography, woodworking, jewelry/gems & minerals, and home & hobby, and the Paul Ecke Jr. Flower & Garden Show...not to mention an unsurpassed view of the Pacific Ocean from the Ferris Wheel! The Toyota Summer Concert Series at the San Diego County Fair features nationally recognized entertainment every night; the entertainment lineup is usually announced in late March. With an additional eight stages located throughout the grounds, you're sure to find a band, dance troupe, DJ or comedian to suit your fancy!

San Diego Pride

When: July 12-14, 2019
San Diego LGBTQ+ Pride celebration gives extra sparkle to America’s Finest City in sunny July. The three-day extravaganza is a collective burst of energy, filled with music, food, drinks, fun, and love. Friends and strangers meet along the mile-long parade route in dynamic gayborhood Hillcrest. The Festival closes the event in beautiful Balboa Park, and the party doesn’t stop until long after sunset.

World Championship Over-The-Line

When: July 13-21, 2019
The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) is calling all players, beach-goers, and sports enthusiasts to the biggest summer event in San Diego!

Del Mar Racing Season

When: July 17 - September 2, 2019
San Diego horse racing takes place where the "turf meets the surf" at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season.

Comic-Con International: San Diego

When: July 18-21, 2019
Comic-Con International is the largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture.

Summer Safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

When: Thru September 1, 2019
Go wild at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park this summer! Summer Safari presented by Groupon brings later hours and more fun. Walk among kangaroos and wallabies at the newest habitat, Walkbout Australia, and hear a didgeridoo played. Enjoy guitar music, roaming jugglers and magicians, and summer food and drink specials throughout the Park.

Sesame Street Party Parade

When: Thru September 1, 2019
The Sesame Street Party Parade is marching Sesame Street excitement throughout SeaWorld San Diego. This colorful, musical, show-stopping parade is fun enough to get the whole family dancing.

SeaWorld's Electric Ocean

When: Thru September 2, 2019
Surf beyond your expectations as the sea comes alive at night and dive into Electric Ocean, SeaWorld's fantastic summer nighttime celebration.

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

When: Thru September 2, 2019
Stay after dark and help us celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo! Come "rock and roar" every day this summer with live music, fun shows, and special animal encounters. The fun begins before the sun goes down with an amazing trampoline act, Dr. Zoolittle's special performances, and African-themed entertainment for the whole family. Musicians will serenade and engage guests with tunes ranging from classic rock riffs to jaunty brass band sounds to sweet beats from throughout Africa.

Aquatica SeaWorld's Waterpark

When: Thru September 2, 2019 (Open weekends only after Sept 2)
Aquatica is set to make a splash for a third season with a combination of high-speed thrills, a relaxing beachside resort atmosphere, up-close animal encounters, and heated resort pools and children's attractions. Big Surf Shores, Loggerhead Lane, Slippity Dippity, Walkabout Waters and Kata's Kookaburra Cove will all be heated to a relaxing 78-80 degree temperature! Also adding to guest comfort this year are additional shade structures, shade trees, lounge chairs and dining tables.

San Diego Padres 50th Season

When: Thru September
The Padres will celebrate 50 years as Major League franchise in America's Finest City throughout 2019.

More Great July Events

University Heights Summer in the Park

When: July 5 - August 2, 2019
Come out this summer for fun & free entertainment on Fridays during University Heights Summer in the Park concert series! Bring a picnic dinner and try our mobile vendor Mrs. Frostie for ice cream treats, or visit any of the University Heights restaurants for a bite before or after the concerts.

Bird Rock Summer Concerts

When: July 6 - August 17, 2019
Bird Park Summer Concerts have drawn hundreds of people to the beautiful Bird Park setting for picnics, dancing, and enjoying the music of local talent.

SheFest

When: July 6, 2019
She Fest is a woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of women while fostering meaningful connections within the LGBT and larger San Diego community.

Stagecoach Days

When: July 7 - August 18, 2019
Stagecoach Days invites visitors to enjoy afternoons in Old Town filled with activities that reflect life in early San Diego and celebrate the West on the move.

USA Water Polo Women's Senior Nationals

When: July 12, 2019
UC San Diego's Canyonview Aquatic Center will play host to the Women's Senior Nationals.

Mission San Diego de Alcala Festival of the Bells

When: July 13-14, 2019
The festivities include food, live entertainment, dancing, and traditional activities like the Blessing of the Bells and the Blessing of the Animals. All five Mission bells are rung during the weekend festivities, including the original bell dating back to 1802.

Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival

When: July 13, 2019
Featuring world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children's craft activities, a Kids 'n Kastles competition, Farmer's Market and International Food Fair.

Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K

When: July 14, 2019
The Craft Classic Half Marathon and 5K offers a unique San Diego course with sweeping views, challenging hills and a delicious craft beer reward at the finish line at Green Flash Brewing Co.

Hop-Con

When: July 18, 2019
Stone has been proud beer geeks since 1996, so it's only natural for them to celebrate when their hometown becomes the center of the nerd universe during San Diego Comic Con.

Insect and Ladybug Festival

When: July 20-21, 2019
This one-of-a-kind event features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous "Madagascar hissing cockroaches."

Burgers and Brews Invitational

When: July 20, 2019
The Burgers & Brews Invitational returns for an exciting day at the races with a fun-filled day that will showcase the best of the best award-wining craft breweries alongside the top burger establishments in all of San Diego!

Supergirl Surf Pro

When: July 26-28, 2019
The world's top professional female surfers are back! The weekend will be jam-packed with world-class competition that will have you on your toes and a festival village loaded with female-inspired vendors, activities and entertainment.

SIP of Julian

When: July 27, 2019
Julian Tasting Rooms offering samples of their wine, beer, hard cider, mead or craft cocktails.

Uncorked: Del Mar Summer Wine Fest

When: July 27, 2019
Enjoy over 150 wines from across the globe, gourmet local food vendors, live DJ, lawn games and watch the races from the infield.

Nat Diego

When: July 28-29, 2019
Come taste the exciting world of natural wine and learn about what you drink at a weekend festival packed with winemakers, importers and advocates of Natural wine.

Live Well San Diego 5K

When: July 28, 2019
Live Well San Diego 5K will be a fun, family-friendly event for all ages, including a kids fun zone all while supporting a great charity.

Solana Beach Triathlon, Duathlon & Aquabike

When: July 28, 2019
The Solana Beach Triathlon, Duathlon & Aquabike invites you to an epic day living the active lifestyle made special by its idyllic location - Fletcher Cove.

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