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Summer Concerts

Jam-Packed with Amazing Live Music

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Live Music Under the Stars

From the beach to the mountains, San Diego Summers are full of amazing live music. Whether at a star-studded amphitheater or a neighborhood park, there's no better way to savor summer than spending a warm evening outdoors, listening to almost any type of music.

Here's a rundown of some of the best options, many of them free, which will leave you tapping your toes.

Ticketed Concerts

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

When: April 12 - November 2, 2019
The popular Humphreys Concerts by the Bay features top name entertainers performing on an outdoor stage adjacent to a picturesque marina at Humphreys Half Moon Inn on Shelter Island.

Green Flash Concert Series

When: May 22 - September 18, 2019
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps' annual Green Flash Concert Series offers a unique summertime experience with live music and spectacular ocean sunsets. The concerts occur on the third Wednesday of every month during May through September on the aquarium's stunning outdoor tide-pool plaza and include food, drinks and a sophisticated mix of national performers.

Toyota Summer Concert Series

When: May 31 - July 4, 2019
The Toyota Summer Concert Series is the San Diego County Fair's premier entertainment event, featuring internationally known artists on the Heineken Grandstand Stage every night of the fair.

San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

When: June 28 - June 30, 2019
This three-day event combines the soothing sounds of smooth jazz, a variety of delicious cuisine, and an amazing atmosphere that creates an unparalleled experience.

Bayside Summer Nights

When: June 28 - August 31, 2019
The San Diego Symphony's Bayside Summer Nights features food, fireworks and fantastic orchestral performances under the stars at picturesque Embarcadero Marina Park South in downtown San Diego.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library's Summer Festival

When: Sundays, June - July 2019
Pianist Gustavo Romero has become a cherished tradition in San Diego. The annual Athenaeum Summer Festival, a four-part series of concerts that takes place on Sundays, features the works of one famous composer each summer. The series also offers an optional dinner with Gustavo Romero following the concert.

La Jolla Music Society SummerFest

When: August 2-23, 2019
The La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest features more than 80 world-class classical artists and ensembles performing diverse concerts, with most taking place at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at the University of California, San Diego.

KAABOO Festival

When: September 13-15, 2019
3 days, 7 stages, 100+ music acts, and many more happenings you'll just have to discover for yourself.

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Free Concerts

El Cajon's Dinner and a Concert

When: May 4 - September 28, 2019
Occurring every Friday night, El Cajon's Dinner and a Concert transforms the Prescott Promenade in downtown El Cajon into a dynamic live concert scene with free rock, country, big band and R&B performances.

Coronado Promenade Summer Concert Series

When: May 26 - September 1, 2019
A beloved local tradition, the Coronado Promenade Summer Concert Series takes place every Sunday evening in Spreckels Park near the center of town. Visitors can enjoy cool live music while picnicking.

Santee Summer Concert Series

When: June 13 - August 22, 2019
Join the community of Santee for the Summer Concert Series and the weekly Food Truck Rally every Thursday (except July 4, 2019) throughout the summer.

Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts

When: June 18 - August 29, 2019
Balboa Park's annual Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts offers a free concert series under the stars on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Twilight concerts feature a mix of musical performances, including military bands, Dixieland jazz, big band swing and Latin salsa.

Del Mar Summer Twilight Concerts

When: June 18 - August 20, 2019
Gather by the Powerhouse for the Del Mar Summer Twilight Concerts to socialize, picnic, and enjoy music as the sun sets over the ocean.

International Summer Organ Festival

When: June 24 - August 31, 2019
Visit the Spreckels Organ Pavilion for its free International Summer Organ Festival, occurring at 7:30 PM every Monday. San Diego's warm summer nights allow guests to enjoy the majestic sound of the world's largest outdoor pipe organ, while enjoying music played by world-renowned concert and theater organists.

Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park

When: June 22 - August 30, 2019
Put on by the community organizations and businesses every summer, Summer Concerts in the Park is a beloved Friday musical tradition in Mission Hills.

TGIF Concerts in the Park

When: June 22 - August 17, 2019
Carlsbad's TGIF Concerts in the Park offer great music, plenty of room to dance, beautiful park settings for picnicking, free shuttle buses, fun hands-on art activities for the kids - it's the best in community programming.

Liberty Station Concerts

When: June - September, 2019
A wildly popular free concert series, the ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station hosts four concerts on the grassy North Promenade on the 4th Sunday of each month, featuring a collection of popular San Diego musicians and acts.

Switchfoot BRO-AM

When: June 29, 2019
The ultimate family friendly music beach party, the 15th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am features an awesome surf competition and free concerts on the sand at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, while raising money for local community and youth programs.

University Heights Summer in the Park Concert Series

When: July 5 - August 30, 2019
Come out to Trolley Barn Park and enjoy an evening of free entertainment during University Heights Summer in the Park concert series.

Bird Park Summer Concerts

When: July 6 - August 17, 2019
For over a decade, North Park's 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.

Point Loma Summer Concerts

When: July 12 - August 9, 2019
Families, friends and neighbors will enjoy a picnic and settle in for free concerts at Point Loma Park. This year's Point Loma Summer Concerts lineup promises to please a variety of musical tastes including young talent on the "Junior Stage".

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