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Summer Concerts in San Diego

Jam-Packed with Amazing Live Music

From the beach to the mountains, San Diego summers are full of amazing live music. You’ll be happy (and you’ll know it!) as you soak in your favorite songs and musical styles — whether at a gorgeous amphitheater or a cozy neighborhood park. There's no better way to savor summer than spending a warm evening listening to great music outdoors in San Diego. 

Here's a rundown of some of the best options for memorable music experiences in San Diego, many of them free. 

Ticketed Concerts

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

When: Now - November 15, 2023
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.

Toyota Summer Concert Series

When: June 7 - July 4, 2023
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 24-25, 2023
This two-day event combines the soothing sounds of smooth jazz, a variety of delicious cuisine, and an amazing atmosphere that creates an unparalleled experience.

Concerts at Petco Park

When: Starting on June 29, 2023
With arena tours including Morgan Wallen, Slightly Stoopid and Sublime, to rock and indie concerts at Gallagher Square, there is more to Petco Park than baseball.

Conrad Prebys 2023 Season at The Rady Shell @ Jacobs Park

When: June 30 - September 23, 2023
Enjoy an exciting season of music, movies and more at San Diego's picturesque waterfront concert venue, the Rady Shell @ Jacobs Park.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library's Summer Festival

When: July 2 - 23, 2023
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.

San Diego Bayfest

When: July 8, 2023
San Diego Bayfest is a music festival that celebrates San Diego’s beach culture and lifestyle. Our focus is on these key event elements: Music – Location – Food & Beverages. We have come to embrace the term “Beach Music” as San Diego is a coastal city with the beach lifestyle being one of our mainstays.

La Jolla Music Society SummerFest

When: July 28 - August 26, 2023
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.


Free Concerts

El Cajon's Dinner and a Concert

When: May 5 - September 29, 2023
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 28 - September 3, 2023
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 15 - August 17, 2023
Join the community of Santee for the Summer Concert Series and the weekly Food Truck Rally every Thursday (except July 6, 2023) throughout the summer.

Switchfoot BRO-AM

When: June 17, 2023
The ultimate family friendly music beach party, the 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.

La Mesa Sundays at Six Concerts

When: June 25 - July 30, 2023
Join La Mesa for free Sundays at Six Concerts on June 25, and July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30th at Harry Griffen Park.

Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts

When: June 20 - August 31, 2023
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 20 - August 22, 2023
Gather by the Powerhouse for the Del Mar Summer Twilight Concerts to socialize, picnic, and enjoy music as the sun sets over the ocean.

Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park

When: July 4 - July 28, 2023
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: July 7 - August 11, 2023
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.

Summer Fun on the 101

When: June 24, 2023
Summer Fun on the 101 is Encinitas’ most epic music festival and is free and open to the whole community! The line up is lovingly curated by Ruthless Hippies.

International Summer Organ Festival

When: June 26 - July 31, 2023
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. 

ARTS DISTRICT Summer Music Series

When: July 9 & August 13, 2023
The NTC Foundation is partnering with Beer, Food & Music to present the 2023 ARTS DISTRICT Summer Music Series! Everyone is invited to wander and explore the ARTS DISTRICT and enjoy FREE outdoor musical performances on the North Promenade.

University Heights Summer in the Park

When: July 7 - August 4, 2023
Come out this summer for fun & free entertainment on Fridays starting in July and the first Friday of August 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.

Point Loma Summer Concerts

When: July 14 - August 11, 2023
Since 2001, Point Loma Summer Concerts has been bringing family-friendly concerts to Point Loma Park, with crowds swelling to nearly 3,000. The concerts are now a community tradition, with strolling teenagers who attended their first concerts in strollers.

Marine Band San Diego Summer Concert

When: July 29, 2023
Come out to Little Italy's Piazza della Famiglia for an evening of amazing live music by the popular music group, "Sound Strike." These talented Marines will get you pumped with a performance that will be sure to keep you swaying – ooh-rah!

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