From the beach to the mountains, San Diego Summers are full of amazing live music. Whether at a star-studded amphitheatre 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 run down of some of the best options, many of them free, which will leave you tapping your toes.
When: April 12 - October 29, 2017
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.
When: May 17 - September 20, 2017
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.
When: June 2 - July 4, 2017
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.
When: June 11, 2017
All ages welcome! Phoenix will co-headline with Empire of the Sun. Plus Bob Moses, Skip Marley, Missio, The Lemon Twigs, Sir Sly, Lo Moon, Creature Canyon and Lightning Cola rounding out the bill.
When: June 17, 2017
Lose your blues and find some fun! Julian Blues Bash beings together some of the best blues bands with the best fans for a day of amazing music dancing, food, drinks and fun.
When: June 30 - September 3, 2017
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.
When: July 24, 2017
The Annual Switchfoot BRO-AM will feature a surf contest, live music performances and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats.
When: July 2-23, 2017
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.
When: August 4-25, 2017
The La Jolla Music Society 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. A free outdoor concert usually occurs at Scripps Park near La Jolla Cove.
When: August 5, 2017
The nationally-renowned festival has become an icon for youth, punk rock and skate culture, bringing together a diverse lineup of artists, stemming from every genre, for the summer.
When: September 15-17, 2017
3 days, 7 stages, 100+ music acts, and many more happenings you'll just have to discover for yourself.
When: May 5 - September 29, 2017
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.
When: May 28 - September 3, 2017
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.
When: July 1 - July 29, 2017
For over a decade, North Park's Bird Rock Summer Concerts have drawn hundreds of people to the beautiful Bird Park setting for picnics, dancing, and enjoying the music of local talent.
When: June 15 - August 24, 2017
Join the community of Santee for the Summer Concert Series and the weekly Food Truck Rally every Thursday (except July 6, 2017) throughout the summer.
When: June 20 - September 10, 2017
Since the first Twilight Concert was held at Seagrove Park in the summer of 1983, the Del Mar Summer Twilight Concerts have been a great Del Mar tradition, providing an opportunity for Del Mar families and visitors to gather by the Powerhouse to socialize, picnic, and enjoy music together as the sun sets over the ocean.
When: June 20 - August 31, 2017
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.
When: June 30 - August 18, 2017
Put on by the community organizations and businesses every summer, Summer Concerts in the Park is a beloved musical tradition in Mission Hills.
When: June 23 - August 18, 2017
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.
When: June 26 - August 28, 2017
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.
When: July 14 - August 11, 2017
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".
When: July 7 - August 4, 2017
Come out to Trolley Barn Park and enjoy an evening of free entertainment during University Heights Summer in the Park concert series.
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