Summer in San Diego…it’s the best! Sure, we have the sun, surf, and sand…but there is so much more to enjoy. Here are a few of my favorite things to do in the summer.
First up is a stop at the San Diego County Fair. Often referred to as, “The Del Mar Fair”, this is the place to kick off summer in San Diego. The fair has an awesome midway, tons of rides, lots of crazy food (try the deep fried anything) and of course shopping galore. What you may not know about is the concert series featuring everything from Joan Jett to Switchfoot. And be sure to check out the Wine, Beer and Bacon Festivals! The San Diego County Fair runs June 8 through the 4th of July.
Next up is a visit to the new SeaWorld Aquatica Water Park in Chula Vista. SeaWorld recently bought the park from Knott’s and has transformed it into a tropical paradise with water slides, wave pools, lazy rivers and more! It’s open daily until 5 or 6 PM, and offers a variety of family fun! They also offer ticket deals allowing you to visit the water park and the main SeaWorld park.
If I asked you what your favorite concert venue is, what would your answer be? Sure there are a lot of great places to catch live music, but for my money one of the best is Humphrey’s! Located on Shelter Island, this venue offers some of the most awesome views and performers in town. The stage is just off the Shelter Island Marina and it’s common for locals to show up on paddle boards, in dinghy’s, and even on small boats to catch a glimpse of their favorite performers. Acts this year include The Doobie Brothers, Jewel, Chris Issak, Willie Nelson, and Los Lobos. There are also headlining comics like Jim Gaffigan and Joan Rivers. But make no mistake, the real scenery is… well…just that…the scenery!
No San Diego summer would be complete without a visit to the Del Mar Horse Races! The annual meet kicks off July 17th and runs through September 4th. There is no place in the world better for playing the ponies. In addition to the racing, each year also features a concert series and this year is no different with acts that include The B-52’s, Weezer, and Ziggy Marley. Also featured this year is the San Diego Beer Fest on July 27th with over 100 beers! It’s a must attend event for any beer enthusiast!
Summer also means graduations. And this year is a special year for us because my oldest son, Cooper, is graduating with Honors from Valhalla High School. His mom and I are so proud of him for his hard work and dedication to his academics. Along the way he participated in track and field, doing the pole vault and high jump his freshman year. He also played varsity volleyball, earning letters and the San Diego Union Tribune’s All Academic Athlete’s award his junior and senior years. He will be attending San Diego State University and is planning to major in business management, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. Hmmm…wonder where he got that! Congrats Cooper! You are on your way and mom and I are so proud of you!