The 20 Best Arts Events In San Diego This Summer
Friday, May 27, 2016
Credit: Courtesy of La Jolla Music Society
From Comic-Con to Over-the-Line tournament, summer in San Diego has its share of iconic events.
But there are also plenty of quality arts-related things to do throughout the county. This is the season for classical music festivals, Shakespeare plays, outdoor art exhibits and much more.
With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer, we take a look at some of the best art offerings happening through Labor Day.
Art Around Adams
Art Around Adams is a 2-mile festival between Kensington and Normal Heights. The free, family-friendly event features local musicians performing at venues along the avenue. There will also be art installations and art being created as you wander through locations.
First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare
Shakespeare's First Folio - a copy of the 1623 published collection of his plays - is going on a national tour and its only California stop is in San Diego. The volume will be on display from June 4 through July 7, and there will also be a month of readings, lectures, plays and parties in honor of the Bard.
Details: Folio on display 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays. San Diego Central Public Library, 330 Park Blvd., downtown. Free, but reserved tickets are required.
San Diego Festival of the Arts
Formerly La Jolla Festival of the Arts, this event relocates to Waterfront Park downtown. It's a new location, but you'll still find a showcase of artists from around the country, food and craft beer from popular spots and activities for kids.
Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, downtown. $10 to $16; find tickets.
ArtWalk @ Liberty Station
Think of this as the mellower version of ArtWalk in Little Italy. There will be art, music, activities and more, all happening by the water.
Details: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14. Arts District at Liberty Station at Ingram Plaza, 2645 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma. Free; more information.
Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
These concerts are already underway, but thanks to the views of the skyline, quality performers and the "boat people" (people who kayak up to the event to watch the show (for free) from the water), Humphreys symbolize San Diego summertime.
Details: Now through Saturday, Oct. 20. Humphreys Concerts, 2241 Shelter Island Drive. Find individuals concerts and ticket prices.
Mainly Mozart Festival
The Mainly Mozart Festival illustrates the first chapter in Mozart's life and career. The event features concerts, special performances, family events and more.
Details: Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 18. Locations vary. See the complete program here.
2016 International Summer Organ Festival
Spreckels Organ Society brings international organ players as well as a variety of performers for free concerts every Monday.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Mondays from June 27 through Aug. 29. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. Free; more information.
Bayside Summer Nights/Summer Pops 2016
Bayside Summer Nights is what the San Diego Symphony is calling its 2016 Summer Pops season. Music lovers gather for picnics on the lawn, sunset views and occasional fireworks at Embarcadero Marina Park South (behind the San Diego Convention Center).
Details: Friday, July 1 through Sunday, Sept. 4. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 206 Marina Parkway. Find individual show times and ticket prices.
La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest
SummerFest is a chamber music festival that brings in internationally-acclaimed classical musicians for intimate and unique performances.
Details: Wednesday, Aug. 3 to Friday, Aug. 26. Sherwood Auditorium at MCASD La Jolla, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla. Find individual show times and ticket prices.
Quilts and Color for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The San Diego Museum of Art presents this exhibit celebrating the vibrant color palette and inventive designs found in early American quilts amassed over decades.
Details: The exhibit runs Saturday, May 28 through Sunday, Sept. 4. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. $4.50 to $12; additional information.
Angela Kallus @ Lux
The Texas artist will showcase the method behind her trademark rosette sculpture paintings as she takes up residency at the Encinitas museum. Kallus will be in studio from June 11 through July 9.
Details: Saturday, June 11 through Saturday, July 30. Lux Art Institute, 1550 S El Camino Real, Encinitas. $5; more information.
Party Lines: The History, Art, And Politics Of Editorial Cartoons
Just in time for election season (and presented at the same time as Comic-Con), this exhibit examines four decades of political cartoons and social issues.
The Wonder Sound at New Children's Museum
Inspired by tree houses and forts, artist Wes Sam-Bruce creates a multi-level labyrinth of rooms and tunnels for the New Children's Museum's permanent collection.
Details: Opens Saturday, June 25. The New Children’s Museum, 200 W. Island Ave., downtown. $6 to $12; more information.
The Erik Gronborg Experience
Details: Opens Saturday, Aug. 6 and continues through Sunday, March 12, 2017. Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. $7 to $10; more information.
Theater and Dance
Moonlight Summer Season
Vista's Moonlight Amphitheatre stages top-notch musicals under the stars. This season features "Sister Act," "Peter Pan," "Titanic the Musical" and "The Addams Family."
Details: Wednesday, June 15 through Saturday, Oct. 1. Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Find showtimes and ticket prices.
Old Globe Festival Season
Summer at The Old Globe means Shakespeare at the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre and this year it's "Macbeth" and "Love's Labor's Lost." There will also be a musical version of "Sense and Sensibility" (!) and "Meteor Shower," a new comedy by Steve Martin.
Details: June 19 through Sept. 18. Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park. Find showtimes and ticket prices.
San Diego International Fringe Festival 2016
San Diego International Fringe Festival is an 11-day theater festival featuring hundreds of productions throughout the county. You'll see theater, buskers/street performers, cabaret, comedy, circus acts, dance, film, poetry, spoken word, puppetry, music, visual art, design and more.
La Jolla Playhouse World Premiere Plays
Two world-premiere works will be staged this summer - "The Last Tiger in Haiti," a gripping drama about Haitian children's struggle for survival; and "JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt," an '80s origin story about today's world of finance.
Details: Tuesday, June 28 through Sunday, Aug. 21. La Jolla Playhouse, UC San Diego, La Jolla. Find showtimes and ticket prices.
Special Feature KPBS/Arts Events Calendar
Find San Diego's best arts events on the KPBS/Arts events calendar.
Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass
Barnes is a contemporary dance artist known for touring with Ira Glass; the Washington Post calls her "The (Tina) Fey of dance." She returns to San Diego with Anna Bass to perform what they call "a holiday concert in June."
Details: 7:30 p.m. June 29. White Box Live Arts, 2590 Truxtun Road, No. 205, Point Loma. $20; find tickets.
"Gypsy" at Cygnet
Cygnet Theatre stages the classic story of a larger-than-life stage mother pushing her daughters on the vaudeville circuit, eventually turning one into the famed burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee.
Details: Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, Sept. 4. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. $31 to $56; find tickets.
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