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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Everything Outdoors

Aerial view of the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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Above: Aerial view of the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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Summer doesn’t officially begin until later this month, but in San Diego we mark the start of summer with the San Diego County Fair and other outdoor favorites.

San Diego County Fair

Music, Dance, Food

The San Diego County Fair opens this weekend with the theme "How Sweet It Is," which means there will be loads of sugary treats to go along with the usual fried favorites. New items for this year include chocolate pasta bowls and cotton candy ice cream sandwiches.

There will also be a diverse lineup of acts on the grandstand stage, including country acts like Sugarland and Little Big Town; pop favorites Hanson and Barenaked Ladies and comedians Gabriel Fluffy Iglesias and Larry the Cable Guy among many others.

Details: Opens at 4 p.m. Friday. Continues 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays in June. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Free to $19; find tickets to the San Diego County Fair.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Arts District Liberty Station

A 2017 photo from Liberty Station Outdoor Movies.

Outdoor Movie Screenings


Another popular San Diego summer activity is watching movies outdoors, and there are so many outdoor movie screenings this year, you can find one practically any night of the week.

Some family-friendly favorites include Summer Movies in the Park, featuring free screenings at community parks and rec centers from San Ysidro to Oceanside. Liberty Station Outdoor Movies also has great offerings and is located next to the public market, so you can grab gourmet picnic items beforehand.

There are also adults-only chic options like the Manchester Grand Hyatt’s Rooftop Cinema Club, and the Pearl Hotel’s Dive-In Movies that screen cult favorites like "Wet Hot American Summer" and "Get Out."

Details: Read the KPBS guide to outdoor movie screenings.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Art Around Adams

A photo of San Diego Junior Theatre performing at Art Around Adams.

Art Around Adams

Visual Arts, Music

Adams Avenue, considered one of the city’s more artistic areas, celebrates creativity with Art Around Adams, 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.

You can stroll the entire route, or take the complimentary "Comedy Trolley" featuring stand-up performances during the ride.

Details: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Adams Avenue, from Oregon Street to Biona Drive. Free; find additional information about Art Around Adams.


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