San Diego is a beautiful slice of southern California paradise with gorgeous sandy beaches and a vibrant downtown area in the Gaslamp District. People from all over flock here, especially during the summer season, to enjoy everything the city has to offer. In addition to fun on the beach and in the water, there are plenty of events that take place that will make your vacation even more memorable! Below are some of our favorite summer events in San Diego.
Rhythm and Brews – May 6th
This festival combines two of life’s best things: live music and craft beer. San Diego is a hotspot for some of the nation’s best craft breweries and the Rhythm and Brews festival is a great way to try over 100 different local brews! This San Diego event takes places in the North Inland area of San Diego in the Vista Village District. In addition to great brews, enjoy live music and food from dozens of food trucks!
Big Bay Boom! – July 4th
It isn’t summer without a fun festival to celebrate the Fourth of July! The largest fireworks show in San Diego county is 17 minutes of breathtaking fireworks display to honor America’s birthday. The fireworks are placed all around the bay for maximum impact. Best of all, attending the fireworks show is completely free!
Annual LGBT Pride Parade – July 15th
The San Diego LGBT Pride Parade is an annual event that attracts nearly a quarter of a million participants and spectators each year, making it the 4th largest pride event in the country! A tradition since 1974, the San Diego Pride Parade was first formed to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion that took place in New York City. The theme for this year’s parade is Allied for Action: United for Justice. Come and show your pride and enjoy the march through the city that ends in a fun music festival!
Comic-Con International: San Diego
Comic-Con isn’t just for nerds anymore! Although comic book conventions take place all over the world, San Diego’s is the biggest and the best. This exclusive San Diego event is difficult to attend, but if you can find tickets for it, it is an amazing weekend! Walk throughout merchandise booths, attend panel discussions, and meet the stars of comic books and films! There is something at Comic-Con for everyone and for many, it is the event of a lifetime!
San Diego has so much to offer beyond its beautiful beaches, so head to an event this summer to make your visit truly memorable!