This article is written by Sarah Riggs, a San Diego local and writer for SanDiego.com.
July in San Diego is perfect, to say the least. The kids are out of school, that June gloom is gone and everyone is celebrating the amazing summer weather. There are plenty of attractions around San Diego that are fun for the whole family, but they’re not all fun for your wallet, so I narrowed down some awesome local events that won’t break the bank.
July begins with America’s Birthday Bash and is packed full of movies, fairs and festivals after that. All of San Diego will have things to do whether you’re on Coronado Island, in Oceanside or having fun in Mission Bay.
San Diego County Fair: The fair has been here since the beginning of June, but don’t worry, you can still get out there on the first days of July for the last few days of fun. Tickets are cheap and the fair is tons of fun with rides, games, exhibits, animals, shopping, food and much more. Get the family out there for the last few days of the largest annual event in the county!
Movies in the Park: On July 3rd, relax with your family under the stars as you watch the exciting and action-packed movie, “Escape from Planet Earth.” It may be mainly for kids, but the Midway Museum caters a great night for the whole family. Food and beverages are available for sale and 7-Eleven will be there with free Slurpee samples. Doors open at 7pm and it’s free!
Coronado Fourth of July Parade: Coronado Island is filled with patriotism on the 4th of July! They are hosting several events throughout the day and the parade starts at 10am. Come out and watch the parade, go to Art in the Park in Speckles Park until 4pm and stick around for a concert in the park featuring the Coronado Community Concert Band.
Big Bay Boom: Don’t miss the largest pyrotechnic show on the West Coast! The 13th annual Big Bay Boom will leave you and your family in awe. Starting at 9pm, watch from four different locations around the city: Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero or Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. The best part of this orchestrated display for America’s Birthday is that it’s free for the whole family!
Movies by the Lake: All summer long Santee Lake is hosting Movies by the Lake every other Friday. Join them on July 5th for Madagascar 3 and again on July 19th for Wreck-it Ralph. Bring the family out with a picnic, let the kids enjoy the games and contests offered at 7pm and relax with the movie starting at 8pm. It’s a free event, but parking is $8. Don’t worry if you run out of food in your picnic, they’ll have a “snack shack”.
Christmas in July: Head out to Oceanside on either Saturday, July 13th or Sunday, July 14th, or both, for a little Christmas in July. Referred to as a “shopping extravaganza,“ the event has over 150 artisans offering handmade arts and craft items. The Fair will go on from 9am to 5pm and the carnival is from 1pm to 10pm. The event also includes a rummage sale, bake sale, beer garden, food court, raffle, kid’s activity area and live entertainment. What else do you need to entertain the family for a day?
Del Mar Races: The racing season begins on July 17th and the Del Mar Track is family-friendly, which may surprise some. Tickets are inexpensive around $10 each and every Friday there are free concerts included. Enjoy betting (maybe not actual money) on your favorite horses, wear your big floppy hat and let the kids run around and have their fun, especially on Sunday for family fun day. Bring your own food and some comfy chairs and enjoy the races!
Summer Kids Series: One of Mission Beach’s biggest family attractions is Belmont Park. All summer long they’ve made it even better with the Summer Kids Series. Every Thursday and Friday night take the kids out for face painting, magic shows and an ice-cream social! Admission is free into the park and so are all of the event’s activities. Mission beach has a lot to offer the whole family, so book one of the awesome Mission Beach hotels for a fun stay-cation close to all of the fun of the beach, the bay and Belmont Park.
It’s easy to plan around a budget when planning your summer in San Diego whether you’re visiting or are a lucky local. So, get out there and check out all of the festivities available for you and your family!
This article is written by Sarah Riggs, a San Diego local and writer for SanDiego.com. Sarah is an expert in all things San Diego from hotels and attractions to restaurants and things to do. As a young traveler, Sarah has a fresh perspective on budget travel with no limit for fun.