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Opening Day of the Del Mar Races July 18. Hold on to your hats! Join thousands of fans for Opening Day—one of the most unique, exciting events on the West Coast. Take part in the fabulous fashion scene, see some of your favorite celebrities, experience the thrill of the high-speed races and bet on some of the world’s most prestigious thoroughbreds. Gates open 11:30 a.m., first race 2 p.m. $15-$30. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1141. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Horse Racing at Del Mar Racetrack. July 18-Sept 3
Comic-Con International: San Diego July 19-22 Downtown San Diego The Largest Pop Culture Event in the United States. Comic-Con International is the largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture. Visitors can be Super Man or Wonder Woman for a day at Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center. Comic-Con has become a signature summertime event for San Diego; it is the largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture. Along with panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, there are previews of upcoming feature films, portfolio review sessions with top comic book and video game companies, and such evening events as awards ceremonies and the Masquerade; a costume contest, and the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, which showcases shorts and feature length movies that do not have distribution or distribution deals.Traditional events include an eclectic film program, screening rooms devoted to Japanese animation, gaming, as well as over 350 hours of other programming on all aspects of comic books and pop culture. Exhibitors include movie studios and TV networks, comic-book dealers and collectibles merchants. There is also an autograph area, as well as the Artists’ Alley where comics artists can sign autographs and sell or do free sketches.
Encinitas Cruise Nights on South Coast Highway 101 from D to K Street, July 19, 5:30-7:30pm.
Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center July 19-22
Senior Day at Del Mar Racetrack, every Thursday. July 19-Aug 30
Four O’clock Fridays Concert Series at Del Mar Racetrack, every Friday after the last race. July 20-Aug 31
Fallbrook Summer Nights in downtown Fallbrook, July 20, 5-9pm.
Concert in the Park: The Greg Douglass Band at Rancho Del Oro Park, July 20, 6-8pm. Free event.
Movies in the Park series: The Nut Job at Bradley Park South, July 20, 6:30pm.
Legally Blonde: The Musical at New Village Arts Theatre. July 20-Sept 9
The Mopar Club of San Diego presents All-American Car Show XX at MiraCosta College San Elijo campus, July 21, 8am-3pm.
Beach Cleanup at Moonlight Beach, July 21,
Beach Cleanup at Coronado Beach, July 21,
Summer Movies in the Park Series: Coco at Poway Community Park, July 21, 6:30-9:45pm.
Movie at the Pier: Coco at Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre. Free event. July 21
Summer Concerts in the Gardens series: Detroit Underground at Woodland Park, July 21, 7:30pm.
San Clemente Ocean Festival at San Clemente Pier. July 21-22
Family Campout at Lake Poway. July 21-22
65th Annual Over-the-Line World Championship at Fiesta Island, July 21-22, 7:30am.
Insect & Ladybug Festival at San Diego Botanic Garden, July 21-22, 9am-5pm.
Family Fun Day at Del Mar Racetrack. July 22
Summer Concert Series: Britain’s Finest at Lake Poway, July 22 5:30-7pm.
The Peter Sprague Trio at North Coast Repertory Theatre, July 23 7:30pm.
Free & Easy Wednesday at Del Mar Racetrack, every Wednesday. July 25-Aug. 29
Bayside Summer Nights: Godfathers of Latin Jazz – A Salute to Dizzy Gillespie &ChanoPozo at Embarcadero Marina Park South. July 26
San Diego Surf Cup: Boys (04-00) at Surf Cup Sports Park. July 26-30
San Diego Surf Cup: Girls (04-00) at SoCal Sports Complex. July 26-30
Bayside Summer Nights: Marc Cohn & The Blind Boys of Alabama at Embarcadero Marina Park South. July 27
Paul Mitchell Supergirl Surf Pro in Oceanside. July 27-29
San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. July 27-29
Oceanside Museum of Art presents The Museum Ball: Beneath the Sea at Civic Center Plaza, July 28, 6-11pm.
Bayside Summer Nights: Patti Labelle at Embarcadero Marina Park South. July 28
Obon Festival at Vista Buddhist Temple, July 28-29, 12-8pm.
Comic-Con Cocktails at The Blind Burro July 18-22. Bring out your inner superhero with these Comic-Con inspired cocktails. Try the Deadpool Daiquiri crafted with 1888 Rum, strawberry purée, lime juice agave nectar and float black strap rum ($14); The Lady in Red Sangria made with red wine, orange liqueur, blackberry brandy, juices and fresh apples (12); and more served exclusively during Comic-Con. W-Th 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; F-Sa 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The Blind Burro, 639 J St., East Village, 619.795.7880.
Captain America Special at Cafe 222 July 19-22. Superheroes deserve super breakfasts, and Cafe 222 is answering the call with waffles inspired by Captain America’s shield, available during Comic-Con International. The golden brown malted waffles will be shaped like the hero’s famous shield, topped with fresh berries and whipped cream. The dish will be available on the children’s menu and made in limited supply each day. 7 a.m.-1:45 p.m. 222 Island Ave., downtown, 619.236.9902.
Mario Time at Primavera Ristorante July 19-22. Primavera Ristorante will celebrate Comic-Con International with featured dishes and a specialty cocktail inspired by the beloved Super Mario series. Executive Chef Ryan Moore will prepare Super Mario Brothers Meatballs, house-made pork and beef meatballs topped with creamy ricotta and served with house-made marinara and basil crisps, available for $12; and Mario Marsala, lightly breaded chicken breast sautéed in Sicilian Marsala wine with cremini mushrooms, priced at $28. The Princess Peach Bellini, made with prosecco and fresh peach slices, will also be available for $12. 5-10 p.m. 932 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.0454.
The Experience at Comic-Con July 19-22. Quench your superhero thirst outside of the Convention Center with or without a Comic-Con badge. Expect a three-acre pop-culture playground equipped with engaging fan activations of Comic-Con-esque brands, lounge areas, celebrity sightings, entertainment and food trucks. Th-Sa 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Su 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, badge holders get VIP access. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., downtown.
Saint Archer’s Party in the Plaza July 20, 27. Start your weekend off the right way with Saint Archer’s Party in the Plaza. Enjoy half-off all of Del Mar’s signature cocktails and a special Saint Archer small batch brew unique to Del Mar during Happy Hour Fridays from 2-6 p.m. Make sure to stay for live musical performances throughout the evening, ending with the Friday headliner performance starring some of the music industry’s biggest artists. Free with racetrack admission. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1141.
Burgers & Brews July 21. This foodie favorite is back to showcase the best award-winning craft breweries alongside the top burger establishments in San Diego. Tickets to the event include racetrack admission, access to an exclusive trackside viewing area, five 5-ounce samplings of 100+ craft beers, access to the french fry bar and unlimited samples of all burgers. 1:30-5:30 p.m. $38 GA, free for children 3 and under. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Tickets
South Park Summer Walkabout July 21. Join this evening festival that showcases all the unique and independent businesses within South Park. Enjoy complimentary treats, live entertainment and special offers. Kids and dogs welcome. 6-10 p.m. Free. 30th/Fern St. & Kalmia to 30th & Beech St., South Park.
Family Fun Day July 22. Make this a weekend your family will remember. This special day will be packed with fun, free attractions that the whole family will enjoy including pony rides, a bungee trampoline, Albion SC soccer clinics, a rock climbing wall, face painters and much more. Stop by the track early to take pictures of your kids with the world-class jockeys at Jockey Photo Day taking place right before Family Fun Day. 1:30-5:30 p.m. $6 GA, free for children under 18. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1141.
Arts & Amps July 28. Experience the fourth season of Arts & Amps, a festival-like experience with a diverse array of artists, live performances and an expanded list of beer offerings. Features include live mural art by Cohort Collective, a gallery show presented by Creative Souls on the West Coast, as well as live music by Little Hurricane and Well Well Well. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Karl Strauss Tasting Room and Beer Garden, 5985 Santa Fe St., Pacific Beach, 858.273.2739.
Joe Rogan “Strange Times 2018” Tour July 28. Known for his commentary of the UFC and specials on Netflix, Joe Rogan brings his tour to San Diego. See this standup comedian with more than 20 years of experience and an inquisitive and intense comedic style. Shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $69.50+. Pechanga Theater, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy., Temecula, 888.810.8871.
Insect Festival Saturday & Sunday, July 21 & 22, 9 am–5 pm. Aspiring entomologists are invited to San Diego Botanic Garden’s Insect Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 – 22 from 9 am – 5 pm. This one-of-a-kind festival is sure to intrigue bug-devotees of all ages. The event features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies, including live lizards, snakes and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches! Bug collecting, interactive insect arts and crafts, as well as tasty cooked mealworm larva – in various flavors including mesquite, teriyaki and barbeque – are just some of the engaging activities scheduled at the Festival. Local bug experts will be available for questions and several educational booths will instruct and entertain children and adults alike.Food and drink from Two For The Road food truck, The Rush Coffee and San Diego Lemon Life will be available for purchase at Insect Festival.This event is included with paid regular admission or membership. Children 12 and under are free. Visit our website for more information:

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