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Family Nights at the Fleet, Fri, July 12, 6-10pm. Free-$14.95. Bring the entire family to experience the Fleet at night! Enjoy extended evening hours at the Fleet in celebration of The Art of Summer in Balboa Park. Peruse Pause|Play late into the evening, light up the night at It’s Electric and reconnect with all your favorite hands-on exhibits in Retro-Active Science. Extended hours are until 10 p.m. Friday nights through Aug 30, with special admission pricing from 6-10pm. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.
Wine & A Bite Art Walk on Main Avenue in Fallbrook, Fri, July 12, 5:30-8:30pm. www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org
Sun & Sea Festival in Imperial Beach. Fri-Sat, July 12-13. www.sunandseafestival.com
SD Padres vs. Atlanta Braves at Petco Park. Fri-Sun, July 12-14. www.mlb.com/padres
TGIF Carlsbad Concerts in the Park Series at Poinsettia Community Park, July 12 & 19, 6pm. www.carlsbadca.gov
Saturday Storytime with Superheroes, Sat, July 13, 3pm. Free. Kids come and share stories together with your family. Enjoy hands-on art projects. Theme: Superheroes. Coronado Library, 640 Orange Ave, Coronado.
Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship XXXIX at Dog Beach in Del Mar. Sat, July 13. www.beachbocce.com
Discovery Tables: Bird Beaks, Sat, July 13, 10am-1pm. Free. Birds have different shaped beaks and the shape of their beak can tell you about their diet. Come by the Discovery Tables this month and a Mission Trails Trail Guide will unlock the mystery of Bird Beaks. Meet inside the Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos.
Family ArtLab, Sat, July 13, 2-4pm. Free. Channel your inner artist this summer Westfield UTC with a pop-up Family ArtLab in partnership with The Museum of Contemporary Art. Families can explore art-making centered around three sculptures from the museum’s permanent collection currently installed at the center. Geometric Abstractions invites participants to use geometric shapes to create playful and unique works of art they can take home. Westfield University Towne Centre, 4425 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, 92122
Oceanside Historical Society presents Downtown History Walk at Oceanside Public Library,Sat, July 13, 9am. Free event. www.oceansidehistoricalsociety.org
Wild Walk: San Diego’s Birds of Prey, Sat, July 13, 11am, Free-$20. Learn about the hunting birds in your backyard during 1-hour program. All Wild Walks include animal presentation from one of our animal ambassadors, and a short, easy hike. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, and long pants. Bring hat, sunscreen, water, and snacks you might need. Iron Oak Canyon Ranch, 12310 Campo Rd, San Diego
Carlsbad Triathlon Expo at Pine Avenue Park, Sat, July 13, 10am-3pm. www.carlsbadtriathlon.com
Watermelon Days, Sat, July 13, noon-6pm. $8-$12. Sticky, sweet, super fun event featuring our animal/bird show (1:30) camel rides, games, mini sheep feeding in Sheep Town. The main event: Watermelon Feeding with the Camels. Learn about our family farm during our entertaining animal show and close-up encounters. Fun and interesting for all ages. Oasis Camel Dairy, 26757 Old Julian Highway, Ramona.
Invasive Species Removal Work Party, Sat, July 13, 9am-noon. Free. Looking for a unique volunteer opportunity? Help improve habitat for wildlife along the SD River! Volunteers help remove non-native plants. Volunteer tasks include chopping, hauling, digging, trimming, and more. All tools and supplies are provided. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about river ecology and witness a physical transformation of the landscape. Meeting location will be sent to those who have RSVP’d. Training provided. Dress in clothes that can get a little dirty, wear closed shoes, no sandals or flip-flops allowed for safety reasons. Community service hours can be provided for this event. RSVPs are required. Info and to RSVP call 619-297-7380 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Mission Valley Preserve, 5505 Friars Rd.
KSON CountryFest at Del Mar Fairgrounds, Sat, July 13, 4pm. www.kson.com
Summer Fun Fest & Movies in the Park Series: Incredibles 2 at Brengle Terrace Park, fun fest from Sat, July 13, 5:30-7:30pm, movie begins at 8pm. www.cityofvista.com
Quaking Cottonwoods Hike, Sat, July 13 & 27, 8:30-10am. Free. Join Mission Trails Regional Park Trail Guide for walk through the Fremont Cottonwoods. Listen for birds and other creatures. Meet by Kumeyaay Campground flagpoles at campground entry station. Kumeyaay Lake Campground, Two Father Junípero Serra Trail, Santee.
66th Annual World Championship Over-the-Line at Fiesta Island, Sat-Sun, July 13-14, 7:30am. www.ombac.org/over-the-line
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market, Sat-Sun, July 13, 10am-3pm. $10-$25. More than 90 vintage, antique and handmade vendors. Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station, 2640 Cushing Rd, Point Loma.
San Diego Pride Festival at Marston Point in Balboa Park. Sat-Sun, July 13-14. www.sdpride.org
Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince in concert at Embarcadero Marina Park South, Sat-Sun, July 13-14, 7:30pm. www.sandiegosymphony.org
Wonders On The Trail, Sat-Sun, July 13-14 & 27-28, Wed, July 17 & 31, 9:30-11am. Free. Morning walk on trail accompanied by a trained Mission Trails Trail Guide. Pollinators hover about spreading pollen from one native plant to the next. Meet inside Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos.
8th Annual Carlsbad Triathlon. Sun, July 14, 7:30am. Begins at Tamarack Beach and follows the coastline of Carlsbad. Sprint triathlon boasts 1k ocean swim, 25k rolling bike course, 5k smooth run for the finish. carlsbadtriathlon.com
Summer Concert Series: The Benedetti Trio at Old Poway Park, Sun, July 14, 5:30-7pm.
Full Moon Pier Walks, Mon-Tues, July 15-16 and Thur-Fri, Aug 15-16, 7-8:30pm; Fri-Sat, Sept 13-14 and Sun-Mon, Oct 13-14, 6-7:30pm. $35. Pre-purchase req. Age 9+ (with paid adult). Walk along the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, normally closed to the public, on an exclusive evening tour. Collect plankton and explore current Scripps Oceanography research while engaging in hands-on activities by the light of the full moon. Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. Full Moon Pier Walks do not meet at Birch Aquarium. https://aquarium.ucsd.edu/experiences/programs/pier-walks
San Diego 250, Where California Began, Tues, July 16, 5-7pm. Free. San Diego 250 Civic Commemoration Ceremony will focus on bringing everyone together in the location where San Diego and California began. Distinguished guests, officials, and the Kumeyaay Nation will gather in Presidio Park to honor our past and look forward to our bright future together. Held at the site of the old Spanish presidio, this event will feature live cultural performances, food options representing our deep San Diego roots, and a formal speaking program culminating in the historic raising of a new Kumeyaay flag alongside the American, Mexican and Spanish flags. Please RSVP and find the full schedule at the link below for additional information regarding parking and day of logistics. Junipero Serra Museum, 2727 Presidio Drive, Old Town. https://sandiego250.com/events/san-diego-250-where-california-began/
Summer Family Fun with Wild Wonders, Thurs, July 18, 10:30-11:30am. Free. Join us for a spectacular animal show from Wild Wonders. This show is one of several offered as part of Mission Valley Library’s summer reading program. What is the summer reading program? It’s a chance for everyone - babies through adults -- to come to the library for fun events, great reads (plus movies and music), and the chance to win books and other prizes. Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, Mission Valley.
Encinitas Cruise Nights, Thurs, July 18, Aug 15, Sept 19, 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Downtown Encinitas will be rockin’ and rollin’ when Encinitas Classic Car Nights roll in on the third Thursday of each summer month, through September. Hot rods, foreign automobiles, classic cars and Woodies will line S. Coast Highway 101 from D St to K St. Classic cars will be parked along the Hwy 101 and on side streets. Come to Downtown Encinitas for this unbeatable combination of historic cars, historic Hwy 101 and a national award-winning MainStreet. You will hear live music in various spots along South Coast Hwy 101. Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association, 818 S. Coast Highway 101.
Ongoing events around town
Thursday Family Fun Night at San Diego Botanic Garden, live entertainment from 6-7pm, every Thursday except 7/4. sdbgarden.org
Food Truck Fridays Balboa Park , Fri, May 31-Fri, Sept 27, 4-8:30pm. Great food, free live entertainment, and family-friendly fun. More than a dozen gourmet food trucks sell food along El Prado walkway. Different music and dance acts perform each night in Plaza de Panama. The Plaza’s “living room” setup is rolled out, along with giant family game sets. Various Balboa Park cultural institutions and community partners offer hands-on activity and crafts booths for kids. Participating park museums host special evening hours and programs on Fridays. For food truck rosters, entertainment schedule, and museum activity schedule, visit balboaparkconservancy.org/foodtrucks.
Cruisin’ Grand on Grand Avenue in Escondido, every Friday thru Sept 27. www.cruisingrand.com
La Mesa Classic Car Show, ongoing Thursdays thru June 27, 5-8pm. Free. Features pre-1974 cars, trucks and vans parked along La Mesa Blvd. Live DJ’s & bands. Closed July 4. La Mesa Village, Spring Street at La Mesa Blvd.
Aquatica is open at SeaWorld San Diego. Through Sun, Sept 29. www.aquatica.com/san-diego
Waterski and Wakeboard, Ongoing thru Dec 23, 2019. Sundays, 8-11am, Thursdays 5-8pm. The Convair Waterski Club is active year-round on Mission Bay. The club provides two ski boats for waterskiing and wakeboarding, with instruction and equipment available on request. Nominal fee per run. Meet at the south end of Crown Point Beach, 3500 Crown Point Drive. Guests of any skill level are welcome. Info: email@example.com. Crown Point, 3700 Crown Point Drive, Mission Beach, 92109. http://sdwaterski.org/
Pacific Beach Farmers’ Market, Ongoing Saturdays, 8am-noon. Free. Promenade mal, 4150 Mission Blvd, Pacific Beach.
Fun & Fitness Hiking Series at Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, thru Jan 28, 9am, every Monday. www.poway.org
Music at the Shoppes, Ongoing Fri-Sat, thru Sept 6, 6-8pm. Free. Music at the Shoppes features live performances of jazz, country and pop artists on the outdoor patio near Yard House and Wokcano. The Shoppes at Carlsbad, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad.
Imperial Beach Farmers’ Market, Ongoing Fridays, 2-7pm. Free. Weekly market features fresh vegetables, fruits, local arts and crafts, and family entertainment. IB Pier Plaza, 10 Evergreen Ave.
Cowles Mountain Hike, Ongoing Saturdays thru June 1, 5:30-6:30am. Free. Looking for an adventure? Join us! Group photos will be taken at the summit and water will provided. Meet at Cowles Mountain Staging Area (corner of Golfcrest Dr & Navajo Rd) at the trail head south of the comfort station. Cowles Mountain, San Carlos.
Box Lacrosse Pick-Up Games, Sundays, 4-6pm. Ongoing thru Dec 2019. $10. Play Box Lacrosse Pick-Up Games. Everyone 18+ welcome, or high school Varsity players. Fun, fast box lacrosse-get a great workout. Sportsplex USA, 12349 McIvers Court, Poway. Registration requested. https://www.epiclacrosse.org/
Daley Ranch Open House, Open to public 2nd Sunday of every month. 11am-2pm. Free. Approximately 1 mile from the La Honda entry is the Historic Daley Ranch House. Ranger staff/docents provide infoand insights into the history of the ranch. Steady rain cancels. Daley Ranch, 3024 La Honda Dr, Escondido.
Middle-Eastern Drumming Class, Mondays, 6-7pm ongoing thru Dec 16, 2019. $12-$15. New Doumbek Drumming Class series, $15 drop-in or 5 class card for $60. All levels welcome, followed by tribal belly dance class with Raine Alexandre WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd, Balboa Park.
Baby Time, Ongoing Tuesdays 3-3:30pm, thru Dec 31, 2019. Free. Join us for a program that is perfect for babies and young toddlers: short, fun and interactive. Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Pkwy, Mission Valley, 92108
Run Club. Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm ongoing thru Dec. Free. Choose 2-mile or 4-mile group. All paces/abilities welcome. Meet at Refill cafe, 3752 Park Blvd, Hillcrest.
Qualcomm Stadium Swap Meet, Ongoing Wednesdays, 2-10pm. $1-$2. Open air swap meet and farmer’s market. Info: 619-283-3100. SDCCU Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley, 92108. http://www.qualcommstadiumswapmeet.com/
Fly Casting Clinic, Ongoing Sundays thru Sun, Dec 29, 2019, 9am-noon. Free. If you have wanted to cast a fly rod, or you know how but just want to practice, then the free fly casting clinic at Lake Murray on Sunday mornings might be the ticket. The sponsor, San Diego Fly Fishing Club has rods, reels and casting instructors for the participants without gear. Ages 16 and up. Look for the Gazebo and the fly poles east of the Boat Ramp by the Lake. Lake Murray Reservoir, 5540 Kiowa Drive, San Diego, 91942
La Mesa Walk ‘N’ Talk, Tuesdays, 9-10:30am. Free. Walk the paths along the lake, enjoy friendly encounter with fellow walkers who enjoy getting out and about the cool environs of Lake Murray. The topic for this month will be owls of San Diego. Meet at the ball fields by entering from Murray Park Dr and Belle Glade Ave. Lake Murray Community Park, 7001 Murray Park Drive, San Diego, 92119
Children’s West African Drumming. Ongoing Tuesdays, 2pm. $8-$10. With Master of Drums Nana Yaw Asiedu. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd, Balboa Park.
Qualcomm Stadium Swap Meet. Ongoing Wednesdays, 2-10pm. $1-$2. Open air swap meet, farmer’s market. 619-283-3100.SDCCU Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd, Mission Valley. qualcommstadiumswapmeet.com
Softball Thursday Pick-Up Game, Ongoing Thursday thru Dec 20, 9-11:30am. Free. Age 21+. For 55 and Up/Females 50 up. Batting/fielding practice starts 9am. Game starts 10am. Have extra bats/mitts if needed. John F. Kennedy Park, 1675 East Madison Ave, El Cajon.
Sunset Market at Coast Hwy & Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside, 5-9pm, every Thursday. www.visitoceanside.org
Emei Qigong Practice. Saturdays, 11:30am. Ongoing thru Fri, Jan 25, 2019. Free. Master Wendy has been studying natural medicine and natural healing techniques since the late 1980s and meditation and Eastern energetic arts since 1994. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Boulevard, Balboa Park.
Behind the Scenes Tour at Mission San Luis Rey, every Saturday & Sunday. www.sanluisrey.org
Youth Fishing Clinic at Chollas Lake. Saturdays & Sundays 10am-2pm. Free. Kids-only fishing clinic open to children 15 years and under, Saturday and Sunday year-round. No experience or equipment necessary. Fishing lessons, bait, and fun provided. Chollas Lake, 6350 College Grove Drive, San Diego (Oak Park), 92115.
LEGO League, Ongoing Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Weekly LEGO® freestyle build session whith creating, learning, and collaborating. All LEGO® pieces provided. Ages 3/up. Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, Mission Valley.