Summer Happenings in San Diego

Going to law school in San Diego is a huge tease. As a law student, I can hardly find time to enjoy “America’s Finest City.” I’m looking forward to summer—the absence of casebooks taking up all of my time, and spending more time enjoying this beautiful place we live. Aside from the obvious activities this city has to offer (beach, bars, Padres games, whatever else you might be into), there are some events to look forward to coming up this summer.

San Diego County Fair kicks off June 10 and goes through July 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Get your fill of ironic deep-fried foods, questionable carnival rides and the chance to win a goldfish. If beer gardens and food are more your focus, the Hillcrest Cityfest Street Fair includes a “massive open air beer garden,” a mechanical bull, and a dunk tank among other features.  The Hillcrest fair usually takes place in August, but in the meantime, the annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival is on June 25. At OB’s festival, you’ll get live music and entertainment (bands haven’t been released yet), unique vendors, rides, a beer garden, and chili.

San Diego also hosts the U.S. Open . . . Sandcastle Competition (Huntington Beach hosts the U.S. Open of Surfing starting August 7). Starting on June 22, this three-day event takes place in Imperial Beach. It starts on Friday with the “Sandcastle Dance,” a 21+ dance celebration. The only description given for this day is that it involves alcohol, sandcastles, and dancing. I’ll see you there.

The Del Mar Fairgrounds are known for the horse races that take place during the summer. For $6 – $15 admission, you can get in the gates to socialize and watch. Every Friday during the summer, the same admission also delivers live music. In the past, the Fairgrounds have hosted Weezer, ZZ Top, and The B-52s. This year’s schedule has not been released yet.

And for the athletic types, the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon starts June 4, with a half marathon and relay taking place the next day.  Also, the 34th America’s Finest City Half Marathon and 5K are later, taking place on August 21. And don’t forget about the other outdoorsy things you can do like paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking in La Jolla, and hiking Torrey Pines.

Whether you’re bronzing, cheering on the Pads, or eating a fried Oreo, you should not be bored this summer. If you do get bored, Vegas is a 5-hour drive, and I’m sure you can find something going on there.

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