Friday, February 18, 2011

San Diego's Best Events - Summer 2011

San Diego has so many event options for students at English schools in San Diego, and everyone else as well. Check our calendar frequently to see the new events that we recommend for you. These are the events that our teachers, students and friends have enjoyed in the past, and that we think international students in San Diego will love in the future.

If you want more real advice and recommendations about these events, contact Student Services Director Nick Sacco at Connect English in Mission Valley:

If you want to recommend other events (concerts, festivals, etc.) that you have heard about, please notify Connect English. You can submit event information through the Connect English website.

Summer 2011:

The San Diego County Fair
Date/Time: June 10th through July 4th, 2011
Location: The Del Mar Fairgrounds
Price: $5-13
Why should I do this? Live music, tasty food, carnival games and rides, and fantastic weather make the San Diego County Fair one of the best family events of the summer in San Diego. You can arrive early in the day and stay late to see some great musical performances. You can visit the beaches of Del Mar while you're in the neighborhood, too!

La Jolla Festival of the Arts
Date/Time: June 18th and 19th, 2011
Location: UCSD Warren Field, La Jolla
Price: $10
Why should I do this? Enjoy paintings, sculptures, jewelery, glass work and much more from local artists and artists from all around California. This event features live music as well, so this day is going to entertain all of your senses. Other good news: parking is completely free too.

Ocean Beach Street Fair
Date/Time: Saturday, June 25th, 2011, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Location: Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach
Price: Completely FREE!
Why should I do this? Try tasty chili, see all of the funky people of Ocean Beach, listen to music and hang out at the beach, all in one day! The OB Street Fair is a great event for everyone from everywhere, especially international students. You won't see people like this in many other places. Only in Southern California. Vendors sell unique clothing, artwork, jewelery, food and more. Spend the whole day in the streets and beaches of one of San Diego's most laid-back communities and enjoy the sights and sounds.

San Diego Pirate Festival
Date/Time: June 25th and 26th, 2011, 10:00am until 6:00pm
Location: Aero Drive, San Diego
Price: $8 - $27
Why should I do this? Ahoy, friends! In the theme of Pirates of the Caribbean, come and enjoy this fun family festival that includes jesters, wenches, pirates, pirate food and plenty of other pirate entertainment. People of all ages arrrrrr welcome.


4th of July
Date/Time: July 4th, 2011
Location: San Diego, California
Price: Completely FREE!
Why should I do this? The best summer holiday in the USA, 4th of July celebrates America's independence and freedom. There are fireworks shows, barbecues, parties and much more. The beaches are an excellent place to hang out, but San Diego's parks are a lot of fun too.

Over The Line (OTL)
Date/Time: July 9th - 17th, 2011
Location: Fiesta Island, Mission Bay
Price: Completely FREE!
Why should I do this? The San Diego OTL event is the world championship of Over the Line events. Three-person teams come from all around the world to compete in this two-week event featuring players, crazy fans, sunshine, beer gardens and the beach.


Date/Time: July 15th - 17th
Location: Hillcrest & Balboa Park, San Diego
Price: Main festival - $20, other events - various prices
Why should I do this? The annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade is the 5th largest in the United States attracting 150,000 cheering spectators and significant media participation. Celebrate alternative lifestyles at this high-energy, high-volume festival in one of San Diego's best city parks.

Festival of the Bells
Date/Time: July 15th through 17th, 2011
Location: Mission San Diego de Alcalá
Price: FREE!
Why should I do this? The Festival of the Bells is an opportunity to look deep into the history of the city of San Diego. The Mission San Diego de Alcalá is the oldest historic building in San Diego, built in 1769. It is actually older than the USA! This interesting site is very close to Connect English, so transportation is going to be easy. The festival will have mariachi music, activities for kids, and lots of food.


Date/Time: July 20th - 24th, 2011
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Seaport Village
Price: $105 for a four-day pass
Why should I do this? This world-famous convention brings together an interesting mix of movie stars, TV show stars, video game characters and themes, directors, bloggers, fans, party animals and other "geeks" like those on The Big Bang Theory. Attendees dress in costumes of their favorite characters too. It is an opportunity for students to get extra insight on the most exciting movies and TV shows of the past, present and future. Make sure to get on the lists to go to all of the theme parties at the downtown clubs that weekend too.

Del Mar Horse Races
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 20th (Opening Day)
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds
Price: $5-$40
Why should I do this? The rich and famous are here, and so are the regular fun-loving citizens of San Diego. Bet on the horses to win money, or just enjoy the sun and music of beautiful Del Mar, in North County San Diego. On Fridays of racing season, some excellent bands play shows at the Del Mar Race Track too. The list of these bands will be announced in the spring. Come back to our blog to see the list once it is available.

U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition
Date/Time: July 22nd through 24th, 2011
Location: Imperial Beach, South San Diego
Price: FREE to watch!
Why should I do this? Sand castle builders use water, sticks and sand to create some giant and fantastic sculptures on the already interesting beaches of Imperial Beach. Drive south of Coronado to find this mellow and interesting festival in this almost hidden community of San Diego. You'll wish you'd been visiting IB for years once you see it on this day. Check out their website to get an idea of how awesome these sand castles are going to be.

America's Finest Beer Festival
Date/Time: July 22nd through 24th, 2011
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Price: $45 includes unlimited beer tasting!
Why should I do this? More than 120 of the top brewers in San Diego and all of the world come to our city for this major beer festival. All kinds of tasty and unique beer will be available for you and your friends to enjoy. As with all of the best festivals in San Diego, live bands will play throughout the event. Blues Traveler, Pinback and Sunny Rude will play some awesome summer music as you sip some tasty beers in the sunshine.

Date/Time: July 16th, 2011
Location: Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Price: TBD
Why should I do this? One of the numerous multi-act concerts in San Diego, this event has your favorite bands that you hear on the 91X radio station. This year's show includes Incubus and Bush, among other bands. It will be awesome. Take your friends with you to one of the most anticipated music events of the summer.

L.A. Rising
Date/Time: Saturday, July 30th, 2011
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Price: TBD
Why should I do this? Rage Against the Machine, Ms. Lauren Hill, Muse and Rise Against play one incredible event in this iconic Southern California stadium. Any one of these bands alone would be worth seeing in concert, with years of tours and dozens of hit songs and albums between them. At the L.A. Rising show, you get to see all of the bands in one place. All ages are admitted to this show, and the music starts at 3:00pm. Tickets to this event go on sale on May 13th, so round up your friends and be ready to buy your tickets quickly.

Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow
Date/Time: August 2nd, 2011
Location: Cricket Amphitheater, San Diego
Price: $42+
Why should I do this? Kid Rock is famous for his fantastic live shows. His energetic music always moves the crowd. Picture, his fantastic duet with Sheryl Crow, brought his talent to a whole new audience. Luckily for San Diego fans, Sheryl Crow will play alongside Kid Rock at this concert. This is a special show indeed.

Vans Warped Tour
Date/Time: August 9th, 2011
Location: Cricket Amphitheater, San Diego
Price: $46.60 and up
Why should I do this? Unwritten Law, The Aggrolites, Simple Plan and more rock bands are playing a show of one of the biggest rock tours in the USA, here in San Diego. See so many bands for just one price. New bands are being added to the list all the time, so keep checking their website.

Sublime & 311
Date/Time: Friday, August 19th, 2011
Location: Cricket Amphitheater, San Diego
Price: $49+
Why should I do this? Two bands that make some of the best summer music in the USA are playing in San Diego at the same time. Sublime has reunited and is playing some new music and, of course, their old hits that have been popular in the United States and around the world for decades. Hear 311 hits like Amber and Love Song, and Sublime classics like What I Got and Santeria. Tickets are available in the seats of the Cricket Amphitheater and also on the lawn area.

San Diego Bayfair/Thunderboat Races
Date/Time: Mid-September 2011
Location: Mission Bay, San Diego
Price: $20-$45
Why should I do this? See some of the fastest boats in the world compete against each other from the beautiful beaches of Mission Bay. These races and the festival that surrounds it bring people from all over California to experience the sound the the fury of Thunderboats. Major event sponsors will also present exciting exhibitions in the fair/pit area of the race course.

Brazilian Day
Date/Time: Mid-September, 2011
Location: Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach
Price: Completely FREE!
Why should I do this? Celebrate one of the most fantastic cultures in the world with some of the most fantastic people in the city of San Diego. This street party features Brazilian food, music, dance and more.

Paddle for Clean Water
Date/Time: Early September, 2011
Location: Ocean Beach Pier
Price: TBD
Why should I do this? Get your surfboard and support San Diego's chapter of the Surfrider Foundation by paddling around Ocean Beach Pier. This event raises awareness for clean oceans and clean beaches. Have a great time, get some great waves, meet some great people, all for an excellent community organization.

Miramar Air Show
Date/Time: September 30th - October 2nd, 2011
Location: Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, San Diego
Price: Completely FREE!
Why should I do this? Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed the three-day Miramar Airshow every year as the US military shows off some of its most amazing airplanes and most skilled pilots. You can get an up-close look at US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps equipment, plus plenty of private aircraft. Pilots and planes from around the world also come to this event to show off their abilities for the world to see. You'll hear and see jet fighter planes roaring over San Diego all weekend. Best of all, the whole thing is totally free for you and all of your friends.

Pacific BeachFest
Date/Time: Early October, 2011
Location: The Pacific Beach Boardwalk
Price: Completely FREE!
Why should I do this? The best shops, restaurants, community groups and bands of Pacific Beach join forces to give San Diegans a day at the beach to remember. Great food, beautiful beaches and good people mean a guaranteed good time in the sun of one of San Diego's coolest neighborhoods.


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