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50 Things to do this Summer

Where to party, picnic, and parade in SD


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knott's soak city

Knott's Soak City

Get Soaked

Snorkel with Sharks
Explore the La Jolla coast with Birch Aquarium guides and spot creatures like leopard sharks, guitarfish, and rays. Don’t worry, they won’t bite. July 14, 22. $30 per person; bring your own gear. aquarium.ucsd.edu

Lafayette Pool Parties
The newly renovated Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows in North Park now shows poolside movies every Thursday at 8 (bevvies in the pool okay!), plus free entertainment on Friday nights. lafayettehotelsd.com

The Pearl
Head to The Pearl for some poolside cocktails and a swim on Saturdays, or a prix-fixe, DJ’d brunch on Sunday, where you get a bottomless mimosa and entrée for $23, plus free movies at the “Dive-In Theatre” on Wednesdays. thepearlsd.com

36th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships
Cruise the beach as hundreds of athletes bodysurf the waves in Oceanside. Final heats are on day two, followed by the grand championship round and crowning of the victors. August 18–19, free to watch, $50 to enter. worldbodysurfing.org

Knott’s Soak City
Feeling charitable? Chula Vista’s fun-filled water park is teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps to collect toys for children in need. Get a discount on admission when you bring a toy to donate. July 20-22, regular admission: $23-33. soakcitysd.com


Roar with the Crowd

Del Mar Horse Racing
One of the longest-standing summer events returns for its 75th season. Don’t miss: opening day and hat contest (July 18), summer concert series (every Friday night), chili cook-off (August 4), Beer Fest (August 18, September 1), Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals and jockey photo day (September 3). July 18–September 5, $10+. dmtc.com

San Diego Padres
Support the Pads! Cool game days are: Wine and Food Festival (July 6), kids run the bases (July 8), play catch on the field (August 5), and kids batting clinic (Aug. 19). Just want the free stuff? Get a Padres beach towel on July 7 or Padres sunglasses on July 19, $11.50+. sandiego.padres.mlb.com

Polo Season
Polo may be “the sport of kings,” but you don’t have to pay a king’s ransom to attend matches at the San Diego Polo Club. Pack a picnic basket and sit fieldside for some tailgating, or do it up proper with bottle service in the VIP tent. Matches take place on Sundays in July and the last two Sundays in August. $10–$30 for tickets, $25/car for tailgating. sandiegopolo.com

Mercury Insurance Open
The best tennis pros in the world face off at La Costa Resort. New this year: a more fan-friendly tourney with plenty of off-court activities for kids and adults. July 14–22, $20+. mercuryinsuranceopen.com

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