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50 Things to do this Summer

Where to party, picnic, and parade in SD


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yoga on a paddleboard

SUP Yoga

Learn a New Skill

SUP Yoga
Ditch your yoga mat for a stand up paddleboard on the calm waters of Mission Bay. Classes are available daily. $39–$99. mbaquaticcenter.com

Synchronized Swimming
Learn some snazzy aquatic choreography at the Mission Valley YMCA. Practice with a coach on Tuesday mornings and participate in group-led sessions on Friday mornings. You'll be a water ballerina in no time. Ongoing, free for members. missionvalley.ymca.org

Polo Lessons
Got coordination? Love to ride horses? Saddle up and learn polo fundamentals, hitting techniques, and game rules at San Diego Polo Club’s Polo School on El Camino Real in Rancho Santa Fe. Get your first lesson (and an excellent workout) free. Wednesdays at 5 p.m., Sundays at 9 a.m. sandiegopolo.com

BBQ Class Series
Chef Eric Wick of Twenty/20 Bar & Grill in Carlsbad leads hands-on classes every other Wednesday night. Beef up your BBQ chops with courses ranging from Asian and Hawaiian BBQ (July 25) to The Perfect Steak (August 8). $30/class, $149 for the series. twenty20grill.com

Sailing Classes
Mission Bay Aquatic Center’s newest program teaches wannabe sailors how to charter a boat. The keelboat and cruising certificate includes four different classes over 12 days of instruction. Classes available throughout the summer. $999 ($799 for UCSD students). Rowing lessons also offered, $149. mbaquaticcenter.com

Hipcooks Cooking Classes
This new school in North Park makes cooking approachable and fun at any skill level. Hands-on classes are held on evenings and weekends. Our picks: Thai One On (July 12), Dim Sum and Then Some (August 19), Un Noche en España (August 22), $55. sandiego.hipcooks.com


Get Festive

Hillcrest CityFest
Celebrate Hillcrest's big day out with live music, a beer garden, and more than 250 vendors, followed by a lantern parade at dusk and relighting of the iconic neighborhood sign. August 12, free. fabuloushillcrest.com

San Diego Brew Festival
Liberty Station hosts a full day of local and international brews, bites, and tunes. July 21, $40–$50. sandiegobeerfest.com

Best of San Diego
Sample food from SD’s top restaurants at this San Diego Magazine event. Shameless self-promotion aside, we think it’s one of the best parties of the year. August 17, $35–$55. sdmag.us/bestofsd

Stone Brewing Co. Beer Festival
Stone celebrates its 16th anniversary with a beer blowout—100 brews on tap from more than 40 craft breweries. August 18, $40+. stonebrew.com

Spirits Festival
Get shaken and stirred at this two-day event celebrating cocktails and culinary culture with chef demonstrations, tastings, and competitions. August 25–26, $50–$150. sandiegospiritsfestival.com

Gam3r Con
Missed out on Comic–Con tickets? Geek out at the 10th Avenue Theatre during Gam3r Con and get your gaming fix, or watch a performance of Gam3rs: The Play. July 11–15, $10+. gam3rcon.com

America’s Pride
Bust out your rainbow gear for America’s Pride, the 38th annual pride parade and festival. Headliners include former Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland and pop singer Natasha Bedingfield. July 20–22, free–$25. sdpride.org

Latin American Festival
Shop for Mexican folk art, jewelry, clothing, and collectibles, including Mata Ortiz pottery, at Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town and enjoy nonstop music and authentic Mexican cuisine. August 3–5, free. bazaardelmundo.com

Oceanside International Film Festival
Film fanatics get their fill as Oceanside hosts four days of screenings, including features, documentaries, shorts, and animated films. August 16–19, $10–$50. ocaf.info

Festival of Sail
More than 20 tall ships and vessels from around the world dock at the Embarcadero. Watch the parade of ships, take a pirate-themed cruise, and see tall ship cannon battles. August 30–September 3, $10–$15. msdmaritime.org

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