Jazz enthusiasts can get their groove on poolside every Thursday night until August 31, listening to Southern California’s finest jazz stars at this luxury hotel favorite.
1055 Second Avenue, Downtown
New this summer to the Cape Rey Hotel’s outdoor music shindigs is an ocean-view cocktail and raw bar, plus poolside cabana day rentals that come with fruit, bottled water, soft drinks, board games, and even Wi-Fi.
1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad
From rock to jazz, blues to comedy, the outdoor bayside theater offers a variety of lively concerts complete with views of the San Diego skyline.
Prices vary | 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island
July 13: The Temptations
July 14: 50 Summers of Love: Micky Dolenz, Mark Lindsay, and The Fab Four
July 17: Chris Isaak
July 19: Happy Together Tour
August 1: Huey Lewis and The News
August 8: Diana Krall
August 12: America
August 17: Lost 80s Live
August 18: Lost 80s Live
August 23: Bryan Ferry
August 24: Garrison Keillor
August 25: Dave Koz
August 26: Pink Martini
August 27: The Gipsy Kings
August 30: The Doobie Brothers
Spend a day at the races and stick around for a free concert at the Seaside Stage following the last race of the day. Artists include Tribal Seeds (July 21), Billy Currington (August 5), Slightly Stoopid (August 26), Steve Aoki (September 3), and more.
$6 for racetrack and concert admission, $20 for concert only admission | 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
Hear live performances every Monday night at the 30th International Summer Organ Festival (June 26–August 28) or attend the free weekly outdoor organ concert every Sunday.
2125 Pan American Road East, Balboa Park
The nationally recognized chamber music festival features performances from more than 80 artists and ensembles.
August 4–25 | Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UC San Diego
Pacific Beach’s main country bar is launching Wednesday Night Live this July, a night of live music from country up-and-comers with $5 cover and $2 drinks.
1165 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach
R.I.P. Sleep Train, hello Mattress Firm Amphitheatre! The concert venue in Chula Vista offers 20,500 seats in the great outdoors.
2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista
July 1: Rebelution
July 7: Deftones with Rise Against
July 14: Dirty Heads
July 28: Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows
August 10: Sam Hunt with Maren Morris
August 11: Incubus with Jimmy Eat World
August 29: Foreigner with Cheap Trick
Jam out at Spreckels Organ Pavilion, where nearly every genre of music will hit the stage, from ballet folklórico and bluegrass to salsa and an Elvis tribute band.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays July–August, free | 2125 Pan American Road East, Balboa Park
The concert venue at SDSU will host all types of acts from a European cello duo to 90s throwback alt-rock to Steve Martin on the banjo.
5500 Campanile Drive, College Area
July 9: Prince Royce
July 18: 2Cellos
July 20: Retro Futura Tour
July 21: Third Eye Blind
August 1: AFI and Circa Survive
August 12: Steve Martin and Martin Short
August 13: Straight No Chaser and Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
August 20: 311
August 24: Young the Giant
August 27: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and St. Paul & The Broken Bones
It’s not just about the cha-ching at Harrah’s. This summer the casino welcomes Lynyrd Skynyrd (July 14), the Gene Simmons Band (August 4), the tribute band Australian Pink Floyd Show (August 26), and comedian Bill Burr (September 2).
From $40 | 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center
The historic theater specializes in hipster folk, electronic, alt-rock, and hip-hop. Located in the lobby, West Coast Tavern is perfect for a pre-show tipple and stays open until 2 a.m. nightly.
Prices vary | 2891 University Avenue, North Park
July 1: Cat Power
July 11: The Roots
July 15: Joshua Radin & Rachel Yamagata
July 28: Taking Back Sunday
Relax bayside and be swept away by the symphony with shows from Tony Bennett (July 12) and Amos Lee (August 25) and soundtrack performances alongside screenings of Harry Potter (July 29–30) and La La Land (August 12).
June 30–September 3, prices vary | Embarcadero Marina Park South, Marina District
July 4: America’s Birthday with Wynonna
July 6: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
July 7–8: Leslie Odom Jr.
July 12: Tony Bennett
July 14–15: Air Supply
July 27: New Orleans Jazz featuring Dr. John
July 28: Hooray for Hollywood!
July 29–30: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in concert
August 4-5: Boz Scaggs with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra
August 6: Sergio Mendes
August 10: Latin Jazz Masters
August 11: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in concert
August 12: La La Land in concert
August 13: Angélique Kidjo
August 18-19: Broadway concert featuring Fiddler on the Roof
August 20: Boléro by the Bay
August 24: John Beasley presents Monk’estra
August 25: Amos Lee
August 26: The Commodores
August 27: Ozomatli
September 1-3: 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular