We are already midway through summer here in San Diego. Yet our best months are still yet to come (to me, mid-August through October are Southern California’s prime time of the year).
Looking for something to do, places to visit, events to attend? The summer lineup of events in San Diego does not fall short, and there is sure to be something for every one. Here are a few that seem worth mentioning…
Imperial Beach, San Diego
This two day event takes place THIS WEEKEND down in Imperial Beach. There are over 140 vendors that set up just for the event. Not only will there be amazing sand castle building, but you can also expect non-stop entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and people watching! There is a contest just for kids on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, the actual competition starts. These are not just you average sand castle builders from your local beach. They are world class, professional “sand carvers”, who compete throughout the US. There is a cash prize in the end. Here are some pictures pulled from the official website:
June 21-September 1
Come and experience the San Diego Wild Animal Park in the dark. It is truly a remarkable experience. You will be able to see another side of the park, not visible during the day, such as nocturnal creatures. There is also a nighttime Journey into Africa tour, which enables you to literally be eye to eye with the wildlife. Other features of Park at Dark include summer entertainment, outdoor dining, shopping, and plenty of up-close animal encounters!
July 16 through September 3
It is that time of year again, when the big hats come out and the betting is turned on. The Del Mar Horse Races attract visitors from all over the world. If you are in town, do not miss out! Races are held every day except for Tuesdays. Every Friday at 4 O’Clock, the weekend starts off with twilight racing, then an outdoor concert located in the Plaza de Mexico. Concerts are free with paid admission.
Concert Line Up for 4 O’Clock Fridays: 7/18: Gavin Rossdale, 7/25: Super Diamond Concert, 7/26: Gnarls Barkely, 8/1: Pinback, 8/8: The Bravery, 8/9: Ziggy Marley and Reggae Festival, 8/15: The Wailers, 8/22: Black Francis, 8/29: Steel Pulse Reggae Concert, 8/30: Devo Concert, 9/3: The English Beat.
Hurry! One day passes are running out for Comic-Con 2008 in San Diego, which brought in 125,000 attendees in 2007! What exactly goes on at one of these Comic-con conventions? I myself have never been, but have heard they are pretty crazy. Among the 4 day convention (including preview night on July 23) there will be an exhibit hall with hundreds of booths and exhibitors, a film festival, Anime screenings, autograph areas, portfolio reviews (for aspiring comic artists), gaming events, and much more.