School’s out and we can smell summer just around the corner! June is filled with an assortment of activities to get us out of the house and enjoying the beautiful southern Californian sunshine. We are counting down for the kick-off the San Diego County Fair with this year’s theme as the British invasion celebration! For those beautiful summer evenings, check out TGIF Jazz in the Park for a little picnic and live music, or visit the weekly Sunset Market in Oceanside for crafts, produce and concerts! Don’t let June Gloom tear you down – kick off this summer by taking advantage of California’s summer!
Looking for the perfect day trip on the weekend? Head to Julian between 5/31-6/1 for Gold Rush Days to experience historical encampments, mock claim jumping, gold panning and so much more! Free admission and parking to the mining camp! Vendors include an assortment of arts and crafts, food and drink, gem mining as well as an assortment of pioneer games for plenty of family fun!
“Come Together” for the 50th anniversary of the British invasion, an era when musical acts and other aspects of British culture changed America. The San Diego County Fair runs from 6/7-7/6 with a new J.F.K Experience and two Beatles photography exhibits never before displayed in California! Don’t miss out on the usual fun from the countless vendors, competitions, rides, concerts and classic festival fried-food!
7th Annual Carlsbad Beach Fest at Tamarack State Beach on 6/14 starting at 8am! Participate in good beach stewardship with a huge beach clean up and have some fun while doing it! The event is additionally filled with live music, competitive races and food! Over 14,000 people attended last year at this important event, don’t miss it!
We don’t think there could be a better way to enjoy your Friday evening than with a picnic in the park accompanied by some tasteful live music! This year’s TGIF Jazz in the Parks kicks off 6/27 at Stagecoach Community Park! Concerts will run through summer occurring every Friday evening from 6pm-8pm. Visit www.carlsbadca.gov for a full listing of concerts and parks!
Enjoy the beautiful summer evenings at the Sunset Market in Oceanside on Main Street. Stock up on fresh produce for a delicious summer dinner or backyard BBQ. Find unique arts and crafts to spice up your summer décor! The market occurs every Thursday evening from 5-9pm and includes live music, arts and crafts and an international food court.
6) The Bellows
Check out the newest farm-to-table gastropub in San Marcos filled with old world charm! The Bellows is located near Cal State San Marcos and features upscale dining with plant-based foods, world-class flatbreads and a wide selection of charcuterie & cheeses. The experience doesn’t stop there! In addition to the vast variety of wine and craft beer, choose from an infinite selection of whiskey. Grab your friends and hit up “Apertivo Hour” Tuesday-Friday from 3-6pm.
Get in the spirit of California summers with a visit to the California Surf Museum in Oceanside. Currently on exhibit is the “San Onofre: Birthplace of California Beach Culture” which is an authentic piece of American culture sharing the influences of Hawaiian lifestyle and Polynesian rituals. The museum is open daily and only $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, military and students and children 12 and under are free. Show up on a Tuesday to receive complimentary admission!
8) “Hop Hwy”
Looking for that perfect activity to celebrate Father’s Day? How about some “Hops with Pops”? The 60 mile stretch from Oceanside to Julian on Highway 78 is booming with breweries and is now even acclaimed as “Hop Highway”. Visit the link above for a full listing of breweries to plan your “Hop Hwy” beer tour and support local craft brew.
Take advantage of living in Southern California by partaking in water activities with our beautiful weather! “Get up, stand up” – and try stand up paddle board in the Oceanside Harbor or Carlsbad Lagoon – it is easier than it looks! Enjoy the challenge of balance and the added and unexpected bonus of a good core and arm workout. Take in the beautiful views while doing so! Don’t forget to hop on Groupon for local deals in North County rental locations!
10) Summer POPS
Summer Pops is a 10 week outdoor concert series kicking off on 6/27 in Embarcadero Marina Park South on San Diego Bay. Performances feature the San Diego Symphony as well as hot tributes including The Beatles, ABBA, Ray Charles as well as a concert/screening of the Disney’s classic Fantasia. Be sure to check out the full listing and get your tickets in advance!