San Diego is full of wonderful diversions, but none so enjoyable as outdoor music during the summer months. Our specialty is family fun locations – many right in the heart of the metro area – featuring popular local bands and many named touring acts. Best of all are the FREE options held in iconic neighborhoods around the city. Here’s a list of some favorite options with music running through the summer months and beyond.
Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
Humphrey’s By The Bay
Through October 30, 2018
Humphreys Concerts by the Bay features top name entertainers performing on an outdoor stage adjacent to a picturesque marina at Humphreys Half Moon Inn on Shelter Island.
Green Flash Concert Series
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Through – September 26, 2018
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps’ Green Flash Concert Series offers live music and spectacular ocean sunsets. Held every third Wednesday at the aquarium’s stunning outdoor tide-pool plaza and include food, drinks and a mix of national performers.
Bayside Summer Nights
Embarcadero Marina Park – South
June 29 – September 2, 2018
The San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights features food, fireworks and fantastic orchestral performances under the stars at picturesque Embarcadero Marina Park South in downtown San Diego.
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s Summer Festival
1008 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
July 1-22, 2018
The annual Athenaeum Summer Festival, a four-part series of concerts that takes place on Sundays, features the works of one famous composer each summer. The series also offers an optional dinner with pianist Gustavo Romero following the concert.
La Jolla Music Society Summerfest
Scripps Park near La Jolla Cove
August 3-24, 2018
The La Jolla Music Society SummerFest features more than 80 world-class classical artists and ensembles performing diverse concerts, with most taking place at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at the University of California, San Diego. A free outdoor concert usually occurs at Scripps Park near La Jolla Cove.
Coronado Promenade Summer Concert Series
Spreckels Park in Coronado at 7th Street and Orange Avenue
Through September 2, 2018
The Coronado Promenade Summer Concert Series takes place every Sunday evening in Spreckels Park near the center of town. Visitors can enjoy cool live music while picnicking.
Twilight in the Park Concerts in Balboa Park
Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park
Through August 30, 2018
Balboa Park’s annual Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts offers a free concert series under the stars on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Twilight concerts feature a mix of musical performances, including military bands, Dixieland jazz, big band swing and Latin salsa.
Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park
Pioneer Park, 1521 Washington Place, San Diego, CA 92101
June 22 – August 17, 2018
Put on by the community organizations and businesses every summer, Summer Concerts in the Park is a beloved Friday musical tradition in Mission Hills.
Liberty Station Concerts
Grassy North Promenade, San Diego, CA 92106
June 24 – September 23, 2018
The ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station hosts four concerts on the grassy North Promenade on the 4th Sunday of each month, featuring a collection of popular San Diego musicians and acts.
International Summer Organ Festival
Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park
June 25 – September 3, 2018
Spreckels Organ Pavilion hosts the free International Summer Organ Festival at 7:30 PM every Monday. Enjoy the majestic sound of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ, while enjoying music played by world-renowned concert and theater organists.
University Heights Summer in the Park Concert Series
Trolley Barn Park, Adams Ave And Florida St, San Diego, CA 92116
July 6 – August 3, 2018
Join us each Friday for fun and free entertainment this summer! Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the music or cool off with mobile vendor Mrs. Frostie for ice cream treats.
Bird Park Summer Concerts
Pershing Drive, San Diego, CA, 92104
July 7 – August 18, 2018
For over a decade, North Park’s Bird Park Summer Concerts have drawn hundreds of people to the beautiful Bird Park setting for picnics, dancing, and enjoying the music of local talent. Concerts are from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in North Park.
Point Loma Summer Concerts
Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92107
July 20 – August 17, 2018
Families, friends and neighbors will enjoy a picnic and settle in for free concerts at Point Loma Park. This year’s Point Loma Summer Concerts lineup promises to please a variety of musical tastes including young talent on the “Junior Stage”.