Rest of the Fests: San Diego Summer Festivals

Contributed by Sales & Marketing Intern Bryan Patrick

Fresh off the PRIDE weekend celebrations Comic Con madness, San Diego summer festivities are in full swing. Here is our breakdown of SD’s upcoming summer Festivals:

SummerFest 2014
This chamber music fest takes place from July 30th all the way to August 22nd. It is three weeks full of concerts and performances by over 81 world class artists and ensembles. Presented by The La Jolla Music Society, the 2014 Summer Fest will be a celebration of classical and new compositions with renowned musicians from all over the World. SummerFest 2014 kicks off in Scripps Park, La Jolla on July 30th with a free outdoor concert featuring a special performance by the San Diego Youth Symphony. In addition to three weeks full of performances and concerts, the La Jolla Music Society will be offering workshops and meet and greets in conjunction with the festivities. Make sure to take advantage of some of these offerings or catch a show on an elegant night out in San Diego.

Hillcrest CityFest 2014
On August 10th head out to Hillcrest to check out the 30th year of CityFest. Arts, crafts, food and entertainment are featured all at this popular annual street festival, held along Fifth Avenue right under the Hillcrest sign. With over 250 vendors, the city’s best DJs, a full lineup of live performers, a beer garden, and tons more, this is one of the best of San Diego’s summer fests.

Festival of Sail
One of San Diego’s more family friendly summer events, the Festival of Sail will take place on Labor Day Weekend from August 29th to September 1st. Hosted by the Maritime Museum on the San Diego Bay, this showcase is the largest Tall Ship Festival on the West Coast. Guests are invited to tour more than 20 tall ships and other marine vessels from around the world, sample food and drink, and enjoy live entertainment. There is even a dedicated family activity area in addition to a petting zoo and shopping market with over 150 vendors. If you are looking for a fun time at the Port of San Diego, take the opportunity to check out the awe inspiring ships and amazing views that the Festival of Sail has to offer.

San Diego Bayfair
San Diego’s other waterfront fest is all about SPEED! The San Diego Bayfair is a showcase of thunderboats, dragboats, hydroplanes, and tunnel hulls. With a fireworks showcase and concert to top it off, this festival is a definite thrill ride. Hit the throttle over to Mission Bay from September 12th to the 14th for all the festivities. There will be an obstacle course for kids, a full live music lineup, tons of local vendors, and a three day set of high speed boat races. The Bayfair is one of SD’s most unique summer festivals, and it is like nothing else.

20th Annual San Diego Festival of Beer
Beer, Beer, and more Beer. Honestly, do you even need another reason? Probably not, but here are a few anyways. San Diego’s craft brew scene is approaching legendary levels and what better way to showcase more than 75 local brewers than with a huge festival downtown.  With all the beer samples and tastings you could ever ask for, live musical performances, local vendors, tasty food trucks, and a great atmosphere, you can’t miss it. The festival is celebrating its 20th year in San Diego and is becoming a city staple, much like the many breweries it represents. Also, if beer isn’t really your thing, or you’re just a good friend that lost a bet, you can buy a reduced price ticket to get into the festival as a designated driver. Cheers!

San Diego Music Thing
Not technically a music festival and not solely a media conference, the San Diego Music Thing is just that; a “Thing”. No matter what you want to call it however, this indefinable thing is THE music event to top of the San Diego Summer. From September 12th to the 13th enjoy day time activities includes a trade show, happy hour parties, listening stations and pop up live performances as well as a chance to meet and mingle with top industry professionals and artists.  Evening activities include the Music Fest, with over 150 local, regional and national bands performing at venues around San Diego.  The San Diego Music Thing is produced by the San Diego Music Foundation and proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation’s experiential music programs in 75 schools around San Diego County. Come out and support local bands, local schools, and have a great time at this whatchamacallit of music fun.