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Enjoy summer on a high note at a free concert

Free concerts in the park are coming to cities around San Diego County.

With the weather warming and the sun shining, everything seems to be in rhythm for summer. Though it’s easy to listen to today’s hits on a drive home, life doesn’t get much better than listening to music with friends and family outdoors. And, it’s even better if it’s for free. So, grab a picnic and your dancing shoes because a free concert is coming to a park near you.

Bird Park Summer Concerts

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. every other Saturday of July, guests can gather in North Park for a night of local talent. Picnics are encouraged, however alcohol, grills, glass and unleashed dogs are not allowed.

Cross streets of Upas and 28th streets, North Park.

July 1: Grampa Drew’s Film Flam review

July 15: Sugar Crisp

July 29: Blaze of Jovi

North Park, San Diego (Angela J. Cesere)


Carlsbad’s TGIF Concerts in the Park

Every Friday, the City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office will host a concert from 6-8 p.m. at a different city park. Along with great tunes, food vendors, arts and crafts and shuttle services will be available to make visitor’s experiences easy and enjoyable.

Stagecoach Park

June 23: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra

June 30: Morgan Leigh Bland

3420 Camino de los Coches, Carlsbad


Poinsettia Community Park

July 7: Robert Jon & The Wreck

July 14: The Routine

July 21: Feufollet

6600 Hidden Valley Rd., Carlsbad


Calavera Hills Community Park

July 28: The Spazmatics

Aug. 4: High Tide Society

2997 Glasgow Dr., Carlsbad


Alga Norte Community Park

Aug. 11: The Mighty Untouchables

Aug. 18: JazzKatz Orchestra with Whitney Shay

6565 Alicante Rd., Carlsbad

Carlsbad. (Courtesy photo)


Coronado Summer Concert Series

In its 47th year, the city of Coronado will host concerts at 6 p.m. at Spreckels Park. To make parking and transportation easier, drop-off zones will be located on the corners of Sixth and Seventh streets at C and Orange avenues.

Spreckels Park: 601 Orange Ave., Coronado.

June 11: Marine Band San Diego

June 18: In Midlife Crisis

June 25: Sully and the Blue-Eyed Soul

July 2: Crown Town ft. Matt Heinecke

July 4: Coronado Concert Band*

July 9: CalPhonics

July 16: Marmalade Skies

July 23: The Gilbert Castellanos Latin Jazz Review

July 30: Euphoria Brass Band

Aug. 6: Missy Andersen and SouthLand Soul

Aug. 13: Navy Band Southwest

Aug. 20: The Jennifer Keith Quintet

Aug. 27: Surf City All Stars*

Sept. 3: Pop Vinyl*

* Note: Concerts  will begin at 5 p.m. on Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, and 4 p.m. on July 4.

The Coronado Big Band performs on the gazebo at Spreckels Park. (Charlie Neuman)


Del Mar Summer Twilight Concerts

Take in the ocean breeze at Seagrove Park as a variety of bands perform at Powerhouse Park. On select Tuesdays, an opening act will kick off the night at 6 p.m. while the main band will excite crowds at 7 p.m. Metered parking as well as parking in a lot on Coast Boulevard is available .

1550 Coast Blvd., Del Mar.

June 20: The Flounders (opening act) and Blue Eyed Soul Band (main act)

July 11: Jocko and the Aces (opening act) and DSB – The Next Best Thing To Journey (main act)

August 8: The Setting Sons (opening act) and The Ultimate Stones at (main act)

August 22: Clay Colton Band (opening act) and The Mighty Untouchables (main act)

September 10: Whitney Shay & Robin Henkel (opening act at 4 p.m.) and Sensation Show Band (main act at 5 p.m.)


El Cajon Dinner & A Concert

Enjoy a Friday night with friends or family in El Cajon’s Prescott Promenade with dinner from one of the many surrounding restaurants and music from a variety of local artists. From 6-8 p.m., a unique band will perform to make warm, summer nights even more enjoyable.

For the full schedule, visit

229 E. Main St., El Cajon

Runners donned their green gear to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon and 5K in El Cajon on March 5, 2017. (Bradley Schweit)


International Summer Organ Festival

Every Monday, watch as “organists play the nation’s largest outdoor pipe organ.” From 7:30-9:30 p.m., guests can enjoy as organists from around the globe play unique tunes from this ancient instrument.

1549 El Prado, Balboa Park.

June 26: Organist Ty Woodward and the Marine Band San Diego

July 3:  Jelani Eddington

July 10:  Kiyo and Chiemi Watanabe

July 17: Isabelle Demers

July 24: Gordon Turk

July 31: Ken Cowan

Aug. 7: Christian Lane

Aug. 14: Rising Stars night featuring Greg Zelek and Seamus Gethicker

Aug. 21: Movie Night with Steven Ball

Aug. 28: Spreckels Artistic Director and former San Diego Civic Organist Carol Williams and the Carol Williams Band

Enjoy summer concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park. (Hayne Palmour IV/Union-Tribune)


Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park

Gather with neighbors from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on select Fridays at Pioneer Park to listen to family-friendly and cover bands. Concerts are free, but the Town Council encourages attendees to make contributions to help continue concerts and events for the future. 

1521 Washington St., Mission Hills.

June 30: Liquid Blue

July 4: Hullabaloo and MohaviSoul

July 14: The Highwayman Show

July 21: Dr Elvis and the Immortals with the Mission Hills Women’s Chorale

July 28: Bayou Brothers

Aug. 4: PettyBreakers

Aug. 11: Sue Palmer – Queen of Boogie Woogie

Aug. 18: LifeLike

Point Loma Summer Concerts

Get a taste of a variety of music on Fridays in July and August at Point Loma Park. There, young musicians will have a chance to showcase their talents as they kick off each concert on the junior stage at 5 p.m., while the main act will follow. Guests can bring picnics or order food from differing vendors imclujding Jensen’s, Chick-fil-A, Stump’s Family Marketplace and United Portuguese S.E.S. Inc. Free parking and a shuttle is also available at All Souls’ Episcopal Church.

1055 Catalina Blvd., Point Loma.

July 14: The Might Untouchables (Main stage) and The Rising Tide and Soul Arch (Junior stage)

July 21: Detroit Underground (Main stage) and First Friday Club and Chihuahua (Junior stage)

July 28: The Petty Breakers (Main stage) and Angela & Hannah and The Mad Hatters (Junior stage)

Aug. 4: Cash’d Out (Main stage) and On the Run and The Wild Californians (Junior stage)

Aug. 11: Jumping Jack Flash’s “Beatles vs. Stones: Battle of the Brits!” (Main stage) and Look Both Ways and The Florescent Grizzlies (Junior stage)


Santee Summer Concert Series

Join for a night of eclectic music from 6:300-8 p.m. every Tuesday at Town Center Community Park East. The concert series will feature bands with Caribbean, country and blues backgrounds to name a few. Guests are also encouraged to attend Santee’s Food Truck Rally every Thursday.

550 Park Center Dr., Santee.

June 15: The Catillacs

June 22: The Kelly Rae Band

June 29: The Kings of 88

July 13: Whitney Shay & The Robin Henkel Band at 5:30 p.m. and Bill Magee Blues Band at 7 p.m.

July 20: Fortunate Sons

July 27: James Kruk & The Big Boss Men

August 3: Three Chord Justice

August 10: Back to the Garden

August 17: Upstream

August 24: The Mighty Untouchables


Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights (yes, that’s three nights a week), Balboa Park presents a variety of concerts for those of all music tastes. This year,  guests can expect to hear tunes from wind ensembles, blues bands, symphonies, mariachi groups and many others while surrounded by the beauty of Balboa Park. Performances are held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

For the full schedule, visit

1549 El Prado, Balboa Park

Kick off the summer with Burgers & Brews at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park. (Union-Tribune file photo)


University Heights Summer in the Park

This summer’s concert series is as diverse as University Heights itself. From 6-8 p.m. on Fridays, guests can expect to be brought to their feet by swing, funk and jazz bands. Attendees can bring a picnic, try a dessert from the Mrs. Frostie mobile vendor or visit any of the surrounding University Heights restaurants.

Trolley Barn Park: Adams Avenue and Florida Street, University Heights.

July 7: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra

July 14: Enter the Blue Sky

July 21: The Swamp Critters

July 28: Full Strength Funk Band

Aug. 4: Euphoria Brass Band

Trolley Barn Park is home to summer concerts and a playground, but used to house trolley cars. (K.C. Alfred)

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