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. npca.squarespace.com
July 1: Grampa Drew’s Film Flam review
July 15: Sugar Crisp
July 29: Blaze of Jovi
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.
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
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. coronadoconcert.com
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.
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. delmarfoundation.org
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 downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert.
229 E. Main St., El Cajon
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. spreckelsorgan.org
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
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. missionhillstowncouncil.org
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. plconcerts.org
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. ci.santee.ca.us
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 balboapark.org/twilight-concerts.
1549 El Prado, Balboa Park
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. uhcdc.org.
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