By Catlin Dorset

7/3: Dash & Dine Gaslamp 5K


Fifth Ave. and L St., Gaslamp

Admission: $35-$45
Run a 3.1-mile loop through the streets of Gaslamp before refueling at one of the participating restaurants offering post-race dining discounts.

7/4: B

ig Bay Boom
Location: S

an Diego Bay, Downtown

Admission: Free
Nearly 500,000 San Diegans and tourists will brave (and create) heinous traffic conditions to watch this annual 18-minute fireworks show.

7/5: B

ig Bite Bacon Fest
Location: D

el Mar Fairgrounds

Admission: $45-$75
Eat bacon, smell bacon, become one with bacon (a couple will marry on-site, using bacon bouquets and boutonnieres), and then wash it all down with beer and a handful of Lipitor.

7/5: M

orning After Mess

Five San Diego beaches

Admission: Free
Support Surfrider’s Rise above plastics by bringing reusable bags to help clean the July 4 remnants from five local beaches: Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside.


“Michael Jackson History Show”
Location: B

alboa Theatre, Downtown

Admission: $68-$79
Las Vegas impersonator Kenny Wizz pays musical tribute to the late King of Pop with choreographed dances, authentic costumes and special effects.

7/7-23: Sa

n Diego Aviators Home Season
Location: V

alley View Casino Center, Point Loma

Admission: $25-$200
Tennis pros Daniela Hantuchová and the Bryan brothers Bob and Mike represent America’s Finest, taking on Andy Roddick (July 7) and other tennis greats during the San Diego Aviators’ inaugural season.

7/12: Switchfoot Bro-Am

Location: M

oonlight Beach, Encinitas

Admission: Free
Grammy award-winning San Diego alternative rock band Switchfoot gives back to local at-risk youth, offering live music on the beach and surfing contests to support charity during this 10th anniversary event.

7/12-13, 7/19-20: Over the Line Tournament

Location: M

ission Bay Park, Fiesta Island

Admission: Free to watch
The 61st annual softball-like competition known for bats, beers and boobs - in no particular order - is non-BYOB for 2014. the non-bs include beers, bottles, bicycles and babies (21 and up only).

7/13: Carlsbad Triathlon

Location: T

amarack State Beach, Carlsbad

Admission: $105-$150
Swim a kilometer in the ocean before biking a 25k course along the carlsbad coastline and finishing with a 5k run near the Encina Power Station.

7/17-9/3: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Location: D

el Mar Race Track

Admission: $5-$70
Say “neigh” to working on opening day and attend one of summer’s biggest parties instead. It’s thoroughbred racing season once again, time for big hats, big winnings (and losings) and wearing your best duds for nine weeks of day drinking where the turf meets the surf.

7/24: w00tstock 6.0: A Night of Geeks + Music

Location: B

alboa Theatre, Downtown

Admission: $40
Nerdy know-it-alls Adam Savage (MythBusters) and Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) host a night of comedy, music, short films and more for their fellow dweebs.


La Jolla Fashion Film Festival
Location: M

useum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla

Admission: $50 per day; $125 for three-day pass
Hundreds of fashion filmmakers from around the globe converge in SD for a Hollywood-esque night of red carpet photo-ops, film screenings and awards for coveted categories including “best picture” and “best director.”

7/24-27: C

omic-Con International
Location: S

an Diego Convention Center, Gaslamp

Admission: badges sold out; people-watching free
Thousands of wannabe action heroes and villains fill the streets of downtown, leaving absolutely zero parking for mere mortals and other locals.


The Walking Dead Escape
Location: P

etco Park, Downtown

Admission: $20-$150
Survive this zombie-packed obstacle course and receive a complimentary post-race beer, or opt to be made- up into an über-creepy undead stalker instead.

7/26: J

oggin’ for Frogmen
Location: NTC

Station, Liberty Station

Admission: $40
Run/walk this 5K to honor fallen military heroes and raise money for the families they left behind.


Heroes Brew Fest
Location: E

mbarcadero Marina Park North, Downtown

Admission: $45-$60
Increase your super powers by loading up on samples of more than 80 craft brews before competing in the Best Original Caped Crusader and Best Super Villain contests at this Comic-Con-themed event.

7/27: S

olana Beach Triathlon and Duathlon

Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach

Admission: $102-$182
Complete a triathlon (1/4-mile swim, 9-mile bike ride, 3-mile run) or duathlon (9-mile bike ride and 3-mile run only), and then enjoy a post-race continental breakfast and morning brews in the beer garden.

Ramona Country Fair

Ramona Outdoor Community Center
Admission: Free admission; carnival ride prices vary
Carnival games, rickety rides, a “Ramona idol” singing contest and more draw upwards of 10,000 visitors to East/North county. warning: roaming coyotes are not part of the petting zoo.

Padres Home Games

7/1-2: vs. Cincinnati Reds
7/4-6: vs. San Francisco Giants
7/18-20: vs. New York Mets
7/29-31: vs. St. Louis Cardinals