Things to do in July
July is filled with cool events including the Big Day Boom, Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival, San Diego Pride and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Opening Day.
7.4: BIG BAY BOOM
The biggest fireworks show on the West Coast explodes with 18 minutes of eye-popping pyrotechnics launching from four barges in San Diego Bay.
Locations surrounding San Diego Bay, bigbayboom.com
7.5: SUMMER AND SONGS
Wednesdays in July and August, The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch presents outdoor live performances by San Diego musicians including Steven Ybarra (7.5), Tiffy Jane (7.12), Lee Coulter (7.19) and Tolan Shaw (7.26). Groove, dine, shop, repeat.
13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Pkwy., Carmel Valley, summerandsongs.com
7.5: SAN DIEGO SURFRIDER MORNING AFTER MESS CLEANUP
Make up for being a hot mess on the Fourth by getting rid of filth on the fifth as Surfrider hosts its annual morning-after cleanups around Oceanside Pier, Ocean Beach Pier, Crystal Pier and Belmont Park.
Four coastal locations, surfridersd.org
7.8: TOUR DE FAT
New Belgium Brewing’s troupe of magicians, musicians, comedians and circus performers entertain their asses off at this 21+ costume party celebrating beer, bikes and bands.
1600 Pacific Hwy
., downtown, newbelgium.com
7.8: SHEFEST 2017
This female-focused event celebrates and supports the contributions of women, fostering authentic connections among attendees and strengthening the bond between San Diego’s LGBT community and the city at large.
North Park Community Park: cross streets of Howard Ave. and Idaho Street, sdpride.org
7.8-7.9 and 7.15-16: 64TH ANNUAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OVER-THE-LINE TOURNAMENT
Three-player teams with off-color names compete as Mission Bay’s annual baseball-esque B.Y.O.B. bacchanalia returns to Fiesta Island.
Fiesta Island, Mission Bay, ombac.org
7.9: CARLSBAD TRIATHLON
Among the nation’s oldest triathlons, this race includes a 1K open-water swim, a 25K bicycle ride and a 5K run along beaches, lagoons and an ecological reserve in Carlsbad.
Tamarack State Beach, Carlsbad, carlsbadtriathlon.com
7.14: 5TH ANNUAL PRIDE OF HILLCREST BLOCK PARTY
Kick off Pride Weekend at this 21-and-up event featuring a Trans Pride March, DJs, go-go dancers, gourmet food vendors, immense outdoor bars and VIP bottle service in the streets of Hillcrest.
University Avenue at Normal Street, Hillcrest, fabuloushillcrest.com
7.14-15: 2017 IMPERIAL BEACH SUN & SEA FESTIVAL
I.B.'s annual beach bonanza returns with a pancake breakfast, community parade, world-class sandcastle sculptors, live music, a farmers market and a “Pirates in Paradise” theme.
Portwood Pier Plaza: 940 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach, sunandseafestival.com
7.15: VIGILUCCI’S BEACH BOCCE BALL TOURNAMENT
Hundreds of teams compete in the annual bocce ball tournament Vigilucci’s Italian restaurant has hosted since 1994 to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad.
Dog Beach: 3200 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, beachbocce.com
7.15: PRIDE PARADE
Following a theme of Allied in Action: United for Justice, this year’s 1.1-mile Pride Parade through Hillcrest is expected to attract more than 100,000 spectators, ranking it among the largest such events in the United States.
Hillcrest Pride Flag to Balboa Park, sdpride.org
7.15-7.16: PRIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL
More than 200 musical acts, dancers and comedians perform live on multiple stages in Balboa Park as revelers enjoy art, food and good vibes.
Marston Point: Eighth Avenue, Balboa Park, sdpride.org
7.16: SAN DIEGO AVIATORS SEASON KICKOFF
The San Diego Aviators (World Team Tennis’ current reigning champs) mark the beginning of their 2017 season with a series of fast-paced team and individual matches, including men competing against women and mixed-gender Canadian Doubles (two players versus one).
Omni La Costa Resort and Spa: 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, La Costa, sandiegoaviators.com
7.19: DEL MAR THOROUGHBRED CLUB OPENING DAY
More than 40,000 race fans are expected to attend one of the West Coast’s most fabulous festivities, where everyone dresses (and drinks) to the nines to see and be scene where the turf meets the surf (especially at the after-parties).
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1141, dmtc.com
7.20: W00TSTOCK 9.0
Mythbuster Adam Savage joins comedic musicians Paul & Storm for an evening of geeky revelry including surprise guest stars and an incalculable amount of nerdiness.
Balboa Theatre: 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100, sandiegotheatres.org
7.20-7.23: SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL
Spider-Men and Wonder Women once again descend upon the Convention Center and surrounding area as pop culture’s quintessential Comic-Con returns to San Diego for its 48th year.
San Diego Convention Center: 111 Harbor Drive, downtown, comic-con.org
7.22: HEROES BREW FESTIVAL
Dress as a superhero to sample more than 50 beers and participate in interactive augmented-reality displays as DJ Kristian Nairn (aka Hodor from “Game of Thrones”) headlines with back-to-back performances.
1600 Pacific Hwy
., downtown, heroesbrewfest.com
7.29: IMPERIAL BEACH SURF DOG COMPETITION
Sixty-plus water-loving canines carve waves along the coast in the original surf dog competition, which now includes a beer garden, awards ceremony and SurFUR Expo, all raising funds for the San Diego Humane Society.
Imperial Beach Pier:
10 Evergreen Ave., Imperial Beach,
7.30: SOLANA BEACH TRIATHLON, DUATHLON & AQUABIKE
This sprint event includes bike and run courses along Pacific Coast Highway, where an expo, beer lounge and high-five tunnel await competitors at the finish line.
Fletcher Cove: 111 S. Sierra Ave., Solana Beach, kozevents.com
Padres home games
7.1-2 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
7.14-16 vs. San Francisco Giants
7.24-27 vs. New York Mets
7.28-7.30 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
100 Park Blvd., downtown, 619.795.5555, sandiego.padres.mlb.com