By Catlin Dorset

7/1: Dog Days of Summer
Petco Park, East Village
Bring your four-legged friend(s) for a tailwaggin’ good time at the ballpark as the Padres take on the Seattle Mariners - right after pro skateboarder Bucky Lasek throws out the first pitch.

7/4: Big Bay Boom
San Diego Bay
Fireworks discharged from four barges around North San Diego Bay offer an incredible 18-minute show and Independence Day celebration for the more than 400,000 revelers expected to crowd the water’s edge.

7/5: Morning After Mess
Five San Diego beaches
Help Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics campaign by bringing your own gloves and reusable bags to this annual post-Fourth beach cleanup taking place at Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside.

7/9: w00tstock 7.0 A Night of Geeks + Music
Balboa Theatre, Downtown
This night of dweeby delight presented by MythBusters star Adam Savage features live comedy and music, short films, special guests and all things dedicated to nerdy know-it-alls.

7/9-12: Comic-Con International
San Diego Convention Center, Downtown
It’s a bird... it’s a plane... it’s tens of thousands of touristic a-holes dressed as their favorite superheroes, jaywalking through the streets of the Gaslamp.

7/10-11: The Walking Dead Escape
Petco Park, East Village
Avoid the zombies and undead walkers in this gruesome obstacle course inspired by AMC’s hit TV show The Walking Dead.

7/11: Switchfoot Bro-Am
Moonlight Beach, Encinitas
Founded by local alt. rockers Switchfoot in 2005, this annual surf contest and concert on the beach has since raised nearly $1.2 million for San Diego-based children’s charities.

7/11-12, 18-19: Over the Line Tournament
Fiesta Island Park, Mission Bay
Leave the bottles, babies and bad attitudes at home before heading to this 62nd annual 21-andup three-on-three softball-like competition and drink-fest that doubles as a fundraising source for the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC).

7/12: Carlsbad Triathlon
Tamarack State Beach, Carlsbad
Complete a 1K open-water ocean swim followed by a 25K bike ride and 5K run along this seaside city’s beaches, lagoons and wildlife preserve.

7/15: UFC Fight Night
Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma
UFC heavyweight fighters Frank Mir and Todd Duffee battle for bragging rights inside the 750-square-foot octagon.

7/16-9/7, 10/29-11/29: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Del Mar Racetrack
Join more than 40,000 fashionable Finest City folks where the surf meets for Del Mar’s Opening Day (July 16), then place your bets throughout nine weeks of horse racing and rock out during weekly concerts following Four O’Clock Friday’s final race.

7/17: Neon Nights at Sea
Adventure Hornblower, Downtown
Climb aboard a two-story, multi-room floating nightclub with a crowd of 500 party people and witness how DJ Craig Smoove’s (and other mixmasters’) mad beats make picturesque San Diego Bay go boom!

7/17-18: The Sun and Sea Festival
Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach
Head south for sand-carving contests, a street festival, an international food fair, live music and more at this free, family-friendly event.

7/18-19: Pride Music Festival
Balboa Park
Host Carmen Electra, actress Taryn Manning and DJs Emma Hewitt, Ruby Rose, Pierce Fulton and others take the stage to celebrate diversity and LGBT pride during San Diego’s most fabulous annual event.

7/24-25: La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival
Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla
Two days of film screenings, seminars, parties and an awards ceremony bring many of the world’s top fashion filmmakers to La Jolla for what’s billed as the “Cannes of fashion film.”

7/24-26: Supergirl Pro Surf Competition
Oceanside Pier
See the biggest names in women’s professional surfing hang 10 while you hang five (fingers) around a frosty beverage in the beer garden.

7/25-26: San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus presents Imagine: The Music of Lennon & McCartney
Balboa Theatre, Downtown
San Diego’s 225-member Gay Men’s Chorus performs The Beatles classics “Revolution” (1968), “Yellow Submarine” (1966) and many more.

7/31: WWE Live: SummerSlam Heatwave Tour
Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma
WWE Superstars John Cena, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro pack a pretend-punch during this annual summertime touring show.