Things to do in June

Events in San Diego during June include the San Diego County Fair, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, the 20th annual LGBT Film Fest and Festival of Yoga.

6.1-7.4: San Diego County Fair

Following a “How Sweet It Is!” theme, the county’s signature summer event returns to the Fairgrounds with an even more impressive lineup of concerts, comedians and deep-fried fare. Check out our preview on some of the treats to keep an eye out for.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,

San Diego County Fair Day
Fair goers ride The Wheel and other rides on the final day of the San Diego County Fair on July 4, 2017. (Photo by K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)
(K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)

6.2: Art Around Adams

Stroll — or board the complimentary Comedy Trolley — along two miles of art, crafts and live music during Normal Heights’ annual showcase of emerging talent.

Adams Avenue, Normal Heights,

Art Around Adams

Artists gather on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. John Gastaldo/U-T San Diego/Zuma Press

(John Gastaldo / )

6.2: Fourth annual Toast to the Coast

Surfers, snorkelers, SUPers and other ocean lovers are invited to attend this eco-friendly fundraiser benefiting San Diego Coastkeeper.


Soledad Club, Pacific Beach,

Fourth annual Toast to the Coast

This fundraiser benefits the San Diego Coastkeeper.

(Courtesy photo)

6.2: Mabuhay Festival

Honoring the 120th anniversary of Philippine Independence Day and celebrating the nation’s language, culture and diversity, this free event shines a light on artists affiliated with the Southeast Asian nation.

Kimball Park, National City,

6.2-3: San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Headlined by The Revivalists and featuring a finish-line festival at Waterfront Park, the original music-themed marathon promises more tunes — and more courses — including a 5K, a half-marathon and a two-person relay.

throughout uptown and downtown,

San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

With the finish line in sight runners show relief on the final stretch at the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego marathon and half marathon in San Diego. PHOTO BY NELVIN C. CEPEDA, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

(Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)

6.3: 30th annual RB Alive! Expo

Join more than 35,000 attendees browsing through wares from north of 300 merchants during this jam-packed event touting tasty treats, historical re-enactments and a classic car show.

Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo,


30th annual RB Alive! Expo

Classic cars are just some of the attractions at the RB Alive! Expo.

(Courtesy photo)

6.3: Elevated Cannabis Wedding Expo

The first of its kind in San Diego since it became legal in January, this expo brings brides- and grooms-to-be together with vendors who specialize in celebrations that incorporate cannabis.

Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center, North Park,

6.7-10: 20th annual LGBT Film Fest

Prepare your palate for plenty of popcorn as FilmOut San Diego presents 30-plus mold-breaking movies during three days of screenings that include premieres, award-winners and Q&As with many directors and actors in attendance.

The Observatory, North Park,

20th annual LGBT Film Fest

Ideal Home featuring Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan will be one of the films in the festival.

(Courtesy photo)

6.7-10: SD International Boat Show

Get your towels ready, because it’s about to go down as SoCal’s premier boat-buying event showcases 140ish nautical vessels alongside the latest aquatic gear, gadgets and accessories.

Spanish Landing Park, Harbor Island,


SD International Boat Show

Set sail on this boat show with vendors and boats galore.

(Courtesy photo)

6.8: Legends: A Circus Show with Music Icons Theme

Attendees are encouraged to dress up as iconic artists for this event in which professional performers and experienced athletes demonstrate their physical prowess during a nostalgic adventure through music history.

Aerial Revolution, Bay Park,

6.8-10: Greek Festival

Expect an authentic Greek marketplace with food, wine, beer, live Greek music and dancing, Kids’ Fun Zone and church tours.

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Hillcrest,

6.9: Fido Fest

Grab your furry, four-legged friend and head to this delightful dog day that features flea meds, vaccinations and microchipping, among other canine-centric services.

Town Center Community Park East, Santee,

Fido Fest
Caricaturist Crossby Vargas draws Jenna Bales of Santee with her dog, Remi, and Luis Zazueta of San Diego with his dog, Chloe.
(Karen Pearlman / Karen Pearlman)

6.9: ‘90s Bar Crawl

Dig out your chain wallet, DiscMan, and other ’90s-era ephemera before heading to this themed bar crawl that includes stops at several of downtown’s raddest bars.

Throughout downtown,

6.9: SōKO Cannabis Ball One Year Anniversary Party

Join some of SoCal’s best cannabis brands while sipping on finely crafted cocktails and listening to extraordinary live music at this fashion show highlighting a handpicked group of up-and-coming designers and models.

Lafayette Hotel, North Park,

6.9-10: SD Festival of the Arts

Close to 200 critically acclaimed artists from around the country gather for this annual event that includes entertainment and delicious cuisine complemented by a curated selection of fine wine and craft beer.

Waterfront Park, Little Italy,

SD Festival of the Arts

Check out the artwork artists have to offer.

(Eddie Garcia III E3 Photography / )

6.9-10: Marine Corps Mud Run

Prove how “hard corps” you are by signing up for this insane obstacle course that includes a cargo net climb, six mud pits and 300 Marines barking at you the entire time.

Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton,

Marine Corps Mud Run

Participants slog through a mud pit as they compete in the annual Marine Corps Mud Run. | (Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)

(Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)

6.10: Yoga After Dark

Surround yourself with yogis young and old during this DJ-spun vinyasa flow in which all attendees get noise-canceling headphones so they can block out background noise and focus on their breath.

Horton Plaza Park, Gaslamp,

Yoga After Dark

This yoga session will have a DJ and noise-canceling headphones. 

(Courtesy photo)

6.10: Opening Day of Polo

Kick off the summer with family and friends while watching two thrilling games of polo: the finals of the Rancho Santa Fe Cup and the Mexico vs. USA match.

San Diego Polo Fields, Rancho Santa Fe,

6.15-16: InterGalactiCon

Unleash your inner fan at this intimate event where you can nerd out without the anxiety that generally accompanies next month’s colossal con.

Town and Country Hotel, Mission Valley,


Group of cosplayers dressed as characters from DC Comics at the Yorkshire Cosplay Convention at Sheffield Arena.

(ColobusYeti / Getty Images)

6.16: RITZ (Rendezvous in the Zoo)

A magical evening of cocktails, gourmet dining and animals await you at this annual black-tie gala benefit taking place beneath the stars.

San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park,

6.16: Fifth annual San Diego County Fair 5K

See a whole new side of the famous county fair during this behind-the-scenes run/walk that takes place before the park gates open to the public.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,

San Diego County Fair 5K

Before the fair opens, get an exclusive look during the 5K.


6.16: Pin and Patch Con

Trade pins, patches and other pieces of flair during this peculiar party that includes a scavenger hunt, hourly giveaways and free pins for the first 1,000 people.

Montezuma Hall, San Diego State University, 

Pin and Patch Con

Meet other pin and patch enthusiasts at the San Diego State campus.

(Arakel Kaloyan)

6.16-17: A Ship in the Woods Music and Arts Festival

This inaugural outdoor music and art festival invites attendees to experience a lineup of diverse and notable performers representing a wide range of genres and focusing on protecting our environment.

Felicita County Park, Escondido,

A Ship in the Woods

This new event mixes music with environmental consciousness. 

(Courtesy photo)

6.22-23: Reggie Bush Charity Weekend

A flurry of foursomes — each featuring a high-profile player — take to the greens in what’s certain to be an entertaining day of golfing for social good.

Del Mar Country Club, Rancho Santa Fe,

6.23: Velobration

Share your passion for pedaling at this bike-themed festival featuring music, food trucks and an impressive beer garden, raising funds for both San Diego’s Bicycle Coalition and Mountain Biking Association.

San Diego Velodrome, Balboa Park,


Another festival takes San Diego, this time it’s all about bikes. 

(Courtesy photo)

6.23-24: 45th annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games

Enjoy a day of bagpipes, drums and sheepdog herding events among other Scottish traditions at this long-running celebration that also features local breweries.

Brengle Terrace Park, Vista,

Scottish Highland Games

Mark Wechter of Oregon participates in the strong man competition during the 2016 Scottish Highland Games at Brengle Terrace Park in Vista. |(Misael Virgen / San Diego Union-Tribune)

(Misael Virgen / San Diego Union-Tribune)

6.24: Festival of Yoga

Taking place on International Yoga Day, one of San Diego’s largest free yoga festivals will feature two community classes, plus live music, vendor booths, food trucks and a variety of breakout sessions to inspire and empower yogis from all walks of life.

Waterfront Park, Embarcadero,

Festival of Yoga

Festival of Yoga is a free event with food, vendors and yoga, of course.

(Blair Hartwell)

6.24: Happy Camper 5K Run/Walk

Walk alongside patients, survivors and doctors during this fun run that helps send San Diegans to Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky, a unique camping program for locals affected by cancer.

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

6.24: San Diego International Triathlon

Benefiting Father Joe’s Villages, the city’s most significant contributor to homeless causes, the two courses offered at this event each include a scenic San Diego Bay swim, an ambitious bike ride to Cabrillo National Monument and a waterfront run to cap it all off.

Spanish Landing Park, near Lindbergh Field,

San Diego International Triathlon

Julie Ertel crosses the finish line to finish first in the Elite/Pros women’s division with a time of 01:37:53. Chadd Cady for the San Diego Union-Tribune

(Chadd Cady / San Diego Union-Tribune)

6.25-29: San Diego Startup Week 2018

Designers, developers, investors and entrepreneurs gather to attend more than 100 sessions and 200 talks during five days of learning, networking and sharing, all centered around innovative ideas.

San Diego Concourse and Civic Center, downtown,

6.27-7.1: IDEA World Convention

Join more than 14,000 passionate personal trainers, successful studio owners and other health professionals for four days of networking, motivation and eye-opening education.

San Diego Convention Center, downtown,

IDEA World Convention

Meet other fitness enthusiats at this four-day event.

(Len Spoden)

6.29: David Sedaris Book Signing

Humorist, podcast personality and distinguished author David Sedaris signs copies of his latest book, Calypso, and indulges audience members during what’s certain to be a captivating Q&A.

Warwick’s Bookstore, La Jolla,

David Sedaris

Author and humorist David Sedaris is about to publish his 10th book, a collection of extracts from his long-running diaries.

(Ingrid Christie / Courtesy of Little, Brown)

6.29: Social Media Day San Diego

Learn the latest in social media marketing at this networking event punctuated by talks from today’s top thought leaders.

Bahia Resort Hotel, Mission Bay,

Social Media Day

Learn all there is to know about social media marketing. 


6.30: Third annual All-White Party for Miracle Babies

Wear only your finest whites to this upscale event featuring casino games, handmade cigars and a silent auction benefiting Miracle Babies, an organization that unites parents of sick newborns through financial assistance and supportive services.

Humphreys by the Bay, Shelter Island,

All White Party

Dress in all-white for this charity event.

(Courtesy photo)

6.30: Sensorium

Vanguard Culture presents an evening themed around the five senses, including immersive art installations, food from notable chefs, wine tastings and creative networking, all taking place among 15 transformed condo lofts at IDEA1 Downtown.

IDEA1, East Village,

Padres home games

6.1-3 vs. Cincinnati Reds
6.4-6 vs. Atlanta Braves
6.19-20 vs. Oakland Athletics
6.29-30 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

San Diego Padres

Christian Gabriel Bethancourt pitches for a half inning in Phoenix, Arizona.

(Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Legion home games

6.17 vs. Austin Elite Rugby

6.23 vs. Glendale Raptors

SD Legion
Ryan Matyas of Tucson, Ariz., plays Back: Center for SD Legion rugby team.
(Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)

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