As Adams Avenue Unplugged rocks, rattles and rolls this weekend from University Heights to Kensington, we receive our first reminder of how sweet it is to experience music with a splash of sun and a warm, welcoming breeze.
Summer is nearing, almost unnoticeable in our current climate, and thus, we’ll begin to see more and more outdoor concerts and series setting up outside. Humphreys Concert by the Bay - one of the most popular concert series in San Diego - has already begun and will continue bringing major star-power until October. On the outdoor stage with views of the marina, you can catch Jewel on May 21, Gary Clark Jr. on Aug. 2-3 and Grace Potter on Aug. 15, among others.
The Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography boasts applause-worthy ocean sunset views on the aquarium’s outdoor plaza. This year, you can catch BØRNS on May 18 and Atlas Genius on June 15, with more to be announced soon.
Quartyard San Diego continues to deliver standout concerts on the downtown city block. Coming up next month, catch Carah Faye of Shiny Toy Guns perform May 11, The Rocket Summer on May 13 and Gorgon City with Rudimental DJ sets on May 22.
Bayside Summer Nights (formerly Summer Pops) is San Diego Symphony’s annual outdoor summer concert series. Ten weeks of concerts through the summer bring together the San Diego Symphony with some of the hottest pop acts. Included on this year’s lineup is Diana Ross performing live on July 17 and Trace Adkins on July 29, plus comedian Seth McFarland will perform classic American songs on Aug. 12-13.
Of course, the San Diego County Fair concert series will pick back up in June, starting on Opening Day with Switchfoot on June 3. The lineup also includes Lady Antebellum on June 5, X Ambassadors on June 15, Matt Nathanson on June 17 and Charlie Puth on June 28.
The world of free concerts definitely exists in San Diego, too. Coronado Summer Concerts kick off on May 29 and continues every Sunday evening in the quaint Spreckels Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy with the soundtrack of live music playing.
At Balboa Park, Twilight Concerts in the Park continues its 35-year run, delighting visitors with a range of bands. This free and family-friendly event is ongoing every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion starting June 21.
In University Heights, locals can head to the Trolley Barn Park Concerts starting on July 8. The evening shows take place every Friday thereafter.
The Summer Concerts by the Sea on Sundays take over La Jolla’s picturesque Ellen Browning Scripps Park, overlooking La Jolla Cove with blues, country, swing and classic rock jams. These begin on July 17 and run until Sept. 4.
Wherever the music takes you in San Diego these next few warm months, may your sunscreen be applied generously and your dancing shoes be ready for serious toe-tapping.