Free summer concerts: 2018 series takes flight at 29 venues around San Diego County


Leave your iPods at home, San Diego! The free outdoor summer concert season is here. Neighborhoods throughout the region will sizzle both day and night with hand-clapping, foot-stomping music ranging from big band and classical to country and patriotic. So bring a picnic basket, blanket or low-back chair and choose your favorite venue to sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of San Diego’s summer.

Editor’s note: All schedules are subject to change, and some of the schedules were not available at press time, so for the most up-to-date information, visit the respective websites.

AG First Fridays Summer Concerts in the Park

Allied Gardens Community Park, 5155 Greenbrier Ave., San Diego. First Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m.

July 6: Betamaxx

Aug. 3: Manny Cepeda Orchestra

Sept. 7: The Petty Breakers

Oct. 5: Outlaw Country

Alpine Summer Concert Series

Alpine Community Center Park, 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine. Fridays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (619) 445-7330.

June 29: The US Navy 32nd Street Brass Band

July 13: The Blue Creek Band

July 27: Zydeco Patrol

Aug. 10: Highland Way

Aug. 24: Classic Buzz

Sept. 7: Whiskey Ridge

Balboa Park’s Twilight in the Park Summer Concert Series

Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, Pan American Road East, San Diego. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

June 19: Stoney B Blues

June 20: Pomerado Community Concert Band

June 21: Rachel Aldous and The Road Home

June 26: Bump City Brass

June 27: Hillcrest Wind Ensemble

June 28: Mad Hat Huskers

July 3: Navy Wind Ensemble

July 5: 145th Street

July 10: Ginger Cowgirl

July 11: Back Pocket Whiskey Fellas

July 12: Bayou Brothers

July 17: Moxie

July 18: Cat-illacs

July 19: San Diego Civic Dance, Parks and Recreation Department

July 24: San Diego Youth Symphony

July 25: Mariachi Estrella’s de Chula Vista

July 26: Rocken

July 31: Supremes — A Tribute Band

Aug. 1: Jazz Jammers

Aug. 2: SantanaWays

Aug. 7: Raúl Prieto Ramirez, civic organist

Aug. 8: Back 40

Aug. 9: San Diego Concert Band

Aug. 14: Coronado Big Band

Aug. 15: Harvey and The 52nd Street Jive

Aug. 16: Afrotruko

Aug. 21: Marine Band San Diego

Aug. 22: Kearny Mesa Concert Band

Aug. 23: The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra

Aug. 28: Coronado Concert Band

Aug. 29: Lady J

Aug. 30: Stars on the Water

Spreckels Organ Society Summer Organ Festival

Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, Pan American Road East, San Diego. Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30p.m. (619) 702-8138 (information number just for organ festival).

June 25: Raúl Prieto Ramírez, San Diego civic organist

July 2: Walt Strony

July 9: Alessandro Pittorino

July 16: Adam J. Brakel

July 23: Bradley Hunter Welch

July 30: Chelsea Chen, with Joseph Lee

Aug. 6: Ken Cowan, with Lisa Shihoten

Aug. 13: Reilly Xu and Bruce Xu

Aug. 20: Steven Ball (Silent Movie Night: “Safety Last,” starring Harold Lloyd)

Aug. 27: Raúl Prieto Ramírez, San Diego civic organist, with Maria Teresa Sierra

Sept. 3: Raúl Prieto Ramírez, San Diego civic organist

Carlsbad TGIF Concerts in the Parks

Four locations. Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. No admittance to concert venue before 4 p.m. (760) 602-2090.

Stagecoach Community Park, 3420 Camino de los Coches, Carlsbad

June 22: Stoney B Blues

June 29: 80z All Stars

July 6: Lao Tizer Band

Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road, Carlsbad

July 13: The Detroit Underground

July 20: The Mighty Untouchables

Calavera Hills Community Park, 2997 Glasgow Drive on the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad

July 27: Jonathan Lee

Aug. 3: Phat Cat Swinger

Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Road at Poinsettia Lane, Carlsbad

Aug. 10: Orgōne

Aug. 17: Poncho Sanchez

Coronado Summer Concerts Series

Spreckels Park, Seventh Street and Orange Avenue, Coronado. Sundays, 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

June 10: Marine Band San Diego

June 17: Another Journey

June 24: Kelly Rae Band

July 1: Ron’s Garage

July 4: Coronado Concert Band (4 p.m.)

July 8: Tainted Love

July 15: The Zippers

July 22: Caliber

July 29: AbbaFab

Aug. 5: Gilbert Castellanos Latin Jazz Review

Aug. 12: Mustache Harbor

Aug. 19: It’s Never2L8

Aug. 26: Missy Andersen and Southland Soul (5 p.m.)

Sept. 2: NRG (5 p.m.)

Coronado Ferry Landing Concert Series

Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St., Coronado. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 to 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

June 9: Nadro John

June 10: Coronado Big Band

June 16: The Village of KORE

June 17: Sickstring Outlaws

June 23: Breez’n

June 24: Moonlight Miles

June 30: Cool Fever

July 1: Miss Demeanor

July 4: Three Chord Justice

July 7: Breez’n

July 8: Nadro John

July 14: Astra Kelly

July 15: Crown Island Jazz Band

July 21: Baywolf

July 22: The Jackstones

July 28: Ascape, with James Wells Ford

July 29: Billy Lee & The Swamp Critters

Del Mar Foundation Summer Twilight Concerts

Powerhouse Park, 1600 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. Tuesdays, 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted. (858) 635-1363.

June 19: Sully and The Blue-Eyed Soul Band, with Michael Tiernan

July 10: The Petty Breakers, with Christopher Dale

Aug. 7: The Steely Damned 2, with Tim Wray

Aug. 21: The Mighty Untouchables, with Lee Coulter

El Cajon Dinner & a Concert

Prescott Promenade along Main Street, across from East County Performing Arts Center and City Hall. Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. (619) 334-3000.

June 8: Street Heart

June 15: Soul Persuaders

June 22: 80z All-Stars

June 29: The Verge

July 6: SantanaWays

July 13: Red Eyed & Blue

July 20: Stand Up Guys

July 27: The Sundance Band

Aug. 3: Coyote Band

Aug. 10: The Heart of Rock & Roll (Huey Lewis tribute)

Aug. 17: Lightning Train

Aug. 24: Back To The Garden

Aug. 31: Detroit Underground

Sept. 7: Scot Bruce

Sept. 14: The Petty Breakers

Sept. 21: Siren’s Crush

Sept. 28: The Mighty Untouchables

Encinitas Summer Concerts by the Sea

Moonlight Beach, 400 B St., Encinitas. Every other Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m. (760) 633-2740.

July 1: Fan Halen

July 15: Betamaxx

Aug. 5: New Leaf

Aug. 19: The Petty Breakers

La Mesa “Sundays at Six” Summer Concert Series

Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden St., La Mesa. Sundays, 6 to 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Sponsored by the La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation in partnership with the city of La Mesa. (619) 667-1300.

June 10: San Diego Concert Band

June 17: Steven Cade

June 24: Rachel Aldous and the Road Home

July 1: Wild Knights Band

July 8: Sonic Epidemic

July 15: It’s Never2L8

Lemon Grove Berry Street Park Summer Concert Series

Berry Street Park, 7071 Mt. Vernon St., Lemon Grove. Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m. (619) 825-3815.

June 28: Suspicious Minds

July 5: Three Chord Justice

July 12: The Cat-illacs

July 19: Manny Cepeda Band

July 26: We Kinda Music

Aug. 2: Bayou Brothers

Aug. 9: The Routine

Aug. 16: Mercury Street Blues Band

“Summer Fun on the 101” Leucadia’s Music Festival

Leucadia Roadside Park, 860 N. Coast Highway 101, Leucadia. Craft beer garden featuring Lost Abbey and Port Brewing Company at Swell Property, adjacent to the Roadside Park. Noon to 7:30 p.m. (760) 436-2320.

June 23: Inspired & the Sleep; Semisi & Fula Bula; Adrienne Nimms & Spirit Wind; Skulpin Bomb; Ditches; Stephanie Brown & the Surrealistics; Ginger Roots & the Protectors; Mattson; Emily Afton; Wally’s World. DJ Edify will spin tunes in between sets.

Liberty Station Concerts

Arts District Liberty Station, North Promenade, 2848 Dewey Road, San Diego, between Stone Brewing World Bistro and the colorful Greetings mural. All concerts are at 5 p.m. All ages welcome. No alcohol may be brought into the venue.

June 24: The Six String Society

July 22 : Earl Thomas, with Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact

Aug. 26: The Redwoods Revue, featuring Birdy Bardot

Sept. 23: Vaud & The Villains, with Iron Sage Wood

Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park

Pioneer Park, Randolph Street and Washington Place, San Diego. Fridays, 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

June 22: Liquid Blue

June 29: The OC British Invaders Band

July 4: Hullabaloo & MohaviSoul

July 13: The Petty Breakers

July 20: Dr. Elvis and the Immortals, with the Mission Hills Women’s Chorale

July 27: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra

Aug. 3: Pop Vinyl

Aug. 10: Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine

Aug. 17: The Highwayman Show

North Park Bird Park Summer Concert Series

Bird Park, Upas Street at 28th Street, San Diego. Saturdays, 3 to 7 p.m.

July 7: Jake Najor and the Moment of Truth

July 21: The Mittens, with Powerballs

Aug. 4: Goldettes, with Mostly Sunny

Aug. 18: Dani Bell & the Tarantist, with The Bassics

Oceanside Parks & Recreation’s Summer in the Park Series

Three locations; Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m.; preshow at 5 p.m. (760) 435-5041.

Rancho Del Oro Park, 4701 Mesa Drive, Oceanside

June 15: The Mar Dels

July 20: The Greg Douglass Band

Mance Buchanon Park, 425 College Blvd., Oceanside

Aug. 10: The Generation Boulevard Band

South Oceanside Elementary Park, 1806 S. Home St., Oceanside.

Sept. 14: Brent Payne

Pacific Beach Concerts on the Green

Kate Sessions Park, 5115 Soledad Road, San Diego. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Organized by the Pacific Beach Town Council. (858) 483-6666.

July 22: The Reflectors

July 29: Bayou Brothers

Aug. 5: Siers Brothers

Aug. 12: Christopher Dale & The Rabbit Hole

Pala Casino Spa & Resort Summer Concert Series

Pala Events Center, 11154 state Route 76, Pala. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. 60-plus club members.

June 12: The Saxations

June 19: The Coral Paradise Band

June 26: Buddy Holly Review

July 3: Viva Santana

July 10: Turn The Page

July 17: The Corvelles

July 24: Jocko and the Rockets

July 31: The Ultimate Stones

Underground Wine Cave, 11154 state Route 76, Pala. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. 21 and older.

June 8: Warren La Plante

June 9: Patrick Berrogain

June 10: Vince Mendoza

June 15: David Reynolds

June 16: Doug MacDonald

June 17: Vince Mendoza

June 22: Patrick Berrogain

June 23: Doug MacDonald

June 24: David Reynolds

June 29: David Reynolds

June 30: Doug MacDonald

Point Loma Summer Concerts

Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Blvd., Point Loma. Fridays, 5:30 p.m. Junior Stage; 6:30 to p.m. Main Stage.

July 20: Elton The Early Years Band (Main Stage); Chihuahua (Junior Stage)

July 27: Young Guns (Main Stage); First Friday — Fish out of Water & Syrens (Junior Stage)

Aug. 3: Full Strength Funk Band (Main Stage); The Mad Hatters (Junior Stage)

Aug. 10: The Mighty Untouchables (Main Stage); The Wild Californians (Junior Stage)

Aug. 17: Who’s Bad, A Michael Jackson Tribute (Main Stage); First Friday Music Club — Inblue (Junior Stage)

Poway Summer Concert Series

Two locations; Sundays, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Lake Poway, 14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway. (858) 668-4770.

June 24: Pop Vinyl

July 8: The Mighty Untouchables

July 22: Britain’s Finest

Aug. 5: Pickleback Shine

Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road, Poway. (858) 668-4576.

July 15: Highland Way

July 29: Lisa Sanders Band

Aug. 12: Pomerado Community Band

San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase Summer Concerts

Various locations and times.

June 14: Joe Rathburn (6 p.m., Ramona Branch Library)

June 17: Joe Rathburn (1:30 p.m., Vista Library

July 1: Adler & Blackburn (2 p.m., Fallbrook Public Library)

July 3: Sara Petite (6:30 p.m., Rancho San Diego Branch Library)

July 12: Sara Petite (6 p.m., Ramona Branch Library)

July14: Adler & Blackburn (2 p.m., Poway Branch Library)

July 15: Bill Hartwell (1:30 p.m., Vista Library)

Aug. 7: Adler & Blackurn (6:30 p.m., Rancho San Diego Branch Library)

Aug. 9: Bill Hartwell (6 p.m., Ramona Branch Library)

Aug. 1: Virtual Strangers (2 p.m., Poway Branch Library)

Aug. 19: Adler & Blackburn (1:30 p.m., Vista Library)

Santee Summer Concerts

Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive, Santee. Thursdays, (except July 5) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

June 14: The Cat-illacs

June 21: Clay Colton Band (5:30 p.m.)

June 28: Upstream

July 12: Bill Magee Blues Band, with Mercedes Moore Band (5:30 p.m)

July 19: Fortunate Son

July 26: The Ultimate Stones

Aug. 2: Sully & The Blue-Eyed Soul Band

Aug. 9: Back to the Garden (5:30 p.m.)

Aug. 16: James Kruk and The Big Boss Men

Aug. 23: The Mighty Untouchables

Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park Series

Hoyt Park, Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Aviary Drive, San Diego. Sundays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

July 15: The Heroes

Aug. 12: Scripps Ranch bands, including High Tide Society, Breez’n and Wolff

Sept. 9: Back to the Garden, featuring Eve Selis

Seaport Village

East Plaza Gazebo at Seaport Village, 849 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego. Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted. (619) 235-4014.

June 17: The Cat-illacs

June 24: Cool Rush

July 1: Nova

July 4: Breakaway

July 8: Sophisticats

July 15: Cat-illacs

July 22: Calico Ridge

July 29: Bill Magee

Aug. 4: Blue Rockit

Aug. 12: Bayou Brothers

Aug. 19: Cat-illacs

Aug. 26: Breakaway

Sept. 2: Tradewinds

Sept. 3: Bill Magee

Sept. 9: Noth Park Rockin’ Blues Band

Sept. 16: Cat-illacs

Sept. 23: Wag the Dog

Sept. 30: Cool Rush

Solana Beach Concerts at the Cove

Fletcher Cove Park, 140 S. Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. Thursdays, 6 to 7:45 p.m. (858) 720-2453.

June 21: Ryan Hiller Duo

June 28: The US Navy 32nd Street Brass Band

July 5: Hullabaloo Band

July 12: Quartet Nouveau

July 19: Collin Elliott

July 26: Three Chord Justice

Aug. 2: Funk Junkies

Aug. 9: Jimmy & Enrique

Aug. 16: Sully & The Blue-Eyed Soul Band

Aug. 23: Rockademy & The Special Guests

Standley Park Summer Concerts

3585 Governor Drive, San Diego. Sundays, 5 to 7 p.m. Please note, all concerts are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

July 8: Teaser, with Rick Kern

July 15: Los Tecolotes

July 22: Sully & The Blue-Eyed Soul Band

July 29: Rachel Aldous and The Long Road Home

Aug. 5: Full Strength Funk Band, with Pamela Gallo

Aug. 12: Siers Brothers

Aug. 19: Corvelles

Aug. 26: Forecast, with Greg Pardue

Sunday Fun Day Summer Concert Series

Waterfront outdoor patio of the Barefoot Bar & Grill at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego. Sundays and select holidays, 2 to 6 p.m. (858) 581-5960.

June 24: Jerome Dawson

July 1: Private Domain

July 2: Groove Squad

July 3: The Gregory Michael Band

July 4: Kimba Light

July 8: The Steve Grady Band

July 15: Fuzzy and The Blues Band

July 22: The Cronies

July 29: Theo and The Zydeco Patrol

Aug. 5: Private Domain

Aug. 12: Ron’s Garage

Aug. 19: Fuzzy and The Blues Band

Aug. 26: Jerome Dawson

Sept. 1: Kimba Light

Sept. 2: Fuzzy and The Blues Band

Sept. 3: Ron’s Garage

Sept. 9: Private Domain

Sept. 16: The Cronies

Sept. 23: The Gregory Michaels Band

Sept. 30: Theo and The Zydeco Patrol

University Heights Summer in the Park

Trolley Barn Park, Adams Avenue and Florida Street, San Diego. Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. (619) 297-3166.

July 6: Liz Grace & The Swing Thing

July 13: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra

July 20: It’s Never 2L8

July 27: Sonic Epidemic

Aug. 3: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra

University Towne Centre Plaza Unplugged

Palm Plaza, 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego. Wednesday through Sunday, Noon to 2 p.m. (858) 546-8858.

TodayJune 14: Ben Benavente

June 15: Catie + Kevin

June 16: Rheanna Downey

June 17: Mike McGill

June 20: Jasmine Commerce

June 21: Mikael Pederson

June 22: Ben Benavente

June 23: Mike McGill

June 24: Rheanna Downey

June 27: Dustin Jake

June 28: Cedrice Ce & Sam Hunt

June 29: Marcela Mendez

June 30: Joe Cardillo

July 1: Dustin Jake

Village Walk Summer Sundays Concerts

878 Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista. Sundays, 5 p.m.

June 17: Navy Band Southwest

June 24: Joe Rathburn’s Island

July 1: Lady J & Soulful Knights

July 8: United Country

July 15: Graceland

July 22: Steal Dawn