Free outdoor concerts kick-off summer season throughout San Diego County


The weather is warming up and so are local musicians in preparation for free outdoor summer concerts happening up and down the county over the next three months. Music of many genres — ranging from big bands and classic rock to oldies and blues and everything in between — will be performed at various venues, including parks, community gazebos and beachfront properties. So “amp up” your summertime fun with family and friends and take advantage of the multitude of concert choices we’ve rounded up below for every musical preference under the sun.

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, please 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 5: Full Strength Band

Aug. 2: Sandollar

Sept. 6: High Tide Society

Oct. 4: Pop Vinyl

Alpine Summer Concert Series

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

June 28: The U.S. Navy 32nd Street Brass Band

July 12: The Blue Creek Band

July 26: Graceland, featuring Bill Pareneau

Aug. 9: The Wildside Band

Aug. 23: Classic Buzz

Sept. 6: 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 20: Rockin Jazz Big Band

June 25: Rachel Aldous and the Road Home

June 26: Piracy Conspiracy

June 27: Bump City Brass

July 2: The Catillas

July 3: Atomic Wave

July 4: No concert

July 9: 8 Track Highway

July 10: Stoney B Blues Band

July 11: Breez’n

July 16: 145th Street

July 17: Ginger Cowgirl

July 18: San Diego Civic Dance, Park & Recreation Department

July 23: San Diego Youth Symphony

July 24: Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista

July 25: Bayou Brothers

July 30: Pomerado Community Concert Band

July 31: SantanaWays

Aug. 1: Back Pocket Whiskey Fellas

Aug. 6: San Diego Concert Band

Aug. 7: Jazz Jammers

Aug. 8: Marine Band San Diego

Aug. 13: Raúl Prieto Ramírez, San Diego Civic Organist

Aug. 14: Harvey and 52nd Street Jive Blues

Aug. 15: Moxie

Aug. 20: Coronado Concert Band

Aug. 21: Lloyd Aron Douglas and The Sons of Memphis

Aug. 22: Moon Light Serenade Orchestra

Aug. 27: Lady J

Aug. 28: Stars on the Water

Aug. 29: Legends

Spreckels Organ Society: San Diego International Organ Festival

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

June 24: Tribute to Pink Floyd and Led Zepplin, featuring local artists

July 1: Raúl Prieto Ramírez, San Diego Civic Organist

July 8: Dave Wickerham

July 15: Rising Stars, featuring Aaron Tan and Luke Staisiunas

July 22: Peter Richard Conte, with Andrew Ennis

July 29: Hector Olivera

Aug. 5: Thomas Ospital

Aug. 12: Isabelle Demers

Aug. 19: Gunnar Idenstam

Aug. 26: Raúl Prieto Ramírez, San Diego Civic Organist, with symphonic musicians

Aug. 31: Finale: Silent Movie Night, with Clark Wilson

California Center for the Arts, Escondido “Hidden City Sounds” Summer Music Festival Series

Lyric Court, 314 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Fridays, 6 to 10 p.m. The weekly music series includes DJs, food trucks, inflatables and a cash bar. (800) 988-4253.

June 21: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra

June 28: Banda Reyna Del Rio

July 5: Upstream

July 12: Bettman & Halpin

July 19: Roann Ro Mesina’s Synergy

July 26: Bulevar Descarga

Aug. 2: Darryl Williams

Aug. 9: Sara Petite

Aug. 16: Changüí Majadero

Aug. 23: Kiyoshi

Aug. 30: Jarabe Mexicano

Sept. 6: The Redwoods Revue

Sept. 13: Strings of Thought

Sept. 20: Daring Greatly

Sept. 27: Southern Scratch

Oct. 4: Gunhild Carling

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 21: Safety Orange

June 28: Uptown Funk

July 5: Sully and the Souljahs

Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road, Carlsbad

July 12: Pop Vinyl

July 19: Urban Renewal Project

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

July 26: Rumba Y Soul

Aug. 2: Unsteady

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

Aug. 9: Gene Evaro Jr.

Aug. 16: 80z All Starz, with Cassie B’s 90s Remix

Civita Sundown Sunday Concert Series

Civita Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 7960 Civita Blvd., San Diego. Sundays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or visit one of the food trucks.

July 14: Full Strength Funk Band

Aug. 11: The Mighty Untouchables

Sept. 8: Betamaxx

Coronado Summer Concerts Series

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

June 23: Smith

June 30: Ron’s Garage

July 7: Bee Gees Gold

July 14: LA Allstars

July 21: In MidLife Crisis

July 28: Stone Soul

Aug. 4: B.N.E. and guest

Aug. 11: Sully & The Souljahs

Aug. 18: Las Chikas

Aug. 25: Betamaxx (5 p.m.)

Sept. 1: The Mighty Untouchables (5 p.m.)

Coronado Ferry Landing Concert Series

Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St., Coronado. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m., unless otherwise noted. (619) 435-8895.

June 22: Baywolf Band

June 23: Miss Demeanor

June 29: Kat Café

June 30: Astra Kelly

Del Mar Foundation Summer Twilight Concerts

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

July 9: Hotel California, a Salute to the Eagles, with Chris Wilusz

July 30: Back to the Garden: A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, featuring Eve Selis and Mattie Mills, with Boon and Kiel

Aug. 20: The Mighty Untouchables, with Nate Donnis Trio

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 21: 80z All Starz

June 28: Back to the Garden

July 5: Old School

July 12: Breakheart Pass

July 19: Fortunate Son

July 26: Heart of Rock and Roll

Aug. 2: Detroit Underground

Aug. 9: Clay Colton Band

Aug. 16: Stand Up Guys

Aug. 23: Scot Bruce

Aug. 30: Lightening Train

Sept. 6: Rock Couture

Sept. 13: PettyBreakers

Sept. 20: The Mighty Untouchables

Sept. 27: Back to the Garden (6:30 p.m.)

Encinitas Summer Concerts by the Sea

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

July 7: Cold Duck

July 21: Kings of 88

Aug. 4: Smokin’ Cobras

Aug. 18: The Mighty Untouchables

Grossmont Center Summer Concert Series

Center Court, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa. Saturdays, 5 to 7 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served or bring your own lawn chair.

June 29: Flipside Burners

July 27: Bayou Brothers

Aug. 31: The Cat-illacs

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. (619) 667-1300.

June 23: San Diego Concert Band

June 30: It’s Never 2L8

July 7: Wild Nights

July 14: Ginger Cowgirl

July 21: 8 Track Highway

July 28: Sonic Epidemic

Lemon Grove Berry Street Concerts in the Park

Berry Street Park, 7071 Mt. Vernon St., Lemon Grove. Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. (619) 825-3815.

June 27: Mariachi Real

July 11: Manny Zepeda Band

July 18: Bayou Brothers

July 25: The Cat-illacs

Aug. 1: Republic of Music

Aug. 8: Suspicious Minds

Aug. 15: Rachel Aldous and the Road Home

Aug. 22: The Routine

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

Leucadia Roadside Park, 860 N. Coast Highway 101, Leucadia. Craft beer and kombucha garden featuring Lost Abbey, Port Brewing Company and Boochcraft at Swell Property, 914 N. Coast Highway 101. Noon to 7:30 p.m. (760) 436-2320.

June 22: The Elements, Casey Hensley, Peter Sprague Group, Austin Burris and Dillon Case of Second Cousins, New Leaf, Sarah Rogo, The Anodynes, and special guests.

Liberty Station First Friday (((amplified))) Concerts Series

Liberty Station North Promenade, 2848 Dewey Road, San Diego. All concerts are at 6:30 to 9 p.m., unless otherwise noted. No alcohol can be brought onto the premises. Rain will cause the event to be canceled and not rescheduled.

Aug. 10: Ben Powell, with Nathan & Jesse (3 p.m.)

Sept. 6: B-Side Players, with Shane Hall Band

Dec. 6: Whitney Shay

Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park

Pioneer Park, Randolph Street and Washington Place, San Diego. Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

June 21: Groove Kitty

June 28: Unsteady

July 4: Mockery (Noon)

July 12: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra

July 19: Dr. Elvis and the Immortals, with the Mission Hills Women’s Chorale

July 26: Detroit Underground

Aug. 2: The Mighty Untouchables

Aug. 9: The Smokin Cobras

Aug. 16: Captain J and the Jive Crew

Oceanside Parks & Recreation Summer in the Park Series

Two locations; Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. (760) 435-5041.

Rancho Del Oro Community Park, 4701 Mesa Drive, Oceanside

June 21: Greg Douglass Band

July 19: The Mar Dels

Mance Buchanon Park, 425 College Blvd., Oceanside

Aug. 9: Greg Douglass Band

Pala Casino Spa & Resort Summer Concert Series

Pala Events Center, 11154 state Route 76, Pala. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. 21 and older.

June 25: Heartache Tonight

July 2: ABBA L.A.

July 9: Matt Mauser

July 16: Kenny Hale

July 23: The Shagwells

July 30: Woodie and the Longboards

Point Loma Summer Concerts

Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Blvd., Point Loma. Fridays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free parking at All Souls Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd. A free shuttle runs between the church parking lot and the park from 5 to 8:45 p.m.

July 12: Fortunate Son (Main Stage); The Week Before (Junior Stage)

July 19: Band Overboard (Main Stage); Fourth Corner (Junior Stage)

July 26: Full Strength Funk Band (Main Stage); The Mad Hatters (Junior Stage)

Aug. 2: Doctor Wu (Main Stage); In Blue (Junior Stage)

Aug. 9: Pine Mountain Logs (Main Stage); Honey Cats (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 23: The Mighty Untouchables

July 7: Pickleback Shine

July 21: Y3K

Aug. 4: Blue Breeze Band

Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road, Poway. (858) 668-4772.

July 14: The Benedetti Trio

July 28: Trails and Rails

Aug. 11: The Pomerado Community Band, with Summer Winds

Santee Summer Concerts

Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive, Santee. Thursdays, (except July 4) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

June 20: Patrick Howard Trampus Band

June 27: Upstream

July 11: Bill Magee Blues Band

July 18: Three Chord Justice

July 25: Bump City Brass

Aug. 1: Straight Six

Aug. 8: Back to the Garden

Aug. 15: Queen Nation

Aug. 22: 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 14: Betamaxx

Aug. 11: The Detroit Underground (5:30 p.m.)

Sept. 8: The Young Guns

Seaport Village

East Plaza Gazebo at Seaport Village, 849 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego. Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

June 23: Coolrays

June 30: Darrengers

July 4: Bill McGee Blues Band, with Blue Rocket

July 7: Bayou Brothers

July 14: West Coast

July 21: The Cat-illacs

July 28: Blue Rocket

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 20: U.S. Navy Band Southwest 32nd Street Brass Band

June 27: Atomic Chill

July 4: No concert

July 11: Ginger Cowgirl

July 18: Quintinn Holi

July 25: The Donnis Trio

Aug. 1: Rolf Olsen Quartet

Aug. 8: Hullabaloo

Aug. 15: The Magic Montgomery Brothers

Aug. 22: Sully

Standley Park Summer Concert Series

3585 Governor Drive, San Diego. Sundays, 5 to 7 p.m. (858) 552-1652.

July 14: Ron & the Reapers, with Dave Fleminger

July 21: Teaser, with Rick Kern

July 28: Los Tecolotes, with Peter Bauer, Marcus Bauer and Ed Sanicki

Aug. 4: Electric Waste Band, with Robert Harvey

Aug. 11: Full Strength Funk Band, with Pamela Gallo

Aug. 18: Y3K

Aug. 25: Forecast, with Greg Pardue

Tierrasanta Concerts in the Park

Tierrasanta Recreation Center, 11220 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego. Saturdays, 6 to 9 p.m. Free face painting, free jumpers and food truck will be available.

July 13: Full Strength Funk Band

Aug. 24: 3 Car Garage

Sept. 21: Wild Nights

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 5: It’s Never 2L8

July 12: CogniZen

July 19: Sully & The Souljahs

July 26: 8 Track Highway

Aug. 2: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra

Village Walk Summer Sundays Concerts

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

June 23: Breez’n

June 30: Lady J & Soulful Knights

July 7: Steal Dawn

July 14: Graceland

July 21: Joe Rathburn’s Island