25 Things to Do in July
Padres Home Games
7.1-3: vs. New York Yankees (Promotions: Party In The Park And Padres HOF Coffee Table Book & Pet Bandana 7.1; Post-Game Laser Show 7.2; Military Salute 7.3)
7.15-17: vs. San Francisco Giants (Promotions: Ghostbusters Day, Team USA Day and Flights and Bites 7.15; $10 Coupon To Padres Majestic Team Store 7.16; Sunday Funday, U.S. Army & Army National Guard Appreciation Day 7.17)
7.29-31: vs. Cincinnati Reds (Promotions: College Night, Vegas-Themed Party in the Park and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Salute 7.29; Faith & Family Night and SD Ear Buds 7.30; Baja Little League Day and U.S. Marine Corps Appreciation Day 7.31).
Coming Soon: Skatercross Skateboard Racing
Mission Valley YMCA
Debuting to the public after a launch event that drew X Game contenders in June, this first racetrack of its kind makes competing on the half pipe cozier and more mindful of time: three skateboarders race side by side to be first across the finish line.
7.2: San Diego Growlers vs. San Jose Spiders
Balboa Stadium, Downtown
In its last home game of the season, San Diego’s ultimate disc team competes against the American Ultimate Disc League’s defending champions.
7.4: Big Bay Boom
San Diego Bay, Downtown
On July 4, half a million patriots will line the water’s edge to watch simultaneous fireworks displays explode for 18 minutes from four barges floating in San Diego Bay.
7.5: Morning After Mess
Four San Diego Beaches, San Diego County
Join Surfrider’s annual post-fourth beach cleanups at Ocean Beach Pier, Belmont Park, Crystal Pier and the Oceanside Pier.
7.8-12: 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Week
Petco Park/San Diego Convention Center, Downtown
More than 40 baseball legends are headed to San Diego for an interactive baseball festival and other grand slam events leading up to the annual match-up between the National League and American League.
North Park Community Park, North Park
SheFest celebrates San Diego’s female LGBT movers and shakers with music, workshops and games packed with empowerment.
7.9: Switchfoot Bro-Am
Moonlight Beach, Encinitas
Grammy Award-winning rock band Switchfoot returns to its hometown for the 12th annual charity surf contest and beach concert, which draws roughly 15,000 attendees rallying around the band’s efforts to give back.
7.9: Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship XXXVI
Dog Beach, Del Mar
Have a ball watching bocce teams vie for the 36th world title at Dog Beach in Del Mar.
7.9-10: Over The Line Tournament
Fiesta Island, Mission Bay
It’s BYOBs (booze, bats and boobs) as a crowd of 50,000-plus cheers on three-person teams competing in a softball-like showdown surrounded by a raunchy ruckus of a beach party for ages 21 and up.
7.10: Carlsbad Triathlon
Tamarack Surf Beach, Carlsbad
Put that summer bod to the test in this 1k ocean swim, 25k bike ride along the Carlsbad coastline and 5k run to the finish line.
7.10: The Color Run MLB All-Star 5k
Waterfront Park, Downtown
Major League Baseball adds this un-timed 5k race to its All-Star Week lineup, with pre- and post-run music, dancing and giveaways.
7.15: Pride of Hillcrest Block Party
Normal Street And University Avenue, Hillcrest
Kick off San Diego Pride weekend in the fabulous streets of Hillcrest at the fifth annual massive dance party that includes a flag-raising ceremony, carnival games and DJs.
7.15: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Opening Day
Del Mar Racetrack, Del Mar
It’s a safe bet the city will grind to a halt once again as 40,000 un-sober horse-racing fans converge for Opening Day where the turf meets the surf ... not to mention every Uber and limobus in the county.
7.15-16 Sun & Sea Festival
Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach
This year’s festival doubles as Imperial Beach’s 60th-anniversary celebration and commemorates the city’s decades-long stint of hosting the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition.
7.15-17: San Diego Pride and Music Festival
This year’s Pride celebration features pop star Kesha headlining the music festival; more than 200 musicians, comedians and other live acts performing on multiple stages; and a parade expected to draw more than 100,000 people.
7.16: Yoga on the USS Midway
USS Midway Museum, Embarcadero
Say “namaste” on the Nidway during this yoga class held aboard the retired naval aircraft carrier in conjunction with the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Healthy Living in the City initiative. Superhero costumes are encouraged in the spirit of Comic-Con.
7.17: Carlsbad Grand Prix
More than 600 amateur, professional and Paralympics hand cyclists compete along a 0.9-mile closed course with an ocean view.
7.21: W00tstock 8.0: A Night Of Geeks & Music
Balboa Theatre, Downtown
Adam Savage of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters creates a safe and hilarious space for folks to let their geek flags fly during an evening full of music, comedy and films celebrating all things dweeb.
7.21-24: Comic-Con International: San Diego
San Diego Convention Center, Downtown
Geek out with a quarter-million wannabe superheroes and their arch enemies frolicking, cosplaying and light-sabering their way through Downtown in hopes of bumping into a celebrity.
7.23: Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
Embarcadero Marina Park North, Downtown
Demonstrate the power of consumption in this Comic-Con-themed event featuring unlimited samples of more than 100 craft beers, a Caped Crusader Costume Contest and a raffle benefiting actual heroes supported by the Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station.
7.29-30: La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival
Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla
Fashion filmmakers descend on La Jolla for a seventh year to screen, discuss and toast the genre’s top films from around the world.
7.30: Unleashed By Petco Surf Dog Competition
This annual and adorable surf competition has fearless K9s hanging 20, with proceeds benefiting the San Diego Humane Society.
7.31: Solana Beach Triathlon, Duathlon & Aquabike
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
This coastal competition comprises a quarter-mile ocean swim through Fletcher Cove, a 9-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run along the Pacific Coast Highway.
7.31: San Diego Aviators Season Kick-Off
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad
San Diego’s professional tennis team battles its Orange County rivals, The Breakers, in the first of six 2016 home meets.
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