Summer in San Diego is an amazing time of year. There’s always something going on and an incredible amount of diverse choices available. But unless you’re lucky enough to have limitless funds, things can get a little pricey.
On Sunday, the San Diego Symphony is hosting an amazing free event at Embarcadero Marina Park South.
Billed as “Sounds of The City - A Free Community Day and Concert,” the outdoor celebration of San Diego’s local music scene will feature 4.5 hours of live performances, food and craft beer, activities for guests of all ages, and an event-closing concert from the San Diego Symphony.
Gates open at 4 p.m., and while entry is free, guests do need a physical ticket to enter, which will be available at the box office on the day of the event.
Live music runs throughout the event, and the time in between sets can be spent playing things like bocce ball, Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, croquet and Twister. They even have an obstacle course for kids.
Families also should enjoy the “Make Your Own Instrument” and “My First Violin Class” areas, the latter providing students of all ages a chance to play the violin with a professional instructor.
There is a designated area for those who want to bring their own picnic, and a host of on-site food and beverage choices will be available.
But Sunday is really about the music.
San Diego Symphony presents Sounds of the City
4 p.m. Gates open
4:20 p.m. Raelee Nikole performs
5:20 p.m. King Taylor Project performs
6:20 p.m. Todo Mundo performs
7:10 p.m. Sounds of the City Trivia Game
7:30 p.m. San Diego Symphony performs
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, downtown
Raelee Nikole is scheduled to start things off. The San Diego Music Award-nominated local singer released her debut album, “Answers,” in 2015.
She’ll be followed by King Taylor Project. The onstage/offstage duo of Joshua Taylor and Sandi King formed the band earlier this year.
Rounding things out before the Symphony hits the stage is Todo Mundo. The San Diego Music Award-winning band incorporates a multitude of international styles in their distinct sound from rumba and reggae to Balkan beats.
Led by Colombian-born vocalist Santiago Orozco, Todo Mundo is no stranger to the beautiful setting of Embarcadero Marina Park South. But this time is different.
“We’ve played there a couple of times,” said Orozco. “Different kinds of events like beer festivals and food festivals, but nothing like the caliber of San Diego Symphony. We’re excited to be doing it.”
Although Orozco and his band are veterans of both the San Diego Music Scene and events similar to this one, he knows the inclusion of the Symphony adds an additional level.
“It’s really a good way to pull the community together,” he said. “It helps to open people’s minds. By putting the Symphony with different kinds of bands in one place, it means there will be all kinds of different people in that place listening to music together. And that’s beautiful.”
It’s sure to be a good time as well.
The San Diego Symphony Orchestra closes the day by performing an hour-long concert featuring the music of Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.
From Star Wars to Harry Potter and Indiana Jones to Superman, Williams resonates with all music fans.
And according to Orozco, that’s what it’s all about.
“It doesn’t matter what you believe,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how much money you have in your bank account, your personality, or your background. At the end, we’re all the same. It’s that simple.”