If you’re looking for family fun this first official weekend of summer, there’s no shortage of events in San Diego. Spend some time on the water at the San Diego International Boat Show. Head to the San Diego Botanic Gardens for the annual Fairy Festival. Or check out all things planes and honor veterans at the AirShow San Diego at Gillespie Field. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego International Boat Show
This event features 150 boats in-water and on-land in a festive family-friendly seaside atmosphere, and is THE place to see and experience everything that boating has to offer, with hands-on activities, including a chance to Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) and take a variety of boating courses on-land or in-water. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sheraton Harbor Island, $12/person (free for kids 15 and under). All ages. Event details.

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival
The iconic Hello Kitty is hitting the shores of San Diego this summer. Your Kawaii kids will be able to meet this pint sized cat along with her Dear Daniel, My Melody, Pompom Purin at the Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival. Going beyond a traditional live stage show, this event will have a festival like atmosphere with live performance over multi stages, dancing, animation, art, cute photo opportunities and even event exclusive Hello Kitty collectables. Fri. – Sun., times vary by day,  Valley View Casino Center, $22 – $35/person. All ages. Event details.

Father’s Day Art and Pizza Making
Pachis art studio for kids and Solare Italian Ristorante are teaming up this Father’s Day to bring dads and kids together for a morning of art and pizza making. Class includes 1-hour of pizza making at Solare Ristorante and 1-hour art project at Pachis! Reserve your spot today. Sat., 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Pachis Art Studio, $59 – $100. All ages. Event details.

North County

La Jolla Festival of the Arts
This festival features more than 200 award-winning artists, along with live chalk art creations, art performances, delicious and healthy cuisines, adult beverage libations, and live entertainment throughout the weekend. Sat. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Warren Field at UC San Diego, $9 – $16 (16 and younger free), All ages. Event details.

Fairy Festival
Kids can become fairies for the day when they create a fairy house, visit the Fairy Queen, leave a message on the Wishing Bush, and sign and dance with Snap Tap N Sing. Snacks and craft activities available. Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., San Diego Botanic Gardens, $8 – $14/person, All ages. Event details.

East County

AirShow San Diego
Enjoy the festival that commemorates the 70th anniversary of American’s triumph in World War II, and salutes veterans and all they’ve done. Attractions include warbird rides, a static display of more than 70 vintage antiques, a free Kids Zone, classic cards, vendors and more. Sat. – Sun., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Gillespie Field, Free. All ages. Event details.

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Summer Festival
Kick off the summer right with our annual celebration. Read to the rhythm starting with a magic show from the Amazing Dana, followed by kids’ crafts and a DIY project for adults. Light refreshments will be served. Sat., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Casa de Oro Library, Free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of San Diego International Boat Show