Summer is in full swing this weekend with masterful sandcastle creations, a baseball BBQ, a family overnight adventure on the USS Midway and so much more! Read on for where to soak up the fun!

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Carmel Valley

Summer Movies in the Park: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The force is with this summer event! Bring a picnic, blankets and chairs and watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens under the stars with your young apprentices. Movie starts 15 minutes after sunset and there will be field games and arts and crafts before showtime. Fri. Event details.


Sing, Sign, Craft a Baby Shark
This unique class infuses sign language signs into music and activities plus a craft activity related to the song they will be learning. Kids will learn the Baby Shark Song and will craft a shark fin & ocean friends necklace! The class is part of a series brought together by Laura Greer (Instagram Sing and Sing Encinitas) and Carol Arêas (Instagram Word Rocks Project). Kids will also have fun chasing bubbles, doing parachutes activities and sensory bottles! Geared for ages 3-6. Fri. Event details.


Family Overnight Adventure Aboard the USS Midway
Enjoy an unforgettable experience sleeping aboard the USS Midway Museum after watching the movie Aquaman on the flight deck under the stars. Following the Aquaman Summer Movie Night, you will have a chance to explore the Flight Deck and Bridge under the stars. After that, you will be taken to berthing (sleeping area) where you will sleep in the authentic bunks used by the enlisted men when the USS Midway was active duty. You will rise and shine at 7 a.m. and be provided with breakfast and more exploration on the flight deck. The program will conclude at 8 a.m. and you will have the option to spend the rest of the day to stay and explore the museum. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Harry Potter in Concert
See when Harry discovers a mysterious potions book in CineConcerts’ presentation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ in Concert! Projected onto a giant screen and accompanied by a live symphony orchestra, you can join in on Harry’s adventures as never before. Nicolas Hooper’s wonderful score and J.K. Rowling’s classic tale combine to deliver all the adventure, humor and suspense you remember in an experience you’ll never forget. Sat. Event details.

Phil’s BBQ at the Park
Join Phil’s BBQ and Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County for the Eleventh Annual Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark. Fill up on Phil’s mouthwatering BBQ and watch the San Diego Padres go to bat against the Atlanta Braves to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters’ military mentoring program, Operation Bigs. The event will feature food, courtesy of Phil’s BBQ, a beer garden and live entertainment. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly towards the one-to-one mentoring program. This year, Phil’s BBQ aims to raise $100,000 for the charity. Sun. Event details.


San Diego Pride Parade
The annual San Diego Pride Parade is the largest single-day civic event in the region and is among the largest Prides in the United States, attracting over 250,000 people. This year’s theme is Stonewall 50: Legacy of Liberation. Cheer on colorful floats & parade participants as we celebrate and honor the LGBTQ community at the San Diego Pride Parade in Hillcrest. The parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave. and Normal St., proceeds west on University Ave., turns south on 6th Ave., turns left onto Balboa Dr. and ends at Quince Dr. This is a free, community event. Sat. Event details.

Liberty Station

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market
Enjoy the best weekend of vintage shopping. Over 80 vintage and handmade vendors selling all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade gather at Liberty Station for this steller market full of great finds. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Clairemont Mesa West

Chocolate Making Class
Come and get your hands dirty for an afternoon of fun! You will learn the basics of working with chocolate, create your own bark, molded chocolates and more. Plus, you will get to keep all your creations! The theme for this class is California citrus. For molded chocolates there will be bitter orange ganache and Meyer lemon caramel. For barks there will be candied orange peel, candied lemon peel, crushed Lemonheads and crystallized lime. Sat. Event details.

Imperial Beach

Sun & Sea Festival
Families will marvel at award-winning, master sandcastle builders from around the world creating amazing masterpieces on Imperial Beach at the Sun and Sea Festival. There will also be a Kids ‘n Kastles sandcastle competition, a parade, an activities filled Kid’s Zone, a pancake breakfast and a street fair. Sat. Event details.

––Beth Shea