Examine creepy crawlies at the Insect Festival, visit the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at Comic Con, dive in to the Aloha Plunge, hone your green thumb at Olivewood Gardens’ Day of Play or sprint to Family Day at Del Mar Racetrack. This weekend has all this and more. Read on for the details!

photo: Rachel Cobb/San Diego Botanic Garden


Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at Comic Con
The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be making an appearance at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con International from July 18-21st! Find the sweet ride in the Interactive Zone at Petco Park to pick up some supercute treats and merchendise while supplies last. Be sure to snatch up the new five-character macaron set featuring Hello Kitty, My Melody, Chococat, Keroppi, & Tuxedo Sam before it sells out. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Back to the Future in Concert
Power up your DeLorean… recharge your flux capacitor… and get ready to relive Back to the Future. Fans old and new will experience the thrill of this unforgettable movie classic on the big screen with the San Diego Symphony conducted by David Newman performing Alan Silvestri’s musical score live. Sat. Event details.

DJ Lance Rock, Cecil, & Friends Concert
DJ Lance Rock is back on the block with his friends in an all new musical review. DJ Lance Rock from Yo Gabba Gabba and Friends will take you through a fun filled musical where families can join DJ Lance Rock on his awesome “day in the life“ adventure at the San Diego Public Library. DJ Lance Rock provides the soundtrack to a joyous day for all his friends. So come along and sing & dance with DJ Lance Rock on closing day of Comic-Con.  This event is free and open to the public. No badge required, but capacity is limited. Sun. Event details.

Balboa Park

The Tale of Despereaux: Sensory-Friendly Performance
A pre-show performance featuring the acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co. who will perform an acoustic set from 10-11 a.m. in a family-friendly and supportive environment for children and adults on the autism spectrum and with other special needs, on Copley Plaza, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Sensory friendly activities will follow from 11 a.m.-noon. Hosted by San Diego Actor and Teacher, Samantha Ginn. Sat. Event details.

Mission Valley

Holiday Bowl Youth Football Clinic
Join the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl for the annual free SDCCU Holiday Bowl Youth Football Clinic. Drills and skills will be led by Fast Play Athletics, including instruction by former NFL players. The clinic is open to boys and girls ages 6-14. The event is designed to promote college football to those that dream of playing the game. Kids participate in offense, defense/agility and tackling/blocking drills run by university coaches and former NFL players. Youth participants will also hear from a keynote speaker on the fundamentals of being a good football player and great student-athlete, on the field and in the classroom. Sat. Event details.

National City

Olivewood Gardens Day of Play
Day of Play, a free community event for the whole family, will include hands-on cooking and gardening activities, take-home crafts, physical activities, nutrition games and contests, tasting of a selection of Olivewood recipes, a special activity area for children ages 0-5, raffle prizes and more! Sat. Event details.


Insect Festival
This one-of-a-kind event features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, ladybugs and the famous “Madagascar hissing cockroaches.” Children can practice bug collecting, hands-on insect arts and crafts, and even taste cooked mealworm. Entomologists and other bug experts will be available for questions at several information booths that will teach and entertain children and adults alike. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Aloha Plunge
Make a splash at The City of Carlsbad’s Aloha Plunge. Enjoy fun, island themed pool games and activities, giant inflatables and key logs and more. End the night with a special Polynesian dance performance where the audience can learn the hula. Sat. Event details.

Del Mar

Family Fun Day at Del Mar Racetrack
Make this a weekend your family will remember. Family Fun Day is taking place July 21 at Del Mar! This special day will be packed with fun, free attractions that the whole family will enjoy including pony rides, a bungee trampoline, Albion SC soccer clinics, a rock climbing wall, face painters and much more. There will also be a plush racehorse giveaway for kids 12 and younger. Stop by the track early to take pictures of your kids with the world-class jockeys at Jockey Photo Day taking place right before Family Fun Day! Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea