It’s the first weekend of July and before you get immersed in 4th of July festivities, take advantage of all the other great stuff happening this weekend. Enjoy Free Fishing Day on Saturday. Treat your family to a summer luau at the Catamaran Hotel. Or visit the San Diego County Fair during the last weekend it’s in town. Have a great weekend and have a great 4th of July!


Photo: Catamaran Resort

San Diego

Free Fishing Day
Take advantage of Free Fishing Day from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Today is the only day you can fish without a fishing license. Sat., All day, Various fishing spots around town, Free. All ages. Event details.

Catamaran Summer Luau
This summer tradition is a festive celebration of Polynesian food, music, and dances perfect for family and friends. Enjoy a true luau experience that includes a lei, Mai Tai, all-you-can-eat buffet, and entertainment. Local luau specialist Pride of Polynesia provides the authentic island music and dance, featuring hula and fiery torch dancers. Fri., 6 – 9 p.m., Catamaran Hotel, $32-$69/person (prices vary by age). All ages. Event details.

Guided Nature Walk
Enjoy a free guided nature walk and learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. These interpretive nature walks are offered to enhance your appreciation of our open space and the unique beauty of San Diego’s natural environment. Sat., 9:30 – 11 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Drop-in Day at the San Diego Museum of Art
Explore and learn more about art on view through activities designed to help families look at and think about art in new and different ways. Monthly themes are explored and weekly activities present projects using a variety of media and inspired by the works on view in the galleries. Join the art-making activities in The Studio, engage in family-friendly, docent-led tours, play with games and touchable objects, and Search-and-Find activities. Sun., 1 – 3 p.m., San Diego Museum of Art, Free for kids 12 and under. Ages 6-12. Event details.

North County

San Diego County Fair
Come have fun at the last weekend of the Fair!  The 2015 San Diego County Fair promises a summer of fun and is the largest annual event in San Diego County and the fourth largest fair in North America. Fri. – Sun., times vary by day, Del Mar Fairgrounds, $8 – $14 (kids 5 and under free). All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Passport to the Pacific Featuring Turtle Lagoon
Set a course for adventure! Explore the unique habitats that surround the Pacific Ocean and discover new animals through interactive travel-inspired exhibits. And journey to the new Turtle Lagoon and explore the world of Eastern Pacific green sea turtles! Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Living Coast Discovery Center, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Celebrate 4th of July at Pretend City
Let freedom ring! Pretend City is celebrating Independence Day and you’re invited! Stop by the museum for some patriotic fun where your child can partake in our parade through the museum, an Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty fashion show, a star spangled science lesson, and a sparkling craft to take home. Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pretend City, Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer