It’s hard to believe we’re half-way through July! But that doesn’t mean this weekend isn’t jam-packed with great events. Visit the Oasis Camel Dairy for its annual Watermelon Days. Head to the Del Mar Racetrack for Family Fun Day at the Races. See an outdoor screening of “The LEGO Movie.” Or see any kind of tortoise imaginable at the Turtle and Tortoise Show in Balboa Park. Have a great weekend!

San Diego

Festival of the Bells
This family tradition celebrates the anniversary of the Mission San Diego de Alcala. The festival includes entertainment, food, and the traditional blessings of the animals and bells. Sat. and Sun., times vary by day, San Diego Mission, Fee. All ages. Event details.

ACT Presents “Annie Jr.” Play
Leapin’ Lizards! The award-winning Actors’ Conservatory Theatre is proud to present the musical Annie Jr., July 18-27, 2014 at the Lyceum Theatre. Annie Jr. is based on the popular comic strip Little Orphan Annie, the story of a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents. Fri. – Sun., 7:30 – 10 p.m., Lyceum Theatre, $15/person. All ages. Event details.

Turtle and Tortoise Show
This fun event features exhibits of giant African Sulcata, desert tortoises, water turtles, and plenty of turtle and tortoise gift items. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Casa del Prado, Free. All ages. Event details.

Butterflies and Camels Midsummer Celebration
Check out SMARTS Farm’s Butterflies & Camels event where kids will have the chance to interact with real camels and butterflies. There will also be greta food and drinks, a petting zoo, live music and a summer hayride. You can also check out the awesome SMARTS Farm space and planting areas. Sat., 4:30 – 8:30 p.m., SMARTS Farm, Free/kids and $10/adults. All ages. Event details.

North County

SEA Days: Shark Celebration
Enhance your knowledge of these remarkable fish and their adaptations by participating in hands-on activities. Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Birch Aquarium at Scripps, $9.50 – $17/person. All ages. Event details. 

Family Fun Day at Del Mar
Enjoy horseback rides, the Rad Hatter, magic shows, Pony Boy, a Webkinz plush horse giveaway, and lots more during the Del Mar Races Day of family fun. Sun., 1 – 6 p.m., Del Mar Racetrack, $6/adults 17 and older (free for under 17). All ages. Event details.

East County

Watermelon Days
Bring the kiddos to meet baby camels, tour the Oasis Camel Dairy, enjoy camel rides and enjoy summer watermelon! Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Oasis Camel Dairy, $10 – $15/person (under 4 free); $5 – $10/camel rides. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Outdoor Movie Screening: “The LEGO Movie”
Enjoy “The LEGO Movie” tonight at Southcrest Community Park and Memorial Park in Chula Vista. Fri., starts at dusk, Southcrest Community Park and Memorial Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Oasis Camel Dairy Facebook page