Beat the summer heat with a variety of San Diego and Orange County family events. Celebrate diversity at the San Diego Pride Parade. Enjoy the arts at the San Diego International Children’s Film Festival. Take the doggies to the Summer Cool Zone in South Bay. Introduce the kiddos to camels and watermelon at Watermelon Days in Ramona. If you’re in Orange County, try fishing with the kids or head to the San Clemente Ocean Festival. 

San Diego

San Diego Pride Parade
Celebrate diversity with the family at the annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade, the 4th largest in the United States attracting more than 197,000 cheering spectators and significant media participation. The parade begins at University Ave. and Normal Street, proceeds west on University Avenue to 6th Avenue, turns south on 6th Avenue, ending at Balboa Drive and Upas Street. Sat., 11:00 am, Hillcrest, Free. All ages. More info.

Children’s Film Festival
The San Diego International Children’s Film Festival features more than 100 short films from around the world. Visit the website for a list of films, dates and times. Sat., Times vary, Museum of Photographic Arts, Costs vary. All ages. More info.

Sea Chantey Festival
Enjoy a Sunday of sea chanteys and traditional folk music performed by popular local and national musicians, including The Jackstraws, Westlin Weavers, Raggle Taggle and more. The Star of India sail crew will demonstrate various shipboard skills traditionally accompanied by sea chanteys. Attendees have a chance to join in and raise the sails of the historic ship. Sun., 11:00 am – 4:45 pm, $8 – $15 admission. All ages. More info.

South Bay

Summer Cool Zone for Dogs
Bring your other kids (the canines) to cool off in a fur-friendly winter wonderland at Unleashed in Chula Vista. Doggies get treated to 20 tons of snow in a leash-free snow park. There’s even doggy ice cream! Sat., 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Unleashed, Free. All ages. More info.

East County

Watermelon Days
Bring the kiddos to meet baby camels, tour the Oasis Camel Dairy, enjoy camel rides and enjoy summer watermelon! Sat., 1:00 – 3:30 pm, Oasis Camel Dairy, Prices vary. All ages. More info.

Orange County

Ocean Festival
Enjoy a weekend at the San Clemente Ocean Festival with events such as the Classic Woody Car Show, Surf and Ocean Art Show, sand castle building, children’s activities, and the annual beach party and concert. Sat. & Sun., 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, San Clemente Municipal Prier & Beach, Costs vary. All ages. More info. 

Kids Fishing
Bring the kids to the Dana Wharf for a half-day fishing trip where kids fish for free! Each child gets a free trip for each paying adult. Rental gear and a great time is included. Sun., 12:45 – 5:45 pm, Dana Wharf, Kids fee with paid adult. All ages. More info.

— Leah R. Singer