photo: Beth Shea

Summer continues to heat up with this weekend’s sizzling events! Touch A Truck, rockin’ outdoor concerts, cupcakes and a baby goat petting zoo are just a few of the epic activities on tap. Read on for the details!


Summer Concert at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
The Summer Concert Series will feature music performances, face painting, crafts in the outdoor maker studio, food trucks, gelato, $5 beer/wine cash bar for adults and after hours access to all the hands-on exhibits in the Museum. This Friday’s performer is Lionel Baptiste. Fri. Event details.

South Park

11th Annual Cupcake Extravaganza at Eclipse Chocolate
Eclipse Chocolate’s 11th Annual Cupcake Extravaganza returns to the South Park confectionary. During these ten days of festivities, San Diegans can experience 24 limited-time flavors created by Eclipse’s founder and Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games winner Will Gustwiller – plus, a pop-up baby goat petting zoo and prizes including free gourmet cupcakes for a year. Eclipse Chocolate will celebrate the final day of its Annual Cupcake Extravaganza from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.on July 8th by transforming its outdoor patio into a baby goat petting zoo designed for all ages to enjoy – a quirky, yearly tradition that has become a neighborhood favorite event. No reservations are necessary to participate in Eclipse Chocolate’s Annual Cupcake Extravaganza, but early arrivals are highly encouraged to ensure choice of flavors. Eclipse Chocolate will reveal the event’s flavors on its social media, with confirmed flavors thus far including Toasted S’mores, Strawberry Lemonade, Marshmallow Banana, Whoopie Pie, Pina Colada and Mango Salsa. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

San Diego

Wake Up With Wildlife: Climate Kids
Head to the San Diego Humane Society for this fun, interactive and family friendly event with scientists from the Climate Science Alliance. Through hands-on science, art and storytelling activities, you’ll gain an understanding of what pollinators are, their important role in our lives and how a changing climate and increased human activity will affect them and our food production. Meet an animal ambassador, observe some of our local pollinator species and make a commitment to helping the Earth through a special art project. Sat. Event details.

Carmel Valley

Touch A Truck
San Diego’s original Touch A Truck is back for its 10th year of exhilarating Fun and Funds Raised for Kids Cancer, giving little drivers the green light to sit behind the wheel and honk the horn to their little hearts’ content in every type of vehicle imaginable. And best of all, the funds raised benefit the Beat Nb Foundation in their mission of curing cancer for kids. Cobras, rat rods, show-n-shine classics… amazing vehicle owners bring some nice iron to sit in. You’ll also see (and explore!) a helicopter, emergency vehicles, motorcycles, construction trucks, off-road racers, Star Wars and Marvel characters, a singing princess, food truck (of course), games, a most amazing lemonade stand and more. It gets better every year. 100% of the ticket price goes to research and treatments for kids battling cancer. Touch A Truck is 100% volunteer-driven and many of the services and equipment used to produce Touch A Truck are donated or heavily discounted in order to maximize the money raised. Sat. Event details.


Summer Movies in the Park: Ferdinand
The City of Poway presents free Summer Movies in the Park! Bring a blanket and enjoy “Ferdinand” under the stars. Movies will be shown on a giant, cinema-quality screen shortly after sunset. A free, family-fun recreation area opens 90 minutes before the movie begins. Food vendors will be selling concessions. Parking at Poway Community Park is free but can fill up fast; come early and get a good seat! Sat. Event details.

Poway Summer Concert Series
Some of the best local entertainment and summer fun returns to Poway with the Summer Concert Series! Arrive early to secure a spot in front of the stage. Come hungry because there will be Food Trucks offering food for purchase (or bring your own picnic). Bring your blanket or chair and have a great time with family and friends. For more information call 858-668-4772. For the concert line-up click here. This Sunday’s band is The Mighty Untouchables. Sun. Event details.

Old Town

Stagecoach Days
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park celebrates travel and transportation in the era of real horsepower at Stagecoach Days. Each Saturday through August will focus on a different aspect of early San Diego history. On July 7th, try your hand at games & amusements of the 1800s – long before smart phones and tablets. Sat. Event details.


Open Cockpit Days
Come sit in a plane! Several aircraft will be open for visitors to experience Marine aviation from a pilot’s perspective. See 31 historical aircraft up close in an outdoor setting. Indoor displays include hundreds of artifacts from the earliest days of aviation to the present day. Free admission and parking. The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is aboard Marine Corps Air Station-Miramar. The sentry-free museum entrance is on Miramar Rd., 3.9 miles east of I-805 and 1.3 miles west of I-15. Look for the Marine Corps and American flags at the entrance and visit for more info. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea