This weekend seems straight out of a storybook because San Diego’s first ever ice cream festival ‘Scoop’ is in town, as is the San Diego Botanic Garden’s Fairy Festival! This weekend also marks The New Children’s Museum’s 7th annual Mass Creativity Day, a free all-day outdoor celebration of art. Read on for the scoop on these and so many more fun, family activities.

fairy festivalphoto: Lisa Reynolds/San Diego Botanic Garden


Hidden City Sounds Music Festival
This summer California Center for the Arts will have 18 musical acts performing for the first-ever Hidden City Sounds music series. This brand new summer series will fill the Lyric Court with music every Friday from 6-10 p.m. June 7 to Oct. 4 and it’s free to the public. Enjoy a different genre of live music each week along with DJ’s, food trucks, inflatables and a cash bar. Fri. Event details.


Mass Creativity Day
Join The New Children’s Museum for their 7th annual Mass Creativity Day, a free all-day outdoor celebration of art, creativity and community! The celebration will be held at the park across from The New Children’s Museum. Bring the whole family and enjoy live music, food, hands-on art-making activities, free admission to the Museum and more. Mass Creativity is an artist-led program that focuses on bringing the San Diego community together. Sat. Event details.

Family Overnight at Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum of San Diego is offering a unique opportunity to spend a night aboard the 1863 bark Star of India. Although you don’t technically leave the dock, you’ll embark on an imaginary voyage to relive the lives and times of the many emigrant passengers in the Great Age of Sail. Instructors will be in character and in costume, teaching various activities such as moving cargo and raising sails. Please keep in mind that the accommodations are also 19th century and can be likened to a camping trip. For example, you will be sleeping on the ‘tween decks (below the upper, open deck) in your sleeping bag and while there are toilets there are no showers. You will see areas of the ship that are closed to the public and get a taste of what life at sea might have been like in the 19th century. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
The 40th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off returns on Saturday, June 22 with an array of food and merchandise vendors, 4 stages of continuous music, a Beachside Bar, the Community Mural Project, a Local Art & Artisans showcase, and the Chili Cook-Off! The OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-off Festival is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the 4800 – 5000 blocks of Newport Ave., along the waterfront and in the pier parking lot. Trolley services will run from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., one near Robb Field every 30 minutes and one on Sea World Drive at Pacific Coast Highway every hour. There is a free bike valet at the intersection of Bacon St. and Newport Ave., courtesy of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. Sat. Event details.


Movies in the Park: The LEGO Movie 2
The City of Poway presents free Summer Movies in the Park! Bring a blanket and enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars. Movies will be shown on a giant, cinema-quality screen. A free, family-fun recreation area opens at 6:30 p.m. Bring your favorite snacks or a picnic dinner; food will not be available for purchase. Parking at Poway Community Park is free but can fill up fast; come early and get a good seat! Movies will start 15 minutes after sunset. Sat. Event details.

Critter Crafts & Trail Time
Families with kids ages 6-10 are invited to join park rangers and docents for a morning of nature-themed crafts. Four fun craft stations will be set up throughout the Reserve. Enjoy family time exploring the trail in between stations. What better way to start a summer vacation than by getting outdoors and connecting with nature? Limited to 40 kids. Sat. Event details.


Fairy Festival
Calling all young fairies! Come celebrate summer at San Diego Botanic Garden. Wear your fairy costume or come just as you are. Take pictures with the Fairy Princess, leave your wish at the Wishing Bush, build a Fairy House, decorate a Magic Mushroom, paint and fill a Treasure Chest, make a Flower Fairy, decorate a Fairy Cradle and make a Fairy Baby, decorate a Magic Wand, paint a Unicorn Ornament, fill a Fairy Dust Necklace, get your face painted, and visit the Fairy Land Market. Small fee for crafts. No adults in costumes please. Sat. Event details.


Festival of Yoga & Healthy Living
You’re invited to San Diego’s largest yoga festival at beautiful Waterfront Park. Register for free and bring along your friends and family for a great day of Yoga in the park in celebration of the United Nations’ International Day of Yoga. Practice Yoga with more than 2,500 attendees. Enjoy a vide variety of styles & classes perfect for Yogis of all levels, music & sound experiences including crystal bowls, gong immersion, binaural beats and more, guided meditation, healthy living lectures and classes and more than 80 food & vendor booths. Sun. Event details.

North Park

Scoop: San Diego Ice Cream Festival
The first annual Scoop San Diego Ice Cream Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds in support of local organizations that improve the lives of underserved communities in San Diego County. Our main event is an annual ice cream festival that celebrates the evolving craft ice cream and gelato scene in San Diego. The proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit Monarch School San Diego in Barrio Logan for children impacted by homelessness. There are two options, a single ticket for one person with 10 delicious samples, or a shareable ticket for one delicious sample from each participating ice cream vendor! Sign up for the email list and buy tickets today at Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea