It’s beginning to look a lot like summertime with this weekend’s bevy of cheery outdoor events. Head into the sunshine for San Diego Festival of the Arts, a Kids Carnival at Farmer & the Seahorse or the International Boat Show and celebrate all things avocado at Avolution Fest. Read on for where to strike up some fun.

photo: Farmer & the Seahorse


MAGEC in the Park
MAGEC in the Park is a Youth Art Competition and Family Festival where you can cheer on the youth teams creating sculptures in the theme of “Happy Birthday!” in celebration of the California Center for the Arts’ 25th Anniversary. Festival Fun includes food trucks, face painting and a photo booth as well as interactive activities with San Diego Archaeological Center, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, EcoVivarium and more. After the art competition, enjoy the Patio Playhouse – Plays in the Park Preview Show featuring performances from their Summer Season: Symphonic Broadway – A Celebration in DanceLittle Women and Wizard of Oz. 7 – Then, stay for the Center’s 25th Anniversary Free Concert Show live on the Great Green Stage. Fri. Event details.

North Park

Film & Float at The Lafayette Hotel
Head to The Lafayette Hotel for monthly Film & Float movie showings in the pool or poolside! There will be poolside service, cocktails and bites to eat up for order. This Friday’s movie is The Wizard of Oz. Fri. Event details.


San Diego International Boat Show
The popular summer San Diego International Boat Show® has established itself as the premier southwest boat show and cruises into Spanish Landing Park on Harbor Island June 6 – 9 for four days of fun on the water! Make your boating dreams a reality by checking out over 150 boats on display, from entry-level family cruisers and personal watercraft to sailboats and motoryachts. If you’re dreaming big, the San Diego International Boat Show also has an expanded selection of 80’+ yachts with several making their West Coast debut. Attendees will enjoy browsing through the on-land expo to view and test the latest marine accessories. Boaters can sharpen their skills at workshops and seminars presented by experts, educators, and adventurers. A variety of cuisine from the area’s most popular food trucks and live entertainment will make the boat show an ideal place to relax with friends and family on San Diego bay. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

San Diego Festival of the Arts
Torrey Pines Kiwanis and San Diego Magazine’s San Diego Festival of the Arts™ gathers nearly 200 artists in a bay view setting of original fine art, entertainment and delicious cuisines, complemented with fine wine and craft beer as you stroll the turf of Waterfront Park in Downtown San Diego. San Diego Festival of the Arts™ garners critically acclaimed artists from around the country for an elegant and high quality showcase so bring the family down for a wonderful day of fun and excitement! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Mission Hills

Once Upon a Mattress
If you thought you knew the story of ‘The Princess and The Pea,’ you may be in for a surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? You will be carried on a wave of beguiling songs and laughter as the young actors from the Center Stage Children’s theater present Once Upon a Mattress – live musical theater for all the family! Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Avolution Fest
The 2nd annual Avolution Fest by Chosen Foods is an avocado-centric music festival with live music from St Lucia, Lost Kings & Tim Legend. This one-day immersive experience celebrates all things avocado with live music, art installations, food trucks and drinks. Sat. Event details.

Torrey Hills

Farmer & the Seahorse Kids Carnival
Farmer & The Seahorse is welcoming the start of summer with a brunch bash unlike any other: the 2nd Annual Kids’ Carnival. The carnival-themed brunch will feature fun for the whole family. The restaurant is crafting a carnival-themed brunch menu sure to feature popular fair treats. Adults can look forward to a themed cocktail curated by Chris Simmons, the restaurant’s Food & Beverage Director. Activities for kids include balloon art, face painting, a bouncy house, a magician, a petting zoo, live music and more.The event will take place on Farmer & The Seahorse’s scenic patio and grassy lawn, giving the kids plenty of room to run around and enjoy the fun, while parents can relax in the sunshine. Sat. Event details.

Liberty Station

Summer Tote Bag Workshop
A new workshop designed for tweens and teens! Get Summer ready with a personalized tote bag for all your essentials for the beach, pool parties and hang outs with friends. Workshop includes: 2 hour instruction and work time, learn how to cross stitch, learn how to make pom poms and tassels. Sat. Event details.


Padres Father’s Day Celebration
Get the family together and head to Petco Park to honor dad at their Father’s Day Celebration. The Theme Game Package for this event includes a ticket to the Nationals vs. Padres game and a T-shirt featuring one of the Padres’ favorite fathers: Trevor Hoffman and his kids. Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea