photo: Balboa Park Conservancy

Summertime fun has already begun in San Diego! This weekend is the kick-off of Food Truck Fridays in Balboa Park and the opening of the San Diego County Fair. Also on tap: grunion runs, Art Around Adams, the Padres KidsFest and more! Read on for where to spice up your weekend.

Balboa Park

Food Truck Fridays
Summer Fridays just got even more fabulous. Now you can enter the weekend with good food and fun by dining at gourmet food trucks in Balboa Park while enjoying live entertainment. Eat gourmet dishes from a rotating selection of more than a dozen food trucks parked on the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway. Throughout the summer, Food Truck Fridays will present different family-friendly musical performers or DJs each night in the Plaza de Panama. The Plaza’s “living room” setup will be rolled out, including a large artificial lawn for children to play on and giant family game sets. Various Balboa Park cultural institutions will also have booths set up with hands-on activities and crafts for kids. The San Diego Museum of Art will continue to offer $5 admission prices to all visitors after 5:00 p.m. on Friday nights. Fri. Event details.

La Jolla

Grunion Runs at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Get ready for a true Southern California experience! Watch hundreds of small silver fish called grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. Naturalists will highlight the fascinating lives of these mysterious fish, help you hatch grunion eggs before your eyes and then lead you to the beach to search for grunion in the wild. Prepare for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight. Minors must attend with a paid adult, recommended for ages 6+. Fri. Event details.

Del Mar

San Diego County Fair
The 2018 San Diego County Fair promises a summer of fun! The San Diego County Fair runs June 1 – July 4 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays in June) and is the largest annual event in San Diego County and the fourth largest fair in North America. Concerts, rides, food, exhibits… the Fair promises loads of fun and entertainment for your whole family. Read our guide to saving money at the Fair hereFri.-Sun. Event details.

Normal Heights

Art Around Adams
This family-friendly event will showcase an array of artists, musicians, outrageous street performers and interactive installations. Enjoy art and music from local bands and businesses that will transform themselves into art galleries and performance arenas for the day. Stroll the entire two-mile event route, or take the complimentary “Comedy Trolley.” Sat. Event details.

San Diego

SoCal Night Market
Come to SoCal Night Market to taste food from countries all over the world–European, Asian, Latin, American, the list goes on! Try some of the world’s best street food at this multi-ethnic event. Share fun and good eats with good people. Celebrate food the way it was meant to be enjoyed–together! There is plenty of free parking on-site at this family-friendly event. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Zero Waste Fair
Get ready to learn how to set yourself up for zero waste success at the 3rd annual Zero Waste Fair. Visit educational booths addressing topics such as bulk shopping, renewable energy and daily zero waste habits. Participate in one of the hands-on activities that will be available for all ages, including a kids craft and a make-and-take project. Bring in gently used items you were planning to donate and participate in the Swap ‘n’ Shop! Swap ‘n’ Shop participants can exchange or donate those items giving them a second life and keeping them out of the landfill. Make sure to stick around to hear from a panel of zero waste experts and for the raffle where you have the opportunity to win sustainable prizes that will help with your zero waste journey. This event is free, but register here to attend. Sat. Event details.


Family Fun Days at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
Enjoy hands-on activities and crafts each month in new summer themes: Learn about life cycles. Discover why flowers and pollinators need each other. Increase your fire safety awareness. And, read the clues that identify which animals are on the trails. Adventure-filled Family Fun Days includes TRACK Trails activity guides and the opportunity to earn a Junior Ranger Badge. Sun. Event details.


Padres KidsFest
Cheer on the Padres as they take on the Cincinnati Reds! Join the family fun at KidsFest at the Park featuring bounce houses and other inflatables, games, face painters, balloon artists and more kid-friendly activities starting 2.5 hours before every Sunday home game. Sun. Event details.

Where are you enjoying the first weekend in June? Share in the comments!

––Beth Shea