Before you get fully imerssed in 4th of July fireworks, parades and barbecue fun, we thought you may want some traditional summer activities to enjoy. That why this weekend brings you lots of outdoor movie options, family park events, Summer Fun on the 101, and a Sun and Sea Festival. There’s even a Pumpkin Growing Contest Kickoff. Yep, you heard right: pumpkins in June. It’s never to early to start planting for fall!

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Pumpkin Growing Contest Kickoff
Ready to plant pumpkins in your backyard? Come get your free seeds and enter the City Farmers Nursery’s 26th annual pumpkin growing contest! Participants will also learn the tricks and tips of pumpkin growing from Farmer Bill himself. Sun., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, City Farmers Nursery. Free. Ages 3 – 16. Event details.

North County

Summer Fun on the 101
The music is a celebration of the unique cultural crossroads of surfing and music, both a big part of Leucadia’s history. Festivities will kick off with the music at 454 Tattoo and Lou’s Records. There will be fun activities and giveaways for the kids and a percentage of the event’s proceeds will go to the Paul Ecke Central PTA for use towards music education programs. Fri. – Sat., Times vary by day, Leucadia, All ages. Free. Event details.

Poway Movies in the Park
Bring the family out for a movie under the stars. Movies are shown on giant, cinema-quality screens. Bring a blanket or chair, picnic dinner or snack, and enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars. Sat., 7:00 – 10:00 pm, Poway Community Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

East County

Independence Day Festival
Get ready for the 4th of July with music, food, games, crafts, a half-priced book sale, and much more. Musical group Trails and Rails performs from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Sat., 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Rancho San Diego Library, Free. All ages. Event details.

Viejas Movies in the Park
Bring the family out for a fun outdoor movie adventure. Enjoy a whopping 30′ X 15′ screen, an Extreme Sound System and lounge/open lawn seating. Tonight’s movie features the exciting “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” Sun., 8:00 – 10:00 pm, Viejas Outlet Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Port of San Diego Kids Play Day
The Port of San Diego invites children and their families to join us for an afternoon on the Big Bay for a Kids’ Play Day. These free Play Days will showcase a variety of children’s and family activities and classes “in action.” Activities include circus arts workshops, interactive dance party, kiddie train rides and more! Sat., 12:00 – 3:00 pm, Cesar Chavez Park on San Diego Bay, Free. All ages. Event details.

Sun and Sea Festival
Families will enjoy art, live music, and circus acrobatic performances and lessons at the Sun and Sea Festival. It will also feature a Kids ‘n Kastles sandcastle competition at the nearby beach for kids ages 12 and younger. The event will also feature “Make and Take” stations where young artists can create artwork and crafts to take home. Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Portwood Pier Plaza, Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Kid’s Fishing Clinic
Join the crew at Dana Wharf for their free kid’s fishing clinic! Dana Wharf is proud to offer a dockside experience for young anglers! Ask the experts and learn new fishing techniques, new hook tying secrets, win raffle prizes and so much more! No reservations are needed! Try out your new techniques on the 1/2 day trip departing immediately after the clinic! Sun., 12:00 pm, Dana Wharf, Free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this last weekend of June?

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of the Port of San Diego.