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San Diego Summer Fun and Events

June 14, 2011 | By | Reply More

Summer in San Diego means having fun outdoors – day and night.

Great weather and the buzz of out-of-town visitors make La Jolla, San Diego’s favorite coastal community, the place to be from June to September. Our beaches are at their best – just don’t forget to practice safe sun. In addition to kayaking, surfing, and snorkeling, here are some of the special events you won’t want to miss:

Now through Sept 5 – The Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla’s summer exhibit is “High Fidelity: Selections from the 1960s and 1970s” plus “Emperor’s River: Philipp Scholz Rittermann.” The MCA is located in the village at 700 Prospect Street. Tel. 858- 454-3541.

Now through June 26 – “A Summer Swim” exhibit at the La Jolla Art Association Gallery, 8100 Paseo del Ocaso in La Jolla Shores, features artwork by 16 artists. Free.

June 14, July 1, July 21 & July 27 – Farrell Family Jazz at the Athenaeum Summer Concert Series Performers: Gilbert Castellanos Quartet with special guest James Zollar. 1008 Wall St. Call 858-454-5872 for ticket prices and reservations.

June 15 – Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium. Wednesdays: June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, and Sept. 21, 6-9 p.m., Ages 21+ RSVP and ticket prices: Tel. 858-534-4109. The concert series combines live music with panoramic ocean views on the aquarium¹s stunning outdoor tide-pool plaza. Savory happy-hour appetizers, craft beers and wines are available for purchase. Keep an eye out for a real “green flash,” a rare optical phenomenon caused by refraction of light as the sun sets on the horizon. Performer: DONAVON FRANKENREITER

June 16, July 14 and 15, Aug. 12 and 13. Full-Moon Walk on Scripps Pier with Birch Aquarium naturalists. Ages 9+. Call 858-534-7336 for info on cost and to RSVP.

June 16 – Chef Urs Baumann will hold another of his popular cooking classes at the Riford Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. 6pm. “The La Jolla South Beach Menu.” Call for cost and reservations. Tel. 858-459-0831.

June 18-19 – La Jolla Festival of the Arts. More than 200 artists and crafts people will display their work on the east campus of USCD from 9am – 5pm. Craft beers, fine wines, and international foods will be available. Admission of $10 (over age 10) includes art demonstrations, book signings, a car show, and musical entertainment.

June 23 – Musical Stage Performance: The Naked Liszt. Cecil Lytle, Piano; Arthur Wagner and Eva Barnes, Narrators. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Call 858-454-5872 for ticket prices and reservations.

June 25 – La Jolla Cove Swim Club’s “Pier to Cove” 1.5-mile event. Scripps Pier to La Jolla Cove.

June 27 – July 10 – La Jolla Art Association presents “Faces of Summer.” The LJAA gallery is located at 8100 Paseo del Ocaso in La Jolla Shores. Free.

June 28 – July 24 – Peer Gynt, by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by David Schweizer, running in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre at La Jolla Playhouse. For tickets, call the Playhouse box office 858-550-1010 or book online.

July 1 – Farrell Family Jazz at the Athenaeum Summer Concert Series. Performers: Anat Cohen Quartet. 1008 Wall St. Call 858-454-5872 for ticket prices and reservations.

July 4 – BYO chair and enjoy the annual fireworks show at The Cove. The event is free, but donations in advance are welcome.

July 10 – September 4 – La Jolla Concerts By the Sea in Scripps Parks near The Cove. Free of charge and families welcome. BYO chair or blanket and enjoy the music and the great ocean view. Every Sunday at 2pm. Check website or call 858-454-1600 for schedule of performances.

July 10, 17, 24, 31 – Athenaeum Summer Festival 2011 with pianist Gustavo Romero. Concerts take place at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., La Jolla. Call 858- 454-5872 to reserve.

July 17 – Athenaeum Summer Festival 2011 with pianist Gustavo Romero. Concerts take place at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., La Jolla. Call 858- 454-5872 to reserve.

July 19 – August 21 – La Jolla Playhouse presents the new musical: Sleeping Beauty Wakes (book by Rachel Sheinkin, music by Brendan Milburn, lyrics by Valerie Vigoda, directed by Rebecca Taichman) in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. Tickets online or call 858-550-1010.

July 20 – Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium. Performer: FITZ & THE TANTRUMS. See June 15.

July 21 – Farrell Family Jazz at the Athenaeum Summer Concert Series. Performers: Kendra Shank Quartet. 1008 Wall St. Call 858-454-5872 for ticket prices and reservations.

July 21 – Cooking class with Chef Urs Baumann at the Riford Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. 6pm. Call for cost and reservations. Tel. 858-459-0831. Learn great and easy summer salads with fresh herbs, chicken, shrimp.

July 24 – Athenaeum Summer Festival 2011 with pianist Gustavo Romero. Concerts take place at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., La Jolla. Call 858- 454-5872 to reserve.

July 27 – Farrell Family Jazz at the Athenaeum Summer Concert Series. Performers: Edmar Castaneda Trio. 1008 Wall St. Call 858-454-5872 for ticket prices and reservations.

July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25 – Film & Wine Summer Series: Flicks on the Bricks. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Dr. No. Call 858-454-5872 for ticket prices and reservations.

July 31 – Athenaeum Summer Festival 2011 with pianist Gustavo Romero. Concerts take place at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., La Jolla. Call 858- 454-5872 to reserve.

August 3, 7:30 p.m. – Free open-air concert in Scripps Park near The La Jolla Cove, presented by the La Jolla Music Society. BYO chair and blanket.

August 3 – 26 – SummerFest concert series. La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest is a nationally-recognized chamber music festival featuring over 70 world-class artists and ensembles. Since its inception in 1986, SummerFest has welcomed over 650 renowned artists and ensembles, four talented artistic directors, and nearly a quarter of a million audience members at venues in San Diego and over the airwaves nationwide. See website for details.

August 4 – Film & Wine Summer Series: Flicks on the Bricks. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Goldfinger. Call 858-454-5872 for ticket prices and reservations.

August 11 – Film & Wine Summer Series: Flicks on the Bricks. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Like Water For Chocolate. Call 858-454-5872 for ticket prices and reservations.

August 14 – La Jolla Cove Swim Club’s “Tour of Buoys” event. 5-mile and 1.5 mile swims. La Jolla Shores Beach.

August 17 – Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium. Performer: STEVE POLTZ.
See June 15.

August 18 – Cooking class with Chef Urs Baumann at the Riford Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. 6pm. Call for cost and reservations. Tel 858-459-0831. Learn to prepare an entire Asian flavor menu.

August 18 – Film & Wine Summer Series: Flicks on the Bricks. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Julie and Julia. Call 858-454-5872 for ticket prices and reservations.

August 25 – Film & Wine Summer Series: Flicks on the Bricks. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Gigi. Call 858-454-5872 for ticket prices and reservations.

August 30 – September 25 La Jolla Playhouse presents the world premiere of Milk Like Sugar, a co-commission with Theater Masters, by Kirsten Greenidge, directed by Rebecca Taichman, in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. Tickets 858-550-1010 or online.

September 21 – Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium. Performer: BRETT DENNEN See June 15.

I hope you enjoy La Jolla this summer. In addition to practicing safe sun, please also note my weather tips and precautions.

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Photo credit: ADAMS / HANSEN STOCK PHOTOS.

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I live in La Jolla and I'm a travel writer, so in addition to enjoying my home town's great weather, beautiful surroundings, and range of cultural and recreational options, I also see La Jolla - and the rest of San Diego - as a travel destination. And what I see sometimes drives me batty. People vacation in La Jolla, but don't take advantage of everything our community offers, so I decided to start this blog and provide insider advice for out-of-towners. Hey. I figure if I can write insider tips about exotic destinations on Authentic Luxury Travel, I ought to be able to lead readers off the beaten path that starts just outside my front door. In the process, I'm having fun revisiting my favorite places and discovering some new ones. Travel writers are naturally snoopy, and this blog is my excuse to have a good ol' sticky beak around my home town. I hope you find it helpful. If you are coming to La Jolla or another area of San Diego and would like my help in planning your trip, please read "Need Help Planning Your Trip" and then email me at ehansen298@aol.com. Elizabeth Hansen

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