In addition to great weather, beaches, kayaking, and beautiful ocean views, special La Jolla summer events make my hometown a very happening place from now through September.
Now through June 16 – La Jolla Art Association presents a Plein Air Juried Show, “Capture the Light,” 8100 Paseo Del Ocaso, in La Jolla Shores. Tues – Sun, 11 am – 5 pm. Free.
Now through mid-Aug. – The 2013 summer season of the Tony-Award winning La Jolla Playhouse includes His Girl Friday (now – June 30), Tribes (June 25 – July 21), and Sideways (July 16 – Aug. 18).
June 2, from 6 am – 12:15 pm – UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center will host Survivor Beach, an event featuring a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) competition, beach festival with food trucks and more. On the beach in front of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Free and open to the public.
June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, 5:30-9 pm. - Green Flash Concerts are held monthly on Birch Aquarium’s Tide-Pool Plaza. Ages 21+ The concert series combines live music with panoramic ocean views. Savory happy-hour appetizers, craft beers, and wines are available for purchase. See Web site for line-up and ticket information.
June 22, July 21-22, Aug. 20-21, from 7-9:30 pm – Full-Moon Pier Walk on Scripps Pier. One of the great La Jolla summer events: Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps when Aquarium naturalists guide participants on a moonlit adventure. See website for ticket information
June 22, July 27, Aug. 17, Sept.14, from 6-9 pm – Haute La Jolla Nights is a free event featuring live music, art, shopping and dining deals throughout the village area of La Jolla.
June 22, 23 – La Jolla Festival of the Arts is a two-day event of art, food, music, and more held on Warren Field at UCSD. Nearly 200 artists signed to exhibit. Entertainment: Benedetti & Sprague. Forecast: fine art with coastal breezes. Tickets and more info on the Web site. Definitely one of the most popular of the La Jolla summer events.
July 4 – My favorite of the La Jolla summer events? Fourth of July fireworks at the La Jolla Cove. Free.
July 7 – Sept. 1, every Sunday from 2-4 pm - Free live concerts at Scripps Park at the La Jolla Cove. BYO picnic blanket or chair. Tip: If you love classic rock n’ roll, don’t miss Rockola on July 7. Check Web site for schedule.
July 31, 7:30pm - Free concert under the stars in Scripps Park showcasing Music Director Cho-Liang Lin with SummerFest artists and special guests, the San Diego Youth Symphony’s International Youth Symphony. BYO blanket or chair and a jacket.
July 31 – August 23 – La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest is a nationally-recognized chamber music festival featuring over 70 world-class artists and ensembles performing concerts. See Web site for info on tickets and venues.
August – La Jolla Brewing Company will open on Fay Avenue next to Rubio’s. Craving a craft brew? The new owners say this is going to be the beacon of the San Diego craft beer scene. In addition to brewing about eight of their own beers, La Jolla Brewing Company will have 24 taps – an extensive sampling of the craft beers that are brewed exclusively in San Diego.
Sept. 8 – The La Jolla Rough Water Swim has been held at the La Jolla Cove since 1916. The event – the top race of its kind in the country – brings more than 2,000 swimmers to La Jolla. Divided into groups by age and gender, they race to buoys in the ocean and then back to the beach. It’s pretty amazing to see hundreds of kicking feet turn blue water into white foam. Free.