Best San Diego Events & Things to Do: July 2024

Aerial shot of Del Mar, California

San Diego is bursting with energy and excitement in July. From world-class events to family-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.  Whether you’re a tourist looking to explore or a local resident eager to rediscover your city, there’s something for everyone. Here’s your ultimate guide to the top events and things to do in San Diego this June.

Del Mar Racing Season & Opening Day

Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, CA

Enjoy a day at the races at the historic Del Mar Thoroughbred Club! The Del Mar Racing Season begins with Opening Day on July 20th, 2024 and remains open until September 8th, 2024. Experience the thrill of live horse racing, place your bets, and savor delicious food and drink options! Check out the Racing Calendar for July:

  • July 20th: 11 Races
  • July 21st: 11 Races
  • July 2th: 8 Races
  • July 26th: 8 Races
  • July 27th: 11 Races
  • July 28th: 11 Races

San Diego Comic-Con | July 25th – July 28th, 2024

Downtown San Diego including the convention center and trolley.

San Diego Comic-Con is a must-attend event for comic book lovers, movie buffs, and pop culture enthusiasts. Experience exclusive panels, meet your favorite celebrities, and immerse yourself in the vibrant world of comics and entertainment at the Convention Center in Downtown San Diego. 

San Diego Padres Home Games

Petco Park in San Diego, CA

July is an exciting month for baseball fans in San Diego, with the Padres hosting a series of thrilling home games at Petco Park. Each game not only promises top-notch baseball action but also offers unique themes and promotions that make every visit to the ballpark a memorable experience. Here’s a rundown of the home games for the San Diego Padres in July 2024:

  • July 4 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks display after the game. Enjoy the patriotic atmosphere and special festivities.
  • July 5 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: It’s Military Appreciation Night, honoring our servicemen and women with special pre-game ceremonies and discounts for military members.
  • July 6 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: KidsFest Sunday includes family-friendly activities in Gallagher Square and kids run the bases post-game.
  • July 11 vs. San Francisco Giants: Throwback Thursday brings back the nostalgia with retro uniforms and classic tunes throughout the night.
  • July 12 vs. San Francisco Giants: Enjoy Beerfest in Gallagher Square, featuring craft beer from local breweries and live music before the game.
  • July 13 vs. San Francisco Giants: Arrive early to jam out with Padres House Band playing your favorite mix of pop, country, and oldies in Gallagher Square. Presented by Nova Kombucha.
  • July 14 vs. San Francisco Giants: Bring your furry friend for Bark at the Park, a special day where dogs are welcome to join you at the ballpark.
  • July 25 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: College Night offers discounted tickets for students, with a lively college atmosphere and music.
  • July 26 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: Superhero Night encourages fans to dress up as their favorite heroes, with special appearances and activities for all ages.
  • July 27 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: Post-game fireworks light up the sky, providing a dazzling conclusion to an evening of baseball.
  • July 28 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: Celebrate Sunday Funday with family activities, and kids can run the bases after the game.

San Diego Beer Fest | July 20th, 2024

Del Mar Beach Fest

Del Mar Beer Fest is back and offering an exciting blend of food, fun, and brews. Enjoy sampling over 50 brews, ciders, and seltzers while watching live horse racing trackside. Local brewery reps will be available to answer questions about their beers, and you can pair your drinks with a variety of gourmet food available for purchase. DJs will keep the energy high with music throughout the day. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Family-Friendly Activities

Beach Days

North County San Diego is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, making it the perfect place to enjoy a fun family beach day. Pack a picnic, build sandcastles, and take a dip in the ocean at popular spots like Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, Carlsbad State Beach or Fletcher’s Cove in Solana Beach!

Del Mar Beach in Del Mar, CA

San Diego Zoo Visits

Visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo and explore its diverse animal exhibits. With interactive experiences and educational programs, it’s a fantastic day out for kids and adults alike.

Elephant at the San Diego Zoo

Balboa Park Museums

Discover the many museums within Balboa Park. From the Natural History Museum to the San Diego Air & Space Museum, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained and educated.

Balboa Park in San Diego, CA

Outdoor Adventures

Hiking at Torrey Pines

Take a hike at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and explore the diverse flora and fauna of this coastal park.

Torrey Pines Hike in Del Mar, CA

Kayaking at La Jolla Cove

Experience the beauty of La Jolla Cove from the water. Rent a kayak and paddle through the clear waters, exploring sea caves and spotting marine life along the way.

La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, CA

Paddleboarding at Mission Bay

Try your hand at paddleboarding in the calm waters of Mission Bay. It’s a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors and get a bit of exercise.

Mission Bay in San Diego, CA

San Diego in July is a paradise for tourists and locals alike. With a wide range of events and activities, there’s never a dull moment. Whether you’re attending a major event, enjoying a family outing, or exploring the vibrant nightlife, you’ll find endless opportunities to create unforgettable memories.

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