Summer Nights

by Brie Stimson May 28, 2018


sdso_baysidesummernights_people3Summer is one of the best times to take in the arts – and summer in San Diego – well that’s something. On any given night in our fair city, there’s certain to be more than a couple of good choices.

Let’s start with the inimitable Bayside Summer Nights (pg. 33). I’ll admit I went for the first time last summer, although since I’ve lived in Coronado for seven years, I could often hear the enchanting music across the bay and see the fireworks.

Needless to say, when I saw Tony Bennett last summer I was enthralled – and not just because of the legendary crooner. The venue is absolutely amazing. Just sitting by the bay on a warm summer evening listening to live music, well let’s just say it’s something you might be inclined to write a song about. I definitely plan to take in a few more concerts this year and I’d like to catch some fireworks because what’s summer without fireworks?

Bayside Summer Nights isn’t the only outdoor show. The Old Globe (pg. 39) will be showing “The Tempest” during their Summer Shakespeare Festival in June and July at the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest returns at La Jolla Cove to celebrate Cho-Liang Lin’s 18 years as musical director and his last festival as musical director.

Del Mar’s Summer Twilight Concert Series runs on intermittent Tuesday nights, the Carlsbad Music Festival brings music to the beach at the end of August, Coronado has Sunday afternoon concerts in Speckels Park all summer long, Balboa Park’s Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts returns to the historic Speckels Organ Pavilion and Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park will be at Pioneer Park in the evenings. Summer Movies in the Park is a fun family evening out in parks from Old Town to Fallbrook.

There are also more than a few fun theatrical choices indoors. (Sometimes it gets cold at night). Summer is a great time, I think, to see some really silly (yet astute) plays. I’m very excited about the Cygnet’s version of “Spamalot” (pg. 42). Admittedly, I’ve always been a fan of quirky comedy, and it’s safe to say I will embarrass myself by laughing so hard I cry during the show.

Ready? OK! “Bring it On The Musical” will be at San Diego Musical Theatre throughout June for those longing for some cheerleader angst. The Broadway tour of “School of Rock The Musical,” Andrew Lloyd Weber’s adaptation of the Jack Black film will be at the Civic Theatre the same month. North Coast Rep’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” starring Omri Schein, will open in Solana Beach in July.

I’m also highly intrigued by La Jolla Playhouse’s “Squirrels” (pg. 35). They had me at the warning that said, “This show contains squirrels engaging in R-rated behaviors.” I think it is a real warning to keep the kiddies away, but it also makes me laugh.

If you’re feeling a bit peckish, the Tacos and Tequila Festival in East Village on June 11 should be caliente, Taste of Little Italy, (pg. 48) a pasta lover’s dream, will offer samples from local restaurants on June 13 and the San Diego International Beer Festival, represented by nearly 200 breweries, will be at the San Diego County Fair on June 17-18. The fair (June 1-July 4) itself will have its own summer concert series (including Sugarland, Barenaked Ladies and Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias) as well as a lot of food.

There’s a bevy of festivals throughout the summer. If you’re historically inclined, Old Town’s Stagecoach Days rides in at the end of the month, the San Diego Pride Parade, musical festival and block party takes over Hillcrest in mid-July and of course Comic-Con will be at the end of July.

I know I’m leaving out a lot – but our city has a lot to do this summer. Hopefully you’re inspired by this list to check out some new shows or events or go to an old favorite, and I hope you venture out and find fun entertainment I neglected to write about.

Happy summering!


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