Guide to Summer Fun in La Jolla

Here comes the Summer of 2014 and with it moonlit pier walks, extended hours at galleries, concerts, camps for kids, beach parties, and all kinds of cultural events from art exhibits to music fests to world-class theater. Below is your guide to June, July and August in The Jewel.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872
■ Flicks on the Bricks, film and wine summer movie series 7:30 p.m. Thursdays: Aug. 7 “North by Northwest”; Aug. 14 “To Kill A Mockingbird”; Aug. 21 “Singin’ in the Rain”; Aug. 28 “The Thomas Crown Affair.”
■ Farrell Family Jazz Concerts, 7 and 9 p.m. June 5 Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes; 7:30 p.m. June 12 Jeff Ballard Trio with Miguel Zenon and Lionel Loueke; June 18 Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio; July 17 Kendra Shank Quartet with Geoffrey Keezer. Series $79-$96. Single tickets $21- $26.
■ Richard Strauss 150th birthday celebration, violinist Victoria Martino and pianist James Lent will perform works by composer Strauss works, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11. Tickets $30-35 at
■ 16th Summer Festival: Pianist Gustavo Romero in a four-part series, celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven, 4 p.m. Sundays July 6, 13, 20 and 27 at The Scripps Research Institute, 10640 John J. Hopkins Drive. Post-concert dinner in private homes or at the Athenaeum. Tickets $35-$620.
■ Art camps for kids, ages 7-12, run July 21-25 and July 28-Aug. 1, with sessions in mosaics, painting, mixed media, nature drawing, ceramics and sculpture.

Birch Aquarium
2300 Expedition Way (858) 534-7336
■ Full Moon Pier Walk on Scripps Pier (usually closed to the public) with aquarium naturalists, 7-9 p.m. June 16, July 14 and 15, and Aug. 12 and 13. Reservations $25 per person, minimum age 9, those 9-13 must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP required.
■ Snorkel with the sharks, 8-10 a.m. July 19 and 27; and Aug. 3, 17 and 23. Participants will join aquarium naturalists to swim with schooling leopard sharks, smoothhound sharks and guitarfish while enjoying the mild surf and gently sloping beach of La Jolla Shores. See rays, flatfish, sand dwelling invertebrates and coastal sea life. Intermediate swimming ability required and previous snorkeling experience recommended. Bring your own gear. $30 for ages 10 and older (minors with adult), RSVP required.
■ SEA Days offers multi- generational learning about research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Programs included with aquarium admission, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. third Saturdays: June 21 “Meet the Locals” with Andy Nosal and local leopard sharks; July 19 “Sharks Celebration”; Saturday, Aug. 16 “Sharks on the Line.” SEA Days also provides a venue for students, Scouts and others to meet requirements for “Interview a Scientist” or career-day projects.
■ Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series, 7 p.m. Mondays, June 9 “Armed and Armored: The Amazing Evolutionary Story of Crustaceans” with marine biologist Jennifer Taylor; July 14 “Sharks Without Borders: A Bi-national Effort to Study and Conserve Threatened Shark Species” with marine biologist Dan Cartamil. Tickets $5- $8. RSVP (858) 534-5771.
■ Green Flash Concert Series, 6:45-9 p.m. Wednesdays, ages 21 and older. $31 with RSVP, $36 at the door, Season pass, $130. (858) 534-4109. June 18, Eric Hutchinson and Scars on 45; July 16, Steve Poltz; and Aug. 20, Marc Broussard and Tyrone Wells.

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea (858) 454-1600
This is the 31st year for the free concerts from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays at Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove. Concerts are funded by sponsors and proceeds from the concessions (hot dogs, sodas, chips, candy, popcorn, ice cream bars, fruit popsicles) and raffle sales each week.
■ July 13: Rockola, classic rock ‘n’ roll
■ July 20: Theo & The Zydeco Patrol, Cajun blues
■ July 27: Bill Magee Blues Band
■ Aug. 3: The Mighty Untouchables, rock ‘n’ roll
■ Aug. 10: Scott Martin Band, Latin soul jazz
■ Aug. 17: Todo Mundo; Latin, Reggae, world music
■ Aug. 24: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra

La Jolla Festival of the Arts
(858) 683-3700
The works of some 200 artists and master craftsman will fill the Warren Field on the east campus of UCSD from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21-22 at the 28th annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts.
The festival serves as a benefit for the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation and its work to provide adaptive sports and recreation equipment to San Diegans living with disabilities, including many returning veterans.
Guests will be treated to visual and musical art, and a restaurant row. This year’s musical guest is “American Idol” season 10 finalist Casey Abrams (2 p.m. Saturday). Children can try their hands at art projects, games and other activities. There will also be a silent auction and raffles. $11 for one day, $13 for the weekend in advance; $14 and $16 at the door.

Village Carnival
(858) 454-1444
Noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30
Free admission, food and game tickets for purchase, Scripps Park, La Jolla

La Jolla Music Society SummerFest
(858) 459-3728
SummerFest, showcasing nationally recognized chamber musicians, presents 15 concerts, July 31-Aug. 22 at locations such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, St. James By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, and The Scripps Research Institute auditorium; and a free public concert “Under The Stars,” 7 p.m. July 30 at the Cove. Tickets available noon, June 3.

La Jolla Playhouse
UC San Diego campus (858) 550-1010
■ Through June 15: “Chasing The Song,” a new musical by the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning “Memphis,” Potiker Theatre
■ July 8-Aug. 3: “The Orphan of Zhao,” starring BD Wong, often described as the Chinese “Hamlet,” Mandell Weiss Forum
■ July 13-Aug. 10: “Ether Dome,” based on the story of the discovery of ether as an anesthetic, promising to eradicate pain, Mandell Weiss Forum

La Jolla Recreation Center
615 Prospect St. (858) 552-1658
■ Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and Family Day with pony rides, jumpers, face paints, and arts and crafts. $10, ages 10 and under admitted for free, 7 a.m. Saturday, July 26. n Summer Camps, June 10-Aug. 29, science, art, sports, languages and more interests.
■ Senior Luau party, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. Dinner, punch, coffee and dessert, plus entertainment by The A-Team. Tickets $10.

La Jolla YMCA
8355 Cliffridge Ave. (858) 453-3483
■ Summer Day Camps run June 16- Aug. 29 with traditional sports and gymnastics programs, plus Broadway Dance camp, Little Chefs camp, Radical Reptiles camp and more.

La Jolla Community Center
6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831
Classes in art, exercise, technology, foreign languages and cooking, plus bridge and dramatic readings programs and more.

Riford Library
7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657
■ Annual youth summer reading program, “Paws to Read!” with related events, prizes and crafts, June 15-Aug. 15.
■ Free movie screenings 2 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month
■ Film Noir classics screen 3 p.m. the second Friday of the month
■ Ikebana flower arranging July 5, 12, 19; Aug. 16, 23, 30
■ LEGO Builders Club for kids, 4 p.m. Wednesdays

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
700 Prospect St. (858) 454-3541
■ Two exhibitions through Aug. 31, “Treasures of the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City” and “Tim Youd: The Long Goodbye.” Hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday. Admission $5-$10, free to ages 25 and younger. Free admission third Thursdays 5-7 p.m.
n Family Art Lab: Discussion on “Treasures of the Tamayo Museum,” followed by a hands-on experience at the gallery, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, $20 includes two adults and up to three youths ages 5 and older.
■ Shore Thing, Thursdays July 3-Aug. 28, galleries stay open later, cocktails are available for purchase, live music and more. Free with museum admission.
■ Summer C.A.M.P. (Contemporary Art, Media & Process) art camps, with half- and full-day sessions July 28-Aug. 15 for ages 6-12.

Torrey Pines Golf Course
11480 N. Torrey Pines Road (858) 452-3226
■ One of the most picturesque championship golf courses in the world host full- and half-day golf schools for adults and Junior Golf Camps for kids, to provide golf skills in a clinic format and on the green. More information at

San Diego County Fair
Del Mar Fairgrounds 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
■ The San Diego County Fair will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first visit to the United States with the 2014 theme “The Fab Fair,” showcasing British Invasion in music and pop culture, June 7-July 6.
■ Gates open at 11 a.m. Tuesdays- Fridays (the fair is closed June 10 and 17), 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission $14 adults, $8 ages 6-12 and 62 and older.
■ Schedule of contests, stage shows and special events at

Race Season at Del Mar
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar (858) 755-1141
■ The ponies run July 17-Sept. 3. Season highlights include: Opening Day and Hats Contest Wednesday, July 17; Family Fun Day and kids’ plush horse giveaway Sunday July 20; Craft Beer Festival Saturday, July 26
■ Seaside Stage concerts (TBA) start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, free for fans attending the races
■ Admission: Stretch Run $6, Opening Day $10. Clubhouse $10, opening day $20.

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