Summer Fun Guide 2015: Bookmark-and-save list of La Jolla events and San Diego arts & entertainment


Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872

■ Night Owls: Mural Crawl, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18. Meet at the Athenaeum and enjoy a pre-walk glass of wine and Stone Brewing Co. beer while you explore the art-filled walls of the library, before heading out to explore the murals (and bars) of La Jolla. Tour leaves at 7 p.m. Lynda Forsha will explain the murals against the backdrop of the setting sun.

■ Flicks on the Bricks: Film-and-wine movie series, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in August: “When Harry Met Sally” Aug. 6 with Champagne; “Double Indemnity” Aug. 13 with Spanish wine; “Jaws” Aug. 20 with Australian wine; “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” Aug. 27 with Greek wine.

■ Jazz at the Athenaeum: 7:30 p.m. concerts offer an international piano series by acclaimed artists; Benny Green Trio, June 4; Quebec-based Marianne Trudel Trifolia Trio, June 12; Berlin-based Julia Hulsmann Trio, June 28; Greece and Cuba natives Spiros Exaras and Elio Villafranca, July 9. Series $76-$96. Single tickets $21-$26. n Summer Music Festival: Pianist Gustavo Romero presents the work of Schubert in a four-part series, 4 p.m. Sundays July 5, 12, 19 and 26 at The Auditorium at Scripps Research Institute, 10620 John J. Hopkins Drive. Dinners post concert in private homes or the Athenaeum. Ticket packages $35-$620.

■ Art camps for Kids: June 29-July 10 with sessions in ways to make a print, outdoor art, ceramics and sculpture, and studying masterworks. $160-$200, plus $30 materials fee.

Birch Aquarium

2300 Expedition Way (858) 534-7336

■ Full Moon Walk on Scripps Pier: Aquarium naturalists have added more dates, 7-8:30 p.m. June 2 and 30; July 1 and 30; Aug. 1, 28-29. Walks resume 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 26-27. Reservations required. $25-$22, ages 9 and older only with adult.

■ Snorkel with the Sharks: 8-10 a.m. July 11, 25-26; Aug. 8, 16, 22; Sept. 19-20. Participants will join 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 (with adult). RSVP required.

■ Shark and Wildlife kayak adventures: Experience the unique features of La Jolla’s Matlahuayl Marine Reserve and discover why it’s a hot spot for leopard sharks, 8-10:30 a.m. Aug. 16 and 24. Ages 10 and older, minors must also be accompanied by a paid adult. Price includes rental equipment. $45-$60. Pre-purchase required by phone through Everyday California (858) 454-6195.

■ Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series: 7-8 p.m. Mondays, June 8 “The Amazing Diversity of Fishes” with marine biologist Dr. Phil Hastings; July 13 “Glaciers Speak with Tongues of Ice,” with physical oceanographer Grant Deane. Tickets $5-$8. RSVP requested.

■ Green Flash Concert Series: 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays for ages 21 and older, $34.95 in advance, $38.95 at the door. $125-$149.95 season pass. New this year, opportunities for hosting a private party for up to 40 people on the Director’s Deck, soaking up the concert and best sunset views in town. June 17: Mike Doughty and The Lone Bellow. July 15: Bad Suns and Zella Day. Aug. 19: Back to the Garden and Ryan Corn. Sept. 16: The Oh Hellos and Josh D’Amigo


■ See them at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, overlooking La Jolla Cove, 8 p.m. July 4.


4126 Executive Drive (858) 457-3030

■ J*Company at the Jewish Community Center: Bigger and bolder programming with its RAW Series, young performers learn performances in four days, and read them on day five:

■ “RENT,” 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18; “Mystery Flavor,” 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9; “Phantom” (of the Opera), 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30. $10 at the door. (858) 362-1155.

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea

Scripps Park (858) 454-1600

■ 32nd year for music in the park: 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 19: The Heroes (rock and roll)

• July 26: Bill MaGee Blues Band (blues)

• Aug. 2: The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash (Americana)

• Aug. 9: Theo and The Zydeco Patrol (Cajun blues)

• Aug. 16: Incendio (Latin Jazz)

• Aug. 23: The Mighty Untouchables (mix of musical styles)

• Aug. 30: Todo Mundo (world music)

• Labor Day weekend (Sept. 6): Sue Palmer and Her Motel Swing Orchestra (boogie woogie).

La Jolla Festival of the Arts

(619) 744-0534

■ Works from 200 artists and master craftsman: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 20 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21 at Warren Field on the east campus of USCD. The festival doubles as a benefit for the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation and its work on behalf of San Diegans living with disabilities, including many returning veterans. Art demonstrations, book signings, a car show, musical entertainment and international foods area. Children can try their hands at art projects, games and other activities. There will also be a silent auction and raffles.

Admission $11, festival pass $13, free to ages 10 and younger. Parking is free at Genesee Avenue and Campus Point Drive.

La Jolla Historical Society

780 Prospect St. (858) 459-5335

■ Archive La Jolla: Exhibit draws from the extensive archive collection to present vignettes that offer a look into La Jolla’s past, June 12-Sept. 6. Histories of Wisteria Cottage from its Irving Gill days to its most recent renovation, plus the history of La Jolla Recreation Center, set to celebrate its centennial this year, will be shown.

La Jolla Music Society SummerFest

700 Prospect St. (858) 459-3728

■ SummerFest Under the Stars: Free concert kicks off the annual 23-day nationally-recognized chamber music festival, 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at Ellen Browning Scripps Park near La Jolla Cove. Concerts by some 70 world-class musicians continue through Aug. 28 at Sherwood Auditorium inside the Museum of Contemporary Art (unless otherwise noted), 700 Prospect St.

■ Fest special events: Evening in memory of harpist Deborah Hoffman (Aug. 9); a gala, “Echoes Across A Continent” (Aug. 15); and three nights of Shostakovich tunes (Aug. 21-23). Ticket information/schedule:

La Jolla Playhouse

UCSD campus. (858) 550-1010.

■ “Come From Away”: World-premiere of an original, rock-inspired musical, through July 5. Potiker Theatre.

■ “Up Here”: World-premiere from the songwriters behind Disney’s “Frozen,” June 28-Sept. 6. Mandell Weiss Theatre.

■ “Blueprints to Freedom: an Ode to Bayard Rustin”: Story of the brilliant proponent of nonviolent civil disobedience, Sept. 8-Oct. 4, Potiker Theatre.

■ Circle Circle Dot Dot residency — “Wrenegades: An Ecological Adventure”: From performer/ecologist Michael Nieto, and Circle artistic Director Katherine Harroff, May 31-June 19, at La Jolla Playhouse. The piece is inspired by the multitude of endangered species in San Diego’s unique eco-system and the tumultuous world of local conservationists trying to keep them from slipping into extinction. $20-$25.

La Jolla Recreation Center — celebrating 100 years!

615 Prospect St. (858) 552-1658

■ Kiwanis Club of La Jolla Pancake Breakfast: 7-11 a.m. Saturday, July 25. $10 per person, children under age 10 free. Pony rides, arts and crafts, bounce house, and face painters. Starting at noon, the Rec Center celebrates its centennial with speakers, performances and food. Free.

■ Summer Camps: June 20-aug. 28, science, art, sports, languages and other interests.

■ Summer Luau Senior Dance: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, aug. 14. Dinner, punch, coffee and dessert, plus entertainment by The a-Team. Tickets $15.

■ Movie in the Park: “The Book of Life,” 6 p.m. Saturday, aug. 22. attendees should bring their own chairs and blankets. Snacks available for purchase. Free admission.

La Jolla Community Center

6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831

■ Classes and special events: art, exercise, foreign languages, cooking, iPad and iPhone use, Bridge, Scrabble, opera and dramatic readings programs, movie clubs and day trips to various Southern California landmarks. Visit the website for schedule and prices.

La Jolla Library

7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657

■ Summer Reading Program: Read 10 books for a chance to win an iPad, June 15-aug. 15. Register at

■ Art Exhibit: Work from Pat Kelly, True Ryndes and Robert Treat founding members of San Diego art Salon, hangs in Community Room through the summer. Public reception 2-4 p.m., Sunday, June 21. Free.

■ Concerts: San Diego Early Music Society open practice 1 p.m. first Sundays, SummerFest open rehearsales, too.

■ Ikebana flower arranging: 11:30 a.m. June 27, July 11 and 18; Aug. 8, 15 and 22.

■ 3D Printing Lab: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays. Come learn about the 3D printing process and create small projects.

■ Kids art classes: 10 a.m. Saturdays, April 25, June 27 and July 25.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

700 Prospect St. (858) 454-3541

Hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday (Closed Wednesdays) to 7 p.m. third Thursdays. admission $5-$10, free to ages 25 and younger

■ Summer Art C.A.M.P.: Contemporary art, Media & Process for children Aug. 3-28.

■ Three exhibitions: “Prospect 2015,” “Dear Nemesis, Nicole Eisenman 1993-2013” now through Sept. 6, and “Virginia Beach: Elegy for an Ancient Sea,” opens July 25. An additional exhibit, “Sarah Cain blue in your body, red when it hits the air” closes July 19.

■ Shore Thing: 5 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 27, MCASD La Jolla opens its doors for the music by DJs from the Roots Factory, cash bar and picnicking (bring your own picnic). Free admission.

■ Family ArtLAB: Sculptural Portraits 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Each LAB starts with a conversation-based tour of the exhibition on view, delving into the artworks and the artist’s methods in a fun and accessible way. Then everyone gets to participate in an art-making experience based on what they’ve learned. $15 non-members, free for members. Limited to 60 participants.

San Diego County Fair

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. (858) 755-1161


Gates open daily at 11 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Friday, July 3. Admission is $15 adults, $8 ages 6-12 and 62 and older.

■ “A Fair to Remember”: 25 days of music, carnival games and midway rides, arts and crafts, agricultural events and food from more than 100 vendors, June 5-July 4 at the fairgrounds in Del Mar. (Closed Mondays)

■ Concert highlights: Friday Night Funnies comedy shows, Acoustic Friday, Gospel Festival, Bluegrass Festival, and concerts from KC and the Sunshine Band, Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick, Colbie Caillat, Christina Perri, Austin Mahone and more.

At the Movies

2015: Summer of Sequels and Remakes

■ Now playing: “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Poltergeist,” and “Tomorrowland.”

■ June 3: “Entourage”

■ June 12: “Jurassic World”

■ June 26: “Ted 2”

■ July 1: “Magic Mike XXL” and “Terminator: Genisys”

■ July 10: “Minions” (spin-off of Despicable Me)

■ July 17: “Ant-Man” (comic book adaptation)

■ July 31: “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”

■ Aug. 7: “Fantastic Four” (prequel)

■ Aug. 14: “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” (adaptation of the 1960s TV show)

Race Season at Del Mar

(858) 755-1141

■ Season highlights: Ponies run July 16-Sept. 7 (dark Mondays and Tuesdays, except Labor Day). Opening Day and Hats Contest Thursday, July 16; Family Fun Day/Kid’s Webkinz Plush Horse Giveaway Sunday, July 19; Gourmet Food Truck Festival, Saturday, Aug. 15

■ Del Mar Summer Concerts: Lineup to be announced in June. Concerts are free with racetrack admission before the last race. Those who arrive after the last race, pay concert admission $20.

■ Admission Stretch Run: Daily $6, Opening Day $10. Clubhouse $10, Opening Day $20.