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San Diego Free Outdoor Summer Concerts 2012

May 22, 2012

Free Outdoor Summer Concerts in San Diego 2012 (Photo Courtesy: The Del Mar Foundation)

San Diego is summer concert central and people flock to parks, beaches, and outdoor amphitheaters to take in the local sounds of musicians and singers.

From the East to the West, outdoor summer concerts pepper San Diego county’s communities and offer something unique to do during the summer. Best of all, each community’s concert series has its own flavor and style. For the most part, the concerts become an extension of the communities themselves. Best of all, most the concerts are FREE!

If you are visiting San Diego and want to find out where the locals go, be sure to check our list of San Diego summer concerts. You’ll be welcomed! And, if you don’t have a beach chair, be sure to bring a beach towel, blanket, or hotel towel to sit on.

Editor’s Note: We do our best to bring our readers the most accurate information possible. Please click on the names of the concerts so that you can go directly to their websites. That way, if something in the schedule has changed, you will know about it BEFORE you schlepp your beach chairs & picnic paraphernalia.

San Diego Summer Concerts Guide 2012

Alpine Concerts in the ParkStarts on July 1, 2012; various dates; all start at 5:30pm.
Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Boulevard

Balboa Park Spreckels Organ Society – Year ’round Sunday concerts at 2:00 p.m.
Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park

Balboa Park International Summer Organ Festival Begins June 25, 2012; Monday concerts – 7:30 p.m.
Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park

Balboa Park Twilight in the Park – Begins June 19, 2012; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday concerts – 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park

Carlsbad TGIF Jazz in the Park – Begins June 29, 2012; Friday concerts – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Various locations, please check the website.

Chula Vista Village Walk – Begins June 3rd; Sunday concerts – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Village Walk at Eastlake, Eastlake Parkway & Miller Drive

Chula Vista Village Vibes – September 2 , 2012 at 4:00 p.m.
Memorial Park Bowl, 373 Park Way

Coronado Ferry Landing – Begins May 26, 2012; mostly Saturday and Sunday concerts – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1201 1st Street

Coronado Concerts in the Park – Begins May 27, 2012; Sunday concerts – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. except July 4th & September dates. Note: Scroll down the page on the link provided to see the 2012 dates.
Spreckels Park, 7th Street & Orange Avenue

Del Mar Summer Concert SeriesBegins July 20, 2012; various dates – concerts start after the horse races.
Seaside Stage
Note: These concerts are FREE for fans attending the races.

Del Mar Twilight Concerts – Begins June 19, 2012; third Tuesday of the month concerts – most start at 7:00 p.m.
Powerhouse Park, 1600 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar

El Cajon Concerts on the Promenade – Begins May 4, 2012; Friday concerts – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Prescott Promenade, E. Main Street & Prescott Avenue

Encinitas Summer Concert Series – Begins July 8, 2012; four Sunday concerts in July and August – 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Moonlight State Beach, 400 B Street

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea – Begins July 15, 2012; Sunday concerts – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1133 Coast Boulevard

La Mesa Sundays at Six – Begins June 10, 2012; Sunday concerts – 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street

Lemon Grove Concerts in the Park– Begins July 5, 2012; Thursday concerts in July and August 4th & 11th – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Berry Street Park, 7071 Mt. Vernon Street

18th Annual Mission Hills Concerts in the Park Begins July 4, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Two additional Friday concerts in July from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Pioneer/Mission Hills Park, 1425 Washington Place

North Park Bird Park Summer Concerts – Begins June 16, 2012; four Saturday concerts – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Bird Park,
28th Street & Thorn Street

Oceanside Concerts in the Park Friday Concerts June 15, July 20, & August 17th- 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Rancho del Oro Park, 4700 Mesa Drive, Oceanside

Pacific Beach Concerts on the Green – Begins July 22, 2012; Sunday concerts – 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Kate Sessions Park, Lamont Street just north of Beryl Street

Point Loma Summer Concerts – Begins July 13, 2012; Friday concerts in July and August – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Boulevard

Poway Summer Concert Series – Begins June 24, 2012; Sunday concerts – 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Various locations, please check the website.

Santee Summer Concert Series – Begins June 14, 2012; Thursday concerts – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive, Santee. Note: New for 2012 – Food Trucks!

Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park Series – Begins June 10, 2012; 2nd Sunday of the month concerts – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hoyt Park, Scripps Ranch Boulevard & Aviary Drive

Solana Beach Concerts at the Cove Begins June 21, 2012; Thursdays in June, July, and August – 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Fletcher Cove Park, 140 S. Sierra Avenue

University Heights Summer in the Park Concert Series – Trolley Barn Park Begins June 29, 2012; Fridays through August 3rd. – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Adams Avenue & Florida Street.

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