SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego is a unique summer destination. Not known for only its scenic beaches but the sheer amount of things to do around town during the season.
While there are many events to choose from, there are some that every family should treat themselves to experiencing — and many are completely free.
While the big festivals shine as premier events, smaller experiences can be just as worthwhile. Have you ever had breakfast at the Del Mar racetrack? Or caught a movie in a park? We're sure you'll find something to do:
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Eat breakfast at the Del Mar racetrack, watch morning workouts
Daybreak at Del Mar is for the early risers. Grab some breakfast at the Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant every Saturday and Sunday during the season, and check out horses working out from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Run a race, anywhere
Whatever distance at whatever speed, there's no better way to enjoy San Diego's summer climate than when you're on the road. Through the summer, runners and walkers can jump into a number of races, from America's Finest City Half Marathon and 5K to the Bubble Run 5K.
Catch a free outdoor movie at a park
San Diego parks aren't just a great place to sit back, toss a football, or enjoy a barbecue. They're also beautiful outdoor theaters during the summer. The city inflates massive screens to project movies onto as the sun sets on the day. If you do head to a movie, get there early if you want a great seat.
Stomp some grapes in Julian
There's nothing like feeling grapes smush beneath your feet. It's true! Julian's Menghini Winery is hosting its annual grape stomping celebration, with samples of wine, a variety of food, a "Lucy look-alike" contest, and more!
Pucker up at Chula Vista's Lemon Festival
Nearly 50,000 people are expected in Chula Vista this summer for the annual celebration of sour. Lemon Festival features an abundance of freshly-squeezed lemonade, lemon treats, sour contests, and lemon-infused activities.
Enjoy a free concert in Balboa Park
From military bands to Dixieland performers, Twilight in the Park's concert series brings free music to Balboa Park's Spreckels Organ Pavilion throughout the summer. Turn it into a picnic with your family or friends or head out around the park before and after.
Behold a car show's classic cool
There's nothing quite like a classic car, defying history and glowing pristine in the San Diego sun. During the summer, Escondido holds gatherings throughout the season on East Grand Ave. and car fans can check out shows in Encinitas, El Cajon, and National City as well.
Stop and watch at San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego Comic-Con is nothing if not an excellent place to people watch. If you can brave the crowds, you may want to even dress up yourself and roam the Gaslamp. If not, there are plenty of places to stop, grab a bite to eat, and take in the always unique sights of comic fans descending onto downtown.
"Oooh" and "aaah" at fireworks
Fourth of July fireworks display in San Diego are always extraordinary. Whether it be the region's heritage as a military town or the sheer display of pyrotechnics shows produce, fireworks here are great. As usual, there's a great lineup of fireworks displays this summer for July 4th, from the Big Bay Boom to local celebrations.o
Get chili in Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach's annual chili cookout and street fair is not to be missed. Not only do fairgoers get to enjoy a daylong street fair along the coast, but delicious chili creations competing for top spot, hottest chili, and judges' favorite.