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Exploring San Diego: Things to do July 11 - 14

Posted: 11:54 AM, Jul 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-10 14:54:10-04
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Summer is in full swing, with plenty of opportunities for families to get out and enjoy San Diego.

San Diego Pride kicks off this week, with the annual Pride Festival on Friday, featuring stage of live music and performances, community booths, games, and more. Then Saturday, the community lines University Ave. in Hillcrest for the annual Pride Parade.

In Escondido, the Inspire Festival invites attendees to let their inner artists out with interactive art activities, live music, and delicious local wines and craft beer.

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The annual OTL World Championships return to Fiesta Island on Saturday, continuing San Diego's longstanding summer tradition with plenty to enjoy along the coast.

Here's a look at what else is happening around San Diego:

THURSDAY

Santee Summer Concert Series
Where: Town Center Community Park East; Cost: Free
Check out the sweet tunes of the Bill MaGee Blues Band during Santee's Summer Concert Series. The community event hosts free concerts over the summer complete with a weekly Food Truck Rally every Thursday.

The Cado pop-up museum
Where: North City; Cost: $14 - $19
(Thursday - Sunday) "The Cado" pop-up museum opens in San Marcos' North City development, bringing interactive art installations like the Ripe Room, Haas Hall, and The Pit Stop to guests who want to dig deeper into the fruit.

FRIDAY

Pride Festival
Where: Balboa Park; Cost: Free - $200
Pride celebrates San Diego's LGBT community with multiple stages of music and dancing at the Pride Festival in Balboa Park. The family-friendly event also features community booths, games, beer gardens, art, and vendors.

Marvel in the Moonlight
Where: Quartyard; Cost: Free - $10
Enjoy an evening with "Captain Marvel" as UCSD hosts a screening of the hit film downtown. Families can enjoy a beer garden, food, and a dog run area for pooches. Anyone under 18 and anyone who shows up in costume can get into the event for free.

SATURDAY

Inspire Festival
Where: Escondido Heritage Garden; Cost: $15 - $35
Paint on a giant canvas, discover delicious wines from local wineries, sample craft beers, and let yourself go to live music as the Inspire Festival heads to Escondido. One ticket includes unlimited food and drink tastings, access to interactive art exhibits, and the festival's live entertainment.

Pride Parade
Where: Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Avenue and Normal Street.; Cost: Free
Cheer on floats, marching bands, and colorful cars as they roll through Hillcrest in celebration of San Diego Pride. San Diego's largest single-day civic event celebrates the local LGBT community and headlines Pride weekend.

lmperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival
Where: Imperial Beach; Cost: Free
The Sun and Sea Festival brings thousands to Imperial Beach every summer for a day of sandcastle competition, concerts, food and more. This year, the theme of the competition will be "Under the Sea," as world-class sculptors create magnificent works of sand art.

SUNDAY

66th Over-the-Line World Championship
Where: Fiesta Island; Cost: Free to spectate
(Saturday - Sunday) The 66th OTL World Championship returns to Fiesta Island Park for two weekends July 13 and 14, and July 20 and 21. The annual event, known for its color team names and characters, started locally in the 1950s and has since become a highlight of summertime in San Diego.

Bayside Summer Nights: Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South; Cost: $31 - $111
(Saturday - Sunday) The San Diego Symphony is getting into the Comic-Con spirit early with a two-night performance of music from "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" as the film is screened, part of the Bayside Summer Pops concert series.

Vines & Vittles Festival
Where: Webb Park, Rancho Bernardo; Cost: $20 - $35
Enjoy a Western-themed festival with plenty of wine and cultural performances and music, featuring the Shirthouse Band and Mariachi Victoria de San Diego. Families can sink their teeth into delicious ice cream, popcorn, and more treats and local artists will showcase "trading post" post wares.