Downtown San Diego Events in July 2019

Posted by Brian Enright on Thursday, July 4th, 2019 at 7:36am.

The Fourth of July

Many of the early July parties, concerts and gatherings in San Diego this year revolve around Independence Day. Here are a few places to take in the fireworks this year:

• Rooftop party at the Porto Vista hotel

• The Lane Field Park barbecue hosted by InterContinental hotels

• Get out on the water with Flagship Cruises, Next Level Sailing, Hornblower Dining Cruises or others

• The fireworks viewing party at The Maritime Museum

Of course, you'll be able to see the Big Bay Boom, the largest fireworks display in the county, from any of the neighborhoods in or around downtown, including Old Town, Mission Valley, South Bay, Mission Bay and Beaches, Gaslamp, Hillcrest and Coronado. Fireworks will also continue throughout the month at select events.

Musical Events

After the smoke clears from the fireworks displays, there will still be plenty more events in July. In terms of music, the Bayside Summer Nights program has quite a few notable shows this month. There are also several other major musical events coming to town. Overall, the highlights include:

• Dvorak's New World Symphony on July 7th

• Cynthia Erivo on July 12th

• Common on July 28th

• Lyle Lovett on the 4th

• The San Diego Symphony performing the music of Harry Potter on the 13th and 14th and Back to the Future on the 20th

• The International Youth Symphony on the 23rd

Aside from attending the big concerts, you could also have a more intimate experience at any of the smaller venues all over downtown San Diego. You could even take the stage yourself at events like the Owl Drug Co. Social Eating House's karaoke nights.


The biggest event in San Diego this month is Comic-Con. Billed appropriately as the largest pop-culture event in the country, Comic-Con attracts fans, luminaries and celebrities from the TV, film and comic industries. From July 18th to the 21st, downtown San Diego will be transformed into a sci-fi and fantasy version of Hollywood.

Apart from the nexus at the convention center, the downtown area and the surrounding neighborhoods will be flooded with cosplayers, celebs, comics pop-ups and a variety of events related to the convention. Here are a few examples from the eclectic array of off-site events happening during the Comic-Con weekend 2019:

• Lecture on law and comics at the San Diego Library on the evening of the 16th

• Blood drive in honor of Robert A. Heinlein from 9 to 3:30 on the 17th to 21st at the Manchester Grand Hyatt

• Public art project featuring plushies and crochet from the 17th to 21st around the convention center

• Charity fundraiser in Balboa Park starting on the evening of the 17th, celebrating Batman's 80th birthday

• Hello Kitty cafe truck pop up from the 18th to the 21st at the Petco Park interactive zone

• After-parties at Fluxx nightclub on the 19th and 20th

Sports Events

There's also room for those with more athletic inclinations. In fact, this year is the 50th anniversary of the San Diego Padres, so make sure you pick up the patch if you head out to one of the games. They play at home on the 1st through the 3rd, the 12th through the 14th and the 26th through the 30th.

Full Event Calendars

Mostly due to Comic-Con and the number of people on summer breaks, July is one of the busiest months for events and tourism in downtown San Diego — and the entire county. If you don't see anything in this article looks like a good fit, then check out one of these web resources to browse a complete, searchable index of the events happening this month:

The San Diego Reader

Outside Comic-Con

With all of the events and visitors in July, it could be also be a good time to visit some of the properties that interest you. Check out our list of homes and condos for sale in San Diego. There will be plenty of open houses this month to complement all of these larger community events, so it's a great time to see what the market has to offer in person. Call now to set up an appointment with one of our local experts.


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