Top 5 Free Summer Concerts in San Diego

With kids out of school, entertaining the whole family can get expensive. Luckily, San Diego is home to some of the best free activities throughout the county.

One of our favorite ways to celebrate summertime is enjoying free summer concerts with loved ones. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of family-friendly concerts throughout the county, fun for all ages and all music tastes!


Music is in the summer air! Get ready to sing and dance at one of these free summer concerts:


1. Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts

Celebrating 36 years, Twilight in the Park brings a variety of music to visitors. From jazz to Latin salsa to military bands, this free summer concert will always have your feet tappin’ and fingers snappin’!

Where: Balboa Park

When: Concerts start at 6:30 PM, for a complete schedule click here.


2. Santee Summer Concert Series

From reggae to country to an Elvis tribute, this concert series brings a variety of different music to the heart of Santee. Local food trucks, kids’ activities, and picnic style seating make this event the ultimate summer to-do!

Where: Town Center Community Park East

When: Concerts start at 6:30 PM, for a complete schedule click here.


3. Coronado Promenade Summer Concert Series

End your weekend enjoying and relaxing to live music sponsored by local businesses and individuals. Coronado Promenade Concerts is a non-profit organization that organizes the Spreckels Park concert series every year.

Where: Spreckels Park

When: Concerts start at 6:00 PM, for a complete schedule click here.


4. The Del Mar Foundation’s Summer Twilight Concerts

The Twilight Concerts have been a tradition in Del Mar since 1983. T. Patt Stubbs, Chair of the Foundation’s Twilight Concert Committee, says “This might be the strongest line-up we’ve ever had.” You’ll just have to see for yourself!

Where: Powerhouse Park

When: Concerts start at 7:00 PM, for a complete schedule click here.


5. TGIF Concerts in the Park

Kick your weekend off with summertime fun at one of Carlsbad’s beautiful parks. Offering a variety of food vendors, activities, and family-friendly environment, these free summer concerts were made for a perfect night out!

Where: Location varies on concert

When: Concert venues open at 4:00 PM, performances are on Fridays at 6:00 PM. For a complete schedule, click here.


What to Know Before You Go:

  • Some summer concerts will have local food trucks for you to grab a bite. We recommend packing a picnic to save money and calories.
  • Many venues allow lawn chairs; however, check the event details beforehand.
  • Plan to arrive early. Parking and seats may be limited depending on the location of the concert.
  • Check the event details to see if your furry friends are allowed.


Spend your summer evenings appreciating all of what San Diego has to offer. There’s no better free activity than soaking in the beautiful scenery while listening to your favorite jams! For more summer activities in San Diego, check out Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups’ articles.


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