Summer in Southern California Bucket List

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Southern California is probably one of the best places to spend a summer. From Los Angeles to San Diego, there are no shortages of beautiful beaches, delicious restaurants, and fun things to do. I put together this short list of some fun events and activities going on in Southern California this summer, if you have time to do something other than lay on a beach or see a movie outdoors. 😉

San Diego County Fair

📍Del Mar Fairgrounds - Del Mar
June 1st through July 4th (closed Mondays and Tuesdays in June)
Lots of amazing food, rides, exhibits, and concerts by artists like Capital Cities, Hanson, Barenaked Ladies, Little Big Town, Noah Cyrus, and more!

Pixar Fest

📍Disneyland - Anaheim
Now through September 3rd
Pixar Fest is the celebration going on at Disneyland and DCA this summer in honor of the new Pixar Pier area in DCA! Pixar Pier opens up on June 23rd!

Balboa Park Food Truck Fridays

📍Balboa Park - San Diego
June 1st through September 28th
Spend your Friday nights this summer in beautiful Balboa Park in San Diego and eat an amazing array of foods from several San Diego food truck staples!

Orange County Night Market

📍OC Fair & Event Center - Costa Mesa
June 15-17 and August 24-26
A weekend event full of food, music, shopping, art, games, and entertainment.

DTLA Donut Festival

📍Union Station - Los Angeles
June 16th
LA's first ever Donut Festival, featuring donuts from some of LA's favorite donut shops.

The CADO - Avocado Pop-Up Experience

📍Liberty Station - San Diego
June 16th through August 30th
A pop-up experience based all around avocados! Plenty of opportunities for Instagram posts!

Bloom Los Angeles

📍Griffith Park - Los Angeles
June 22-24
A limited time pop-up art show featuring flowers; there will also be live music and food trucks!

Arroyo Seco Weekend

📍Rose Bowl - Pasadena
June 23-24
A full weekend of music and fun, including performances by Neil Young, Kings of Leon, Jack White, Robert Plant, Alanis Moreissette, Belle and Sebastian, and more!

Big Bay Boom

📍San Diego Bay - San Diego
July 4th
This is the largest 4th of July fireworks show in all of Southern California! It's not one to miss!

Dessert Goals Festival

📍Cooper Design Space - Los Angeles
July 7-8
A festival featuring some of the best desserts in all of LA! The theme of this year's festival is Moon and Stars so you know it's going to be fun!

Orange County Fair

📍OC Fair & Event Center - Costa Mesa
July 13th through August 12th
If you miss out on the San Diego Fair, you aren't out of luck! You can head into Orange County for another fair full of food, fun, and music!

Del Mar Racing Season

📍Del Mar Racetrack - Del Mar
July 18th through September 3rd
The horse races in Del Mar are not to be missed. There are also some great concerts during racing season! Don't forget your hat!


📍The Reef - Los Angeles
August 5th
If you love bottomless mimosas and brunch food, this festival is for you! The event also features games, photo opps, and music! (This event is 21+ only.)

Los Angeles County Fair

📍Fairplex - Pomona
August 31st through September 23rd (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
End your summer at the Los Angeles County Fair with food, rides, and concerts! The concert lineup hasn't been announced yet but it's usually really good!

Kaaboo Music Festival

📍Del Mar Fairgrounds - Del Mar
September 14-16
This is an amazing music, comedy, and art festival right in San Diego! The music lineup this year is fantastic, including Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, Halsey, Post Malone, Incubus, and so many more!

Let me know if you'll be attending any of these events this summer and also let me know if there is a fun event that I missed!


  1. You have the most fun stuff near you! I would love to go to a donut festival. I can’t wait to see your photos from some of these super cool experiences!

  2. LOVE visiting Southern California. I might be out there later in the summer so hopefully I can some of these. Thanks for sharing!
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