Get Out and Enjoy the Weekend

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Sure, you've been living life like it's summer since Memorial Day, but Tuesday it becomes official. It's the longest day of the year—sunset isn't until 8 p.m.—so what are you going to do all weekend to celebrate?

In Carlsbad, San Diego and beyond from June 16 to June 22, we can guide you to what's happening, from a Grammy winner's beach blowout to (figurative) fairies in the garden.

And don't get so caught up in the glorious, seemingly never-ending daylight that you forget dear ol' dad. Look for restaurants, stores and museums to offer free or reduced admission and other special events to celebrate Father's Day.


  • Where/when: , 5800 the Crossings Drive, Carlsbad, 1 p.m. Thursday.
  • Why go: The Teens and Marines Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary, benefits college-bound former Carlsbad High students and Marines. With a dinner and dance to follow.
  • Price: $20 for dinner or wine tasting; $250 to play golf.

  • Where/when: , 400 B St., Encinitas, 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Why go: The Bro-Am is part of a weekend of fundraisers by the Grammy-winning band Switchfoot to benefit the San Diego and Oceanside chapters of StandUp For Kids, a nonprofit volunteer organization that aids at-risk youth. A surfing contest kicks off early, followed by an 11 a.m. concert.
  • Price: Free.

  • Where/when: , 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, 10 a.m. Saturday.
  • Why go: The Fairy Festival will feature a Fairy Queen to preside over the activities in the Hamilton Children’s Garden. Aspiring fairies can wear costumes, work on crafts and listen to music.
  • Price: $6-$12.

  • Where/when: , 1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Why go: Enamored with all things Star Wars?  Enjoy two days of activities focused on the intergalatic saga, including glimpses of the recently opened Star Wars Mini-land at the park. 
  • Price: $59-$69.

  • Where/when: , 2822 State St., Carlsbad, 8 p.m. Saturday.
  • Why go: The West Coast Funnies features a Father’s Day edition with headliner Don Friesen. 
  • Price: $20.


  • Where/when: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, continues through July 4.
  • Why go: The second week of the San Diego County Fair features a Father's Day pancake breakfast, two horse shows, an enviro fair, the “Motorcycle Ride to the Fair” and performers Tony Lucca and Sister Sledge.
  • Price: $7-$13, with discounts available.

  • Where/when: Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista, 8 p.m. Thursday.
  • Why go: The popular musical Forever Plaid, about a group of male singers in the '50s who miss out on their big break, but are presented with a new opportunity, gets another run. Through July 2.
  • Price: $27-$50.

  • Where/when: North Coast Repertory, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach, 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
  • Why go: Hall of Famer. War hero. Troubled soul. The play Ted Williams: A Tip of the Cap covers the San Diego native's tumultuous life.
  • Price: $15-$20.


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