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La Jolla Summer Fun and Events

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San Diego summers mean lots of beachtime and outdoor performing arts options.
San Diego summers mean lots of beachtime and outdoor
performing arts options.

Great weather and the buzz of out-of-town visitors make La Jolla the place to be from June to September. The beaches are at their best – just don’t forget to practice safe sun. In addition to kayaking, surfing and snorkeling, here are some of the special events you won’t want to miss:

Now through Sept 5 - The Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla’s summer exhibit is “High Fidelity: Selections from the 1960s and 1970s” plus “Emperor’s River: Philipp Scholz Rittermann.” The MCA is located in the village at 700 Prospect Street. Call 858- 454-3541.

Now through June 26 - "A Summer Swim" exhibit at the La Jolla Art Association Gallery, 8100 Paseo del Ocaso in La Jolla Shores, features artwork by 16 artists. Free.

June 14, July 1, July 21 & July 27 - Farrell Family Jazz at the Athenaeum Summer Concert Series. 1008 Wall St. Call 858-454-5872 for ticket prices and reservations.

June 15 – Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium. Wednesdays: June 15 (Performer: Donovan Frankenreiter), July 20 (Fitz & The Tantrums), Aug. 17 (Steve Poltz), and Sept. 21 (Brett Dennen), 6-9 p.m., Ages 21+ RSVP and ticket prices: call 858-534-4109. The concert series combines live music with panoramic ocean views on the aquarium¹s stunning outdoor tide-pool plaza. Savory happy hour appetizers, craft beers and wines are available for purchase. Keep an eye out for a real "green flash," a rare optical phenomenon caused by refraction of light as the sun sets on the horizon.

June 16, July 14 and 15, Aug. 12 and 13. Full-Moon Walk on Scripps Pier with Birch Aquarium naturalists. Ages 9+. Call 858-534-7336 for info on cost and to RSVP.

June 16, July 21, August 18 – Chef Urs Baumann will hold his popular cooking classes at the Riford Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. 6pm. Call 858-459-0831 for cost, theme and reservations.

June 18-19 - La Jolla Festival of the Arts. More than 200 artists and crafts people will display their work on the east campus of USCD from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Craft beers, fine wines, and international foods will be available. Admission of $10 (over age 10) includes art demonstrations, book signings, a car show, and musical entertainment.

June 23 - Musical Stage Performance: The Naked Liszt. Cecil Lytle, Piano; Arthur Wagner and Eva Barnes, Narrators. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Call 858-454-5872 for ticket prices and reservations.

June 25 - La Jolla Cove Swim Club’s “Pier to Cove” 1.5-mile event. Scripps Pier to La Jolla Cove.

June 28 - July 24 – Peer Gynt, by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by David Schweizer, running in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre at La Jolla Playhouse. For tickets, call the Playhouse box office 858-550-1010 or book online.

July 4 – BYO chair and enjoy the annual fireworks show at The Cove. The event is free, but donations in advance are welcome.

July 10 - September 4 – La Jolla Concerts By the Sea in Scripps Parks near The Cove. Free of charge and families welcome. BYO chair or blanket and enjoy the music and the great ocean view. Every Sunday at 2 p.m. Check website or call 858-454-1600 for schedule of performances.

July 10, 17, 24, 31 - Athenaeum Summer Festival 2011 with pianist Gustavo Romero. Concerts take place at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., La Jolla. Call 858- 454-5872 to reserve.

July 19 - August 21 – La Jolla Playhouse presents the new musical: Sleeping Beauty Wakes (book by Rachel Sheinkin, music by Brendan Milburn, lyrics by Valerie Vigoda, directed by Rebecca Taichman) in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. Tickets online or call 858-550-1010.

July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25 - Film & Wine Summer Series: Flicks on the Bricks. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Dr. No. Call 858-454-5872 for ticket prices and reservations.

August 3, 7 p.m. – Free open-air concert in Scripps Park near The La Jolla Cove, presented by the La Jolla Music Society. BYO chair and blanket.

August 3 - 26 – SummerFest concert series. La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest is a nationally-recognized chamber music festival featuring over 70 world-class artists and ensembles. Since its inception in 1986, SummerFest has welcomed over 650 renowned artists and ensembles, four talented artistic directors, and nearly a quarter of a million audience members at venues in San Diego and over the airwaves nationwide. See website for details.

August 14 – La Jolla Cove Swim Club’s “Tour of Buoys” event. 5-mile and 1.5 mile swims. La Jolla Shores Beach.

August 30 – September 25 La Jolla Playhouse presents the world premiere of Milk Like Sugar, a co-commission with Theater Masters, by Kirsten Greenidge, directed by Rebecca Taichman, in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. Tickets 858-550-1010 or online.

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