Fairs, Street Festivals, Special Events
La Jolla Festival of the Arts. Close to 200 award-winning artists, lots of good food and live entertainment makes for one of San Diego County's top annual cultural events. The festival runs June 12-13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the campus of La Jolla Country Day School, 9490 Genesee Ave. Admission is $8; kids under 12 are free. All proceeds go to benefit disabled San Diegans.
Greek Festival. June 12-13, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. enjoy authentic Greek food and entertainment at St. Spyridon Church in Hillcrest, 3655 Park Blvd.
San Diego Wooden Boat Festival. Row boats, sail boats, schooners and more gather at Koehler Kraft boatyard on Shelter Island June 19 and 20. Tour the yachts, take a ride on a classic steamboat, learn how to build your own wooden vessel and admire some historical ships. The festival runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $2-$5. 2302 Shelter Island Drive. 619-742-6499.
Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off. Saturday, June 26, located at Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Newport Avenue. Chili, fireworks, live music and more.
Open Air Book Fair. Browse over 50 booths of new, used and collectible books Sunday, June 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The 16th annual Open Air Book Fair takes place at the 3800 block of Fifth Avenue (between Robinson and University) in Hillcrest.
Ninth Annual San Ysidro Festival & Chili Cook-Off. On July 10, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., take it hot, mild or flaming red at the 9th Annual San Ysidro Chili Cook-Off. There'll be a beer garden and live Mexican and Latin-American music. East San Ysidro Boulevard, between Virginia and Border Village Road)
San Diego Comi-Con. At the San Diego Convention Center, downtown, July 22-25, meet comic book artists and minor celebs, and watch collectors get all collect-y. It's the only week in San Diego when it's cool to be pale and awkward. www.comic-con.org
12th Annual LGBT Pride Parade & Festival. If any town has a better Pride Fest, show us. On July 31, noon until dark, the LGBT Pride Parade-with Grand Marshal Nicole Murray-Ramirez-gets going at 11 a.m. down University Avenue between Normal Street and Sixth Avenue. Afterward, get over to the accompanying festival at Marston Point in Balboa Park, where there'll be a Country Western Village, beer garden (more than one, perhaps), a leather expo, dance floors and more than 300 vendors. Admission to the festival is $12 for a one-day pass and $20 for a Saturday/Sunday pass. The parade is free, unless your name is Roger Hedgecock.
Hillcrest Cityfest Street Fair. Aug. 8, food, entertainment and vendors line up along Fifth Avenue.
Toy Piano Festival at the Geisel Library. The Toy Piano collection at the Geisel Library actually prompted the Library of Congress to issue a special subject heading and call number for toy piano scores. From Aug. 2 through 21, the pianos, extant literature and scores will be on display. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 12:30 p.m. is the Short Attention Span Chamber Music performance; there'll also be a performance Saturday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m. Attendees must, like the performers, sit on the floor. The Geisel Library is located on the UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla.