Summer Guide

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Ditch the screens, apps and distractions, and enjoy San Diego IRL. 

Famous psychologist and psychedelics enthusiast Timothy Leary once coined the counter-culture slogan, "turn on, tune in, drop out." These days, however, we could all use a little more dropping in and turning off. Whenever we’re brainstorming our annual Summer Guide issue, the idea of excitement and adventurousness is always something we strive for. We want readers to get out of their comfort zones so we try to provide them with as many cool and fun activities as we can. Our hope is that locals will try some of these for the first time. 

But one thing that seems more and more absent these days is the concept of “living in the moment.” From concerts and camping, to reading and eating, there’s hardly any activity where we’re not trying to capture it on our phones or devices. That’s not to imply there aren’t some IG-worthy ventures in this Summer Guide, but we really wanted to focus on things that might give us pause before doing something solely for the snaps or the ‘gram.

And while we’re certainly not suggesting anyone ditch their devices altogether (we’re not Luddites, after all), we do hope this issue provides people with some good options to get out there and experience a truly unique summer experience without feeling the need to document it all. After all, life is better when it’s not being lived through a screen. 

Summer Guide


  • Flamenco Dinner Show

    The longest running Flamenco Dinner show in Southern California. Enjoy a three-course dinner menu combined with a two-part Flamenco dance performance. Read more

    Nov 16, 2019

    7:00 PM

    Cafe Sevilla



    Family-friendly monthly informal Shakespeare readings with discussion led by San Diego Shakespeare Society. No experience necessary. Tea and scones, clotted cream and jam provided by Shakespeare's Corner Shoppe. Third Sunday of every month. Free. Read more

    Nov 17, 2019

    2:00 PM4:00 PM

    Central Library

    Books Downtown