Downtown Calendar – June 2016


Freedom Boat Club of San Diego grand opening dock party
Saturday, June 4

Freedom Boat Club of San Diego is expanding to Cabrillo Isle Marina on Harbor Island (1450 Harbor Island Drive).

This grand opening celebration will be open to the public and feature a tour of the club and boats, live music, catered food, drinks and kid-friendly activities. The party will be held from 2 – 5 p.m. Visit for more information on the new location and RSVP for the party by emailing

International Children’s Day
Saturday, June 4

Activities at the Gaslamp Museum (410 Island Ave.) will feature Bum the Dog puppet making and more. The event will be held from noon – 3 p.m. Call 619-233-4692 for information.

Opening day of San Diego Polo benefitting the San Diego Film Foundation
Sunday, June 5

Polo season starts today at the San Diego Polo fields (14955 Via de la Valle, Del Mar). Gates open at 12:30 p.m. with matches at 1 and 3 p.m. There will also be an after party at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20 with VIP tickets and players lounge tickets (with complimentary lunch and Stella Artois) available. Mention San Diego Film Festival or SDFF when purchasing tickets to help support the film foundation. Visit for tickets and details.

History Talks! Lecture Series Presents: ‘A Tom Hom Talk ’n’ Walk’
Sunday, June 5

Tom Hom will lead this guided tour of the Gaslamp Quarter celebrating the re-opening of Horton Plaza Park. The tour starts at 1 p.m. This tour is free to members of the Gaslamp Museum; $5 donation for non-members. The museum is located at 410 Island Ave. RSVP at 619-233-4692.

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San Diego Festival of the Arts
Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 12

The La Jolla Festival of Arts is now the San Diego Festival of the Arts. The 30th anniversary of the event will be held at Waterfront Park (1600 Pacific Highway, Downtown) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day of this weekend. Nearly 200 artists will showcase their original fine art alongside live entertainment, food vendors, wine and beer areas and views of the bay. Visit for tickets and more information.

18th annual South Park Old House Fair
Saturday, June 18

From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. this historic home tour and fair will feature entertainment, exhibits, artists, food and kid’s crafts at 30th and Beech streets in South Park, Visit for more information. The fair is free and the historic home tour is $25, which includes a trolley ride and docent tour of five homes in South Park and Burlingame.

2016 San Diego International Boat Show
Thursday, June 16 – Sunday, June 19

This boat show coincides with Father’s Day weekend and features water activities, various food vendors, a floating Tiki bar, live entertainment and, of course, tons of boats. More than 200 vessels will be displayed including family cruisers, sailboats, luxury super yachts and more. This year’s boat show will be held at Spanish Landing Park, East (3900 North Harbor Drive, Downtown). Tickets are $15 for adults 16 and up, and free for children, active military, fire, and police personnel (with proper ID). Visit for more information.

Fifth annual San Diego TOWERthon
Saturday, June 18

This event challenges competitors to climb as many flights of stairs as possible in a two-hour period. Two stairwells (one for runners, one for walkers) are located in the 20-story-high 550 Corporate Center (550 West C St., Downtown). This fundraising challenge by Father Joe’s Villages will benefit homeless teens. The day’s schedule includes registration from 7:30 – 9 a.m., a tower sprint from 7:45 – 9 a.m. and the tower club from 9 – 11 a.m. Visit to register or sponsor a participant.

‘Friends of the Badge’ luncheon
Wednesday, June 22

The San Diego Police Foundation will put on this luncheon to showcase what San Diego police officers do and how they do it. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with officers, view actual police vehicles, technology, tools and equipment used by the SDPD, and more. Individual tickets for the luncheon are $125 with tables also available. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with the police showcase followed by a lunch program from noon – 1:30 p.m. The luncheon is being held at the San Diego Convention Center (111 West Harbor Drive, Downtown). Visit for tickets.

22nd annual Taste of Gaslamp
Sunday, June 26

This yearly culinary and cultural tour starts at 1 p.m. with over 40 area restaurants featured. There will also be special art receptions at four galleries, plus museum and historic hotel tours available. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 on the day of. There is also a VIP option this year for $75 in advance and $85 the day of – it features a longer tasting time, exclusive receptions, wine/beer tastings, a goodie bag and more. Guests will check in for the Taste of Gaslamp at Pocket Park (410 Island Ave.) near the Gaslamp Quarter Museum. Visit for more information and tickets. 




Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change the first four Tuesdays of the month. Free for San Diego city and county residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. Visit

Coronado Certified Farmers Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m. First and B streets at Coronado Ferry Landing. Visit


Weichelt Wednesday (May 11): Come eat, drink and mingle with East Village residents and visitors. Happy hour prices, appetizers, $5 beer and wine. 5 – 7 p.m. Dragon’s Den, 315 Tenth Ave., East Village. Visit


Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, William Heath Davis House Museum and more. 1 p.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit

Sunset Trivia: Bring a team or play alone. 7 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit


Weekly Downtown Clean & Safe walkabouts: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. in alternating neighborhoods: Cortez Hill, Core/Columbia, Gaslamp Quarter, Marina and East Village. For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit or sign up for their newsletter.

Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego, join fellow foodies and winos for a historical walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21-plus. Noon. Tickets are $45. Tours also on Saturday. Visit


East Village walking tour (June 4): First Saturday of each month. Take a tour of the village’s best residential buildings, condos and see their amenities. 10 – noon, Urbana Apartment Lofts lobby, 450 10th Ave., East Village. Visit

East Village Community Clean Up (June 11): Second Saturday of each month. Help keep the village clean. This month, free rooftop lunch for all participants, sponsored by the Downtown San Diego Partnership. Meet at Urbana Apartment Lofts, 410 10th Ave., East Village. RSVP

Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine, visit over 100 booths on West Cedar Street between Kettner Boulevard and Front Street. Visit

Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, William Heath Davis House Museum and more. 11 a.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit


Walk-in eReader and device assistance: Free and open to the public. Bring your Android and iOS devices for hands-on learning. 2 – 4 p.m. Room 222, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit

Outdoor organ concert: The San Diego Organ Society presents a free organ concert. With over 4,500 pipes, this organ is one of the largest organs in the world with a wonderful sound, playing classic and popular hits by Dr. Carol Williams. Enjoy free parking, lots of seating. Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. 2 p.m. Visit

—Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at 

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