Summer is in full swing and this month, there is more than just the boom of fireworks happening in north San Diego. From bites of bacon to surf competitions and Pilates challenges, your social calendar will be nice and full with these Yelp events.
Big Bite Bacon Fest (Del Mar Fairgrounds; July 5)
The Big Bite Bacon Fest will make its second annual debut at the San Diego County Fair on July 5. Indulge in bacon-inspired cuisines, experience the Big Bite Bacon Dish chef competition and even participate in a real life bacon wedding (yes, we’re serious). Beer tastings, entertainment, bacon-themed pageants, games and more – the Big Bite Bacon Fest has all of your bacon cravings covered. Tickets to this event include complimentary admission to the San Diego County Fair. Attendees can choose from two different sessions, a lunch session or dinner session. Insider’s tip: promo code is “Bacon1” for a $5 discount per ticket purchased online.
Switchfoot BRO AM (Encinitas; July 11-12)
This year marks the 10th annual surf contest and concert at Moonlight Beach. The weekend of fun and competition kicks off with a ticketed soiree at a local residence featuring bites from Encinitas businesses like Sea & Smoke and Lobster West on July 11. The following day, July 12, busts onto the beach with the main event: a free contest, concert and beach vendors galore. You can also snag a screening of Switchfoot’s documentary, “Fading West,” at the La Paloma Theater, in addition to an intimate performance. Check the website for tickets and more info.
Adventure Run (Carlsbad; July 24)
The Adventure Run is a free group run where you can score thousands in free raffle prizes, meet new friends and have a blast. It is 60 minutes of fitness fun as you run or walk at your own pace while collecting raffle tickets at checkpoints along way. The more you get to, the more chances you have to win the prizes. And since it’s in rad Carlsbad, there’s also a beer garden! So, grab your friends, family, coworkers and be sure to grab some tights too: the event is superhero Comic-Con themed! Register ASAP and bring your smartphone to check out maps and partake in Yelp check-ins along the way.
Obon Festival (Vista; July 26 -27)
The Buddhist Temple and Japanese Cultural Center throws this celebration yearly and it’s full of Japanese food, Taiko drumming groups, a photo exhibit from Kyoto, cultural demonstrations and performances, boutique items, a silent auction, a plant booth, craft booth and game booths for children, talks on Buddhism and time each day to familiarize yourself with the Bon Odori dances that start at 6:30 p.m. both days. It’s all family-friendly, with free admission and free parking.
Yelp’s Club Pilates Challenge (Del Mar & Rancho Bernardo; July 10-30)
Yelp + Club Pilates have partnered up for an event to burn the summer away and 30 lucky participants will get to immerse themselves in the practice. Yelp's Club Pilates 10/20 Challenge consists of 10 Pilates classes in 20 days from July 10 through July 30. Interested challengers need to RSVP on this listing for a chance to be a chosen participant. Included are the classes, kick-off and celebration parties and more. Thirty enthusiastic Yelpers will be chosen by July 7, so be sure to fill out those questions in the prompt for the best chance to get in.
Trish Sanderson is the community manager and marketing director for Yelp North County San Diego. She leads the local community of Yelp reviewers both online and off.