With summertime around the corner, June is when fun events in San Diego really pick up speed. There is so much to do: from the thrill of the Polo Fields to the rush of the rides at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, you won’t want to miss any of the action.
The Fab Fair (San Diego County Fair 2014, Del Mar; June 7 through July 6)
Starting this Saturday, June 7, and continuing through Sunday, July 6, (closed Mondays and the first two Tuesdays), the much-anticipated San Diego County Fair is themed around the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first visit to the United States (Get it? The “Fab Four”). This year, the fair’s Summer Concert Series features bands like REO Speedwagon and Third Eye Blind. Plus, the fair food will have you stuffed with gloriously unhealthy treats such as Smoked Jack Daniels Bacon-Wrapped Churros, Triple-Decker Krispy Kreme Cheeseburgers, and Grilled Cream Cheese Hot Dogs. Don’t forget the rides, animals and exhibits, too, which make this event fun for the entire family.
3rd Annual MusicFest & Kansas City BBQ Cookoff (Bates Nut Farm, June 7)
A hefty cash prize is up for grabs with more than 30 BBQ teams spending up to 24 hours smokin' their meats in this head-to-head blind taste competition. Tastings will be available for purchase starting at noon; there will be live music all day on three stages and an incredible silent auction. Spend the day enjoying a good vibe under a shady tree or visit the vendor and craft booths. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, including the Bates farm animals and kids' activities. Admission and parking are free. Note: no outside food or drink allowed. There is, however, a beer and wine garden for those 21 and older.
Yelp Rocks the Boat (Hornblower Inspiration, June 18)
If you’re 21+ with a Yelp account you’re invited to RSVP to Yelp’s next open party. Yelpers from all over San Diego will take over the Hornblower Inspiration to get down on the high seas! Gear up in your finest nautical-inspired outfit, come aboard and enjoy a medley of noshes, sapid spirits, live entertainment, spectacular views and more. Never taken an offshore selfie? This is one profile pic opportunity you’re not going to want to miss. For more information and to RSVP (it's not first come first serve, and you must get approved through the RSVP system), check out Yelp Events. See you there, matey.
The 2014 San Diego Polo Club Season (Rancho Santa Fe, every Sunday)
Grab your sundresses and hats – no need to wait for the races to begin! The SD Polo club kicked off its 2014 season on June 1 and matches will be played every Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The club is located on 60 acres in beautiful Rancho Santa Fe, with five world-class fields on-site. There are ticket options to satisfy any group, from individual entries to VIP tables and tailgating spots. Each Sunday Funday event features an intermission exhibit, like the Power Paragliders (June 8) or Antique Bi-planes (June 15). It’s a San Diego tradition that shouldn’t be missed.
Country Run 5K (Del Mar, June 21)
Break out your short jean shorts, plaid shirts, over-sized belt buckles and chaps if you have 'em,: this County Western-themed run through the Del Mar Fairgrounds is going to have you yelling “yew-haw!” Registrants get a whole bushel of benefits, including a free cowboy hat, free ticket to the SD County Fair, free beer after the race, a concert by a Country cover band and the chance to play games like cornhole and horseshoes. There will be some of the best BBQ in town available for purchase after you work up an appetite and plenty of cool sponsors’ perks on site as well. It’s bound to sell out so register ASAP.
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.