Cool on the Coast: Unmissable local events to elevate your June


Surfing. (Photo by Barbara Rezende via Unsplash)

Samantha Cox

As summer unfolds its warm embrace, this coastal paradise unveils a tapestry of festivities, from lively street fairs to surfing championships. Dive into a world of sun-soaked beaches, eclectic culinary experiences, and captivating experiences, as we take you on a journey through the diverse events happening in North San Diego County this June. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, prepare to be immersed in the rich tapestry of this region and discover the perfect gathering to make your summer truly unforgettable.

Best of North County Food & Beverage Party: June 23 — The highly anticipated Best of North County Party is making a grand return to Carlsbad on Friday, June 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. offering an enchanting evening that showcases the finest restaurants, breweries, distilleries and businesses that San Diego’s North County has to offer. Hosted at the Carlsbad Flower Fields’ lush gardens, this event promises a unique experience with unlimited bites and sips curated by talented local chefs and buzz-worthy brands. With 50-plus vendors, stunning photo opportunities and more, guests are in for a night of indulgence. It’s important to note that this 21-plus event is strictly for adults, and no children or pets are permitted onsite for safety reasons. Limited tickets are available for $82 and expected to sell out fast, so securing your spot is essential. While free parking is provided, opting for a ride-share, taxi, or designated driver is encouraged to fully relish the experience. For a sneak peek of the participating restaurants, bars, breweries and businesses, visit

California Wine Festival: June 24Mark your calendars for a wine lover’s dream event on June 24 — the Beachside Wine Festival. Taking place at the Heron Lawn of the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa in Carlsbad, this festival promises the ultimate California wine tasting experience. With the sun shining, the soothing sound of the sea, delectable food, exquisite wines and live music, attendees will be transported to a realm of pure delight. The Camelot-like white-topped tent village comes alive by 1p.m., offering a chance to explore hundreds of fine wines, regional craft brews, and an enticing array of culinary delights. From artisanal cheeses, breads, and olive oil to delectable shellfish, salads, chocolates and cakes, there’s something to satisfy every palate. With a live band providing the music, this all-day feast for the senses celebrates the reign of wine and food as true royalty. As an added bonus, each ticket includes unlimited wine and food samples, as well as an 18-ounce keepsake wine glass, ensuring a truly immersive and unforgettable experience. Tickets are available for purchase at this link.

San Diego County Fair: Now through July 4 — Get ready for an exhilarating adventure at the 2023 San Diego County Fair! With the theme “Get Out There!” this year’s fair invites attendees to embrace the great outdoors and indulge in all that life has to offer. From Wednesday, June 7, to Tuesday, July 4, the Del Mar Fairgrounds will transform into a vibrant hub of excitement (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in June). Located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar, the fairgrounds will be teeming with thrilling rides, captivating exhibits, live entertainment and, of course, delectable fair food. The San Diego County Fair is an event not to be missed, promising endless fun for visitors of all ages. For more information, visit the official website of the San Diego Fair at

USA Surfing Championships: June 13-17 — Surf’s up at the highly anticipated USA Surfing Championships, where the nation’s best surfers and stand-up paddlers will showcase their skills and compete for glory. With divisions dedicated to longboard, stand-up paddle (SUP), and adaptive surfing, this event brings together the best in the business. As the USOPC-recognized National Governing Body for surfing in the USA, USA Surfing takes pride in organizing the annual USA Surfing Championships and managing the selection, training and participation of the Olympic and International USA Surf Teams. This year, the action unfolds in the Oceanside. From June 13 to 17, the Oceanside Harbor North Jetty will be abuzz with thrilling rides and fierce competition. Don’t miss your chance to witness the exhilarating displays of talent and catch a wave of excitement. For more information about the event, visit the official website of USA Surfing at

Concerts in the Park at Rancho Del Oro Community Park: June 16 — Get ready to celebrate the spirit of independence at the annual Independence Parade in Oceanside. This exciting event will take place on Friday, June 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Jim Wood Park, formerly known as Rancho del Oro Park. The parade promises a vibrant spectacle as it traverses north on Coast Highway, starting from Wisconsin Avenue and culminating at Civic Center Drive. Guests can look forward to a lively display of floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars, and much more. The parade kicks off in front of the 101 Cafe at 10 a.m., with the first unit of the procession expected to reach City Hall around 10:15 a.m. It’s an event not to be missed, offering a delightful celebration of community. For more information, check out

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