La Jolla Calendar of Events

Find out what to do in La Jolla today or the best events happening when you visit later in the year. Our event calendar features festivals, concerts, parades, classes, museum exhibits, food and wine tastings at restaurants and much more. Share your photos and posts using #LaJollaLove!

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MCASD - Treasures of The Tamayo Museum, Mexico City

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Treasures of the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City brings to San Diego highlights from one of Mexico’s foremost museums of modern and contemporary art. In 1981, Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991) opened the doors of his eponymous museum, to which the Mexican artist donated both his own paintings and his collection of late-modernist and contemporary art. Tamayo built his collection of works by both Mexican artists and those in Europe and the United States with the goal of founding a museum that would promote the artists of his native country and bring Mexico City into a dialogue with the international art community.

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Free Public Tour of Scripps Oceanography

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Interested in exploring Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla? Founded in 1903, Scripps is one of the oldest and most prestigious marine and earth sciences research institutions in the world and is affiliated with UC San Diego. The Scripps mission is to seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment.

Learn more about the research and discovery under way at Scripps Oceanography by joining a free, one-hour, outdoor walking tour offered from 12 noon - 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of every month (excluding UC San Diego holidays). View several buildings of historical significance and step foot on the 1,090-foot-long Scripps Pier, an active, working research pier that is otherwise closed to the public. Tours are outdoors only and do not go inside research labs.

Tours are free, but registration is required. Register online at 

Rocks, Rips and Reefs

What are the 3Rs? Rocks, Rips & Reefs...

3Rs is an in-water education and site orientation program for divers and snorkelers. Participants are briefed on the interaction of surf, swell, and tides on underwater rocks and reefs, and then enter the water and tour popular dive sites with experienced instructors.

3Rs is a great way for newer divers to learn more about the ocean and for experienced divers to explore new dive sites. Here is an example of what you will learn. Each session lasts about 90 minutes.

Participants learn how to:

Identify underwater rocks and reefs by observing water movement and surf

Take advantage of the ocean’s natural wave motion

Spot safe places to enter and exit

Avoid places hazardous to divers and snorkelers

Encounter rip and long shore currents

Use tides to plan dives

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Who can attend?

The 3Rs is free and open to the public; donations are gladly accepted adn are only used to keep this program operating. . Snorkelers welcome! SCUBA Certification is not required, but swimming experience is recommended. Participants must sign a liability waiver as part of registration. Participants aged 17 or less must have the waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

What to bring

Bring a mask, fins, and snorkel. A full wetsuit and gloves are strongly recommended for warmth and protection from scrapes. Spring suits are OK. Weights are discouraged unless you are a strong swimmer or your wetsuit is extremely buoyant. Scuba gear (regulator, BC, tank, etc.) is not used during the 3Rs.

If you have not been diving or snorkeling recently, please check your gear before you arrive.

When are the 3Rs?

For all dates below, registration will be at 8:00am. Mandatory briefing starts at 8:15am, enter the water 8:30 am. The sites below are the most popular and interesting for shore diving and free diving. If your club wants to do a different one, let us know. You want a date for such in September or October, and on a day with a moderate morning tide.

Hospital Point
Saturday Aug 23, 2014
Meet at 400 Coast Blvd (south of Cuvier)
Session Host: San Diego Sea Dogs

Children's Pool & South Casa Beach
Saturday Sept 27, 2014
Meet at Life Guard Tower
850 Coast Boulevard
Session Host: San Diego Dive Club

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La Jolla Open Aire Market

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Every Sunday, the upper playground at La Jolla Elementary is transformed into a colorful, friendly and wholesome Farmer's Market. Come experience the community feel, live music, creative artisans, diverse food court, and local farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

Consistently ranked as one of the largest and best farmers markets in San Diego, our Sunday Market in La Jolla has grown to become one of the premier weekly events for locals and tourists alike. Families and their kids can enjoy the live music, fresh air, playgrounds, and grass fields to run and play on.

Plant Show & Botanical Discussion

Botanical discussion to be held at The Blue Azul Collection® Sunday, August 24th from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, located at 1237 Prospect Street, Suite U.  Discussion will focus on “Proper watering for your plants during drought conditions.” A water friendly plant show and sale follows the event. Seating capacity is limited; kindly RSVP by August 22nd at 858.412.4150.

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La Jolla Concerts by the Sea

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Every Sunday afternoon July 13 through August 24 from 2 - 4pm, Ellen Browning Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove is filled with the sounds of live music. These family-friendly FREE summer concerts are fun for everybody of all ages, offering a wide range of musical styles for everyone’s enjoyment in an ideal setting overlooking La Jolla Cove. Bullseye Kettle Corn and Hot Dogs will offer hot dogs, fresh lemonade, and kettle corn, with a portion of their proceeds going to support the concerts.

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July 20 - Theo & the Zydeco Patrol (Cajun Blues)
July 27 - Bill Magee Blues Band (Blues)
August 3 - The Mighty Untouchables (Rock & Roll)
August 10 - Scott Martin Band (Latin Soul Jazz)
August 17 - Todo Mundo (Latin/Raggae/World Fusion)
August 24 - Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra (Boogie Woogie/Swing)
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Murals of La Jolla Tour

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The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is pleased to host walking tours of the Murals of La Jolla. Tours start at the Athenaeum the last Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. Join fellow art enthusiasts and learn more about the artists and their artworks created specifically for Murals of La Jolla during a guided walking tour led by project curator Lynda Forsha. During the tour you will learn more about each artist and the type of work they make beyond the Murals of La Jolla Project. Each mural has its own story and by the end of the tour you will know more about the inspiration and concept behind each image.    

Thirteen murals are currently on view, and each tour features more than half of these. The route changes each time to accommodate new murals and is approximately 90 minutes. It is a gentle walk around the village but we ask participants to please wear comfortable shoes. We will end the tour with a wrap-up reception at the Athenaeum. 

Murals of La Jolla, founded by the La Jolla Community Foundation, is a project of the Athenaeum. Murals of La Jolla demonstrates that commissioning artists to create works for public spaces brings energy and vitality to a community.

Over the past four years, large-scale artworks have appeared in a variety of locations throughout the village of La Jolla, some prominently displayed while others are tucked away in more discreet locations. 
To date, new works by John Baldessari, Gajin Fujita, Anya Gallaccio, Robert Ginder, Ann Hamilton, Robert Irwin/Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Nina Katchadourian, Kim MacConnel, Ryan McGinness, Roy McMakin, Richard Allen Morris, Catherine Opie, Julian Opie and Fred Tomaselli have been installed throughout La Jolla. 

This is a free event. Reservations are suggested: (858) 454-5872 

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Shore Thing at MCASD


Every Thursday night, July 3 – Aug 28, 2014!
Treasures of The Tamayo Museum, Mexico City

This summer favorite is back for a second year. Mingle with old friends and make a few new ones in the beautiful Sculpture Garden this summer. The galleries will be open late and guests will enjoy cocktails on the terrace (cash bar), live music, tours of current exhibitions, food trucks, and much more. Join us for art experiences, sunsets, and great tunes as you soak in the beautiful La Jolla coastline. This program is FREE!

Shore Thing is made possible by generous lead funding from The San Diego County BMW Centers and proceeds from the 2014 Biennial Art Auction. MCASD thanks media sponsor KPBS, and in-kind contributors Stone Brewing Company and SIXONENINE. Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

Free year-round admission for Museum visitors ages 25 and under is generously supported by Qualcomm Foundation.

General admission for the 2014 Shore Thing program is supported by lead sponsor The San Diego County BMW Centers.

Uncorked: A Delightful Italian Affair

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Please make a date and come to this fun affair at the La Jolla Community Center. Included with admission will be 8 tastings of fine wines from small vineyards in Italy, hors d'oeuvres, valet parking, and live entertainment, featuring an opera singer and pianist!


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Fitness Crawl La Jolla

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Join in for a foot race around the fitness studios of La Jolla village. 

At the La Jolla Fitness Crawl, teams will perform five diverse 15 minute workouts and a Grand Prize will go to the first team who completes all workouts. There will be an after party at Fitwall La Jolla where there will be great local food and prizes.

For more information on the event, visit:

To register: Visit 

All funds raised from this event will benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). Registration is only $5 for this fun and unique event!

Thank you to the participating studios in La Jolla Village:
Spark Cycle, 7777 Fay Avenue 
Fitwall, 7710 Fay Avenue 
Barre 59, 7928 Ivanhoe Avenue 
Armone's Core Connection, 7438 Girard Avenue 
Revolution Fitness, 7580 Fay Avenue. 

Other participating merchants include:
The Cottage, 7702 Fay Avenue
Pannikin Coffee & Tea, 7467 Girard Avenue
Nekter Juice Bar, 834 Kline Street
Guiseppe Catering, 
Paleo Pops, 
Whole Foods La Jolla.

For questions: Please contact or call 858-459-4407

Taste At The Cove

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San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation's signature fundraiser, Taste at the Cove, is a five star event that features food from San Diego's top-rated restaurants, a New York-style Runway Fashion Show and two local honorees (one in the medical field and one professional athlete) as well as silent and live auctions.

Thursday, September 4 at 5:30pm for the 13th Annual Taste At The Cove.Register your table or make a donation today!

The San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation was founded in 2002 to provide a medical safety net for injured youth with limited financial means in order to return them back to health, sports and life.

• Over 5,000 student athletes have received free medical treatment.

• Over 2,000 students have been seen at SDSMF free injury clinics.

• Over 75 student athletes have received surgeries and post-op care.

• Thousands of athletes have been screened for pre-participation exams to ensure healthy participation in sports.

• Over 100 different physicians and medical professionals have volunteered their time to assist the foundation.

• Over 1,000 physicians, fellows, athletic trainers and physical therapists have attended SDSMF educational symposium series.

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Full Moon Pier Walk

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Walk along the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, normally closed to the public, on an exclusive moonlit tour September 7 & 8 from 6-8pm. Learn the history of Scripps and explore current research projects, while collecting plankton, performing experiments, and discovering the nocturnal habits of marine life. Ages 913 must be accompanied by a paid adult.

RSVP Required: 858-534-5771 or online here.
Members: $22 , Public: $25 

La Jolla Village Merchants Association Meeting

Regular monthly board meeting of the La Jolla Village Merchants Association. Public and business owners from La Jolla Village are welcome.

Cuvier Club
7776 Eads Ave

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Dinner in the Library

Dinner in the Library will be held at the University of California, San Diego in the Geisel Library beginning at 5:30pm and ending at 9:00pm. There will be a reception, silent auction, dinner and a lecture by biographer and historian, Noël Riley Fitch. The lecture’s primary emphasis will be on Appetite for Life—the first authorized biography of Julia Child written by Fitch herself. The tickets will cost $225 and the proceeds from the event will support the UC San Diego Library’s most pressing needs, including its collections, resources and services.

For further information here is the link to the website:                                                                              

Please contact Taylor Haglund for more information:  or 858.534.7021

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Padres La Jolla Day at Petco Park

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The La Jolla Village Merchants Association invites you to join us at Petco Park for La Jolla Day on Wednesday, September 24th at 6:10pm, San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies.

Tickets for this special event are discounted at up to 50% off expected gate prices.  When purchasing through this offer, $5.00 of each ticket will be donated to La Jolla Village Merchants Association for reinvestment back into #CleanLaJolla Projects.

We hope you will join us for our first La Jolla Community Day at Petco Park.

You can purchase your tickets from your favorite merchant in La Jolla Village, or stop by the La Jolla Village Information Center at 1162 Prospect Street, between WeOlive and Haagen Dazs, at Ivanhoe Avenue.

Tickets are $28 Field Box, Sections 114 & 116.

For payment information or questions, please call Sheila Fortune at 858-454-5718, or Brad Dwight at 619-795-5117.

Or mail or return form with check payable to LJVMA or credit card information to:
Sheila Fortune, Executive Director
La Jolla Village Merchants Association
La Jolla Village Information Center
1162 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA  92037

PLUS!  Fantastic prizes for merchant who sells the most tickets, and merchants who sell at least 20 tickets! (HINT: Make sure to keep September 28th open!)

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La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

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The 2014 La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns to La Jolla for its sixth annual season on October 11th and 12th in the heart of the village, on Girard Ave. This two-day juried art show and fundraiser has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prestigious art & wine festivals in Southern California. The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is free and open to the public.

Featuring the works of over 150 established artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja and beyond, the LJAWF features something for everyone including a silent auction, roving entertainment, a gourmet marketplace, the family art center and a wine and beer garden which will include premier wineries in addition to San Diego’s top breweries.

The festival was originally created by Friends of La Jolla Elementary, founders of the La Jolla Open Aire Market, and has most recently garnered the support and established a partnership with the La Jolla Village Merchants Association. All profits raised benefit underfunded programs such as art, music, science, physical education, technology, and on-site medical care at local public elementary and middle schools. Since launching in 2009, the LJAWF has raised over $338,000.

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San Diego Triathlon Challenge

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What began more than 20 years ago as a fundraiser to help one athlete, Jim MacLaren, to regain his independence after a tragic second accident has grown to become one of the most highly-regarded and motivational events in the triathlon world. Since that first event, the Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge has been instrumental in raising the funds that have allowed more than 8,200 challenged athletes around the world to make it to the starting line and inspired a new generation to realize they have no limits.

This is not a race or a competition. It is a triathlon event that tests the ability of even the toughest of athletes.  The challenge is great, but the rewards are priceless.

All courses Start and Finish at La Jolla Cove.

For course maps and more information on the event, visit:

St. Jude's Life Time Tri Oceanside

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Imagine a race where Hope marks the finish line. Make it a reality when you join St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through the Life Time Tri Oceanside. Swim, bike and run as you TRI all you can to support the lifesaving work being done at St. Jude. Participate as an individual or form a relay team to cross the finish line together for the kids! Not only will you be saving the life of a child, but there are also small rewards we can offer such as “race for free”. For more information please contact I 714.489.1081.

When you fundraise for St. Jude, your support helps us guarantee that no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude—for anything—because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from the public, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of the financial situation. This means doctors spend less time on paperwork and more time on lifesaving care. This means scientists spend less time on grant applications and more time on uncovering the next big breakthrough.

We won’t stop until no child dies of cancer—and we need your help.

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The Farmers Insurance Open

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The Farmers Insurance Open is a professional golf tournament and the PGA TOUR stop in San Diego. 

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Concours d’Elegance

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It is fitting that when translated into Spanish, La Jolla means “the jewel,” because La Jolla truly is the diamond of the West Coast. La Jolla has become the embodiment of luxury, class and style in San Diego. The chic allure of La Jolla’s avenues has drawn the finest automobiles to this coastal town for the tenth year at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance and The La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Concours.

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance features various types of fine automobile gems. Past years have showcased horseless carriages, Italian marques, British marques, Woodies, 50’s classics, American sports cars (with a salute to GM on their 100th anniversary), and the automobiles of Carroll Shelby. Spectators from all over the nation come to the breathtaking shores of La Jolla to view their favorite classics. This year, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance will be tipping its hat to some of the world’s finest Classics: Rolls Royce, Bentley, Bugatti, Cadillac, and of course Duesenberg. We hope once again that if diamonds are forever, then cars are timeless.


According to Webster, “Concours” comes from the French, and means “a crowd or confluence of things; also a park promenade.” The term conjures up romantic visions of beautiful women in haute couture in a park-like setting surrounded by sparkling coaches, glistening groomed horses, gorgeous flowers, champagne, fine art and sculpture, and later, by the finest automotive art.

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