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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La Jolla Half Marathon

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The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of America's most picturesque and beautiful point-to-point races. Starting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the course follows a scenic coastal route before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park. After leaving the park, the course rolls atop Torrey Pines mesa, continues down through the residential district of La Jolla Shores, and finishes in Ellen Browning Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove.  The La Jolla Half Marathon is race #2 in the Half Marathon Triple Crown Series.


Tags: Family, Outdoors, Run

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.

Free UC San Diego Bus Tour

What: Free UC San Diego Bus Tours
When: Recurring every Sunday (except the first Sunday of the month).

Upcoming dates:
April 12, April 19, April 26, May 17

Where: UC San Diego campus, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla

Time: 2p.m. to 4 p.m.

Description: Take a scenic ride across UC San Diego, with stops at landmarks including the Theatre District, Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Qualcomm Institute and east campus medical facilities including UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Center and Thornton Hospital. The tour also features visits to several Stuart Collection sculptures, like the iconic “Sun God” and 180-ton granite “Bear,” as well as an opportunity to explore Geisel Library. Bus tours present a comprehensive look at how our 1,200-acre campus has taken shape, including its history, art and architecture.

Website: Reservation required.
Sign up here:
Admission: Free

Contact: Corlyn Vance, , (858) 534-4414

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La Jolla Village Art Walk

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Monthly art walk in La Jolla Village every second Saturday of the month. Art shows and live music in various locations in the village. 5p-8p.
Starts in May!

For more specific details and updated information on specific locations and events, visit the Facebook page at:

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.

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La Jolla Town Council Meeting

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Monthly meeting of the La Jolla Town Council.

Public welcome to attend!

For more info, visit

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Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla

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The La Jolla Secret Garden Tour is fast approaching. There are six spectacular gardens throughout La Jolla bursting with a flowering array of color and delightful surprises on this tour. The Tour is celebrating their seventeenth year of sharing the unique beauty of La Jolla, as they support the La Jolla Historical Society's mission of research, preservation and programs.

La Jolla Secret Garden Tour
May 16, 2015
10am - 4pm

or call The Society at

Self-Guided Tour:
$50 ($40 members)

Platinum Tour:
$150 ($140 members)

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LJVMA Village Marketing Collective Brown Bag Session

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The Vision Statement of the LJVMA Village Marketing Collective is “To provide a platform where current members of the La Jolla Village Merchants Association can gather to learn marketing, PR, social media skills and ideas to support their unique businesses and create a shared vision for the village of La Jolla.”

Yelp! representative will be here to tell you what $50 or less could do for your business!

The meeting will be held as a brown-bag lunch & learn at the La Jolla Riford Branch Library, located at 7555 Draper Avenue, from 11:30am-1:00pm.

Please RSVP with your name, business name, and phone number, to by end of business day on Monday, February 16th.

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San Diego Surf Film Festival

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MAY 20-23rd, 2015


The SAN DIEGO SURF FILM FESTIVAL invites everybody to come celebrate the passion that we all share for simply being in and around the ocean. Since the festival’s inception, they have been anchored towards celebrating those who draw a different line in life. Much like the colorful characters of surfing’s past, the future of surf cinema will also be found in the underground. They champion the independent filmmaker and their quest to capture and convey the very special feeling of being a surfer. And with this in mind, they continue to present the finest independent surf films from around the globe.

San Diego may not be the birthplace of surfing but there is no denying the contributions and innovations that this beautiful city and our ocean-loving community have shared with the surfing world. Early in the 20th century, visiting Hawaiians George Freeth and Duke Kahanamoku sewed seeds into fertile soil that still flourish to this very day. Since our first waves were ridden, our surfing timeline consists of revered names as Simmons, Ekstrom, Gordon, Van Artsdalen, Frye, Diffenderfer, Hansen, Curren, Caster, Hynson, Dobson, Oakey, Benson, Lis, O’Rourke, Divine, Preisendorfer, Mirandon, Pendarvis, Roper, Thrailkill, Warner, Beal, Kenvin, Steele, Hall, Burch, Feighan, Littlemore and Baker… and this merely scratches the surface. Intertwine this amazing history with 75 miles of diverse coastline, a new crop of creative board designers and an incredibly deep talent pool, you quickly come to understand San Diego simply lives and breathes everything that is wave riding.

The 2015 SDSFF will highlight over 20 international films, include dozens of filmmakers and producers in attendance, Q&As, filmmaker panel and workshops, an amazing surf art gallery, surf legends and shaping demos, beach clean-ups and expression sessions, incredible live music, serendipitous live art, rad people and raging after-parties. We welcome surf enthusiasts and filmmakers from around the world to come celebrate the art of surf cinema in our beautiful hometown.

Pierce Michael Kavanagh – Festival Director
Petra Kavanagh – Festival Director
Skye Walker – Art Director
Andrea Siedsma – Publicist
Andy Davis – Featured Artist
Val Reynolds – Audio/Visual
Illustrious Screening Panel

Interns and Volunteers

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Paws and Pints!

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La Jolla Veterinary Hospital is not only a very proud member of the La Jolla Community but also a very proud member of the animal welfare community in La Jolla, San Diego County and all of the surrounding communities. They are dedicated to helping animals become pets and improve the lives of animals that have yet to become someone’s family member. These animals dwell in local shelters, foster homes and unfortunately on the streets of San Diego County and counties beyond our city limits. All of their staff members work at La Jolla Veterinary Hospital because they share a passion for helping the helpless, caring for those who cannot express their pain or discomfort and loving the pets that so many people call their own. They feel that the time has come to contribute more than they ever have to the pets that are not patients of theirs and are not owned by their clients. They feel it is time to step up to the plate and do what they can for the animal welfare community as a whole. As a veterinary hospital and a member of our community, they feel it is their responsibility to lead the way and to facilitate ways for their neighbors to better the lives of homeless animals here in our community and beyond our borders.

That is why they will be partnering with their friends at F.O.C.A.S. and Rancho Coastal Humane Society, in hosting their second annual "Paws & Pints" Fundraiser. They will be fundraising through both silent and live auctions at the event. The auction items are all donated by local businesses in our community. There will also be a raffle with featured items such as San Diego Padres tickets and many other fun items donated by friends of all of their partners. F.O.C.A.S. stands for “Friends of County Animal Shelters” and was started in La Jolla by local La Jolla residents Peggy Howell and Sue Geller in 1982. All proceeds from the event will be donated to F.O.C.A.S. in honor of Peggy Howell, who passed away in 2013. Dr. Marilyn Seals, Dr. Julie Breher, Dr. Lidja Gillmeister and all of the staff of La Jolla Veterinary Hospital will be attending the event and want to personally invite you to this very special event. Please join in celebration of this wonderful organization and all it does for the animals in all of our communities!"

Please visit the event website at to learn more! Your support is appreciated for all that you do in our great community!

San Diego County Fair

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This year, the San Diego County Fair presents "A Fair to Remember: a Celebration of World's Fairs and Balboa Park."

They will commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition held in Balboa Park, and the great traditions and inventions arising from fairs. (Did you know the bicycle, telephone, ice cream cone, Ferris Wheel, and air conditioning were all introduced at a World's Fair?)

The San Diego County Fair will open on Friday, June 5 at 4:00PM (take a break from the Friday freeway and make it "Friday Fair Day"), and continues through Sunday, July 5.

*NOTE: The Fair will be closed Mondays and the first two Tuesdays.

25 Days. $25.

Get the Best Pass Ever now!

You know you can't see everything at the Fair in just one day, so here's your (early) opportunity for big savings with the Best Pass Ever! That's one price of $25 for all 25 days of the Fair, regularly $15 each day (adult admission). On sale now!


Relay for Life of La Jolla - American Cancer Society Event

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Relay for Life of La Jolla, and event of the American Cancer Society, will be held June 13th and 14th at Muirlands Middle School, located at 1056 Nautilus St, La Jolla, CA 92037.

It's a 24 hour event to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society and it runs from 9am on the 13th to 9am on the 14th.

There will be different ceremonies throughout the event to honor those who have been affected by cancer, as well as a variety of entertainment and fundraisers.

The idea of Relay for Life is to get together of team of 8 - 20 people, though we have had teams with less, and the participants on the team take turns walking, or running, around the track for the 24 hours. Each team gets a campsite and we encourage the teams to camp out overnight.

We are also always looking for volunteers and new committee members for anyone wishing to get involved. And of course, any businesses that are willing to do sponsorships or donations (either food items or items for our raffle) are always welcome!

For more info, please contact:

Jennie Degraffenreid
Event Lead
Relay For Life of La Jolla

To REGISTER or Donate:

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 Sunday, June 14th at 1pm, San Diego Padres vs. LA Dodgers in the Toyota Terrace Reserved Section 217.

Tickets for this special event are offered at $34, of which $5 of each ticket will be donated to La Jolla Village Merchants Association for reinvestment back into LJVMA's Sparkle & Shine #CleanLaJolla Program.

We hope you will join us for our second 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.

For payment information or questions, please call 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

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TitleKids Summer Art Camps at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

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The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library School of the Arts is now accepting registrations for its summer kids art camps, which includes four children’s workshops, for ages 7-14. Instructors offer classes designed for learning painting, print making, drawing and ceramics. Classes start June 29 and end July 10. Each class is limited to 12 students per class and takes place in La Jolla.

Many Ways to Make Prints, Ages 10-14,
Instructor Michelle Montjoy
Each day in this class, students will explore a different way of making a print, including linoleum blocks, carved foam, mono prints, basic silk screening and even printing fish. Michelle will give students the skills needed, and encourage kids to experiment and play with the techniques learned. Students will go home with a portfolio of various prints.
June 29-July 3 (5 days)
Mon-Fri, 9 AM–12 noon
$160/180 + $30 materials fee

Painting with the Masters, Ages 7-12,
Instructor Christina Snell
This class gives children the opportunity to develop their skills as artists while they learn about the masters, such as Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. In a supportive environment children will learn about color theory, positive and negative space, and how to create the illusion of form. FUN learning experiences will include venturing outside the art studio to create action paintings! Please have your child wear clothing that can get dirty.
June 29-July 3 (5 days)
Mon-Fri, 1-4 PM
$160/180 + $30 materials fee

Land, Sea and Sky: Drawing in Nature with the Masters, Ages 7–12, Instructor Ellen Schumacher
This is an outdoor arts adventure at the La Jolla Cove all while learning about the masters of art! Students will create a journal of close-ups of flowers and other plants, using chalk and oil pastel, while learning about Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe and the plant and animal explorations of Lewis and Clark. Kids study the work of Impressionist painters Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh and make their own watercolor and acrylic landscapes. Learn about color theory and expressionism through the works of Henri Matisse.
July 6–10 (5 days)
Mon–Fri, 9 AM–12 noon
$160/180 + $30 materials fee

Ceramics & Sculpture Workshop, Ages 7–12, Instructor Ellen Schumacher
Explore a variety of projects in basic hand-building with clay, creating large creatures, masks, and imaginary environments. There will be plenty of time on the potter’s wheel for everyone to learn techniques in throwing a pot. Try your hand at abstract sculpture, too. Remember to wear clothes that can get dirty.
July 6–10 (5 days)
Mon–Fri, 1-4 PM
$180/200 + $30 materials fee (includes firing)

For information or registration call the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library at 858-454-5872 or visit>

Fourth of July Fireworks at La Jolla Cove

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Come celebrate 4th of July with friends, family, and fireworks at La Jolla Cove!   Ellen Browning Scripps Park is free and open to the public.  Come early to find your spot and enjoy some of the best sunset views in America's Finest City!

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Special Olympics World Games LA 2015

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La Jolla and UCSD will be the Host Town for 338 delegates from India prior to the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015!

There are 177 countries participating in this spectacular sporting event and India is the largest country of delegates, 2nd to USA, that will be competing in this historical event. There will be international coverage and media attention, which has already begun. You can help make La Jolla the best Host Town of all of the Southern California Host Towns participating and volunteering.

We will need many volunteers to help make the Delegates feel at home. If you would like to donate your time, products or services while they are in La Jolla for 3 days, please contact Sheila Fortune at . We will be responsible for showing them our beautiful village, and the City of San Diego. They will stay at UCSD in the residence halls.

If you would like to make a donation to the La Jolla Host Town please visit the following link - all donations made on this link are tax deductible and will go directly to the La Jolla Host Town:

A big Thank You to LAZ/Sunset Parking for their generous donation as members of the Honorary Committee for the Southern California Special Olympics and supporters of the World Games Los Angeles 2015. LAZ committed a $65,000 donation and Mark Krasner of Blanchard Krasner and French committed a $5,000 donation, some of which will go directly to the La Jolla Host Town.

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SummerFest Under The Stars

Enjoy a free concert featuring Music Director Cho-Liang Lin, SummerFest artists and special guests, the San Diego Youth Symphony's International Youth Symphony.  

La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest is a nationally-recognized chamber music festival featuring over 85 world-class artists and ensembles performing concerts from August 5 – August 28, 2015.

Since its inception in 1986, SummerFest has welcomed over 650 renowned artists and ensembles, four talented artistic directors and nearly a quarter of a million audience members at venues in San Diego and over the airwaves nationwide.

During every SummerFest since 1999, UCSD-TV has produced several TV programs from select SummerFest performances.

Fashion Week San Diego

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Fashion Week San Diego ® is a traditional fashion week to celebrate fashion & beauty industries by showcasing and highlighting the pulse of these entrepreneurs and what they are creating. Fashion Week San Diego is not just a week of runway shows, but a whole year of events. Check out the calendar. - See more at:

Fashion Week San Diego® takes an innovative and progressive approach to traditional fashion weeks by being open to the fashion industry & general public. This creates a fruitful environment for our emerging designers and can help create demand by the consumer. - See more at:

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La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

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The 2015 La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns to La Jolla for its seventh annual season on October 10th and 11th in the heart of the village, on Girard Ave, between Prospect Street & Torrey Pines Road. 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.

Saturday, October 10, 10am-7pm
Sunday, October 11, 10am-6pm

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The Farmers Insurance Open

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1/28-31/16: Farmers Insurance Open
Torrey Pines Golf Course
Seven-time champion Tiger Woods and other top players on the PGA Tour compete in this annual golf tournament while also raising money for local at-risk youth and military families.

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