Check out a few of our favorite FREE San Diego summer activities
Summer fun in San Diego is right around the corner, and we’re ready for it! Having a blast is one thing, but having a blast FOR FREE is even better.
Allow us to introduce you to some of our favorite FREE things to do this summer in San Diego.
FREE Summer Movies Under the Stars
Spend an evening under the stars relaxing with a great movie, family, food and fun. Pro Tip: be sure to arrive early for a good seat. All movies start at dusk (approximately 15 minutes after sunset). There are plenty of options all around the city, but here are some of the upcoming showings closest to our Little Italy hotel:
The Princess Pride – June 22 (Waterfront Park)
Grease – June 28 (Horton Plaza Park Downtown)
The Maltese Falcon – June 29 (Heritage County Park in Old Town)
Mary Poppins Returns – July 12 (Dusty Rhodes Community Park in Ocean Beach)
Aquaman – July 12 (USS Midway Museum Downtown)
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse – July 19 (Waterfront Park)
Captain Marvel – July 20 ( Presidio Community Park Old Town)
Ralph Breaks the Internet – July 27 (Horton Plaza Park Downtown)
Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory – August 1 (Pantoja Park Downtown)
For the full schedule, download the Summer Movies in the Park Schedule here.
ALMOST FREE Little Italy Summer Film Festival
For a small donation of $8, enjoy the annual Little Italy Summer Film Festival every Saturday night of the summer from June 22 to August 24 at 7:00 pm. Movies are screened at the Amici Park Amphitheater at W. Date and State Streests, and are presented by Cinema Little Italy. Get more details here.
FREE Live Music
There’s just something about listening to live music that gets our toes tapping! Take in a free concert this summer in San Diego! These are a few of the concerts close to La Pensione or view the whole schedule here:
Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts – June 18 – August 29
Balboa Park’s annual Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts offers a free concert series under the stars on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Twilight concerts feature a mix of musical performances, including military bands, Dixieland jazz, big band swing and Latin salsa.
Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park – June 22 – August 30
Put on by the community organizations and businesses every summer, Summer Concerts in the Park is a beloved Friday musical tradition in Mission Hills.
Point Loma Summer Concerts – July 12 – August 9
Families, friends and neighbors will enjoy a picnic and settle in for free concerts at Point Loma Park. This year’s Point Loma Summer Concerts lineup promises to please a variety of musical tastes including young talent on the “Junior Stage”.
Marine Band San Diego Summer Concert – August 3
Speaking of live music, dont’ miss the Marine Band San Diego Summer Concert in Little Italy! It’s happening on Saturday, August 3 from 6:00 pm to dusk. It will be held in the new Piazza della Famiglia at West Date Street between India and Columbia streets, right by our Little Italy hotel! Get all of the details here – ooh-rah!
International Summer Organ Festival
Fun Fact: La Pensione Hotel is a proud sponsor of the Summer Organ Pavillion concerts in Balboa Park! All concerts on the Spreckels Organ are free to the public in accordance with the original Deed of Gift by John and Adolph Spreckels. Concerts are held every Sunday at 2 p.m. for one hour (rain or shine) and on Monday nights comprising the International Summer Organ Festival – concerts will take place at 7:30 pm on Mondays from late June through the end of August. At least 62 concerts are scheduled during a typical year.
FREE Yoga Classes
It’s a fact that San Diego is home to many beaches and parks, which happen to be perfect for outdoor yoga! Check with Eventbrite for a comprehensive list of places to catch a free yoga class throughout San Diego this summer, both indoors and outside. NAMASTE, Yogis!
FREE Splashing and Sunshine at Waterfront Park
Stroll a couple of blocks from our hotel in the heart of Little Italy and have a splash at Waterfront Park! The kids will love the waterplay and you’ll appreciate the views while soaking in that summer sunshine. Waterfront Park also hosts a variety of concerts, festivals and events, so check the schedule to see if one catches your interest.
It’s a fact that San Diego is home to many beaches and parks, which happen to be perfect for outdoor yoga! Check with Eventbrite for a comprehensive list of places to catch a free yoga class throughout San Diego this summer. NAMASTE, Yogis!
Do you have any free and fun San Diego summer activities you’d like to share with us? Drop a comment or tag us @lapensionehotel while you’re out-and-about.