Coastal Entertainment Guide

The beaches are where it’s at this summer, not just for the waves and sun, but also for the best in San Diego County entertainment. With world-renowned music acts, galleries, theater, and arts, there’s no reason not to hit the coast and soak in everything it has to offer.

The Belly Up is the go-to place for the best in live music, attracting acts from all over the world. Notable shows for June include Petty Vs Eagles on June 5 and Wayward Sons on June 20. (858.481.8140, www.bellyup.com)


North Coast Rep performs the latest in original theater. Catch the San Diego premiere of Betrayal now through June 28. (858.481.1055, www.northcoastrep.org)


San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas is home to Intrepid Theatre Co. Quality of Life, written by Mad Men scribe Jane Anderson, premieres July 3. (760.295.7541, www.intrepidtheatre.org)


Mr. Peabody’s Bar & Grill offers live music on the weekends, but also hosts an open mic night and weekly karaoke parties. (760.753.7128, www.peabodysrocks.com)


Sunday nights at Solace & the Moonlight Lounge offer live music as well as drink specials. (760.753.2433, www.eatatsolace.com)


First Thursdays in the downtown Encinitas area are full of events, activities, and freebies at dozens of shops and restaurants, from 5-8pm. (760.943.1950, www.encinitas101.com)


At the tip of the county, the Oceanside Museum of Art is known for award-winning exhibitions, culinary events, cinema, and more. Art Transports Us Out of Bounds: Prison Arts in San Diego begins on June 13. The Bayou Brothers perform on June 25 with cuisine and specialty wines by 333 Pacific. (760.435.3720, www.oma-online.org)


Hang loose and get an in-depth look at San Diego surfing history at the California Surf Museum. Exhibits include the History of Surf Boards and Courageous Inspiration: Bethany Hamilton, which includes her shark-bitten board. (760.721.6876, www.surfmuseum.org)


Cardiff Beach Bar @ Tower 13 is famous for its bottomless mimosas, stunning views of the beach, and some of the best live music in town. Local artists abound in this intimate setting. (760.635.1200, www.tower13.com)


Cardiff Library is a member of the San Diego Community Libraries and always has something fun for both children and adults, including readings, chess clubs, and even yoga. For something out of the ordinary, try John Abrams’ Animal Magic on June 19 or Craig Newton’s Musical Morning on June 26. (760.753.4027, www.sdcl.org)


Aside from a delectable menu, Le Papagayo in Leucadia is the place to find some of the best musical talent in town every night of the week, including everything from gypsy jazz to flamenco to classic rock. June acts include The Boundary Birds, Guarapo, and the Tonga Ross Ma’u Jazz Trio, to name a few. (760.944.8252, www.lepapagayoleucadia.com)


Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad produces unique exhibits, themed shows, art shows, and professional invitationals that celebrate a wide range of artistic expressions. Recent art exhibitions include Wade Koniakowsky and Mary Beck. (760.795.6120, www.frontporchgallery.org)


New Village Arts is now in its 14th season, celebrating the best in live stage performances. June’s highlight is Sylvia, a comedy about a dog, the couple who adopts her, and the drama that ensues. It runs through June 28. (760.433.3245, www.newvillagearts.org)

Coastal Entertainment Guide

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