Del Mar Opening Day, Concerts, Bodysurfing Championships & Padres Add To SD’s Festivities
The summer of fun in San Diego may seem to be never ending but it truly kicks off with the Over The Line tournament on Fiesta Island.
This Chicago-invented softball game that made its way to the West Coast takes place over two weekends, July 8-9 and 15-16, with opening day being the wildest, biggest party for singles in and around San Diego.
Tens of thousands of people turn out for it on both the first Saturday and Sunday. This legal-drinking BYOB event is so big, organizers provide shuttle bus service to get onto the island. They also have a strict “no Bs” policy which includes no babies, bottles (the beers you bring must be in cans), bikes or bat attitudes.
There is a complete guide to the OTL with everything you need to know at this link.
Yet the OTL is just part of the summertime event party scene in San Diego.
On July 19, it’s Del Mar Opening Day, which PubClub describes as being “the Kentucky Derby of the West Coast. More than 50,000 people cram into the facility for a day of drinking, betting, looking good and wearing big and impressive Derby hat.
A highlight is the Derby hat contest, in fact.
After that, it’s a series of Friday evening concerts at Del Mar that bring out thousands of singles from throughout the area. Among the highlights are the Violent Femms (July 28), Ludacris (Aug. 12), Steel Pulse (Aug. 18) and punk surf band Slightly Stoopid (Aug. 26).
In August, 400 of the world’s top bodyboarders are in Ocean Beach for the World Bodysurfing Championships (Aug. 19-20).
The San Diego Padres, which play in a perfectly-located stadium in the Gaslamp Quarter, has home games July 14-16, July 24-30, Aug. 1-2, Aug. 14-20 and Aug. 26-30.
This is in addition to the usual San Diego-style lifestyle.
And it all begins with the beach party known as the OTL.