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Music fills the air, with everything from classical, jazz and folk to rock ‘n' roll and electronica enlivening the city.

Sycuan, US GRANT, and the Downtown Partnership present the Sounds of Summer, a free pop-up concert series in conjunction with Pacific Records and Gigtown. Look for local favorite bands like Joe Cardillo and 22 Kings performing at venues around town.

The Hard Rock Hotel’s Float makes a big splash with their famed pool parties. Float’s Social Saturdays pair sunny afternoons and swimming with stellar DJ mashups. Noon to 6 p.m., 21+, no cover.

Big names and big fun can be found at the Summer Pops concert series at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Acts include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (July 17-18), Ben Folds (July 30), LeAnn Rimes (Aug. 21-22), and legend Burt Bacharach (Aug. 16). And of course, there’s the Star Spangled Pops (July 3-5) conducted by Bill Conti with fireworks galore, along with the orchestra’s grand finale—the 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular (Sept. 4-6).

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Not-To-Miss Summer Events

July 3-5

Star Spangled Pops at Embarcadero South with Bill Conti and fireworks

July 9-12

Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center

July 23-August 2

San Diego International Fringe Festival for street theater, improv, burlesque, puppetry, performance art, and more

August 22-23

San Diego Spirits Festival at Broadway Pier

August 29

Taylor Swift at Petco Park

September 4-7

Festival of Sail—tall ships, beer garden, kid zones, and more

September 4-7

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition

September 10

Taste of Downtown

Beats in the City

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