San Diego is one of the greatest cities in the world. Seamlessly combining a beach and a city culture, San Diego brings you some of the best options for enjoying nature, live entertainment, and amazing food. One of the best parts about living here is the amount of free entertainment that surrounds us everywhere. Here is the ultimate guide to some the best free entertainment that San Diego has to offer. Who says you need to spend a bunch of cash just to have a good time?


Balboa Park

Stroll through the famous Balboa Park and revel in the Spanish Colonial architecture that surrounds you. With gardens, live music, and great scenery littered throughout, Balboa Park is a great place to spend an afternoon without spending any money.

Ocean Beach Farmers Market

San Diego has dozens of farmers markets on any given day of the week, but the one with the most character would have to be the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. Come stroll through the booths while sampling various local treats and soak up the eclectic spirit of OB. OBFM occurs every Wednesday from 4-8pm, with a little something for everyone!

70 Miles of Beaches

Black’s Beach, Sunset Cliffs, and Mission Beach are only a handful of the beautiful beaches waiting for you to enjoy them. Spend a day playing in the waves or catching a football with your toes in the sand.

Torrey Pines

Situated in the more northern area of San Diego, Torrey Pines features beautiful coastline as well as multiple hiking trails. Spend a day enjoying the ocean breeze while being surrounding by the rare Torrey Pine tree.

Mission Bay

Mission Bay has a long boardwalk that you can run, bike, walk, or skate down with the ocean breeze keeping you cool. Visit one of the many shops down the boardwalk or spend the day people watching. For all you PokemonGo lovers, there are also plenty of rare Pokemon and pokestops full of lures!

Gaslamp Quarter

Downtown San Diego is home to the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Take a stroll around this neighborhood and soak up the classic style of the buildings in the area.

Old Town

Historic buildings makes Old Town one of the most scenic areas to stroll through in San Diego. Wander through the blacksmith shop, Seeley Stables, Stewart House, Estudillo House for a historic look at San Diego.

La Jolla Cove

The La Jolla Cove is one of San Diego’s most precious jewels. Because it is tucked away in a safe little cove, seals flock to the area for protection from predators. Thus, giving us free beach entertainment with a view, and some childhood happiness!

Museum of Contemporary Art

Find your way to the Museum of Contemporary Art on the third Thursday of every month. There’s two locations: one in downtown San Diego and one in La Jolla! Showcasing art since 1950, the MCASD strives to serve a diverse set of audience through exhibition, interpretation, and collection.

Point Loma Tide Pools

Located at the Cabrillo National Monument Park, the Point Loma tide pools are a sight to see! Pro tip: go during low tide to see the little critters floating and swimming about. The rocks can be slippery so wear sneakers that you’ll willing to get damp. There’s also a secret beach through a cave about 200 yards out, happy hunting!


Photo Credit: Beach Treasures and Treasure Beachs