What’s Happening in Parks & Rec July
- Fri. 01 | Parks Make Life Better
- Sat. 02 | San Marcos Hike
- Mon. 04 | Red, White, & Boom!
- Thu. 07 | Red Cross Blood Drive
- Fri. 15 | Free Movie In The Park
- Wed. 20 | Family Night Pick-Up
- Sat. 23 | Summer Concert
- Wed. 27 | Pop-Up Rec
- Sat. 30 | Family Campout
- …and more!
|Parks Make Life Better July is Parks Make Life Better Month! we’re celebrating with our Summer Passport! Pickup your free passport at the Community Center front desk. Discover and learn about the fun locations listed in the passport. Once you have collected all the stamps, you can return to the Community Center for a fun prize!|
Starting Friday, July 1
Community Center | 3 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos Hike
Join us for the Rose Ranch &Richland Area hike. This easy 5.3-mile hike is a blend of wide sidewalks, maintained trails and signature parks. Hike through some of the oldest neighborhoods in San Marcos. Several historical landmarks will be highlighted throughout the hike. Expect minimal elevation gain.
Meeting Location: Hollandia Park, 12 Mission Hills Court,San Marcos 92069 (park near the dog park).
Please note this hike starts early.
Saturday, July 2 | Sign-in starts at 7:30 a.m. with hike beginning at 8 a.m.
|Red, White, and BOOM! San Marcos hosts one of the most spirited 4th of July Celebrations in North County. This year’s festivities will include carnival games, jumpers and food sales on-site. Guests should plan to bring beach chairs or blankets for lawn seating.The fireworks display is funded entirely by donations from the businesses and citizens of San Marcos. Last year’s donations are being rolled over to help fund this year’s show. An additional $12,000 is needed to fund the show. To make a donation, visit the link below.|
Click here to donate.
Monday, July 46 p.m. Entertainment | 9 p.m. Fireworks
Bradley Park | 1587 Linda Vista Drive, San Marcos
American Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. The dangerously low blood supply levels have forced some hospitals to defer patients from major surgery, including organ transplants. Your donation is desperately needed.
Free Movie In The park
Join us for a fun-filled, family-oriented, summer night! There will be a variety of food truck options available. Popcorn is provided. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for sitting.
Raya and the Last Dragon (PG) – Woodland Park | 671 Woodland Parkway
Friday, July 15 | Free – Pre-Show activities start at 6:30 p.m. Movies start at dusk.
Family Night Pick-up
Family Night activities bring families together while participating in arts & crafts and assorted projects. Crafts/activities are intended for children ages three to ten. Each $5 Fairy Garden Houses On-The-Go kit contains one craft or activity. If multiple children would like to participate, parents must pre-register each child individually. Wednesday, July 20 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. Register your child here.
San Marcos Community Center
Summer Concerts In The Garden
Tickets for our Summer Concerts in the Garden are now on sale. Pre-sale tickets are $8 per show, or you can buy a season pass for $20. This year’s lineup includes:
Kings of Queen | July 23
High Tide Society | August 20
BetaMaxx | September 12
Pop-Up Rec Dream Catcher
Help keep bad dreams away by joining us to create and build dream catchers. You bring the creativity, and we’ll bring all the supplies you need! While supplies last.
Wednesday, July 27 | 3 p.m. | Free Woodland Park | 671 Woodland Parkway
San Marcos Aquatics
Lifeguard Training Courses
This course is a blended learning course where a portion is to be completed online, prior to the first in-person day of class.
Water Safety Instructor Courses
Teach swim and water safety lessons! This course is a blended learning course where a portion is to be completed online, prior to the first in-person day of class.
Swimming lessons save lives! Lesson schedules are subject to change. Please check the link below for the most up to date listing of classes.
Memberships are available for purchase or drop-in for an intense workout or easy fitness. Pool is heated and outdoors. Please bring your own equipment.
MahrKay will guide you through a warm-up and progressive core workouts with & without supplied equipment, finishing with a cool down time. The class is all about encouragement and motivation blended with body toning, balance and strength-building for healthy life goals.
San Marcos Recreation Guide
If you haven’t checked out the latest edition of our San Marcos Recreation Guide, we encourage you to take a peek and see all the fun happenings from San Marcos Parks & Recreation!
Scholarships Available Now!
The Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation have donated $5,000 this year for recreation scholarships! These scholarships are available through the City of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and are contingent upon meeting certain financial eligibility requirements. To learn more and to apply visit
Park Shelter Reservations Available
The City has 21 designated reservable park picnic shelters at 12 different City parks that may be reserved to host your next celebration. A reservation must be made for groups of 25 people or more and groups who wish to have a inflatable or pony/petting zoo. Groups under 25 people can still make a reservation or choose to use the park on a first come first serve basis.
Reservable park picnic shelters can be reserved online a minimum of 8 days in advance and at the Parks and Recreation office 4 days in advance of your desired date. Reservations are paid in full at the time of booking.
For more information, please visit
or call the office at 760-744-9000.
San Marcos Parks & Recreation | 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069