SeaWorld San Diego Summer Spectacular 2023 Guide

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A summer vacation at SeaWorld San Diego has always been fun, but this summer might be the best yet.  That is because SeaWorld San Diego has a brand new event: the Summer Spectacular!  It begins tomorrow, June 17, 2023.  It will run through August 20, 2023.

The Summer Spectacular means you can enjoy all the things you already loved about SeaWorld, like the animals and the rides.  But in addition to that, SeaWorld has so many more great things planned for this event.


Pirate’s Ahoy! The Battle for Mermaid Cove

This is an all-new water stunt spectacular.  You’ll see pirates battle mermaids in a thrilling, immersive show that features water stunts and acrobatics.  It takes place daily at Bayside Amphitheater (except on Sundays when there are concerts).

SeaWorld’s Summer Splashtacular Parade

This all-new summer parade features favorite SeaWorld characters, colorful floats, catchy music, and dancing.  It takes place on Saturdays and Sundays.

FantaSEA of Dreams Fireworks Spectacular

A great summer day is best topped off with fireworks.  And they’ve got a great nightly fireworks show set to beloved music from Believe with special lyrics for SeaWorld.

Feathers, Scales and Rescue Tales

This 25-minute show is an educational experience where you are introduced to some amazing rescued animals.  Great for the animal lovers!

O.P. Otter’s Summer Vacation

This is a new character musical show that takes place daily at Mission Bay Theater.

Laser Reef Summer Spectacular

A new show with vibrant new laser beams and a brand new summer soundtrack that takes place in front of the SeaWorld Store at the end of the day.

Rescue Ready Training Camp with Arthur C. Turtle

A daily show at Rescue Jr. Stage where Arthur C. Turtle helps junior rescuers come out of their shells and train to become healthy animal rescuers.

SeaWorld’s Good Vibrations Beach Band

This band will help get those Southern California beach vibes going this summer at SkyTower Lawn on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Coca-Cola DJ Dance Party

SeaWorld DJs will get you dancing all summer long each day at Wild Arctic Stage and Mermaid Cove (and at SkyTower Lawn on Mondays through Thursdays).

Mermaid Cove

Meet mermaids at Mermaid Cove, which is located next to the Waterfront


There are also some great concerts taking place this summer on specific dates Amphitheater:

  • Vanilla Ice: Sunday, June 25, 2023, at 6:00 PM
  • Jordin Sparks: Sunday, July 2, 2023, at 6:00 PM
  • Bow Wow and Soulja Boy: Sunday, July 9, 2023, at 6:00 PM
  • Todrick Hall, Sunday, July 16, 2023, at 6:00 PM
  • Tiffany and Jennifer Paige, Sunday, July 23, 2023, at 6:00 PM
  • Mario: Sunday, July 30, 2023, at 6:00 PM
  • Ashanti: Sunday, August 6, 2023, at 6:00 PM

Summer Foodie Fest

The Summer Spectacular also features a Summer Foodie Fest!  You can sample flavorful menu items and refreshing drinks at different places throughout the park.

SkyTower Lawn


  • Pepperoni Pizza Lumpia with Parmesan Ranch
  • Spam Fried Rice (Spam, Egg, Scallions & Carrots)
  • Hawaiian Mac Salad
  • Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
  • Strawberry Fruit Bar with Chamoy and Tajin
  • Strawberry Fruit Bar with Condensed and Fresh Strawberries


  • Chamangorita (Mango, Chamoy & Tequila)
  • Bay Magic (Gin, Lemon, Butterfly Pea Tea & Simple Syrup)

Wild Arctic Plaza


  • Gyro Slider (Tzatziki Sauce, Cucumber & Arugula)
  • Roasted Garlic Mac & Cheese
  • Mango Mochi with Chamoy
  • Shrimp Kimono with Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Pork Gyoza with Ponzu Sauce
  • Roast Beef Poutine (Gravy, Fries & Cheese Curds)
  • Hush Puppies (with Boom Boom Sauce)

Underwater Cantina


  • Soyrizo Empanadas with Chimichurri Sauce
  • Jackfruit Tacos
  • Cochinita Pibil Tacos
  • Esquites (Corn, Chipotle Mayo & Hot Cheetos)
  • Churro Cheesecake

Summer Spectacular Tickets

The event takes place each day and is included in park admission.  Luckily, SeaWorld San Diego tickets are currently on sale.  You can purchase the discounted SeaWorld San Diego tickets here.