Entertainment & Events
This Weekend in San Diego 7/13-7/14
This weekend, San Diego welcomes all in the many Pride celebrations. Head over to Hillcrest to party and play at their higly anticipated Block Party. The Pride Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday and will feature live performances by top artists. Check out what else is going on this weekend in San Diego.
Friday, July 13
Don’t miss local DJs, carnival rides, dancing in the street, and go-go dancers kick off the 2018 Pride weekend. The theme for the Pride Block Party is “Find Your Home Here.” It will begin immediately following the Spirit of Stonewall Rally. A diverse all-star entertainment lineup will feature the most well-known and recognized stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and an electronic dance music party. DJ K-Swift, resident DJ at Rich’s Nightclub will spin his popular mix of dance music. For adults, the festival will keep participants refreshed with a Stoli Vodka cocktail bar, and a Miller-Coors beer garden.
Kick off your summer weekends in style every Friday evening at Balboa Park’s hottest after-hours event from 4-8:30 pm. Visitors of all ages can enjoy live entertainment and activities for kids while eating gourmet dishes from a rotating selection of more than a dozen popular food trucks parked on the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway. Throughout the summer, Food Truck Fridays will present different musical performers or DJs each night in the Plaza de Panama.
Rooftop Cinema Club showing Dirty Dancing
Rooftop Cinema Club will be showing Black Panther at 6:30 pm atop Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. With its stunning views of the city from every angle imaginable, Rooftop Cinema Club is revolutionizing the movie-going experience in its unique and one-of-a-kind setting underneath and among the stars. Open to adults 18-and-over. Ticket prices start at just $17 per person for a single deck-chair underneath the moon and the stars. Get your tickets here.
Padres v. Cubs
Game begins at 7:10 pm. Theme Game package includes a chance to win German Heritage- themed hat or Catholic night-themed hat. Party in the Park at Beerfest from 4:30-7:00 p.m. featuring $5 beer specials from local and national breweries and live music. Get your tickets here.
Watch Marlon Wayans – actor, producer, comedian, writer and film director, perform at the American Comedy Club all weekend. His films have grossed more than $736-million in domestic box office, an average of nearly $50-million per outing. As a standup comedian, he is selling out nationwide and adding shows every weekend. He will be performing 2 shows on Friday and Saturday, and one show Sunday evening. Get your tickets here for just $40.
Flagship’s Hops on the Harbor craft beer dinner cruise happens every Friday night and features a different San Diego brewery each month. Chef Brian Gist collaborates with the brewers to create an exciting dinner menu that pairs perfectly with the distinctive flavors of each brewer’s beer selections. Throughout the month of July enjoy meal pairings with AleSmith Brewing, a San Diego-based brewery that specializes in handcrafted ales inspired by the European classics. Boarding begins at 7:00 pm. Get your tickets here for $74.50 (adult).
Saturday, July 14
Located at 6th ave. & Laurel St. all day Saturday and Sunday. The annual Pride Festival includes multiple stages of entertainment, more than 100 entertainers, and dozens of vendor booths, exhibits, cultural presentations, delicious food booths, and over 40,000 of your closest friends. Don’t miss performances by JoJo, TLC, Graciela Beltran, Le1f, Kim Petras, Paris Sukomi Max, Aidan James, HYM, Brooke Candy, Chaos Chaos, and more. Get your tickets here.
San Diego Pride 5K Run & Walk
The annual charity Pride 5k Race and Walk is held along the Pride Parade route through Hillcrest and Balboa Park. The crowds begin to form at 9:30 am when the 5k begins so you’ll have a lot of spectators cheering to help you achieve your goals. The beneficiaries for the event are the San Diego Center’s Youth Housing Project and San Diego LGBT Pride’s Community Grants program. Every participant will receive a beautiful, top-quality, short-sleeve shirt. Get your tickets here for $40.
Hundred Proof Pride Party
The award-winning bar in University Heights is celebrating San Diego Pride at brunch on Saturday, July 14 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Enjoy $5 Cutwater Spirits canned cocktails, Fugu Vodka Sodas and Bloody Mary’s, as well as Pride inspired slushees.
Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival
Professional and amateur sand carving teams compete in one of San Diego County’s most beloved traditions. The free, family-friendly, no alcohol event, includes a street festival, food fair and artisan booths, live music, and entertainment. This year’s Kids Zone will be filled with kid-friendly fun and entertainment. Public viewing of the sand castles takes place on Saturday only, throughout the day until 5:00 p.m. Best viewing time is 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
65th Annual World Championship Over-the-Line Tournament
The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club is calling all players, beach-goers, and sports enthusiasts to the biggest summer event in San Diego. The 65thAnnual World Championship Over-the-Line (OTL) Tournament will take place on July 21-22 at Fiesta Island on Mission Bay. The first three game days will start promptly each morning at 7:30 a.m. and continue until sunset, concluding on Sunday afternoon, July 22, with the Men’s Open Championship. This summertime staple draws teams from all over the world but Over-the-Line originated right here in San Diego.
A young immigrant comes to a tenement in Queens. She befriends the landlord.”The old brownstone reverberates with the fierce, proud voices who preceded them.” Carey Perloff directs. This exquisite new play from 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok is a moving study of the things we run from and toward, and the people who shepherd us along the way. Get your tickets here starting at $20.
Live at the Cygnet Theater until August 12, follow King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons you’ll be eating up Spamalot. Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the show elevates silliness to an art form. Get your tickets here.
Women of Pride
The Women’s Museum of California located at Liberty Station presents the ongoing Women of Pride exhibit. Explore the stories of women activists, artists, politicians, and everyday woman of the LGBT movement from the 1960s through 1990ss. Showcased in the gallery are artifacts from grassroots activism like the Blood SIsters who organized blood drives in response to the AIDS epidemic, local LGBT women politicians, and community spaces like the Paradigm Bookstore and the Women’s Music Festival. This exhibit highlights how within tragedy and oppression, strong community and culture can emerge. The museum is open Wednesdays – Sundays from 12:00-4:00 pm.
Little Italy Summer Film Festival
Every Saturday night of the summer until August 25, San Diego locals can travel to Italy through a movie screen. The Little Italy Association and Cinema Little Italy will host their annual Little Italy Summer Film Festival where Italian films with English subtitles will show at the Amici Park Amphitheater. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring snacks, blankets. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the film starts at 8:00 p.m. The admittance fee for the festival is a $5 donation.
Outdoor Movie: Wonder Woman
Liberty Station welcomes back its free outdoor film series on the second Saturday of each month from May to October 2018. Evenings feature surprise pop-up performances or activities along with curated shorts preceding the feature film. Grab a picnic, blanket, or low back chair and spend an evening underneath the stars with friends, family, and neighbors. Movies begin after sunset.
Del Mar Racing Kick off Party
Kick off the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer season at this annual event starting at 8:00 pm at Club M. Giddy up with a hat and fashion showcase, track-themed cocktails, raffle prizes, live music and a guest DJ. Turf Club attire suggested. Table and bottle reservations available. The $20 cover charge includes a welcome cocktail. Cover charge is waived for $300+ bottle service spend.
Sunday, July 15
The Convair Waterski Club is active year-round on Mission Bay. The club provides two ski boats for waterskiing and wakeboarding, with instruction and equipment available on request. Nominal fee per run. Meet at the south end of Crown Point Beach, 3500 Crown Point Drive at 8:00 am. Guests of any skill level are welcome.
LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs
The San Diego History Center is partnering with Lambda Archives of San Diego to bring the first exhibition on the history of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community to the History Center in Balboa Park. LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs examines how this community has faced, fought—and continues to fight—against persecution and intolerance, with the goal of equality for all LGBTQ+ identified people. This exhibition and associated programs will shed new light on the role of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community in the larger San Diego narrative. The exhibition is open daily from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Prospera, the Duchess of Milan, lives in exile on a desert island after being thrown out of power by her wicked brother. For company, she has only her daughter Miranda, the spirits who are native to the island, and her beloved books. The books are the source of her dark magic, which she uses to lure her enemies to the island so she can exact revenge. But her plot could destroy Miranda’s happiness, so Prospera must choose between her own anger and her daughter’s future. Under the direction of the renowned Joe Dowling, this enchanting fantasy kicks off the 2018 Shakespeare Festival with spectacle under the stars. Get your tickets here starting at $30.
Wonderspaces returns to San Diego this summer with fifteen new works of extraordinary art after the 2017 debut drew over sixty-six thousand visitors. The new show, titled With Creative License, will be open on Friday from 12-10: 30 pm. Tickets for Wonderspaces are available on a monthly, space available basis and range from $14-$24. Get your tickets here.
Unicorn Disco Pool Party
Get down and boogie the day away poolside at the Lafayette hotel, celebrating peace, love, equality and all things magical, unicorn-disco style from 12 – 5 pm. Come dressed in your best [bathing] suit. DJ Chris Cutz and DJ Billy the Kid will be dropping groovy beats. $40 admission includes two well drinks and a food item. This is an all ages event. Get your tickets here ($40).
Boots & Dukes Country Fest
Boots & Dukes Country Fest returns to the Hardrock Hotel for the third installment of the series. Morgan Wallen will be headlining with guest Tyler Rich. Expect BBQ, beer, line-dancing, mechanical bull riding, and a laidback pool, all paired with country music all day long. Get your tickets here ($15).