Entertainment & Events
This Weekend in San Diego 8/2-8/4
Warm weather is on the horizon, and that means long sunny days outdoors. This weekend is packed with food-filled festivals. On Friday, feast at Balboa Park’s weekly Food Truck Fridays, where you’ll find an array of unique and local eats. Treat yourself at the Tacos & Beer Festival, featuring over 100 breweries. On Sunday, chow down on some delicious island eats at Music Box’s Jam & Spam brunch. We hope you came hungry!
Friday, August 2
Kick off your summer weekends in style every Friday evening at Balboa Park’s hottest after-hours event from 4:00 -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.
The Arts District at Liberty Station (2640 Decatur Rd.) hosts Friday Night Liberty, a free, monthly art walk showcasing the working artists, dance, music and theatre that are helping the district grow in its mission to highlight the arts culture in San Diego. Locals are invited to check out the arts blossoming at every corner of the district.
You may live in San Diego, but have you ever truly seen it? This tour hits all of the popular spots throughout the city, including La Jolla’s views, Coronado Island, and Old Town. Release your inner tourist as you explore America’s Finest City from 9:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tickets start at $55.
Party your way through the weekend as you explore the club scene in style. Meet new people, avoid the long lines, and get drink tickets at the clubs. Bring your friends out for a night they won’t forget as you experience true VIP treatment. The event starts at 9:30 p.m. and ends at 2:00 a.m.
Head over to Paradise Point Resort and Spa this Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to help farm while learning about cannabis. This conference will allow you to connect with 3,000 others who have the same passion as you.
Saturday, August 3
Old Town San Diego’s Bazaar del Mundo marketplace hosts this three-day Latin American Festival showcasing Latin American folk artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador and more. Visitors can peruse through vendors selling goods like art, traditional embroidered clothing, handwoven textiles, jewelry, handmade ceramic and clay pottery throughout the weekend. It runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
In a perfect San Diego pairing, the Tacos & Beer Festival at the Del Mar racetrack will feature tastings from more than 100 local and regional breweries, plus tacos made by nearly two dozen SoCal eateries. The fest will also include Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling, an interactive photo booth, DJs, games and more. A $35 ticket includes admission to the track, five beer tastings, two tacos, a souvenir beer mug, and an exclusive viewing area where attendees can watch the horse races.
After the Last Race at the Del Mar Racetrack, don’t miss SoCal reggae group Iration headline the Seaside Stage at the Del Mar Racetrack. The 18+ concert is free with paid admission to the track ($6 for Stretch Run); if you arrive after the last race for the show only, tickets cost $30.
Spend this Saturday night at OMNIA Night Club dancing the night away to SAVI. OMNIA is one of the biggest night clubs in San Diego and you won’t want to miss this special night out. Grab your friends and hit the town at 9:30 p.m. in order to get a good spot.
Enjoy over 100 different vendors that have unique styles in furniture, clothes, jewelry, and much more. Head out for a day of fun starting at 7 a.m. in order to get first dibs on the best deals and the trendiest finds.
Rooftop Cinema Club will be showing Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) at 8:30 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.
Sunday, August 4
The Island Vibe Music Festival and Ono Yum present this 21+ “Jam & Spam” brunch at Music Box in Little Italy featuring tasty, island-inspired food stations (King Hawaiian Bread French Toast, Loco Moco, Poi Mochi, etc.) and laid-back tunes. Tickets cost $16 if purchased ahead of time and $18 on the day of the show.
Explore the exhibitions and stay for the free concert as Oceanside’s First Friday Art Walk extends into the night with the Mercedes Moore Band—reminiscent of the ’50s and ’60s with a combination of soul and blues that keeps dancers moving and listeners grooving. The music starts and cash bar opens at 7:00pm. Galleries close at 8:00pm. A limited number of reserved tables of four are available.
Embrace your inner passion for science at the Fleet Science Center starting at 11 a.m. The 5th annual event will have more than 20 interactive stations that will allow you to partake in your favorite activities. Enjoy the virtual reality venter and exploring as you walk around trying new things and stepping outside your comfort zone.
Come out to the Del Mar Art Center Gallery where artists will be there selling beautiful art pieces for affordable prices. Meet the maker behind your new favorite art piece without spending a fortune on it. Explore the different types of art and enjoy a morning out of meeting local artists and hearing their story.
The Quartyard in Downtown is hosting a day of music, vendors, food this Sunday! A silent auction will also be held to benefit Namaste Wings to Fly America, an organization that helps children in India with education and essential services to help lead them to self-sufficient adulthood. Entry to the fest is free if you RSVP ahead of time and arrive before 4 p.m.; after that, the cover is $5. There will also be a Sunday brunch and bottomless mimosa option at the venue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $25 per person.
“Weird Al” Yankovic is making a stop at the San Diego Civic Theatre on his “Strings Attached Tour”. Described as a “high-energy rock and comedy production featuring his original band, costumes, props, a video wall and – for the first time – background singers and a full symphony orchestra.” Tickets start at $50.