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This Weekend in San Diego 7/27-7/29

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This weekend kicks off with a very special lunar eclipse that will be showcase longest blood moon of the century. Sadly, by the time night falls in North America and the full moon rises here, the eclipse will already have ended. Luckily, The astronomy education website Slooh will live-stream coverage of the eclipse starting at 1 pm Eastern on July 27.

Waves are supposed to be big this weekend, ideal for the weekend-long Supergirl Surf Pro Competition. Head to the Del Mar Racetrack this Friday to catch reggae band, Steel Pulse perform. Controversial comedian Kathy Griffin will be stopping in San Diego during her “Laugh Your Head Off” World Tour. Check out what else is going on this weekend in San Diego.

Friday, July 27

Supergirl Surf Pro Competition in Oceanside

The world’s top professional female surfers are back in Oceanside, CA for the 11th Supergirl Surf Pro, a weekend-long event at the Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre. This FREE event is the world’s largest women’s surf competition and music festival. Music line up includes performances by Mittens, Madison Beer, Cody Simpson, and Drake Bell. Entertainment also includes workout classes throughout the day and skateboard clinics and more. Featured Surfers include superstars 6x World Champ Stephanie Gilmore, 3x World Champ Carissa Moore, #1 ranked Lakey Peterson, Alana Blanchard, Sage Erickson, Malia Manuel, Caroline Marks, Johanne Defay, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Coco Ho, ’17 champ Courtney Conlogue, and more.

Food Truck Fridays at Balboa Park

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.

San Diego Padres v. Arizona Diamondbacks

Friday is Marvel Super Hero Day at Petco Park, where the theme game ticket includes a Padres-themed Ant-Man and The Wasp Bobblehead and ticket to the Diamondbacks vs. Padres game. Enjoy the game in your costume, photos with characters and themed in-game entertainment. Don’t miss the pre-game happy hour in Park at the Park from 4:30-7:00 p.m. featuring $5 drink specials, live music, and a country theme. Get your tickets here.

Cruisin’ Grand in Escondido

A time warp hits downtown Escondido from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. The streets are filled with strolling people of all ages, while a parade of pre-1970s vintage cars slowly cruises up and down Grand Avenue. All kinds of vintage cars – from American Hot Rods, Classics, Antiques, and Customs – help make seven blocks of Escondido the place to be on Friday nights.

St. Archer’s Party in the Plaza w/ Steel Pulse

Enjoy half-off all of Del Mar’s carefully-crafted signature cocktails and a special Saint Archer small batch brew unique to Del Mar during Happy Hour Fridays from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Then stay for live musical performances throughout the evening, ending with the Friday headliner performance by reggae legend, Steel Pulse. All performances will take place in the seaside concert area and begin shortly after the last race of the day. All concerts are 18 and up and free with the purchase of standard $6 racetrack admission.

Saturday, July 28

Encinitas Flea Market

Don’t miss the second Encinitas Flea Market this Saturday from 10:00 am to-3:00 pm. The Art/Vintage/Treasure Encinitas Flea Market will be held at the Encinitas City Hall off of Vulcan Ave. with parking in the lower lot and train station parking facilities. Money raised will go to support the Encinitas Friends of the Arts and their arts and culture projects including Dia de los Muertos.

Queens at the La Jolla Playhouse

A young immigrant comes to a tenement in Queens and 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. This ensemble 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.


Wonderspaces returns to San Diego this summer with fifteen new works of extraordinary art after the 2017 debut drew over sixty-six thousand visitors. Tickets for Wonderspaces are available on a monthly, space available basis and range from $14-$24. Get your tickets here.

SIP of Julian

The 4th Annual ‘Sip of Julian’ will feature many of Julian’s alcoholic beverage purveyors. Not just about apples and great pie, growers and producers of wine, craft beer, mead (honey wine), craft cocktails, and delicious hard cider, will be offering up a sampling of their delicious hand-crafted specialties. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and gives tasters time to enjoy their samples paired with small bites at each venue, take in the scenery, and spend a relaxing day enjoying the sights and sounds of Julian. Get your tickets here starting at $25.

Whiskey Around the World

Taste the best whiskeys from small distilleries around the world at Vom Fass in Hillcrest, no passport required. A $40 ticket will allow you to sample American, Irish and Scotch whiskeys as well as a few of international whiskeys. Appetizers will be served. The event is from 6:30-8:00 pm. Get your tickets here.

Kathy Griffin at the San Diego Civic Theatre

After a year of national scandal and following a sold-out run of stand-up shows and rave reviews around the globe, Kathy Griffin is returning with the much-anticipated North American continuation of her “Laugh Your Head Off” World Tour to the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Armed with the story of the now infamous and controversial photo (yes…THAT photo), the fiery redheaded, award-winning, American comedian is bringing the story of the photo heard ‘round the world and the fallout that followed, along with breaking down everything in the pop-culture landscape from Trump to the Kardashians. Griffin tells all in this more than 2-hour no-holds-barred show in the raw, honest, and engaging way fans have always loved about her. Get your tickets here starting at $23.

Sunday, July 29

Wine Tasting at Rancho Guejito Vineyard

Wine tasting takes place at Historic Rancho Guejito Vinyard which is now open to the public every Sunday from 12:00 – 7:00 pm. Check out the hay bale tractor tour of their blooming citrus groves and vineyard. Don’t miss live acoustic music by local artists and gourmet food from various San Diego food trucks. The vineyard is virtually untouched from a time when California was but a colonial province of Mexico.

Live Well 5K and Kids’ 1 Mile Fun Run

Participate in this 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run along the beautiful San Diego Bay. Enjoy live music, post-event expo, and fun for all ages. Celebrate the hero in all of us with this superhero-themed race and activities throughout the morning. Register here.

Solana Beach Triathlon and Duathlon

The surf-entry ocean swim is supported by lifeguards and swim buddies. The bike and run courses cruise down the world-famous Pacific Coast Highway. Finally, a tunnel of high-fives awaits you at the finish line. Register here.

Sunday Prime Dinner

The Prime Rib Sunday Dinner Cruise by Flagship Cruises features two-and-a-half-hours of fine dining, live musical entertainment, and nighttime views of the San Diego skyline. Get your tickets here.

KAABOO Discovery Tour

On Sunday, July 29th, comedians will battle it out for a slot at KAABOO at the American Comedy Co.. Details and ticket links can be found here. Performers compete to win audience votes, earning them a coveted spot on stage at KAABOO Festival in September.

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Monty Python’s Spamalot

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.

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