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    Hello, weekend! As we head into the Fourth of July holiday, there are plenty of fun, patriotic things to do aroundAmerica's Finest City. Check out a community festival or concert, or head to Del Mar as theSan Diego County Fair wraps up its season. Make the most of your summer with these offerings. Get up. Get out. Play!

    Thursday, June 29

    La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Takes Home Tony Award

    2017 San Diego County Fair11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Del Mar FairgroundsIts the final weekend of the San Diego County Fair, so if you havent been yet this season, now is your chance. Enjoy the rides, entertainment and, of course, gloriously unhealthy fried food. This years theme is Wild, Wild West, so expect a rootin tootin good time. The fair runs through July 4. Admission is $18 for adults ages 13 to 61; $11 for those 62 and older and for kids ages 6 to 12. Little ones 5 and younger get in free.

    Liberty Public Farmers Market2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Near Liberty Public Market at Liberty StationLiberty Stations brand-new weekly farmers market goes down every Thursday near Liberty Public Market, off Perry Road. The farmers market features more than 60 vendors, from local produce growers and specialty food purveyors, to artisan gift merchants. While you peruse vendors, enjoy live performances from local musicians.

    New Nonstop Flight Launches From San Diego to Switzerland

    National City Lions Carnival5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (other times throughout weekend), Kimball ParkAn annual multi-day carnival hosted by the National City Lions Club kicks off Thursday night at Kimball Park at 12th Street and D Avenue. The community event features rides, games, food, and entertainment. It goes down from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and from 12 p.m. to midnight on July 4, culminating with patriotic fireworks at 9 p.m. that night.

    Music in the Gardens: Michael Tiernan5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - EscondidoEnjoy craft beer, live music and lush gardens at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido (1999 Citracado Parkway) during the brewerys summer music series. All season long, patrons can groove to all kinds of musical styles from folk and soul, to rock and pop. On June 29, Michael Tiernan takes the spotlight.

    New Stores, 2nd Valet Coming to Fashion Valley Mall

    Shop With the Chef: Liberty Public Market5:45 p.m., Soda & Swine (Liberty Station)Once a month through August, Liberty Public Market will host its Farmers Market Dinner Series, which invites guests to hang out with a chef from a local eatery. Patrons will walk with that chef through Liberty Public Market and check out fresh ingredients harvested by local farmers ingredients that will be used to create that evenings dinner. After learning about what goes into culinary greatness, guests will enjoy a multi-course dinner back at the chefs restaurant. The first chef in this series will be Phil Esteban, of Soda & Swine at Liberty Station (2750 Dewey Rd.); the event starts at the restaurant at 5:45 p.m. Tickets cost $50 per person and can be purchased ahead of time by calling (619) 501-9989.

    Things to Do in Old Town

    From free museums and historical demonstrations to food, NBC 7's Monica Garske takes a look at some things to do when visiting Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.(Published Thursday, June 1, 2017)

    Sculpture & Cocktails6 p.m., San Diego Museum of ArtThe San Diego Museum of Arts popular 21+ sundown series returns, this time dubbed Sculpture & Cocktails as the evening celebrates the contemporary sculpture exhibition, Richard Deacon: What You See is What You Get. The party takes place under the stars, in an outdoor garden space near some of the museums Art of the Open Air works. Attendees will enjoy sculpture-inspired cocktails, snacks, and activities including an area where they can make screen-printed T-shirts with motifs from Deacons art or pose for a hand-cut paper portrait created by a silhouette artist. An LED-illuminated outdoor game area will offer table tennis, foosball and more. Tickets are $35 (cheaper for members of the museum).

    California Dreaming Beach Party6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Bahia HotelEvery Thursday this summer tonight through Aug. 31 The Bahia Hotel in Mission Bay will host its California Dreaming Beach Party, which includes a clam bake, BBQ, brews and live beachside concert performed by The Mar Dels. Tickets are $49 for adults and $26 for children ages 5 to 12; kids age 5 and under get in free. This is summer, SoCal style, thats for sure.

    2 New Eateries Join Liberty Public Market

    San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves (College Night)6:10 p.m., Petco ParkThe Padres wrap up their three-game series against the Braves at Petco Park Thursday with a 6:10 p.m. game. Its College Night, too, which means special ticket prices for college students (starting at $10 with the online promo code COLLEGE), plus a DJ and summer fun on the Budweiser Patio. All other tickets start at $15.

    Sunset Poolside Jazz Series6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., The Westgate HotelDowntowns Westgate Hotel continues its Sunset Poolside Jazz Series, a summertime series featuring a different performance every Thursday night, through Aug. 31, from Southern Californias finest jazz talents at the hotels pool. The event includes drinks and appetizers, available for purchase. Attendees are asked to spend at least $25 on drinks and food; the entertainment is free. Coral Mcfarland Thuet is the headliner on June 29.

    What to Eat at the San Diego County Fair

    Santee Summer Concert: The Kings of 886:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Town Center Community Park EastSantees Summer Concert Series returns this week with The Kings of 88, paying tribute to the greatest artists of piano rock. This free community event runs each Thursday through the summer, with a different band taking the stage at Town Center Community Park East (550 Park Center Dr.) and family-friendly activities. Bring the family and a blanket and some money to buy snacks from several food trucks lined up on the field.

    LeeAnn Rimes7:30 p.m., Heineken Grandstand Stage at San Diego County FairCountry star LeeAnn Rimes takes the main stage Friday night at the San Diego County Fair. The show is free with paid fair admission in the floor section (standing area only) and unreserved seats in the third and fifth levels. Other seats start at $17, with paid fair admission.

    What to Eat at the 2017 San Diego County Fair

    Latin Thursdays9 p.m., Harrahs Resort Southern CaliforniaEnjoy live Latin music at Harrahs Resort Southern California every Thursday night this month at this 21+ fiesta. The shows cost $10 and are available at the door.

    Things to Do at Balboa Park

    Balboa Park is one of San Diegos best-known landmarks. NBC 7's Monica Garske speaks with Balboa Park Conservancy CEO and president Tomas Herrera-Mishler about a few of the things you should do when you visit the sprawling urban park in the hear of America's Finest City.(Published Thursday, April 20, 2017)

    Friday, June 30

    Coronados Free Summer Shuttle Service8:57 a.m. to 9:42 p.m. (shuttle service times), CoronadoCoronados free summer shuttle service is back, running now through Labor Day. The service aims to make it easier for locals and visitors to cruise around Coronado and catch a ride to popular spots during the busy summer months. Hop on!

    'Movies in the Park' Return to San Diego This Summer

    Food Truck Friday4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Plaza de Panama at Balboa ParkBalboa Parks Food Truck Friday continues, a summertime event that brings more than a dozen food trucks to the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway every Friday evening through Sept. 29. As you grab some food, youll also be able to enjoy live entertainment at the park. Stick around and check out Balboa Park After Dark (see below), happening simultaneously at the park Friday nights this summer.

    2017 San Diego County Fair Opens

    Cruisin Grand Escondido5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Downtown Escondido(235 East Grand Ave.)Downtown Escondidos free, weekly vintage car show continues, running every Friday night through Sept. 29. Cruisin Grand Escondido takes over historic Grand Avenue, with more than 500 cool cars lining the streets. The event, now in its 18th year, draws thousands of attendees. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973 American-made cars. This Friday night, the theme is Little Guys Street Rods. Musical entertainment includes: DJ Dino (spinning on Broadway); Rooster Envy (performing on Juniper Street); The Rudy T Band (playing at Maple Street Plaza); Sum Bucks (performing at Kalmia & Grand).

    Balboa Park After Dark5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Balboa ParkBalboa Parks sundown summertime program continues, with eight museums offering extended late-night hours every Friday through Sept. 29. Some museums are even offering $5 admission deals. Food vendors and live entertainment will also fill the landmark during this Balboa Park After Dark series.

    'Balboa Park After Dark' Shines On

    Summer Movies in the Park6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Otay Lakes County Park and Fallbrook Community CenterSan Diegos fun and free Summer Movies in the Park is back this week with two screenings on Thursday: Trolls at Otay Lakes County Park (2270 Wueste Rd., from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and Sing at Fallbrook Community Center (341 Heald Ln., from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Parking at Otay Lakes County Park is $3 per vehicle; parking at Fallbrook Community Center is free across three lots on Heald Lane and the street. Both venues will offer pre-movie activities but no concessions so bring a picnic to munch on.

    Things to Do in Old Town

    Sunset Luau on the Bay6 p.m., Catamaran Resort Hotel and SpaDreaming of Hawaii? The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in Pacific Beach hosts its 16th season of Sunset Luaus on the shores of Mission Bay, a Friday night event complete with tropical drinks, Polynesian cuisine, and authentic island-inspired music and dancing. The Sunset Luaus take place through Sept. 1; tickets are $69 for adults, $32 for kids ages 5 to 12, and free for little one 5 and younger.

    San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers7:10 p.m., Petco ParkThe Padres start their three-game series at home against the Dodgers Friday night. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.; tickets start at $17. Besides baseball, fans can also enjoy another round of BeerFest at the ballpark on this night an ode to craft brews for the 21+ crowd.

    5 Things to Do in Old Town

    Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story7:30 p.m., Horton Grand TheatreThis musical, presented by Intrepid Theatre and New Village Arts, is set between 1957 and 1958, when Buddy Holly and the Crickets had seven Top 40 songs, including Peggy Sue. The production celebrates the legacy of the young man with thick-rimmed glasses whose career during the golden period of rock n roll was cut short by his tragic, untimely death. Tickets to this toe-tapping show start at $24. The musical runs at this venue through Sunday.

    Dan + Shay7:30 p.m., Heineken Grandstand Stage at San Diego County FairIts another night of country music at the San Diego County Fair. This time, duo Dan Smyers and James Shay Mooney take the Heineken Grandstand Stage at 7:30 p.m. The show is free with paid fair admission in the floor section (standing area only) and unreserved seats in the third and fifth levels. Other seats start at $17, with paid fair admission.

    Ballpark Bites: New Eats at Petco Park

    Star-Spangled Pops7:30 p.m., Embarcadero Marina Park SouthThe San Diego Symphony pays tribute to America with this three-day Star-Spangled Pops concert at Embarcadero Marina Park South. The Symphony will perform patriotic tunes in a show that culminates with a salute to the armed forces and fireworks. Lawn tickets start at $24.

    Coronados Free Shuttle Revs Up for Summer Service

    Saturday, July 1

    Trek with the Trackers8:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors CenterThe Tracking Team at Mission Trails Regional Park takes you on an adventure this Saturday. Follow tracks and other critter evidence as you track lesser-seen animals in the park. The team recommends you wear long pants to enable you to get up close. The trek is free.

    Downtown's Gaslamp Quarter Turns 150

    Meet and Greet With Padre Yangervis Solarte11 a.m., Cox Solutions Store (9349 Mission Gorge Road)Come out to Santee this weekend and meet Padre Yangervis Solarte, who will be at the Cox Solutions Store for a meet-and-greet with fans. Solarte will be at the store for an hour and will sign autographs for the first 150 people to arrive. The event is free.

    Imperial Beach's Red, White and Blue Event12 p.m., Imperial Beach Pier PlazaStart your 4th of July weekend down at the Imperial Beach pier with delicious food, live music, raffle prizes, live performances and more. Additionally, the event will feature local businesses. The event is free.

    A Look Ahead at Some San Diego Theater Highlights in 2017

    Independence Festival at the Border3 p.m., Larson Field-Cesar Chavez Park (Camino De La Plaza)Spend a fun-filled day by the U.S.-Mexico Border this Saturday and celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with a Latin spin. The festival features live music, food, drinks, a bouncy city for the kids and more. The festival runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and ends with fireworks. The event is free to attend.

    B-Side Players & Sol Y Mar5 p.m., Arts District Liberty StationThis month, the Arts District at Liberty Station will host a series of free outdoor concerts on the North Promenade (located between Stone Brewing World Bistro and Garden and the Greetings from Naval Training Station mural). The all-ages concerts start at 5 p.m. This weekends show starts with opening act Sol Y Mar complete with Brazilian Samba dancers followed by headliners The B-Side Players, who fuse the sounds of Cuba, Mexico, Jamaica and Brazil to create funk, rock and jazz-inspired rhythms.

    Craft Beer Delivery Service Launches in San Diego

    Spirits at Sunset: Summer Cocktail Cruise5:30 p.m., Flagship Cruises and EventsTreat yourself to a lovely evening on the Bay this Saturday for the all-new Spirits at Sunset cruise. Board an 82-foot yacht for an evening for 360 views of the beautiful San Diego and bay and your favorite cocktails. Tickets start at $42.50.

    Little Italy Summer Film Festival8 p.m., Amici ParkEvery Saturday night this summer, stop by San Diegos Little Italy Amici Park and enjoy a series of Italian films with English subtitles. The screenings start at 8 p.m. The entry fee is a $5 donation.

    San Diego's Top Breweries

    Sunday, July 2

    Amazing and True Tales9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park (Visitors Center)Hear some of the amazing and fun stories of the animals and inhabitants of the park. This informative walk, led by a trail guide, will teach kids and adults of all ages more about the region. The walk is free.

    Hamilton, Les Mis and More: Broadway SD Announces New Season

    Wildlife Family Fun Day11:30 a.m., San Elijo Lagoon Nature CenterSan Elijo Lagoon Conservancy and County Park Rangers will come together once again for this fun ongoing series on our changing climate for kids and adults alike. Kids will get a chance to get their hands dirty with interactive experiences. This months theme is Wildlife Corridors. The event is free.

    La Jolla Playhouses Escape to Margaritaville2 p.m., La Jolla PlayhouseThe world premiere of Escape to Margaritaville kicks off its first weekend at the Playhouse. The production features some of Jimmy Buffetts best-known hits, in addition to new songs written especially for the musical. The story follows a part-time bartender, part-time singer on a Caribbean island who falls for a beautiful tourist, a woman who makes him question the life he thought he had figured out. Playwrights Greg Garcia ("My Name Is Earl," "Raising Hope") and Mike O'Malley ("My Name Is Earl," "Justified," "Glee") blend a story in the works for years with Buffett classics, under the direction of award-winning director Christopher Ashley. Read more about how the cast and crew paid tribute to Buffetts music here.

    Barefoot Music Cruise3 p.m., Hornblower Cruises and EventsHeres a unique way to enjoy happy hour in San Diego: a two-hour cruise along the San Diego Bay, featuring live music,cocktails, and snacks. Tickets start at $25 per person.

    Summer Sundays5 p.m., Village Walk at Eastlake in Chula VistaCome out and enjoy your summer evening with music from Lady J and Soulful knights at this family-friendly event. For kids 12 and under, there will be craft activities, free facepainting, and free balloon sculptures. Merchants will be giving away food samples and giveaways.

    The Old Globes King Richard II8 p.m., Old Globe Theater in Balboa ParkShakespeare favorite King Richard II continues its run at The Globe. Actor Robert Sean Leonard takes on the title role in one of Shakespeares greatest plays. The play runs through July 15.

    Free or Cheap Things to Do in San DiegoTimes and locations varyFree or Cheap Things to Do in San DiegoLooking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore Americas Finest City.

    Source:http://www.nbcsandiego.com/entertainment/the-scene/san-diego-weekend-events-204328381.html#ixzz4lQU1ZNfB

  • Welcome to your first weekend of summer in San Diego! The start of the season brings us tons of fun outdoor events -- from the San Diego County Fair to festivals. Get out there, soak in the sun, and rejoice that you're here in America's Finest City.

    Thursday, June 22

    La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Takes Home Tony Award

    2017 San Diego County Fair11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Del Mar FairgroundsYee-haw! The San Diego County Fair keeps on truckin, offering rides, entertainment and, of course, gloriously unhealthy fried food. This years theme is Wild, Wild West, so expect a rootin tootin good time. The fair runs through July 4. Admission is $18 for adults ages 13 to 61; $11 for those 62 and older and for kids ages 6 to 12. Little ones 5 and younger get in free. For a round-up of fair deals and discounts, click here. http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Find-Cheap-Tickets-and-Discounts-at-2016-San-Diego-County-Fair-423974094.html

    Your #SanDiegoGram Photos

    Liberty Public Farmers Market2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Near Liberty Public Market at Liberty StationLiberty Stations brand-new weekly farmers market goes down every Thursday near Liberty Public Market, off Perry Road. The farmers market features more than 60 vendors, from local produce growers and specialty food purveyors, to artisan gift merchants. While you peruse vendors, enjoy live performances from local musicians.

    Del Mars Summer Solstice 20175 p.m. to 8 p.m., Powerhouse ParkDel Mar celebrates the arrival of summer with its annual Summer Solstice party featuring food from top-notch local restaurants and sips from wineries and breweries, all against the backdrop of the ocean at sunset. This event, at Powerhouse Park, also includes live music. Tickets are $85.

    Things to Do in Old Town

    From free museums and historical demonstrations to food, NBC 7's Monica Garske takes a look at some things to do when visiting Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.(Published Thursday, June 1, 2017)

    Music in the Gardens: Lee Coulter5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - EscondidoEnjoy craft beer, live music and lush gardens at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido (1999 Citracado Parkway) during the brewerys summer music series. All season long, patrons can groove to all kinds of musical styles from folk and soul, to rock and pop. On June 22, Lee Coulter takes the mic.

    Sunset Poolside Jazz Series

    New Nonstop Flight Launches From San Diego to Switzerland

    6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., The Westgate HotelDowntowns Westgate Hotel continues its Sunset Poolside Jazz Series Thursday night, a summertime series featuring a different performance every week from Southern Californias finest jazz talents at the hotels pool. The event includes drinks and appetizers, available for purchase. Attendees are asked to spend at least $25 on drinks and food; the entertainment is free. The series runs each Thursday through Aug. 31; Trio Gadjo is performing on June 22.

    Santee Summer Concert: The Kelly Rae Band6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Town Center Community Park EastSantees Summer Concert Series returns this week with country tunes from the Kelly Rae Band. This free community event runs each Thursday through the summer, with a different band taking the stage at Town Center Community Park East (550 Park Center Dr.). This weeks gathering will include a 21+ craft beer garden hosted by BNS Brewing & Distilling Co., a petting zoo, and lasso lessons. Bring the family and a blanket and some money to buy snacks from several food trucks lined up on the field.

    What to Eat at the San Diego County Fair

    Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons7:30 p.m., Heineken Grandstand Stage at San Diego County FairChart-topping icons Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons perform Thursday night at the San Diego County Fair, bringing their hits like Big Girls Dont Cry, Walk Like a Man, and Cant Take My Eyes Off You. The real-life Jersey Boys take the Heineken Grandstand Stage at 7:30 p.m.; if youve already paid fair admission that day, tickets to this concert start at $15. Otherwise, tickets start at $32.

    Things to Do at Balboa Park

    Balboa Park is one of San Diegos best-known landmarks. NBC 7's Monica Garske speaks with Balboa Park Conservancy CEO and president Tomas Herrera-Mishler about a few of the things you should do when you visit the sprawling urban park in the hear of America's Finest City.(Published Thursday, April 20, 2017)

    Adele Givens7:30 p.m., The American Comedy Co.Actress and comic Adele Givens is the leading stand-up act this weekend at The American Comedy Co. in downtown San Diego. Fans will recognize this funny lady from her roles on many TV sitcoms including The Hughleys, Martin, Moesha, and The Steve Harvey Show, to name a few. Tickets to her Thursday night comedy show are $22. She also performs Friday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Saturday.

    Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story7:30 p.m., Horton Grand TheatreThis musical, presented by Intrepid Theatre and New Village Arts, is set between 1957 and 1958, when Buddy Holly and the Crickets had seven Top 40 songs, including Peggy Sue. The production celebrates the legacy of the young man with thick-rimmed glasses whose career during the golden period of rock n roll was cut short by his tragic, untimely death. Tickets to this toe-tapping show start at $24. The musical runs at this venue through July 2.

    New Stores, 2nd Valet Coming to Fashion Valley Mall

    Latin Thursdays9 p.m., Harrahs Resort Southern CaliforniaEnjoy live Latin music at Harrahs Resort Southern California every Thursday night this month at this 21+ fiesta. The shows cost $10 and are available at the door.

    2017 San Diego County Fair Opens

    Friday, June 23

    Coronados Free Summer Shuttle Service8:57 a.m. to 9:42 p.m. (shuttle service times), CoronadoCoronados free summer shuttle service is back, running now through Labor Day. The service aims to make it easier for locals and visitors to cruise around Coronado and catch a ride to popular spots during the busy summer months. Hop on!

    2 New Eateries Join Liberty Public Market

    Food Truck Friday4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Plaza de Panama at Balboa ParkBalboa Parks Food Truck Friday continues, a summertime event that brings more than a dozen food trucks to the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway every Friday evening through Sept. 29. As you grab some food, youll also be able to enjoy live entertainment at the park. Stick around and check out Balboa Park After Dark (see below), happening simultaneously at the park Friday nights this summer.

    Things to Do in Old Town

    Cruisin Grand Escondido5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Downtown Escondido(235 East Grand Ave.)Downtown Escondidos free, weekly vintage car show continues, running every Friday night through Sept. 29. Cruisin Grand Escondido takes over historical Grand Avenue, with more than 500 cool cars lining the streets. The event, now in its 18th year, draws thousands of attendees. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973 American-made cars. This Friday night, the musical entertainment includes: DJ High Energy Sound Machine (spinning on Broadway); Martin Coughlin (performing on Juniper Street); The Groove Cats (playing at Maple Street Plaza); Backwater Blues Band (performing at Kalmia & Grand).

    Balboa Park After Dark5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Balboa ParkBalboa Parks sundown summertime program continues with eight museums offering extended late-night hours every Friday through Sept. 29. Some museums are even offering $5 admission deals. Food vendors and live entertainment will also fill the landmark during this Balboa Park After Dark series.

    What to Eat at the 2017 San Diego County Fair

    Summer Movies in the Park6 p.m. to 10 p.m., San Carlos Community ParkSan Diegos fun (and free!) Summer Movies in the Park series continues, this time with a Friday night movie screening of The Secret Life of Pets at San Carlos Community Park (6445 Lake Badin Ave.). The outdoor event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; bring a picnic or money to buy food from concessions vendors at the park. Before the movie, families can enjoy free games, a bounce house, and face painting. Grab a blanket and the family and enjoy a movie under the stars.

    A Posh Pint Pairing Dinner6:30 p.m. to 10 p..m., Bay City BrewingBay City Brewing Co. (3760 Hancock St.) hosts a five-course beer pairing dinner with eats created by Posh Nosh Chef Indo Reyes expertly matched with seven Bay City craft brews. Patrons will enjoy live music while noshing under the stars, too. Tickets are $45, but space is very limited, so reserve your spot online fast.

    Your #SanDiegoGram Photos

    San Diego Padres vs. Detroit Tigers7:10 p.m., Petco ParkThe San Diego Padres start their home game series against the Detroit Tigers Friday. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.; tickets start at $17.

    The New Orleans Swinging Gypsies6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Headquarters at Seaport (in the courtyard)The gypsy, jazz and swing band, The New Orleans Swinging Gypsies, makes its way to The Headquarters at Seaport for this free Friday night concert in the courtyard. Before the show, enjoy free swing dance lessons, so youre ready to cut a rug once the music starts. No experience or dance partner is necessary for this fun freebie.

    'Movies in the Park' Return to San Diego This Summer

    Los Tucanes de Tijuana7:30 p.m., Heineken Grandstand Stage at San DiegoNortea music stars Los Tucanes de Tijuana bring their fast-paced, energizing music to the San Diego County Fairs main stage Friday night. The unreserved seating area in the third and fifth levels is free with paid fair admission; otherwise, tickets start at $17.

    The Stars at West Sycamore8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Mission Trails Regional Park at West Sycamore Staging AreaWeather permitting, the San Diego Astronomy Association leads another stargazing session at Mission Trails Friday night, this time at the West Sycamore Staging Area on the east end of Stonebridge Parkway in Scripps Ranch. The event is free; the Astronomy Association will provide telescopes for those in attendance to borrow during the event.

    'Balboa Park After Dark' Shines On

    Saturday, June 24

    Yoga in the Rotunda8:30 a.m., The San Diego Museum of ManStart your morning off with a peaceful; all levels flow class at the San Diego Museum of Man this Saturday, courtesy of Yoga One. The class will have modifications so everyone can go at their own pace. Participants are asked to bring their own mat, water, and towel to class. The event is $5 to $10.

    San Diego's Top Breweries

    Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival10 a.m., 4800 to 5000 block of Newport Avenue in Ocean BeachIts back, Ocean Beach! More than 70,000 people are expected to stop by Ocean Beach for this popular annual festival on the ocean. In addition to the classic chili cook-off, visitors can enjoy continuous live music, entertainment, the Artists Alley, carnival rides, games, food, vendor booths, a beachside beer garden and so much more. Free trolly services will run from Knights of Columbus parking lot on Bacon Street, between W. Point Loma Boulevard and Voltaire Street, and the parking lot near Sea World Drive and Pacific Coast Highway to the festival. The festival is free.

    Mass Creativity10 a.m., New Childrens MuseumCelebrate Mass Creativitys fifth year at the museum with a special day of art-making workshops for kids of all ages. The hands-on activities will run all day during the free museum event. There will also be live entertainment, festivities and more throughout the day.

    5 Things to Do in Old Town

    Philippine Cultural Arts Festival11 a.m., Balboa Park (Saturday and Sunday)Bring the whole family out to the 32nd annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival this weekend, a free event observing the Declaration of Philippine Independence from Spain in 1898. Throughout the day, enjoy colorful folk dances from different regions, live music and more. Additionally, local artists will sell uniquely designed products inspired by their culture: costume jewelry, T-shirts and more. The popular two-day event is free.

    Local Ales and Acoustics2 p.m., Herringbone in La JollaMix sips and sounds at this monthly event at Herringbone in La Jolla, where local musicians come in to play soothing tunes. Enjoy local beers as you sit back, relax and enjoy the music.

    Ballpark Bites: New Eats at Petco Park

    Island Vibe Musical Festival3 p.m., Qualcomm Stadium Practice FieldHear music from the Pacific Islands at this weekend music festival, featuring Polynesian artists from the islands. As you enjoy music, try the delicious regional food, including Kalua Pig, Chicken Kelaguin, Spam Musubi and more. Tickets start at $20.

    Summer Movies in the Park4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Locations varyOn Saturday, Summer Movies in the Park continues with three different screenings at three locations across the city: Free Willy at Carmel Valley Community Park (3777 Townsgate Dr., from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.); Secret Life of Pets at Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park (3905 Adams Ave., from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.); Despicable Me 2 at Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre in Oceanside (300 North The Strand, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Bring a picnic and enjoy.

    Coronados Free Shuttle Revs Up for Summer Service

    Arts and Amps4:30 p.m., Karl Strauss Tasting RoomIts an afternoon of local music, art and, of course, handcrafted beer this Saturday at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room. The four-hour event will include live music from The Donkeys & Well Well Well. Cohort Collective will provide live mural art. The tasting room will have a diverse line-up of favorites, specialty brews and more. Admission is free.

    San Diego Sights and Sips5:30 p.m., Hornblower Cruises and EventsSunshine, sailing, and cocktails come together on this Hornblower cocktail cruise. Hope on board for a two-hour cruise with champagne, light Hors oeuvres and more as you enjoy a beautiful view of the Bay during sunset. The boat leaves at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50 per person.

    Downtown's Gaslamp Quarter Turns 150

    Gospel Festival: Main Stage Concerts7 p.m., Heineken Grandstand Stage at San Diego County FairThe daylong Gospel Festival at the San Diego County Fair features performances by choirs and soloists across several stages and culminates with two headliners on the main stage: Hezekiah Walker, also known as the hip-hop pastor, and Tasha Cobbs. The concert is free in the floor section and third and fifth levels with paid fair admission; otherwise, tickets start at $17.

    San Diego Padres vs. Detroit Tigers7:10 p.m., Petco ParkThe Padres take on the Tigers in game two of their weekend-long series at Petco Park. On Saturday night, fans in attendance get a free Padres beach mat, while supplies last. Tickets start at $19, and the game at 7:10 p.m.

    A Look Ahead at Some San Diego Theater Highlights in 2017

    Little Italy Summer Film Festival8 p.m., Amici ParkEvery Saturday night this summer, stop by San Diegos Little Italy Amici Park and enjoy a series of Italian films with English subtitles. The screenings start at 8 p.m. The entry fee is a $5 donation.

    Sunday, June 25

    Craft Beer Delivery Service Launches in San Diego

    Taste of Adams Avenue11 a.m., Adam AvenueNearly 50 restaurants, breweries, wine bars, coffee houses and other eateries in University Heights, Normal Heights, and Kensington will showcase their best meals, sips, and snacks. Take a stroll along Adams Avenue by foot, bike or trolley and get a taste of the neighborhood. Tickets start at $35.

    San Diego Padres vs. Detroit Tigers (Kids Fest Day)1:40 p.m., Petco ParkThe Padres wrap up their series against the Tigers at Petco Park with a 1:40 p.m. Sunday showdown. Youll want to bring the kids to this one: it also happens to be Kids Fest on Sunday, with all kinds of fun activities for little sluggers. Tickets start at $17

    Hamilton, Les Mis and More: Broadway SD Announces New Season

    La Jolla Playhouses Escape to Margaritaville2 p.m., La Jolla PlayhouseThe world premiere of Escape to Margaritaville kicks off its first weekend at the Playhouse. The production features some of Jimmy Buffetts best-known hits, in addition to new songs written especially for the musical. The story follows a part-time bartender, part-time singer on a Caribbean island who falls for a beautiful tourist, a woman who makes him question the life he thought he had figured out. Playwrights Greg Garcia ("My Name Is Earl," "Raising Hope") and Mike O'Malley ("My Name Is Earl," "Justified," "Glee") blend a story in the works for years with Buffett classics, under the direction of award-winning director Christopher Ashley. Read more about how the cast and crew paid tribute to Buffetts musichere.

    The Old Globes King Richard II8 p.m., Old Globe Theater in Balboa ParkThe Globe opens their summer season this Sunday with the Shakespeare favorite King Richard II. Actor Robert Sean Leonard returns to the Globe to take on the title role in one of Shakespeares greatest plays. The play runs through July 15.

    Free or Cheap Things to Do in San DiegoTimes and locations varyFree or Cheap Things to Do in San DiegoLooking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore Americas Finest City.

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  • Welcome to your weekend, San Diego! Sure, we may be experiencing a little bit of June Gloom but these events will surely brighten up your days. Get out there and explore everything our incredible city has to offer.

    Thursday, June 15

    La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Takes Home Tony Award

    2017 San Diego County Fair11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Del Mar FairgroundsYee-haw! The San Diego County Fair is in full swing, offering rides, entertainment and, of course, gloriously unhealthy fried food. This years theme is Wild, Wild West, so expect a rootin tootin good time. The fair runs through July 4. Admission is $18 for adults ages 13 to 61; $11 for those 62 and older and for kids ages 6 to 12. Little ones 5 and younger get in free. You can also buy the Best Pass Ever for $26, which gets you admission for all 26 days of the fairor check out some deals and discounts here.

    What to Eat at the San Diego County Fair

    San Diego International Boat Show12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Harbor IslandYearning for a yacht? Check out boats and the newest nautical gear, gadgets and accessories at the four-day San Diego International Boat Show on Harbor Island. More than 80 luxury yachts will be on display throughout the weekend, plus opportunities to test out watersports like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, as well as a Sailing Simulator that shows how a boat reacts to wind and waves without ever leaving dry land. Boating seminars will be held throughout the weekend, too, in which experts will share tips and tales from the high seas. The event includes a Kids Zone for little skippers, where they can partake in arts and crafts. Tickets are $15 per adult. Kids 12 and under get in free. The show runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It may be a cool way to celebrate Father's Day with dad.

    Liberty Public Farmers Market2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Near Liberty Public Market at Liberty StationLiberty Stations brand-new weekly farmers market goes down every Thursday near Liberty Public Market, off Perry Road. The farmers market features more than 60 vendors, from local produce growers and specialty food purveyors, to artisan gift merchants. While you peruse vendors, enjoy live performances from local musicians.

    New Nonstop Flight Launches From San Diego to Switzerland

    Music in the Gardens: Gold Standard5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - EscondidoEnjoy craft beer, live music and lush gardens at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido (1999 Citracado Parkway) during the brewerys summer music series. All season long, patrons can groove to all kinds of musical styles from folk and soul, to rock and pop.

    Meet the Artists of Kilowatt OB6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Kilowatt Brewing Ocean BeachThe Kilowatt Brewing tasting room in Ocean Beach (1875 Cable St.) is a colorful space filled with murals and artistic masterpieces. On Thursday night, grab a beer and meet the artists who helped create the dcor, including muralists like Amber Jahn, Azul Gutierrez, Jorge Gonzalez and Mateo Vega, to name a few. This event is free.

    Things to Do at Balboa Park

    Balboa Park is one of San Diegos best-known landmarks. NBC 7's Monica Garske speaks with Balboa Park Conservancy CEO and president Tomas Herrera-Mishler about a few of the things you should do when you visit the sprawling urban park in the hear of America's Finest City.(Published Thursday, April 20, 2017)

    5-Course Cocktail & Cheese Pairing6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., You & Yours Distilling Co.You & Yours Distilling Co., this cozy, female-led distillery that opened a few months ago in the East Village, will partner with Venissimo cheese shop for a night of cocktail and cheese pairings at the You & Yours tasting room. Head distiller Laura Johnson and Venissimos Professor Cheese Rob Graff will guide guests through five courses of cocktails and cheese each carefully selected to complement one another. Tickets to this 21+ tasting event cost $50 per person. Reserve your post by calling (619) 955-8755. To learn more about Johnsons distillery, read this story.

    Sunset Poolside Jazz Series6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., The Westgate HotelDowntowns Westgate Hotel kicks off its Sunset Poolside Jazz Series Thursday night, an event series featuring a different performance every week from Southern Californias finest jazz talents at the hotels pool. The event includes drinks and appetizers, available for purchase. Attendees are asked to spend at least $25 on drinks and food; the entertainment is free. The series runs each Thursday through Aug. 31; the Leonard Patton Trio is performing on June 15.

    New Stores, 2nd Valet Coming to Fashion Valley Mall

    Santee Summer Concert: The Cat-illacs6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Town Center Community Park EastSantee kicks off its Summer Concert Series with vintage classic rock band, The Cat-illacs. The community event is free, with a different band performing every Thursday through the summer at Town Center Community Park East (550 Park Center Dr.). Bring the family and a blanket and some money to buy snacks from several food trucks lined up on the field.

    Grand Funk Railroad7:30 p.m., Heineken Grandstand Stage at San Diego County FairLongtime classic rockers Grand Funk Railroad hit the stage Thursday night at the San Diego County Fair, hopefully performing many of their hits including Some Kind of Wonderful and Locomotion. The concert is free with paid admission to the fair if you watch from the standing floor section or the unreserved 3rd and 5th level seats. Otherwise, tickets start at $28.

    2 New Eateries Join Liberty Public Market

    The Bodyguard: The Musical7:30 p.m., San Diego Civic TheatreThis Broadway adaptation of the hit 1992 movie starring the late Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner plays at the San Diego Civic Theatre through Sunday. The award-winning musical currently on its U.S. tour stars R&B singer Deborah Cox in Houstons role as superstar Rachel Marron. The romantic thriller is about the lengths that former Secret Service Agent-turned-bodyguard, Frank Farmer, will go to protect the starlet. We will always love this story. Tickets start at $22.50.

    All-Star Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra Concert7:30 p.m., Balboa TheatreAmid the Mainly Mozart Festival running through June 25 comes this concert from the Festival Orchestra, with concertmaster William Preucil at the helm and Australian musician Andrew Bain. Tickets start at $15.

    What to Eat at the 2017 San Diego County Fair

    Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story7:30 p.m., Horton Grand TheatreThis musical, presented by Intrepid Theatre and New Village Arts, is set between 1957 and 1958, when Buddy Holly and the Crickets had seven Top 40 songs, including Peggy Sue. The production celebrates the legacy of the young man with thick-rimmed glasses whose career during the golden period of rock n roll was cut short by his tragic, untimely death. Tickets to this toe-tapping show start at $24. The musical runs at this venue through July 2.

    2017 San Diego County Fair Opens

    Latin Thursdays9 p.m., Harrahs Resort Southern CaliforniaEnjoy live Latin music at Harrahs Resort Southern California every Thursday night this month at this 21+ fiesta. The shows cost $10 and are available at the door.

    Friday, June 16

    'Movies in the Park' Return to San Diego This Summer

    Coronados Free Summer Shuttle Service8:57 a.m. to 9:42 p.m. (shuttle service times), CoronadoCoronados free summer shuttle service is back, running now through Labor Day. The service aims to make it easier for locals and visitors to cruise around Coronado and catch a ride to popular spots during the busy summer months. Hop on!

    Food Truck Friday4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Plaza de Panama at Balboa ParkBalboa Parks Food Truck Friday returns for the summer, bringing more than a dozen food trucks to the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway every Friday evening through Sept. 29. As you grab some food, youll also be able to enjoy live entertainment at the park. Stick around and check out Balboa Park After Dark (see below), happening simultaneously at the park Friday nights this summer.

    Things to Do in Old Town

    Cruisin Grand Escondido5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Downtown Escondido(235 East Grand Ave.)Downtown Escondidos free, weekly vintage car show continues, running every Friday night through Sept. 29. Cruisin Grand Escondido takes over historic Grand Avenue, with more than 500 cool cars lining the streets. The event, now in its 18th year, draws thousands of attendees. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973 American-made cars. This Friday night, the musical entertainment includes: DJ Dino (spinning on Broadway); Rapsody (performing on Juniper Street); Satinettes (performing at Maple Street Plaza); Gino & Lone Gunmen (performing at Kalmia & Grand).

    Balboa Park After Dark5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Balboa ParkBalboa Parks sundown summertime program returns, with eight museums offering extended late-night hours every Friday through Sept. 29. Some museums are even offering $5 admission deals. Food vendors and live entertainment will also fill the landmark during this Balboa Park After Dark series.

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    Summer Movies in the Park6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Locations VarySan Diegos fun (and free!) Summer Movies in the Park series continues, this time with movie screenings at four different parks across the county. At Flinn Springs County Park (14787 Olde Hwy. 80), The Secret Life of Pets will play on the big outdoor screen, with the event running from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are no concessions at this park, so you might want to pack a picnic. The same movie will play at Scripps Ranch Community Park (11454 Blue Cypress Dr.), with the event running from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (with food truck on site with snacks available for purchase). The Secret Life of Pets will also play at downtowns Waterfront Park (1600 Pacific Highway) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Finally, the classic 1978 musical, Grease, will light up the big screen at Nobel Community Park (8810 Judicial Dr.), with that event running from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Grab a blanket, some snacks and the family and enjoy a movie under the stars.

    Salsa Under the Stars6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Headquarters at SeaportHit the courtyard at The Headquarters at Seaport for this free Friday night salsa dancing session under the stars. The Manny Cepeda Orchestra will provide the toe-tapping tunes; no partner or experience necessary to join this fun event.

    'Balboa Park After Dark' Shines On

    15th Annual Beer & Sake Festival7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Harrahs Resort Southern CaliforniaThe Japan Society of San Diego & Tijuana host the 15th annual Beer & Sake Festival at the Events Center at Harrahs Ricon Southern California. The fundraiser features food from local restaurants and sips of sake and craft beer from local breweries, plus art booths, a raffle, a silent auction and live entertainment from San Diego Taiko. Attendees will also be treated to tuna cutting and sword fighting demonstrations. Tickets start at $60; proceeds support educational and community outreach programs.

    Darius Rucker7:30 p.m., Heineken Grandstand Stage at San Diego County FairFormer Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker showcases his pipes at the San Diego County Fair Friday night. Tickets start at $15, if youve already paid admission to the fair.

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    Def Leppard, Poison & Tesla7:30 p.m., Mattress Firm AmphitheatreSpend your Friday night rocking out with some classics as Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla take over Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. Lawn seating starts at $33.

    Saturday, June 17

    Ballpark Bites: New Eats at Petco Park

    Tony Gwynn 5.5K Run and Walk8 a.m., Alesmith Brewing CompanyRun or walk 5.5K this Saturday morning to pay tribute to Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn. The Hall of Famer, coach, teammate and dad is a beloved San Diego player. The funds raised at the event will raise money for the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation.

    Brats and Beer on the Bay10 a.m., Maritime Museum of San DiegoEnjoy a beautiful day on the bay this Saturday with the whole family. The day starts at 10 a.m. as attendees have a chance to grab some food: bratwurst, sandwiches, chips, in addition to cold beer. Then, its all aboard as attendees board a boat for a three hour sailing trip. Tickets start at $48.

    Coronados Free Shuttle Revs Up for Summer Service

    Taste of Gaslamp1 p.m., Gaslamp QuarterTake a culinary tour of San Diego at this 23rd annual event. More than 25 restaurants from Gaslamp will have samples available for San Diegans on their walking tour. The party isnt over when the event end, though. Stop by Altitude Sky Lounge for cocktails and large bite portions. Tickets start at $30.

    The Old Man and The Old Moon2 p.m., Old Globe TheatreCinematic shadow puppetry meets exuberant folk music and fantastical fables in The Old Man And The Old Moon. PigPen Theatre Co. comes sailing into San Diego with this imaginative new production, fresh off award-winning runs in New York, Chicago and Boston. When The Old Man's wife unexpectedly leaves home one day, The Old Man leaves his post refilling The Old Moon's light that spills out each night and goes on a journey to find his love.

    Downtown's Gaslamp Quarter Turns 150

    Little Italy Summer Film Festival8 p.m., Amici ParkEvery Saturday night this summer, stop by San Diegos Little Italy Amici Park and enjoy a series of Italian films with English subtitles. The screenings start at 8 p.m. The entry fee is a $5 donation.

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    Sunday, June 18: Happy Father's Day!

    Fathers Day Concert and BBQ11 a.m., Hotel Del CoronadoTake in the beautiful Coronado island and the historic Hotel Del this Sunday. Enjoy barbeque food and cold drinks as the whole family listens to the Gary Sinise and Lt. Dan Band perform cover hits. More than a thousand are expected to attend the event. Attendees can bring their own blankets, chairs and umbrellas. At 11 a.m., the beach opens to ticketed guests. The concert begins at 5 p.m. with a special skydiving show. Tickets are $75. A portion of the proceeds go to support the Gary Sinise Foundation.

    A Look Ahead at Some San Diego Theater Highlights in 2017

    La Jolla Playhouses Escape to Margaritville2 p.m., La Jolla PlayhouseThe world premiere of Escape to Margaritaville kicks off its first weekend at the Playhouse. The production features some of Jimmy Buffetts best-known hits, in addition to new songs written especially for the musical. The story follows a part-time bartender, part-time singer on a Caribbean island who falls for a beautiful tourist, a woman who makes him question the life he thought he had figured out. Playwrights Greg Garcia ("My Name Is Earl", "Raising Hope") and Mike O'Malley ("My Name Is Earl", "Justified", "Glee") blend a story in the works for years with Buffett classics, under the direction of award-winning director Christopher Ashley. Read more about how the cast and crew paid tribute to Buffetts music here.

    San Diego Musical Theatres Damn Yankees2 p.m., Spreckels TheatreDont miss this Broadway favorite in San Diego, as put on by San Diego Musical Theater. The musical comedy is a retelling of the 1950s Faust legend, during the time when the Yankees dominated baseball. The show runs until June 18.

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    The Old Globes King Richard II8 p.m., Old Globe Theater in Balboa ParkThe Globe opens their summer season this Sunday with the Shakespeare favorite King Richard II. Actor Robert Sean Leonard returns to the Globe to take on the title role in one of Shakespeares greatest plays. The play runs through July 15.

    Free or Cheap Things to Do in San DiegoTimes and locations varyFree or Cheap Things to Do in San DiegoLooking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore Americas Finest City.

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