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!
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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 TownFrom 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.
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 ParkBalboa 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.
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.
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.
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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