San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Oct. 14-17
Here are the top events happening in San Diego from Thursday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 17:
Thursday, Oct. 14
San Diego International Film Festival
Now in its 20th year, the 11-day San Diego International Film Festival will screen more than 160 features, documentaries and more at local venues including on board the USS Midway. Begins Thursday and goes through Oct. 24 at various locations. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the event; check website for updates on facial coverings. $16 to $259; sdfilmfest.com.
San Diego Filipino Film Festival
This inaugural festival will present 40 films highlighting voices and stories from the Filipino community. The six-day event happens at different locations across San Diego County. Various times and location Thursday through Tuesday. Check sdfilipinocinema.org for times and schedule.
Live Nation and Casbah present alternative rock band The Score at House of Blues, with openers Cemetery Sun and Stereo Jane. 7 p.m. House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. $20; houseofblues.com/sandiego/concert-events. Proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within previous 72 hours required for entry.
Friday, Oct. 15
Brahms V. Radiohead
Conductor Steve Hackman combines the epic sounds of Radiohead’s “OK Computer” with Brahms’ First Symphony complete with a full orchestra and pop vocalists. And no, in case you were wondering, the band Radiohead does not make an appearance. 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, downtown. $25 to $95; theshell.org.
Escondido’s Pacific Lyric Association returns to live performances with a full production of Richard Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” featuring 25 singers and 25 musicians and full costumes and scenery. The comic operetta is the story of a prank between friends at a Viennese costume ball. 7 p.m. Friday and Oct. 22; 3 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 24. $48; pacificlyricassociation.com
“Love, Loss and What I Wore”: Coronado Playhouse presents three performances of Nora and Delia Ephron’s play based on Ilene Beckerman’s book of witty stories about women, seen through the lens of their clothing. Full vaccination required or negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of curtain. Face masks required. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado; coronadoplayhouse.org
The Crystal Method
The pioneering EDM group returns to San Diego for a 21+ show that also features Chrysocolla (The Deep End) and DJ Joemama. 9:30 p.m. Friday. Music Box, 1337 India St., Little Italy. $22; musicboxsd.com. Proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within previous 72 hours required for entry.
Punk rock band Dwarves performs a 21+ show in San Diego, joined by Shattered Faith, Bossfight and Focke Wolves. 8 p.m. Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., Normal Heights. $25.10; sodabarmusic.com. Proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within previous 72 hours required for entry.
Love Revisited, The Loons
One of the finest Los Angeles-bred rock bands of the 1960s, Love, is still revered for its third album, 1967’s psychedelic masterpiece, “Forever Changes.” Band mastermind Arthur Lee died in 2006, but Love mainstay Johnny Echols is still on board at 74 and heads a band of devoted Love acolytes. Veteran San Diego quintet The Loons is well worth arriving early to hear. 9:30 p.m. Friday. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Middletown. $20; casbahmusic.com. Proof of full vaccination or negative PCR test within 72 hours of show is required.
Singer-songwriter Tinashe — known for blending alternative R&B, pop, and hip hop genres — brings The 333 Tour to San Diego. 7 p.m. The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., North Park. $32.50; concerts.livenation.com
Pop rock band X Ambassadors, currently on The Beautiful Liar Tour, will perform an all-ages show with openers Taylor Janzen and Scarypoolparty. 6:30 p.m. House of Blues San Diego, Gaslamp. $29.50-$65; houseofblues.com/sandiego/concert-events. Proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within previous 72 hours required for entry.
Blended Festival San Diego aims to “blend” together food, music and alcohol as well as a variety of experiences, like a wellness tent, sunset yoga, a silent disco, a 100-foot wine tent and a culinary stage. There will also be live music featuring headliners like Loud Luxury and Deorro on Friday and Nelly and The Chainsmokers on Saturday. Attendees are required to take the CLEAR Health Pass survey within 72 hours of the event (via the app or onsite). 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday; noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Spanish Landing Park, 3900 N. Harbor Drive, Harbor Island. $69 to $499;blendedfestival.com.
Steve Byrne at The Comedy Store La Jolla
Comedian Steve Byrne (best known for the sitcom “Sullivan & Son” and the movie “The Opening Act”) will perform in San Diego all weekend. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday ; 7 p.m. Sunday. The Comedy Store, 916 Pearl St., La Jolla $25; thecomedystore.com/la-jolla.
Paul Rodriguez at The Laugh Factory
Mexican-American comedian and actor Paul Rodriguez performs all weekend at San Diego’s newest comedy club. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday , 7 p.m. Sunday TLaugh Factory San Diego, inside the Keating Hotel, 432 F Street, Gaslamp. Tickets start at $25; laughfactory.com/clubs/san-diego.
Sisqó at Fluxx
The 2000s comeback will be alive and well when Sisqó (“Thong Song”) appears at this Gaslamp nightclub. 9 p.m. Friday , Fluxx nightclub, 500 Fourth Avenue, Gaslamp. fluxxsd.com.
Saturday, Oct. 16
Yolanda Lopez: Portrait of the Artist
The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego presents the first solo museum exhibition by Yolanda Lopez, the San Diego-born artist and Chicana activist who died on Sept. 3. The opening reception, co-presented with Centro Cultural de la Raza will have live music as well as food and drinks by Mujeres Brew House. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. MCASD Downtown, 1100 Kettner Blvd., downtown. Admission is free but you must RSVP; mcasd.org.
Filipino-American History Celebration
In honor of Filipino History Month, head to Chula Vista for this third annual event that features live music, dancing, a fashion show and more. And don’t forget the food: Seafood City, Grill City and additional vendors will offer traditional Filipino fare like adobo, lumpia and pancit. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Otay Ranch Town Center, 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista. Free; otayranchtowncenter.com/en/events/filipino-american-heritage-event-29085.html
Dan + Shay
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney bring their country pop music stylings to San Diego for a show that also features The Band Camino and Ingrid Andress. 7 p.m. Saturday. Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway District. $20 to $89.50; pechangaarenasd.com. Proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within previous 72 hours required for entry.
The band behind perennial San Diego radio favorites “Come Original,” “Beautiful Disaster” and “Amber” returns to town for its Live From the Ride Tour. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, Chula Vista. $35 to $79.50; livenation.com.
Song and Symphony
The San Diego Symphony, conducted by Rafael Payare, presents a program featuring Boulanger , Mahler and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, downtown. $25 to $108; theshell.org.
Pop rock band hellogoodbye — known for hits like “Here (In Your Arms)” and “Oh, It Is Love” — will play a 21+ show at Casbah, which also features openers Limbeck and The Tulips. 9 p.m. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. $20; casbahmusic.com. Proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within previous 72 hours required for entry.
Nelly at Parq
As part of the Blended Festival’s official after-party, headliner Nelly will stop by to keep the good times going. Parq, 615 Broadway, Gaslamp. $24.74 for GA; $40.21 for VIP; parqsd.com
Sunday, Oct. 17
Willie Nelson and Family, The Avett Brothers
Willie Nelson (who performs his concerts while seated, rather than standing) returns to San Diego with folk rock outfit The Avett Brothers and Nashville indie group Ida Mae. 7 p.m. Sunday. Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, SDSU. $39.50-$129.50; livenation.com.
Perry Vásquez: Oasis
Renowned San Diego artist and recent San Diego Art Prize recipient Perry Vásquez has a new solo exhibition featuring his series of palm tree paintings.10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday(RSVP required). Sparks Gallery, 530 6th Ave., downtown; sparksgallery.com.
Lamb’s Gospel Cabaret
Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado hosts a 90-minute concert of gospel songs and music at its home theater. Full vaccination required or negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of curtain. Face masks required. 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado. $36 to $58; lambsplayers.org
Men I Trust
Canadian indie pop trio Men I Trust, who just released its “Untourable Album” in August, performs a sold-out show at Belly Up with Michael Seyer. 8 p.m. Belly Up Tavern, 143 South Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. $22; bellyup.com (Note: This show is sold out, but resale tickets are available.)
Pumpkin Decorating + Cider Donuts
Love fall? Bivouac Ciderworks invites you to its tap room to celebrate the season with an afternoon of pumpkin decorating, paired with lots of pumpkin spice. Tickets include a pumpkin, decorating supplies, a glass of Cat’s Paw Pumpkin Spice Cider and Nomad Donut’s Pumpkin Spice Cider donuts. Plus, the 21+ event will stream Halloween movies while you eat, drink and decorate. 2:30 p.m. Bivouac Ciderworks, 3986 30th St. North Park. $35; eventbrite.com/e/ultimate-fall-celebration-pumpkin-decorating-cider-donuts-tickets-188644459657
San Diego’s all-female salsa band — Sabrosas Latin Orquesta — performs at New Village Arts to close out Hispanic Heritage Month. 3:30 to 5 p.m. New Village Arts, 2787 State St. Carlsbad. $20; newvillagearts.org. Masks required for unvaccinated individuals and encouraged for vaccinated guests.
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