CHARGERS PRE-SEASON HOME GAMES:
8/9: vs. Green Bay Packers
8/18: vs. Dallas Cowboys
8/1-31: Shakespeare Festival
Location: The Old Globe, Balboa Park
See Shakespeare’s plays “As You Like It,” “Richard III” and “Inherit the Wind” at the Old Globe, where the on-stage action pauses as low-flying planes thunder overhead.
8/5: Life Guard Games Competition
Location: National City Municipal Pool, National City
Watch more than 100 lifeguards compete in a series of events to promote the importance of water safety.
8/7-12: “La Cage Aux Folles”
Location: Civic Theatre, Downtown
Feather boas fly in this tuneful and touching tale of a family’s struggle to stay together as a nightclub owner’s son tries to hide the fact that his father is gay from his fiancée’s conservative parents.
8/11: Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
Location: Aberdeen Dr. and Newcastle Ave., Cardiff-by-the-sea
Bring your pup to this seventh annual doggy festival featuring a pooch agility course, K9 contests and more dog-related vendors than you can raise a leg at.
8/11-12: Fiesta Del Sol San Diego
Location: Cesar Chavez Park, Barrio Logan
Celebrate the rich history and diversity of San Diego’s various cultures at this family-friendly (skip it if you hate strollers) two-day festival, expected to draw a crowd of 75,000 with DJs and live musical acts on multiple stages, plus tons of food and vendor booths.
8/12: Bridal Bazaar
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Downtown
Taste wedding cakes, try on dresses and talk about your big day with more than 200 of San Diego’s top nuptial professionals pitching their goods and services.
Location: Along 5th Ave., Hillcrest
More than 150,000 are expected to help celebrate Hillcrest’s community spirit and fabulousness at this 28th annual street fair featuring art, music, food and drink - not to mention a water slide and the Garden of Eden dance tent.
8/16-19: Tiki Oasis
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Mission Valley
Admission: $70-230 for weekend pass; single day tickets available
Sip mai-tais poolside at this four-day meet-up of everything island oasis-related, including DJs and live bands, a car show and an exotic espionage theme.
8/16-19: Oceanside International Film Festival
Location: Various locations in Oceanside
See final cuts of features, documentaries, and animation by independent filmmakers in San Diego County’s first festival of the 2012 season.
8/18-19: Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride and Festival
Location: Spanish Landing Park, Point Loma
The agenda for this 39th annual event is simple: ride a bike along the harbor in costume, and then drink beer.
8/18-19: 36th Annual World Bodysurfing Championship
Location: Oceanside Pier, Oceanside
Admission: free to watch; $50 entry fee to compete
Watch more than 350 of the world’s top body surfers compete for cash and glory.
8/23-26: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Dragons
Location: Valley View Casino Center, Sports Arena
The Greatest Show on Earth (not counting the Cirque de Soleil shows, of course) returns to the Sports Arena.
Location: Coronado Brewing, Coronado, and Fifty Seven Degrees, Midtown
Join beer lovers and industry experts for brewery tours and tastings of some of the finest craft brews from San Diego and across the country.
8/26: End of Summer Fire Run
Location: La Jolla to Pacific Beach
Run/walk this four-mile course, and then drink beers at the finish line in support of the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation.