August Calendar

8/3-5: vs. New York Mets
8/6-8: vs. Chicago Cubs
8/17-19: vs. San Francisco Giants
8/20-22: vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
8/27-29: vs. Atlanta Braves

8/9: vs. Green Bay Packers
8/18: vs. Dallas Cowboys

8/1-31: Shakespeare Festival
Location: The Old Globe, Balboa Park
Admission: $20-85
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
Admission: Free
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
Admission: $25-100
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
Admission: Free
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
Admission: Free
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
Admission: $9-12
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.

8/12: Cityfest
Location: Along 5th Ave., Hillcrest
Admission: Free
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
Admission: $25-50
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
Admission: $20-65
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
Admission: $17-173
The Greatest Show on Earth (not counting the Cirque de Soleil shows, of course) returns to the Sports Arena.

8/24-25: Beer-Con
Location: Coronado Brewing, Coronado, and Fifty Seven Degrees, Midtown
Admission: $119-$150
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
Admission: $35-48
Run/walk this four-mile course, and then drink beers at the finish line in support of the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation.