San Diego: This Weekend (July 3-July 8)

We’re including 4th of July in our weekend roundup filled with fireworks, pool parties, the Rough Water Swim and comedian Kevin Hart.

7.4: Big Bay Boom

Grab a lawn chair, and prepare for 18 minutes of eye-popping pyrotechnics launched from four barges in the Big Bay during one of the West Coast’s largest Fourth of July fireworks show. — Michael Benninger

Viewing areas from Point Loma to Coronado,

Big Bay Boom

SAN DIEGO, July 4, 2016 | With the downtown San Diego skyline in the background, fireworks explode over San Diego Bay during the Port of San Diego 2016 Big Bay Boom fireworks show on Monday. | Photo by Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/ZUMA PRESS San Diego Union-Tribune 

(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)

7.4: Jeff Ross

“I found a lump on my testicles. The doctor said it was my d**k. He thinks I should have it removed.” — Jeff Ross on Just for Laughs

@ Del Mar Fairgrounds,

Jeff Ross

“Jeff Ross Roasts the Border: Live from Brownsville, Texas,” a one-hour docu-comedy special premiers Thursday, November 16 on Comedy Central.

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7.4: O’fest Beach Festival

Capping off Oceanside’s Star-Spangled Independence Week, this event will be chock full of food, activities and retail vendors in Pier Plaza and amphitheater parking lot. — Michael Benninger


The Strand from O’side Pier to Tyson Street Park, Oceanside,

O’fest Beach Festival

O’fest Beach Festival will have vendors, food and plenty of activites. 

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7.4: Lafayette Red, White & Brew Pool Party

Spend the Fourth poolside with suds flowing from Coronado Brewing and beats from Chug Boat.

2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park,

7.4: 44th annual Crown City Classic

Celebrate your 7/4 with a 7.4-mile run through historic Coronado, or opt for a far-shorter 5K if that’s more your speed. — Michael Benninger

Orange Avenue, Coronado,

Crown City Classic

Crown City Classic is a 7.4-mile run through Coronado. 

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7.4: 60th annual Rough Water Swim

Swimmers from their tweens to their 70s compete in a variety of distances to demonstrate their devotion to open-water racing. — Michael Benninger


Central Beach, Coronado,

Rough Water Swim

Rough Water Swim will take place in Coronado. 

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7.5: San Diego Surfrider Morning After Mess

Repent for your Independence Day sins by getting rid of filth on the fifth, as Surfrider hosts its annual cleanup to pick up the tons of trash left behind by irresponsible beachgoers. — Michael Benninger

Fiesta Island, Mission Bay,

San Diego Surfrider Morning After Mess

The San Diego Surfrider Morning After Mess aims to clean the beaches after many people come to celebrate Independence Day. 

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7.6: Klingande 

French tropical house DJ/producer Klingande (aka Cédric Steinmylier) recently teamed up with Jamaican singer Krishane, the son of reggae veteran Barrington Levy, on his latest single, Rebel Yell. An eight-song remix EP for the song was released last month. — Scott McDonald




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7.6, 7: Fortune Feimster  

The Walking Dead finally got in on the LGBT action. It took them long enough to figure out that if anyone is going to survive a zombie apocalypse, it’s a lesbian. Yeah, I don’t know if you’ve ever been camping with one, but they can survive five weeks in the wilderness with a match, a can of beans and a dreamcatcher. They’re handy.” — Fortune Feimster at The 25th Annual GLAAD Awards

@ The Comedy Store,

Fortune Feimster
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Comedian Fortune Feimster performs on stage during the ninth annual PFLAG National Straight for Equality Awards Gala on March 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for PFLAG)
(D Dipasupil / Getty Images for PFLAG)

7.6-8: Second annual Impride Comedy Festival

Finest City Improv again partners with SD Pride for three days of LGBT-related comedy, classes and celebrations benefiting local youth arts programs. — Michael Benninger

The Lafayette Hotel, North Park,

Impride Comedy Festival

The Impride Comedy Festival will be at The Lafayette Hotel in North Park. 

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7.7: SheFest

Committed to strengthening the bond between San Diego’s LGBT community and the city as a whole, this woman-centric event celebrates and supports the contributions of the fairer sex while fostering authentic connections among attendees. — Michael Benninger

North Park Community Park, North Park,


SheFest is a woman-centric event committed to strengthening the LGBT community in San Diego.

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7.7: Longship Brewery Second Anniversary Party

This ticketed event includes a beer garden, food vendors, games and entertainment and raffles. After 5 p.m. the celebration will open to the public (no tickets required). — Carolina Gusman

10320 Camino Santa Fe, Ste C, Sorrento Valley,

Longship Brewery
Longship Brewery tasting room. (Nancee E. Lewis)
(Nancee E. Lewis / )

7.7: Kevin Hart  

“You gotta know who you are as an individual. If you’re not a fighter, understand that you’re not a fighter. I know I’m not a fighter, that’s why I carry a whistle. I will blow the s**t out of a whistle into somebody’s face. You can f**k with me if you want to. You’re going to win the fight, but you won’t hear s**t tomorrow, bitch.” — Kevin Hart on I’m a Grown Little Man

@ Viejas Arena,

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart addresses the audience during the Universal Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2016, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

7.7: Mercer 

Paris-born, Miami-based producer Mercer (aka Nicolas Mercier) is part of the Pardon My French collective with fellow countrymen/DJs Tchami, DJ Snake, and Malaa, the last of whom remixed Mercer’s latest single, Satisfy (feat. Ron Carroll), a month ago. — Scott McDonald

@ Bassmnt,



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7.8: Sixth annual Walk for Sobriety

Delivering help and hope to thousands of locals affected by addiction, this well-intentioned walk benefits the McAlister Institute, one of the city’s leading resources for substance abuse treatment and recovery. — Michael Benninger

NTC Park in Liberty Station, Point Loma,

7.8: Destructo 

One-time CEO and founder of HARD Events Gary Richards has performed under the Destructo moniker for more than two decades. Currently the president of LiveStyle, Richards recently teamed up with veteran Brooklyn rapper Busta Rhymes for current single, F**king S**t Up. — Scott McDonald

@ Quartyard,



(Nico Lamare)

7.7 Major League Rugby Championships

While the hometown SD Legion got bumped out in the playoffs last weekend, San Diego will play host to Glendale Raptors and Seattle Seawolves as they battle it out for the top spot in the league.

Torero Stadium, USD,


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