San Diego’s top weekend events: July 8 to 11
Thursday, July 8
The Texas songwriter performs his soulful blues and country tunes for the second of a two-night gig at Belly Up. Jenny Don’t and the Spurs opens. The concert is sold out, but for those of you with tickets, the show starts at 8 p.m. Find details.
‘70s Throwback Thursday
The Gaslamp Quarter is throwin’ it back every Thursday night (themes rotate weekly) with extended happy hour specials and a themed roller-skating session by TikTok’s Sunset Roller Club . Event takes place at Island Avenue between Fourth and Sixth Avenues from 6 to 9 p.m.; gaslamp.org/events.
Summer and Songs!
The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley hosts this weekly free concert featuring a diverse lineup of musicians and vocalists (through Aug. 19). This week’s session singer is Celeste Barbier, known for soulful folk, jazz, pop and blues covers. The show is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the outdoor Village Square located between Pacific Standard and Death by Tequila; summerandsongs.com.
Actor, writer and comedian Colin Kane (Andrew Dice Clay’s “The Blue Show,” The Howard Stern Show, Kevin Hart’s “The Wedding Ringer”) appears in San Diego for a three-night stint at the Gaslamp’s American Comedy Co. Show times are 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. nightly; tickets start at $10. Visit americancomedyco.com.
Friday, July 9
The Old Globe Cabaret Series: Eden Espinosa
The Old Globe wraps up its outdoor cabaret series with Eden Espinosa, star of a variety of musicals including “Wicked,” “Rent” and the Old Globe’s “Rain.” Espinosa will perform a collection of cabaret songs at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre Stage. Tickets range from $29 to $65; find details and purchase at theoldglobe.org.
Ghost Light Masquerade
All those haunted theater myths and superstitions will come to life at an outdoor, promenade performance put on by The Rosin Project. Guests enter with a secret password and explore the grounds while performers dance “between reality and legend.” The doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m., there will be a hosted bar from 8 to 11 p.m. The masquerade happens July 9 and 10 at Plaza 17 in Liberty Station. Find rules, details and tickets at therosinboxproject.com/ghost-light-masquerade
Del Mar Antiques + Art + Design Show
Head to the Del Mar Fairgrounds to browse more than 100 exhibitors, offering antique furniture, ceramics, jewelry, rare books, clothing, rugs, toys, vintage clothing and much more. Tickets are $8 and the event is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. delmarantiques.com
Los Angeles-based comedian and writer Fahim Anwar, known for his one hour special, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” performs Friday through Sunday at The Comedy Store in La Jolla. Tickets are $25 plus a two-drink minimum. Shows are at 7 and 9:30 p.m., find tickets and details at thecomedystore.com/la-jolla.
Saturday, July 10
San Diego Bayfest 2021
This all-reggae festival at Waterfront Park features live music, food, craft beer, DJs, and vendor booths. The lineup includes Dirty Heads, Sublime with Rome, Fortunate Youth, The Aggrolites, KBong and Denm as well as reggae-inspired DJS spinning between sets. The event is for 21+ and happens from 1 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50 to $250 and can be purchased at sandiegobayfest.com.
Silent Revival, A Gaslamp Disco Experience
Every Saturday night through July and August, the Gaslamp Quarter presents Silent Revival, A Gaslamp Disco Experience. This family-friendly silent disco features three DJ booths with various musical stylings, like ‘80s/'90s Top 40, Reggaeton, House Music and more. Headset rentals are $20 in advance and $25 day of. Event runs from 6 to 11 p.m. at Fifth and Island; gaslamp.org/events for more info.
San Diego Pride: SheFest
San Diego Pride kicks off this weekend with its flagship event, SheFest. The day starts virtually with interviews, presentations and performances, which will be streaming on SheFest’s Facebook page from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then head to Hillcrest for the in-person festivities, including live music, workshops, activities, and LGBTQ+ vendors and community groups. 1 to 6 p.m. at the Hillcrest Flag Pole, 1500 University Ave. Visit sdpride.org/event/shefest21 for details.
Sunday, July 11
High Tea Music and Arts Festival & Fundraiser
Botica and The Hillstreet Country Club celebrate the arts, music, culture and cuisine of San Diego’s BIPOC communities with a picnic style concert at Oceanside’s Goat Hill Park. Performers include Thee Sacred Souls, Chulita Vinyl Club, The Renters, Irenie West, T. Rexico and H/lf. There will also be public speakers, art installations and other performances. Tickets start at $75 for an adult general admission ticket, with add-ons available for food and merch. Find details.
San Diego Pride: Resilient Community March
Although the annual Pride Parade and Festival is not happening this year, San Diego Pride will host a scaled down march. Gather at 10:30 a.m. at Sixth Avenue and Upas Street in Balboa Park, with the march to the Pride Flag in Hillcrest starting at 11 a.m. Participants are encouraged to dress up in Pride attire, wave flags, and hold signs. Visit sdpride.org/event/march711 for details.
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