Things To Do

San Diego: This Weekend (July 12-15)

Events around San Diego this weekend include San Diego Pride weekend, the Over the Line Tournament, comedian Marlon Wayans and Horizon Beer Festival.

7.12: 16th annual PIFA Taste of the Pacific Islands

Embrace the flavors of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia at this fundraising food-fest that showcases a fusion of styles from local restaurants famous for their island-inspired eats. — Michael Benninger

Ski Beach, Mission Bay, 

PIFA Taste of the Pacific Islands

Learn about Pacific Islander cuisine and culture at PIFA’s 16th annual event. 

(Courtesy photo)

7.12: Haute to Trot Fashion Show

Emerging designers will gather in La Jolla to show off men’s and women’s fashion, which will then be for sale, fit for the racetrack when Del Mar kicks off racing season on July 18.

Covo, 1205 Prospect St., La Jolla,

7.12: OUT to End Gun Violence

Billed as a San Diego Pride and Comic-Con Kickoff, this show at Little Italy’s Music Box to benefit The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, will feature Danielle LoPresti and Alicia Champion, East of Eli featuring Supergirl‘s Chyler Leigh and resident DJ and surivior from Pulse Nightclub, DJ Infinite.

Music Box, 1337 India St., Little Italy,


7.12-15: Marlon Wayans  

“What I love about Jay Z is that he’s an artist that matures and his music matures with him. Like right now, his new album, 4:44, he’s talking about grown-man shit. Stuff that’s relevant to grown-ass men. He’s talking about marriage, and children, and family legacy and wealth... and cheating on your wife, and getting caught, and getting your ass beat in the elevator by her crazy little sister. You know, shit that happens to grown-ass folks. That shit happened to me twice last year.” — Marlon Wayans on Woke-ish

@ The American Comedy Co.,

Marlon Wayans
MOUNT POCONO, PA - FEBRUARY 06: Marlon Wayans performs at Mount Airy Casino Resort on February 6, 2016 in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Mount Airy Casino Resort)
(Dave Kotinsky / Getty Images for Mount Airy Casi)

7.13: Deorro 

DJ Deorro (aka Erick Orrosquieta) followed his 26-song 2017 debut LP, Good Evening, with four new singles so far this year — Existence, Offspring, Sonar and last month’s Shakalaka with Steve Aoki, MAKJ and Max Styler. — Scott McDonald




(Courtesy photo)

7.13-15: San Diego Pride

  • The Rally: Kick off Pride weekend on July 13 by tuning into talks from inspiring speakers and recognizing local LGBTQ leaders who continue to unite our city’s diverse communities.
  • Pride 5K Run: On July 14, don your rainbow regalia for this fast, flat 5K that follows the same route as the parade it precedes.
  • Pride Parade: Join more than 200,000 other cheerful attendees on July 14 for this year’s 1.5-mile Persist with Pride parade, which starts on University Avenue near Normal Street and turns down Sixth Avenue before concluding in Balboa Park at Upas Street.
  • The Festival: Celebrating diversity and inclusion through cultural presentations and exhibits, San Diego’s biggest summer bash, July 14-15, returns to the west side of Balboa Park with merchant booths, community resources and four stages of live, local entertainment. JoJo and TLC headline.

Click here for a chance to win tickets to San Diego Pride.

Hillcrest and surrounding area,


San Diego Pride

SAN DIEGO, CA: July 15, 2017 | Fonzi Figueroa, left, of Hillcrest, and Cassidy Richards, Miss Gay Pride SD 2017, right, of North Park take a selfie photo before the 2017 San Diego Pride parade began. | Photo by Howard Lipin/San Diego Union-Tribune/ZUMA PRESS

(Howard Lipin / San Diego Union-Tribune)

7.13-15: Owen Smith  

“Marriage, man. It’s the words ‘I do’ I don’t like. Ugh. I’d get married it they’d let me said, “I’ll do my best.’” — Owen Smith on Conan

@ The Comedy Store,

Owen Smith

Owen Smith.

(Benjo Arwas / )

7.14: Audien 

Connecticut-born producer Audien (aka Nate Rathbun) hit No. 1 on the U.S. Dance Chart with the 2015 single Insomnia featuring Parson James. In February, Rathbun appeared on a remake of the Montell Jordan hit This Is How We Do It with bi-coastal house duo Party Pupils. — Scott McDonald

@ Parq,

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 22: Audien performs at the SiriusXM Music Lounge at 1 Hotel South Beach on March 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
(Gustavo Caballero / Getty Images for SiriusXM)

7.14: Opera en la Calle

An open-air opera festival on Saturday will bring together local singers and invited guests to the streets of Tijuana’s Colonia Libertad for performances featuring composers such as Gaetano Donizetti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss.


Fifth Street in Colonia Libertad, Tijuana, 

A character in Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot, displays a prop sword at the 11th Opera en la Calle
A character in Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot, displays a prop sword at the 11th Opera en la Calle music festival held in Tijuana’s Colonia Libertad on July 5, 2014 in Tijuana, Mexico. Photo - David Maung User Upload Caption: Fotos de archvio, Opera en la calle
(David Maung / )

7.14: Ninth annual Vista BBQ Classic 2018

This full-blown country music festival and BBQ cook-off — at a new venue for the first time — combines Old West-style entertainment, a beer and spirits garden and a Best Denim Butt contest, among other attractions. — Michael Benninger

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista,

Vista BBQ Classic

Vista will have the BBQ and country tunes, all they ask is for patrons to bring an empty stomach and their dancing shoes. 

(vichie81 / Getty Images/iStockphoto)

7.14: San Diego Women’s Pride Brunch

Featuring Virginia delegate Danica Roem (the country’s first openly transgender woman in a state legislature) as the keynote speaker, this inspiring LGBTQ brunch kicking off Pride in San Diego will focus on empowering women in leadership positions. — Michael Benninger

Gossip Grill, Hillcrest,

San Diego Women’s Pride Brunch

San Diego, CA , 2017 July 15, 2017 Victory Fund Women’s Brunch, San Diego © 2017 Nancee E. Lewis / Nancee Lewis Photography.

(Nancee E. Lewis / )

7.14: Horizon Beer Festival

Blending good vibes, mellow beats, and vibrant views, this beer festival showcases world renowned artists and up-and-coming DJs alongside full bars, incredible food and one-of-a-kind interactive experiences. Portuguese producer RAC (aka André Anjos), whom headlines the event, released more than 200 remixes before dropping a pair of full-length, guest-filled LPs in 2014 and 2017. The Grammy-winning songwriter released Peaches (RAC Mix) last month with CRAY. — Michael Benninger, Scott McDonald

Embarcadero Marina Park North, downtown,

Horizon Beer Festival

RAC is the headliner for this sunset festival serving drinks, food and art. 

(Adam Hahn / )

7.14: Cheech & Chong  

Tommy Chong: “I smoked a Tampax once, man.”

Cheech Marin: “Really?”
Tommy Chong: “It looked like a joint.

Cheech Marin: “Yeah…?”

Tommy Chong: “It wasn’t bad. It had a real familiar taste.”

Cheech Marin: “Oh, yeah…”

Tommy Chong: “But it gave a new meaning to cottonmouth, though, man.”

— Cheech & Chong on Gotham Comedy Live

@ Pala Casino, 

Cheech & Chong

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 17: Cheech and Chong at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb) 

(Rich Polk / Getty Images for IMDb)

7.14: Sun & Sea Festival

Following a Superheroes in the Sand theme, I.B.’s annual beach bash boasts a pancake breakfast, a community parade, and world-class sandcastle sculptors amid live music, a farmers market and activities for youngsters. — Michael Benninger

Portwood Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach,

Sun & Sea Festival
IMPERIAL BEACH, July 16th, 2016 | 2016 Imperial Beach Sun and Sea Festival sand castle competition. Team San Diego Sand Castle’s finished display, Interstellar Ape. Chadd Cady for the San Diego Union-Tribune
(Chadd Cady / San Diego Union-Tribune)

7.14: Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce Tournament

Scores of teams compete to “kiss” balls as one of San Diego’s most reputable restaurant groups hosts its annual lawn bowling tournament benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad. — Michael Benninger

Dog Beach, Del Mar,

Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce Tournament

Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce Tournament invites all bocee enthusiasts.

(Pat Maldi)

7.14-15, 21-22: Over the Line

Three-player teams with off-color names battle it out to see who can bat balls the farthest as Mission Bay’s long-runningBYOB bonanza returns to Fiesta Island. — Michael Benninger

Fiesta Island, Mission Bay,

Over the Line

SAN DIEGO, July 16th, 2017 | Championship Sunday at the 64th annual Over The Line tournament on Fiesta Island. Savannah Johnson hits a pitch from Kelsey McGowan during a 2 out rally. Chadd Cady for The San Diego Union-Tribune

(Chadd Cady / San Diego Union-Tribune)

7.15: FIFA Championship Viewing Party

Take to the streets of North Park bright and early in celebration of the World Cup championship game, which will be shown on two jumbotrons along 30th Street, followed by a Sunday Funday Fan Zone After-Party. — Stacy Marquez

30th Street at University Avenue, North Park,

7.15: 10th annual USD Wine Classic

Benefitting the USD Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund, this oenophile event features a selection of wineries owned or operated by USD alumni, parents and friends. — Michael Benninger

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, USD

USD Wine Classic

Alumni, parents and friends of USD will showcase their wine on July 15.

(Courtesy photo)


7.15: Sixth annual PAWmicon

Play dress up with your doggy for this free, costume-centric pet event featuring music, games and more, all benefiting the Helen Woodward Animal Center. — Michael Benninger

Hazard Center, Mission Valley,

Sixth annual PAWmicon

Super Scruffies take PAWmicon.

(Courtesy photo / )

7.15: Steve Lawler 

The award-winning British tech-house DJ recently paired with veteran American record producer Arthur Baker (New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Afrika Bambaataa) on the April-released single, Into The Groove— Scott McDonald

@ WorldBeat Center, 

Steve Lawler

Steve Lawler.

(Courtesy photo)

7.15: Goldroom 

Ahoy, mateys! Boston-born, L.A.-based DJ and musician Goldroom (aka Josh Legg) braves the high seas to bring a dance party to the people — at sea. Legg’s debut album, West of the West, was released in 2016. — Scott McDonald

@ Adventure Hornblower,



(Eleanor Stills)

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