Things To Do

San Diego: This Weekend (Aug. 16-19)

Top events in town this weekend include the Latin Food Festival, Turf & Surf BBQ Classic, the World Bodysurfing Championships and Steve Aoki at Omnia nightclub.

8.16: Live Cooking Demo: Easy Summer Apps & Cocktails

Join Sam the Cooking Guy and bartenders from the Little Italy Food Hall Bar for an evening filled with ways to impress your friends and neighbors at your next summer gathering.

Little Italy Food Hall, 550 W. Date St., Little Italy, 

8.16-18: Billy Bonnell  

Billy Bonnell

Billy Bonnell.

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“I like technology, but I think it gets too fancy too fast. Like my buddy just bought a Lexus and it parallel parks itself. Seriously, he just pulls the car where he wants to park, hits a button, and the computer’s like, ‘I got this shit.’ That’s too fancy, Lexus. Great job, you guys invented a computer to get the car to park itself, but you guys never figured out how to get objects in the mirror to be exactly as they appear. Who’s working on that? Hey Lexus, how ’bout you just fix that mirror, and maybe I can parallel park this sh*t all by myself.” — Billy Bonnell at the Laugh Factory

@ The American Comedy Co.,

8.16: National Rum Day

SO many places around San Diego have great rum cocktails, but on National Rum Day here’s a list of the top spots to check out, plus some great deals.

Havana 1920

Rum flights at Havana 1920.

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8.17: Jeff Foxworthy  

“Every house that we’ve ever lived in, I’ve always slept between my wife and the door to our bedroom. I tell her that’s in case anybody gets in, they have to go through me before they get to her. That’s what I tell her. Truth is, if there’s a fire, I’m getting my ass out of there.” — Jeff Foxworthy on Totally Committed

@ Viejas Casino,

Jeff Foxworthy

Jeff Foxworthy performs during 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis at Bridgestone Arena on February 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Outback Concerts)

(Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Outback Concert)

8.17: David Cross  

David Cross

Director David Cross poses as he attends the Film Maker & Press Breakfast during the Sundance London Film and Music Festival 2014 at The Langham Hotel on April 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Sundance London)

(Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images for Sundance London)

“Just so people don’t think I’m racist because you don’t get my jokes, just so you know, I lost my virginity to a black prostitute. True story. We still keep in touch.” — David Cross on Bigger and Blackerer 

@ The Observatory North Park,

8.17: Steve Aoki 

What is it about food and this Grammy-nominated DJ/producer? The Guinness World Record holder for “longest crowd cheer” was first known for throwing sheet cakes into the audience during his DJ sets. Now, the globetrotting performer and entrepreneur, whose father founded the Benihana chain, is following in the family footsteps by opening his own delivery-only pizza company – Pizzaoki. Get meta and order a large pepperoni for the show!— Scott McDonald



Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for ASICS America )

(Mike Coppola / Getty Images for ASICS America)

8.17-18: Sixth annual Latin Food Festival

Celebrate Hispanic cuisine at a high-energy Chefs’ Night Out, featuring complimentary tapas, cocktails, wine and beer, then keep the party going the next day at the Gran Tasting culinary festival, which includes an open bar, a silent auction and various demos and workshops. — Michael Benninger

Embarcadero Marina Park, downtown,

Latin Food Festival

Latin Food Festival.

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8.17-18: Stone 22nd Anniversary 

As one of the largest breweries in San Diego, Stone is doing it up big to celebrate its 22nd anniversary. On Friday night is the Brewers Reception for the following day’s Celebration and Invitational Beer Festival, which will include beer from Stone and 55 craft breweries from around the world.

California State University San Marcos (near the Kellogg Library), 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marocs,  

8.18: Brunch Amplified

This outdoor brunch festival will feature music from Aaron Carter and Vokab Company along side “brunch-centric” activities and food available from a rotating list of local restaurants.

Lane Field Park, 1009 N. Harbor Dr., downtown,


Brunch Amplified

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8.18: Craft Beer Festival

Knock back samples of 100+ local and international brews, including many hard-to-find  favorites, at this sudsy spectacle that includes unlimited tasters, admission to the track and access to live music all day long. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

Craft Beer Festival

Head to Del Mar for brews galore.

(Craig Collins / )

8.18: TVG Pacific Classic

Del Mar’s richest and most prestigious race returns with a new betting challenge, a mandatory Pick Six payout and more than $50,000 in prizes. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

TVG Pacific Classic

Collected, right, with jockey Martin Garcia aboard was in the lead from the start of the Pacific Classic, winning it with a time of 2:00.70. Arrogate, far left, came on at the end and finished in second place. | Photo by Howard Lipin/San Diego Union-Tribune

(Howard Lipin / San Diego Union-Tribune)

8.18: Harbor Fest

Board a boat tour, take a kayaking lesson or check out the Taco, Spirits & Craft Beer Festival at this culinary contest and music concert right on Chula Vista’s waterfront. — Michael Benninger

Bayside Park, Chula Vista,

Harbor Fest

Harbor Fest blends all the great things San Diego offers, from boats to booze.

(Courtesy photo)

8.18: Starlight Food & Wine Festival

Treat yourself to selections from award-winning wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles and beyond during this epic, epicurean festival focused on delectable food pairings. — Michael Benninger

Pala Casino, Pala,

Starlight Food & Wine Festival

Starlight Food & Wine Festival is exactly where a wine aficionado should be.

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8.18-19: 42nd annual World Bodysurfing Championships

Bear witness to nearly 400 bodysurfers from around the world as they compete for trophies and prizes in the sport’s signature event. — Michael Benninger

Oceanside Pier, Oceanside,

World Bodysurfing Championships

Adam Leste competes in the 35-44 age group of the World Body Surfing Championships Saturday at the Oceanside Municipal Pier. Photo by Bill Wechter.

(Bill Wechter)

8.19: Yoga After Dark

Grab a mat and let the night sky lead you through this practice where participants all wear headphones filled with tranquil music to drown out the downtown noises. — Michael Benninger

Horton Plaza Park, downtown,

8.19: Turf & Surf BBQ Classic

More than 30 of the nation’s top pitmasters prepare briskets, ribs, chicken and tri-tip while trying to win your vote — and $15,000 in prizes — at this BBQ lover’s event that includes unlimited food samples, five specialty brews and free admission to the track. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

Turf & Surf BBQ Classic

Turf & Surf BBQ Classic will be finger-lickin’ good.

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8.19: 41st annual America’s Finest City Half-Marathon & 5K

Choose either a 5K around Balboa Park or half-marathon from the Cabrillo Monument to Pan American Plaza, then follow it up with post-race festivities including live music, flavorful fare and a craft beer garden. — Michael Benninger

Balboa Park, downtown,

America’s Finest City Half-Marathon & 5K

Runners in the America’s Finest City Half Marathon make their way through Balboa Park.(Photo by K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

(K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)

8.19: Lord of the Wing

A ticket for this event will give guests access to the Karl Strauss tasting room including chicken wing samples from all participating restaurants and two Karl Strauss craft beers. Proceeds from the contest will benefit PB Clean and Safe Program. 

5985 Santa Fe St., Pacific Beach,

Padres Home Games

8.16-19 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks


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