San Diego: This Weekend (Aug. 23-26)
Top events in town this weekend include the San Diego Underground Film Festival, Carlsbad Music Festival, Festival of Dankness and Bike the Bay.
8.23: When Puesto met Ballast Point
Showcasing modern Mexican cuisine with San Diego craft beer, this dinner pairing, the brainchild of Puesto’s executive chef Katy Smith, will feature five courses.
7079 W. Harbor Dr., downtown, eventbrite.com
8.23-26: San Diego Underground Film Festival
Independent and experimental films and filmmakers are given the festival treatment at this fourth annual event that celebrates the “anarchist spirit of independent film.” — Michael Benninger
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, East Village, sdundergroundarts.org
8.23: Benefit concert for St. Jude’s
Country singer/songwriter Drake White will perform a special concert with one third of ticket sales benefitting St. June Children’s Research Hospital.
Moonshine Flats, 344 Seventh Ave., downtown, moonshineflats.com
8.24: Brody Jenner
Hey! Look who’s back! The bearded actor and DJ, who recently graced PACIFIC’s April cover, returns to San Diego after appearing here in April. The reality TV star known for shows like The Hills, The Princes of Malibu, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Sex with Brody and Bromance, also happens to be former stepbrother to the four Kardashian children, and half-brother to Kendall and Kylie Jenner. But that, of course, probably has nothing to do with his popularity. — Scott McDonald
@ Parq, parqsd.com
8.24-26: 15th annual Carlsbad Music Festival
Rock out to performances by more than 60 acts encompassing everything from the classic to the contemporary during three days of music, merchants, food trucks and craft beer. — Michael Benninger
Throughout Carlsbad, carlsbadmusicfestival.org
New York-born, Vegas-based DJ Justin Blau has done official remixes for Zedd, The Chainsmokers, Tiesto, Adele, Justin Bieber and more, as well as teaming with the likes of Dash Berlin, Estelle, Bright Lights and Audien on singles. Blau released his 11-song full-length debut, Ultraviolet, in February. It features collaborations with MAX, Emma Hewitt, Carly Paige and others. — Scott McDonald
@ Parq, parqsd.com
8.25: Fourth annual Festival of Dankness
Prepare your palate for infinite 2-ounce pours as many of the hospitality industry’s best brewers and food vendors converge on the waterfront for four hours of drinking and mingling. — Michael Benninger
Waterfront Park, Little Italy, moderntimesbeer.com
8.25: San Diego Festival of Books
Hosted by PACIFIC’s parent company The San Diego Union-Tribune, this day-long festival features interactive panel discussions, book signing, exhibitor booths and more than 60 authors on site. The event is free, but $3 tickets must be purchased for the panels.
2620 Truxton Rd., Liberty Station, sdfestivalofbooks.com
8.25: Andrew Rayel
The 24-year-old Moldovan trance DJ and producer released his 16-track LP, Moments, last year. This year, Rayel has dropped a handful of new singles, including Horizon, Trance Reborn, Tambores, Dark Resistance, In The Dark and, most recently, July’s New Dawn with Corti Organ and Max Cameron. — Scott McDonald
@ Bassmnt, bassmntsd.com
8.25: Jo Koy
“The penis is the ugliest thing in the world… The penis, you pull the underwear down — it’s like a drunk friend just falling out of a car.” — Jo Koy on Comedy Central Presents
@ Pala Casino, Resort and Spa, palacasino.com
8.25: La Vuelta Summer Festival
This festival is the conclusion of the summerlong weekly lowrider cruise nights in Barrio Logan and will feature live music on two stages, a pinup girl Miss La Vuelta 2018 contest, and, of course, lots of tricked out cars.
2100 block of Logan Avenue, Barrio Logan, loganavenueconsortium.com/la-vuelta-car-cruise
8.25-26: 10th annual San Diego Spirits Festival
Novice enthusiasts and inveterate alcohol aficionados are invited to spend two days among industry insiders at the West Coast’s premiere spirits festival. — Michael Benninger
Broadway Pier, Embarcadero, sandiegospiritsfestival.com
8.26: Bike the Bay
Don’t miss the only time of year to bike across the Coronado Bridge during this scenic, non-competitive pedal-fest across the Big Bay. — Michael Benninger
Around San Diego Bay, bikethebay.net
8.26: Bub’s 20th Anniversary
If you’re lucky enough to receive an invite to this P.B. mainstay, you’ll get to enjoy a hosted bar and appetizers from 7-9 p.m. For everyone else, the party kicks off at 9 p.m. and will include drink specials, 90s themed music and decor, custom backdrop photo opportunities and other throwback specials.
1030 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, bubspb.com
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