San Diego: This Weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 3)


Events going on this holiday weekend include the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge, Big SoCal Euro 2018, plus all kinds of Labor Day parties.

8.30-9.1: Kelsey Cook

“I have a friend who just had a baby and named her Legna, which is ‘angel’ backwards. Vomit. Ew. But I have a nickname that I like to call Legna. I like to call her Tnedicca, which is ‘accident’ backwards. She’ll figure it out someday.” — Kelsey Cook at Gotham Comedy Club

@ The American Comedy Co.,

8.31: Norm MacDonald & Colin Quinn

“First of all, I’m an old man, you know? I... I’m like uh... threescore and 12 or something like that. I’m trying to get ‘score’ going again. I feel that Lincoln, when he thought that up, he thought that was going to go. You know what I mean? Like his wife was like, ‘Why don’t you just say 87?’ He’s like, ‘Why don’t you shut the f**k up? Last I checked, I was the orator in the family, and you were the f**king insane lady. When I say fourscore and seven, believe me, score is going to catch on big time.’ But it never did.” — Norm MacDonald on Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery

“Yeah, the New York personality, that’s us. So where — why did the New York personality form? How did all these cultures come together to make the New York attitude? Well, first of all, you have to realize all the people that came here came here ’cause they were miserable wherever they were. So now, you know, you got a city filled with miserable people to begin with.” — Colin Quinn on The New York Story

@ Harrah’s Resort SoCal,

8.31: Nelly

It’s getting hot in heeeeere and not just because Nelly is performing. It is, after all, August. The veteran singer known for bringing unnecessary facial Band-Aids into style appeared on Karl Wolf’s single, Way Low, and released one of his own, Freaky With You (feat. Jacquees), in April. —Scott McDonald

@ Parq,

8.31: Vanic

Canadian DJ and producer Vanic (aka Jesse Hughes) made a name for himself remixing artists like Big Sean, Lana Del Rey, The Chainsmokers, K. Flay and more. He hasn’t yet released anything in 2018, but dropped a pair of singles Too Soon (feat. Maty Noyes) and Staring at the Sun (feat. Clara Mae) last year. —Scott McDonald

@ Bassmnt,


After kicking off the year by collaborating with L.A. DJ Dillon Francis on the single, Another Dimension (YOOKiE Remix), Connecticut-born/L.A.-based producer Tyler Marenyi released his latest EP, Magic Hour, in June. Teaming with New Orleans-based rapper Pell, the EP features a pair of new tracks, Swiss and Lights Low. —Scott McDonald


8.31-9.3: Seventh annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

Master sand sculptors from around the world take on the U.S.’s best builders during this four-day extravaganza that transforms 300 tons of sand into more than 1,000 works of art. —Michael Benninger

Broadway Pier and Pavilion, downtown,

9.1: 22nd annual Julian Grape Stomp Festa

Ditch your kicks, roll up your jeans and stomp grapes till your toes are tender, then bowl a round of bocce ball, sip samples from local wineries or strut your stuff to Italian tunes at this annual oenophile frenzy. —Michael Benninger

Menghini Winery, Julian,

9.1: Country Music Beer Fest

Kick off Labor Day weekend at this all-inclusive, all-American BBQ hosted by 15 of the city’s best pitmasters and offering unlimited whiskey and beer samples while local DJs and country bands provide a hip-swaying soundtrack. —Michael Benninger

Lane Field Park, downtown,

9.1: DJ Drama

The veteran Philly-based mixtape-maker and record exec released his fifth studio album, Quality Street Music 2, in 2016. Since then, the hip-hop DJ born Zaki Mohamed has appeared on a handful of singles, and dropped his latest mixtape, Its tha World, in May. —Scott McDonald

@ Fluxx,

9.1: Reggae Splash Summer Boat Party

Get all irie, then stir it up before the summer ends aboard this reggae boat party featuring three floors of jammin’ bands, three hours of breathtaking views and five fully stocked bars. —Michael Benninger

Inspiration Hornblower Yacht, Waterfront Park,

9.1: Mat Zo

Son of painter Israel Zohar and violinist Wendy Caron Zohar, this Grammy-nominated UK producer/DJ teamed with American DJ Kill the Noise on a pair of singles last year — their own Part I, and a remix of Big Gigantic’s Got the Love. —Scott McDonald

@ Bang Bang,

9.1: Sunset Cliffs Music & Art Street Fair

Spanning two blocks of Point Loma Avenue, this burgeoning street fair boasts two stages of live music, more than 100 merchants and art from local creatives. —Michael Benninger

Point Loma Avenue, Sunset Cliffs,

9.2: Lafayette Labor Day Luau

Admission to this end-of-summer luau includes two drinks and a TJ-style hot dog, as well as upbeat music and locally sourced bites from the hotel’s in-house restaurant. —Michael Benninger

Lafayette Hotel, North Park,

9.2: Adventure Club

Adventure Club, aka Canadian DJs Christian Srigley and Leighton James, got their start remixing artists like Britney Spears, Mike Posner and The Temper Trap. The Montreal-based duo released their full-length debut, Red // Blue, in 2016, and covered Portugal. The Man’s hit single Feel It Still earlier this year. The pair will return at the end of September for Tramps Like Us. —Scott McDonald

@ Hard Rock,

9.2: Taste of the Island Beer Brunch

Second Chance Beer is turning three and in honor of the occasion the brewery teamed up with Maui Brewing to create an Imperial Pilsner with Jasmine flowers. The collab beer will be featured at a luau brunch complete with pig roast and other pairings.

Second Chance Beer Company, 15378 Avenue of Science, #222, Carmel Mountain,

9.2: Robin Schulz

The German DJ, producer and musician released his third studio album, Uncovered, last year. Schulz has kept busy since, remixing the likes of Ed Sheeran, Lauv, David Guetta, and Sia. —Scott McDonald


9.2: Big SoCal Euro 2018

Scope out more than 3,300 imported vehicles — or showcase your own set of wheels — at one of the West Coast’s largest all-European car gatherings. —Michael Benninger

SDCCU Stadium, Mission Valley,

9.2: San Diego Vintage Flea Market

Shop till you drop while browsing through wares from more than 100 merchants at this free, rain-or-shine market touting clothing, furniture and vintage vendors from around the globe. —Michael Benninger

Observatory North Park Theater, North Park,

9.2: YG

It’s been a busy year for Compton rapper YG. Not only did he release his third studio album, Stay Dangerous, in August, he also stars alongside Matthew McConaughey, Bruce Dern, and Jennifer Jason Leigh in the feature-length crime drama, White Boy Rick, this month. —Scott McDonald

@ Parq,

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