San Diego: This Weekend (Sept. 13-16)
Top events around San Diego this weekend include KAABOO Del Mar, San Diego Bayfair, Fiestas Patrias Beer Fest and comedian Kate Quigley at American Comedy Co.
9.13: Kate Quigley
“Here’s the problem with fake boobs. Let me tell you guys something you might not know. Did you know they could go bad? Yeah, did you know that you can have a runaway boob? OK, my left boob is like a drifter boob. It’s like a f**king lazy eye of t*ts. I’ve had this redone three times, it keeps going bad. I swear to God, you guys, if I wrap it up in a bikini, stick a bra on it, it looks good, right? Take this off? Forrest Whitaker’s face, that’s what happens.” — Kate Quigley at the Improv
@ American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com
9.13: 26th annual Taste of Downtown
Dig into samples from 40-plus restaurants throughout East Village, City Center and the Gaslamp Quarter on this self-guided restaurant tour showcasing downtown’s best bites. — Michael Benninger
Throughout downtown, downtownsandiego.org
9.13: Sea to Fire Dinner
Show your respect for local fishermen and their families during this phenomenal, four-course meal featuring freshly caught, sustainable seafood served alongside fruits and vegetables cultivated on local farms. — Michael Benninger
BIGA Cucinato a Legno, downtown, farmtoforksd.com
9.14-15: Cotopaxi Questival
With more than 200 unique challenges from Torrey Pines to Coronado, this 24-hour race pits teams of up to six competitors against each other on a mission to explore lesser-known areas of the city. — Michael Benninger
Waterfront Park, Little Italy, cotopaxi.com
9.14-16: KAABOO Del Mar
The SoCal mixperience festival returns for the fourth year with three days of gourmet cuisine, craft libations and an entertainment lineup that’s certain to appeal to all five senses. Here’s a glimpse of what’s to come in each of the four main weekend experiences:
Music: This year’s headliners include Foo Fighters (Friday), Imagine Dragons (Saturday), Katy Perry, and Robert Plant (both Sunday), but also of note are Halsey, N.E.R.D and Wiz Khalifa. Keep an eye out for current and former San Diego performers including Jewel, Elise Trouw, Creature Canyon and Shane Hall.
“As with every year of KAABOO,” said Jason Felts, the festival’s chief brand and marketing officer, “we try and have an equal focus on today’s hit-makers and iconic, bucket-list artists who have a catalog of songs our guests would love to hear live.”
Comedy: Bringing the laughs this year will be Judd Apatow, Craig Ferguson, Kevin Nealon, and Iliza Shlesinger amongst others.
Palate: A who’s who of A-list celebrity chefs will be in attendance this year, including Ludo Lefebvre, Marc Forgione, Michelle Bernstein and Daniela Soto-Innes who will be on hand during a variety of tastings, cooking demos and competitions. Familiar faces from San Diego include Richard Blais (Juniper & Ivy, Crack Shack) and Brian Malarkey (Herb & Wood).
Artwork: Adding a pop of color to the festival will be returning San Diego-based artists Christopher Konecki and Carly Ealey, as well as Amandalynn, Cryptik, Gloria Muriel and a host of others working on murals and installations around the festival, as well as exhibiting artwork at the contemporary art fair.
— George Varga and Michael Benninger contributed to this write-up.
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, kaaboodelmar.com
9.14: Second annual Swoop Freestyle FAI World Championships
If you’re in search of a fresh adrenaline rush, this relatively new, internationally accredited action sport unites the world´s best aerial athletes while creating a visual experience spectators are certain to remember forever. — Michael Benninger
Embarcadero Marina Park, downtown, swoopfreestyle.com
9.14: Delta Heavy
The English drum and bass duo of Ben Hall and Simon James first charted with the 2012 single, Get By. After following it with an EP and studio album, Delta Heavy went big in 2018, dropping eight new singles, a new EP, and a remix so far this year.
@ Bassmnt, bassmntsd.com
Miami-based DJ John Borger’s new 5-track EP, Dear Me, pairs the big room house producer with singers Jared Watson, IAMSU and Alex Issak. In July, Borger joined forces with Zack Martino on new single, Make Me Yours.
@ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com
9.14-16: San Diego Bayfair
Five days of friends, fireworks and fast boats will be at this high-energy celebration along the water. — Michael Benninger
In and around Mission Bay, sandiegobayfair.org
9.15: Santee Bluegrass Festival
Support people, parks and programs during this fundraising festival that highlights beer, wine and bluegrass shine.— Michael Benninger
Town Center Community Park East, Santee, anteebluegrassfestival.com
After releasing their debut EP, Aurora, two years ago, the Dutch DJ duo of Ruben Den Boer and Victor Pool have spent the last 24 months producing singles. Their latest, Walk Thru Fire (feat. Meron Ryan), came out in August.
@ Bassmnt, bassmntsd.com
9.15: America’s Finest BBQ State Championship
This inaugural BBQ cook-off invites open-fire enthusiasts to ingest boatloads of brisket, pork, ribs and chicken, before washing it all down with craft beer while also witnessing exhilarating boat races and listening to live, local bands. — Michael Benninger
Crown Point Park, Mission Bay, americasfinestbbq.com
9.15: Mexican Independence Day Celebration
The all-female group Mariachi Las Colibri will perform a free concert, while crafts, margaritas, Mexican folk dancing, dance lessons and more will be offered.
Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, theoldglobe.org
9.15: Wizards Assemble Pub Crawl
The world’s wackiest and wildest wizard-centric bar crawl returns to the streets of San Diego with themed drinks, a costume competition and a super-nerdy sorting ceremony devout Potterheads won’t want to miss. — Michael Benninger
Venues TBA, wizardsassemble.com
9.15: 90 Years of San Diego Tiki
The Culinary Historians of San Diego welcome you to this free celebration of Polynesian pop culture centered around tiki-themed restaurants, bars and cuisine. — Michael Benninger
San Diego Central Library, downtown, classicsandiego.com
9.15: Taste of South Park
An eclectic assortment of restaurants, coffeehouses and bars invites foodies to get their fix during this one-day walkabout to South Park’s most scrumptious spots. — Michael Benninger
Throughout South Park, southparksd.com
9.16: Rock the Bay San Diego Triathlon
This downtown triathlon is back with rock bands, a boardwalk swim entry and a unique cycling course traversing Harbor Drive and concluding with a run along at Embarcadero Marina Park. — Michael Benninger
Fifth Avenue Landing, downtown, rockthebaytri.com
9.16: Fiestas Patrias Beer Fest
This four-hour tasting event in the South Bay includes unlimited samples of some of the region’s best brews, while mariachi bands and live DJs will keep your head ringing from the afternoon till the evening. — Michael Benninger
Bayside Park, Chula Vista, facebook.com/sdmediagroup
9.16: Sunday ASADO
Nopalito Farm is celebrating its release of a new Wet Hops Beer with unlimited bites and pints by Nickel Beer Co., South Park Brewing, North Park Beer Co. and MIHO Catering Co.
30321 Castlecrest Dr., Valley Center, nopalitofarm.com
9.16: Ironman 70.3 Superfrog
Run, swim and cycle as never before during this annual half-Ironman that starts and ends in Imperial Beach, with a bike ride along part of Coronado’s Silver Strand. — Michael Benninger
Imperial Beach, ironman.com
9.16: Mexican Independence Day at Blind Lady Ale House
Inspired by our neighbors to the south, BLAH will feature a variety of Mexican beers, including Agual Mala Pils and Insurgente IPA, and inspired food including elote bruschetta and mole braised jackfruit pizza.
3416 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, blindladyalehouse.com
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