San Diego: This Weekend (July 20-23)


It’s San Diego’s most crowded weekend, with Comic-Con drawing hundreds of thousands of people and celebrities downtown. Weekend activities include some Comic-Con related events and, for those leery of crowds, some away from downtown.

7.20: W00TSTOCK 9.0

Mythbuster Adam Savage joins comedic musicians Paul & Storm for an evening of geeky revelry including surprise guest stars and an incalculable amount of nerdiness.

Balboa Theatre: 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100,

7.20: Kristian Nairn

Who knew? When Hodor from “Game of Thrones”(aka Irish actor Kristian Nairn) isn’t protecting the Starks by sacrificing himself to the White Walkers, he quite enjoys performing as a progressive house DJ. Let’s just hope he doesn’t bring the dire wolves with him.

Omnia, downtown,


These former jazz students got their break when they covered Odd Future on YouTube and caught the eye of Tyler The Creator. Since, they’ve gone on to produce Ghostface Killah and collaborate with Kaytranada, Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg - to name a few. While still a band at heart, this quartet always ends up sounding like a beat-driven mixtape. Their contribution to the “Late Night Tales” series drops at the end of this month.

Observatory North Park, North Park,

7.20-7.23: San Diego Comic-Con International

Spider-Men and Wonder Women once again descend upon the Convention Center and surrounding area as pop culture’s quintessential Comic-Con returns to San Diego for its 48th year.

San Diego Convention Center: 111 Harbor Drive, downtown,

7.20-23 Comic-Con parties

There is a huge mix of private, invite-only, and public parties going on to get your inner-geek freak on. Check out the full lineup of parties here.

7.21-22 Tim Gaither

“It’s nice to be back in Hollywood. I was in San Diego last night. Hooked up with the hottest girl of my life. I did. Too bad she was crazy. After one day she was like, ‘I think I love you. I do. I think we’re going to married. I see signs.’ I see one, too. Mine says 405 North. I’m getting the hell away from you.” -Tim Gaither at The Laugh Factory

The Comedy Store, La Jolla,

7.21-22 Dana Gould

“So, a somewhat odd thing happened to me a couple of months ago. I lost my wedding ring. I was in one of those, um, what do you call it? A divorce.” -Dana Gould on Conan

American Comedy Co., downtown,

7.21-23: A Taste of Craft & Craft Beer Block Party

The three breweries that make up the Brewery Igniter in North Park - San Diego Brewing Co., Pariah Brewing Co. and Eppig Brewing - are coming together for an epic beer-centric weekend. On Friday, the 3-course beer pairing dinner will feature one course from Biersal Food Truck at each of the three breweries for $21. Then on Saturday and Sunday, the Block Party will feature local makers selling beer-related merch (including a limited edition t-shirt from Hoppy Beer Hoppy Life), jewelry, home goods and craft foods.

3052 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, or

7.22: Heroes Brew Festival

Dress as a superhero to sample more than 50 beers and participate in interactive augmented-reality displays as DJ Kristian Nairn (aka Hodor from “Game of Thrones”) headlines with back-to-back performances.

Waterfront Park:

1600 Pacific Hwy

., downtown,

7.22: South Park Summer Walkabout

Four times a year South Park showcases its neighborhood with complimentary treats, live entertainment, special offers and later business hours. A free trolley can whisk you from location to location, or you can get your 10,000 steps in by strolling the ‘hood by foot.

South Park Walkabout, 30th & Juniper streets,

7.22: Grandtheft

Toronto-based DJ and musician Grandtheft (aka Aaron Waisglass) has worked with Keys N Krates and Major Lazer, and is signed to Diplo’s Mad Decent label. He released the remixes to his 2016 single with Delaney Jane, “Easy Go,” earlier this year.

Parq, downtown,


The reel deal: July movie releases

Groove: July concert calendar

Art beat: July gallery and exhibit openings

Curtain Calls: July performing arts