San Diego: This Weekend (May 16-19)


This weekend has San Diegans biking to work, toasting brews in a Wizarding World, walking across the Coronado Bridge tasting cheese and so much more.

5.16: 29th annual Bike to Work Day

Grab your helmet, pump up your tires and join the thousands of other San Diegans pedaling to their places of work on this day that encourages locals to consider biking as an affordable and environmentally friendly choice for commuting.

Throughout the County,

5.16-17: Sebastian Maniscalco

“My wife … she grew up in a family where they just — they have a lot of time on that side. They’ve got a lot of money. … They’re the type of family that when they graduated college, they took a year off to go find themselves. Do you know people like this? They graduate and they go backpacking through Europe and stay at hostels like they’re broke? They go find themselves. That s**t don’t fly on my side. When I graduated college, I couldn’t tell my father, ‘Dad, I’m gonna go to Europe to find myself.’ ‘What do you mean go find yourself? I found you, you’re right here in my house. Where are you gonna go? You wanna see you? Go look in the mirror. You got no job, and you’re in my house. I found you. You’re here.’” — Sebastian Maniscalco on Stay Hungry

@ Humphrey’s by the Bay,

5.16-18: Michelle Wolf

“Of course, Trump isn’t here if you haven’t noticed. He’s not here, and I know, I know, I would drag him here myself, but it turns out the President of the United States is the one pu**y you’re not allowed to grab.” — Michelle Wolf at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

@ American Comedy Co.,

5.17: Interactive Day 2019

Learn to embrace our species’ uncertain future as marketing mavens, inspiring entrepreneurs and brilliant brand managers share their visions of the future. — Michael Benninger

Hilton Bayfront, downtown,

5.17: Tyga

After making a recent appearance at Coachella with YG, Compton-born rapper Michael Stevenson (aka Tyga) returns once again to America’s Finest City. Stevenson has been busy this year, appearing on a handful of singles (including a remix of Post Malone’s Wow), as well as releasing one of his own, last month’s Goddamn. — Scott McDonald


5.17: Potterheads Beer Festival

The Wizarding World arrives in Uptown, replete with tastings of more than 20 seasonal ales plus team trivia, plenty of food and live music from the Sorceress Sisters and DJ Dumbledore. — Michael Benninger

The Irenic, North Park,

5.17-19: Greg Behrendt

“Candy is awesome. I love it. Candy is f**king the greatest. … And I make this promise, and, if you ever come to my house for Halloween, let me just say this. Fun size? Fun size? Fun size? Let me say it again: Fun size? What is fun about a third of a candy bar? Yeah, tell you what, why don’t you write ‘f**k you’ on it, and then put it into the bag. Because that’s what it is. It’s a ‘f**k you.’ And if you’re an adult and you don’t understand that, let me explain it this way: How about next Friday, we fun-size your paycheck?” — Greg Behrendt on Uncool

@ The Comedy Store,

5.18: Mihalis Safras

Greek tech house DJ Mihalis Safras has produced music for over a decade and co-founded the Material Series record label in 2006. Safras has released three singles so far this year – January’s Boom, Pianopop in March and last month’s Microwave with Green Velvet. — Scott McDonald

@ Bang Bang,

5.18: SoCal Taco Fest 2019

Headlined by none other than Nelly, San Diego’s biggest taco festival is back showcasing more than two dozen of the city’s best restaurants as well as a guac-off, a chihuahua race and live lucha libre matches. — Michael Benninger

Waterfront Park, Little Italy,

5.18: Saint Archer Brewing Co.’s sixth anniversary party

To help celebrate its milestone, the brewery will have most of its beers available for $5, plus some specialty releases, including the SA 6th Anniversary Hazy Rye IPA (for a slightly higher price tag), along with a selection of food trucks, and some tunes to boot.
Saint Archer Brewing Co., 9550 Distributuion Ave., Miramar,

5.18: Game of Thrones Inspired Beer Festival

Just in time for the series finale, this themed GoT-together includes tastings of more than 20 medieval craft beers with a live soundtrack provided by the Targaryen Sisters and the Westeros Party Band. — Michael Benninger

The Irenic, North Park,

5.18: Wine, Women and Shoes

Enjoy an afternoon of fashion, philanthropy and fine wine during this exclusive shopping experience benefiting the nonprofit Voices for Children. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Plaza, Del Mar,

5.18: Armed Forces Appreciation Day

Express your admiration for Camp Pendleton’s active-duty personnel and their families during this daylong celebration chock full of music, food and military displays. — Michael Benninger

Pier View Way at Coast Highway, downtown Oceanside,

5.18: Chula Vista Community Fun Run

Runners, walkers and parents with strollers are invited to weave through 5 kilometers of various sporting venues at Chula Vista’s premier training facility. — Michael Benninger

Elite Athlete Training Center, Chula Vista,

5.18: Boochfest

Promoting health and wellness through food, drink and fun, SoCal’s first kombucha festival arrives with tastings, workshops and other activities inspired by the effervescent, antioxidant-rich elixir. — Michael Benninger

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

5.18: Third annual OMBAC OTL Beer Fest

The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club kicks off its infamous Over-the-Line Tournament with this debaucherous drinking event uniting some of the city’s finest breweries and food trucks. — Michael Benninger

Mariner’s Point, Mission Bay,

5.18-19: 40th annual Fiesta Del Sol

This free, two-day music festival showcases an eclectic selection of live performances along with various vendors, oodles of art exhibits and gourmet food trucks galore. — Michael Benninger

Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach,

5.19: Grand Avenue Festival

Browse through handcrafted wares from hundreds of merchants, treat your taste buds to bites of international cuisine and swing your hips to loads of live music at Escondido’s famed festival. — Michael Benninger

Grand Avenue, downtown Escondido,

5.19: 33rd annual Bay Bridge Run/Walk

Show your support for San Diego’s Navy personnel during this 4-mile, one-of-a-kind run-walk across the iconic Coronado Bay Bridge toward the Island’s Tidelands Park. — Michael Benninger

Tidelands Park, Coronado,

5.19: Cheese Expo

The newly formed Liquid City hosts its inaugural event boasting unlimited cheese and bottomless beverages from area breweries, coffee roasters, cideries and just about anything else liquid that’s consumable. — Michael Benninger

Brick, Liberty Station,

5.19: Matador

Irish techno DJ and producer Gavin Lynch, aka Matador, is also the founder of the RUKUS label. In March, he joined forces with Ukrainian DJ/production duo ARTBAT on the two-song single, Apollo 11. — Scott McDonald

@ Quartyard,


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