San Diego: This Weekend (July 4-7)


Top events around San Diego this weekend include Big Bay Boom, SheFest, Horizon Music Festival, San Diego Vintage Flea Festival and PAWMicom.

7.4: Big Bay Boom

Grab a beach towel or lawn chair and lock down a prime viewing spot for 18 minutes of eye-popping pyrotechnics launched at 9 p.m. from four barges throughout the Big Bay. — Michael Benninger

Multiple viewing locations around the bay,

Big Bay Boom
(Hayne Palmour IV | San Diego Union-Tribune)

7.4: July 4th at the Beach

North County’s week of star-spangled events culminates with this family-friendly affair chock full of food, activities and merchants spanning the Strand from Oceanside Pier to Tyson Street Park. — Michael Benninger

Pier Plaza, Oceanside,

7.4: 61st annual Coronado Rough Water Swim

Patriotic swimmers from their tweens to their 70s compete in a variety of distances to demonstrate their devotion to open-water racing. — Michael Benninger

Central Beach, Coronado,

7.4: 45th Annual Crown City Classic 12k & 5K

Celebrate 7/4 with a 7.4-mile run through historic Coronado, or opt for a far-shorter 5K or the sprint-centric Crown City Mile if either of those distances is more your speed. — Michael Benninger

Orange Avenue, Coronado,

7.4: Hot Dog Eating Contest for America

Bring an appetite to The Smoking Gun this year for the chance to win big — the first contestant to eat 20 hotdogs will take home $1,000. — Sara Butler

The Smoking Gun, 555 Market St., Gaslamp,

7.4: Fourth of July Barbeque

Don your stars and stripes during this classic American barbeque from 20|Twenty Grill’s executive chef, Julian Quiñones. — Michael Benninger

Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa, Carlsbad,

7.4: Fourth of July Cookout

The party starts early with DJ beats, finishing strong with a live band, plus burgers and hotdogs all day and a view of the Big Bay Boom on the San Diego Bay. — Michael Benninger

Carnitas Snack Shack, Embarcadero,

7.4: Brad Upton

“I was flipping through the channels the other night and I came across a senior golf tournament. I thought, who’s watching seniors play golf? Who has the kind of time in your life? You know what I would watch, though? Senior cage-fighting. I don’t think I could sleep if I knew that was on. Couple of 20-year-olds in a cage, they’re going to fight in another month. Couple of 80-year-olds, that’s a death match. Tap out, crap out, nap out, that’s how that’s going to end.” — Brad Upton at Dry Bar Comedy

@ Del Mar Fairgrounds,

7.5: Fisher

Paul Fisher, former professional surfer and one half of Australian DJ/production duo Cut Snake, curates a party at the ballpark that also includes a DJ set from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Riva Starr and Gene Farris. Fisher’s latest single, You Little Beauty, was released in May. — Scott McDonald

@ The Park at Petco Park,

7.5: TEED

TEED, or Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, is U.K.-born, U.S.-based DJ, producer, singer and CRSSD vet Orlando Higginbottom. After releasing a handful of singles last year, Higginbottom has only released a pair of remixes to his track Energy Fantasy so far in 2019. — Scott McDonald

@ Bang Bang,

7.5: Coast Club

After performing as DJ/production trio WeAreTreo for years, Trevor Shawn and Ace Future rebranded as Coast Club when Spencer Regan left the group. The new duo dropped their debut single, Coastin (feat. Sammy Johnson), last year, and followed it with another, Stay Here With You (feat. Cat Clark), in March. — Scott McDonald


7.5: Surfrider Morning After Mess

Repent for any sins you committed on the Fourth by collecting filth of the Fifth as the Surfrider Foundation hosts its annual cleanup to collect tons of trash left behind by ignorant beachgoers. — Michael Benninger

Beaches from Oceanside to OB,

7.5: Red, White and Bruce Brunch at Barleymash

Brunch in the U.S.A. and transport back to the ‘80s with a Bruce Springsteen-themed breakfast, featuring Springsteen-inspired citrusy vodka cocktails named after famous songs like Long Walk Home and Rocky Ground. — Sara Butler

10 a.m., July 5, Barleymash, 600 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp,

7.5-7: Adam Ray

“I think the Kardashians should be on a full season of BEYOND SCARED STRAIGHT, then I’d keep up.” — Adam Ray on Twitter

@ The Comedy Store,

Adam Ray
(Getty Images)

7.5-7: Tony Rock

“Another thing I had to get used to in L.A.: all the different ethnicities. I had to get used to it. I’m from Brooklyn — blacks, whites, Puerto Ricans, that’s it. That’s it. I come to L.A., blacks, whites, Asians, Persians, what the f**k is an Armenian? I thought that s**t was a suit. I’m in the club, ‘Ni**a, is your hands clean? This is Armenian, ni**a.’” — Tony Rock on Def Comedy Jam

@ American Comedy Co.,

Tony Rock
(Getty Images)

7.5-7: Caulipower Food Truck Tour

The Caulipower food truck is back on the road, stopping by Seaport Village for three days to deliver free slices of its signature cauliflower pizza to hungry San Diegans. — Sara Butler

849 W. Harbor Dr., Seaport Village,

7.6: SheFest

Committed to strengthening the bond between San Diego’s LGBT community and the city at large, this woman-centric event celebrates and supports the contributions of women while fostering authentic connections among attendees. — Michael Benninger

North Park Community Park, North Park,

(Jesse Arroyo)

7.6: Fourth annual Horizon Music Festival

Featuring live performances by Outkast’s Big Boi and DJ Elephante among others, this 21-and-up bayside event blends relaxation with rhythms from world-renowned artists. — Michael Benninger

Embarcadero Marina Park North, Embarcadero,

7.6: Women’s Rugby Super Series

The world’s top five women’s rugby clubs square off during two weeks of this round-robin competition in which each team is allowed to have 15 players on the field. (Also on 7.10 and 7.14) — Michael Benninger

Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center and Torero Stadium, University of San Diego,

7.7: San Diego Vintage Flea Market

More than 100 merchants display their turn-of-the-century and midcentury modern wares at this free, rain-or-shine event where leashed pups are always welcome. — Michael Benninger

The Observatory, North Park,

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
(Jared Gase)

7.7: PAWMicon

Dress up with your doggo and engage in cosplay for a cause at this free, superhero-themed spectacle featuring music, games and plenty of pups. — Michael Benninger

Comic-Con Museum, Balboa Park,

7.7: Lady Brain Fest

Lady Brain Presents — a local network of female musicians and artists — hosts a one-day, two-stage music festival showcasing the talent of its members. — Sara Butler

Heritage Ranch, 450 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas,


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