San Diego: This Weekend (Aug. 1-4)


Top events this weekend include San Diego Tacos & Beer Festival, Coronado Brewing’s anniversary, Goldroom and Living Coast Farm to Bay.

8.1-2: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

Listen to the San Diego Symphony’s live rendition of the Imperial March and other tunes from the second Star Wars film as the movie unfolds against a backdrop of the Big Bay. — Michael Benninger

Embarcadero Marina Park South, Embarcadero,

8.1-3: Tim Dillon

“Ben & Jerry’s always has one thing that does not belong in the ice cream. It’s like ‘We have fudge and M&Ms and pieces of my couch.’ ‘We have caramel, popcorn and the W computer key, right there.’ It’s like, let’s have one person who’s not on acid when we make the f**king ice cream.” — Tim Dillon on Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents

@ The American Comedy Co.,

8.1, 8, 15, 22: Summer & Songs

Every Thursday this month, shop, dine and explore 160,000 square feet of the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, then sit back and enjoy exciting musical performances by some of the region’s most talented musicians. — Michael Benninger

Pacific Highlands Ranch, Carmel Valley,

 Summer & Songs
Summer & Songs
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Connecticut-born/L.A.-based producer Tyler Marenyi last played OMNIA in January and makes a return trip after teaming with Lil Jon and three-time NBA Finals MVP Shaquille O’Neal on the February-released single, Bang. Marenyi also joined forces with A$AP Ferg on the single, Redlight, in March and a Flosstradamus remix of the song followed in April. — Scott McDonald


8.2: Guy J

Recently nominated in the “Progressive House” category for the upcoming 22nd annual DJ Awards in Ibiza this September, Israeli producer and DJ Guy J released his latest single, the two-track Synthopia/Cicada, in April. Spanish DJ/producer Dosem also is on the bill. — Scott McDonald

@ Spin,

8.2-4: Bazaar Del Mundo’s Latin American Festival and Marta Ortiz Pottery Market

More than two dozen Latin American artists put their vibrant creations on display, while attendees groove to live music, feast on Mexican cuisine and watch Chihuahuan artisans create intricate pottery adorned with ancestral symbols. — Michael Benninger

Bazaar Del Mundo, Old Town,

8.2-4: Jay Mohr

“Little girls are brutal. They will kick your ass. They say the meanest sh*t ever. And it’s always true and they never waste it. They wait until the most people are around. … Little girls wait until you have all your friends over for your fantasy football draft. And you’re like, ‘Could you not stand there?’ And she’ll be like, ‘How do you even know I’m yours?’ And all your friends are just looking down, don’t look up, you’ll be next. Don’t look at her. If you look at her, she’ll attack.” – Jay Mohr on the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Special

@ The Comedy Store,

Jay Mohr
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8.3: San Diego Tacos & Beer Festival

Sample beers from more than 100 local and regional breweries, and tear into tacos prepared by more than 20 of SoCal’s top restaurants at this event that includes games, DJs, lucha libre wrestling and admission to the track. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

8.3: Second annual Margaritas y Mas Festival

Whether you like ’em shaken, blended or straight up, get unlimited mouthfuls of margs at this boozy bash that also features tequila and mezcal tastings, a sprawling spread of snacks and an assortment of oversized lawn games. — Michael Benninger

Embarcadero Marina Park North, Embarcadero,

8.3: Coronado Brewing 23rd Anniversary

Celebrate 23 years of Coronado Brewing’s award-winning beer by rocking out to live music and imbibing more than 25 craft brews, including the spankin’ new 23rd Anniversary Double Hazy IPA. — Michael Benninger

Coronado Brewing Tasting Room, Bay Park,

8.3: Chuckie

Chuckie (aka Suriname-born, Aruba-based DJ/producer Clyde Narain) made his name as a pioneer/purveyor of the “Dirty Dutch” style. Narain has remixed the likes of Shakira, Rihanna, and Black Eyed Peas, and released his latest two singles, How You Feelin’ and Face Down, in March. — Scott McDonald

@ Parq,

8.3: Island Vibe Music Festival

Showcasing musical performances inspired by the people of the Pacific Islands, this one-day, 21-and-up event also includes a beer garden, delicious grinds and unique cultural dances from Hawaii, Tahiti and Samoa among other tropical locales. — Michael Benninger

SDCCU Stadium, Mission Valley,

8.3: Julian Natural Wonderfest

Learn about crucial preservationist work occurring in Julian during this free, afternoon-to-evening affair focused on wildlife and wonder and featuring art, avian encounters and a late- night astronomy party, among other activities. — Michael Benninger

Jess Martin Park, Julian,

8.3: 10th annual Living Coast Farm to Bay Fundraiser

Treat your taste buds to samples from more than 30 of the county’s finest restaurants, wineries and breweries at this wildlife-focused fundraiser that features an auction, live entertainment and unforgettable animal encounters. — Michael Benninger

Living Coast Discovery Center, Chula Vista,

8.3: Great Inflatable Race

SDCCU Stadium, Mission Valley,

Jump, dive and bounce through massive inflatable obstacles during this fun run that also features a two-lane bungee sprint and a gladiator-style jousting challenge. — Michael Benninger

8.3: Balboa Park 8 Miler

San Diego’s longest consecutively run race — and the only one that offers a full tour of Balboa Park — returns with an 8-mile route that features scenic trails, stunning bridges and windy roads along the way. — Michael Benninger

Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park,

8.4: Goldroom

Boston-born, L.A.-based DJ and musician Goldroom (aka Josh Legg) reprises his role as host of this at-sea soiree from last year. Legg released a pair of three-song mini EPs, Surface and Plunge, both comprising recent singles, in June. The 2019 version of this party on the water also features sets from Le Youth and Eau Claire. Ahoy, mateys! — Scott McDonald

@ Adventure Hornblower,

8.4: DJ Pauly D

DJ Pauly D, better known as Paul DelVecchio of MTV reality show Jersey Shore, heads back to San Diego for a daytime set after last DJing the venue on New Year’s Eve. DelVecchio’s latest single, Silver and Gold (feat. James Kaye), was released in April. — Scott McDonald

@ SUNBURN Pool Lounge at Hard Rock San Diego,

DJ Pauly D
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8.4: 30th annual Vista Rod Run

More than 350 auto enthusiasts showcase their classic and specialty cars while competing to win one of 30 coveted trophies at this gearhead get-together set amid Vista’s vibrant business district. — Michael Benninger

Historic Downtown Village, Vista,


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