San Diego: This Weekend (Aug. 8-11)
Top events this weekend include Tiki Oasis 19, Michael Kosta at The Comedy Store, Gourmet Food Truck Festival, and IB Surf Dog.
8.8-11: Tiki Oasis 19: Catch the New Wave
Following a “Catch the New Wave” theme inspired by ’ 80s music with a surfy spin, San Diego’s long-running tiki festival returns for five days — and nights — of island-inspired attractions including a costume contest, a Beauty BouTiki and a sprawling buffet featuring a whole-roasted suckling pig. — Michael Benninger
Bali Hai, Shelter Island and Crown Plaza, Mission Valley,
8.8-11: Oceanside International Film Festival
Independent filmmakers from far and wide put their cinematic creations on display during this event kicking off San Diego’s film festival season. — Michael Benninger
Brooks Theater, Oceanside,
San Diego-born, L.A.-based DJ/producer Ookay (aka Abe Laguna) famously teamed up with Diplo to remix Avicii’s You Make Me and has also worked with the likes of Borgore, Showtek, and Marshmello. Laguna’s full-length debut, the 12-track Wow! Cool Album!, was released last year, and most recently, he joined forces with MAX and Quinn XCII for a remix of the June single Love Me Less. — Scott McDonald
8.9-10: Sherri Shepherd
“I don’t get to come into New York much because I bought a house in New Jersey. And I was so excited I bought this house and it’s across the street from some woods. And I got this security system. And it chirps, you know, as soon as you come in the driveway. Chirp-chirp, when you open up the windows. And I was lying in bed the other day and I didn’t hear the chirp. I heard, ‘Warning, intruder. Get out of the house. Warning, intruder.’ And I jumped up, and I was looking for my wig, because I couldn’t find my wig. Because God forbid the burglars see me without my hair on. So I’m running around, and I run into my son’s room and he’s screaming in terror and I don’t know if he’s terrified because there’s burglars in the house or because his mama’s standing there butt naked with a wicker trash basket, looking like some version of National Geographic.” – Sherri Shepherd on Gotham Comedy Minute
@ The American Comedy Co.,
8.9-11: AleSmith 24th Anniversary Weekend
This art, music and beer festival offers attendees an education in barrel aging and grants them the opportunity to enjoy specialty brews, a gourmet cheese pairing and a showcase of local artists.
AleSmith Tasting Room, Mira Mesa,
8.9-11: Michael Kosta
“I live in Los Angeles. That’s where I live now. I get a lot of parking tickets. Well, I used to. Not anymore. And you don’t have to get parking tickets if you do what Kosta did: I removed my windshield wipers. Where ya gonna put the ticket now, bitch? Where are you gonna put the ticket now, bitch? Advantage — no tickets. Disadvantage — rain. I should’ve thought about rain. All the money I save on tickets goes to collision repair.” — Michael Kosta on Just for Laughs
@ The Comedy Store,
8.10: 10th annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival
Come hungry to the tastiest food festival on wheels as dozens of SoCal’s moveable feasts descend upon Del Mar with gourmet chefs serving eclectic eats at incredible prices.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,
8.10: Blended Wine and Music Festival
Sip, dine and dance the day away at this upscale yet bohemian event that unites the best wineries on the West Coast and features expansive food stations to complement the abundant craft beers and cocktails.
Waterfront Park, Little Italy, blendedwinefestival.com
8.10: IB Surf Dog
Scores of splash-happy canines carve waves along the coast in the original surf dog competition, which includes a beer garden, awards ceremony and SurFUR Expo raising funds for the San Diego Humane Society. — Michael Benninger
Portwood Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach,
8.10: Texacali Music Fest
Transporting Austin’s leading musicians from the Lone Star State to SoCal, this one-day festival showcases some of the top talents from the Live Music Capital of the World, alongside a Texas-influenced food court bursting with craft beers. — Michael Benninger
San Diego Mission Bay Boat & Ski Club, Mission Bay,
8.10-11: 34th annual Philippine Cultural Fest
Learn all about Philippine culture through dance and music at this colorful, two-day festival that also includes workshops, demonstrations and authentic Filipino delicacies prepared by local restaurants. — Michael Benninger
Corner of Park Blvd. and President’s Way, Balboa Park,
It’s been a pretty busy year so far for San Luis Obispo-based house DJ MAKJ. The artist born Mackenzie Johnson has already released a handful of singles – Ls6 with BlumBros, Grow Like This (feat. DeMarco) with Tropkillaz and WILL K, Beast with Purari, and most recently, June’s Rave (feat. Kris Kiss) with Showtek and Steve Aoki. — Scott McDonald
8.10: Tube & Berger
Arndt Rörig and Marco Vidovic, aka German DJ/production duo Tube & Berger, started as a punk band, but broke into electronic music with the 2004 song, Straight Ahead, which featured The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde on vocals. Their latest single, Guess Who’s Jack, was released last month. — Scott McDonald
@ Bang Bang,
8.11: 14th annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
More than 100 rescue groups, adoption agencies and other canine-centric merchants gather for this free event that features an agility course, costume contests, a beer garden and more. — Michael Benninger
Encinitas Community Park, Encinitas,
8.11: 36th annual Hillcrest CityFest
Celebrate equality, diversity and community spirit with 150,000 other locals in Hillcrest’s signature summer street fair and music festival, boasting oodles of eateries, creations from up-and-coming artists and more than 250 merchants. — Michael Benninger
Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest,
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