San Diego: This Weekend (Aug. 15-18)


Top events this weekend include Josh Wolf, Goldfish, San Diego Margarita Fest, Lord of the Wings and Chula Vista Harborfest.

8.16: !Latin Food Fest!

Raising awareness (and funds) for the fight against hunger, this celebration of Hispanic street food hosts talented cooks and culinarians providing demos and tastings for those who like to viva la comida Latina. — Michael Benninger

Embarcadero Marina Park North, Embarcadero,

8.16-17: Josh Wolf

“Do you know that in a lot of states in our great country, they’ve outlawed dodgeball? Do you know why? Because they say it humiliates the children. By the way, that’s ironically why we played the f**king game to begin with. Right? I was like, ‘Who we making cry today?’” – Josh Wolf on YouTube

@ The Comedy Store,

Josh Wolf
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8.17: Goldfish

South African-born, now San Diego-based electronic duo Goldfish (longtime friends Dominic Peters and David Poole) released two new singles last year – Hold Your Kite with Sorana and It Was You with Zeeba. The latter got both the acoustic and live session treatment on the pair’s latest two-track release in March. — Scott McDonald

@ Music Box,

8.17: Lord of the Wings

Cast your vote for the best chicken wing in Pacific Beach as local bars and restaurants prepare delicious drumsticks to win the favor of guests and a panel of celebrity judges. — Michael Benninger

Mavericks Beach Club, Pacific Beach,

8.17: 2019 San Diego Margarita Fest

Headlined by Everclear and featuring multiple margarita bars, this celebration of Mexico’s signature libation blends an epic club experience with fantastic food, bartending demonstrations and a cornhole competition offering cash prizes to the best bag hurlers. — Michael Benninger

Waterfront Park, Little Italy,

8.17: TVG Pacific Classic

Del Mar’s richest and most prestigious horse race returns with a $750 betting challenge, a mandatory pick-six payout and more than $50,000 in prizes. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

TVG Pacific Classic

8.17: Third annual San Diego West Coast Multicultural Carnival

This showcase of global entertainers is jam-packed with incredible acts and includes a parade of music trucks and masqueraders in bedazzled costumes, as well as foods by vendors from various cultures. — Michael Benninger

SDCCU Stadium, Mission Valley,

8.17: Chula Vista Harborfest

Take in a lucha libre match, roll around in giant hamster balls or check out the Taco, Spirits & Craft Beer Festival at this culinary contest and music concert right on Chula Vista’s waterfront. — Michael Benninger

Bayside Park, Chula Vista,

8.17: Write Out Loud’s Twainfest

This free celebration of Mark Twain and other 19th-century authors consists of puppet shows, costume contests and literary works read aloud by local actors. — Michael Benninger

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Old Town,

8.17: Ferragosto 2019

Following a “Pirates Invade Sicily” theme, Little Italy’s biggest party is back for its final year, closing out its run with casino games, line dancing and live music landlubbers will love. — Michael Benninger

Amici Park, Little Italy,

8.17: Imperial Avenue Street Fair

Blending art and soul from the community’s rich African-American roots to its strong Latino influence, this festival celebrates the rich history of Logan Heights with three blocks of live music, local artists and gustatory goodness. — Michael Benninger

Imperial Ave. between 25th and 27th Streets, Logan Heights,

8.17-18: 43rd annual World Bodysurfing Championship

Bear witness to nearly 400 bodysurfers from around the world as they compete for trophies and prizes in the sport’s signature event. — Michael Benninger

Oceanside Pier, Oceanside,

8.18: America’s Finest City Half Marathon & 5K

Run along San Diego Bay from the tip of Point Loma, past the Star of India and into Balboa Park, where finishers can enjoy post-race festivities including live music, refreshments and a bountiful beer garden. — Michael Benninger

From Point Loma to Balboa,

8.18: Summer in the City: A Downtown Music Festival and Celebration

This one-of-a-kind festival, which aims to change the perception of homelessness through music and advocacy, culminates with a presentation by the Voices of Our City Choir performing a repertoire of funk, soul, jazz and pop. — Michael Benninger

Quartyard, East Village,

8.18: Turf & Surf Barbecue Classic

More than 30 of the nation’s top pitmasters prepare briskets, ribs, chicken and tri-tip while vying for your vote — and $15,000 in prizes — at this epic BBQ event that includes unlimited food samples, five specialty brews and free admission to the races. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar,

8.18: Sebastian Maniscalco

“Can’t do a lot, though, I mean ... My wife likes to do scuba diving. That’s her big thing. Loves to scuba dive. I don’t do anything where there’s like a safety briefing prior to the activity.” — Sebastian Maniscalco on Stay Hungry

@ Viejas Concerts in the Park,


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