San Diego’s top weekend events: from KAABOO to pub crawls

Top events this weekend include KAABOO, City Heights Street Food Fest, North Park Pub Crawl, Ironman 70.3 Superfrog, and San Diego Bayfair.

9.12: City Heights Street Food Fest

Celebrate the vibrant culture of City Heights by reveling in live music, art and spoken-word performances while imbibing beer and wine and sampling street food from around the world.

Fair@44, City Heights,

A photo of City Heights Street Food Fest
City Heights Street Food Fest
(Courtesy of City Heights Community Development Corporation)

9.12-14: Leonard Ouzts

“I’m at that age when my friends are starting to have kids. I’m scared, I’ll be honest. I’m scared, ’cause you never know who you gonna get pregnant nowadays. What if I get a big girl pregnant, right? And then the baby grow up, start to walk and run, and we can’t catch it. Like, we would literally be unfit parents, you know what I mean?” — Leonard Ouzts on Gotham Comedy Live

@ The American Comedy Co.,

A photo of Leonard Ouzts
Leonard Ouzts
(Courtesy photo)

9.13: Grand Chef Throwdown

Thirty talented cooks from both sides of the border welcome discerning diners to nosh on sweet and savory bites during this competitive foodie fest that concludes with an indulgent three-course dinner.

Hotel del Coronado, Coronado,

9.13-15: KAABOO

KAABOO turns 5! What? Time really does fly. To celebrate, the local festival has once again assembled a nicely curated lineup of chefs (Richard Blais, Antonia Lofaso, Michael Mina), comedians (Bob Saget, Wayne Brady, Tig Notaro) and, of course, musical acts. In addition to headliners Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band and Mumford & Sons, Wu-Tang Clan, Duran Duran, Snoop Dogg, Mix Master Mike, Cash Cash, Toots & The Maytals, Maren Morris and more are scheduled to perform.

@ Del Mar Fairgrounds,

A photo of KAABOO headliner Kings of Leon
KAABOO headliner Kings of Leon
(Courtesy photo)

9.14: Junior Brown9.13-15: San Diego Bayfair

Owners of RVs won’t want to miss this three-day beach-party barbecue that features fireworks, craft brews and a frenzy of fast boats.

Crown Point and Fiesta Island, Mission Bay,

A photo of San Diego Bayfair 2018
San Diego Bayfair
(Chadd Cady)

9.13-15: Donnell Rawlings

“Last year, I didn’t even know what ‘gluten free’ meant. This dude said, ‘gluten free,’ I was like, ‘How long was he locked up, dawg? Yo, we about to turn it up — Gluten just came home! I just talked to him! Lactose free too, but he going back. Lactose, he intolerant. He don’t listen to nothing.’” — Donnell Rawlings on The New Negroes

@ The Comedy Store,

A 2017 photo of Donnell Rawlings at TBS Comedy Festival
Donnell Rawlings
(Jason Kempin/Getty Images for TBS)

9.14: America’s Finest BBQ State Championship

This barbecue cook-off set amid the San Diego Bay Fair invites open-fire enthusiasts to ingest a bounty of brisket, pork, ribs and chicken, then wash it all down with craft beer while watching thrilling boat races and listening to live local music.

Crown Point Park, Pacific Beach,

9.14: North Park Pub Crawl

Fill your belly with craft beer and flavorful apps during this alcohol-infused afternoon that includes complimentary beverages and bites at Mike Hess Brewing, True North Tavern and North Park Beer Co.

Various venues in North Park,

9.15: Ironman 70.3 Superfrog

Run, swim and cycle as never before during this half-Ironman challenge held annually, starting in Imperial Beach and continuing along Coronado’s Silver Strand.

Portwood Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach,

A photo of Ironman 70.3 Superfrog
Ironman 70.3 Superfrog
(Sean M. Haffey Staff/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

9.15: Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant’s 50th Anniversary Party

Help one of San Diego’s most venerable Mexican eateries celebrate half a century in business as Ponce’s throws a birthday party featuring great food, specialty drinks and live entertainment for the restaurant’s biggest fans.

Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant, Kensington,

A photo of food from Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant
Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant’s 50th Anniversary Party
(Courtesy photo)