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San Diego’s top weekend events for June 23-26: Pre-Independence Day parade, Scottish Highland Games and more

A sampler of mezcal drinks at Camino Riviera restaurant, which is hosting its first mezcal-focused Camino Fest on June 26.
(James Tran)

Here are the top events happening in San Diego from Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, June 26.

Thursday

Howard Jones, with Midge Ure

No matter how musically accomplished they are, the three members of Howard Jones’ touring band may disappoint anyone who recalls Jones in his mid-1980s heyday. That was back when Jones performed as a proto-techno-pop band whose sole accompanist was Jed Hoile, a trenchcoated mime-cum-dancer. Hoile’s wildly over-the-top stage moves at the time suggested he was a test-tube baby spawned by Timothy Leary and the Peter Sellers’ film character, Inspector Clouseau. Hoile was once voted the “Least Essential Sidekick of ‘80s Rock.” What? Not Andrew Ridgely of Wham! or Bez of Happy Mondays? Regardless, those attending Jones’ Thursday concert here should consider it their civic duty to call out: “Where’s the mime?” Jed deserves nothing less. 7 p.m. Thursday. Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island. $50; ticketmaster.com

“The Outgoing Tide”

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents Bruce Graham’s drama about a family dealing with issues of aging, Alzheimer’s and end-of-life care. 7 p.m. Wednesdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays. 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Through July 3. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. $54-$65. (858) 481-1055. northcoastrep.org

“Lempicka”

La Jolla Playhouse presents the West Coast premiere of this musical based on the life and art of bisexual art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, who fled wars in Russia and Paris and lived a daring life in pre-World War Europe. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays. 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Through July 24. Mandell Weiss Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. $25 to $95. (858) 550-1010. lajollaplayhouse.org

Art Auction Preview Exhibition

The Oceanside Museum of Art is hosting a monthlong pop-up exhibit of nearly 80 works by by notable Southern California artists that will be sold through a virtual silent auction that is now under way through 5 p.m. Aug. 1.11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Admission free to $10. (760) 560-6434. oma-online.org

Friday

Stone Monkey vegan bao buns at the Encinitas Vegan Food Pop-Up, which is kicking off a new biweekly market in Vista June 24.
(Vegan Food Pop-Up)

Vegan Food Pop-Up expands to Vista

The Encinitas Vegan Food Pop-Up, which kicked off its latest season of events in Encinitas last Saturday, opens a new Vista market Friday in a south Vista industrial park. The markets feature up to 40 vendors serving all-vegan food items and products from throughout Southern California. The Vista pop-ups take place from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight and every other Friday at 11430 Vantage Ct., Vista. The Encinitas pop-ups take place from noon to 4 p.m. on alternating Saturdays, with the next one on July 2, at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Details at veganfoodpopup.com.

‘Opening night: Orchestral Technicolor’

The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park opens its second summer season of San Diego Symphony concerts with maestro Rafael Payare conducting a program that includes Berlioz’s “Le corsaire” overture; the West Coast premiere of Reinaldo Moya’s Concerto for Piano, Strings and Percussion featuring pianist Joyce Yang (pictured); and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” 7:30 p.m. June 24. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, San Diego. $40 to $90. (619) 235-0804. sandiegosymphony.org

San Diego Scottish Highland Games

Vista again hosts the annual cavalcade of kilts and cabers, tartans and plaids, drums, bagpipes and everything Scottish this weekend at Brengle Terrace Park. The Storytellers of San Diego and the nonprofit San Diego Scottish Highland Games Inc. introduce the event on Friday with a special storytelling session, “Tales and Legends of Scotland,” at the Beer Garden Stage at the park. The full games start Saturday with athletic contests, which include tossing the caber (imagine throwing a telephone pole) and the hammer throw; pipe and drum competitions; highland dancing; and sheepdog trials. Scottish clan members will be displaying their colors, food vendors will offer Scottish fare, and more than 50 vendors will have Celtic, Scottish and British goods to browse. Round out the day at one of the several (ticketed) whisky-tasting seminars. Tales and Legends of Scotland, 7-9 p.m. Friday, Beer Garden Stage, Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Tickets $20 at the door, children under 12 free. Scottish Highland Games, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Brengle Terrace Park. Tickets $15 general admission, $10 seniors, military and first responders; $5 ages 6-15; free for children under age 5. Parking is limited; guests are encouraged to use off-site parking at Vista High School and take the free shuttle bus to and from the Games. Parking at both locations is $5. sdhighlandgames.org

TGIF Concerts in the Parks

Carlsbad tunes up for its TGIF summer concert series starting Friday at Stagecoach Park. TGIF marks its 35th anniversary this season with music from years past — a mix of encore performances and new bands. The Back Pocket Whiskey Fellas & Bayou Brothers kick off the opener with their blend of Irish folk and country-rock, using guitars, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, accordion and more. Site opens at 4 p.m.; concert from 6-8 p.m.; park site, parking lots and shuttle close at 9 p.m. Locations change during the series; full schedule at bit.ly/3HlQnWT.

“Cinderella”

Moonlight Stage Productions presents the final performances of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical fairy tale about the neglected stepdaughter who, with the help of her fairy godmother, gets to attend a royal ball and wins the heart of the prince. 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday. Moonlight Amphitheatre, Brengle Terrace Park, 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Tickets are $17 to $59. (760) 724-2110, moonlightstage.com

‘Iron’

The Roustabouts Theatre Co. presents the final performances of Rona Munro’s Scottish psychological drama about a mother in prison for killing her husband meeting with her estranged daughter, who is trying to find answers about the crime that changed her life. The play co-stars local mother-daughter actors Rosina Reynolds and Kate Rose Reynolds. 8 p.m. Friday. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego. $30-$45. (619) 568-5800. theroustabouts.org

Richard P. Trujillo, left, Rosina Reynolds and Kate Rose Reynolds in "Iron."
Richard P. Trujillo, left, Rosina Reynolds and Kate Rose Reynolds in the Roustabouts Theatre Company’s “Iron.”
(Daren Scott)

DanZen Fest

Visionary Dance Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Spencer John Powell, is in the midst of a festival showcasing the work of choreographers and performers from Southern California and beyond. Friday, Jeanne Travers presents the dance piece “Traverse” at 7:30 p.m. Festival continues through July 3. 10th Avenue Theatre, 930 Tenth Ave., San Diego. $14-$16. (619) 920-8503, visionarydancetheatre.org/Visionary/2022-danzenfest/

Saturday

Oceanside Independence Day Parade

The theme is “Oceanside Strong: Honoring Hometown Heroes” for this pre-July 4 parade that steps off on Saturday. Main Street Oceanside holds the parade before the Fourth of July, which means more bands, floats, performers and others are able to participate. This year’s event will pay tribute to the essential workers who kept things going during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bring folding chairs and view the parade from the sidewalks along the route, which heads north and ends just past City Hall on Civic Center Drive. 10 a.m. in front of the 101 Cafe at Coast Highway and Wisconsin Avenue. Parade is about two hours. mainstreetoceanside.com/independence-parade

Makers Arcade Summer Fair

Get your craft fix at the Makers Arcade Summer Fair this weekend at the Broadway Pier in San Diego. The event will host more than 100 local makers selling handmade goods, plus make-and-take stations, photo booths, live music, craft cocktails, gourmet food trucks and more. The first 100 people each day will receive a swag bag of handmade items. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. Tickets $7; children under age 10 free. Only service animals allowed inside. makersarcade.com

‘Street Legacy: SoCal Style Masters’

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum presents an exhibit co-curated by Tribal Streetwear’s Bobby Ruiz and art history professor G. James Daichendt featuring work by nearly 100 artists from the lowrider, surf, skate, tattoo and graffiti art subcultures. Opens Saturday and runs through Aug. 28. Hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturday. 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. $6 to $12. artcenter.org/museum/.

Morgan Deeble's "Untitled, 2022," featured in "Street Legacy: So Cal Style Masters"
Morgan Deeble’s “Untitled, 2022,” featured in “Street Legacy: So Cal Style Masters” exhibit at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum.
(California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum)

“Music en la Calle”

Bodhi Tree Concerts presents a free all-day multicultural festival featuring performances by Naruwan Taiko, Mariachi Victoria, Flamenco Bohemio, Akayaa Atule and Bolga Zohdoomah, Opera de Tijuana, Irving Flores Afro-Cuban Jazz Band, Lindley Lopez Circus, plus arts and crafts. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Tierra Central, 41st Street and University Avenue, San Diego. Free. bodhitreeconcerts.org

Sunday

Art in the Village

The Carlsbad Village Association’s Art in the Village will return Sunday for its 24th year of celebrating all kinds of art in an open-air show with more than 100 local and regional fine artists. Meet the artists in their booths, including this year’s featured Artist Ambassador, Larisa Lewis, who was born and raised in Ukraine. Oils, watercolors, mixed media, digital, photography, glasswork, woodworking, jewelry, pottery and more will be on display and for sale. The day will also feature live sculpting, chalk art, painting and glass-making demos; a free art-making booth for children; live local music on the Grand Avenue stage; and new this year, a food, wine and beer garden. Ample public parking, or you can take the Coaster — the depot is just steps away from the Art in the Village location. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday along State Street and Grand Avenue, Carlsbad. Free. carlsbad-village.com/events/art-in-the-village

Poway 2022 Summer Concerts

The City in the Country opens this concert series on Sunday with BETAMAXX and their ‘80s live music. The series continues on Sundays (except July 4) through Aug. 14 either at Lake Poway or Old Poway Park. Get there early with your blanket or chair to snag a spot in front of the stage. Food trucks will be also on hand. 5:30-7 p.m. Sunday, at Lake Poway, 14644 Lake Poway Road. Free; parking is $10 except for Poway residents. Full schedule at bit.ly/3xsUuMc; (858) 668-4772.

Camino Fest debuts Sunday

Camino Riviera restaurant in Little Italy will host its inaugural Camino Fest, featuring tastings of small batch and rare mezcals, along with interactive food stations of roasted and carved food items, fish breakdown demonstrations and educational presentations on mezcals and wines from Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe. 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday. 2400 India St., San Diego. $89. venno.com/event/camino-fest-2022

Scoop San Diego

The fourth annual San Diego ice cream festival will feature tastings by more than 25 local ice cream and gelato shops. This year’s event will include an early-entry VIP lounge where guests can relax and try exclusive ice cream flavors. Ticket entitles bearer to choices of 10 1-ounce samples. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. North Park Way at 30th Street, between Ray Street and Granada Avenue, San Diego. Regular tickets, $35. VIP tickets, $75. Online sales at scoopsandiego.org

Taste of Adams Avenue

This 21st annual culinary tour of University Heights, Normal Heights and Kensington will feature tastings at 39 restaurants, coffee houses, breweries and wine bars. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. $45. Tickets must be purchased online in advance through the Adams Avenue Business Association. (619) 282-7329. tasteofadams.com

Gustavo Romero plays Beethoven Piano Sonatas Nos. 15, 2, 26 and 32

The native San Diego musician continues his quest to perform the complete piano works of the German composer. 4 p.m. Sunday. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. $50-$55. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org


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