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A smaller, faster, cheaper Comic-Con

Also: Cheech Marin wants you to drink mezcal

Friday | 26 Do you think Comic-Con has gotten too big? Check out this smaller and much more affordable celebration of nerdy culture and exploration of fandom with cosplay, gaming, comics, panels, workshops, unique vendors, ...

Drink beer and find Pokémon

Or party on Monster Island for something to do

Thursday | 18 “Eat food that has been grown from living soil less than 20 miles from Oceanside and picked within 48 hours,” says the restaurant. “It’s unique flavors that are learned from the land ...

Bocce, beehives, and Seth MacFarlane top current events

Another fun week in San Diego

Thursday | 11 VH1 selected Foghat’s “Slow Ride” as one of the best British rock songs of all time. Because of that singular hit, Dave Good writes, “It is easy to forget the band’s platinum ...

The week’s top events: Vans Warped, Heather McDonald, and Semper Tri

Plus a discussion of faith without religion

Thursday | 4 A discussion of the difference between feelings and emotions, the disparity between truth and facts, and the benefits of mindful living. When his pursuit of happiness in corporate America feels counterproductive, Timber ...

Apple cider + full puppet nudity this week

And here’s a place to race your motorcycle

Thursday | 28 This “adult musical” is a look at life in New York featuring a cast of both people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, Avenue Q scored the “triple crown” of Tony wins, ...

Comic-Con hits San Diego

Including many events outside of the Convention Center

Thursday | 21 Comic-Con International returns to the San Diego Convention Center. 2016 marks the 47th year for the show, making it the longest continuously run comics and popular-arts convention in the U.S. With attendance ...

Opening day at the Del Mar track

And giant sand castles in Imperial Beach

Friday | 15 Tickets include Stretch Run admission and access to the party in the trackside Seaside Cabana and concert area, lots of DJs, first-come/first-served seating in shaded tents, food trucks, a beer garden and ...

Major League Baseball is all over San Diego this week

And the zoo is open late

Thursday | 7 The San Diego Zoo celebrates its 100th birthday throughout the summer. Evening events bring the zoo to life with performances and up-close animal encounters during extended hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ...

Event picks for the 4th of July weekend

Big boom on the bay; Ocean Beach pier gets a 50th birthday party

Thursday | 30 A discussion of artist Don Porcella’s debut in Shanghai, China, where he was commissioned by French couturier Hermès to design four windows for their new flagship store featuring his trademark pipe-cleaner creatures ...

The week's top events: Space Heroes, gladiators, and lots of yoga

Also, Taste of Adams Avenue

Thursday |23 Culinary creations and drinks from over 50 Del Mar restaurants, wineries, and breweries. With a front-row sunset view, ocean breezes, and live music. The San Diego Air & Space Museum is offering a ...

Oysterfest, brats and beer, and Buckethead

Or, heck, you should buy a boat

Thursday | 16 For 2016, the in-water display area is increased by 120 feet, bringing in 50 more boats to this year’s show. A total of 200 vessels, from entry-level family cruisers and personal watercraft ...

San Diego has super freaks, sumos, and shadowy men

Or taste Little Italy

Thursday | 9 The Hotel del Coronado’s Windsor Lawn provides the setting for this gathering of 30 chefs from San Diego and Mexico who will present signature hors d’oeuvres or desserts at individual stations. Judged ...

See sea dragons, teeny art, and sculptures by Dr. Seuss

Plenty to see in June

Friday | 3 As part of First Friday Art Walk, 4˝x6˝ pieces of art by artists, civic leaders, and local celebrities will be displayed and available for sale to benefit the education department at the ...

Balboa Park has two big events this week

And Vista celebrates everything strawberry

Thursday | 26 Seven hours of inspiration, lunch, and networking. San Diego speakers will share their stories of personal breakthrough moments that made them pursue their own path in life, however scary, controversial, or unique. ...

Beyoncé brings Lemonade to San Diego

Plus tacos and more tacos at Tacotopia

Thursday | 12 What’s “Becky with the good hair” got that Beyoncé doesn’t? Only Jay Z knows. That’s but a note in Beyoncé’s latest hit R&B record, Lemonade, a concept album that the current queen ...

Hit the beach

Lots of ocean events this week

Thursday | 28 The Gaslamp Architectural Tour showcases the history of the Davis-Horton House (built in 1850) as well as the history of the Gaslamp Quarter. The tour includes old City Hall (1874), the Romanesque-style ...

Earth Day and outdoor events dominate this week’s calendar

Spring has sprung

Thursday | 21 Judd ApatowHe wrote and directed The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40, and Apatow’s producing credits include Superbad, Bridesmaids, and Anchorman. He’s also the executive producer of HBO’s ...

Taste Hillcrest, Point Loma, and Fallbrook

Or go to Coachella

Thursday | 14 This group of eleven performers from Colorado combines ballet and modern dance. The Boston Herald called them the “classically trained company of the future.” Time keeps on slipping slipping slipping...for everybody but ...

Two ways to drink beer and run

Plus a couple events on the water

Thursday | 31 Five decades of Star Trek come to the concert halls of the Civic Theatre for the first time. A live symphony orchestra performs while iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is ...

Busking, birding, Balanchine, and Best Coast

Here are some things to do in March

Thursday | 3 A demonstration of how to make three cocktails using various liquors. Guests will have the opportunity to create their own drink. The winning drink will be featured on the restaurant’s cocktail list ...

This week’s events: smashing birdies, electric bikes, and a recovering skinhead

Lots to see and do at the end of February

Thursday | 25 The San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego present internationally renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado as the featured speaker for their 16th annual Axline Lecture. The Brazilian-born ...

This week’s calendar: hot sauce, invasive beetles, and death

Or just walk your dog in the botanic garden

Thursday | 18 A discussion group explores questions around death and dying, life and living. It is not grief support or a counseling session. As the promoter puts it, “Chat over coffee, make new acquaintances, ...

Two giant pet events this week

And a comic fest that is not the Comic-Con

Thursday | 11 See aerialists, acrobats, and clowns under a music-filled, blue-and-yellow big top. The animal-free circus offers an interactive preshow 30 minutes before each performance where children can try their hand at juggling, hula-hooping, ...

Things to do in the middle of January

Travel & Adventure, stuff you should know, and two film festivals

Thursday | 14 A showcase of narrative, documentary, animation, and Latino features and shorts. Films will be screened at the 180-seat Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center, and every show is expected to sell out. Networking ...

How to spend your last moments of 2015...

...and the first few days of 2016

Thursday | 31 Turquoise Speakeasy Chicago meets Prohibition and ragtime meets swing in Pacific Beach at the Turquoise Café-Bar Europa. New Year's Eve ticket includes all drinks, an extensive tapas selection, live Vaudeville burlesque show, ...

The best of 2015’s year-end events

Go out like a lion balloon in the Holiday Bowl parade

Friday | 25 Jungle Bells A chance to see exotic animals at night makes an evening visit worth a trip, and through January 3 the zoo is also decked out with holiday lights and special ...

The nights before Christmas

What to do leading up to the big day.

League of Legends, Cannon Battles, and Jingle Bell Kroc. Plus Michael McDonald (not the singer or the wrestler).

The best holiday events this week

December Nights, Santa Paws, and Frosty Farm make the list

Thursday | 3 Australia’s platinum-selling rock stars of opera will perform traditional and contemporary favorites, with soaring renditions of “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Feliz Navidad.” Friday | 4 Balboa Park ...

Wrapped with Care

“Every single gift must have its proper folds,” says Lisa Koide Halverson. “In America, on Christmas, you don’t wrap a present in black — usually red or green. On Easter it’s usually wrapped in pink ...

Judge for Yourself

“There’s no question that emotions play a big part in determining the outcome of a case,” says retired San Diego superior court judge Norbert Ehrenfreund. “The appearance of the defendant, for example, and the way ...

The Illegal Tunnel

“In July 2004, I was coming out of my house and discovered the whole Colonia Federal being invaded by police and soldiers,” says Border Council of Arts and Culture founder Luis Ituarte. “I found out ...

Laughing Matter

“If I were to build the perfect comedian, it would be Jerry Seinfeld crossed with Dave Chappelle,” says local comedian Mal Hall. “My comedy is observational. I wouldn’t do anything onstage that I think my ...

Life Drawing

“The vice squad contacted the Bluefoot Bar for our very first session because they saw an ad for it and were, like, ‘We’re going to be watching you,’” says Lily Jackson, emcee for Dr. Sketchy’s ...

Pug Gig

“We normally process and adopt out 45 to 50 dogs a year — this year we have taken in and processed 87 dogs,” says Barbara McNair, president of Pug Rescue of San Diego County. “Most ...

The Light Is Elusive

“Plein air,” says Daryl Millard, owner of the Daryl Millard Gallery Solana Beach, “means painting a scene outdoors in the elements” where one can see, smell, hear, and feel what one is painting. It is ...

Equal-Opportunity Offenders

“John McCain is such an easy target,” says Bill Hurd, press secretary for the political satire comedy troupe The Capitol Steps. “He’s the oldest candidate we’ve ever had — therefore you can make all the ...

Sync Those Lips

“Those who look like the artists they are portraying will probably go far,” says producer Randy Wood. “A Michael Jackson impersonator — with all the dancers and everything — went to Mexico last year and ...

Electroride

“One electric motorcycle, called the ‘Killacycle,’ goes from zero to sixty in one second,” says Paul Thomas, organizer of the Kick Gas Festival, an electric-car-racing and eco-fair event being held at the Barona Drag Strip ...

Total Kick

Inside Alliance Gym, near downtown Chula Vista, Eric Delfierro bustles from one end of the gym to the other, sweating almost as much as the 15 mixed-martial-arts fighters he is training. Of those 15 fighters, ...

Ivy and Concrete

“Squash is associated with Ivy League schools and expensive athletic clubs,” says Renato Paiva, executive director of Surf City Squash. “But that image is changing. Right now there are 55 colleges in the country [with ...

Popcorn, Pole Dance, Mosquito Net

“You should keep it to no more than six kinds of wine at a party,” says Christopher Silva, president and CEO of St. Francis Winery and Vineyards of Sonoma. “You don’t want your guests to ...

Longboards on Asphalt

“Anybody who is first learning how to ride should get a longboard,” says skateboarder Brad Harvey. “It’s definitely more stable, like a longer snowboard or surfboard would be. Bicyclists think we’re nuts when they realize ...

Help for the Kelp

“One of the most important predators in the kelp forest is the California sheephead, a fish that changes sex during its lifetime,” says marine ecologist Edward Parnell. All California sheephead begin life as females and ...

Can’t Get Enough

“I’m not sure if Animal House is as cult-y as Harold and Maude — it might be a little bit more mainstream,” says Lauren Turner, marketing and communications coordinator for the Museum of Photographic Arts. ...

Bellies and Hornpipes

“American Tribal Style is an inclusive belly-dance form,” says dancer Sandi Kay. “The dancer in the lead position can cue the dancers on what move they’re going to do next, so every dance ends up ...

Tiki Time

“A tiki party is different than a luau,” says Otto von Stroheim, publisher of Tiki News magazine. “Luaus have hula dancers and Hawaiian-style music and a roasted pig. At a tiki party there’s bongo music, ...

Charity Checkers

“Some people will flat out tell you, ‘I don’t want anything too hard,’” says Kathryn Smith. “With most people, you can just kind of tell what games they’d be good at. I had one crowd ...

Women in Summer

“In the past, if we had a French exhibition, we’d show French films,” says Golda Akhgarnia, public relations coordinator for the San Diego Museum of Art. “This year we’re celebrating a ‘summer of women’ theme ...

Thrashers

“I grew up on a farm in Cole Camp, Missouri. I enjoyed watching amateur rodeos, but my family wasn’t a rodeo family,” says professional bull rider Matt Bohon. “I’d see bareback riding, bucking horses, calf ...

Bugs in My Brew

“Before brewers became cognizant of microbiology and sanitation, I imagine there were a lot more sour beers,” says Mitch Steele, head brewer for Stone Brewing Co. “It’s not only bacteria but wild yeast as well ...

Peek at a Penguin

“For the full-moon paddle, sometimes there’s phosphorescence in the water,” says Julie Hocking, office manager of the education department for the San Diego Natural History Museum. “It’s like a neon green. When I paddle I ...

How Not to Hit Each Other

“There are a couple of shoals in the bay — one at the south end of Shelter Island — that people run aground on,” says Jim Holmberg, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Education Officer. A ...

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