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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 ...

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