Thursday | 27
- Thursday, July 27, 2017, 7 p.m.
Brick by Brick,
1130 Buenos Avenue,
Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime
Singer and songwriter Geoff Tate deserves a lot of credit for the success of Queensryche’s groundbreaking rock opera Operation: Mindcrime. However, the guy also gets the blame for later turning that band into a touring circus, complete with acrobats and a sidestage freakshow. After he got fired or quit, depending on who you believe, he copped the Mindcrime album name as his own (after losing a legal battle to call his band Queensryche), and the result is a better-than-you’d think hard-rock conglomerate that will perform highlights from Tate’s impressive back catalog at Brick by Brick.
Friday | 28
- Friday, July 28, 2017, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mission Avenue and Pacific Street,
Join thousands of fans to watch more than 100 of world’s best female surfers compete and then explore the Supergirl Pro Festival Village. This is billed as the largest female surfing contest in the world and includes reigning Supergirl champ Coco Ho and former champs Malia Manuel, Lakey Peterson, Courtney Conlogue, and Sage Erickson. The Festival Village includes a new Food Truck Experience, live concerts, a beer garden with a lounge area live-streaming the contest, half-pipe skateboarding exhibitions from X Games pros, the Supergirl Surf Film Fest, free hairstyling by Paul Mitchell, and “random celebrity appearances.” Also on Saturday and Sunday.
Surf Dog Competition
More waterfront action with this multi-heat dog surfing competition and activities for pups that prefer to keep their paws on dry land. SurFUR competitors and their owners or handlers will have ten minutes per heat to catch his or her top five waves. Professional surf judges will be looking for dogs with a high confidence level, length of ride, and overall ability to “grip it and rip it.” Plus pet adoptions, canine play zones, vendor booths, a beer garden, and food trucks. Partial proceeds benefit charities including the San Diego Humane Society.
Hess Fest 7
Party on Grim Avenue by the North Park brewery. Twenty other craft breweries will be on hand with some of their favorite brews to join Mike Hess Brewing in celebrating seven years. With live music, souvenir glasses, food vendors, and unlimited beer samples. Benefits Next Step Service Dogs and the YMCA of San Diego County. Oh, don’t miss the new Hessfest 7 Anniversary Stout, a big four-pack of 12% cans that goes for $20. Bands include Sully & the Blue-Eyed Soul Band, Lead Pony, Imagery Machine, and Buckfast Superbee.
- Saturday, July 29, 2017, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
9449 Friars Road,
The Extreme Autofest Car Show and Lifestyle Festival returns with a car-show competition, bikini contest, concert and stage performances, motorsports, and a vendor village. The car show will feature hundreds of tricked-out show cars, SUVs, trucks, and motorcycles that span the world of imports, domestics, urban lifestyle, euros, exotics, and low riders. A panel of industry professionals will judge the show vehicles on everything from paint, body, engine modifications, to cleanliness. New this year, an AfterDark party with DJs Amie Rose and Nico Nightingale. $20; kids 6 to 12 are $12; under 5 free.
Food Truck Festival
Forty food trucks in one location, with mobile gourmet chefs serving their eclectic bests. Pair your food items with brews on tap in the beer garden. The event will take place in the Seaside Concert Area. Free admission to the Food Truck area with paid racetrack admission ($6 for adults). Children under 18 are free.
Monday | 31
Summer C.A.M.P. (Contemporary Art, Media, & Process) invites children 6 to 14 to explore contemporary art through a series of weeklong, age-appropriate art-making workshops designed to encourage artistic expression, art appreciation, and imagination. Campers will discover out-of-the-ordinary materials and learn about artists’ processes as they explore the exhibitions on view. Each week-long session culminates with a showcase and celebration of the camper’s artwork. This year includes neighborhood explorations of public art and site-specific installations. $395 for the week.