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Skateboarding’s Finest, Har Mar Superstar, A Coach’s Blunt Take on the State of American Soccer, King Arthur Archery Tournament, James Hubbell Home and Studio Tour

Events June 14-20, 2018

Thursday | 14 Skateboarding's Finest J. Grant Brittain, a San Diego-based photographer who has captured some of skateboarding’s finest athletes since 1979, began his career at the Del Mar Skate Ranch, where he decided to ...

Michael Franti, Once, San Diego Greek Festival, Julian Backcountry Dance, The Original Siamese Twins

Events June 7-13, 2018

Thursday | 7 MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD At some point, lyrics can become poetry, and that’s a goal that Michael Franti has achieved, writing songs with numerous ensembles, the most successful being his group Spearhead. ...

Boom for Real, Lord Huron, Les Miserables, Che Cafe, Beer Can Racing

Events May 31-June 6, 2018

Thursday | 31 LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Boom for Real documents the artist’s pre-fame, and how New York City, the people, and the surrounding movements formed him. Interviews with other artists who emerged ...

Being the Change, Firefly Dreams, California's Fallen Soldiers, Vista Strawberry Festival, Poe Ballantine

Events May 24-30, 2018

Thursday | 24 BEING THE CHANGE Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution is written by Peter Kalmus, an atmospheric scientist at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The book delves into ...

The Wind and the Breeze, grunion runs, Embrace of the Serpent, Little Red Riding Hood, Life of Agony

Events May 17-23, 2018

Thursday | 17 THE WIND AND THE BREEZE What happens when “you stand your ground on shifting sands”? Sam, the greatest hip-hop emcee in Rockford, Illinois, is about to find out, since friends have “challenged ...

Rooftop movies, Red, Tacotopia, Gator by the Bay, Shaper Fest, Nada Surf

Events May 3-9, 2018

Thursday | 10 MOVIES ON HYATT ROOFTOP We’ll always have drive-ins, but for years, Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills was the main urban alternative to hardtop movie houses. Digital projection and inflatable screens ...

Cards Against Humanity, Beyond Bollywood, Passage into Fear, Rock Art Along the Border, The Dwarves

Events May 3-9, 2018

Thursday | 3 CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY TOURNAMENT Our host Jasper wants to hear your funniest, most ducked-up CAH card plays, so invite your funniest friends (only) for the chance to win a $50 Duck Foot ...

Drag racing history, The Melvins, Rocky Horror, yucca, and the Moon

Events April 26-May 2, 2018

Thursday | 26 DRAG RACING IN SAN DIEGO Emmanuel Burgin, an author and former sports editor for El Sol de San Diego, shares exploits of Joaquin Arnett. Arnett led the Bean Bandits racing club in ...

Mammals, music, and Modern, plus horses and the Nobel Prize

Events April 19-25, 2018

Friday | 20 Japanese Guitar Japanese classical guitarist Shin-Ichi Fukuda will play the opening night of the San Diego Guitar Festival. For this first-time performance in San Diego, Fukuda has chosen to prepare music dedicated ...

Young orthodox marrieds, fighting ships, avocados, midday peace

Events April 12-18, 2018

Thursday | 12 The Wanderers Esther and Yoni, young orthodox Jews, just began their arranged marriage. They are so shy they barely know each other. Julia and Abe, celebs, though married to other people, have ...

Flu talk, devil dog, pipe playing, gold panning, electro-funk

What's doing April 5-11

Thursday | 5 The Flu of 1918 In September 1918, the San Diego Sun reported that “San Diego is full of colds, just now.” Around the time of the Sun article, sailors at the Balboa ...

Del Mar Mud Run, Carlsbad Flower Fields, Titus Andronicus, and Love Isn't the Answer

Best events for March 31-April 4

Saturday | 31 Love Isn't the Answer Nemr, the first Lebanese-American comedian to land on the cover of the mid-east edition of Rolling Stone, is getting ready to launch his latest tour, Love Isn’t the ...

Free opera, Crew Classic, Luis Urrea, Moon Hooch, and Seven Last Words of Christ

Best events March 22-29

Thursday | 22 FREE OPERA ON THE CONCOURSE Florencia en el Amazonas. Opera diva Florencia Grimaldi returns home to the Amazon to perform and dreams of finding her lost lover, a butterfly hunter who has ...

Latino film, 10,000 butterflies, sugar artists, Puppy Love 5K, Walter Trout, LPGA Classic

Best events for March 15-22

Thursday | 15 Latino Film Festival Media Arts Center San Diego celebrates the 25th anniversary of the San Diego Latino Film Festival March 15 to 25. The festival will occupy five screens for eleven days ...

This week: cherry blossoms, daffodils, and lots of beer

Plus a giant “holistic health party,” otherwise known as a yoga festival

Thursday | 8 Taste of Third Sample signature dishes from Chula Vista eateries on Third Avenue. New this year for the 21-and-up crowd, a ticket includes tasters at participating breweries, cocktail lounges, and bar-restaurants. Favorites ...

March comes in like an acro-cat

Flower Field tours, CRSSD, Busker Fest, and the Amazing Acro-Cats kick off March events

Thursday | 1 Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch For over 60 years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into a spectacular display of natural color and beauty. The 50 ...

Top events this week: Black Violin, WWE, and badminton

Plus a follow-up to the film Forks over Knives and lots more

Thursday | 22 #MeToo and #WeSaidEnough The Women’s Museum of California is hosting their second Women in Leadership Awards event, this time honoring women behind the #MeToo and #WeSaidEnough movements. California Senate president pro tem ...

Have fun in February

With the Harlem Globetrotters, the San Diego Tết Festival, and a Black Panther Experience

Thursday | 15 Black Panther Experience A private screening of Marvel’s new superhero film, Black Panther. This is a Black Carpet experience, so make sure you are picture-perfect in your African-inspired attire. Happy-hour gathering at ...

San Diego festivals abound

Learn about sex, paper theater, and your gut

Thursday | 8 Jewish Film Festival This is billed as “the largest Jewish cultural event in San Diego,” with 37 feature films and 21 short films screened in five locations across the county. The 28th ...

Things to do as we roll into February

Chinese New Year, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Viennese Nights, and remarkable Jewish women

Thursday | 1 Human Rights Watch Film Festival The festival offers a program of six films that address a range of human-rights issues around the world. Filmmakers and Human Rights Watch experts will be present ...

This week's primo events: Disney on Ice, Plays by Young Writers, and Tiger Woods

And you can celebrate the Chinese New Year

Thursday | 25 Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart New for 2018, stories and characters from the animated movies Finding Dory and Inside Out. “‘Just keep swimming’ with Dory, Nemo, Marlin, and new pal Hank ...

Beat the January slump with these events

Women’s march, circus pirates, monster trucks, Restaurant Week, and Hostiles

Thursday | 18 Circus Vargas: Pirates Death-defying acrobats, daredevils, flying-trapeze artists, jugglers, contortionists, clowns, and motorcycles in a swashbuckling, pirate-themed circus spectacular. Arrive 30 minutes early for an interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can learn ...

San Diego likes festivals

On tap: San Diego Brew Festival, Multicultural Festival, Borrego Springs Film Festival

Thursday | 11 Borrego Springs Film Festival A juried, five-day film festival of narrative, documentary, animation, and Latino features and shorts. Films will be screened at the 180-seat Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Networking events ...

A Culture Shock Nutcracker and Carnaval Fantastique are in town

Or start the year off with Hamilton. If you can get tickets.

Thursday | 4 SoundOn Festival of Modern Music: Voyages Now in its 11th year, the soundON Festival of Modern Music brings together an international roster of composers and performers in a four-day exploration of contemporary ...

Best ways to spend the end of 2017

Holiday Bowl, Holiday Food Truck Festival, New Year's parties, and more

Thursday | 28 Holiday Bowl Parade 2017 The largest balloon parade in America starts at 10 a.m. with marching bands, floats, drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons. Over 100,000 spectators will line Harbor ...

The most audacious neighborhood displays of Christmas cheer

And Jungle Bells plays up animals

Got Lights The following are the most audacious neighborhood displays of Christmas cheer. Christmas Circle, Chula Vista. Nearly total participation of over 55 homes in the circle formed by Whitney and Mankato streets. At least ...

San Diego’s onset of winter things to do

Star Wars party, Dave Koz, ugly sweaters and beer, ice skating in Del Mar

Thursday | 14 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Get in on a private screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But first, a party at the Fleet. Meet R2D2 and hang out with Stormtroopers from ...

Tons of Christmasy things to do

Frosty Farm, The Nutcracker, Parade of Lights, Lessons & Carols...

Thursday | 7 Prophets of Rage At first it may seem an unlikely pairing — players from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave teaming up with members of Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. But Rage ...

Bill Murray, Jewel, and those December Nights

Lots to do in December

Friday | 1 Bill Murray, Jan Vogler, and Friends: New Worlds It’s a safe bet that SNL original-cast-member-turned-movie-star Bill Murray has never bored anyone with a conversation, let alone a performance. His appearance at the ...

Trot like a turkey and learn about honey badgers

Things to do over Thanksgiving weekend

Thursday | 23 O’side Turkey Trot “Move your feet before you eat!” is the annual refrain at the O’side Turkey Trot 10K Run/5K/15K, kids run/walk, and Senior 1-Mile. Includes a costume contest with a $300 ...

Marching bands in Liberty Station, BBQ at Port Pavilion, and a marathon on the Silver Strand

The weather is lovely — get out and enjoy

Thursday | 9 San Diego Asian Film Festival Pacific Arts Movement presents this 18th-annual event, which they say has grown to become “the largest showcase of Asian American and international films on the West Coast” ...

Fall back into the Gaslamp, go on the Color Run, judge vegan tacos

Top events for the start of November

Thursday | 2 Charissa Noble: Music/Art Lectures This series of three lectures offers a look at controversial art and music in the 20th Century, “the intersecting lives and artistic ideologies of artists and composers, posing ...

Paint the town orange and black

Big Halloween events in Little Italy, Balboa Park, downtown, Liberty Station, and Del Mar

Thursday | 26 Haunted Trail of Balboa Park The Haunted Trail is mile-long trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks of Balboa Park. Follow the red balloon — “IT” will lead you ...

Extreme sailing, street food cinema, and the world’s largest Australian Football tournament

Event picks for mid-October

Thursday | 19 Haunted Hotel The Haunted Hotel is the longest running haunted house in San Diego. HauntWorld Magazine named it one of the top 13 haunted houses in America, and the event was featured ...

Bike for boobs, drinks spirits by the bay, and get scared in Belmont Park

Lots to do in mid-October

Friday | 13 Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show Billed as the “West Coast’s largest and most prestigious indoor showcase,” the Harvest Festival creates a mega shopping experience with 24,000 handmade originals from hundreds ...

Faires and festivals for foodies, film buffs, and do-it-yourselfers

Fall frolic opportunites for the weekend ahead

Thursday | 5 San Diego Film Festival The festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, offers over 100 films from independent filmmakers in 60 countries, including world premieres, never-before-seen studio releases, and independent filmmaking ...

First week of fall — full of so many things to do

Miramar air show, Poway rodeo, Pacific Islander fest, star party, Julian apple days, Carole King music, Trial by Jury, school choice debate

Friday | 22 Miramar Air Show The U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team and the Patriots Jet Team in aerobatic maneuvers. Civilian performers include Sean Tucker’s “Oracle Challenger,” John Collver’s “Wardog,” the Shockwave Jet Truck, ...

Best mid-September events

Taste of Downtown, pirates at Seaport, Steve Winwood, Kaaboo

Thursday | 14 Taste of Downtown Discover new eateries as you nom nom nom your way through downtown with bites from more than 40 restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter, the financial district, and East Village. ...

San Diego blues, beer, burgers, and Brazil (Day)

Plus three days of horrible movies

Friday | 8 Horrible Imaginings Film Festival The Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is a celebration and exploration of horror, sci-fi, and dark-fantasy cinema and literature. The eighth-annual event kicks off with a focus on local ...

Best events for Labor Day weekend in San Diego

Barona powwow, beach polo, and sand sculpting ... or just eat a lot of bacon

Thursday | 31 Festival of Sail More than 20 tall ships and other vessels from around the world will be on display August 31 through September 4 in San Diego Bay. The Parade of Sail ...

Festival of Sail — not fuel-driven design

Importance of the Civil War to ship technology

Though steam-driven or steam-assisted vessels first ventured onto the high seas in 1831, the main turning point from sail to side-wheel and eventually propeller for naval technology was during the Civil War. During the war, ...

The action is at the parks this week

One Love at Waterfront Park, Harborfest at Bayside Park, and Ferragosto at Amici Park

Thursday | 17 X: 40th Anniversary Tour Punk rock, once thought of as a disposable offshoot of rock and roll, has now been around long enough that L.A.’s X can say they’ve been rupturing eardrums ...

Autofest gets extreme and Supergirls take on Surf Dogs

Plus Hess Brewing for you and art camp for the kids

Thursday | 27 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 ...

Comic-Con + Comic-Con adjacent

The biggest show in town inspires other events, including Kevin Smith and Heroes Brew

Thursday | 20 Jay and Silent Bob/Babble-On/Fatman on Batman Kevin Smith is in San Diego for Comic-Con, and as usual he has a lot to say. On Thursday it’s “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” ...

Festivals everywhere — OB, Adams Ave., Mission Valley, and Palomar Mountain

Switchfoot, La Jolla murals, Island fest, Summer film fest, chili cook-off, and summer solstice celebration

Thursday | 22 SOKO CANNABIS BALL Celebrating the launch of San Diego online vendor SoKo Cannabis Creations with a runway fashion show by Alexandra Marie, B.FFRENCH, and SoKo, a cannabis mixer with Southern California businesses, ...

Have fun on the waterfront

Taco Fest, Fiesta del Sol, and Pirate Days in the week ahead

Thursday | 18 Burgers and Brews Try beer from Aztec Brewing, Border X, and Stone Brewing Company, sample burger sliders from Crazee Burger (your choice of buffalo, ostrich, wild boar, or wagyu beef), play giant ...

Enjoy the days of May with these events

Mexican wrestlers, Jewish food, and Wookiee trivia

Thursday | 4 Art of the Ancients In the first of the series “30,000 Years of Art History in Four Nights,” art professor Robin Douglas will cover the ritual, reverence, and relevance of prehistoric, Egyptian, ...

Celebrate Linda Vista, avocados, Asian film, and the whole gosh darn Earth

Standout events for the week ahead

Thursday | 20 ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL SPRING SHOWCASE Twenty-one films over eight days, from beauty-queen tales to political dramas to topsy-turvy comedies to musical celebrations. The 7th annual SDAFF Spring Showcase is the biggest yet. ...

Free casting clinic by San Diego Fly Fishers at Lake Murray

What flies to use in San Diego tidal beds and shallow water

There are areas in San Diego for fly fishing where wading or float tubing access is easy and there are plenty of tidal beds and shallow water. Flies that resemble the prey of bass, halibut, ...

Easter, San Diego style

Also this week: the Red Bull air race and a tax-day march against Trump

Thursday | 13 ATHENAEUM ART HISTORY: FRANCIS BACON An Introduction to Francis Bacon is a series of two art history lectures presented by Hugh Davies, director emeritus of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. ...

Fun things to do at the end of March

Check out the Chamorro Festival, Mustache Bash, and women pro golfers

Thursday | 23 Borrego Springs Adventure Take a one-day motor-coach “edventure” to Borrego Springs from SDSU. The first stop is the historic Santa Ysabel Store, an emporium dating back to 1884. Ten minutes down the ...

See Latino Film, hear Irish poetry, and run with the dogs

Lots to do in the middle of March

Thursday | 16 World Baseball Classic Every four years, the biggest stars in baseball from around the globe battle to be called the world’s greatest. San Diego hosts second-round action at Petco with All-Star-heavy teams ...

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