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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 ...

Things are heating up in San Diego

This week: Gator by the Bay, Tacotopia, and the O.B. Kite Festival

Thursday | 11 Gator by the Bay Emphasizing the rollicking music, food, and Mardi Gras spirit of Louisiana, San Diego’s 16th annual Gator by the Bay bills itself as “the largest, most authentic good-times music, ...

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, ...

So many ways to have fun in San Diego

Big-Island Shaka, Pet Day on the Bay, and Artwalk

Thursday | 27 A Way with Words Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, hosts of KPBS’s A Way with Words, take the stage for a live adaptation of their nationally syndicated show. The duo will take ...

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. ...

Top events this week: Blooming buds, healthy living, and expensive cars

And SeaWorld serves up gourmet fare

Thursday | 6 FLOWER FIELDS A-BLOOM For more than 60 years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into a spectacular (albeit coordinated) display of natural color and beauty. The ...

This week in San Diego: Latin American art and Indian music

Or chase slimy little fish across the beaches

Thursday | 30 Grunion Run 2017 For those not familiar, grunion is a species of fish that leaves the water at night to spawn on beaches during the spring and summer months throughout Southern California. ...

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 ...

Spring has sprung! Butterflies, cherry blossoms, and kids at the river

Top event picks this week

Friday | 10 Cherry Blossom Festival This year marks the Japanese Friendship Garden’s 12th annual Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration in hanami, the Japanese tradition of welcoming spring and appreciating the temporal beauty of nature. ...

This weekend check out CRSSD, cannabis, and Holi Hai

And the two-year anniversary of Sparks Gallery

Friday | 3 Sparks Two-Year Anniversary Celebrate Sparks Gallery’s two-year anniversary with wine, small bites, performances, and music. Jewelry trunk show by Bette Barnett, live sculpting by Southern CA Sculptors, music by Joseph Luna Duo, ...

Beads (Fat Tuesday), birds (raptors), birdies (Dave Freeman), and dogs (American Kennel Club)

Start Mardi Gras on Saturday, go from there

Thursday | 23 Celebrating African-American Women in the Arts To commemorate Black History Month, the Women’s Museum of California celebrates African-American women in the arts by honoring jazz musician and composer Jeannie Cheatham, Moxie Theatre ...

Your Week: Go outrigger canoeing, see a show or two, eat at Oscar's

Event picks for this weekend and beyond

Friday | February 17 San Diego Comic Fest Comic Fest is the anti-Comic-Con, a user-friendly comic convention with a casual atmosphere and an intimate scale that allows fans to mingle with professionals and exhibitors. It’s ...

Valentine’s Day Events: Celebrations of love all week, countywide

Mating rituals and sexy paintings will put you in the mood

Thursday | 9 Mating & Dating in the Animal Kingdom As part of their exhibit celebrating the San Diego Zoo’s centennial year, join the San Diego History Center in exploring the science behind animal sex ...

Fill your weekend with fermentation and ballet

Unique events to kick off February

Thursday | 2 Lotus The Philly-based “jamtronica” band last year released their most stripped set yet in Eat the Light, the album’s name and rhythmic dance vibe a nod to new-wave icons the Talking Heads. ...

Watch women bash each other! The week’s hot tickets

Spring season opener for the Derby Dolls, plus Mickey Mouse and Tiger come to town

Thursday | 26 Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment Characters from Frozen, Toy Story, Cars, and The Little Mermaid will race across the ice and perform high-speed stunts. Plus, “get warmed up for the show ...

A week of Asian-inspired events

Plus a crawl for lots and lots of coffee

Thursday | 19 Shen Yun Chinese Music and Dance Show The show returns to Escondido with an all-new program for 2017 consisting of 20 pieces for a journey through 5000 years of history with animated ...

Pacific PonyCon, just one of many things to do this week

Don’t miss the one-night-only tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

Thursday | 5 The SoundON Modern Music Festival brings together an international roster of composers and performers in a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music with concerts, workshops, panel discussions, open rehearsals, and art. Featuring ...

New Year’s Eve events all over San Diego this weekend

...and the International Car Show rolls into town

Thursday | 29 Four hundred vehicles from 40 manufacturers will be on display, including 20 all-new debuts. This year’s show has 15,000 square feet dedicated to an Exotics Vault with vehicles from the likes of ...

Get out of the house over Christmas break

Run a 5K at the Holiday Bowl Parade or choose from several DJ events on Christmas Eve

Thursday | 22 Full-day winter camps for grades 1–3 at the science center with educational, hands-on activities incorporating the Fleet’s exhibit galleries. December 22, Maker Mania: create, craft, and tinker with your own devices. December ...

Run with Santas this week

And see Liza Shlesinger, Wrex the Halls, and Gals & Monsters

Thursday | 8 Certified cicerone Erik Fowler and Brothers’ Provisions cheesemonger Kate will walk you through the expansive world of infused cheese. Get tips on pairing cheese and learn how to serve and set up ...

What to do the first week of December

Seas ’n’ Greetings, Carols and Barrels, Rawhide Christmas, and trout fishing

Thursday | 1 Whether you like the Austin indie act’s ’60s girl-group side or the “macabre pop” their publicist digs, you can’t help but admire their dedication to form, releasing records on cassette and 45. ...

Skate by the sea (and other ways to work off Thanksgiving dinner)

The week's best events

Thursday | 24 Join more than 10,000 runners bright and early at Balboa Park for San Diego’s original and longest-running turkey trot. Participants will follow the route through Balboa Park to a family-friendly festival at ...

Catch Toruk, go skating, go fishing, go running, go drinking

Things to do before Thanksgiving hits

Thursday | 17 Fantasy on Ice The old Horton Plaza ice-skating rink has been permanently relocated to a new Liberty Station location. The venue has changed, but the event continues to benefit the Peckham Center ...

Ways to have fun and honor veterans this week

San Diego's best events: November 10-17

Thursday | 10 The Sklar Brothers The duo premiered a one-hour stand-up special on Netflix in 2014 called What Are We Talking About with material from their album Hendersons and Daughters, which the Onion A.V. ...

San Diego Beer Week kicks off

For a quieter time, the Asian Film Festival and Art San Diego

Thursday | 3 Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States and has showcased everything from future classics like Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of ...

Lions and Tigers and Zombies

Halloween event picks, from Art after Dark to the Zombie Crawl

Friday | 28 A zombie pass gains you entry to 25 Gaslamp Halloween parties, all within crawling distance of each other, along with 15 welcome shots (bartender’s choice). Kickoff party at Fluxx Nightclub from 6 ...

Oktoberfest is upon us

Best events for early October in San Diego

Friday | 30 Nemr Lebanese/American comedian Nemr has pioneered stand-up comedy throughout the Middle East, where he performs in English. He grew up in San Diego and then moved back to Lebanon with his family. ...

Feed your need for speed this week

Or talk like a pirate, taste South Park, and love Spock

Thursday | 15 Hit restaurants, bistros, and take-outs on a tour of 40 esteemed eateries and new hot spots throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District, and East Village. Free shuttle service. Will call at Rustic ...

How to spend Labor Day weekend in San Diego

Choose from stickball in Little Italy, Baconfest, beach polo, Horrible Imaginings, and more

Friday | 2 Master sculptors Benjamin Probanza from Mexico and Katsuhiko Chaen from Japan are joining other internationally renowned artists from Russia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, and Canada to battle the best from the ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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