Things To Do In San Diego This Weekend: 7/13-14!

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Friday, July 13
 
Sun and Sea Festival
Time: 8 a.m. to dusk (Friday and Saturday)
Location: Pier Plaza (Imperial Beach)
Imperial Beach’s largest annual event brings dozens of artists to the beach to create sculptures in the sand. The theme for this year’s Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival is "Super Heroes in the Sand." On top of the competition, the two-day festival will feature a morning paddle out, a beach run and a pancake breakfast on Friday and a superhero parade and an interactive kids zone on Saturday. There will also be a farmer’s market and an international food fair, plus stages with live musical performances.
 
Food Truck Fridays
Time: 4 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Balboa Park
Delectable treats will once again flood historic Balboa Park every Friday night this summer for the popular Food Truck Fridays series. A lineup of about a dozen food trucks will rotate each week through September 28 at Plaza de Panama ready to feed hungry guests as a variety of live music, like Mariachi and orchestral sounds, waft through the air. Some of the dining possibilities include Bosnian Grill, Monster Crafts, Pierogi Truck, Super Q and Yo Yo Bento, Beachin’ Boba, Devil Dogs BBQ, Sushi Uno and more. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit in front of the Botanical Building as they eat, or enjoy craft beer, wine and cocktails inside nearby restaurants. Booths will be set up with activities for kids and Balboa Park will introduce a "living room" area filled with giant lawn games. Surrounding museums will extend hours to accommodate guests and the San Diego Museum of Art will offer $5 admission after 5 p.m.
 
Cruisin’ Grand
Time: 5 to 9 p.m.
Location: Grand Avenue (Escondido)
It’s opening night for the free auto festival that has taken over downtown Escondido for nearly two decades. Hundreds of vintage cars line Grand Avenue for seven blocks every Friday night from April to September for the event that seems to transform the city into a retro paradise. Along the route, enjoy dinner or browse local goods at one of the many restaurants and shops that extend their hours during the car show.
Clear the Shelters: Save the Date
 
Summer Movies in the Park
Times Vary, Locations Vary
Across the county this summer, cities are taking part in movie screenings at their local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week, San Diegans can find a different free outdoor movie screening thanks to the county-wide initiative. The full calendar of screenings for the summer can be found here. Bring a picnic, chairs and a blanket to enjoy the movie of your choice typically starting at sunset. 
 
Location: The Old Globe
The Old Globe’s talented cast and crew brings to life Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax," the story of-of a small, fuzzy creature, The Lorax, who decides to speak up for the voiceless -- all the trees in his Truffula Forest. Tickets to the colorful and upbeat performance on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, which runs through August 12, start at $30 for children and $40 for adults.
 
Bayside Summer Nights: Rick Springfield
Time: 7:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South
The San Diego Symphony’s annual summer concert series along the waterfront returns for the 2018 season. This weekend, the musician behind chart-topping hits like "Jessie’s Girl" and "Love Somebody" will rock on stage along San Diego Bay. Tickets to see Rick Springfield at this outdoor concert start at $25 for lawn or grandstand seats and start at $42 for regular seating. 
 
Grunion Run
Time: 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Location: Various San Diego County Beaches
It’s a spectacle to behold when thousands of grunion, slim silver fish, come out of the water and onto the shoreline to spawn. To see the natural event that happens only a handful of days throughout the year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends heading to a San Diego County beach with a flashlight. Runs are expected through Sunday at various times but sightings are not guaranteed. Grunion sightings may occur at: Oceanside Pier View North Beach, Oceanside Harbor Beach, Del Mar Beach, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Coronado and Coronado Shores Beach and Imperial Beach.
Silver Fish Swarm Beaches for 'Grunion Runs'
 
 
Saturday, July 14
 
Over the Line Tournament
Time: 7:30 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Location: Fiesta Island
San Diego’s summer tradition, the Over the Line Tournament, returns to Fiesta Island for a day filled with wacky costumes and outrageous fun. The game is similar to baseball except each matchup lasts three or four innings and no one has to run the bases; the goal is to hit the ball "over the line." The tournament is an all-day event -- games will run until the sun sets on both days, and then it will all pick up again next weekend. For more information on what’s allowed and what isn’t and how to get to and from the free event, click here
 
Yoga in the Rotunda
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: San Diego Museum of Man
Before the doors open to the Museum of Man in Balboa Park, guests can gather in the museum’s domed hall for a quiet teacher-led yoga session. The class allows students to go at their own pace, making it a great pick for both beginners and more advanced yogis. The $10 yoga sessions ($5 for members) are held every second and fourth Saturday of the month.
 
SD Pride Festival 2018
Times Vary (Through Sunday)
Location: Hillcrest
One of the biggest Pride festivals on the west coast happens right here in San Diego. The three-day extravaganza to celebrate the LGBT community kicks off Friday with the Pride of Hillcrest Block Party, which takes over the streets of Hillcrest with music and dance floors, plus a giant Ferris wheel. Tickets are free but must be reserved online. On Saturday, thousands of people will flood the streets for the SD Pride Music Festival, which features performances from nearly 100 entertainers, including headliners TLC and JoJo, plus dozens of retail and food vendors selling unique items. Admission to both days is included with a $25 ticket. Also on Saturday, SD Pride’s free annual parade travels through the streets of San Diego -- from the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Avenue to Quince Drive -- starting at 11 a.m. Keep your eye out for NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 in the parade. 
 
Festival of the Bells
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p .m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Location: Mission San Diego
This event celebrates the founding of Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala nearly 250 years ago. The event will feature food, games and live entertainment at the historical landmark. All five of the mission’s bells will be rung during the weekend’s activities, including the original bell dating back to 1802.
 
Vista BBQ Classic
Time: 12 to 10 p.m.
Location: Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
Good ol’ western barbecue is coming to Vista for the city’s annual barbecue festival. This year’s festivities are taking place at the Antique Gas & Steam Museum grounds, offering plenty of space for wagon rides and a Country music festival at the new Jamboree Concert Arena. There will be a beer and spirits garden called The Saloon and, of course, loads of award-winning barbecue, mac 'n' cheese and chili available to sample with a tasting ticket starting at $20 for five bites. Guests can also browse items from local retailers at the Vista BBQ Classic’s marketplace.
 
Location: Hotel Del Coronado
For $20, moviegoers will get a lawn chair to place in the sand at Del Beach where "Coco," an animated tale about a young boy who desires to be a musician despite disapproval from his family, will screen this Saturday at 8 p.m. A different movie screens at the Hotel Del Coronado’s outdoor theater every Saturday through Sept. 1.
 
 
Sunday, July 15
 
'Spamalot'
Time: 2 and 8 p.m.
Location: Cygnet Theatre
The Tony-award winning musical "Spamalot," based off the 1975 comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," runs at the Cygnet Theatre through July 29. The play -- and the film -- is a parody of the Knights of the Round Table’s quest for the Holy Grail. The knights encounter flying cows, killer rabbits and giants during their coconut shell-filled quest. Tickets start at $45.
 
Location: Liberty Public Market
The Folksy sounds of The Dowling Garagegrass Experiment are taking over the Liberty Public Market patio Sunday. The acoustic group from La Mesa will perform bluegrass, blues, folk, classic rock and even swing. Before or after the concert, stroll the artisan shops or grab a tasty bite at the stores and restaurants that make up Liberty Public Market.
 
Sunday Organ Concert
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park
Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.
 
Sounds of the City
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South
Enjoy a free concert from the San Diego Symphony Orchestra at an outdoor stage along San Diego Bay. The symphony begins at 7:30 p.m. but guest can come early for music from local bands, hands-on art activities and more. The event is free but a reservation must be made in advance online
 
'The Tempest'
Time: 8 p.m. (through July 22)
Location: The Old Globe
To kick off the 2018 Shakespeare Festival in San Diego, The Old Globe presents "The Tempest," the playwright’s tale of a mother who has been living on a deserted island for a dozen years with her daughter and exacting revenge on her enemies using dark magic. The Tempest is being staged at the Lowell Davies Festival outdoor theatre through July 12. Tickets start at $30.
 
Free or Cheap Things to Do in San Diego
Times and locations vary
Looking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore America’s Finest City.
 

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