Things To Do In San Diego This Weekend: 8/10-12!

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Friday, August 10
 
San Diego Padres v. Philadelphia Phillies
Times vary (through Sunday)
Location: Petco Park
Baseball season is in full swing in downtown San Diego. Root, root, root for the San Diego Padres as they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. The three-day series kicks off Friday with Wine Fest at the stadium’s Park in the Park. On Saturday, the Padres will celebrate Filipino Heritage Night and on Sunday will host a Jewish Community Day. Sunday is also kids day, with a pre-game KidsFest and a post-game catch on the field. Tickets start at $15. While at the ballpark, try an array of craft brew and tastes of some of this year’s new local grub -- like Seafood Tacos from Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill or a Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog from Carnitas' Snack Shack.
 
'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 August 12. 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.
 
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.
Group Works to Restore Balboa Park Carousel
 
KAABOO Discovery Tour 
Time: 6 to 10 p.m.
Location: Quartyard
Del Mar’s KAABOO Music Festival aims to be everything other music festivals are not, and that includes a place where emerging local talent can shine. KAABOO is searching for both comedians and musicians at various venues across San Diego and letting the audience pick who will perform at their music festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in September. This week, the KAABOO Discovery Tour is stopping by the Quartyard with five fresh artists vying for the audience’s vote. Tickets to the discovery tour are $10 and available for purchase here
 
Hops on the Harbor 
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Flagship Cruises & Events
One of San Diego’s largest breweries, Ballast Point, is partnering this month with Flagship Cruise’s to create a tasty menu that pairs with their suds. Guests will cruise along San Diego Bay as they enjoy Hops on the Harbor’s curated dinner menu and four 6-ounce pours of Ballast Point’s creations. Their menu features: a grilled chicken with caramelized onions and peaches that pairs perfectly with Ballast Point’s Made in San Diego, a Santa Maria-style tri-tip topped with a habanero honey steak sauce paired with Fathom IPA and a pan-seared Sea Bass with a pineapple glaze that goes with Aloha Sculpin IPA. The dinner cruise boards at 7 p.m. from 990 North Harbor Dr. and sails past the San Diego skyline, USS Midway, Star of India and other Maritime Museum ships and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Tickets cost $74.50 for adults and $44.70 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are recommended.
 
'West Side Story' the Film in Concert
Time: 7:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South
Take in the movies you love, like Oscar-winning “West Side Story,” in an entirely new way this summer during the San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights Concert Series. The symphony will replace the film’s recorded music with their own live performance of Leonard Bernstein’s score, all while the film plays on an outdoor screen along San Diego Bay. Tickets to this concert celebrating West Side Story’s 57th anniversary start at $32.
 
 
Saturday, August 11 
 
13th Annual Fine Art Festival 
Time: 10 to 6 p.m. (through Sunday)
Location: Liberty Station
Liberty Station’s Art District is celebrating 13 years of bringing visual arts, music and interactive art-making to San Diego families with a festival at Ingram Plaza. The Arts District -- which has museums, dining andentertainment all year -- will have added booths featuring local artists, an expanded beer and wine pavilion and delicious street food at this year’s free Fine Art Festival.
 
San Diego Beer and Wine Fest 
Time: 3 to 6 p.m.
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North
Two hugely popular festivals, San Diego Beer Fest and San Diego’s Uncorked Wine Festival, have decided to team up for one large event celebrating the two beverages. The inaugural San Diego Beer and Wine Fest will provide guests who have a $55 general admission ticket unlimited samples from a selection of hundreds of brews and wines. There will also be tasty bites for purchase from food trucks, lawn games sprawled across the Embarcadero and live music to entertain guests for their three-hour tasting session.
 
Julian Natural Wonderfest 
Time: 3 to 11 p.m.
Location: Jess Martin Park (Julian)
Take in the natural wonderland that surrounds the mountain town of Julian with a day and night’s worth of activities during Julian Natural Wonderfest. Guests can spend the day hiking along Santa Ysabel Creek or touring the Wolf Center habitat. Animal ambassadors will be on hand at Jess Martin Park with barn owls, hawks and other creatures to teach guests about wildlife. Then at night, visitors will learn about the Cosmos through stories shared under the starry sky. Astronomers will even help guests spot the milky way and take in the Perseid Meteor Shower. Throughout the free event, a shuttle bus will take guests from town, where live music and games will be held, to Jess Martin Park.
 
Bayside Summer Nights: Hooray for Hollywood
Time: 7:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South
Movie lovers and music enthusiasts alike can enjoy Saturday’s Bayside Summer Nights concert. The San Diego Symphony has brought back their annual tribute to the movies. Guests can enjoy clips of classic movies on a screen along San Diego Bay as the symphony performs their accompanying scores. Selections include songs from “Citizen Kane,” “Austin Powers,” “Blazing Saddles” and more. Tickets to the outdoor concert at Embarcadero Marina Park South start at $36. 
 
Cinema Under the Stars: 'When Harry Met Sally'
Time: 8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Location: Cinema Under the Stars
Cinema Under the Stars’ summer screening season continues with one of Hollywood’s classic romantic comedies -- “When Harry Met Sally.” Playing at 8 p.m. at this outdoor theater on Goldfinch Street in Mission Hills is the story about two strangers with nothing in common to friends and ultimately more. The summer season screens a different film each week, Thursday through Sunday through September 2, at the theater under the stars. Admission is $18 at the box office, or you can reserve your seat in advance for $20.
Silver Fish Swarm Beaches for 'Grunion Runs'
 
Grunion Run
Time: 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Location: Various San Diego County Beaches (Su 10:45 p.m. - 12:45 a.m.)
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. 
 
 
Sunday, August 12
 
20th Annual Art in the Village 
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Carlsbad Village
For the last two decades, Carlsbad has gathered local artists for a one-day event to showcase their work to the community. This year’s Art in the Village will bring more than 100 regional artists to the heart of Carlsbad Village, just steps from Carlsbad State Beach. The free festival along State Street and Grand Avenue will showcase paintings, sculptures and photography as well as hand-crafted jewelry, woodworking, clothing and more.
 
Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Encinitas Community Park
While this event in Cardiff is centered around dogs, there will be a plethora of activities at the Dog Days of Summer for their human companions as well. The event will feature more than 100 dog-themed vendors, rescue groups andadoption agencies. Your furry companion can compete in contests and you can enjoy a beverage or two at the beer and wine garden; a portion of the sales will go to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. There will also be live music, food trucks and activities for kids at this free event.
 
Spirit of '45 Day 
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Veterans Museum and Memorial Center
Ceremonies honoring "America’s Greatest Generation" are held across the country on Spirit of '45 Day including, of course, here in San Diego. Visitors to the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center will have a chance to hear stories from dozens of World War II veterans at this free event.
 
Del Mar Racing
Time: 11:30 a.m. (through September 3)
Location: Del Mar Racetracks
It’s time for big hats and bright colors -- Del Mar Racing season is upon us. Gates at the Del Mar Racetrack open at 11:30 a.m. with a first post time of 2 p.m. most days during the summer racing season, which runs from July 18 to September 3 "where the turf meets the surf." This season, the tracks are hosting plenty of special events to coincide with the races, like a day filled with Burgers and Brew, a Gourmet Food Truck Festival, and a Craft Beer Festival. Check out the full schedule of events at Del Mar Racing here. The races’ Summer Concert Series returns this year with a lineup that includes Matisyahu this Friday. The concerts are free with an admission ticket to the races, which start at $6, and begin after the last race ends.
 
Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair 
Time: 12 to 11 p.m.
Location: 5th Avenue and University (Hillcrest)
CityFest is a street fair by day and block party by night as more than nine city blocks along 5th, Robinson and University avenues are transformed for a celebration of the Hillcrest community. The sprawling art and music festival will feature live bands and DJ’s, a beer garden and cocktail bar and hundreds of vendor booths. The event is free to attend but guests should register in advance here
 
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
 
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 starting at sunset
 
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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