Upcoming Art and Music Events in La Jolla and San Diego

Art and music aficionados are in store for a few special treats this Independence Day weekend in La Jolla and the greater San Diego area. Before and after you head over to La Jolla Cove for Tuesday’s fireworks display, be sure to pop in and check out the following exhibitions and events.

This Saturday July 1st, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Thumbprint Gallery, art lovers have an opportunity to feast their eyes on an exhibit entitled “Illumination.” The exhibition features new works by Richard Salcido and Armando Gonzalez, two local figurative artists whose subjects are centered in a juxtaposition of light and partial abstraction.  The highly recognized Thumbprint Gallery curates monthly exhibitions that feature evolving, mid-career, and well-established artists with a focus on urban art and pop surrealism. If you possess an affinity for urban art and pop surrealism, be sure to check out these new works. Since 2009, the Thumbprint Gallery’s welcoming atmosphere has been providing a warm ambiance where art lovers can mix it up and appreciate various works of art that support local, national, and international artists. Thumbprint Gallery is located at 920 Kline St in scenic La Jolla. The event is absolutely free. For additional information, call (858) 354-6294.

Monday Night Medley is yet another eclectic art and fashion event artists won’t want to miss out on. This Monday, July 3rd, paint artists and spectators are invited to stop in at URBN Coal Fired Pizza for what proves to be a fantastic evening. An art exhibition by Nonie Cruzado will be the highlight of the evening beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until 10 p.m. Cruzado is the winner of the Art Around Adams Competition 2017. In addition to the exhibit, there will be free life drawing sessions until 8 p.m. Furthermore, a free live art model will be on hand. Gather up those brushes, paint, canvases and/or sketchpads and hop on over to URBN. And for those without the aforementioned, paints, brushes and canvases will be provided. URBN is ideally located at 3085 University Avenue in beautiful San Diego.


Finally, and certainly not least of all, every third Thursday of the month, Megaphone provides an opportunity for local artists, art galleries and crafters to develop their keen sense of creativity and network with fellow creative through group art exhibitions. The event is free and open to the public from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Artists and art lovers can hook up and share their craft in a relaxed atmosphere this July 6th at Eve Encinitas. The venue is located at 575 S. Coast Hwy 101 in Encinitas. When the fireworks are over on the 4th, pop in to the ever friendly Eve. For additional information, call (760) 230-2560.


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Celebrating Independence Day 2017 in La Jolla and San Diego


It’s that glorious time of the year again when we pay homage to our freedom and the brave men and women who gave all so we can live free. Check out these interesting events and be mindful to arrive early to snatch great seating for the fireworks displays.

Star Spangled Pops
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park South

The San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights 2017 kicks off the weekend with a traditional acknowledgement of the music of America, from films and Broadway to those old patriotic faves, including a salute to the brave men and women of our armed forces. If you get that patriotic vibe, Star Spangled Pops is your go to event leading up to the Fourth of July. The highly regarded symphony gives it their all and the event climaxes with fireworks. Get your blanket, favorite beverages (adult or otherwise) and enjoy a fantastic evening under the stars. Lawn tickets begin at a mere $24. Embarcadero Marina Park South is located at 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, behind the convention center.

Cusp Dining & Drinks Fireworks Viewing Party
July 4th at 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive in La Jolla

Head on over to La Jolla on the 4th and grab a delicious dinner and a show at the 11th floor Pacific Ocean-view restaurant atop Hotel La Jolla. Hang out with Chef Donald Lockhart and the ever friendly Cusp crew in the cozy Starling Room for a special cocktail reception-style viewing party. Patrons will be able to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over La Jolla Cove, hosted, tasty hor d’oeurves, a hosted negroni and gin and tonic bar, as well as a celebratory champagne toast when the fireworks show begins. Main entrees include surf and turf, rack of lamb, roasted Scottish salmon or roasted chicken breast. Limited seats are available and reservations are highly recommended. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

George’s at the Cove Dinner & Fireworks
July 4th at 6:30 p.m., La Jolla

George’s Ocean Terrace and Level2 are the spot on place to delight in the La Jolla fireworks display. Patrons are cordially invited to pop on in, grab a seat, and chill with friends and/or family. George’s definitely provides some of the best views of the 2017 fireworks show over the ever scenic La Jolla Cove at 9 p.m. The cost of each table includes a full 3-course dinner on July 4th. Entrees include Roasted Organic Chicken Breast rapini, fingerling potatoes, salsa verde; Herbed Alaskan Halibut with sweet white corn, sugar snap peas, and cherry tomato vinaigrette; Grilled Filet Mignon replete with smoked mashed potatoes, asparagus, pearl onions, and shiita. George’s is conveniently located at 1250 Prospect St.

San Diego County Fair and Fireworks Display
July 4th 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Bring the kiddos to the final day of the San Diego County Fair and celebrate the Fourth of July with plenty of food, fun and fireworks. Aside from the myriad rides for kids and adults, some of the best food is on hand to please even the pickiest palate. The fireworks display begins promptly at 9 p.m. at the Heineken Grandstand Stage. Admission is $18 for people aged 13 through 61, $11 for seniors 62 and above, and $11 for kids up to age 12. Get out to the fair and don’t miss one of the better fireworks displays in all of San Diego.

San Diego & La Jolla Events June 24 – 25

Another great weekend of superb weekend with great weather is in store for the area, so why not get out and have some great fun with family, loved ones and friends? There’s plenty to do as always, but here are some of the highlights.


Cruisin’ Grand Escondido
Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Downtown Escondido

Car Daddy’s (and mommy’s too!), as well as any car aficionado has a treat in store for them in downtown Escondido’s this Friday evening. Cruisin’ Grand Escondido commands the ever historical Grand Avenue, where in excess of 500 bad-to-the-bone cars line the streets. Now in its 18th consecutive year, this jaw-dropping, eye-candy feasting of vintage vehicles sees literally thousands of attendees. Every Friday evening, special awards are presented to the more notable pre-1973 American-manufactured cars. (Sorry, friends, no foreign stuff at this spectacular event!) But stellar machines and powerhouse autos aren’t the only thing to delight in this Friday. In fact, live musical entertainment to please the ears will consist of DJ High Energy Sound Machine (spinning on Broadway); Martin Coughlin (performing on Juniper Street); The Groove Cats (playing at Maple Street Plaza); and Backwater Blues Band (performing at Kalmia & Grand). The event is absolutely free and the event runs weekly through September 29th. Cruisin’ Grand Escondido is located at 235 East Grand Avenue. Get on out and peep it out!

Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival
10 a.m., Saturday Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach

Oh, yeah! It’s back, San Diegans! More than 70,000 folks of all ages are predicted to assemble in scenic Ocean Beach for this ever popular annual Chili Cook-Off and festival smack dab on the ocean. Aside from the mouth-watering chili cook-off, attendees can appreciate non-stop live tunes, various forms of entertainment, the Artists Alley, those gotta try, thrilling carnival rides, myriad games, food galore, a host of vendor booths, a must visit beachside beer garden, and much, much more! After all, it is spectacular OB, baby! And don’t sweat the driving if you have a mind to, because free, yes, we did say FREE, trolley services will depart from The Knights of Columbus parking lot down on Bacon Street, between W. Point Loma Boulevard and Voltaire Street, and the parking lot near Sea World Drive and Pacific Coast Highway to the festival. Oh, did we mention the festival is free? Yeah, buddy! Get those taste buds teased and pleased and have a blast!

Philippine Cultural Arts Festival
11 a.m., Balboa Park (Saturday and Sunday)

If you haven’t experienced the lively, colorful culture of the Philippines, you have been missing out big time. The entire family (and your friends, of course) need to take a skip and a hop over to Balboa Park for the 32nd annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival this sun-filled weekend. As always, it’s a free event that recognizes the Declaration of Philippine Independence from Spain in 1898. All through the day, attendees can enjoy lively as well as colorful folk dances from various regions, live music and considerably more. In addition, local artists will be selling uniquely designed products inspired by Philippine culture, such as costume jewelry, T-shirts and more. If you can’t get to the beautiful Philippines, this is a must do event and is, once again, entirely free. Mabuhay!

San Diego Padres vs. Detroit Tigers (Kids Fest Day)
Sunday, 1:40 p.m.at Petco Park

The hometown Padres conclude their three-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Petco Park with a 1:40 p.m. Sunday slugfest. Its Kid’s Fest Day, so be sure to treat those potential future Hall-of-Famer’s to a whale of a game. There will be plentiful activities for those glove-wearing, please let me catch a ball youngsters. There’s bounce houses, face painters, balloons, and more. Tickets begin at a mere $17 a pop. But check this hard to top note out! Admission is absolutely free for kids permitting they are under 36 inches tall and are accompanied by an adult, but they must sit on a parent’s lap. What better way to bond with you kids than at a professional baseball game?

La Jolla and San Diego Events this Weekend: June 17 – 18

Photo: Shutterstock.com | Jacob Lund

Photo: Shutterstock.com | Jacob Lund

La Jolla This Father’s Day Weekend
Father’s Day Helicopter Tour

Looking for that special event for dad this weekend? Why not an aerial escapade this Father’s Day? Take that special man in your life on a coastal helicopter flight over San Diego this Sunday! The excursion features some of dad’s beloved sites in San Diego – including spectacular Torrey Pines, Glider Port and Mission Bay. An approximate 18 minute flight time is available this Sunday. And the cost? Easy on the purse, pricing begins at a mere $67 per person when you book 3 passengers! However, weight restrictions do apply, so slim it down and get around La Jolla for an experience sure to last a lifetime.

Saturday at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla

Come mix it up with singles ages 40-60 for a 1980s themed dance get-together and mixer. The event jumps to a start with an ice-breaker game and an opportunity to mix and socialize. Of course, on the house light appetizers will be served. The Marriott features an expansive dance floor, a nightclub ambiance, and multi-level areas for peeping the dance floor when you need a break. DJ Elliott Thomas will be serving up the tunes from the ’80s the entire evening to keep things moving on the dance floor. Dominant Entertainment will be providing the lighting as part of an ’80s experience. Don’t be fooled. This is an upscale, dress-to-impress event to remember. Please note that no jeans, shorts, t-shirts or sandals are permitted. Hey, we’re going classy here. Prizes will be drawn later in the evening as an added feature. Where? Where else but in scenic La Jolla? Skip to the iconic tunes at 4240 La Jolla Village Drive this Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $20.

Surfing into Summer
Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Check it out, San Diego! The first day of summer kicks it off this Saturday at this family friendly happening concentrated on what makes La Jolla the eminent summertime destination. Sunscreen? Nah, don’t even think about it. SEA Days is included with aquarium admission. All the proceeds sustain the exhibits as well as educational programming at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. And the cost? Don’t sweat it, let it. It’s a mere $14 to $18.50. Get on down to 2300 Expedition Way in scenic La Jolla.

Father’s Day Concert in La Jolla
Sunday, June 18, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Get your classical vibe on this Sunday and take dad to an event to remember. Chill, relax and enjoy as Erica Poole and Glenn Vanstrum open the soothing event with Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme” by Schumann for piano four hands. Poole will subsequently unite with Andy Helgerson and Cliff Thrasher for Arensky’s D minor piano trio. The special Father’s Day occasion will conclude with Dvorak’s Quintet in A Major, performed by Ray Mak, Andy Helgerson, Lee Wolfe, Cliff Thrasher, and Glenn Vanstrum. The cost is free! Where? Where else but the La Jolla Library easily located at 7555 Draper Avenue in scenic, fantastic La Jolla. Wait, did we mention it’s completely free?

Celebrate Father’s Day in La Jolla

How about that special dad in your life? This Father’s Day, why not treat him to a special occasion? Let’s eat, stay, and play! Where? Where better of a location than the La Jolla Shores Hotel, right on the ever beautiful Pacific Ocean!

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For more than four decades, the exclusive La Jolla Shores Hotel has been welcoming and embracing guests from around the globe for short getaways and enjoyable extended vacations. Conveniently situated on the stunning California coast with the beach as its welcoming mat, the hotel is also near the astounding and ever popular village of La Jolla and mere miles north of downtown San Diego.

Visitors have the option to choose from 128 rooms, including many with kitchenettes and sweeping as well as all-encompassing views of the scenic Pacific coastline.

Better yet, why not give the gift of love to dad and enjoy the very best in contemporary American cuisine in the hotel’s family-friendly Shores Restaurant, all the while soaking up the hotel’s appealing old-world atmosphere?

For in excess of 40 years, the La Jolla Shores Hotel has been the continuous beach haven of choice for families and holidaymakers. Nestled smack dab on the Pacific Ocean in the ever popular La Jolla Shores community, the hotel’s sociable, heartfelt and hospitable staff is just one of the many highlights of an experience guaranteed to be remembered long after your stay. Unlike most hotels, the rooms at La Jolla Shores Hotel are more than just a place to lie one’s head for the evening. Indeed, they are an annex of the immaculate Pacific Ocean right outside your door. From the wide-ranging views, to the vivacious breezeways and balconies, to the tranquil beach vibe, every room is permeated with the well-known laid-back spirit that is California.

So why not celebrate your special father by ordering a great meal at The Shores? The beachfront restaurant extends extensive views of La Jolla Shores and furthermore provides patrons with an opportunity to feast mere steps from the sand.

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Father’s Day Brunch Buffet – Thank the father in your life for all he has done and continues to do with an extraordinary and unforgettable oceanfront repast for the entire family. Named “Best Sunday Brunch” by the La Jolla Village News, The Shores’ Sunday à la carte brunch will be specifically tailored for Father’s Day with an astonishing buffet with menu highlights that include the following:

  • Appetizers: Fishermen’s Catch, American Cheese and Charcuterie Board and Seafood Trio on Ice.
  • Main Courses: Seafood Paella, Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef and St. Louis Style Natural Pork Ribs.
  • Side Dishes: Loaded Mashed Potatoes and Hickory Smoked Bacon, Italian Sausage.
  • Children’s Station: Turkey Meatballs Marinara, Mac and Cheese. What kid doesn’t like macaroni and cheese, especially when prepared by amazing chefs?
  • Desserts: Rocky Road Brownie, Triple Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake and Hazelnut Coffee Opera.

Forget the diet and splurge because you and your wonderful father deserve it!

Conversely, The Marine Room, a San Diego landmark and esteemed coastal treasure for over 75 years offers sweeping, panoramic views of La Jolla Shores, culinary superiority and uncompromising service. You’ll simply be astonished by the incontestable ocean-front experience The Marine Room offers this summer for Father’s Day celebrations and the continuation of our signature High Tide Dinner season.

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Father’s Day – Gather up the troops and give special thanks to dad for all he does with an unforgettable oceanfront meal this Father’s Day. Exceptional dinner dishes will be served all weekend, including Line Caught Local Swordfish and Wild Caught Prawns, American Kobe Beef New York Steak and Country Meadow Rack of Lamb.

And why not consider starting a family tradition and pamper dad and the family in an amazing Father’s Day Brunch with menu highlights that include:

  • From the Bakery: Hazelnut Chocolate Brioche French Toast, Felix’s Farmer’s Market Vegetable Frittata, Baked Stone Fruit Blintz.
  • Starters: Fisherman Smokehouse, Butcher Block Charcuterie and Heirloom Baby Tomato Salad.
  • Entrées: Cracked Pepper Cacao Nib Crusted Angus Ribeye, Berkshire Pork Cheek Casserole, Agave Ancho Chile Smoked Mary’s Farm Turkey Breast and Saffron Vermouth Braised Petrale Sole.
  • Patisserie: Spicy Mayan Chocolate Squares, Marine Room Spindrift Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Anglaise and Raspberry Linzer Tart.

Additional information and the entire menu is available here.

The Father’s Day Brunch buffet is available this Sunday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The price is a mere $58 per person with special pricing for children. For kids 6 to 12 years of age, the price is $29, and $4 for kids ages 5 and under. La Jolla Shores is conveniently located at 8110 Camino Del Oro, in scenic La Jolla.

If you’re looking for a great place to shop for dad, celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with a few of his favorite things from Hi Sweetheart! Hi Sweetheart carries stationery, jewelry, home decor, tabletop, books, kitchen goodies, children’s items, and more and features brands from Los Angeles and Newport Beach. Gift cards and wrapping available too! Wednesday through Saturday 10am-6pm.

San Diego Area Events this Weekend June 10 – 11

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2017 San Diego County Fair
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Woooo-wee! The annual San Diego County Fair has just cranked up and runs through July 4th this season. The yearly shindig offers plenty of thrilling rides, daily entertainment, and of course, copious amounts of must-have unhealthy fried food! This year’s theme is dubbed “Wild, Wild West,” so fairgoers should expect to be in for one heck of a rootin’ tootin’ good time. True to its tradition, admission is reasonable at $18 for adults aged 13 through 61; $11 for individuals 62 and above, and for children ages 6 through 12. And those little rascals ages 5 and younger get in absolutely free! Attendees may also opt to purchase the “Best Pass Ever” for a mere $26, which allows admission for all 26 days of the fair. Other cool bargains, deals and discounts here.

San Diego Festival of the Arts
10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Waterfront Park

Artists from San Diego, the entire U.S. and abroad return to San Diego’s downtown park for the Festival of the Arts this weekend. The annual festival, previously held in scenic La Jolla, will welcome nearly 200 talented artists from multiple visual categories to compete in the juried festival. Some of the art attendees can expect to feast their eyes on consist of textiles, paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media and a lot more. Tickets begin at $12 per person. Proceeds benefit adaptive sports programs for San Diegans with disabilities. Spend a fantastic day while helping those in need!

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
7:30 p.m. at the Horton Grand Theatre

This awesome musical, proudly presented by Intrepid Theatre and New Village Arts, takes place between 1957 and 1958, an era when Buddy Holly and the Crickets had seven Top 40 songs, including everyone’s favorite “Peggy Sue.” The exceptional production celebrates the enduring legacy of the young man with thick-rimmed glasses whose brief career during the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll was cut short by a heart-breaking, untimely demise. Tickets to this toe-tapping show begin at $24. The musical runs at the Horton Grand Theatre through July 2nd. The theatre is located at 444 Fourth Avenue in San Diego. Additional information may be obtained by calling 760-295-7541.

Global Wellness Day: Friends and Family Bike Ride
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pier South Resort in Imperial Beach

Live a blissful and fit lifestyle this Saturday June 10 and start your day off right with some physical activity: a 5K bike ride. The event begins at the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza with a yoga-inspired stretch and appetizing food choices hosted by the Farmer’s Market. The event is completely free, but participants are asked to bring their own bike. Subsequent to the community bike ride, all participants are invited to make merry with a historic Imperial Beach group photo, chair massages, and other health-related fitness activities. The event is conveniently located at 800 Seacoast Drive in lovely Imperial Beach.