What’s Happening This Weekend: August 18 – 20

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Summer is winding down but several fun and exciting events are on tap for the La Jolla and greater San Diego area this weekend. Whether with your bestie, other half, or the kids, consider one or more of these notable events.

2017 Del Mar BBQ State Championship
Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

What better way to wrap up the summer weekend than with some of the absolute best BBQ in the world! In excess of 40 of the country’s eminent pro BBQ pit masters, indigenous restaurants and cooks will be vying for top billing in the State Championship for more than $15,000 in cash awards. Attendees looking to get their eat on may opt to buy four 2 oz. competition-ready samples of brisket, pork, pork ribs, chicken, steak and/or dessert for a mere $10. The easy on the pocketbook Hamilton also includes a People’s Choice ballot to vote for your favorite BBQ contestant. Get out and kick it with yummylicious BBQ samples, craft beer, and live entertainment all through the day. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard in Del Mar.

9th Annual Fairy Tales in the Park
Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Prado Theater

For the 9th year running, the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet in Balboa Park is proud to present “Fairy Tales in the Park.” Parents of youngsters will want to bring along the kiddos for this awesome introduction to ballet. Think of it as a fascinating morning or afternoon of storytelling through dance for ballet devotees of any age. This year’s shows, directed by Artistic Director Danika Pramik-Holdaway, feature enduring stories such as “Rapunzel,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The 9th Annual Fairy Tales in the Park also offers attendees a first look at the freshly heralded spring ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream which is narrated by a professional storyteller. It is a quirky, interactive dance routine that fuses the splendor of ballet with the exhilaration of cherished narratives fun for families and audiences of all ages! Head on over to the Casa del Prado Theater stage in Balboa Park! And, prior to or subsequent to the show, be sure to visit Fairy Tale Village for entertaining interactive activities such as face painting, crafts, and more. Families may access this enchanting event at 1650 El Prado for $12 a head.

41st Annual World Bodysurfing Championships
Saturday & Sunday 6:30 a.m. onwards – Oceanside Pier

Entries are already closed for the 41st annual bodysurfing competition which is set to host around 400 bodysurfers from around the world. Participants will vie for world titles in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes. The men and women’s Grand Champions will be crowned on Sunday, the final day. The contest is expected to begin at 6:30 a.m. both mornings. The event is adjacent to Oceanside Pier and is entirely free.

 

Spanish Sunday
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at La Plaza La Jolla

Get out to La Plaza in La Jolla this Sunday for Spanish Sunday brought to you by Monarch | Arredon Contemporary. Need to brush up on your conversational Espanol? De nada! Pop in and practice your informal Spanish all the while kickin’ back to Spanish music in the very heart of downtown La Jolla. During the free event, an overview of all current Spanish artists on display, including Lei Tang and Andre Desjardins, will be presented in, what else, Spanish! La Plaza La Jolla is easy to find at 7863 Girard Avenue. RSVP is recommended by calling (858) 454-1231.

What’s Happening This Weekend: August 11 – 13

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Summer is cranking up and the sun is delivering the rays for awesome San Diegan’s to get out and enjoy a variety of parties, health oriented, and highly entertaining family events.

Arctic Zero’s Taste of Fitness
Saturday 9 a.m. to noon at Coronado Tidelands Park

Arctic Zero, makers of Fit Frozen Desserts, continues its Freedom Tour as it rolls back home to San Diego. The popular company is sponsoring a health and fitness event benefitting Heartland San Diego and the American Diabetes Association. The fitness festival showcases natural, healthy food and beverages from local companies Saturday at picturesque Coronado Bay. Participants can avail of a half hour boot camp class, a one-hour Vinyasa Yoga class led by Katie Burkeclass, and Yoga instructors who will provide hands-on adjustments. In addition to fitness events, there will free samples, prizes, a photo booth, and live music by DJ DTO. Tickets are a mere $7 donation. Get out and get your body in motion then relax to the music!

Clash at Clairemont
Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Love X Games? The Clash at Clairemont is a full day of skate, BMX and exceptional live music benefitting the Grind for Life cancer charity and the YMCA’s Krause Family Bike and Skate Park. The annual event features a star studded list of over 45 of today’s finest Action Sports athletes. In addition, live bands Cubic III, MC Intelligence, SLOKA, and international punk rock super group The Last of the Bad Men perform beginning at 12:30 onwards. If that weren’t enough, be sure to check out Vendor Village, munch out on a wide selection of food, and participate in various activities such as a BMX demo, Pro Vert Ramp Demo, and Skatercross skateboard racing that are great family friendly fun. Tickets are only $10. Clash at Clairemont is located at 3401 Clairemont Drive in ever awesome San Diego.

Beer X
Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Waterfront Park

Beer X is a lively all-day 21 plus festival featuring music and craft beer. Highlights of the event consist of live entertainment by bands including Iration, J Boog, Chicano Batman, Magic!, Trouble In The Wind and Splavender. Arrive early and you will receive a complimentary Beer X tasting glass to enjoy bottomless complimentary tastings from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Better yet, get a jump on festivalgoers and snag an early entry VIP ticket that allows access at noon. Patrons can choose from locally sourced food trucks and vendors who will be on hand to serve fantastic tasting grub throughout the event. Additionally, there will also be a variety of beer, wine and cocktails available to buy at concession stands all over the festival grounds. Beer X boasts of expansive grassy areas where you can chillax and watch all of the bands jam out. Waterfront Park is located at1600 Parkway Highway. A special parking pass by Parking Panda is available for purchase to guarantee parking. Tickets begin at $50 and some VIP tickets are already sold out for this awesome beer festival. Get your tickets now!

Hillcrest CityFest 2017
Sunday 12 noon to 11 p.m. in Hillcrest

Come join 150,000 plus people who attend this annual event this Sunday in Hillcrest! Hillcrest CityFest is the largest single-day street fair event in the greater San Diego area featuring a gigantic festivity of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, and plenty of food options. Attendees can shop and browse some 250 vendors and peep out Hillcrest’s numerous charming shops and restaurants. And what would a celebration of this magnitude be without live music, DJ’s, a beer garden, fun games, carnival rides, a dance party and more? CityFest is the quintessential family event and is easily accessed at University Avenue and 5th Avenue in the heart of Hillcrest. Oh, and the festival is entirely free!

What’s Happening in La Jolla & San Diego: August 4-6

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It’s all about the summer, San Diego! Seriously, what better city to enjoy plentiful sunshine combined with good people, good eats and a host of activities to enjoy? Don’t surf the couch this weekend but rather consider these stimulating events.

5th Annual Craft Beer Festival
Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

The Maritime Museum of San Diego hosts its 5th annual Sip N’ Ship Beer Festival this Saturday. The afternoon event features an assortment of craft brews, live entertainment, and, what else – food! Musical entertainment is provided by Fish and the Seaweeds & Frankie T. and the Triple B. Why not get off that sofa and enjoy remarkable sights of the San Diego Bay while teasing those taste buds? Some of the local breweries pouring exceptional sips include Second Chance Beer Company, Mike Hess, and Longship Brewery. Tickets to the 21 plus event are a mere $35, and $50 for VIP’s (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). The Maritime Museum of San Diego is located at 1492 North Harbor Drive near the corner of Ash Street, just a few blocks west of interstate 5.

Latin American Festival & Mata Ortiz Pottery Market
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday

Get your shopping fix this weekend at Old Town San Diego’s treasured Bazaar del Mundo. Enjoy three energetic days consisting of folk art, tantalizing grub and live entertainment at the annual Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market. The ever vibrant marketplace will present hand-painted Mata Ortiz pottery, alluring artisan jewelry, lively Mexican attire and textiles, and innumerable other collectibles. Turn out with the family to observe talented artists from south of the border countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador and other Latin American countries, as they exhibit one of the more wide-ranging assortments of authentic Latin American folk art in the contiguous United States. Patrons will enjoy wood carving, textile weaving and complex painting exhibitions from visiting artists featuring their respective crafts. Oh, and it would be remiss not to mention the delectable Mexican gastronomy from nearby Casa Guadalajara restaurant at affordable prices. In addition, Latin American folk band TINKU will entertain visitors with live pleasant-sounding performances that feature native instruments. The exclusive event is located at 4133 Taylor St in Old Town. Vamanos muchacho y muchahas!

Guys and Dolls
Sunday 2 p.m. at The Old Globe Theater

Frank Loesser’s music and lyrics along with Damon Runyon’s story make Guys and Dolls one of the greatest Broadway musicals ever. Now, rising director and choreographer Josh Rhodes, who went back to the nuts and bolts for his fresh take on a classic musical, returns to San Diego with this highly entertaining show at San Diego’s world renowned Old Globe Theatre. The musical follows Nathan Detroit, New York’s ill-famed game organizer, who makes a bet with high-roller Sky Masterson: take mission girl Sarah Brown to dinner in Cuba. Relive some of the great classic show tunes, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” and the boisterous melody, “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” The 2.5 hour show with a 15 minute intermission runs through Aug. 13th.

Dog Days of Summer
Sunday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Horton Plaza Park

Make it a point to amble by Horton Plaza Park this Sunday for an entertaining day of events rife with art and activities. Be sure to bring along the kiddos and the family pooch! There will be a Doggy Costume Contest, lemonade and smoothie samples, and yard games. Visitors to this free event can also lend an attentive ear to a live musical performance from the Rob Thorsen Jazz Quartet, learn about San Diego’s professional performing artists, and take part in numerous hands-on activities. Again, the day is entirely free! Please note that all of our furry friends must be on a leash at all times. Horton Plaza Park is located at 900 4th Avenue in lovely San Diego.

La Jolla and San Diego Weekend Events: July 29 – 30

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Snorkel with the Leopard Sharks
8 a.m., Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Are you brave?  If you said yes, this is a experience you don’t want to miss. Meet aquarium naturalists as they take a swim off the La Jolla coast.  This is the chance to snorkel with dangerous sharks in their natural habitat. To participate, you must have intermediate knowledge of swimming and previous snorkeling experience is recommended.  Participants must be 10 years or older and must supply their own gear.  Minors are required to have an adult present. Tickets start at $25.

At The Old Place
2 p.m., La Jolla Playhouse

Come join us for summer theatre.  World Premiere of the play “At The Old Place”.  One of five world premieres at the theater during the 2017-2018 season. The show runs until July 30. Buy ticket at http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/at-the-old-place

Guys and Dolls
2 p.m., The Old Globe Theater

Don’t miss this Broadway classic,considered one of the greatest musicals of all time, at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. The famous musical is directed by up and coming director and choreographer, Josh Rhodes. The show runs until Aug. 13.

Del Mar Racing
12 p.m., Del Mar Racetrack

Enjoy the Del Mar Racing season. Seaside track in the North County. Gates open daily at 12 p.m. with the first post at 2 p.m. The season runs through Sept. 4th, with track closed on Mon and Tues. To include concerts and other fun festivities. General admission is between $6 and $10.

Gourmet Food Truck Festival
12 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds

Food Truck Festival! Hit the Racetrack this Saturday, July 29th, 2017.  Parked right by the racetrack, lots of Southern California’s most popular food trucks will open their doors and serve everyone delicious food.  If you pay for racetrack admission you get into the food truck area for free.

La Jolla & San Diego Events This Weekend: July 22 – 23

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Another fantastic weather weekend is in store for San Diegan’s so why not get out and explore? There’s plenty do and see in fantastic SoCal so make the best of it with these exciting and entertaining events!

Comedian Tim Gaither
Friday and Saturday at The Comedy Store – La Jolla

Laughter is indeed the best medicine to uplift the spirits and create wellbeing. This weekend comedian Tim Gaither headlines and delivers the giggle and guffaws at The Comedy Store in La Jolla. Gaither is a well-known Vegas headliner and recently filmed an hour long special at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in front of a sold out audience. If you’re looking to tip a few back and laugh your whoopee cakes off Tim is your best bet, but beware you hecklers! Tim has performed live in every state of our fantastic union, Canada (eh?) and performed for our troops. Opening for Tim this weekend will be Andy Haynes and Jonny Loquasto. The doors open Friday at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 show and Saturday at 9:15 p.m. for the 9:45 performances. Please note this is a 21 plus drink, er, show with a two drink minimum. Tickets will only set you back an Andrew Jackson. The Comedy Store is located at 916 Pearl St. in fantastic La Jolla.

High Tide Dinner
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p.m., at Friday through Sunday at The Marine Room in La Jolla

Take a chill pill and enjoy a scrumptious and expertly prepared dinner menu as waves pound against the windows next to you at The Marine Room’s special High Tide dinner hours. This weekend, expect high tide around 8:19 p.m. on Friday, 9:06 p.m. on Saturday and at 9:52 p.m. on Sunday. Local San Diegans and visitors alike can experience the sensation of tides virtually at their table. This special event only happens on specific days of the year so make it a point to arrive early and chillax in an ambiance that alone is like a great massage. The Marine Room’s dress code is business casual, jackets and ties for men are not obligatory but fitting. The Marine Room is classy thus it does not allow beach or active wear in the dining room (t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, etc.). This fantastic weekend patrons have the opportunity to skip on over to The Marine Room located at 2000 Spindrift Drive in where else but scenic La Jolla.

Heroes Brew Fest 2017
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p.m. to 8 p.m. at Waterfront Park in San Diego

The annual Comic-Con themed event comes back to super smooth San Diego once again, only this time at the Waterfront Park. What better way to get you craft beer taste buds titillated and peep out leading exhibits from leading comic book artists? Each and every attendees of the appropriate age can try beers from dozens of breweries, including many local favorites such as Green Flash and Mission Brewery. Supporters, fans and patrons are highly encouraged to don their favorite superhero costume and take part in several contests. General admission tickets are $27 from 4 to 8 p.m. but include no beer. Say what? No worries, go for the Early Access Tasters Ticket at $57. Waterfront Park is just a hop, skip and a jump from the Convention Center and located at 1600 Pacific Highway. Be there!

Taste of the Turf Clu
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The opening weekend of the Del Mar Racetrack’s fall season is filled with awesome perks and entertaining activities! This Sunday, make it a point to partake in an exclusive special menu when you get your dine on at the ever fashionable Turf Club in Del Mar. Celebrated Chef Brian Malarkey, one of the San Diego’s best, will prepare the menu for the exciting morning. Please note that tables are limited. A $100 ticket gets you Turf Club admission for the entire day, your choice of an appetizer, entrée, dessert and bottomless mimosas or champagne. Attendees must comply with the Turf Club Dress Code. Check out the dress code by following the link above. Children 17 years and younger will be admitted for free to the venue and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Once inside the Turf Club, cuisine and beverages for kids may be ordered from the expansive dining menu. Further information is available by calling (858) 755-1141.

La Jolla and San Diego Weekend Events: July 8-9

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It’s another beautiful upcoming weekend, San Diego! If you’re looking for something to do, why not consider the following events sure to provide you with that much needed break after a stressful week?

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Tour
Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Escondido

Come on out to the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens for a tour and grab yourself a pint of craft beer and grab a bite to eat. Bistro’s dynamic and expansive interior is ever inviting, and patrons can take the liberty to stroll through the simply stunning open-air patio and one-acre organic beer garden. As strong supporters for environmental accountability and first-rate food, Bistro’s is the largest restaurant purchaser of local, small-farm organic produce in all of San Diego County. In addition, Bistro’s has 36 craft and specialty beers on tap, an all-encompassing wine list, and distinguished banquet and wedding accommodations. Known as one of the leading gastronomic destinations in all of San Diego County, Bistro’s is easily located at 1999 Citracado Parkway. Be sure to check out the website for upcoming live music events. See you there!

Tequila Tasting Event
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Galaxy Taco

Galaxy Taco is rejoicing with its 2-year anniversary in scenic La Jolla this weekend. On Friday, visitors can celebrate with a toast at a 21+ Tequila Tasting event. At the ever popular mixer, be sure to peep out Galaxy’s cocktail special of this month, “Peachy.” The enticing adult beverage combines Don Fulano Blanco, Giffard peach, fresh peach puree, passion fruit and lime. And on Sunday’s, Galaxy Taco has one of the better brunches in the San Diego area. Patrons can revel with bottomless Mimosas and Micheladas from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the brunch Happy Hour from 10 a.m. until noon. What better way to wind up your weekend with a stroll on the beach or a kayaking tour? The options are simply endless in The Shores! Galaxy Taco is conveniently located at 2259 Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla. Come enjoy your weekend and celebrate with us!

Tour de Fat: San Diego
Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Waterfront Park

The San Diego Bike Coalition will spearhead untold thousands of bicycle enthusiasts in zany costumes on a parade from Panama 66 in expansive Balboa Park to downtown’s Waterfront Park to participate in Tour de Fat, a commemoration crammed with live entertainment, professional circus performers, vaudeville-inspired acts, comedians and plenty of brewski’s. Oh, yeah! The 21 and over can’t miss event benefits the San Diego Bike Coalition and the San Diego Mountain Bike Association. Tickets are a mere $25 for a heck of a great time! Make sure you bring along your camera! Oh, and costumes are highly encouraged. Live and let live, San Diego!

San Diego Balboa & Lindy Exchange
12 p.m., Crown Point Park

The San Diego Balboa & Lindy Exchange goes down this Friday through Sunday, with swing-era dance styles, including the Balboa and Lindy Hop. The event brings together people from across the world for three nights of non-competitive social dancing. Saturday’s schedule consists of a beach potluck and casual dancing at Crown Point Park from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; a Saturday Night Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at Infinity Dance Sport Center located at 4428 Convoy St., #288, for $35; and a Saturday Late Night Dance from midnight to 4 a.m. at Infinity Dance Sport Center for $15. The better way to go is to obtain tickets for all three days of rousing fun for $65. Again, this is three days of no competitions and no classes, but rather a fantastic occasion to show your enjoyment of dance, to stimulate and be stirred by peers, and to flourish on the dynamism of other dancers. Check the website for the full schedule!

Celebrating Independence Day 2017 in La Jolla and San Diego

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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.

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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?