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.

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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a.m. Sunday at the Del Mar Racetrack

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 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.

TIME OF MY LIFE ’80S DANCE PARTY
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?

4 Things to do in La Jolla Memorial Day Weekend

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Aside from honoring the brave men and women of our armed services who served in times past to the present, La Jolla has a lot going on this Memorial Day weekend. And true to its friendly community, La Jolla has something to offer to people of all ages.

Escape to Margaritaville

2 p.m. Sunday at La Jolla Playhouse

The world premiere of “Escape to Margaritaville” carries on with its extended, successful run at La Jolla Playhouse this Memorial Day weekend. Envisage a locale where the sun is ever brightly shining, the ocean is warm like bath water, and the drinks are as frosty cold as they are abundant. This is Margaritaville, the veritable island utopia where people from the cities are able to escape from their humdrum lives and where the locals get into the type of conflict that they are able to sweet talk their way out of each and every time.

The new musical play features classic Jimmy Buffett tunes that are able to charm the Devil himself. The story follows a part-time barkeep and part-time singer on a Caribbean island who falls head over heels for an attractive tourist, a delightful lady who causes him to examine the life he believed he had all planned out. Playwrights Greg Garcia (“My Name Is Earl”, “Raising Hope”) and Mike O’Malley (“My Name Is Earl”, “Justified”, “Glee”) blend a story in the works for years with Buffett classics, under the direction of award-winning director Christopher Ashley. For those who are unable to make it this Sunday, take heart, because the musical continues until July 9th.

Grunion Runs in La Jolla

Sunday May 28 11:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m., Birch Aquarium

Unlike left-handed smoke shifters grunion are the real deal. If you’ve never experienced the thrill of a grunion run on La Jolla beaches, you might want to check your San Diego credentials because you have definitely missed out! This veritable Southern California experience is a wet and wild adventure par excellence. Participants are able to see hundreds upon hundreds of little silver fish named grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. However, prior to hitting the beach, participants will be able to observe grunion hatch right before their eyes during a special presentation about this baffling fish.

Attendees should plan in advance for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight for the night grunion run. Minors are obligated to be present with a paid adult, for ages 6 plus. Please note that the Grunion run does not meet at Birch Aquarium. Pre-purchase tickets are required. Prices are $15 for Birch Aquarium members and $17 for non-members. Birch Aquarium is conveniently located at 2300 Expedition Way in scenic La Jolla.

Rum & Tiki Fest

Hotel La Jolla, Saturday, May 27, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Youza! Are you ready to take hold of your straws and mini umbrellas? This Saturday, patrons can get their groove on and will be able to taste in excess of a dozen brands of rum and tiki-inspired adult beverages while chilling out poolside at the trendy Hiatus Lounge at Hotel La Jolla. A special bites menu will also be available. Conveniently located at 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, the cost is $10 to $15 for adults 21 and over.

Aesthetics of Human Form

Friday, May 26, 5:00 p.m., La Playa Gallery

Art lovers dare not miss the Aesthetics of Human Form this Friday. La Playa Gallery is nestled in the very center of La Jolla Shores. It features a selection of paintings and jewelry from both local and area artists. La Playa Gallery has an affinity for experimenting with special themed shows, bringing a diversity of art that isn’t likely seen at other galleries. Such is the case this Friday evening when this memorable show explores the human figure depicted through bronze and ceramic sculptures alongside detailed and colorful oil paintings. A tasty wine and cheese reception will introduce featured San Diego artists Julia S. Rasor, Dottie Stanley, and Khalid Alkaaby. By all means, seize the chance to mingle with the artists and converse about the creativeness behind their specific works. La Playa Gallery is located at 2226 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla.

5 Things to do in La Jolla this Weekend: May 20 – 21

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There’s always something happening in exciting La Jolla for people of all ages! Get out and have a great time this weekend at these five appealing places/events.

La Jolla Library events

Friday through Sunday

If you’re thinking libraries are boring, you couldn’t be more wrong, especially this weekend at the La Jolla Library. Located at 7555 Draper Avenue, the library has several fun events for kids and adults alike. From 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., Friday, Big Science for Little People: Inspect Inspectors promises to enthrall the kiddos. Take your children to discover remarkable variations of insects and be educated about food chains in this hour long program dedicated to the amazing insect world. On Saturday at noon, for those 18 and older, the library will host a writing workshop. Writers of any level will delight in experimenting with writing prompts to create unique experiences with their words. Led by published author Heather Fowler, this hour long workshop helps writers sharpen their skills and interact with other like-minded people. Finally, on Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the library features CSI: La Jolla. This intriguing workshop teaches those 12 and above the powerful molecular techniques for solving crimes with DNA and fingerprint analysis, chromatography, and other exhilarating scientific methods. All events are absolutely free!

La Jolla Secret Garden Tour

Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

An exclusive opportunity presents itself this weekend sponsored by the La Jolla Historical Society. Those who are fond of gardens are free to roam through the garden gates and private courtyards of some of La Jolla’s most exclusive secret gardens. This élite tour is the single principal fundraiser of the year for the La Jolla Historical Society. Proceeds assist in supporting assorted programs for both La Jolla residents and visitors. The Secret Garden Boutique at Wisteria Cottage is open to the public throughout the day with an assortment of gardening accessories, plants, and gifts.

This is a self-guided tour that begins with a check-in at Wisteria Cottage. Once there, garden lovers will get a program booklet with all the locations of the secret gardens, a map of the tour, and a wristband which is a must have to gain entrance. Best of all, you can take a look at the map and visit any garden in any order to your heart’s content. Wisteria Cottage is located at 780 Prospect Street. Cost is $50.

Bite San Diego: La Jolla Walking Tour

Saturday and Sunday 12:30 p.m.

Looking to get your munch on this weekend? The La Jolla Walking Tour is an awesome place to spend 4 to 5 hours discovering La Jolla’s food establishments. The tour originates in the very center of La Jolla Cove, conceivably one of San Diego’s finest neighborhoods for getting your eat on.

As you start your journey on the fringes of the cove, you’ll listen to your guide enlighten you, your friends, and loved ones about the extensive history of the Spanish settlers dating back to the early 1900s. Your tour guide will also relate the history behind the Scripps family, and you’ll personally see where Ellen Browning Scripps once resided in the present day Museum of Contemporary Art.

La Jolla yet remains one of the more fashionable neighborhoods in the US and is one of the most popular areas in all of San Diego. Stops along the tour consist of Richard Walker’s Pancake House, Ohana Cafe, The Public House, We Olive, Jonty Jacobs, Prospect Bar, and Beaming. Tickets are a mere $47. For additional information, kindly call 619-634-8476.

Philanthropic Hobnob

Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you are a fan of great theater, why not mix it up with New Fortune Theatre artists and friends for a fantastic charity evening? Scrumptious catering will be sponsored by The French Gourmet. Patrons will delight in La Jolla’s scenic ocean view, open bar, and live musical entertainment, all for a great cause. The Hobnob is an annual fundraising event for New Fortune Theatre. New Fortune is an award-winning 501c3 nonprofit organization enthusiastically devoted to presenting “Great Plays, Rarely Done.” All proceeds, yes, 100% of Hobnob ticket sales as well as additional donations will create an elegant and moreover relevant production, to be announced at the Hobnob this October 2017 at the Lyceum Space.

And just for a tease, this Nobel Prize-winning script relates an actual true and prominent story, which stimulates captivating thoughts as they concern contemporary matters. Located at 9530 La Jolla Shores Dr., La Jolla, tickets range from $65 to $85 for an exciting event you won’t dare want to miss.

La Jolla Playhouse

Sunday, 5:45 p.m.

Round out your weekend at the La Jolla Playhouse, located at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, for Native Voices at the Autry. This program is returning for its second year as resident theatre company through the 2017/2018 season. Led by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, the Resident Theatre Program purposes to inspire the imaginative advancement of up and coming performing arts organizations, all the while advancing and contributing to the San Diego and Southern California theatre scene as a whole.

Native Voices at the Autry is the only Equity theatre company wholly dedicated to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations playwrights.

Visitors will experience staged readings of new works that examine inquiries of cohesion and community, spirituality and culture, environment and financial attainment, and the repeatedly antagonistic relationships that transpire. An audience talkback follows each reading. Admission is entirely free but space is limited. Reservations are recommended.

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