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 Weekend Events: July 15 – 16

Another weekend of fantastic SoCal weather is forecast for the greater San Diego area, so why not roll off the sofa and hit one of several exciting events this weekend and make it enjoyable? Check out these area happenings!

Bird Rocks Sunset On The Block With Moonglow
5763 La Jolla Blvd
6:00PM To 10PM
Friday 07/14/2017

Bird Rock Second Friday Fun, Sunset on the Block at Moonglow Design La Jolla Art Gallery. Join us on the deck for entertainment, wine, food, and refreshments for a wonderful midsummer evening! Sponsored by Erling Rohde Plumbing serving La  Jolla since 1910.

Sun & Sea Festival
8 a.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, Portwood Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach

Oh, yeah, baby! An established ritual in Imperial Beach returns Friday and Saturday to the Portwood Pier Plaza, showing off the exceptional talent of topnotch sandcastle sculptors. The two-day festival includes a colorful community parade, live music by Tyler Boone, Bayou Brothers, Teagan Taylor and more. In addition, there are plenty of arts and crafts for the kiddos, an enticing international food fair, and the ever popular sand sculpting competition for kids ages 5 to 12. The Sun & Sea Festival runs from 8 a.m. to dusk on Friday, replete with a Sandcastle Ball for the over 21 crowd from 6 p.m. to midnight ($15 bucks a head). This year’s theme is “Pirates in Paradise.” Consequently, people who plan on attending the ball are highly encouraged to sport their bestest pirate get-up. On Saturday, the annual festival begins at 7 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Parking is limited but festival organizers maintain there are three paid lots near the festival: Mar Vista High School ($10 a spot); Imperial Beach Boulevard and Seacoast Drive ($20 per vehicle); and the Imperial Beach Charter West Campus ($10 per car). The kiddos will enjoy such activities as face painting, a sword fighting demonstration, and much more! Best of all, the event is absolutely free!

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market
10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station

In excess of a 100 vintage, antique and handmade vendors will set up shop at San Diego’s ever friendly Liberty Station. Patrons may look around for goodies, lend an ear to live music, or grab a hold of nearby food and beverages. In addition, there will be photo opps and plenty of design inspiration. Saturday early goers can get first pick of all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade! Kids under 12 are free, adult ticket are $12 a throw at the gate, and parking is free!

San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants
5:40 p.m., Petco Park

Fresh from the All Star game break, the beloved San Diego Padres swing the bats against the San Francisco Giants in game two of this weekend’s series at Petco Park. Get out with the kids and watch All Stars Buster Posey of the Giants and reliever Brad Hand of the Padres. For added excitement, there will be a post-game fireworks display Saturday evening. Tickets to the game begin at $22. Get out with the family and celebrate this great American tradition!

Snorkel with the Leopard Sharks
Sunday at 8 a.m., Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla

Get your snorkel on in La Jolla and mix it up with leopard sharks! Come visit leopard sharks in their underwater habitat off the scenic La Jolla coast. Adventurers can pick up snorkeling tips as well as discover the profuse variety of animals that make their homes among the kelp, sandy bottom, and rocks. Please note that intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is highly recommended. Partakers have to supply their own gear. Minors must be accompanied by a paid adult. A pre-purchase is required. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $25 for Birch Aquarium Members. In addition, please also note, shark snorkels does not meet at Birch Aquarium. Shark snorkels occur from July through September. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu or call 858-534-7336. Proceeds support exhibits and educational programming at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Get wet, don’t sweat, live and let in La Jolla!

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.

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