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San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend

San Diego Music Awards 

Aug. 13. Mix and mingle with the who’s who of San Diego’s incredible music scene at this annual music showcase. Awards will be given to emerging and established local musicians to benefit music education in schools, including a Lifetime Award presentation to jazz pianist Mike Wofford. P.O.D, Hills Like Elephants, and The Howls are scheduled to perform. Humphrey’s by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island. 619.224.3577.

Aug. 12. Head to Hillcrest for this huge celebration of community spirit that includes music, arts, crafts and food galore. More than 150,000 attendees and 250 vendors are expected to share their love of this fabulous neighborhood. Stay past sundown and dance with Hillcrest’s best DJ’s under the Hillcrest sign. 5th Ave and University Ave, San Diego.


Aug. 12. Gene Simmons and crew dominated the airwaves in the ‘80s, and are still donning their outrageous signature outfits. In true Kiss fashion, expect a captivating stage show complete with dry ice, smoke bombs, elaborate lighting, blood spitting, and fire breathing and much more to accompany the bands classic hits like “Rock ‘N’ Roll All Nite.” Mötley Crüe also rocks the ampitheatre. Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. 619.671.3600.

offspring-del-mar-racesThe Offspring

Aug. 10. You “Gotta Get Away” from the office and catch The Offspring rock the Four O’Clock Friday Concert series. With hits like “Come Out and Play” and “Self Esteem,” the group quickly shot to rock star status and has since been credited alongside fellow California legends like Green Day and Sublime for revitalizing the U.S. mainstream interest in punk rock. The band’s pulsing power chords and Holland’s flat vocals give their music an edgy, hard-driving sound that often plays with the boundary of melodic pop. Free for fans attending the races. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.

Aug. 12. Formed in the 1960s, America quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts with their signature song “A Horse With No Name.” Forty years later, the group is still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound. Expect to hear quintessential ‘70s Top 40 hits like their best-known tunes “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Lonely People,” and “Sister Golden Hair.” Special guest The Riders also perform. Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island. 619.224.3577.

An Iliad 

Aug. 11-Sept. 9. Explore the passion and rage of the gods, goddesses and mythic warriors in Homer’s sweeping epic. Told through an original and immediate voice, a storyteller on a bare stage takes you to the front lines of every war in history. Relive humanity’s unshakeable attraction to violence, destruction and chaos to determine for yourself if anything has really changed since the Trojan War. Mandell Weiss Forum at the La Jolla Playhouse, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. 858.550.1010.

la-cage-aux-folles-civic-thLa Cage Aux Folles 

Through Aug. 12. Divas, dancing and drag, oh my! Family bonds are tested and feather boas fly in this riotous musical as a son brings his fiancée’s strict, conservative parents home to Saint-Tropez to meet his nightclub-owner father and his father’s flashy partner. George Hamilton stars as La Cage Aux Folles owner, Georges. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., Downtown. 619.570.1100.

Ray at Night

Aug. 11. Shop local and find unique, one of a kind items at this monthly art walk. Now in its tenth year, Ray at Night is an exciting gathering of artists and patrons working to bring the North Park neighborhood to life. Participating galleries include Cirello Gallery, Ray Street Custom Framing, Soul Ryde, The Red Crow, Dani Dodge Art and more. Every second Saturday of the month. 6-10 p.m. North Park Arts District, Ray street between University and North Park Way.

Kettner-NightsKettner Nights

Aug. 10. Little Italy’s art district has as much flavor as the espresso and tantalizing marinara served in the local restaurants, and offers art and design lovers a place to explore their creativity. Walk this ever-growing distinctive neighborhood filled with art, design and antiques. Held the second Friday of every month, Kettner Nights in Little Italy has become the place to be for the arts and design crowd. From 6-9 p.m. Kettner Boulevard and India Street from Grape to Laurel Streets. 619-233-3898.

Brats-Berlin-green-flashFOOD + DRINK
Brats Berlin

Aug. 11. Art and food come together in San Diego’s newest addition to the burgeoning food truck scene. Brats Berlin, a German-inspired gourmet sausage truck, debuts its German sausages, ranging from classic spicy Cajun to wild boar, and mobile gallery showcasing a local artist’s work this weekend. A new local artist will be selected to completely redesign the exterior of the truck twice a year. After Saturday, track the truck on Twitter at @BratsBerlin. Noon-6 p.m. Green Flash Brewing, 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego. 714.595.9995.

national-smore-dayNational S’more Day
Aug. 10. Sticky and gooey, s’mores are nothing short of delicious. In honor of this national holiday, some San Diego restaurants are showcasing their own variation of this classic melted treat. Urban Solace serves a sophisticated s’more with chocolate ganache and hazlenuts, Sprinkles Cupcakes is bringing back its popular Graham cracker-lined Belgian dark chocolate s’more cake and Saltbox has whipped up what it calls a ‘Campfire S’more,’ a sandwich that marries house-made marshmallows and graham crackers with a drizzle of smoked chocolate. Urban Solace, 3823 30th Street, San Diego, 619.295.6464.; Sprinkles Cupcakes, 8855 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 858.457.3800,; Saltbox,1047 5th Avenue, San Diego, 619.515.3003,