San Diego Weekend Events Roundup June 28-July 1

Try one of Café 21’s organic cocktails from their new menu.

From fresh menus to outdoor performances, check out the top San Diego weekend events for June 28-July 1.

Edited by Eva Scattergood.

EVENTS

Eclipse Chocolate’s Annual Cupcake Extravaganza
Starts 
June 29. Experience 24 limited-time flavors created by Eclipse’s founder and Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games winner Will Gustwiller while delighting in a pop-up baby goat petting zoo (July 8) and prizes including free gourmet cupcakes for a year. Each box of nine cupcakes is an entry to win and additional “instant winner” tokens can be found attached to the bottom of various cupcakes throughout the event. See website for hours. Cupcakes priced individually, $25 for a box of nine. Eclipse Chocolate, 2145 Fern St., South Park, 619.578.2984. eclipsechocolate.com  

 

 

Sunset and Superheroes
June 29. Join Birch Aquarium to celebrate the opening of Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections with this fun 21+ event. Don’t miss live music, comic-themed activities and one hero of a sunset. The first 500 guests will receive a free commemorative color-changing Oddities cup and all aquarium exhibits will be open to explore. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $26 GA, $23 aquarium members. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858.534.3474. aquarium.ucsd.edu  

 

 

 

Beach House Summer Concert Series
Starts June 30. Catch this concert at Beach House’s outdoor venue located right on the Mission Beach boardwalk. Little Hurricane will be headlining with openers The Verigolds and Skyler Lutes. All ages are welcome, those 21+ can enjoy a hosted bar from 7 p.m. to sunset. Come back for more shows all summer long. 7 p.m. Free. 3125 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach, 858.228.9283. belmontpark.com

 

 

 

Westgate Summer Literary Tea
June 30. Bask in the company of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Michelle Gable for her new book, The Summer I Met Jack, while enjoying a three-course afternoon tea with champagne in the Le Fontainebleau Room at the Westgate Hotel. Hardcover books will be available for purchase and signing. 2:30-5 p.m. $45. 1055 Second Ave., downtown. westgatehotel.com

 

 

 

San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival
June 30-July 1. Come with your blankets and chairs to sit back, relax and listen to some of the world’s best jazz musicians. Hosted by Eric Darius, the lineup includes Brian Culbertson, Steve Oliver, Hiroshima and more. Additional highlights include vendors from all over the region displaying their wares, food and drink. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Per person, per day $65 GA; $110 reserved seats; $250 VIP. Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., Embarcadero. sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com    

 

 

FOOD + DRINK

Justin Wine Dinner
June 28. Savor a five-course meal by Executive Chef Jimmy Tessier with wine pairings by sommelier Michael Simpson. Menu highlights include smoked salmon mousse-stuffed endive with pickled watermelon radish, fried avocado and forest kale greens, paired with Landmark Vineyard Overlook Chardonnay; fig and coffee-rubbed filet mignon with truffle cauliflower puree and roasted tomato bordelaise, accompanied by Justin Isosceles; and smoked peach and mascarpone pastry box with mango chamoyada sorbet and crème anglaise paired with Chateau Laribotte Sauternes. $75. 6:30 p.m. Fig Tree Cafe, 2400 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103, Liberty Station, 619.821.2044. figtreeeatery.com

 

 

Opening of Tocaya Organica
June 28. LA-based restaurant, Tocaya Organica, will be making its debut in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Its versatile, chef-driven menu offers a unique vegan-first approach to its salads, tacos, bowls and burritos, while giving non-vegans the ability to opt-in with their choice of grass-fed meat, free-range chicken and fresh fish. Expect an open kitchen, indoor and outdoor patio seating as well as a separate mezzanine area serving as a lounge space, with a 40-foot living wall blooming with succulents featured as the restaurant’s centerpiece. 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. daily. 755 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.343.2898. tocayaorganica.com

 

 

Duckhorn Winemakers Dinner
June 30. Fine wine and decadent dining reach a memorable union at the Duckhorn Winemakers Dinner where these exclusive wines will be paired with a four-course meal designed and prepared by Chef Loverso’s kitchen. Experience glasses of Duckhorn and Goldeneye wines alongside dishes including lobster claw with butter lettuce and citrus; Atlantic salmon with grilled shiitake and a balsamic-mustard reduction; 21-day dry-aged New York strip with a russet potato pancake; and finish the tasting with plated cheese, fig halves and pistachio. 7 p.m. $128. Greystone Steakhouse & Seafoods, 658 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.232.0225. Tickets  

 

 

Amici’s Ristobar
Now Open. Amici’s has reopened and is now more approachable with relaxed decor, an updated menu, a casual-upscale vibe and a revamped outdoor patio. The new menu, created by native San Diegan Chef Rhoelle Gabriel, combines the bright flavors of Southern Italy with fresh, seasonal California produce. The restaurant will offer lunch, happy hour and dinner and will be launching brunch mid-July. See website for hours. Pacific Highlands Ranch, 5980 Village Way, #B106, Carmel Valley, 858.847.2740. amicisristobar.com  

 

 

Organic Cocktail Menu at Café 21
Now Available. Owner and Chef Leyla Javadov has created a new organic cocktail menu just in time for those warm summer nights. The drinks include fresh ingredients with a unique twist, like the Sandia Beach with IXA Reposado Tequila, watermelon, lime and chili salt; the Pacific Peach with peach tea infused Henebery Whiskey, ginger, lemon and mint; the Cucumber Refresher with TRU Garden Vodka, Grand Poppy liqueur, cucumber, lemon and dill; and more. See website for hours. 802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp District, 619.795.0721. cafe-21.com

 

 

Summer Menu at The Grass Skirt
Now Available. Now that summer is here, The Grass Skirt has freshened up their menu with the addition of flavorful new items. Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski has introduced savory garlic jumbo prawns (pictured); a palate-cleansing Japanese cucumber salad; decadent Char Siu Duck Noodles; and a selection of assorted mochi. See website for hours. 910 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.412.5237. thegrassskirt.com

 

 

ARTS + CULTURE

“Spamalot”
Opens June 27. Witness the highly irreverent parody that tells the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this show elevates silliness to an art form. See website for dates and show times. $35+. The Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525. cygnettheatre.com

 

 


Annual Cupcake Extravaganza photo courtesy of Eclipse Chocolate. Amici’s photo by James Tran. “Spamalot” photo by Ken Jacques. 

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