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Padres Baseball
July 5-8. Fresh off a five-win streak, the Padres return home to take on the Cincinatti Reds in a four-game series. Attendees will take home a Padres beach towel on Saturday, and kids get to run the bases just like their favorite players on Sunday. Games begin at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. 619.795.5000.

stickball-little-italyLittle Italy Stickball
July 8. Buildings, curbs, parking meters, signs and balconies are all fair game in this burgeonoing urban sport. Stickball emulates baseball, but is played in the street – in this case, on India Street in Little Italy. Watch players of all ages bring this New York City tradition to life in San Diego. India Street between Ash and A Streets. 619.299.9323.

Roberta Flack
July 6-7. “Killing Me Softly” won Record of the Year at the 1974 Grammy Awards, but it’s just one of the blockbuster hits that made Roberta Flack one of the biggest names in the recording industry. From “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” to “Where Is the Love?” to “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” Roberta Flack’s distinct style and delivery is a true testament to her talent. Matthew Garbutt conducts. 7:30 p.m. San Diego Symphony Summer Pops, Embarcadero Marina Park South, Embarcadero. 619.235.0804. 

July 7. It’s a night of red-hot rock tributes as Bonfire returns to the House of Blues with armed with a repertoire of AC/DC hits. Celebrating a decade of rocking and rolling together, the boys of Bonfire are louder than ever and ready to bring the house down with classics like “Sweet Home Alabama,” “You Make Me Feel,” and “Give it a Try.” The band is supported by Fan Halen, the top Van Halen tribute band, and Red Not Chili Peppers. House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Avenue, San Diego. 619.299.2583.

dave-matthews-experienceDave Matthews Experience
July 6. Formed by ardent DMB fans, The Dave Matthews Experience is the premier tribute to the Dave Matthews Band. Voted “Best Band” in a competition with more than 40 competing bands, the Dave Matthews Experience’s high-energy shows include music from Dave Matthews’ entire catalog, including some of the rarities that fans wish Dave would play live more often. From the smoking hot violin of Jennifer “Spags” Spingola, to the killer Carter Beauford-esque chops of Kevin Dooley and the intense groove of saxophonist Dan Boisey, close your eyes and you will swear you are at a real Dave Matthews show. Anthology, 1337 India Street San Diego. 619.595.0300.

grub-sprawl-old-townFOOD + DRINK
Old Town Grub Sprawl
July 9. Come happy, come hungry; Grub Sprawl is all about great food specials, good times, and a chance to experience the best of Old Town. From chicken mole at El Fandango to a nigiri sampler at Harney Sushi, participating restaurants will be serving up a diverse range of flavorful cuisine to sprawlers as they walk the lively neighborhood and discover the hidden gems of traditional Mexican culture and heritage that Old Town has to offer. $5 signature dish specials with Grub Sprawl wristband distribution. 6-10 p.m. Begin at Miguel’s Cocina, 2444 San Diego Ave., or El Agave, 2304 San Diego Ave., Old Town.

padres-food-and-wine-festPadres Wine and Food Festival
July 6. Beer and Cracker Jacks? More like Malbec, short ribs and truffle mashed potatoes. Head to the Padres game early for this annual pre-game tasting event that features wine from more than three-dozen wineries and specialty food including appetizers, desserts, street tacos and more. Limited-edition Padres wine bags will also be available. Purchase individual drink tickets for $5, or three tickets for $10. 4:30 p.m. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village.

soul-food-festival-qualcommSan Diego Soul Food Festival
July 7. Bring your appetite and a picnic blanket to this second annual all-you-can-eat feast of the best soul food and barbecue in town. Nosh on barbecue ribs, chicken, hot links, cornbread, mac-n-cheese and other hearty dishes while listening to the soulful jams of Bernard Jackson, and enter the opportunity drawing to win great prizes including a four-pack of tickets to SeaWorld and a one-night stay at Hotel Palomar. Noon-6 p.m. $60. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, San Diego. 

Dames at Sea
July 7-29. An all-singing, all-dancing tap extravaganza, Dames at Sea tells the story of an energetic all-American girl who arrives in the Big Apple with nothing but a pair of tap shoes in her suitcase. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. 858.481.1055.

divine-rivalry-old-globeDivine Rivalry
July 7-Aug. 12. Go back to 16th-century Florence, where two of the world’s greatest artists, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, face off in a painting competition orchestrated by political mastermind Niccolò Machiavelli. This fascinating real-life contest becomes the backdrop for an even greater battle as the leading minds of the Renaissance clash over political gain, personal riches and the immortality of art. Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.23.GLOBE.

the-man-who-came-to-dinnerThe Man Who Came to Dinner
Through Aug. 29. Hysteria runs rampant after a freak accident on the Stanley family’s Ohio doorstep lands a venomous theater critic in a wheelchair and the house falls victim to his extended reign of terror. Acknowledged as one of the funniest comedies ever written, The Man Who Came to Dinner has audiences in stitches as blackmail, lies and debauchery sneak in from every direction. Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado. 619.435.4856.