San Diego Weekend Events Roundup July 20-23

Find the best San Diego things to do for July 20-23.

South Park Walkabout

South Park Walkabout


Edited by Madelyn Harris


Del Mar Racing
July 19-Sept. 4. Catch thoroughbred racing five days a week (dark M and Tu, except Labor Day). Post time most days is 2 p.m. Special events include Four O’Clock Fridays concert series, Beer Festival, family weekends and the $1 million Pacific Classic (Aug. 19). Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.




Comic-Con International
July 20-23.
The nation’s largest convention celebrating comics and the popular arts features comic-book publishers, game companies, film studios and toy makers. Sold out. San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero.




Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live Tour
July 21-22. Catch the first live touring production of comedy show MST3K, complete with full stage production, robots and MST3K’s trademark hilarious riffing. Starring Joel Hodgson and Jonah Ray, the event include a cheesy B-movie, wisecracking robots, silly sketches and, of course, audience participation. 7 p.m. $39.50. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave.



Pirate Con
July 21. Get ready for all things pirate with an event that includes costume contests, prizes, games, live music, photo booth pictures, dancing and general piratical behavior. Guests are encouraged to wear their finest pirate attire. 8 p.m.-midnight. $40. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 619.234.9153.





Avant-Garde Costume Gala
July 22. Join the most adventurous costume party in San Diego. Highlights of the event include over a dozen food stations, a glowing forest of willow trees designed by artist Daniel Barron Corrales, a contemporary dance performance, a web-like art installation, a virtual reality room and more. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $90. Park 6 Event Center, 590 Fir Street.




Insect Festival
July 22-23. Bug devotees will love this one-of-a-kind insect festival, featuring thousands of creepy-crawlies, lizards, snakes and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Plus, enjoy interactive arts and crafts and chat to local bug experts. 10 a.m.- 4p.m. Free with paid admission or membership. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas.



Flower Hill Promenade Family Fun Festival
July 23, 30. Enjoy this family-focused event, featuring pony rides, live entertainment, a petting zoo, face painting, arts and craft stations, and many other surprises. 12-3 p.m. Free. Flower Hill Promenade, 2720 Via de la Valle, Del Mar.




South Park Summer Walkabout
July 22. Happening quarterly, South Park’s walkabout is a fun-filled evening festival showcasing various unique businesses and boutiques. Enjoy live music, complimentary treats and special offers. 6-10 p.m. Free. South Park, between Kalmia St. and Beech St.




Swing Out at The Globe
July 22. Grab your dancin’ shoes and get ready to groove. This event begins with dance lessons in various styles by Swing Dancing San Diego, followed by a chance to perfect your moves on the dance floor. Check out the online schedule for dance styles. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Old Globe’s Copley Plaza, 1363 Old Globe Way, 619.234.5623.



Two Farmtables and a Microphone
July 23.
Take part in a freshly-harvested organic meal accompanied by guest speaker Luis Vargas (EVP of The Clymb) as he speaks about entertainment, technology and culture. Cyclops Farm, North County San Diego. 1448 Avocado Rd., Oceanside.




Whiskey Around the World
July 22. Sample from American, Irish and Scotch whiskeys along with new international flavors. Unique food pairings will be included with each tasting. 6:30-8 p.m. $35. Vom Fass Hillcrest, 1050 University Avenue E103.



Mortadella Day Festival
July 20-23. To celebrate 2,000 years of meat-centric history, head to Oficine Buona Forchetta for an exclusive menu featuring the finely sliced sausage specialty. The restaurant will also be donating $2 of every dish on July 20 to Loma Portal Elementary School. Oficie Buona Forchetta, 2865 Sims Rd., 619.548.5770.




Ripples from Walden Pond
July 23-24. Celebrating the famous work of Henry David Thoreau, Ripples from Walden Pond is a 200th birthday celebration of the life and legacy of the one of the great writers of American letters. The play is a fully-staged one-man play, featuring Steve Smith as Henry David Thoreau. 7:30 p.m. $24+. Lamb’s Players Theatres, 1144 Orange Ave., Coronado.



Raiders, Rebels, and Supermen: The Music of John Williams
July 22. Join the San Diego Symphony at Copley Symphony Hall for an exclusive concert of live music by composer John Williams. The concert will highlight famous excerpts from Jurassic Park, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Star Wars, and more. 7:30 p.m. $20-35. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619.235.0804.




Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!
July 22-Aug. 27.
Comic genius Ken Ludwig is back with a brand-new Globe-commissioned world-premiere comedy that tells the timeless story of a hero of the people who takes on the powers that be in hilarious fashion. White Theatre at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.



Guys and Dolls
Through Aug. 13.
Based on Damon Runyon’s famous tales of small-time hoods and showgirls, Guys and Dolls is filled with some of the most loved showtunes, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” Shiley Stage at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.




Animal Crackers
Through Aug. 13.
Based on the original Marx Brothers Broadway hit and classic film, this stage adaptation is an outrageous, rollicking, laugh-out-loud musical comedy, complete with audience participation. Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525.