San Diego Weekend Events Roundup August 17-20

Escape to Rancho Bernardo for an evening of al fresco dining at Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant

Escape to Rancho Bernardo for an evening of al fresco dining at Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant


This weekend, San Diego is all about festivals and exclusive dinner series…no complaints here! Check out the best San Diego things to do for August 17-20.

Edited by Madelyn Harris.


Aug. 19. This annual event celebrates the life and writings of Mark Twain and his contemporaries. Enjoy stories read by professional actors, live music, games and more activities for the entire family. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Old Town State Historic Park, Old Town, 619.220.5422.




World Bodysurfing Championships
Aug. 19-20. The 41st annual competition will play host to nearly 400 bodysurfers from across the globe competing for world titles in their respective age and gender divisions. All day. Free. Oceanside Pier, Pier View Way, Oceanside.




Wild Western
Aug. 19. Head to Little Italy’s Amici Park for a fun evening that calls for guests to dress up in their best western gear. Enjoy wild-western themed entertainment, a Western style BBQ, casino games like poker and roulette, a rodeo and more. 6 p.m.-midnight. $125. Amici Park, 16670 Union St., 619.525.8213




Latin Food Fest San Diego
Aug. 18-19. Take part in San Diego’s largest annual Hispanic culinary celebration featuring tastings, a celebrity chef dinner, parties and workshops. Plus, choose to partake in an all-inclusive tasting festival highlighting a variety of local and international food, wine and spirits. F 5-11 p.m., Sa Noon-11 p.m. Various prices. Embarcadero Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd.






Aug. 19. Get ready for a fun-filled day fit for the whole family. The event will include a taco and spirit content, unlimited tastes from San Diego chefs and beverage purveyors and live entertainment. Families will enjoy an extreme sports area, on-the-water activities, a classic car expo, laser tag, rock climbing and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Access to taco and spirit tasting requires a $25 admission ticket. Bayside Park, Chula Vista, 999 Bayside Pkwy.


One Love Movement’s Charity Yoga Event
Aug. 19. This annual event attracts more than 600 participants every year. The afternoon will feature a yoga instruction with live music by local group Dub Sutra, followed by a wine and beer garden. Proceeds will benefit under-served youth in San Diego and abroad. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $27. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy, 619.232.7275.



Barefoot Music Cruise feat. Jim Gibson Beach Blvd. Blues Band
Aug. 20. Treat yourself to a combination of drink and food specials, a great local band and two-hours of ocean views. Cruise past the Star of India and the Midway Aircraft Carrier, head under the Coronado Bridge and watch sea lions on the coast of Point Loma. 2:30 p.m. boarding. 3-5 p.m. cruise. $25 adults, $12.50 children. 970 North Harbor Drive, 619.686.8715.



A.R. Valentien Artisan Table Signature Wine Series
Aug. 17. For this month’s edition of A.R. Valentien’s wine series, let chefs Jeff Jackson and Kelli Crosson impress you with a carefully-sourced four-course menu featuring the season’s freshest ingredients. Plus, enjoy specialty wine pairings, tray-passed bites and a winery representative on site. 7-9:30 p.m. $230. 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858.777.6635.



Summer Chef Series at Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant
Aug. 17. Escape to Rancho Bernardo for an evening of al fresco dining. Guests can delight in a three-course dinner featuring Mediterranean cuisine with a SoCal twist. Optional wine pairings are available. 7 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. dinner. $55. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., 888.993.1856.




High Tide Dinner
Through Aug. 21. 
During high tide season, head to The Marine Room for a memorable dining experience. Enjoy a seasonal menu with a la carte choices from the farmers market along with specials such as red walnut crusted Alaskan halibut. The Marine Room, 2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla. 877.945.2544.




Sunday Supper Farm Dinner
Aug. 20. Head to National City for an evening complete with welcome drinks, appetizers, local food, drinks and the work of Urban Life Tables. Close off the evening with dancing and farm tours. 4-7 p.m. $99. Dickinson Farm, 1430 E. 24th Street, National City, 858.848.6914.




Farmer’s Bottega Daou Wine Dinner
Aug. 17. Join Farmer’s Bottega and Daou Winery for an exclusive five-course culinary experience. Experience a variety of farm-to-fork dishes complemented by wine pairings from Daou Winery. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $75. Farmer’s Bottega, 860 W. Washington St., 619.458.9929.





Kill Local
Through Aug. 27. A pitch-black comedy about blood ties, revenge and trying to get unstuck—especially when your life is dedicated to ending others’. Various times. $45. Potiker Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.




The Explorers Club
Aug. 11-Sept. 24. A hilarious send up of a Victorian men’s club beset by women, poisonous snakes, exotic plants, bartending savages and crazed Irishmen. $62. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000.