San Diego Weekend Events Roundup September 21-24

Say goodbye to the summer at Rustic Root's Summer Sendoff.

Say goodbye to the summer at Rustic Root’s Summer Sendoff.


From summer send-offs to cultural festivals, check out the best San Diego weekend events for September 14-17. 

Edited by Madelyn Harris.


Culture and Cocktails
Sept. 21. Get excited for a return installment of San Diego Museum of Art’s popular evening series, which will celebrate the Oceania region. Guests will enjoy tropical cocktails, live music and performances, savory eats and art activities inspired by Papua New Guinea. 6 p.m. $5 members / $25 non-members. 1450 El Prado, 21+.



Yoga Happy Hour
Sept. 21. Rancho Bernardo Inn is partnering with CorePower Yoga for a fun evening of good vibes. Experience an hour of guided yoga followed by specialty cocktails, beer, wine and light bites provided by the on-site restaurant AVANT while sounds of DTO Music linger in the air. 6-7 p.m. yoga class, 7-8 p.m. reception. $25. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., 855.574.5356.



San Diego Festival of Beer
Sept. 22. The 23rd annual festival features live music and nearly 60 different microbreweries. Plus, 100% of proceeds will go to help fight cancer in San Diego. 6-10 p.m. $40+. Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Drive, downtown.








Haunted Hotel
Sept. 22-23, 29-30; Oct. 1-22. Not for the faint of heart, this spooky maze will have everyone screaming. $19. 424 Market St., Gaslamp.





Summer Send Off Luau
Sept. 24. The Gaslamp’s Rustic Root will transform both its downstairs dining room and rooftop into a tropical tiki oasis. Guests will enjoy a traditional Kalua pig roast, specialty cocktails, fresh pineapple juice, coconut carvings, live music, games, giveaways and more. 3-8 p.m. $35. Rustic Root, 535 Fifth Ave.




Pacific Islander Festival
Sept. 23-24. The 23rd annual event celebrates the food, art and culture of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. All day. Free. Ski Beach, Mission Bay.





San Diego Restaurant Week
Sept. 24-Oct. 1. Enjoy fabulous dining for less when over 180 restaurants throughout the county offer fixed-price, three-course meals. Visit website for participating restaurants.






Hotel Karlan’s Asado Grill
Sept. 24- Oct 1. To kick off restaurant week, Hotel Karlan’s Asado Grill, located in the Rancho Pensaquito community, offers guests a menu created especially for the week-long culinary event. Diners will have a choice of refreshing dishes such as watermelon gazpacho with feta cream to hearty main courses and delicious desserts. All items are crafted using sustainable and locally harvested ingredients. $30. 14455 Pensaquitos Dr., 858.672.9100.


Rustic Root
Sept. 24-Oct. 1. Executive chef Marcel Childress has curated an exclusive Restaurant Week menu of seasonal options. Guests can enjoy specialties such as braised rabbit, roasted cornish hen and pan-seared salmon along with decadent desserts such as warm butter cake. Wine pairing optional. $40/person. 535 Fifth Ave., 619.232.1747.





‘Benny & Joon’
Through Oct. 22. With unforgettable characters and a tuneful score, this world-premiere musical­­—based on the beloved offbeat 90s romantic comedy movie—explores what happens when we step out of our comfort zones and take a leap toward love. View website for shows and prices. Shiley Stage at the Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park.



‘Roz and Ray’
Through Oct. 1. Set in San Diego, this time-bending play sheds light on a little-known chapter in medical history during the onset of the AIDS crisis and offers a profound story of love, trust, sacrifice and healing. Various performances. $20+. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown.




Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’
Sept. 19-24. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above in this musical performance featuring unforgettable classics such as “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.” View website for full schedule. Broadway/San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown.