San Diego Weekend Events Roundup June 21-24

Attend a sunset luau at the Catamaran Resort.

From summer solstice celebrations to culinary-focused festivities, check out the top San Diego weekend events for June 21-24.

Edited by Eva Scattergood.


Four Seasons Aviara Summer Solstice Celebration
June 21. Enjoy the longest day of the year with an array of artists, designers and local craftsmen. Find artwork from the award-winning surf and ocean photographer Aaron Chang, along with products from Mala and Mantra, Cynthia Rowley, Knesko, Beau Lake and more. While you browse, sip on wine and nibble on tray-passed hors d’oeuvres curated by Seasons Restaurant’s new chef de cuisine James Waters. RSVP required via email. 5-7 p.m. Free. Meadows Lobby and Seasons Terrace, 7210 Blue Heron Pl., Carlsbad, 760.603.3700.  



SEA180° Summer Solstice White Soirée
June 21. Soak up the sun as you welcome summer dressed in your finest white outfit. Sip and snack your way through this beachside buffet featuring a smoking station with lobster tacos, smoked pork tostones and 12-hour brisket sliders; a raw bar with fresh shucked oysters, ceviche bar and ahi crudo; and more, complete with cocktail pairings. Call for reservations. 6-9:30 p.m. $59.95. SEA180°, 800 Seacoast Dr., Imperial Beach, 619.631.4949.



Sculpture and Cocktails: Epic Summer
June 21. The San Diego Museum of Art’s sundown series returns themed around the upcoming exhibition Epic Tales from Ancient India. Sip on signature cocktails, enjoy Bollywood dance performances, decorate your own bangles and more, with tunes by DJ Gabe Vega. Satisfy your sweet tooth in the Ice Cream Lounge with tastings and an ice cream photo booth or grab something savory from the Simply Fresh food truck. 21+. 6-10 p.m. $10 for museum members, $35 for non-members. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park.  



Summer Solstice Party at North Park Thursday Market
June 21. Kick off the first day of summer with a neighborhood celebration featuring interactive activities for kids, tastings from local chefs, liquid sunshine in the craft beer garden and raffles with the chance to win hundreds of dollars in prizes. Additionally, expect live demonstrations by local artists and musical performances by Miss Erika Davies and kids’ artist, Raggle Taggle. Peruse the Thursday Market while you’re there for fresh produce, unique products from artisans and more. 3-8 p.m. Free. 3000 North Park Way, North Park.



Sunset Luaus at the Catamaran Resort
Fridays Starting June 22. Get a taste of the Polynesian islands without leaving Mission Bay at the Catamaran Resort. Enjoy Polynesian island cuisine including a Kalua roasted pig, tropical drinks, entertainment from the authentic luau performers Pride of Polynesia and more. 6 p.m. $72 adults; $32 children 5-12; free children under 5; discounted rates for hotel guests. 3999 Mission Blvd., Mission Bay.  




Gem Faire
June 22-24. Peruse fine jewelry, crystals, gems, beads, gold, silver, minerals and more at manufacturer’s prices from more than 100 exhibitors from all over the world. There will also be jewelry repair and ring sizing while you shop, as well as free hourly door prizes. F noon-6 p.m.; Sa 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7. Scottish Rite Event Center, 1895 Camino del Rio S., Mission Valley.




Encinitas Historic Bus Tour
June 23. Tour more than 50 historical points of interest with scheduled stops at OIivenhain Town Hall, San Dieguito Heritage Museum and a drive through the old Ecke Poinsettia Farm. The highlight of the tour will be a rare opportunity to tour the historic Bumann Ranch which was homesteaded in 1886. Tickets include lunch at the iconic 1883 School House. 9 a.m.-noon. $65. Depart from the 1883 School House, 390 F St., Encinitas. Tickets




Jeff Dunham’s “Passively Aggressive”
June 23. Laugh with ventriloquist Jeff Dunham in his newest tour Passively Aggressive. Dunham is the Guinness World Record holder for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour” and has built an entertainment empire over years of touring. He recently released his latest stand-up special Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster, which features him, along with his ill-behaved characters, talking family and politics. 21+. Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. $70-$85. Viejas Concerts in the Park, 5000 Willows Road, Alpine. Tickets



Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival
June 23. Join the fun at this 39th annual festival. Features include four stages of live music and entertainment, a community mural project, Artists Alley, carnival rides, games, food and vendor booths, Hodad’s Burger-Eating Competition, a beachside beer garden and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Street fair free; Chili Cook-Off samples $2 each or master ticket for $20; mural project $20 per square. 4800-5000 blocks of Newport Ave., Ocean Beach.



Sip into Summer Wine Series
Wednesdays Starting June 20. Wind down on Wednesdays this summer at Pacific Beach’s TOWER23. Each week features a different vineyard or wine professional to share their latest vintage and varietals for a one-of-a-kind tasting experience, while taking in the sunset at Pacific Beach. Featured vineyards include Skurnik Wines West, Rombauer Vineyards, Laird Family Wines and more. 6 p.m. $25. TOWER23, 723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach. Tickets




Old Harbor Distilling Co. Gin Release Party
June 21. Cheers to the release of Old Harbor Distilling Co.’s 1542 California Native Botanical Gin at Royale. Old Harbor founder and distiller Michael Skubic will be on-hand for the celebration, joined by Jordan Brownwood behind the bar and guest bartenders Gareth Moore (Born & Raised) and Trevor Bowles (Blueprint Spirits) who will be mixing up gin-forward specialty cocktails priced at $5 each. Attendees will be among the first to experience this new gin, while also receiving a lesson in native botanicals from Brownwood’s Nopalito Farm. 7-10 p.m. 4204 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach, 619.431.5653.



Catania’s Summer Grain Dinner
Upcoming | June 25. In collaboration with the Berry Good Foundation and Jack Ford of Taj Farms, Catania chefs Dusty Karagheusian and Ryan Johnston along with Catania alum Vince Schofield are dishing up a six-course meal featuring a variety of housemade pizza and pasta dishes all made with local grains in an effort to support San Diego’s farmers. Each seasonal dish will be mindfully created to enhance the unique properties of the wheat and paired with wines selected to complement the flavor profiles. 6:30 p.m. $105 including tax and gratuity. 7863 Girard Ave., third floor, La Jolla, 858.551.5105. Tickets



Summer Solstice at Arts District Liberty Station
June 21. Celebrate the arrival of summer with an evening touring artists studios and galleries. Highlights include local musicians, as well as happy hour drinks and snacks available for purchase at Chi Chocolate and Banyan Kitchen. 5-8 p.m. Free. 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Liberty Station.



North Park Thursday Market photo by Maria Wiles. Old Harbor Distilling Co. photo by Royale. Arts District Liberty Station photo by Veltz Fine Art.