San Diego Weekend Events Roundup August 16-19

Celebrate National Rum Day with specials at Havana 1920.

From food-filled competitions to summer Shakespeare productions, check out the top San Diego weekend events for August 16-19.

Edited by Eva Scattergood.


Celebrating Couture
Aug. 16. Don your most fashionable outfit to the 28th annual Celebrating Couture event that benefits The Old Globe Theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Neiman Marcus is producing The Art of Fashion show featuring the fall collections of several celebrated designers, including an exclusive preview of 18 gowns from Zac Posen’s Pre-Fall 2018 Collection. Guests will be greeted by a Champagne reception with the chance to bid on silent auction items, followed by the fashion show and luncheon. 10 a.m. $155+. Costa Del Mar Ballroom of the Omni La Costa Resort, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, 858.382.1672.  



Pacific Classic Party
Aug. 17. Be seen at this celebration acknowledging Martine Bellocq, who will be awarded the prestigious 15th Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award the following day when the track runs its signature race, the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic. DMTC Executive Vice President Craig Dado and racing expert Michelle Yu will honor Bellocq and all the heroes of the San Luis Rey Fire, as well as lead a live auction to benefit the Winners Foundation. Enjoy entertainment by the David Shyde Trio while sampling passed bites from Chef Nathan Lingle, craft beers and featured liquor drinks at pay bars. 6-11 p.m. $150. 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.259.1515.



Latin Food Fest
Aug. 17-18. Experience California’s largest annual Latin food, wine, beer and spirits celebration. Highlights include tasting tents, cooking demos, celebrity chefs, live music, a Michelada contest, Spirits America Expo, wine workshops and more. See website for times and ticket prices. Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., Embarcadero.




Craft Beer Fest
Aug. 18. Sample more than 100 local and international brews featuring award-winning beers, rare and unique specialty crafts, and favorites from our thriving local brewing scene. Tickets include unlimited 1-ounce pours, music from DJs and special food vendors. 2-6 p.m. $40. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1141.




Boxing and Bloody Marys
Aug. 19. Join the next installment of Estancia La Jolla’s Self Care Sunday series. Start off with a 60-minute boxing class in Estancia’s Garden taught by The Boxing Club of La Jolla followed by complimentary bloody marys, Moët & Chandon Champagne, super-food tapas, mini-spa services from Kopari Beauty, as well as a chance to win complimentary spa services, a one night stay at Estancia and retail products. Tickets also include a pool day pass to soak up the sun after class. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 855.318.7602. Tickets



Lord of the Wings
Aug. 19. Help decide who will win the official Lord of the Wings title at this chicken wing contest to benefit the Pacific Beach Clean and Safe Program. Tickets include chicken wing samples from all participating restaurants and two Karl Strauss craft beers. Participants include Dirty Birds, Mavericks Beach Club, SD TapRoom and many more. 1-6 p.m. $35 advance sale, $40 day of. Karl Strauss Tasting Room, 5985 Santa Fe St., Pacific Beach.



Turf and Surf BBQ Championship
Aug. 19. More than 40 top barbecue pitmasters compete for your taste buds, as well as more than $15,000 in prizes, in this championship. Join the fun and receive unlimited samples of competition-ready brisket, pork, ribs, chicken and tri-tip, plus seafood and desserts from professional cooks and top local restaurants. Make sure to vote for the tastiest slow-smoked meats in the coveted People’s Choice Award. 1-5 p.m. $40-$60. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1141.




BANKERS HILL Fresh Summer Menu
Now Available. Celebrate summer with fresh menu items. New brunch dishes include griddled levain “bruschetta” with O’Henry peaches, whipped goat cheese, Fresno chili and basil; and mushroom Benedict on housemade English muffins topped with spinach, mushrooms and truffle hollandaise, served with BH home fries. For dinner try the summer vegetable ravioli ratatouille with tomato ragu and goat cheese or the chipotle barbecue braised short ribs with shishito peppers, roasted corn and sweet peppers (pictured). See website for hours and prices. 2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.231.0222.     



National Rum Day at Havana 1920
Aug. 16. In honor of the spirited holiday, Havana 1920 will feature half-priced rums and a rum flight that includes samplings of three Matusalem & Company rums including Matusalem Clasico, Matusalem 15 Gran Reserva Solera Rum and Matusalem Gran Reserva 18. Havana 1920’s extensive rum collection spans more than 150 varietals that have been hand-selected by Beverage Director Ryan Andrews including Diplomático, Neisson L’Esprit, Flor de Caña and Rhum Clément, among others. 4-8 p.m. 548 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.369.1920.



Sustainable Seafood Dinner at 333 Pacific
Upcoming | Aug. 21. Indulge with a clear conscience at 333 Pacific’s School of Fish Sustainable Seafood Dinner. Featuring six fresh-catch courses including mustard glazed Skuna Bay salmon, Hokkaido scallop crudo and more alongside savory wines, this special dinner will educate guests about sustainable fishing practices, cooking techniques and more. Call to make reservations. 6 p.m. $70. 333 N. Pacific St., Oceanside, 760.433.3333.




“Emotions and Landscapes”
Through Aug. 16. Peruse portraits by Yihong Zhou that provide a glimpse into the daily life of Chinese citizens from the last few decades, portraying moments of time captured expertly in the fast-paced and ever-changing environment of modern day China. Tu-Sa 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Su noon-4 p.m. $5 GA, free children under 12 and museum members. Chinese Historical Museum’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Building, 328 J St., downtown, 619.338.9888.  




“Much Ado About Nothing”
Opens Aug. 18. Three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall makes her triumphant return as director to the Summer Shakespeare Festival theatre stage with one of the greatest romantic comedies ever, in a production full of colorful characters, passionate poetry and Shakespeare’s wittiest wordplay. See website for show times and prices. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.


Celebrating Couture photo by Douglas Gates. Latin Food Fest photo courtesy of Latin Food Fest. BANKERS HILL photo courtesy of Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant. National Rum Day photo courtesy of Havana 1920. Sustainable Seafood Dinner courtesy of Cohn Restaurant Group. “Much Ado About Nothing” photo by Jim Cox.