Margarita Fest, Burger and Brew Pairings, Romeo and Juliet and more… Check out the top San Diego weekend events for Aug. 15-18.
Edited by Brooke Knetzger.
Aug. 17. The largest themed Italian-American gala in the country is returning to Little Italy’s Amici Park for its final year with the theme “Pirates Invade Sicily.” The event will feature a casino with fun games, dancing, live bands and amazing food from 18 of Little Italy’s favorite restaurants—including hors d’oeuvres, main dishes, drinks, cocktails and desserts. Ferragosto also features a live auction and raffle prizes including a trip to Italy, a cash jackpot and more. $125+ 6 p.m.- midnight. Amici Park, Little Italy. Tickets
Del Mar’s $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic
Aug. 17. This Saturday marks the 29th running of the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar. The race, which carries a $1 million purse, is contested at 1 1/4 miles on the main track for horses 3 years old and older. Grab some friends and your biggest hat and head to see Del Mar’s richest and most prestigious race. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. dmtc.com
Pure Golden Hour with Michelob ULTRA
August 17. Yoga, sunset, organic beer – need we say more? Experience PURE GOLDEN HOUR by ATF with Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold. Join us for a transformative group yoga session led by Katie B Happyy of b_inspired and enjoy the sunset with friends, food and music as you sip on beer in its organic form. Buy your tickets now! 4-8 p.m. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets
San Diego Margarita Fest
Aug. 17. Sip on a variety of handcrafted Margaritas while listening to several national and local musical performances headlined by Everclear. Guests can expect live performances, demos, corn hole tournaments and more! See website for various ticket options. 21+. $30+. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, downtown. Tickets
THE MED’s New Dishes
Now Available. Last month, La Valencia welcomed Executive Chef Timothy Ralphs, known for his fresh, flavorful dishes. Debuting this week are his first breakfast and lunch menus, with a dinner menu to follow in the upcoming weeks. Guests can look forward to dishes such as his chorizo benedict with pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle hollandaise, and pineapple poke bowl with tofu, edamame, radish, mushrooms and avocado. La Valencia, 1132 Prospect Street, La Jolla, 855.818.6887. lavalencia.com
Burger and Brew Pairing at Brew30
Through August. Cool down at Brew30 and enjoy the hazy Brew Steel Hazy IPA in collaboration with Mason Ale Works. Sip on refreshing notes with New Zealand hops featuring Wakatu, Motueka and Waimea, mixing a perfect blend of citrus, pine needles and underlying tropical fruit. Pair with the burger of the month, grilled citrus salmon burger, an irresistible house-made sustainable salmon burger topped with cilantro, pickled carrots and ginger-mayo. Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, Embarcadero, 619.232.1234. brew30.com
Summer High Tide Dinner at The Marine Room
Aug. 15. Enjoy a fine dining experience next to the waves. Summer High Tide Dinners at The Marine Room are available for a limited time this summer. Each evening brings a different combination of tides and sunset views, giving diners new and exciting encounters with the restaurant’s beautiful surroundings. See website for additional dates. 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, 866.644.2351. marineroom.com
The Oceanaire X High West Distillery
Aug. 15. Daniel Barron, Newley helmed Executive Chef at San Diego seafood favorite, The Oceanaire, is teaming up with High West Distillery to launch a one-night-only dinner and tasting experience. This special dinner will feature five courses, each paired with an elegant bourbon cocktail or pour. $99. 400 J St, Gaslamp, 619.858.2277. Tickets
National Rum Day at BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant
Aug. 17. Calling all rum lovers! BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant is shaking up Rum Day with its watermelon cooler, a combination of spiced rum, maraschino, Curaçao, watermelon and lemon. Pair the cocktail with a seasonal dish, such as the roasted beet and strawberry salad with honey-glazed walnuts, bleu cheese and aged sherry vinaigrette; or the blackened salmon served with roasted corn and peppers, cherry tomatoes and lemon butter. 2202 4th Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.231.0222. bankershillsd.com
A Weekend With Pablo Picasso
Through Aug. 25. A Weekend With Pablo Picasso finds the artist living in France in 1957 at the height of his celebrity and facing an unexpected high-profile commission to crank out six paintings and three vases over the course of a single weeken. Picasso has grudgingly allowed a group of art students — the audience — to stay at his home/studio while his family is away, a serviceable premise allowing Siguenza to directly engage the audience with jokes, stories and insights into the artistic life culled from Picasso’s interviews and writings. New Village Arts, 2787 State St, Carlsbad, 760.433.3245. newvillagearts.com
Romeo and Juliet
Through Sept. 15. After his smash-hit Othello and record-breaking Hamlet, Barry Edelstein returns to the Shakespeare Festival to take on the greatest love story of all time. Verona’s Montague and Capulet families have been feuding for ages, and whenever they meet, violence breaks out. But when Romeoglimpses Juliet across a crowded dance floor, something different happens. Can star-crossed love survive in a world of rivalry and rage? The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623. theoldglobe.org
Photos: DMTC courtesy DMTC. Ferragosto courtesy Olive Creative Strategies. San Diego Margarita Fest courtesy San Diego Margarita Fest. Pure Golden Hour courtesy Anheuser-Busch. The Med courtesy the Nth Element. Brew30 courtesy J Public Relations. The Marine Room courtesy C3 Communications. The Oceanaire X High West Distillery courtesy Bay Bird Inc. Bankers Hill courtesy Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant. A Weekend with Pablo Picasso courtesy Hector Sandoval. Romeo and Juliet courtesy The Old Globe.