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San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

Comic-Con International 
July 18-21. Comic-Con International is the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the U.S. with 460,000 square feet of exhibits, hands-on workshops, panels, film screenings and special appearances by the stars and creators behind the latest products, technology, books and movies of the science-fiction/fantasy genre. The convention itself might be sold out, but the intense schedule of activities features more than 600 special events, a masquerade costume competition, an art show, portfolio reviews for emerging artists and celebrity-studded after-parties. San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero. 619.491.2475.

sycamore-den-star-warsStar Wars Movie Marathon
July 18-21. Sycamore Den is nerding-out in the spirit of the Con with nightly marathon showings of the complete Star Wars series. Catch Star Wars episodes 1-3 on Thursday and Saturday, and episodes 4-6 on Friday and Sunday. Costumes are highly encouraged. Films begin each night at 5 p.m. No droids allowed! Sycamore Den, 3391 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. 619.563.9019. 

heroes-brewHeroes Brew
July 20. This is no ordinary beer festival. In addition to sips from some of the finest craft breweries around, including Monkey Paw, Mission Brewery and Green Flash Brewing Co., the festival features live music on a 100% solar-powered stage, local food trucks and a superhero costume contest. Caped crusaders and common citizens alike will unite on San Diego Bay to fight for the element that supports our power, our lives, and most importantly, our craft beer: water (the event benefits San Diego Coastkeeper and Surfrider Foundation). 1-5 p.m. $40/pp. Embarcadero Park North, San Diego.

odd-ball-jsix“Odd Ball” Party
July 20. For all the “oddballs” who don’t have a Comic-Con pass or an invitation to an exclusive party or simply don’t care to stand in hour-long lines, Hotel Solamar’s rooftop Lounge Six offers this alternative solution. The rooftop hotspot will be open to the public with drink specials all night, celebrity sight-seeing and some of the best people watching in San Diego. Don’t forget your creative costume. Lounge Six at Hotel Solamar, 616 J Street, downtown. 619.531.8744.

sidecars-and-superheroes-chSidecars and Superheroes
July 19-20. Chaplos is introducing the golden age of comics to the speakeasy era, uniting the time of speakeasies, flappers and Prohibition with comic books heroes who originated in the 1930s. The event includes a live, six-piece traditional jazz band and a complimentary cocktail for anyone dressed in Comic-Con inspired attire or donning a convention badge. 7-9 p.m. Chaplos, 925 B Street, ste 101, downtown. 619.798.3888.

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Del Mar Races
Through Sept. 4. Racing season is officially open! Head to the track for thoroughbred racing five days a week and enjoy plenty of special activities, events and concerts like the Four O’Clock Fridays concert series and beer festival. Dark Mondays and Tuesdays. Post time most days is 2 p.m. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. 858.755.1141.

Bill Cosby
July 21. Few entertainers have achieved the iconic status of Bill Cosby. His successes span five decades and virtually all media, from his humble beginnings to becoming a coast-to-coast stand-up sensation to single handedly reviving the family sitcom with “The Cosby Show.” With hit movies such as “Uptown Saturday Night” and best-selling books, Bill Cosby is quite simply a national treasure with the unique ability to touch people’s hearts. Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island. 619.224.3577.

bo-burnhamBo Burnham
July 20. Comedian, singer-songwriter, musician, actor and internet celebrity Bo Burnham is bringing his satirical songs to San Diego. Writing satire with a politically incorrect slant, Burnham achieved fame when his YouTube videos took off and received more than 70 million views in October 2010. He followed his debut EP “Bo Fo Sho” with the release of two full-length albums, “Bo Burnham” and “Words Words Words,” and won first place in overall votes in Comedy Central’s Stand-Up Showdown. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown. 619.570.1100. 

World Championship Over-The-Line Tournament 
July 20-21. Concluding this 60th annual world championship tournament is expected to attract more than 1,200 three-person teams to compete in San Diego’s original beach softball. From 7:30 a.m. to sundown, teams will play three-inning games in a double elimination tournament to single out winning teams in ten divisions. This is a colorful event for mature audiences. Fiesta Island, Mission Bay. 619.330.2227.

Through July 21. This contemporary new play takes a funny look at family dynamics and the challenges of communication. As the only deaf member of his sharp-tongued family, Billy has spent much of his life feeling out of place. But when he finds a new home in the deaf community, tensions reach an all-time high. Mandell Weiss Forum at the La Jolla Playhouse, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. 858.550.1010.

rainmaker-old-globeThe Rainmaker
Through Aug. 11. A classic romantic comedy set against the sweeping landscape of the American Midwest, The Rainmaker tells the tale of Lizzie’s hopes and dreams, which have run as dry as the barren fields on her family’s ranch. When the irresistible Starbuck arrives in town, selling the promise of rain, Lizzie must decide: is he a con man, or does he hold the key to everything she desires? The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. 619.234.5623.