Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

The Fab Four
July 26. Here comes sun, here comes the sun, here comes… the ultimate Beatles tribute! With uncanny, note-for-note renditions of Beatles’ songs, this incredible stage show includes three costume changes that represent every era of the Beatles ever-changing career. The Fab Four’s loving tribute to the premiere boy band of all time includes record-perfect performances of classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Penny Lane,” “Here Comes The Sun” and “Hey Jude.” Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island. 619.224.3577.

amy-grantAmy Grant
July 26-27. One of the most influential and successful singer-songwriters in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Amy Grant is making her debut at the Summer Pops. No doubt, the multi Grammy Award-winning artist will perform her popular hits “Baby Baby,” “Angels,” “My Father’s Eyes” and “Never Alone,” but also expect to hear tracks off “How Mercy Looks From Here,” her first studio album in 10 years. Marina Park South, Embarcadero. 619.235.0804.

gay-mens-chorusFeelin’ Groovy
July 26-27. Step back into the psychedelic ‘60s with the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus as they present the greatest hits of that free-spirited yet socially charged decade. The boys will be singing, dancing and yes—groovin’—to the sounds of Motown soul, the California hippie scene, the British Invasion and everything in between, including hits that reflected the power of political protest such as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Age of Aquarius” and “Let the Sunshine In,” and their high-energy, feel-good counterparts such as “Dancing in the Street,” “Twist and Shout” and “Stop! In the Name of Love.” $25-40. Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Avenue, North Park. 877.296.7664.

livin-on-a-prayerLivin’ on a Prayer and Thunder Road
July 26. Rock out to your favorite Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen tunes with cover bands Livin’ on a Prayer and Thunder Road as they pay tribute to two of the ’80s top hit-makers. Featuring award-winning Las Vegas tribute artist Eric Sage and guitar virtuoso Richie Klaar, Livin’ On a Prayer brings together some of the best musicians this side of Jersey for rockin’ live shows that will make you feel as if you are in an arena with the legend they pay tribute to. Channeling signature Bon Jovi hits such as “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” and “Wanted Dead or Alive,” Livin’ on a Prayer pairs perfectly with Thunder Road’s eight-man lineup paying homage to the Boss and the E Street Band. 143 S Cedros, Solana Beach. 858.481.8140.

Dual Chef/Bartender Shakedown
July 28. San Diego’s top chefs and bartenders will face off in a unique beverage and culinary competition at this premier qualifier for the San Diego Spirits Festival. It’s an innovative take on food and beverage competition where two-person teams, each featuring an acclaimed chef and mixologist, will compete to create a signature cocktail and a small plate pairing. The top three teams will compete at the August 25 festival. Live music will be provided by Gipsy Mencot. 2-6 p.m. Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa, 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad. 858.551.1605.

project-ethosProject Ethos
July 26. San Diego native DJ Ayeena kicks off this art, music and fashion event with live beats, followed by two fashion shows and a live musical performance by pop-punk singer Eryn Woods. Collections slated to show on the runway include Haus of Estrada, Tumbler & Tipsy, Wayward, House of Devali, Fortune 421, Noia by Evelyne and Andre Soriano. An art gallery will border the main room, which will feature a variety of mediums from local visual artists Michael Carini, Jack Stricker and GMONIK. 7 p.m. Fluxx, 500 4th Ave, San Diego.

del-mar-beer-festBeer Fest at the Del Mar Races
July 27. With more than 100 different offerings and a special focus on top-rated and award-winning San Diego beers, this annual libations festival includes sips from AleSmith Brewing Company, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Coronado Brewing Company, Green Flash Brewing Company, Monkey Paw Brewing Co., Port Brewing Company, Societe Brewing Co. and more. Chat with brewery reps, shop cool beer merchandise and pair your beer with bites from gourmet food trucks; ChopSooey, Not So Fast, Devilicious and Inslider will be on site. Receive five 7 oz. tastings for $17. Tastes are available for purchase beginning at 1 p.m. Seaside Cabana & Concert Area at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar

sea-and-smokeFOOD + DRINK
Sea & Smoke
Ongoing. Chef Matt Gordon’s third restaurant, Sea & Smoke, is officially open in Del Mar. An American brasserie, Sea & Smoke explores modern and fresh interpretations of common American dishes that celebrate simplicity and wholesome integrity, all while keeping true to Gordon’s philosophy of serving responsibly sourced meats, seafood and vegetables. The menu revolves around the restaurant’s centrally located wood-fired oven and features unique preparations of vegetables, meats and seafoods. Sea & Smoke, 2690 Via de la Valle, # d210, Del Mar. 858.925.8212.

taste-of-pacific-islandsTaste of Pacific Islands
July 25. Pacific Island food has become popular world-wide, embracing flavors of old traditional island cooking and the new fusion-style blends that have popped up in the culinary world. To celebrate the local Pacific Island scene, local restaurants will gather together to serve up a delicious Pacific Islander-themed menu. Adult beverages will be available for purchase. The fundraiser supports the Pacific Islander Festival Association Scholarship Program.  $25/advance, $30/door. 6-9 p.m. Bali Hai Restaurant, 2230 Shelter Island Dr.

Double Indemnity 
July 27-Aug. 25. The classic crime novel takes the stage in this clever thriller. When a small-time insurance agent falls under the spell of a femme fatale, the two conspire to murder her husband for the insurance money. A seemingly perfect crime—until it all starts to unravel. White Theatre, Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. 619. 234.5623.