Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

Built to Amaze!
Aug. 8-11. Elephants, tigers, acrobats and aerialists join together from across the globe for this Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Each an individual piece of the puzzle, pieceing together to form one exquisite design of magnificence and precision. From the blueprints to the band, from the crates to the clowns, from the hammer to the high wire comes one exhilerating performance of non-stop thrills so astonishing you have to see it to believe it. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway District. 619.224.4171.

Aug. 9-10. Born out of the pure love for craft beer, Beer Con brings together the greatest minds and palates in craft beer. The event features some of the top names in the industry speaking on a variety of topics, as well as exclusive access to industry pros, Q&A sessions, and an opportunity to learn about brewing and tasting beer from the best in the business. Also, join other beer lovers for a few brews at Tap Haven, which features a special line-up of craft taps. Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego.

Aug. 11. Give  yourself a break from the stress of traffic as this popular cycling event takes over 30th Street. CicloSDias is a family-friendly bike, walk, stroll, skate and shopping event that gives people a break from hustle and bustle of car traffic. The car-free, open street event features activities from participating shops and restaurants along the route in the neighborhoods of Logan Heights, Golden Hill, South Park, North Park and City Heights. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 30th at K Street, San Diego. 858.487.6063.

julian-star-festJulian Starfest
Aug. 8-11. Julian is known for it’s clear, dark skies, making it the perfect locale for this four-day festival centered on the field of astronomy. Enjoy astronomy related exhibitions, guest speakers, a swap meet and a Star Party on Saturday night where you can take a star tour of the sky using one of the many telescopes set up in the viewing area. Camping is available adjacent to the observing site. Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian.

city-festHillcrest CityFest 
Aug. 11. With more than 250 arts, crafts, and food vendors, a grand stage, and a beer garden, CityFest has a little something for everyone. The annual street fair boasts a one-of-a-kind magical atmosphere and live performances from Royal Heart, Mad  Traffic, Mimi Zulu, and Nikno by day; and stick around for dancing under the Hillcrest sign to music from some of the neighborhood’s best Djs by night. Fifth and University avenunes, San Diego. 619.299.3330.

San Diego Chargers
Aug. 8.  Kick off the football season at the Q with the San Diego Chargers 2013 preseason opener. The Chargers will face Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in a deja-vu preseason matchup from 2011. New head coach Mike McCoy makes his game-time debut. Head to the stadium early to check out all the pre-game festivities. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego. 877.242.7437.

Ray at Night
Aug. 10. Shop local and find unique, one of a kind items amid performing arts and musical entertainment while meandering through the lively, creative area surrounding Ray Street. Businesses, galleries and shops in the North Park Arts District stay open late for this monthly art walk, which is now in its twelfth year. Participating galleries usually include Cirello Gallery, Ray Street Custom Framing, Soul Ryde, The Red Crow, Dani Dodge Art and more. Every second Saturday of the month. 6-10 p.m. North Park Arts District, Ray Street between University and North Park Way.

Kenny Loggins
Aug. 9-10. Kenny Loggins’ career is the stuff of legends. In his time, he’s been a guitar-slinger in a psychedelic rock band, a hot young songwriter with a publishing deal, half of a legendary country-rock duo, a massively successful and accomplished solo artist, a sonic pioneer in the smooth jazz genre, a reigning soundtrack superstar and an enduring recording artist and live performer whose audience spans generations. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. 858.481.8140.

monkees-humphreysA Midsummer’s Night with The Monkees
Aud. 11. Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork are back by popular demand, performing a selection of their classic hits; cuts from their first five platinum albums, including some performed for the first time since the 1960s; and fan favorites from their Emmy-award winning television series. The show will rock fans with a full multimedia evening of music, rare films and one-of-a-kind photographs. Expect to hear classic Monkees hits such as  “Last Train To Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday.” Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island. 619.224.3577.

michael-boltonMichael Bolton
Aug. 9-10. One of the most popular American singer/songwriters of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Michael Bolton is a multi Grammy Award-winner making his debut at the Summer Pops. His signature songs and unmistakable voice will fill the evening with “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” along with tunes from his latest CD “Hitsville U.S.A.,” a tribute to Motown. San Diego Symphony Summer Pops, Marina Park South, Embarcadero. 619.235.0804.

Double Indemnity 
July 27-Aug. 25. The classic crime novel and film noir 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.