Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

Straight No Chaser
Aug. 15. If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties and khakis singing traditional songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser is reinventing the idea of a capella music and bringing it to the modern pop genre. On the road, the guys have built a reputation as an unforgettable live act— they’re neither strait-laced nor straight-faced. Expect tracks off their Billboard hit “Under The Influence,” which features contributions from superstars such as Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Phil Collins, Dolly Parton and more. Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island. 619.224.3577.

taylor-swift-valley-viewTaylor Swift
Aug. 15. Country-pop crossover sensation Taylor Swift has earned six Grammys in just a few short years and is one of the biggest names in music to date. Special guest Ed Sheeran also performs, so expect a duet performance of “Everything Has Changed” off Swift’s album “Red.” Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway. 619.594.0429.

San Diego Padres
Aug. 15-18. The Padres welcome the New York Mets to Petco Park for a four-game series. Special park events include a wine festival on Friday, flip flop giveaways on Saturday, and KidsFest at the park on Sunday. Games begin at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 5:40 p.m. on Saturday and 1:10 p.m. on Sunday. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. 619.795.5000.

americas-finest-halfAmerica’s Finest City Half Marathon
Aug. 18. Beginning at historic Cabrillo National Monument with majestic views of both San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean, this half marathon follows a scenic route along Harbor Island and the Embarcadero to the Star of India before winding through downtown and ending in Balboa Park in front of the Hall of Champions. All participants will receive a special event t-shirt and access to the two-day fitness festival before the race. 7 a.m. Cabrillo National Monument.

sideways la jolla playhouseTHEATRE
July 16-Aug. 18. Sideways is the story of two friends, Jack and Miles, and their journey through wine, women and disappointment. Set during one last road trip before Jack is to be married, the two men grapple with midlife crises, all the while exploring the Santa Barbara wine region. Potiker Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. 858.550.1010.

Aug. 17. Celebrates the life and writings of Mark Twain and his contemporaries at this annual literary fair. Enjoy stories read by professional actors, live music, games and more activities for the entire family. Hear works by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edgar Allan Poe and of course, Mark Twain, read aloud by San Diego actors. Old Town State Historic Park, Old Town. 619.220.5422.

world-bodysurfing-championsWorld Bodysurfing Championships 
Aug. 17-18. The 37th annual competition will play host to nearly 400 bodysurfers from across the globe competing for world titles in their respective age and gender divisions. Heats will last 15 minutes, with at least two contestants per heat advancing to the next round. Grand champions in each category will be crowned on the final day of the event. Oceanside Pier, Pier View Way, Oceanside. 

stone-17Stone 17th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival
Aug. 16-17. Stone’s 17th Anniversary Celebration kicks off with a Friday night brewers’ reception featuring more than 40 beers, including 30 that won’t be available on Saturday. On Saturday, meet world-class brewers, enjoy samples of Mike’s Beer Cheese and groove to live music as you sip 15 different samples of more than 100 available beers. The festival area has been expanded this year and now includes an upper level cigar lounge. Friday from 6-9 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Stone Brewing Co., 1999 Citracado Pkwy, Escondido.

Jamie Kennedy
Aug. 15-17. Jamie Kennedy landed his big break when he was cast in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet’ alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as a punked-out rival to John Leguizamo, and has since become a household name in comedy. In 2002, he created his own sketch comedy show ‘The Jamie Kennedy Experiment,’ which quickly became The WB’s highest-ranking new show, attracting three million viewers each week. He also created and Executive Produced did his own comedy special, ‘Unwashed’ in 2006 for Comedy Central. American Comedy Co., 818 B 6th Ave., San Diego. 619.795.3858.

Picture of the Year International
Through Oct. 13. Photojournalists show us a world most people would never get to see otherwise. From war-torn countries to championship sports, these images convey some of life’s most inspiring moments, as well as some of the most heartbreaking. MOPA’s newest exhibit celebrates the power of these images and the people who continually create them. More than 48,000 images are submitted with 240 winners selected by a world-renowned panel of expert judges as the very best. Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619.238.7559.