San Diego

Weekend roundup

August 20-23


Fashion Week San Diego Runway Show

Aug. 21. Calling all fashionistas! Get your fashion fix with this sexy, high-style virtual runway show presented by Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD). One of this year’s designers—L Label Loves Emvee Bikini—will be showcasing a special “Weddings are Better in Bikinis” collection at the Luce Loft warehouse downtown, with the help of videographer Broadway Hill. (Pictured: model Ashley Strickland in a L Label Loves Emvee Bikini creation.) The event is part of FWSD’s Endless Summer virtual runway series. 2-6 p.m. Free.

Oceanfront Yoga at Sunset Cliffs

Aug. 22-23. Nab a little namaste along with some sweet ocean views and breezes. Taught by Jessica Waala on Saturday (complete with a relaxing savasana with sound healing by Cory Ostroot at the end), and Angela Amato on Sunday, the classes are a hatha/vinyasa flow experience and open to all levels. The best part: Pets are welcome, too, in case anyone needs a little downward dog inspiration. Classes are donation based, and masks are required when not on your yoga mat. (See websites for full details.) Sa 10 a.m.; Su 9:30 a.m. 1343 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Ocean Beach. Saturday | Sunday

La Jolla Kayak Tours

Ongoing. Discover La Jolla’s spectacular sea cliffs, the Seven Caves and abundant marine life from the unique perspective of a kayak. Suitable for all skill levels, kayaking these natural wonders is easily accessible with La Jolla Kayak’s expertly guided tours. The Original Kayak Tour is our pick for first-timers: a two-hour experience that explores some of the finest scenery and most active marine life in the county. Kayakers have been known to spot everything from dolphins and sea lions to leopard sharks and garibaldi. 2199 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.459.1114.

Food + Drink

Fortunate Son

Now Open. Get your chopsticks ready. Formerly Soda & Swine, this ornate new eatery by CH Projects—decked out in red lanterns, gold accents, Asian-inspired flora and a 10-foot-tall, sculpted fire-breathing dragon head—serves American Chinese takeout classics. Grab takeout or dine on the outdoor patio (try the shrimp lo mein), which meshes with that of Polite Provisions cocktail bar next door—with food and libations available at both patios. Plus, canned cocktails and retail wines to-go. M-F 4-10 p.m.; Sa-Su noon-10 p.m. 2943 Adams Ave., North Park, 619.391.3766.

Duck Dive Weekend Brunch

Reopened. Cue the happy tears and forthcoming food coma: Weekend brunch here is back! This means bottomless mimosas, bloody marys and the candied walnut French toast (pictured) with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and whipped cream—all served on the sunny patio, just steps from the sand. On the savory side, we love the biscuits-and-gravy sliders and the breakfast burrito. Added bonus: “Weekend brunch” at this bustling beach bar starts on Thursday and goes all day. Th-F 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sa-Su 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 4650 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858.273.3825.

Mister A’s

Reopened. Who else has missed those jaw-dropping bird’s-eye views of the city from 12 floors up? Dine on elegantly plated, French-infused American cuisine on this iconic fine dining outpost’s famed wraparound patio—boasting panoramas of the downtown skyline, San Diego Bay, Balboa Park, and incoming aircraft about to land at Lindbergh Field. We’ve also missed the pan-seared scallops and outstanding wine list. Reservations only (and see website for dress code). D Tu-Su 5:30-8:45 p.m. 2550 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.239.1377.

Not Not Tacos

Reopened. In a town that takes its tacos seriously, we love that Sam the Cooking Guy (Sam Zien) has fun with his take on them. Open for takeout, delivery and outdoor dining at Little Italy Food Hall, Not Not Tacos is serving up such favorites as the Korean beef short-rib taco, Kelly’s shrimp taco and Sam’s Cheeseburger (pictured) with crispy onions. Or if you dare, try The Best of Sam, which includes tater tots, a taco of the month, and six other specialty tacos. L, D daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 550 W. Date St., Little Italy, 619.269.6725.

Arts + Culture

Bodhi Tree Concerts Performance

Aug. 20. In celebration of the passing of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, Bodhi Tree Concerts presents a special virtual performance: “Songs of Suffrage”—almost 100 years to the day after the amendment’s ratification. The concert will feature authentic songs, stories and excerpted speeches detailing the women’s suffrage movement—featuring performing artists Angelina Réaux, Mary Munger Taylor, Ines Irawati and more. Donations will be accepted, with proceeds benefiting the Women’s Museum of California. 5 p.m. (via Facebook watch party). Watch

Fleet Science Center Summer Camps

Aug. 20-21. The kiddos will have so much fun playing mad scientist that they won’t even realize how much cool stuff they’re learning. Offering virtual classes ideal for grades 2-4, the Fleet’s summer science camps include hands-on activities and challenges spanning the fields of chemistry, biology, engineering, robotics, physics and more. The programming includes prepackaged craft supplies (which can be picked up curbside at the center), assembled by the Fleet’s science educators. 1 p.m. $25 per individual, per day. 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.1233.

Clairemont Architectural Driving Tour

Ongoing. Did you know a treasure trove of mid-century modern architecture is tucked away in central San Diego? Visit California and Save Our Heritage Organization invite you to take an architectural driving tour through Clairemont, aka “the village within the city.” It’s home to 45 mid-century modern designs—houses, churches, gas stations, a library, school and more. The self-guided tour (see website) includes the history of the buildings and of Clairemont, one of the largest postwar communities in the U.S. in 1960. History and design buffs will love all these little-known fun facts.

Photo credits: Oceanfront Yoga by Tim King. Fortunate Son by James Tran and Olivia Beall. Bodhi Tree Concerts by Heidi Hart. Clairemont Public Library by Dan Soderberg. All other images are courtesy photos.

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