San Diego

Weekend roundup

August 5-8


The Shell at Jacobs Park Opening Weekend

Aug. 6-8. Five years and $85 million in the making, the world-class Rady Shell at Jacobs Park (aka “The Shell”) is complete. The bayfront concert hall and public park is San Diego Symphony’s first permanent, open-air performance venue in its 100-year history—boasting state-of-the-art acoustics, video screens and a rolled-steel, seashell-shaped design. The Shell’s inaugural weekend of concerts includes opening night with maestro Rafael Payare and the symphony orchestra on Friday; “The Best of Broadway” on Saturday; and Gladys Knight on Sunday. See website for tickets. 200 Marina Park Way, downtown.

Summer Surf Fest at One Paseo

Aug. 7. Channeling those summer surfing vibes, the center presents a family-friendly alfresco festival. The fun includes a classic car show by San Diego Woodies; a photo booth in the form of a vintage VW van; live music; an installation by local artists; an ecology pop-up featuring Wild Coast, Surfrider Foundation and Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Foundation; beach games; and a kids zone. And feel free to shop at One Paseo’s beachy retailers, such as Urban Beach House, Roark and the Aloha Collection. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free entry. 3725 Paseo Place, Del Mar.

Food + Drink

The Shell Provisions

Opens Aug. 6. Attending a concert at the new Rady Shell at Jacobs Park? You’re in store for some world-class cuisine to complement it. San Diego Symphony’s new outdoor concert venue presents The Shell Provisions—an exclusive roster of the city’s top restaurant purveyors offering everything from elegant tableside dining to casual food carts. The lineup includes signature picnic baskets by celebrity chef Richard Blais (pictured); wood-fired pizzas by BIGA Restaurant; refined Mexican dishes from Lola 55; Italian fare from Urban Kitchen Group (Cucina Urbana); and more. 200 Marina Park Way, downtown.

Carruth Cellars’ Coastal Wine Tours

Now Open. It’s hard to pick a favorite location of San Diego’s largest urban winery. Now you can visit all three of Carruth Cellars’ tasting rooms—starting in Carlsbad Village, stopping in Solana Beach and ending in Little Italy—via its touring wine-tasting adventures. Hop in the winery’s private van (four to nine guests) for flights and bites at each locale. Each roughly five-hour tour includes six tastings led by a wine educator, a full glass of wine, and a group-sized charcuterie board and wood-fired pizza. Reservations available F-Sa. $138 per person. 858.461.9579. More Info

Getaway Cafe + Bar

Now Open. Nestled at the new Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay resort, the casual eatery is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Relax poolside (with a side of bay views) to enjoy cocktails, coffee drinks, hearty sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, salads and specialty dishes. Menu highlights include the chicken-Parmesan sandwich, trio of Baja tacos and lemon-garlic salmon. And don’t miss themed days such as Frosty Fridays for frozen cocktails; and Mason Jar Mornings with build-your-own bloody marys every Saturday. Open daily beginning at 8 a.m. 825 E St., Chula Vista, 619.489.3950.

Kové Hard Yerba Mate Tasting Room

Now Open. Visit Barrio Logan’s “Acre of Awesome” to experience the world’s first 5% ABV yerba-mate seltzer. Traditionally consumed as an herbal tea, yerba mate is a plant indigenous to South America. Kové’s hard seltzer is organic, gluten-free and low in caffeine—available in flavors such as passion-berry, mango-colada and mojito. Its alfresco tasting room is an urban “rainforest field camp,” incorporating reclaimed materials and lush subtropical plants. The space and concept are truly one of a kind. Open Tu-Su (see website for hours). 1745 National Ave., Barrio Logan, 619.318.7650.

Mikami Bar & Revolving Sushi

Now Open. Offering more than 70 types of sushi, California’s largest revolving sushi restaurant has arrived in the Convoy District. Sample sushi dishes by chef Aiden KT Lee straight from the expansive conveyor belt that winds through the entire restaurant. Selections range from classic yellowtail and uni nigiri, to cut rolls such as the salmon-carpaccio roll. All booths are equipped with touch-screen tablets where guests can order appetizers, ramen, fried rice and additional entrees; plus international wines and local beers. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 7319 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Kearny Mesa, 858.278.2166.

Save the Bees at Madison on Park

Now Available. We love imbibing for a good cause. And Madison’s new cocktail, Save the Bees, is a multitasker. First, it’s delicious—made with Eagle Rare Whiskey, local lavender honey, lemon and a honeycomb-shaped ice cube. Second, Madison is donating $1 of each drink purchase ($14) to Operation Honey Bee, which works to restore declining honey bee populations. We find it’s best enjoyed beneath Madison’s cedar-paneled vaulted ceilings, while listening to live jazz (Tuesdays nights); or outside on the “parklet.” Open Tu-Su (see website for hours). 4622 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.269.6566.

Arts + Culture

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station

Aug. 7-8. Now in its 16th year, the city’s premier art festival returns for a live installment. Head to Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza in the Arts District to check out works by 200 artists—spanning 100,000 square feet of grassy outdoor space—whose mediums include paintings, sculptures, glasswork, photography, jewelry and more. Guests can also enjoy live music, a beer-and-wine garden, and food vendors offering pizza, tacos, ice cream and smoothies; plus get a chance to explore the district’s art galleries and working-artist studios. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free entry. 2751 Dewey Road, Liberty Station.

Hair Musical at The Old Globe

Upcoming | Aug. 10-Sept. 26. The Old Globe is aglow again with live shows! Return to the “Age of Aquarius” with the 1960s love-rock musical Hair, staged under the stars at the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Based on the book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, it’s the Globe’s first full-scale production since the pandemic began—with James Vásquez directing a talented cast of 16. (Pictured L-R: Storm Lever as Sheila, Andrew Polec as Berger and Tyler Hardwick as Claude.) See website for pricing. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

Photo credits: The Shell courtesy of San Diego Symphony. One Paseo by Haley Hill Photography. The Shell Provisions / Richard Blais by Bhadri Kubendran. Kové by Arlene Ibarra. Hair Musical at The Old Globe by Jim Cox. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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