San Diego

Weekend roundup

July 11-14


San Diego Swim Week

July 11-14. The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego hosts a four-day celebration devoted to all things swimwear. The fun begins with a welcome party and the release of San Diego Swim Week’s latest magazine cover at Techo Beso on Thursday; a networking event at the Hard Rock on Saturday afternoon, followed by a swimwear runway show that evening; and a closing runway show on Sunday. Highlighted brands this year include Marji Wear, Inside Out, Aura Marie, Black Tape Project and more. See website for all details, schedule and tickets. 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. More Info

East Village Block Party

July 13. Attention: San Diego Padres fans and baseball lovers! The East Village Association presents its 12th annual block party in front of Petco Park, celebrating the community and our home team. The party spotlights myriad local businesses—including food trucks, a beer garden and craft cocktails; plus live music, retail vendors, photo ops and family-friendly activities; a Tribal Car Show by Truly Nolen Pest Control; an appearance by the San Diego Wave women’s soccer team; and more. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. General admission is free. J Street, between 7th and 10th avenues, East Village. More Info

Holo Holo Music Festival

July 13-14. Head to Thrive Park at Snapdragon Stadium for two days of Polynesian, Hawaiian and reggae music at this uplifting traveling festival. (“Holo Holo” means “to travel, to sail, to move.”) The lineup of musicians includes J Boog, Figi (pictured), L.A.B., Sammy Johnson, SpawnBreezie, Fia, Finn Gruva and Tenelle on Saturday; and Maoli, Six60, Katchafire, Rebel Souljahz, Three Plus, Eli-Mac, Siaosi and Lea Love on Sunday—with special guest Kuulei Music; plus food vendors and libations. Gates open at noon each day. See website for ticket pricing. 2101 Stadium Way, Mission Valley. More Info

R&B Block Party at Quartyard

July 13. It’s an “All White Affair” for this Saturday’s R&B Block Party at outdoor venue Quartyard. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best white attire for an evening of ’70s soul music and ‘90s and early-2000s R&B jams “that you just don’t get in the club no more.” Think: throwback tunes by artists such as Jodeci, Bell Biv Devoe, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Blackstreet, Keith Sweat and Jagged Edge. The party features resident DJs, as well as special guests and performers; and plenty of libations. 5-10 p.m. $20-$30 (21+). 1301 Market St., East Village. Tickets

San Diego Pride Week

July 13-21. San Diego’s weeklong Pride celebration is among the largest in the U.S.—drawing more than 300,000 LGBTQ supporters locally and from across the U.S. Events include She Fest, Light Up the Cathedral, the Spirt of Stonewall Rally, the Pride 5K Run + Walk, the annual Pride Parade, “Teenversionary,” and the Pride Festival in Balboa Park; plus around a dozen more happenings—including pool parties, block parties, standup comedy shows, and educational and community events. See website for details and full schedule of events; as well as locations and addresses around Hillcrest.

Food + Drink

New Menu at Cannonball

Now Available. Plunked oceanside at Belmont Park, rooftop Japanese restaurant Cannonball has debuted a new summer menu—featuring 30-plus sushi rolls and new appetizers, entrees and cocktails. Choose from an expanded nigiri and sashimi selection; new starters such as the baked blue crab dip and Korean beef bao buns; mains including whole fried snapper and steak tataki; new maki and hoso-maki rolls; and Japanese-inspired libations like the Coral Dragon and Smoke & Mirrors. Or go off-menu with the Omakase Experience. See website for hours. 3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach, 858.228.9304.

Picnic Baskets at Little Frenchie

Now Available. Known for its authentic French fare and charm, Coronado’s Parisian-style bistro and wine bar now offers curated, to-go picnic baskets. “Vin et Fromage” includes four cheeses, charcuterie, pate, pecans and dried fruits ($130); “Le Brunch” comprises your choice of two entrees such as quiche and Nicoise salad ($150); and “Le Sunset” is perfect just before dinner ($170). Each basket also comes with a bottle of wine, a baguette with jam and butter, chocolate truffles and madeleines. Order 48 hours in advance and pick up daily, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 1166 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.675.0041.

Arts + Culture

“Beethoven by the Bay” at The Shell

July 12. Among the many July concerts at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, we’re particularly excited about “Beethoven by the Bay”—an all-Beethoven concert with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and violinist Geneva Lewis (pictured). The repertoire includes the overture to Creatures of Prometheus; Beethoven’s Violin Concerto; and his epic Symphony No. 5. Nicolas Ellis conducts. Make the evening even more memorable by pre-ordering a “Blais by the Bay” meal, curated by chef Richard Blais. 7:30 p.m. See website for ticket pricing. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 222 Marina Park Way, downtown, 619.235.0804.

“Twilight in the Park” Concerts at Balboa Park

Through Aug. 29. An annual summertime tradition of 40-plus years, Balboa Park’s “Twilight in the Park” concert series comprises live music and dancing at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion—taking place at 6:30 p.m. most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 29—all free of charge. (Come at 5 p.m. for free dance lessons!) The concert lineup includes the Summer Winds Orchestra on July 11; Lady J and the Soulful Knights on July 24; Bayou Brothers on Aug. 14; Coronado Concert Band on Aug. 27; and The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra on Aug. 28. Balboa Park.

New San Diego Museum of Art Exhibit

Now On View. The San Diego Museum of Art presents a new exhibit, Garry Winogrand, Man of the Crowd, open through Jan. 12, 2025. One of the most pivotal artists in 20th-century American photography, Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) shot hundreds of thousands of pictures over his lifetime. He was known for his ability to move among crowds, using his lightweight Leica camera, capturing historic moments of the 1960s and 1970s in particular. (Pictured: “Apollo 11 Moon Shot, Cape Kennedy, Florida,” 1969.) See website for museum hours and admission info. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931.

Photo credits: “Beethoven by the Bay” / Geneva Lewis is by Motti FangBentov. Garry Winogrand is © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, all rights reserved; courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and The San Diego Museum of Art. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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