San Diego

Weekend roundup

July 13-16


All-American Car Show XXIV

July 15. Automobile aficionados are invited to a fun day by the bay. Presented by MOPAR Club San Diego, the All American Car Show spotlights myriad makes and models of vehicles, all lined up along the waterfront at Embarcadero Marina Park North. The fun includes trophies for categories including “People’s Choice” and “Best Car Owned by Active Duty or Reservist”; along with food trucks and other vendors, opportunity drawings and more. Proceeds from the day go to local military charities. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. General admission is free. 500 Kettner Blvd., downtown. More Info

“Sea Party” UNITE! Music Festival

July 15. In conjunction with San Diego Pride Week—and with 100% of the proceeds benefiting San Diego Pride—Happy Dark Productions presents the “Sea Party” UNITE! Music Festival at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. The bayfront venue transforms into a magical world under the sea—featuring ocean-themed LED walls, pyro features, a laser DJ booth, striking sea creature dancer costumes and more; plus live entertainment and music by DJs Dirty Kurty, Sharon O’Love, Mor Avrahami and CALAGNA. 4 p.m. See website for ticket pricing. 222 Marina Park Way, downtown.

San Diego Pride Festival

July 15-16. Join tens of thousands of people from San Diego and across the country in Balboa Park for the city’s largest two-day event: the 2023 San Diego Pride Festival. The all-day fun includes dancing, live music and entertainment across four stages; along with community education/resource booths, cultural presentations, food trucks and more. See website for details, tickets, parking and transportation info, and talent/entertainment lineup. Festival hours: Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $38 two-day general admission; $225 VIP. Marston Point, (Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street), Balboa Park.

San Diego Pride Parade

July 16. Among the largest Pride parades in the U.S., the annual San Diego Pride Parade draws 300,000 LGBTQ supporters. Don your rainbow attire and grab the sunscreen for a festive day of floats, performers, local dignitaries and marching bands. The parade route begins at the Hillcrest Pride flag at the corner of University Avenue and Normal Street; continues west along University; then turns south onto Sixth Avenue; then left onto Balboa Drive; and ending at Quince Street—near the entrance to the San Diego Pride Festival. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Hillcrest.

Food + Drink

Bastille Day at Wolfie’s Carousel Bar

Through July 14. In celebration of Bastille Day (July 14), French-inspired outpost Wolfie’s Carousel Bar is offering specialty Parisian menu items through Sunday—available for brunch, lunch and dinner. Feast on festive red, white and blue cronuts (pictured), with coconut cream, blueberry compote and vanilla glaze; as well as Oysters Nationale, French onion dip and blue crab cakes. To drink, choose from a selection of fun themed cocktails, such as the Fort-de-France and La Fête; plus Moët Ice and Moët Ice Rose. See website for hours. 2401 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.255.7533.

Cardiff Farmers Market

July 15. Cardiff-by-the Sea’s weekly certified farmers market has been going (and growing) strong since its debut last March. Located at Mira Costa College’s San Elijo campus (just off Manchester Avenue and Interstate 5), the market offers locally sourced fruits, vegetables and meats; plus fresh flowers, artisanal foods, crafts and jewelry. Vendors include Wonderland Farm, Rodney Kawano Farm, Sea Greens Microgreens, Crescent Meat, Fishbone Fish, Cardiff Tiny Farm, Emmy Lou Jewelry and more; plus live music most Saturdays. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ample free parking. 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea. More Info

Flamenco Dinner Show at Cafe Sevilla

July 15. Spice up your Saturday night with dinner and flamenco dancing at this beloved Spanish eatery (a Gaslamp Quarter staple since 1987). Cafe Sevilla presents a two-part flamenco performance, featuring seasoned dancers who were trained in Spain; along with a three-course dinner featuring its award-winning Paella Valenciana. Add-ons include a tapas menu, wine and a full bar. Advance tickets are required and include entry to the restaurant’s nightclub. 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m., with communal-style seating assigned upon arrival.) $89.50 per person. 353 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.233.5979. More Info

Arts + Culture

Crime and Punishment, A Comedy

July 15-Aug. 13. The Old Globe theater presents Crime and Punishment, A Comedy at its Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. The Globe-commissioned, world-premiere play—written by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen (pictured), and directed by Greenberg—is a comedic reimagining of Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 1866 novel, Crime and Punishment, complete with five actors who play more than 50 vivid characters. The story centers on an impoverished student who becomes a murderer in order to save his family. See website for showtime sand tickets. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

Oceanside Plein Air Festival

July 15-22. Plein air painting (i.e., painting that is completed “in the moment,” outside on location) is the star of the second biennial Oceanside Plein Air Festival, presented by Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA). Watch up to 350 participating artists as they capture various destinations and scenery of Oceanside—from the coastline to cityscapes to the historical Mission San Luis Rey. The fun includes painting challenges, talks from featured artists, workshops, art sales and a juried exhibition. See website for full schedule and details. OMA is located at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.435.3720.

SD Art Advisory Gallery

Now Open. Alexander Salazar and Darcy Kempton have opened a new fine art gallery, SD Art Advisory, in Mission Hills. Salazar, a seasoned gallerist and fine artist, and Kempton, an interior designer and curator, who sought to create an energizing and inspiring space in the community for art to thrive. The 4,200-square-foot space houses two levels of works by both local and world-renowned artists, including Carolina De Aquino, Greg Holden Regan, Justin Bower, Linn Wold, Walter Redondo and more. Appointment-only visits. See website for more info. 3977 Falcon St., Mission Hills,

Photo credits: All American Car Show by Geared Rover. Sea Party / The Rady Shell by © Sanam’s Dark Room. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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