San Diego

Weekend roundup

July 9-12


Movie Night at Charles + Dinorah

July 9. Head to The Pearl Hotel for an elevated movie and dining experience with a curated three-course menu, cocktail specials and a featured screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Reservations required; call or email to make a reservation. Seating begins at 7:15 p.m.; movie 8 p.m. $60 per person. 1410 Rosecrans St., San Diego, 619.226.6100.

Barbie Pop-Up Truck

July 11. Calling all Barbie fans and ’90s lovers! Head to the Shoppes at Carlsbad for retro-inspired merchandise and treats at the Barbie pop-up truck as part of a “totally throwback” U.S. tour to celebrate the brand’s 60-year heritage. Offerings include ’90s-themed apparel and accessories such as embroidered denim jackets, caps, T-shirts, iridescent “boombox” tote bags, iridescent fanny packs and “cassette tape” wallets. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. Info

San Diego Pride’s Virtual Celebration

Begins July 11. While in-person gatherings are cancelled, you can still celebrate San Diego Pride online through July 18! All programs and events are to be hosted in online virtual spaces to keep our community connected and allow for the safe celebration of our authentic selves. This week’s events begin with She Fest on Saturday and is followed by Light Up The Cathedral (July 15), the Spirit of Stonewall Rally (July 17) and Pride Live (July 18). See website for schedule.

Food + Drink

Al Fresco Dining at Rusticucina

Now Available. Farm-to-neighborhood eatery located on Park Boulevard invites guests to dine on the restaurant’s al fresco patio enjoying executive chef Marco Provino’s Sicilian-crafted cuisine featuring pizzas, flatbreads, in-house pasta and desserts. Watch classic black and white silent movies every night at 8 p.m. on the patio and bring the dogs who can treat themselves to a special pet menu. M-F noon-10 p.m., Sa-Su 9 a.m.-10 p.m. 3797 Park Blvd., San Diego, 619.310.5291. | Reservations

Il Prato at Giardino

Now Open. Taking over its front outdoor lot, Giardino transformed the parking spaces into an outdoor eating space—Il Prato, or the lawn—to accommodate those wanting to dine-out but in the open air. Laying out artificial turf, tables, succulents and market umbrellas, Il Prato allows for guests to enjoy a safe meal in a cozier setting. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday brunch 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove, 619.825.7112.

Dinner at Breeze Cafe

Now Available. Located below its sister restaurant Pacifica Del Mar, Pacifica Breeze Cafe welcomes guests for outdoor dinner service for the first time from Thursday through Sunday starting at 4 p.m. The menu features small plates such as tacos, burgers and salads, as well as half-size portions of Pacifica classics, like sea bass and scallops and seared ahi. There’s also a full walk-up bar where guests can enjoy wine, cocktails or draft beers with a view of the ocean. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.0476.

Puesto at the Headquarters

Reopened. Known for its Mexico City-style tacos, mariscos and shared plates, Puesto’s location at the Headquarters at Seaport Village features an expansive patio, allowing for plenty of space for social-distanced dining. The family-owned restaurant’s menu focuses on tacos (including lobster and filet mignon), ceviche, salads, signature guacamoles and small/shared plates. To compliment its food menu, Puesto offers a comprehensive cocktail program, as well as a selection of beer, wine, tequila, mezcal and agua frescas—perfect for summer sips on the patio. Su-Th 11 a.m.-9 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 789 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, 619.233.8880.

Arts + Culture

Fierce Tenderness Virtual Art Exhibit

On View. The San Diego Watercolor Society is proud to offer a virtual art exhibition for people to view safely from home through August 1, Fierce Tenderness. Although the society’s gallery and education center at Liberty Station is currently closed, you can enjoy viewing more than 95 original water-media paintings on our website. The paintings are also for sale in the online store. Free.

Japanese Friendship Garden

Still Open. Take a (socially-distant) stroll in San Diego’s famed traditional Japanese garden’s outdoor space. Enjoy the setting, stone arrangements, koi ponds, water features, sukiya-style buildings and landscape while walking through. Face masks are required at all times when inside JFG. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; last admission at 5 p.m. $12 adults; $10 students, military, seniors (65+); free for children ages 6 and under. 2215 Pan American Road E., San Diego, 619.232.2721.

Spark New Play Festival

Begins July 10. In response to Covid-19, the nation’s third oldest LGBT theatre Diversionary Theatre brings its fourth annual festival online as an audiocast and featuring a streamable program of four new plays never before performed in San Diego. All audiocast readings are offered free to the public.

Photos from top: The Pearl Hotel, @alexandriamonette/Instagram. Courtesy Barbie Totally Throwback Tour, San Diego Pride. Rusticucina, Arlene Ibarra. Courtesy Giardino. Breeze Cafe courtesy Pacifica Del Mar. Puesto, Dustin Bailey. “Northern Sky” painting by Maureen Price. Japanese Friendship Garden, Scott Hallock. Spark New Play Festival courtesy Diversionary Theatre.

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