San Diego

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June 1-4


Artic Rescue Ride at SeaWorld

Opens June 2. Ready to ride your own snowmobile to rescue Artic animals … in June in San Diego? SeaWorld San Diego’s newest attraction, Arctic Rescue, opens on Friday. Billed as the “fastest and longest straddle coaster on the West Coast,” the family-friendly ride is inspired by the efforts of the SeaWorld Rescue Team—allowing riders to experience the icy thrill of speeding through the snow, reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour across 2,800 feet of track. See website for hours and admission info. 500 Sea World Drive, Mission Bay, 619.222.4732.

Yoga at The Rady Shell

June 3. Namaste by the bay, anyone? Behold the therapeutic powers of holding a Downward Dog pose while surrounded by sea breezes and views. Presented by Fit Athletic, Yoga at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park has become a regular event—inviting yogis and novices alike for an hour-long “bootcamp yoga” session along the bayfront, led by seasoned instructor Viktoria Talbot. And the best part? Admission is free. However, space is limited; register online in advance to reserve your space. And bring your own mat and sunscreen. 9:30 a.m. 222 Marina Park Way, downtown.

San Diego County Fair

Upcoming | June 7. This annual spectacle of rides, attractions, animals, entertainment and food returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds. The fair’s 2023 theme is “Get Out There,” celebrating San Diego’s great outdoors. In addition to gut-busting fair food, the festivities include art and photography exhibits; an educational agriculture exhibition; adventure-themed games and rides; and the Toyota Summer Concert Series. The music lineup includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boyz II Men, Alabama, Switchfoot and more. See website for full schedule, daily hours and admission info. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1161.

Food + Drink

Dockside Night Market

June 1. Benefitting Feeding San Diego, chef Brian Malarkey (Puffer Malarkey Collective) is teaming up with the city’s top restaurants and fisheries to present the inaugural Dockside Night Market—a celebration of seafood and local dining. Located at Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, the event features fresh catches straight from local fishing boats; along with local chefs including Tara Monsad (pictured) from Animae, Chelsea Coleman from Mabel’s Gone Fishing, Roberto Alcocer from Valle, Anthony Wells from Juniper & Ivy and more; plus a cash bar and music. 6-10 p.m. $100 per person. 598 Harbor Lane, downtown. More Info

National Donut Day at Dodo Bird Donuts

June 2. In honor of National Donut Day (a fun fact: it was created to honor a group of women who volunteered with the Salvation Army and served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, known as the Salvation Army Lassies), Dodo Bird Donuts is giving away one free doughnut to every customer who has served or currently serves in any public service. In addition, the bakery will be offering made-to-order doughnuts with a choice of six different toppings, available to-go by the dozen or half-dozen. 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 369 Bird Rock Ave., La Jolla, 858.321.6340.

Dockside 1953 at Bahia Resort

Now Open. The Bahia Resort Hotel welcomes a nautical-inspired waterfront dining destination: Dockside 1953. Nestled along Mission Bay and the marina, the restaurant serves coastal, local fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner—with menus dreamt up by executive chef Bryan Stuppy. Dine amid yacht-club-inspired decor—complete with a shaded bayfront patio—on dinner dishes like pan-seared seabass, shrimp arrabbiata, dayboat scallops and daily fresh catches. To drink, try the Maple Walnut Old Fashioned or Cucumber-Rosemary Collins. See website for hours. 998 W. Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay, 858.539.7634.

Lunch at Wolfie’s Carousel Bar

Now Available. Wolfie’s Carousel Bar—the hotspot known for its carnival-size carousel with seating that slowly revolves around it—has launched a new lunch service. But there’s a catch: your lunch won’t be a long and leisurely one. Guests are seated for three full rotations around the bar, totaling 43.5 minutes. On the menu: lunch-sized portions of popular plates like the moules frites and Burger Royale; plus new dishes such as heirloom-tomato salad, niçoise salad (pictured) and Jambon Beurre (French ham and brie on a baguette). Tu-F 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 2401 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.255.7533.

Arts + Culture

Love All at La Jolla Playhouse

June 3-July 2. La Jolla Playhouse presents the world-premiere play, Love All—centered on the triumphs and extraordinary life of iconic tennis star and social justice champion, Billie Jean King, who changed the course of history in myriad ways. Written by Anna Deavere Smith (pictured) and directed by Marc Bruni, the play (supported by King herself), follows her journey on the court—where she won 39 major titles—and off, where she found herself amid tremendous social changes of ‘60s and ‘70s. See website for showtimes and tickets. 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.

Twelfth Night at The Old Globe 

June 4-July 9. There’s nothing like live local theater under the stars to usher in summer in San Diego. Make your next date night extra special at The Old Globe—which brings us Shakespeare’s romantic-comedy masterpiece (tinged with a little darkness and swordplay!) Twelfth Night—at its outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. In it we witness a lopsided love triangle, starring Viola (who masquerades as her lost twin brother), Duke Orsino and Countess Olivia. Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall directs. See website for showtimes and tickets. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

25 Million Stitches Exhibit at Mingei

On View. A new exhibit that raises awareness of the world’s displaced refugees is on view at Mingei International Museum: 25 Million Stitches: One Stitch, One Refugee. Curated by Jennifer Kim Sohn—a Korean-American fiber artist based in Sacramento—the exhibition is a community project that acknowledges each displaced person with a stitch. The show comprises 2,000-plus embroidered, hand-stitched muslin panels that combine to make 408 floor-to-ceiling flags. Sohn and volunteers crowd-sourced 2,300 stitchers from 37 countries and all 50 U.S. states. 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.331.3571.

Photo credits: Arctic Rescue courtesy SeaWorld San Diego. San Diego County Fair: © adeliepenguin / All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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