San Diego

Weekend roundup

June 17-20


Junteenth Wellness Festival

June 19. Wellness and activism go hand in hand with this special event designed to honor and uplift the black community. The Yoga Bus has partnered with InterContinental San Diego to host a day of yoga and fitness classes for all skill levels on the hotel’s Lane Field lawn. Featuring all black-owned businesses, the festival includes fashion and wellness vendors, live DJs, plant-based food offerings, art and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Classes start at $22 (see website to purchase); general admission is free and open to the public. 901 Bayfront Court, downtown. More Info

San Diego Legion Rugby Match

June 20. It’s not too late to catch some Major League Rugby this season. The San Diego Legion is at last back in town (after having to relocate earlier games due to the pandemic) for its final two home matches of the year. Head to Torero Stadium on Sunday for the team’s summer kickoff bash and special Father’s Day face-off against the Los Angeles Giltinis. (The final home match is slated for June 26 against the Austin Gilgronis.) 3 p.m. Tickets start at just $10, with two-game packages available. University of San Diego campus, 5998 Alcala Park, Linda Vista.

San Diego County Fair

Through July 4. Albeit smaller in scale for 2021, this beloved annual event returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds with plenty of family-friendly fun. This year’s theme is “Home Grown Fun,” featuring 280 shopping vendors and 40 concession stands offering everything from smoky barbecue to deep-fried treats. Festivities also include live music and other performances, farm animals, exhibits, a carousel and Ferris wheel; plus activities for kids, including produce planting, pony rides, racing pigs, magicians and jugglers. W-Su 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $10 per person (free for ages 5 and under). 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1161.

Father’s Day

“Boeuf and Beers” at Bleu Bohème

June 18-19. Treat Dad to a fun combo of craft beer and beef with Bleu Bohème’s menu special, available exclusively for Father’s Day weekend. The French bistro is offering its signature boeuf bourguignon paired with locally brewed pours from Kensington Brewing Company. The dish features beef short rib with red wine, mushrooms, house-smoked bacon, carrots, baby potatoes and caramelized pearl onions. Beer selections include the Kensington IPA and pale ale. (Separately, the restaurant will offer its full dinner menu of French classics.) Call for reservations. 5-9 p.m. $35. 4090 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.255.4167.

Dad’s Day at STK San Diego

June 20. For Dads who are steak and whiskey fans, this is the place. STK’s Dad’s Day Brunch features classics such as the smoked-pork-belly Benedict and hot chicken ‘n’ waffles; plus the famed wagyu-beef tostada with cheese, avocado and a slow-cooked duck egg. Or come for Dad’s Night Out and indulge in a special menu of wagyu steaks in honor of National Steakhouse Month; paired with the Not Your Daddy’s Old Fashioned (pictured), made with Woodford Reserve, brown sugar and vanilla bean. Reservations required. 600 F St., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.354.5988.

Father/Son Menu at Farmer & The Seahorse

June 20. Enjoy a rare cooking appearance from father/son duo Drew Deckman of Valle de Guadalupe’s revered Deckman’s En El Mogor; and his son, Sam Deckman, culinary director of Common Stock Hospitality and Farmer & The Seahorse (pictured L-R). The two are preparing a special Father’s Day menu of crudo dishes, whole-roasted game meats (including rabbit and quail) and grilled veggies; plus dulce de leche cheesecake and churros for dessert; and optional wine offerings. Call for reservations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $75 per person. 10996 Torreyana Road, Suite 240, La Jolla, 858.260.5400.

Food + Drink

JuneBOOM at Mavericks Beach Club

June 18. San Diego’s marine-layer-induced “June gloom” gets replaced with a little “boom” at this party—celebrating the launch of the new grapefruit paloma by local hard kombucha maker JuneShine. The evening includes guest DJs, dancing, drink specials, bites and a silent auction—featuring items such as Adidas gear, custom Callaway golf clubs, golf tee times and more. Proceeds from the festivities will benefit the nonprofit Puppies & Golf, which connects rescue dogs with humans (particularly military veterans). 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $10 (see website). 860 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.999.0348. Tickets

The Sky Deck at Del Mar Highlands

Now Open. Catch the sunset and enjoy date-night dining under the stars with this gastronomic addition to Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Boasting a maritime-industrial design and massive rooftop skylight, The Sky Deck is home to 10 culinary outposts—each with its own exclusive dining area. Tenants include Ambrogio 15, known for its Milano-style pizzas; French bakery and dessert shop Le Parfait Paris; Kiin Extraordinary Thai; Zizikis Street Food; and The Brewers Deck, featuring Boochcraft Kombucha, Northern Pine and Rough Draft Brewing. See website for hours. 12925 El Camino Real, Del Mar.

Taste of Little Italy

Upcoming | June 22-23. The 13th annual celebration of all things delicious in Little Italy returns. Order your ticket, aka “Taste Passport,” online in advance and embark on a culinary walking tour through this 48-square-block neighborhood—sampling bites from more than 20 eateries over two days. Participants include Born & Raised, Bencotto, Buon Appetito, Civico 1845, Ironside Fish & Oyster, Isola Pizza Pizza Bar (whose popular salamino piccante pie is pictured), Little Italy Food Hall, Nolita Hall and Queenstown Public House. 4-8 p.m. $55 per ticket. Piazza della Famiglia, 523 W. Date St., Little Italy.

Arts + Culture

Jazz Concert at Queen Bee’s

June 17. A hub for emerging artists and musicians, Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center presents this special concert for one night only. The lineup includes jazz alto-saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez (pictured); jazz/bebop trombonist Matt Hall; pianist Mahesh Balasooriya, who has performed with Natalie Cole and Arturo Sandoval; bassist Will Lyle, who plays with the Billy Kilson Quartet and Jon Mayer Trio; and drummer Clayton Cameron, who has toured with Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett. 8 p.m. General admission tickets (which include livestream access) are $25. 3925 Ohio St., North Park, 619.255.5147. Tickets

New Exhibits at San Diego Museum of Art

Opens June 18. Housing a renowned collection of works dating back to 3000 B.C., the landmark museum presents two new exhibits. Opening on Friday, Cranach to Canaletto: Masterpieces from the Bemberg Foundation features 80-plus works by revered European painters, produced between 1500 and 1800. It’s the first time these pieces have been shown publicly in the U.S. The flower extravaganza Art Alive (pictured) returns June 18-20—showcasing jaw-dropping floral interpretations of nearly 100 works of art; along with newly imagined festivities. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931.

Summer Concert Series at The Old Globe

June 19-July 11. Following a 14-month shutdown, Balboa Park’s iconic theater is aglow with live shows. The Old Globe presents An Evening With … featuring acclaimed Broadway stars in a series of concerts at its outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. The lineup includes Solea Pfeiffer (pictured, known for her roles in the musical Almost Famous and the national tour of Hamilton), June 19-20; Carmen Cusack (Bright Star and Broadway’s upcoming Flying Over Sunset), June 25-27; and Eden Espinosa (Wicked and Rent), July 9-11. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

Beehive the 60s Musical at The Flower Fields

Through July 25. It’s an alfresco theatrical experience like no other. Theater troupe New Village Arts has partnered with The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch to present full-scale productions through October 2021. Staged amid the property’s idyllic outdoor gardens, Beehive is nostalgic 1960s music personified. Seven powerhouse women honor the era’s great female artists, belting out a whopping 40 timeless hit songs in a dazzling show—including “Be My Baby,” “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “Son of a Preacher Man.” See website for full schedule and tickets. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.433.3245.

Photo credits: San Diego Legion by Karl L. Moore / Mooreshots LLC. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues featured.

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