San Diego

Weekend roundup

June 25-28


The Pool House at Pendry

Reopened. Guests can once again enjoy poolside lounging, alfresco dining and breathtaking views of downtown San Diego at Pendry. The Pool House will operate at a reduced capacity, with daybeds and tables set up according to social distancing standards. Updated protocols also include providing disposable and digital menus with a QR code to be viewed on diners’ mobile devices. Lunch available M-Thu. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.738.7030.

Hornblower’s Summer Whale Watching

June 26. Hornblower’s ever-popular Summer Whale Watching experiences will restart Friday, giving guests the chance to marvel at migrating whales, plus dolphins and other sea life, as they pass by San Diego’s coastline. The half-day excursion runs from Friday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To provide reassurance in the current pandemic environment, Hornblower has expanded its SafeCruise by Hornblower program, building on already stringent sanitation processes, to incorporate further health-driven measures to guard against the spread of Covid-19 and other viruses. $55+. Piers 1 and 2, Hornblower Landing, N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, 800.700.0735.

Coronado Ferry Landing

June 27-28. Head to the Coronado Ferry Landing this weekend to check out their free weekend concert series. Enjoy music from Ascape on Saturday and Three Chord Justice on Sunday, while enjoying spectacular views of the San Diego Bay. Also feel free to shop and dine at the landing’s retailers and restaurants. 2-5 p.m. Free. 1201 1st Ave., Coronado.

Switchfoot Live Stream Concert

June 27. Join Grammy-winning rock band Switchfoot for its 16th annual BRO-AM live-stream digital concert in support of at-risk kids in San Diego and other communities across the nation. Other participating artists performing from their home towns include NeedToBreathe, Judah Akers from Judah and the Lion, Colony House and The New Respects. Can’t make it at 5 p.m.? The stream is accessible until June 30. See website for more info and to purchase tickets. 5 p.m. $10.99.

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

Reopened. The San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have resumed operations, with limited shopping, dining and other experiences available at both parks. During the initial reopening phase, each park will operate with limited on-grounds capacity and reduced hours of operation. Guests will once again be able to experience wildlife with their families, stroll among diverse habitats, and take part in fun, educational activities. See website for additional reopening information, hours of operation and safety protocols.  2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego.

Food + Drink

Jeune et Jolie

Reopened Alfresco. Carlsbad’s beloved French bistro Jeune et Jolie has reopened exclusively as an outdoor pop-up restaurant, repurposing its 1,200-square-foot State Street parking lot into an enchanting outdoor dining experience—complete with well-spaced-out seating; dangling twinkle lights overhead; and large potted trees, plants and landscaping offering privacy from the street. Diners can expect a five-course tasting menu crafted by partner/executive Chef Andrew Bachelier. Owner John Resnick is calling the pop-up experience Jeune et Jolie: Starry Night. Pre-paid reservations are required. $95 pp. 2659 State St., Carlsbad, 760.637.5266.

Charles + Dinorah

Reopened. The Pearl Hotel’s Charles + Dinorah has reopened for dine-in and takeout, unveiling a design refresh as part of The Pearl’s recently completed renovation. Highlights from the new summer menu include grilled octopus with charred habanero vinaigrette, orange, fennel, endive, and  chorizo; and breaded eggplant tikka masala with coconut yogurt and fresh herbs. M-Sa, 4-10 p.m., Daily happy hour 4-6 p.m. 1410 Rosecrans St., San Diego, 619.226.6100.

Sidecar Doughnuts

June 26-27. Sidecar Doughnuts has reopened at Del Mar Highlands, and is celebrating with free gift giveaways. On Friday, the first fifty customers will receive a free limited-edition National Doughnut Day hat and a free doughnut card to be used on a future visit. Then, on Saturday, the first 50 customers will receive a limited-edition National Doughnut Day tee and a free doughnut card to be used on a future visit. Valid for walk-in customers only. 6:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. Del Mar Highlands Town Center, 3435 Del Mar Heights Road, Suite D7, Del Mar, 858.847.2019.


June 28. The neighborhood cafe and market is bringing back its popular live music events every Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Homestead Solana Beach recently reopened with limited hours, new market offerings and a socially distanced “piazza,” where the live entertainment featuring local musicians will take place. Homestead’s revamped concept features market staples, homemade sandwiches and salads and a curated selection of beers and wine. Th-Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 346 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858.209.0149.

Arts + Culture

2020 San Diego Arab Film Festival: Online Edition

June 26-28. The 2020 San Diego Arab Film Festival will celebrate Arab culture with online viewings. The virtual edition is being presented through Festival Scope, with six feature films and six shorts. Reserve spots in advance. Free. For more information and lineup see website.

Just Add Water, A Virtual Art Exhibition

Through June 27. The San Diego Watercolor Society has announced a virtual art exhibition, Just Add Water, available through June 27. Though the Gallery at Liberty Station is currently closed, viewers can check out 95-plus original watermedia paintings. The paintings are also for sale via the San Diego Watercolor Society’s online store. Free exhibit.

Human Error (Online)

Through June 29. North Coast Repertory Theatre is continuing Season 38 with the West Coast premiere of Human Error, a comedy by Eric Pfeffinger. Theater lovers can enjoy the comedic play from the very comfort of their own homes. In Human Error, an unintentional mistake forces two couples—one liberal and one conservative—to meet and establish a relationship with binding implications. It is an uncharted journey for these unlikely friends, filled with surprises and self-revelation. Tickets

Photos: Poolhouse courtesy Clique Hospitality. Courtesy Hornblower, Coronado Ferry Landing, Switchfoot, San Diego Zoo/Instagram. Jeune et Jolie courtesy Kylle Sebree. Charles + Dinorah courtesy Charles + Dinorah/Instagram. Sidecar Doughnuts courtesy Mkat Communications. Homestead courtesy Katalyst PR. 2020 San Diego Arab Film Festival courtesy “Just Add Water” courtesy San Diego Watercolor Society.Human Error” courtesy North Coast Repertory Theatre.

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