San Diego

Weekend roundup

June 8-11


East Village Blues Festival

June 10. They’ll be singin’ the blues at this second annual event on Saturday—when the region’s top blues musicians will converge for an evening of live concerts and libations. Presented by Electric Playground, the festival hosts performances by Whitney Shay (pictured) and Taryn Donath Trio—both are San Diego Music Awards (SDMA) winners—along with Brother Yusef, The Tighten Ups and Anthony Cullins (SDMA’s “Best Blues Artist”). Guests can also enjoy craft cocktails and local food vendors. See website for more details. 3-9 p.m. $25 per person (general admission). Quartyard, 1301 Market St., East Village. More Info

Shipwrecks House Music Fest

June 10. A pirate-themed music experience devoted to electronic house music? Count us in! This annual festival features artists like OMNOM, Freak On, Ciszak, Broken Future, Nutty and many more. Waterfront Park will transform into a pirate-themed playground—boasting multiple pirate-ship stages, a designated dance floor, elevated food vendors, cocktails, bay views and an appearance by Captain Jack Sparrow himself. Wear your dancing shoes and feel free to dress the part. See website for more details. 2-9 p.m. $50-$90 (21+). 1600 Pacific Highway, downtown. More Info

Toyota Summer Concert Series

Through July 4. The San Diego County Fair is in full swing at Del Mar Fairgrounds, and so is its signature summer concert series. This weekend, the Corona Grandstand Stage hosts a live standup act by comedian Kevin Hart (pictured) on Friday; and a performance by 17-member band La Adictiva on Sunday. Other upcoming headliners in the series include Lynyrd Skynyrd on June 17, Boyz II Men on June 22, Nelly on June 28, Alabama on July 1, and Switchfoot on July 3. See website for full lineup of performers and ticket pricing. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1161.

Food + Drink

San Diego Beer Weekend

June 9-11. Bottoms up! The San Diego Brewers Guild celebrates 26 years of promoting San Diego’s breweries (now more than 150!) with a weekend-long beer hop across the county. Beer lovers can visit dozens of small and independent local breweries for special beer releases, exclusive commemorative glassware and more. Participants include Belching Beaver, BLAH Brewing Co., Bolt Brewery, Chula Vista Brewery, Coronado Brewing Co. (Bay Park), Eppig Brewing, Karl Strauss, The Original 40, Pizza Port Brewing Co. and Thorn Brewing. See website for the full brewery directory and more details.

Summer Luau at Kona Kai

June 9. Kona Kai Resort & Spa transforms its bayfront property on Shelter Island into the Hawaiian Islands with its third annual luau-themed celebration. The fun includes fire-knife dancers, Tahitian dancing, a special performance by Taupou Samoa, live music, a lei greeting and complimentary welcome drink, and a buffet dinner of Polynesian cuisine. Feast on traditional Spam musabi, Kalua suckling pig, Lomi Lomi salmon, Huli Huli chicken, Hawaiian potato rolls, pineapple-upside-down cake, haupia and more. 7-10 p.m. See website for ticket pricing. 1551 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.452.3138.

Agave Fest at Estancia La Jolla

June 10. Be transported south of the border, sip by sip, at this second annual celebration of agave-based spirits like tequila and mezcal at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. Unfolding at the resort’s enchanting outdoor grounds, the festival showcases authentic Baja cuisine—from street tacos to ceviche—and artisanal Mexican spirits, including Patron, Casamigos, La Leyenda Mezcal, Lunazul, Casa Noble, Amaras Mezcal, Viewpoint Brewing and Bay City Brewing; plus live music, raffles and surprises throughout the evening. 4-7 p.m. $95 per person. 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858.318.7602. More Info

San Diego Brew Festival

June 10. Because there’s no such thing as too many beer celebrations in America’s Finest City, the 12th annual San Diego Brew Festival returns to Liberty Station’s NTC Park. The event will showcase around 200 beers from more than 70 local and international craft breweries; along with lawn games, live music and fare from 10 popular San Diego food trucks. Breweries include Mike Hess Brewing, Fall Brewing Company, Societe Brewing Company, Modern Times Beer, Sierra Nevada and many more. Noon-4 p.m. $50-$65 per person (no pets allowed; ages 21+). 2455 Cushing Road, Liberty Station.

Arts + Culture

Illusionist Scott Silven at The Conrad

June 9-10. Do you believe in magic? You no doubt will after witnessing Scott Silven’s WONDERS show. The acclaimed master illusionist, mentalist and performance artist visits The Conrad this weekend—presented by La Jolla Music Society as part of its “Concerts @ The JAI” series. Prepare to be mesmerized by an awe-spiring, immersive performance like no other. The Scottish-born artist has been hailed as “mesmerizing” by the Los Angeles Times and “truly astonishing” by Tatler, among myriad media raves. See website for showtimes and tickets. 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.3728.

San Diego Potters’ Guild Spring Patio Show

June 10-11. Head to Studio 29 at Spanish Village Art Center in the heart of Balboa Park (north of The NAT and south of the zoo) for the San Diego Potters’ Guild’s Spring Patio Spring Show & Sale. Comprised of more than 40 potters from San Diego, the Guild is a working ceramics studio and gallery—whose members make and sell one-of-a-kind creations directly to the public. Visitors can watch dozens of potters in action, peruse thousands of pots and meet the artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free entry. 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park, 619.239.0507.

Steam and Splendor at Maritime Museum

Now Open. The Maritime Museum of San Diego welcomes you aboard for Steam and Splendor: Treasures from the Ocean Liner and Cruise Ship Ephemera Collection. Staged in the Gould Eddy gallery aboard the museum’s 1898 Victorian-era steam ferryboat, Berkeley, the exhibit covers 100-plus years of recreational and destination ocean travel—including thousands of ocean liner and cruise ship ephemera, from vintage brochures to menus and much more. Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exhibit visits are included with general admission (see website for pricing). 1492 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.234.9153.

Photo credits: East Village Blues Festival / Whitney Shay by Nate Dow Photography. Scott Silver by Jeff Smith. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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