San Diego

Weekend roundup

May 27-31


Ferry Landing Weekend Concert Series

May 29-31. Enjoy live music—along with stunning views of Coronado Bridge, San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline—free of charge at this weekend concert series near the Coronado Ferry Landing pier. The musical lineup includes indie-folk musician Astra Kelly (pictured) performing on Saturday; Latin group Sabrosas on Sunday; and R&B artist Captain Morgan Lee on Monday. The Ferry Landing’s restaurants will also be open for both indoor and outdoor dining, including Peohe’s, Il Fornaio, Lil Piggy’s BBQ and Village Pizzeria Bayside. 2-5 p.m. 1201 First St., Coronado.

Weekend Concerts at Petco Park

May 29-30. We’re pickin’ up good vibrations with the return of live concerts at Petco Park! Spend part of Memorial Day weekend with the legendary Beach Boys, who will perform their classic hits on Saturday—along with special guests John Stamos and Mark McGrath—as part of the group’s 2021 Feel Flows tour. Grammy-Award-winning musician Ziggy Marley (pictured) takes the stage on Sunday with a live tribute to his father, reggae icon Bob Marley. See website for times and social-distancing protocols. Tickets for both shows start at $39. 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Tickets

Pool House Sundays at Pendry San Diego

May 30. Pop some bubbly and splash into summer with Pendry’s chic pool party on the hotel’s rooftop. Reserve a cabana with bottle service or relax poolside for an afternoon of sunbathing, people-watching and music by special guest DJ Kim Lee. Guests can also order specialty cocktails and frozen libations, such as the Wet Sand with Malibu Black rum infused with coconut liqueur; plus a full food menu that includes breakfast burritos, burgers, sandwiches, fish tacos and sorbet for dessert. Dress to impress. Reservations recommended. Noon-6 p.m. 435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.738.7030.

Food + Drink


Now Open. Hospitality group F10 Creative debuts its newest restaurant, pairing open-air casual dining with ocean views. Located on the beachfront at Mission Pacific Hotel, High/Low serves locally sourced dishes for breakfast and lunch (think: chicken ‘n’ waffles, sandwiches and salads); plus fresh-pressed juices and to-go items to complement the area’s active beach-going lifestyle. While the eatery does not offer a dinner menu, guests can still enjoy “Golden Hour” featuring small plates, cocktails, craft beers and sunset views. No reservations. Open daily 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 201 N. Myers St., Oceanside, 760.512.3329.

New Outdoor Space at Moonshine Beach

Now Open. Kick up your cowboy boots and celebrate the three-day weekend at this lively honky-tonk bar—recently enhanced with the addition of a 7,500-square-foot outdoor extension. The property also comprises a 600-square-foot stage for live music, two raised wooden decks and two bars. Memorial Day weekend fun includes dancing, lawn games and specialty cocktails such as the Georgia Peach Mule. (And ask about the “big buckets.”) The Tex-Mex food menu includes a slow-smoked tri-tip sandwich, hot dogs, coleslaw and potato salad. See website for hours. 1165 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.999.0158.

Sally’s Fish House & Bar

Reopened. Known for its panoramic marina and bay views, Sally’s has reopened for breakfast and lunch (with dinner service set to return in June). Nestled waterside at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, the restaurant boasts an alfresco patio and seafood dishes such as crab cakes, lobster rolls and fish ‘n’ chips. Ease into the day with a bloody mary and the keto breakfast bowl with baby spinach, bacon, heirloom tomatoes, avocado, cauliflower rice and a soft-boiled egg. For lunch, try the king salmon sandwich and mahi-mahi tacos. Th-M 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. One Market Place, downtown, 619.358.6740.

New Menu at Mustangs & Burros

Now Available. Feast on new coastal Baja dishes on the fireside patio of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa’s signature restaurant. For starters, try the crispy cauliflower with tequila-soaked sultanas; shrimp agua Chile verde with avocado, jalapeño, pickled onions and aged Cotija cheese; and barbacoa sopes with refried black beans, Asadero cheese and house slaw. New entrees include the prime tomahawk chop with chimichurri; crispy-skin salmon with Yukon potatoes and street corn; and a handful of new tacos (try the duck carnitas). Open daily 4-9 p.m. 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858.964.6537.

Arts + Culture

Historical Exhibits at Liberty Station

Ongoing. Learn more about the city’s rich history of military service this holiday weekend with a visit to this historical landmark. Liberty Station served as San Diego’s Naval Training Center (NTC)—housing 2 million Navy recruits from 1923 (pictured) through 1997. Exhibits include Life of an NTC Recruit at the Dick Laud NTC Command Center; and Near/Far: Portraits of Local Immigrant Veterans at the New Americans Museum. Visitors can also explore the history of Liberty Station’s buildings with the self-guided walking tour: A Walk Back Through Time. 2640 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma.

Oceanside Museum of Art 

Reopened. This North County gem is back in action! Spotlighting regional and international artists, the museum showcases works ranging from landscape painting to furniture, neon sculpture, art quilts and architectural glass. Now on view, Mark Bryce: Love & War comprises 39 paintings by artist Mark Bryce that explore topics such as love, loneliness, liberty, violence and human frailty—through both a contemporary lens and the perspectives of our Founding Fathers. Visit website for new hours for members and the public, and to purchase timed tickets (required). 704 Pier Way, Oceanside, 760.435.3721.

USS Midway Museum

Reopened. Welcome back aboard! Christened as the “Midway” in 1942, the retired naval aircraft carrier is home to more than 30 restored airplanes and helicopters, family-friendly exhibits and a massive flight deck overlooking San Diego Bay. The museum’s Legacy Week is in full swing through Monday—including a livestream Memorial Day commemoration, an interactive Remembrance Wall and its annual blood drive. Advance timed tickets are required to tour the flight deck and exhibits. See website for pricing and safety protocols. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 910 N. Harbor Drive, downtown, 619.544.9600.

Photo credits: USS Midway opening photo by Howard Sandler. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues featured.

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