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San Diego Weekend Events Roundup August 8-11

Celebrate National S’mores Day at Hotel Del Coronado.

ArtWalk, National S’Mores Day, Primavera and more… Check out the top San Diego weekend events for August 8-11.

Edited by Brooke Knetzger.


Oceanside International Film Festival 
Aug. 7-11. The Oceanside International Film Festival returns for its ninth year, remaining North County’s longest running film festival. Each year the event hosts amazing work from around the world, often highlighting local filmmakers. OIFF 2019 will showcase films from a variety of countries, including but not limited to France, Australia, Portugal, Spain and Mexico. See website for full schedule. $12+. Sunshine Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. Tickets



“Corks & Canvas” Wine Pairing and Art Show 
Aug. 11. Spend your afternoon with Cohn Restaurant Group for their fifth annual “Corks & Canvas.” Guests have the opportunity to meet and greet CRG’s talented in-house artists while tasting wine pairings inspired by their artwork. Additional highlights include tray-passed appetizers, wine and access to purchase one-of-a-kind works of art. Call for reservations. Noon-3 p.m. $35. The Prado at Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.557.9441.




Primavera’s Seasonal Menu 
Now Available. Celebrate this season with fresh and flavorful new entrées from family-owned and operated Primavera Ristorante in Coronado. Menu highlights include portobello alla bianca made with portobello mushroom-stuffed ravioli with sun-dried tomato and dill cream sauce; and pollo alla Contadina featuring sautéed chicken breast, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, roasted peppers and white wine sauce, served with risotto. The restaurant has also introduced a new happy hour dish, dessert and cocktail to its summer menus. 932 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.0454.



Summer at Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant
Now Available. The popular restaurant is now serving a summer menu at both the Kensington and Del Sur locations. Menu additions include carne en su jugo made with marinated flank steak in a slightly smokey stew of bacon, frijoles, serrano chiles, cilantro and onions, served with mini Monterrey Jack quesadillas. Drinks include the tequila-based La Sandi with fresh watermelon juice, lime, agave nectar, dusted with Tajín—of which the restaurant has already sold 300+ since it debuted. See website for various locations.



Artisan Table Guest Chef Series
Aug. 8. Executive chef Jeff Jackson from the Lodge at Torrey Pines reunites with his former chef de cuisine, chef Timothy Kolanko of the Urban Kitchen Group, to curate an intimate multi-course dining experience set atop A.R. Valentien’s breathtaking terrace. 7-9:30 p.m. $160. 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858.777.6635. Tickets




Hess Brewer’s Dinner at Top of the Market
Aug. 8. Top of the Market restaurant presents a five-course dinner highlighted by Mike Hess Brewing’s best beers. Executive chef Jeremy Loomis and lead brewer Paul Deras are putting together an exciting menu showcasing what summertime cuisine can be in California and just how seriously it can be elevated with an ice-cold glass of brew. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $90. 750 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, 619.234.4867. Tickets




National Root Beer Float Day at the Sheraton Carlsbad
Aug. 9. In celebration of National Root Beer Float Day, the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa invites locals and guests to partake in a sweet fundraiser. The hotel will be selling $3 root beer floats to guests with the proceeds matched and donated to Rady Children’s Hospital. 2-6 p.m. 5420 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad.




National S’mores Day at Hotel Del Coronado 
Aug. 10. Soak in the wonder of a Southern California sunset and indulge in a gourmet private beach bonfire this National S’Mores Day on one of America’s most iconic beaches at the Hotel del Coronado. Get cozy in beach chairs with blankets and keep your toes warm next to a personal warm fire pit, which can accommodate groups up to 10. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.6611.




Pageant of the Masters photo courtesy Festival of ArtsSPONSORED
Time is Ticking Away! Don’t Miss the Pageant of the Masters
Through Aug. 31. Watch art come to life at the Pageant of the Masters! This iconic performance combines artfully costumed people, extravagant sets and theatrical illusion to recreate famous works of art onstage. In this year’s production, themed “The Time Machine,” you’ll be transported into the past, present and future in search of great artwork and amazing stories. 8:30 p.m. (nightly). 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 800.487.3378.



ArtWalk @ Liberty Station
Aug. 10-11. The 14th Annual ArtWalk @ Liberty Station features more than 200 local, regional and international professional artists. The art walk offers collectable and approachable art from a variety of mediums, such as glass work, jewelry, sculptures, oil painting, photography, metal work and wood work. In addition to the art, this expect interactive kid activities, street food options, and a wine and beer pavilion. Sa 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Ingram Plaza, 2751 Dewey Road, Point Loma. 



FRIENDS! The Musical Parody 
Through Aug. 11. Buy tickets to this comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at the famed American television sitcom Friends, celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in the 1990s. See website for showtimes. $35+. Manhattan Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Gaslamp Quarter, 619.544.1000. Tickets




Growing Wild Art Show
Aug. 11. San Diego Botanic Garden is pleased to host this botanical-themed exhibition by Oceanside Museum of Art’s Artists Alliance. This show is juried by Kathi McCord and Peter Tobias. The exhibit featuring oil paintings, photography on metal, oil on copper and other mixed media. Exhibit runs through September 27. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily. 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 760.436.3036.



Photos: OIFF courtesy OIFF. The Prado courtesy H2 Public Relations. Primavera courtesy Wicked Creative. Ponce courtesy Contour PR. Artisan Table courtesy Evans Hotels. Top of the Market courtesy C3 Communications. Sheraton Carlsbad courtesy Chemistry PR. Hotel Del Coronado courtesy J Public Relations. FRIENDS! courtesy Benjamin Skigen. ArtWalk courtesy NTC Foundation. San Diego Botanic Garden courtesy San Diego Botanic Garden. 

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