San Diego

Weekend roundup

September 21-24


Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro

Sept. 22-24. Cheer on more than 100 of the world’s top-ranked surfers as they hang ten in this 17th annual surfing competition (the largest female surfing event in the world!)—headlined by reigning champion Sawyer Lindblad (pictured). The event also includes the free Nissan Concert Series, featuring Sean Kingston, Aloe Blacc, Bea Miller, Beach Weather, Loren Gray and other superstar acts among its 15 performing artists; the Festival Village, offering autograph signings, an all-female DJ contest, a celebrity leadership panel, a beer and wine garden; and much more. Free attendance. Oceanside Pier.

Adams Avenue Street Fair

Sept. 23-24. Touted as SoCal’s largest free two-day music festival, the Adams Avenue Street Fair returns for its 41st annual installment. Seven designated entertainment stages will host 75 music acts—including The Avengers, Lucy’s Fur Coat, Lady Dottie & The Diamonds, The Mighty 388’s and many more. Festivities also include three beer gardens offering tastings from 20 local craft breweries; along with 300 art/retail vendors; plus carnival rides, the new Cannabis Row and festival fare. Sa 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free entry. Along Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, 619.282.7329. More Info

CRSSD Festival

Sept. 23-24. An audiovisual candy land for electronic music lovers, this two-day festival at Waterfront Park spans three stages and 50-plus musicians and performers. The lineup includes Flume, Underworld, Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim, Boys Noize, Amelie Lens, Charlotte de Witte and dozens more. In between DJ sets, guests can enjoy craft beer, cocktails, local food vendors and more. See website for bag policy, safety guidelines, after-parties around town, and to visit the ticket exchange to request tickets (both days are currently sold out!). Doors open at noon daily (21+). 1600 Pacific Hwy., downtown.

Food + Drink

Whiskey & Wine Party at Estancia

Sept. 22. Sample whiskey, wine and barbecue fare as you mingle and dance under the stars at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. The resort’s quaint Hacienda Lawn morphs into a southern-style soiree filled with comfort food, live music, a bonfire and tastings of premium whiskey, bourbon and vino. Participating brands include Elijah Craig, Angels Envy, High West Distilling, Harvey & Hariet, Whispering Angel, Foley Family Wine and more. 6 p.m. $95 per person (includes complimentary valet parking and unlimited food and drink samples; 21+). 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858.412.0500. More Info

Beer by the Bay in Coronado

Sept. 23. Around 1,000 beer and wine lovers are expected for this seventh annual “yacht rock” themed festival along San Diego Bay in Coronado. The fun includes unlimited tastings from nearly 30 local breweries, wineries and hard seltzer makers; food booths; games like beer pong and cornhole; and live music by yacht rock cover band Yacht Sea. The event is also a fundraiser that supports The League of Wives Memorial Project. 1-5 p.m. $75 general admission; $100 VIP (includes early admission at noon, exclusive pours, a captain’s hat and VIP seating). 1201 First St., Coronado.

San Diego Distillers Guild Fest

Sept. 23. Head to BRICK in Liberty Station for an interactive afternoon of imbibing. Ticketholders can sample complimentary spirits from at least 20 craft distilleries, as well as meet and mingle with master distillers; along with optional bites from local food trucks and live music. The lineup includes Cutwater, Storyhouse Spirits, Liberty Call Distilling, Malahat Spirits Co., You & Yours, 619 Spirits North, Copper Collar Distillery, Seven Caves Spirits and more. 2-5 p.m. $60 general admission; $85 VIP (includes early admission at 1 p.m. and exclusive pours). 2863 Historic Decatur Road, Liberty Station. More Info

West Coast Taco & Beer Festival

Sept. 23. Celebrating the best of San Diego’s favorite food and drink, the West Coast Taco & Beer Festival Tour returns for its annual fall edition—unfolding this year at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. Guests can enjoy bottomless tastings from local and regional craft breweries, along with hard ciders and seltzers; a margarita bar; food vendors offering tacos and other street-food-style fare; and music by myriad DJs stationed along the entire length of the pier. 3-8 p.m. Tickets are $50-$99 and must be purchased online in advance (no pets; 21+). 1000 N. Harbor Drive, downtown. More Info

San Diego Restaurant Week

Sept. 24-Oct. 1. San Diego’s most delicious week (eight days to be exact) of the year returns. Taste your way through town during San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW), when revered restaurants countywide will offer discounted, multicourse menus for lunch and dinner—starting as low as $20. Our pick: Cafe Sevilla (353 Fifth Ave.), a Gaslamp Quarter staple since 1987. The Spanish restaurant is offering a three-course SDRW dinner menu, highlighted by its famous paella with lobster and ibérico pork belly, for $80 (meal serves two). See website for all participating restaurants, menus and pricing.

Arts + Culture

The Book of Mormon at Civic Theatre

Through Sept. 24. Presented by Broadway San Diego, the outrageous musical comedy—the brainchild of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone—returns to the Civic Theatre. The religious satire follows two young Mormon missionaries who travel to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord reigns. The locals—who are more concerned about poverty, famine, AIDS and war than religion—are less than receptive to the missionaries, who prove to be naïve yet optimistic in their quest to share scriptures. Politically incorrect hilarity and misadventures ensue. 1100 Third Ave., downtown.

Evita at Cygnet Theatre

Extended Through Oct. 1. Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Broadway smash (winner of seven Tony Awards) centers on the “rags to riches” rise of the controversial first lady of Argentina, Eva Perón. Featuring lyrics by Tim Rice, Cygnet Theatre’s staging of it is directed by Sean Murray, with music direction by Patrick Marion and choreography by Carlos Mendoza. The musical features iconic songs such as “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” and “Buenos Aires.” (Pictured L-R: Berto Fernández and Ariella Kvashny.) See website for showtimes and tickets. Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525. 

Photo credits: The Book of Mormon by Julieta Cervantes. Evita / Cygnet Theatre by Karli Cadel Photography. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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