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Weekend roundup

September 8-11


Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero

Sept. 8-Oct. 31. Outdoor moviegoing reaches new heights with Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero, which presents movie screenings on the fourth-floor terrace of the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Enjoy city views and an elevated cinema experience—including a state-of-the art projector, headphones and deck chairs; plus popcorn and snacks available for purchase. This weekend features Clueless (pictured), Crazy, Stupid Love and The Hangover on Friday; and Hocus PocusThe Great Gatsby and White Chicks on Saturday. See website for full schedule and tickets. 1 Market Place, downtown.

Fall Fest at Belmont Park

Sept. 9-Oct. 31. Belmont Park’s annual family-friendly celebration of all things autumn offers something fun for everyone. Festivities include a pumpkin patch (open daily); a craft beer garden and live acoustic performances on Friday evenings; themed treats from Sweet Shoppe and other Belmont Park outposts; free trick-or-treating every Sunday in October (beginning at 5 p.m.; costumes encouraged); and diving for pumpkins at Plunge Pool. Stay and dine at the park’s restaurants, such as Cannonball, Draft and Beach House. Open daily (see website for hours). 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach.

Queens of Comedy at Mic Drop

Sept. 9-11. San Diego’s new destination for stand-up comedy is featuring myriad female-focused talent this month. A nod to its Alice in Wonderland-themed decor, Mic Drop Comedy presents the “Queens of Comedy.” This weekend’s lineup includes Jackie Fabulous (pictured) Sept. 9-10; and Lisa Gilbert on Sept. 11. The entertainment venue hosts comedians performing in 90-minute shows in its Main Showroom and 50-seat Gold Room. Plus: no drink minimum, free parking, a full dinner menu and cocktails. See website for full schedule and tickets. 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Kearny Mesa, 858.225.2100.

Food + Drink

Carruth Cellars Tasting Room at Carté Hotel

Now Open. Marking its third new outpost this year, San Diego’s largest winery has opened a new tasting room on the ground floor of Carté Hotel—located just steps from the embarcadero and bayfront. Enjoy Carruth’s award-winning wines by the glass, flight and bottle; as well as plates such as the signature Carté Burger, ahi poke, Cacio e Pepe pasta, and cheese and charcuterie boards. The contemporary indoor/door space is a true urban oasis, with comfy seating and an umbrella-shaded patio. First come, first served. M-Th noon-9 p.m.; F-Sa noon-10 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 401 W. Ash St., Little Italy.

Johnny WAHOO! Golf Bar

Now Open. When the business name involves the word “WAHOO,” you’re in for a fun experience. RMD Group’s new entertainment venue is an ode to golf and good times—highlighted by interactive Full Swing golf simulators that transport you to championship courses from Pebble Peach to Pinehurst No. 2. There’s also an all-night happy hour on Mondays, Wednesday trivia night, Thursday night football specials, and other programming for sports enthusiasts. On the menu: cocktails and WAHOO! lagers, of course; plus hearty elevated bar fare. Open daily at 3 p.m. 527 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.642.2652.

New Dishes at Lionfish

Now Available. Ever been served beluga caviar by a hand-painted ceramic figure named “The Bad Bunny”? Come to Lionfish, where executive chef JoJo Ruiz has dreamt up some playful new menu items—featuring an art-to-table collection by local artist DyseOne. In addition to the caviar served with blinis and spiced cream cheese by The Bad Bunny, new dishes include seaweed-potato gnocchi, broiled Big Glory Bay salmon, Mariscos al Fuego, a 36-ounce tomahawk chop, and Baked Alaska for dessert. See website for hours. Pendry San Diego, 435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.738.7200.

Revamped Brunch Menu at Herb & Sea

Now Available. Sunday brunch is best started with a cocktail in your hand and sunshine on your face. Herb & Sea is here to help—offering an updated Sunday brunch menu of libations and dishes; and relaxed dining on its quaint sunlit patio. Try the Kiwi Do You Love Me with tequila and banana liqueur, the gin-based Pretty In Pink or the Bad & Boozie punch bowl. New brunch entrees include the beer-battered Fish Sando, Hot Dog Donut, Dutch Baby pancake, and Oyster Benny with fried oysters Rockefeller and smoked-paprika hollandaise. Su 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 131 West D St., Encinitas, 760.704.8300.

Arts + Culture

“The Garden Party” at S.D. Botanic Garden

Sept. 10. San Diego Botanic Garden’s signature annual “garden party” fundraiser comprises an evening of bubbly, cuisine from local restaurants, a live auction and music by Jason Brown, Gilbert Castellanos and Lee Coulter. The fun unfolds at the glass-enclosed Dickinson Family Education Conservatory, the amphitheater and throughout the 37-acre property’s surrounding garden paths. The event also honors plant biologist and geneticist, Dr. Joanne Chory—who will receive the 2022 Paul Ecke Jr. Award of Excellence. 4-8 p.m. $300 per person. Quail Gardens Drive and Ecke Ranch Road, Encinitas, 760.436.3036.

San Diego Festival of the Arts

Sept. 10-11. Back with its 36th installment, the San Diego Festival of the Arts invites you to “follow your art” at San Diego Surf Sports Park. The event will feature 150 fine artists from across the U.S.—whose mediums include ceramics, painting, drawing, digital art, glass, textiles, jewelry, photography, mixed media and more—plus live music and entertainment, wine, craft beer, elevated cuisine and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit local adaptive sports programs for kids and adults with disabilities. Opens at 10 a.m. each day. See website for tickets. 14989 Via de la Valle, Del Mar.

Come Fall in Love at The Old Globe 

Through Oct. 16. The cinematic dazzle of “Bollywood” comes to the live stage at The Old Globe, which presents Come Fall in Love–The DDLJ Musical. The story centers on Simran, a young Indian American woman—engaged (prearranged) to a family friend back in India—who spends her final summer of freedom in Europe, where she meets Rog. (Stars Austin Colby and Shoba Narayan are pictured.) The musical’s powerhouse creative team includes director Aditya Chopra, the Indian filmmaker behind the 1995 blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge; with music by Vishal Dadlani and Sheykhar Ravjiani. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5263.

Photo credits: Clueless by Paramount / Kobal / Shutterstock. Carruth Cellars by Kellie Viagem. Herb & Sea by Kimberly Motos. Come Fall in Love / The Old Globe by Jim Cox. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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