Things to do in San Diego this weekend July 12-14

Things to do in San Diego this weekend July 12-14

Friday, July 12

Wonderspaces: In Common
Times Vary, B Street Pier (San Diego) 
Prepare to immerse yourself in a world of wonder. The traveling art exhibit, “Wonderspaces,” returns to San Diego with more than a dozen more interactive pieces for you to explore. The theme of this year’s exhibit, “In Common,” explores how people are shaped by their experiences, environments and relationships. Several of the pieces allow guests to become part of the art, including “Where Thoughts Go,” which aims to transform a person’s thought into a shareable sleeping creature. Likewise, guests will become constellations in Maja Petrić’s “We Are All Made of Light.” The art piece uses artificial intelligence and other technologies to manipulate light and space. “Wonderspaces: In Common” runs through Sept. 1 but tickets to a specific time slot must be secured in advance. Tickets cost $24 during the week and $27 during the more in-demand weekend. A discount is available for seniors, students, military and children. Get tickets here.

Jail Mini-Museum at The Headquarters
10 a.m. to 9 p.m., The Headquarters at Seaport (between Kitson and Madison San Diego)
The Headquarters at Seaport is a solid place to shop and eat but, if you’re a San Diego history buff, you may want to pop into a free mini-museum located at its core, between the Kitson and Madison San Diego stores. There, you’ll find a fully-restored, 8-cell jail block housing historic photos and San Diego Police Department memorabilia. You see, The Headquarters – built in 1939 – sits in the very complex that served for many decades as the SDPD’s headquarters. The site is listed on The National Register of Historic Places. It was restored and reopened as The Headquarters and Seaport shopping and dining complex in 2013. Read all about the site’s rich.

SDUSD Art Gallery at Seaport
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Friday through Sunday), Seaport Village
Seaport Village and the San Diego Unified School District have joined forced to launch a student-led art gallery located within Seaport Village. The 640-square-foot SDUSD Art Gallery at Seaport is in the easternmost area of the waterfront landmark, closest to the San Diego Convention Center. The gallery will showcase a rotating selection of artwork curated from more than 12,000 San Diego students in Pre-K to 11th grade. The gallery is open each week, Friday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry is free.

Shoes & Chews: Carla & Linda’s Walking Food Tour
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., South Oceanside
Oceanside is experiencing a bit of a restaurant renaissance, and these “Shoes & Chews” walking food tours allow you to taste what’s cooking in the waterfront city in San Diego’s North County. Friday’s three-hour foodie tour – led by locals Carla and Linda – will span south Oceanside, with stops at PCH Bar & Grill, URGE, Privateer and Wrench & Rodent. Tickets cost $49 per person (foodies 16+ only) and include tastings of specially chosen items, plus a little history lesson on each restaurant, chef and the surrounding area. Shoes & Chews started in 2015; today, the tour hits the streets of Oceanside every weekend, usually Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

San Diego Balboa & Lindy Exchange
Times Vary (Friday through Sunday), Infinity Dance Sports Center (Friday) and Crown Point Park (Saturday) and Little Miss Brewing (Sunday)
The annual Balboa & Lindy Exchange is back, a three-day event centered on social dancing, specifically the Balboa and Lindy swing-era dance styles. The toe-tapping affair begins with the Friday Night Dance from 8:30 p.m. to midnight at the Infinity Dance Sport Center on Engineer Road. On Saturday, dancers from around the world will fill Crown Point Park (on the bayside) from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., then the Infinity Dance Sport Center again at night for another dance. On Sunday, the dancing goes down from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Little Miss Brewing on Stromesa Court and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Studio FX. Entry to the dancing sessions starts at $20, depending on the session, or you can spring for a weekend pass to attend all of the dances for $80.

Food Truck Friday
4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Balboa Park
Balboa Park’s “Food Truck Friday” rolls into the landmark again this week, a summertime series centered on tasty local eats and laid-back family fun. The weekly event brings a rotating selection of about a dozen food trucks to Plaza de Panama and El Prado Walkway every Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. As visitor grab food from vendors, they can also enjoy live musical performances, dancing, and activities for the kids hosted by various Balboa Park organizations. Bonus: some participating museums in Balboa Park will host special evening hours and programs on Fridays, too, so after enjoying Food Truck Fridays, you can stick around to peruse a museum or two. 

Cruisin’ Grand
5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Downtown Escondido (Grand Avenue, from Orange to Ivy streets)
Gearheads, here’s another one for you: Escondido’s long-running car show – Cruisin’ Grand – hits the streets of downtown Escondido, specifically Grand Avenue, from Orange to Ivy streets, every Friday night through September. The free event features a parade of pre-1973 cars slowly cruising up and down Grand Avenue, from vintage American hot rods and classics, to custom rides. The event is free and often includes live music; awards are given weekly to five show-stopping cars.

Sunset Sessions
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 10 Barrel Brewing
10 Barrel Brewing pub in downtown’s East Village hosts another installment of its summer “Sunset Sessions,” where patrons can enjoy free live music on the rooftop alongside their pints. This Friday, musician Greg Buddeman will provide the tunes. Get there early to get in on Happy Hour specials, including $4 beers from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunset Sessions runs every Friday through August.

Hops on the Harbor: Green Flash Brewing Co.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Flagship Cruises & Events
Enjoy a cruise around the San Diego Bay featuring sights, bites, and craft brews. Every month, Hops on the Harbor highlights a local brewery and, this time, it’s the best from San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing Co. The longtime local craft brewery is known for its game-changing West Coast IPA, and many other offerings. This month’s Hops on the Harbor menu will feature four 6-ounce Green Flash tastings expertly paired with four courses. For instance, a SoCal-style fish taco station featuring grilled mahi mahi, shrimp and chickpea asada will be paired with Green Flash’s Passion Fruit Kicker wheat ale, while spice-rubbed trip-tip roast will be matched with the brewery’s hazy IPA, Tropical DNA. The dinner cruise boards at 7 p.m. from 990 North Harbor Dr. and sails past the San Diego skyline, USS Midway, Star of India and other Maritime Museum ships and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Tickets cost $79.50 for adults and $47.70 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are recommended.

San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves
7:10 p.m., Petco Park
The San Diego Padres swing into a three-game series at home against the Atlanta Braves, starting with this Friday night game at Petco Park. Get to the ballpark early because Party in the Park goes down from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Park at the Park area with pre-game drink deals, live music and a “Country Nighty” theme. Tickets to the ballgame start at $19; first pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

Rooftop Cinema Club: ‘Pulp Fiction’
8:30 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
The 1994 Quentin Tarantino classic, “Pulp Fiction,” hits the big outdoor movie screen Friday night on the scenic rooftop at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The screening is part of the hotel’s ongoing Rooftop Cinema Club, movies shown under the stars, set alongside stunning views of the San Diego skyline. Tickets start at $17; you can self-park in the hotel’s garage for four hours for free if you buy food (other than popcorn or candy) or drinks at the Rooftop Cinema Club.

Beatles vs. Stones: Live at Belly Up
9 p.m. to 12 a.m., Belly Up
Two tribute bands – Abbey Road Tribute and Jumping Jack Flash – go head-to-head in this musical match-up at Belly Up in Solana Beach for rock supremacy. The show goes down at 9 p.m.; general admission tickets cost $23 the day of the show or $37 for reserved loft seating.

Saturday, July 13

66th Annual World Championship Over-The-Line (OTL) Tournament
7:30 a.m. to Sunset (Saturday and Sunday), Fiesta Island at Mission Bay Park
If you’re a San Diegan, the term “OTL” means something to you. A San Diego summertime tradition, the Over-The-Line Tournament – or OTL – is hosted throughout two weekends each July at Fiesta Island. Put on by the Old Mission Bay Athletic Club (OMBAC), the annual tournament typically gathers approximately 1,200 teams from around the world to play Over-the-Line, a bat and ball sport first played in Mission Beach in the 1950s. The rules are simple: games last three innings, no one has to run bases and the main goal is to hit the ball “over the line” about 55 feet in front of the batter. Teams dress up in wacky costumes and bring tents, chairs, beer and hilarious signs to the beach for the carefree, daytime, adults-only tournament. OTL kicks off this Saturday and Sunday, with play commencing at 7:30 a.m., and returns for its second weekend on July 20 and July 21. There’s a free shuttle bus that picks up participants from several parking locations – including the Morena Vista Trolley Station and Bonita Cove parking lot – and drops off OTL fans at the southwest corner of the OTL playing area. You could pay $30 for a designated OMBAC parking pass, which will secure your spot in a designated parking area on Fiesta Island.

Yoga in the Rotunda
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., San Diego Museum of Man
The San Diego Museum of Man hosts another session of “Yoga in the Rotunda,” an instructor-led, all-levels flow class in the museum’s historic rotunda. Tickets to this event for non-museum members cost $10, and you must complete “E-Club Member” enrollment on the museum’s website while buying your ticket. This unique yoga class is held the second and fourth Saturday of every month, so if you can’t make it this weekend, look ahead to your calendar and pencil it in for next time.

San Diego Pride Parade
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hillcrest Pride Flag (1600 University Ave.)
The annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade will color the streets of Hillcrest Saturday, starting at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Avenue and Normal Street. The 1.1-mile route proceeds west on University Avenue, turns south on 6th Avenue, turns left on Balboa Drive and ends at Laurel Street. Approximately 250,000 spectators are expected to turn out for the free parade, which includes lively floats, music and dancing. In addition to the big parade, Pride weekend in San Diego features lots of other events including highlights like the Spirit of Stonewall Rally (Friday at 6 p.m. at the Hillcrest Pride Flag) and the San Diego Pride Festival (Saturday and Sunday at Marston Point in Balboa Park.) This year, the theme of San Diego Pride is “Stonewall 50: A Legacy of Liberation,” marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots – a turning point in the LGBT community’s fight for equality. Wishing you a safe and happy Pride weekend, San Diego.

Turtle & Tortoise Adoption Show & Plant Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), Casa Del Prado Building (Room 101) in Balboa Park
The San Diego Turtle & Tortoise Society will hold its annual Adoption Show & Plant Sale this weekend in Balboa Park. The free event will feature turtles and tortoises from around the world, some of which are available for adoption, plus vendors selling unique turtle and tortoise-themed clothing and accessories. More than 400 plants will also be on display and on sale at this show, many of them exotic. The Turtle & Tortoise Adoption Show goes down both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room 101 at the Casa Del Prado Building.

Paint with Salt
10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., California Center for the Arts Escondido (Studio 2)
Did you know salt is a simple, experimental tool to use when watercolor painting? The Education Department over at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido will host a free art lesson all about this “salt technique” Saturday, leading attendees through mixing and blending to create an ocean-themed salt painting. The one-hour class is geared toward families, but it is open to everyone. Materials are provided, too. Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. The class takes place in Studio 2; attendees can park near the Boys & Girls Club in the public lot off Woodward Avenue and North Escondido Boulevard and enter the studio hallway near the entrance to Grape Street Park and Escondido Historical Train Depot.

Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain
10 a.m., San Diego Museum of Art
Check out the San Diego Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, “Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain,” on display daily through Sept. 2. The exhibition showcases more than 100 works produced by leading artists from Spain and its global territories during the country’s Golden Age, a time when, as the museum notes, the country’s “visual arts, architecture, literature, and music all reached unprecedented heights.” Artists featured in the exhibition include Diego Velázquez, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Francisco de Zurbarán, Jusepe de Ribera, El Greco, and many more. This marks the first time since the 1935 exhibition for the California Pacific International Exposition that all five of the Spanish masters represented on the Museum’s building façade—Velázquez, Murillo, Zurbarán, Ribera and El Greco— are being shown together at the museum. Entry to the “Art & Empire” installation costs $5 in addition to museum admission, which is $15 for adults and free for kids 17 and under. The San Diego Museum of Art is open daily at 10 a.m., except Sunday when it opens at 12 p.m. The museum is closed Wednesdays.

Cook With an Italian Chef & Market Tour
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Little Italy
This weekly event in Little Italy gives you a chance to cook alongside a trained chef while discovering the community’s charming open-air farmers “mercato.” Here’s how the tour works: a chef-guide will walk with you through the market, pointing out local vendors specializing in fresh ingredients. Together, you’ll taste-test items and buy what you need to create your meal before heading to the guide’s home to partake in a cooking lesson. You’ll cook three dishes – an appetizer and two main dishes – and also enjoy a glass of wine and panna cotta for dessert. This cooking tour costs $79 per person, and is usually available every Saturday.

Legendary Tour: Hotel Del Coronado
10 a.m., Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego history buffs, this one’s for you. The iconic Hotel Del Coronado is currently offering a daily tour at 10 a.m. dubbed the “Legendary Tour,” which explores the landmark’s rich 130-year-old heritage. Learn about the celebrities, royalty and beach-loving families who have gravitated toward The Del over the decades, and the hotel’s most notorious guest, Kate Morgan, who checked into the hotel in 1892 whom some believe never really checked out. The 90-minute tour costs $40 for adults; kids 5 and under can join for free. You must register ahead of time. By the way, The Del is currently undergoing the first phase of a $200 million revitalization project called the “Master Plan.” It includes preservation of historic sites and a new History Gallery. Read all about that here.

Summer Movies in the Park: ‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part’
5 p.m., Berry Street Park in Lemon Grove
“The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” screens at Berry Street Park in Lemon Grove (7171 Mt. Vernon) as part of San Diego’s ongoing, free event, “Summer Movies in the Park.” The flick is set to start 15 minutes after sunset; food vendors will be on-site selling bites, or you can BBQ or bring a picnic from home. There will be free laser tag available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., before the movie.

San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves: Game 2
5:40 p.m., Petco Park
Root for the Padres in game two of this weekend’s series against the Braves at Petco Park. Saturday night’s game features a cool giveaway: a Padres-themed “Aloha Shirt,” available on a first come, first serve basis in sizes youth large and adult medium, large XL and 2XL. Tickets start at $21.

Marvel in the Moonlight
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Quartyard
“Captain Marvel” gets a moonlight screening Saturday night at the hip outdoor venue, Quartyard (1301 Market St.). The event is sponsored by Digital Gym Cinema and presented by UC San Diego Extension, and is open to movie fans of all ages. Tickets cost $10; anyone under 18 who sports a costume gets in for free. Space is limited at Quartyard, so it’s a good idea to pre-register for this event and buy tickets ahead of time.

Little Italy Summer Film Festival
7:30 p.m., Amici Park Amphitheatre (W. Date and State streets in Little Italy)
Little Italy’s Summer Film Festival continues with another screening under the stars at the Amici Park Amphitheatre. The screenings feature Italian films with English subtitles. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic, snacks and blanket to snuggle up in during the show.

Stand-Up Comedy
7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., American Comedy Co. and The Comedy Store
Looking for a good laugh? Try a stand-up comedy show at two prime San Diego venues: downtown’s American Comedy Co. or The Comedy Store in La Jolla. This Saturday night, comic and actor Jeff Dye (NBC’s “Better Late Than Never” and “I Can Do That”) hits the stage at The American Comedy Co., with 21+ shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; tickets start at $9. Meanwhile, over at The Comedy Store, actor and funnyman Greg Fitzsimmons will headline shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; those tickets cost $20.

Patio Plays in the Park: ‘The Wizard of Oz’
8 p.m., Kit Carson Amphitheater in Escondido
L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wizard of Oz” takes the center stage for the next few weeks at Kit Carson Amphitheater in Escondido, running Thursdays through Sundays from July 12 to July 27. The production includes the timeless songs from the classic MGM film including “Over the Rainbow,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard (Follow the Yellow Brick Road)” and “Munchkinland (Ding, Dong! The Witch is Dead)”. The play starts at 8 p.m. each night it’s on, including this Saturday; general admission tickets can be purchased online starting at $25.

Sunday, July 14

San Diego Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K
5 a.m. to 11 a.m., Green Flash Brewing Co.
If you enjoy running AND craft beer, then this may just be the marathon and 5K for you. The San Diego Craft Classic goes down near Green Flash Brewing Co. (6550 Mira Mesa Boulevard) bright and early Sunday, with the marathon starting at 6:30 a.m. at Camino Del Sur followed by the 5K starting at 6:45 a.m. After the running, participants receive a commemorative beer glass and a drink ticket and can head over to the Green Flash Beer Garden to celebrate their achievements with a pint in hand. Registration costs $130 for the marathon and $60 for the 5K, and also includes a post-race “On A Beer Run” T-shirt.

OUT in Little Italy: Pride Brunch
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Piazza della Famiglia in Little Italy
Foodies celebrating Pride in San Diego this weekend may enjoy this event. OUT in Little Italy: Pride Brunch, goes down Sunday morning in Piazza della Famiglia, in the heart of Little Italy. The event will feature bottomless mimosas and food from several participating eateries at the Little Italy Food Hall, plus live performances, DJs and more. The Piazza will be decked out with rainbow décor in support of Pride. Tickets cost $75 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting San Diego Pride’s programs.

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park
Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails — the Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop or the Riverside Grinding Rocks — while talking about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. Rain cancels the walk.

Lane Field Park Market
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lane Field Park (Downtown San Diego)
Every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a group of vendors sets up shop at Lane Field Park in downtown San Diego for this open-air market focusing on our city’s creative food, drinks, art, and craft scene. The family-friendly market typically includes live music, lawn games, pop-up installations, and other lively entertainment. It is located at 1009 N. Harbor Dr., near West Broadway, opposite of the Broadway Pier.

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gaslamp Quarter (Fifth Avenue)
Peruse more than 30 local artisans offering carefully-curated, handmade products at this weekly outdoor market in the Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Artisan Market sets up shop every Sunday on Fifth Avenue, between Market Street and Island Avenue.

Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Tailgate Lot on 14th Avenue and K Street near Petco Park
Hometown eatery Phil’s BBQ will host its 11th annual Big BBQ at the Ballpark, a fundraiser 100 percent in support of Operation Bigs, a mentoring program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. The tasty affair takes place at the North Tailgate Lot on 14th Avenue and K Street near Petco Park before Sunday’s game – from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A $25 package gets you access to the tailgate party, a meal from Phil’s, and ticket to the 1:10 p.m. Padres vs. Braves game at Petco Park. A $60 package gets you VIP tailgate access, a meal, two drinks and an upgraded ticket to the ballgame. According to Phil’s BBQ, this event saw 2,700 attendees in 2018 and raised a record-breaking $110,000 to help local families through Operation Bigs. Get your tickets here. 

Live Music: The Counterfeits
1 p.m., Liberty Public Market
SoCal band The Counterfeits perform this free lunchtime concert on the patio at Liberty Public Market Sunday. The group is known to cover Top 40 hits, plus a blend of their own “feel good” originals. To make a day of it, patrons might want to grab a bite from one of the vendors inside Liberty Public Market, take their food to the patio and eat while enjoying the live music.

San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves: Game 3
1:10 p.m., Petco Park
The Padres wrap up their series against the Braves with this 1:10 p.m. game at downtown San Diego’s Petco Park. Sunday is Military Appreciation Day at the ballpark, where the team and fans will honor the men and women who serve in the U.S. Coast Guard. Tickets start at $19.

Sunday Spreckels Organ Concert
2 p.m., Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park
Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will typically find Raul Prieto Ramirez,the city’s San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7 last year, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ. Pets are welcome, and so are picnics.

Vines & Vittles
2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Webb Park in Rancho Bernardo
This family-friendly festival with a Western theme will bring food vendors (the “vittles” part) and wine tastings (the “vines” part) to Webb Park in Rancho Bernardo. The event also features a trading post area with art and craft vendors, live music and cultural performances. Day-of tickets cost $35 for adults, $20 for the “food-only” option, and $10 for kids age 6 to 12. Children age 5 and under get in free.

The Try Guys: Legends of the Internet
7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre
The four stars of “The Try Guys,” an online comedy series that currently streams on YouTube, bring their act to Balboa Theatre Sunday night. The four stars used to work for BuzzFeed and formed the group while working together there. Tickets start at $36.50.