Friday, July 26
Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro
All Day (Friday through Sunday), South of Oceanside Pier at the end of Mission Avenue (Oceanside)
Talk about a whole lot of girl power in one place. The world’s top professional female surfers – including Bethany Hamilton, Sage Erickson and Caroline Marks – hit the waves in Oceanside for the 12th annual Super Girl Surf Pro, a three-day competition. The event is free to attend and will include 20 live concerts, including a performance from Natasha Bedingfield, a women’s skateboarding competition, an all-female DJ contest, fitness and dance classes, art, games, a beer and wine garden, 40+ vendors, and so much more.
Wonderspaces: In Common
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.
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.
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 visitors 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 Friday, you can stick around to peruse a museum or two. Food Truck Friday runs through Sept. 27.
After the Last Race, Seaside Stage at Del Mar Racetrack
J Boog brings fresh reggae and world sounds to the Seaside Stage at the Del Mar Racetrack Friday night, performing after the final horse race of the day. The 18+ concert is free with paid admission to the track ($6 for Stretch Run); if you arrive after the last race just for the concert, tickets cost $30.
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.
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. San Francisco Giants: Game 1
7:10 p.m., Petco Park
The San Diego Padres take on the San Francisco Giants in the first of a three-game series at home. Friday night at Petco Park will also feature BeerFest, a pre-game Happy Hour for the 21+ crowd in Park at the Park, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The baseball game begins at 7:10 p.m.; tickets start at $21.
Saturday, July 27
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.
Sip of Julian
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Main Street in Julian
Julian is about more than just great pie. These days, small businesses in the tiny town in San Diego’s East County are making standout sips. This self-guided tasting tour invites visitors to try sips from 10 tasting rooms in Julian including Volcan Mountain Winery, Julian Beer Company, and Julian Hard Cider, to name a few. The tastings will be paired with small bites; the event starts at 11 a.m. at Town Hall on Main Street. Tickets cost $35, or $50 if you add shuttle service.
Summer Orchids in the Park
12 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, Casa del Prado in Balboa Park (Room 101)
The San Diego County Orchid Society hosts its Summer Orchids in the Park show this weekend at Balboa Park. The event will include mini classes on orchid-centric topics like how to rebloom your orchids, how to repot, watering tips, and the basics of caring for the plant. This event is free and takes place just before noon on Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Celebrating the Arts @ Chollas Creek
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Arts Park @ Chollas Creek
The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation will host this free community event Saturday that aims to “Celebrate the Arts” at Chollas Creek. The event will be held at Arts Park (5010 Market St.) and will showcase new public art, plus feature performances by puppeteers, stilt walkers from the Fern Street Circus, and free snacks and refreshments. One of the pieces of public art that will be unveiled is Roman de Salvo’s “Chollas Realm,” sculpted archways to the Chollas Creek Park featuring a shape that maps out the Chollas Creek watershed.
Uncorked: Del Mar Wine Festival
3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Del Mar Racetrack (Infield)
Winos, you’ll like this one: Uncorked, a wine festival at the Del Mar Race Track Saturday, will boast 150+ wines, food and music in the infield area during the races. General admission costs $65 and includes unlimited wine tastings, admission to the racetrack and an exclusive viewing area. You can buy tickets here.
After the Last Race, Del Mar Racetrack
Country crooners Midland bring their talents to the Seaside Stage at the Del Mar Racetrack Saturday night, performing after the final horse race of the day. The 18+ concert is free with paid admission to the track ($6 for Stretch Run); if you arrive after the last race for the show only, tickets cost $30.
San Diego Night Market
4 p.m. to Midnight Saturday and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, SDCCU Stadium
San Diego’s largest night market is back, this time setting up shop at SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley. The event pays tribute to the bustling night markets found throughout Asia and the world and showcases the Asian American-inspired food found at small business in San Diego’s Convoy District. In addition to food vendors, the San Diego Night Market will feature lots of entertainment, including dance performances and DJs. The market runs from 4 p.m. to Midnight on Saturday, and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Admission costs $5; parking is free.
San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants: Game 2
5:40 p.m., Petco Park
The Padres play the Giants in game two of this series at downtown’s Petco Park. Saturday’s game includes a fun, totally San Diego giveaway: a San Diego Chicken Bobblehead, presented by Sycuan Casino Resort. Fans can snag the swag (one per guest) while supplies last. Tickets to the game start at $24.
Summer Movies in the Park
6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., Locations Vary
San Diego’s ongoing, free event, “Summer Movies in the Park,” will offer nearly a half-dozen outdoor movie screenings this Saturday at parks across the county. For instance, families can catch “Mary Poppins” at Hourglass Field Community Park in Mira Mesa, or “Ralph Breaks the Internet” at Horton Plaza Park in downtown San Diego. Most screening events on this date start at 6 p.m. with free activities, and the movies begin at dusk. Bring chairs, a blanket and a picnic and make a whole night of it.
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.
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 last few days of its run at Kit Carson Amphitheater in Escondido, running through this Sunday. 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.; general admission tickets can be purchased online starting at $25.
Sunday, July 28
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.
10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Green Flash Brewing Co.
Practice two ancient traditions – yoga and beer-drinking – at this Hoppy Yoga session at the Green Flash tasting room Sunday morning. The $25, all-levels yoga class includes your choice of a pint or flight after the workout. Bring your own mat; it’s best to reserve your spot ahead of time.
Live Music: In Midlife Crisis
1 p.m., Liberty Public Market
Rock band In Midlife Crisis performs this free lunchtime concert on the patio at Liberty Public Market Sunday. The group loves to cover classic tunes from the 1960s and 1970s, plus today’s country rock hits. 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. San Francisco Giants: Game 3
1:10 p.m., Petco Park
The Padres meet the Giants on the mound once more in the final game of this series at home. Sunday is Military Appreciation Day at the ballpark, with a special shout-out to the members of the U.S. Marine Corps. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.; tickets start at $21.
Searsucker’s Junior Chefs: Pasta Making 101
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Searsucker Del Mar
Do you have a mini chef in your life? Treat your 8 to 12-year-old to this “Junior Chef: Pasta Making 101” class at Searsucker Del Mar, led by executive chef Ryan Star. The afternoon includes hands-on making and eating of cheesy ravioli and tortellini. The junior chefs will get to take home a recipe card and chef hat to recreate the dishes at home with mom and dad. The class costs $35, and parents are encouraged to stay and help their little ones.
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.
8 p.m., California Center for the Arts Escondido
The longtime Mexican band – known for its Latin American rhythms with origins of ska and hints of reggae and rap – headlines Concert Hall at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido Sunday night. Tickets range from $25 to $75.