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Escape to San Diego this weekend for plenty of fun at the beaches, shopping, dining, beer tasting, and a ton of outdoor activities. When you need to take a break, why not try one of these fun top things to do:

Flicks on the Bricks - Cinema Paradiso

Enjoy a night under the stars on the Athenaeum’s outdoor patio with a screening of classic cinema al fresco. The film will be paired with vino Italiano selected by Barbara Baxter.

Cinema Paradiso (1989) - A young boy is mesmerized by a movie theater and strikes up a dynamic friendship with its warm-hearted projectionist. The film takes place after World War II in a small rural town, where the story follows the pair’s bittersweet relationship. In Italian with English subtitles.

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library - 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: August 15, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $17-$22
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Tiki Oasis – Hulabilly

Tiki Oasis Hulabilly - Top Things to Do in San Diego

This year at Tiki Oasis is exploring Hulabilly, an American music style derived from the blending of Rockabilly and Haole Hawaiian music. The 4-day festival will be full of music, tiki shopping, an art show, a burlesque show, a car show and plenty more.

When: August 15-18, 2103
Cost: $15-$300. Symposiums have an extra fee
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CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival

CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival

Over 100 San Diego County filmmakers submitted independent films that are no longer than 5 minutes and CityBeat staff picked their favorite 21 films.

Where: Sunset Temple - 3911 Kansas Street, San Diego, CA 92104
When: August 16, 2103
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: $12
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Summergrass San Diego Bluegrass Festival

Child's Bluegrass Band at Summergrass San Diego

Bluegrass for the whole family at Summergrass San Diego. Photo courtesy of Dennis Anderson Photography

Put on by the San Diego Bluegrass Society and the San Diego North County Bluegrass & Folk Club, Summergrass boasts a weekend of live bluegrass music from national, international, regional and local bands, music workshops, impromptu jam sessions, vendors, raffle prizes, kid’s activities, food and more.

Where: 2040 N. Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92083
When: August 16-18, 2013
Cost: $16-$55
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San Diego Indiefest 8

San Diego Indiefest 8

IndieFest 8 features a three-day celebration of independent music, film, art, business and thought. It is family friendly and wildly eclectic with a wide array of amazing visual art, activities, film, comedy, dance, delicious food, beer and spirits for our 21+ patrons. And then of course, there will be tons of music.

Where: NTC Promenade at Liberty Station - 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: August 16-18, 2013
Cost: $10-$300
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TwainFest in Old Town

TwainFest in Old Town - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Learn all about Twain and his contemporaries at this fun family friendly festival in Old Town

TwainFest is a free and family friendly festival celebrating the writing of Mark Twain and his contemporaries with stories, music, professional actors and musicians, puppets, poems, inventive games and delightful performances plus a brand-new feature called “History on the Move” presented by Wells Fargo Bank.

Where: Old Town State Park - 2754 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110
When: August 17, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Del Mar Grill Fest

Del Mar Grill Fest - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Over 25 seasoned BBQ pros and local restaurants will serve up meats, seafoods, veggies & desserts. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Kristie’s Place which provides care for critically ill children.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack - 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: August 17, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: $6 racetrack admission. $10 for 5 samples or $2.50 each.
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Snorkel with the Leopard Sharks

Aerial shot of leopard sharks in La Jolla

Aerial shot of leopard sharks in La Jolla

Join aquarium naturalists and visit leopard sharks in their underwater home off the La Jolla coast. Pick up snorkel tips as you discover the abundant variety of animals that live among the kelp, sandy bottom, and rocks. Intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Participants must supply their own gear. Ages 10 + (minors must also be accompanied by a paid adult). Pre-purchase required.

When: August 17 & 24, 2013
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 AM
Cost: $25-$30
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