Top Things to Do in San Diego – August 21-25, 2013

Full Moon over the San Diego Skyline

With school just around the corner, spend one of the last few weekends of summer having plenty of fun doing all of San Diego’s activities including these top things to do:

San Diego Spirits Festival

Bartender Mike Yen - San Diego Spirits Festival

Sample cocktails made by the best bartenders at the San Diego Spirits Festival

One of the Top 5 Cocktail Festivals in America, the San Diego Spirits Festival brings you cocktail tastings, restaurants serving samples, burlesque and samba performers, a Pin Up Girl Fashion Show, celebrity guests, craft beer, chef demonstrations and restaurants all on the back Pier,  and the Bayside Art Festival on the forecourt leading into the festival.

Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier – 1000 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 24-25, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $90-$110
> Find out more about the San Diego Spirits Festival

Valley Center Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Valley Center Gourmet Food Truck Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Sample many of San Diego’s best food trucks in one place at the Valley Center Gourmet Food Truck Festival

This year’s festival has 16 trucks serving Asian, BBQ, crepes, burgers, Cajun, desserts, and everything in between along with a beer and wine garden serving drinks from local breweries and wineries, live Reggae/Soul music by LoCALI Grown, and The Kids Zone with Kids N Paint, rock climbing, face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo.

Where: Bates Nut Farm – 16954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082
When: August 24, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $20-$55
> Find out more about the Valley Center Gourmet Food Truck Festival

ArtWalk San Diego

Kids Walk - Artwalk San Diego @NTC - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Bring the whole family for some artistic fun at ArtWalk San Diego @NTC

Experience art “alfresco” with fine art outside under San Diego’s sunny skies. Meet with 100s of artists, listen to a dozen musical performers, enjoy gourmet food and play with the whole family at the interactive KidsWalk.

Where: NTC at Liberty Station – 2645 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: August 24-25, 2103
Cost: Free
> Find out more about ArtWalk San Diego @NTC Liberty Station

Bike the Bay

Coronado Bridge

Ride across the Coronado Bay Bridge during Bike the Bay!

Ride across the Coronado Bay Bridge! This non-competitive 25 mile ride is great for riders of all abilities and will take you through  Coronado, San Diego, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City and finishes at Embarcadero Marina Park South with a festive celebration with food, entertainment and a New Belgium beer garden.

When: August 25, 2013
Cost: $50-$65
> Find out more about Bike the Bay

Brazilian Carnaval


The color, excitement, food, music and dances of Brazil are no further away than the shores of Mission Bay. Enjoy a delectable and authentic Brazilian buffet with a traditional Brazilian Carnaval show featuring high-energy music, dancers and musicians in colorful costumes – plus an authentic fire dance performance!

Where: Bahia Resort Hotel – 998 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: August 22 and 29, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $14.95-$49.95
> Find out more about Brazilian Carnival

Full Moon Dinner Cruise

Full Moon over the San Diego Skyline

Take in the views during a Full Moon Dinner Cruise over San Diego Bay

Glide over the San Diego Bay and take in the full moon over the spectacular San Diego skyline with a 3-course dinner, glass of champagne, music and dancing.

Where: Hornblower Cruises – 1800 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 21, 2013
Time: 6:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $75
> Find out more about a Full Moon Dinner Cruise

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

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