Top Things to Do in San Diego – August 11-16, 2015

A summer is not complete without spending a weekend in San Diego enjoying the beautiful weather, beaches, outdoor adventures and these top things to do!

Oceanside International Film Festival

Oceanside International Film Festival - Top Things to do in San Diego

Watch upcoming and unknown films in an ideal location, Oceanside

The Oceanside International Film Festival officially kicks off a season of various film festivals, which are conducted annually in San Diego county and usually continue through the Fall. The festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works from filmmakers who have not yet signed distribution agreements and look for recognition among wider audiences.

Where: The Brooks Theatre – 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: Through August 16, 2015
Cost: $10-$50
> Find out more about the Oceanside International Film Festival

Julian Starfest

Woman Looking Through a Telescope

Aim for the stars at Julian StarFest!

Julian StarFest, a three-day festival focused around the field of astronomy, will occur in the mountain town of Julian. Julian is known for its clear dark skies and one of the best locations in Southern California for observing. The festival includes a free public Star Party on Saturday night, astronomy related exhibition areas, guest speakers presenting on astronomy related subjects, a swap meet and a raffle with some great astronomy prizes.

Where: Menghini Winery – 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
When: August 13-15, 2015
Cost: $15-$30
> Find out more about Julian Starfest

Tiki Oasis 2015 – Yesterday’s Future, Today!

Tiki Oasis 2015 - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Tiki Oasis is the Class M hypergiant of the Tiki scene – the biggest Tiki Weekender in the solar system. Pull on your jet pack and jump into the air; grab your raygun and become a space invader; or just relax poolside soaking in the sights and sounds of your own moonage daydream.

Where: The Crowne Plaza Hotel – 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: August 13-16, 2015
Cost: $10-$300
> Find out more about Tiki Oasis 2015 – Yesterday’s Future, Today!

¡Latin Food Fest!

Once again, ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego brings together chefs, brands and consumers to provide a variety of culinary experiences from “Havana Nights” chef’s supper club style dinner to “Spirits of the Americas” mixology bash our signature event “Grande Tasting” and “Family Day,” with demonstrations and tasting tents offers our guests unique opportunities to indulge!

Where: Broadway Pier – 1000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 14-17, 2015
Cost: Varies by event
> Find out more about ¡Latin Food Fest!

Summer Pops – Sinatra at 100

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Concert Series

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops pairs music with the beautiful downtown skyline.

Ol’ Blue Eyes is back! Frank Sinatra – the most popular male vocalist of the twentieth century never really left us. His music, that unmistakable voice, will play on forever: “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Strangers in the Night” just to name a few.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 14-15, 2015
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $20-$92
> Find out more about Summer Pops – Sinatra at 100

ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station

ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station

Take a walk through NTC @ Liberty Station and browse amazing local art

ArtWalk NTC brings fine art outside under San Diego’s sunny skies to create the perfect viewing art under natural light and purchase artwork directly from the finest artists in the region.

Where: NTC Liberty Station at Ingram Plaza – 2645 Historic Decatur, San Diego, CA 92106
When: August 15-16, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station

Stone Anniversary Celebration & Beer Festival

Stone Anniversary Celebration & Beer Festival

This is the main event! Our 19th annual Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival has become one of the biggest craft beer festival in Southern California, and this year promises to be the best one yet!

Where: CSU San Marcos – 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096
When: August 15, 2015
Time: 11:00 Am to 6:00 PM
Cost: $15-$85
> Find out more about the Stone Anniversary Celebration & Beer Festival

5th Annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Del Mar Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Bring your appetite for the tastiest food on wheels when the 5th annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival comes to Del Mar. Enjoy a variety of some of the hottest eats in Southern California as 50 food trucks are expected, all in one location, with gourmet chefs serving their eclectic bests at super prices.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: August 15, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Included with racetrack admission
> Find out more about the 5th Annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Ferragosto 2015 – Pompeii

Ferragosto 2015 - Pompeii

Little Italy’s Togo Party – Ferragosto Means Fun. Great food, live entertainment, and an exciting theme party with dancing under a starry San Diego sky. Our past parties proved it. “When in Rome,” “Venetian Masquerade,” and “The Roaring 20’s” – all were over-the-top events. This year, we pull out all the stops – fantasy settings, circus rides and non-stop live entertainment, not to mention the fabulous food from San Diego’s finest restaurants.

Where: Amici Park – State St And Date, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 15, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM to Midnight
Cost: $115-$1,650
> Find out more about Ferragosto 2015 – Pompeii

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

Laughter will ring out under the stars as Shakespeare’s hilarious tale of mistaken identity takes the outdoor stage. A young man and his servant arrive in town, unaware that each of them has a separated-at-birth identical twin already there.

Where: Old Globe Theatre – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 16 – September 20, 2015
Cost: Tickets start at $29
> Find out more about The Comedy of Errors

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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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