Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 26-31, 2016

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt

JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar takes us back to the hotbed of the ’80s and offers us an origin story for the world that finance has given us, a sexy and epic thriller about an upstart genius hell-bent on changing all the rules.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: July 26 – August 21, 2016
Cost: Starting at $20
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Summer Games: A Tower After Hours Event

Summer Games: A Tower After Hours Event

Celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio with a tournament of summer games. Jump in on the action! Team up for Museum-wide events, mingle with San Diego Olympic athletes, enjoy Brazilian appetizers and Brazil’s signature cocktail, the caipirinha, and more.

Where: San Diego Museum of Man – 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 28,2016
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $10-$30
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San Diego Padres vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park! Game day promotions and events include: Friday – Party in the Park, Saturday – SD Ear Buds giveaway, and Sunday – KidsFest.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 29-31, 2016
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The Second City’s Free Speech!

The Second City's Free Speech!

Free Speech! (While Supplies Last) offers an irreverent look at America’s electoral insanity. This topical new show features political satire made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Keegan-Michael Key, as well as brand new scenes, songs and improv straight from their sold-out shows in Chicago and Toronto. This must-see evening of comedy features some of Chicago’s best and brightest in a special three-week engagement.

Where: 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: July 29 – August 21, 2016
Cost: Starting at $29
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Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition

Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Get stoked! It’s time for the most adorable surf event of the year. At the Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition, the most fearless dogs will jump on their boards, paddle out and hang 20! This event must be seen to be believed. Bring the whole family for a day of rad competitions, goodies and fun!

Where: Imperial Beach Pier – 2 Elder Ave., Imperial Beach, CA 91932
When: July 30, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
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SDGMC – Thriller: The Music of Michael Jackson

SDGMC - Thriller: The Music of Michael Jackson

The award-winning San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus returns to the Balboa Theatre stage with its summer blockbuster show, Thriller featuring the greatest hits of everybody’s favorite King of Pop, Michael Jackson. It’s an all-new show with thrilling music from the lush and beautiful 8-part harmonies of “Ben” and “You Are Not Alone” to the fun, pop-styled dance songs of “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Shake Your Body.”

Where: 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 30-31, 2016
Cost: Starting at $34
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Meteor Shower

Steve Martins Meteor Shower - The Old Globe

Get ready for the unexpected when Norm and his wife Corky invite another couple to their Ojai backyard to watch a meteor shower in the night sky. As the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, cocktails flow, tempers flare, and sparks fly – literally. Steve Martin’s surprising new comedy takes an offbeat and absurdist look at the comic anxiety lurking just beneath the surface of modern marriage.

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 31 – September 18, 2016
Cost: Starting at $29
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Hess Fest 2016

Hess Fest 2016 - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Join us and some of our friends in celebrating our 6 year anniversary. We’re taking over Grim Avenue even larger than last year! We’ll be joined by the best of San Diego’s breweries and even some of our friends from AZ! Besides the breweries, we’ve got some of SD’s finest eateries participating in the celebration. All this, plus two live bands – it’s a street party like no other!

Where: Grim Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
When: July 30, 2016
Time: 12:30 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $35-$65
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Reggae Fest With Ziggy Marley

Reggae Fest With Ziggy Marley

Come dance to the rhythm of reggae all day. The band The Devastators and DJ Carlos Culture will play throughout the racing day in the concert area west of the grandstand. On the main stage, the opening band, Ginger Roots and the Protectors, will be followed by the headliner, reggae legend Ziggy Marley.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: July 30, 2016
Cost: Included with racetrack admission. After last race – $20
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Hooray for Hollywood!

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Concert Series

Brilliantly edited film clips on the big screen will complement some of the most famous songs and themes written for the movies and performed with panache by the San Diego Symphony. Film and musical selections to include clips from Interstellar and Pirates of the Caribbean with music from Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town, Bernard Hermann’s North by Northwest Overture, and of course John Williams favorites from Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Where: 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 30, 2016
Time: 8:00 to 10:30 PM
Cost: $20-$85
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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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