5 to Try This Weekend – FREE Events

Hillcrest's Cityfest

Hillcrest's Cityfest

The 27th Annual Hillcrest Cityfest
Aug. 8 in Hillcrest
This FREE event celebrates community spirit with music, arts and crafts, a celebratory lantern parade and rededication of the Hillcrest neighborhood sign. Event futures will include a Grand Stage, massive open air beer garden, a kid’s carnival, mechanical bull, dunk tank and more.  The event takes place from 12 – 8 p.m.

The 30th Annual US Sandcastle Competition
Aug. 7 – 8 in Imperial Beach
This FREE event begins on Saturday with a street festival along Seacoast Drive.  The festival will include entertainment, food, arts and crafts and The Kids-N-Kastles Competition in the afternoon. On Sunday the official sandcastle competition will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sculptures are only available for viewing until 4 p.m. due to the tides.

The 9th annual Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery
Aug. 6 – 8 in Old Town
Bazaar del Mundo Shops presents an extensive collection of authentic folk art, traditional clothing and textiles, colorful collectibles and dazzling jewelry during this FREE event. Partake in demonstrations, enjoy musical entertainment and feast on mouth-watering Mexican cuisine. The event takes place from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

The 7th annual San Diego International Children’s Film Festival
Aug. 7 – 8 in Balboa Park
The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) will present more than 60 short children’s films from around the world – ranging from animation, live action and documentary. The FREE event will also include special guest appearances and fun giveaways. The event takes place from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

Coronado Concerts in the Park
Aug. 8 in Coronado
Bring a picnic and listen to The Corvettes, as part of Coronado’s summer concert series at 6 p.m. in Spreckels Park. Arrive early and browse the work of local artists during Coronado’s Art-In-The-Park event.

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About Stephenie

I’m a Nor Cal girl loving my Sol Cal world. I have a passion for fashion but can’t ever quite afford it. I love to laugh and often crack myself up. I hang with the guys and gossip with the girls. I like to wear my stunna shades at night.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?

I would spend the day in Balboa Park and finally visit all the museums.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

I’d hit the beach and get rid of my tan lines… can you tan when you’re invisible??

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Catching a Padres game at PETCO Park, bike riding along the Pacific Beach/Mission Beach boardwalk or going to the Little Italy Mercado on Saturdays.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Burgers and beer all the way.

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…



  • Taylor Swift: Love Story



  • Jamie Foxx: Blame It



  • Kelly Clarkson: My Life Would Suck Without You



  • Pitbull: I Know You Want Me



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