Top Things to Do in San Diego – August 18-23, 2015

There’s still plenty of time to enjoy everything a San Diego Summer has to offer including the sunshine and these top things to do this weekend.

Best of San Diego Party

Best of San Diego Party - Top Things to Do

The Best of San Diego Party brings together the top restaurants, wineries and breweries for an unforgettable evening of food and entertainment. Enjoy unlimited tastings from celebrated local chefs, sips from local breweries and wineries, and cocktails made from premium spirits. Expect live entertainment, DJ’s and surprise performances.

Where: NTC Venues at Liberty Station – 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: August 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $75-$85
> Find out more about the Best of San Diego Party

Summer Pops – Leann Rimes

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Concert Series

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

She rose to the top at age 13 – and has been a star ever since. She’s a country, pop and an international sensation. Making her long-awaited return to the Summer Pops performing “Blue,” “How Do I Live” and more, it’s LeAnn Rimes at her very best!

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 21-22, 2015
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $20-$82
> Find out more about Summer Pops – Leann Rimes

4th Annual Julian Film Festival

4th Annual Julian Film Festival

The nature-focused, environmental film festival will tie-in with, and support, VMF’s theme of A Watershed Year. It will focus on important themes of water and connectivity like those of the 15-mile long Volcan Mountain Range and it’s adjacent watershed and wildlife corridors in the San Diego County and Southern/Baja California regions. Two exceptional, award-winning, feature-length films also provide a local connection.

Where: 1656 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036
When: August 21-22, 2015
Cost: $10-$35
> Find out more about the 4th Annual Julian Film Festival

San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Petco Park

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Petco Park. Game day promotions and events include: Friday – WineFest and First Responders Appreciation; Saturday – Dri-Fit T-Shirt; and Sunday – KidsFest and Salute to Veterans.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 21-23, 2015
Cost: Check website for seat pricing
> Find out more about the San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals

The BLVD Market

The BLVD Market

Do you like food? Yes! The BLVD Market began as an idea to expand the food scene in San Diego by adopting the Smorgasburg model from Brooklyn, which unlike farmer’s markets, is a festival for ‘foodies’ who want to eat.  The BLVD Market started out small, by incubating the concept on the third Friday of each month and transforming the parking lot of The Boulevard Center into a lively, open-air marketplace.

Where: The Boulevard Center – 2855 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104
When: August 21, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about The BLVD Market

San Diego Spirits Festival

San Diego Spirits Festival

The San Diego Spirits Festival promises to open your eyes to new and unique cocktails, introduce you to the great liquor purveyors, talented mixologist, great chefs so you can savor delicious restaurant offerings to soak up all your favorite libations! And treat you with some tantalizing entertainment.

Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier – 1000 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 22-23, 2015
Cost: $25-$150
> Find out more the San Diego Spirits Festival

Impossible Science Festival

Impossible Science Festival - Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

The Impossible Science Festival is a unique, hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and even learn how to walk on water. This event will examine the question “what is possible?” and use visual and interactive experiences to show how the seemingly impossible can become possible through curiosity and knowledge.

Where: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center – 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 22-23, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $18.95-$21.95
> Find out more about the Impossible Science Festival

Chula Vista Harbor Fest

Chula Vista Harbor Fest

HarborFest welcomes everyone to enjoy a classic summer festival in our beautiful city! Prepare to get your groove on and dance, dance, dance in front of three stages; Latin Beats Stage, HarborFest Main Stage, & Chula Vista Community Stage! To bring it home and local, the Tacos & Spirits Revolution will feed your tummy and your competitive spirit in a battle of the Best of the Fest.

Where: Bayside Park, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: August 22, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Chula Vista Harbor Fest

Pacific Classic Day


Del Mar’s richest and most prestigious race, the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic (Gr. I), takes place this weekend. Watch some of the country’s top horses compete at the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles in the 24th running of Del Mar’s signature event. The Pacific Classic will anchor a stakes triple header program that includes the 7-furlong Pat O’Brien Stakes and the Del Mar Mile on turf, both Gr. II events for 3-year-olds and up.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: August 22, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Included with racetrack admission
> Find more about Pacific Classic Day

4th Annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers

Mira Mesa Festival of Beers

More than 30 breweries featuring 65+ beers with unlimited 2 ounce samples…2 food vendors, 2 great live bands, plus multiple vendor booths and more. All in a beautiful outdoor park in Mira Mesa!

Where: Mira Mesa Community Park – 8575 New Salem St., San Diego, CA 92126
When: August 22, 2015
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $35-$50
> Find out more about the 4th Annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers

Bike the Bay

Bike The Bay

Photo courtesy of Charlie Sears

Experience a scenic bayside ride and enjoy a rare opportunity to pedal over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. The 25-mile route passes through the cities of 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.

Starting Point: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 23, 2015
Cost: $55
> Find out more about Bike The Bay

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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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