Top Things to do in San Diego: August 23-26

From the King of Pop to a Wine and Food festival, there’s a lot to keep you busy this weekend. What will you be doing?

1. 10th Annual Chula Vista Rotary Wine & Food Festival

Get your fill on some of the best restaurants, breweries, wineries and spirits at the 10th Annual Chula Vista Wine and Food Festival. The event will take place at the Otay Ranch Town Center on Saturday, August 25 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. With over 40 participants this year, there will surely be something for everyone. Tickets are $50 per person.

2. San Diego Symphony: The Music of Michael Jackson

Head over to the Embarcadero for the San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops series. On Thursday, August 23, the Symphony will be highlighting the King of Pop’s 40 years of hits. From ABC to the Man in the Mirror as well as I’ll Be There, Beat It and the Way You Make Me Feel. It’ll be a Thriller!

3. San Diego Spirits Festival

It’s all about Cocktails, Culinary and Culture on Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26 at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. The Spirits Festival will highlight the cocktail and culinary community and the talented bartenders who are shaking up San Diego’s vibrant scene.

4. Wholistic Expo

The Convention Center will be surrounded by a virtual aura of peace and tranquility created by the Wholistic Expo, the wellness, health and knowledge event, August 24-26. With the purpose of providing a “whole holistic” experience, the Wholistic Expo is designed to promoted mind, body, emotional and spiritual balance.

5. Summer Whale Watching Cruise

For the past few years, giant blue whales have been making an appearance off the coast of California. Catch a ride on one of the many boats leaving San Diego Harbor everyday for your chance to see the largest animal ever to lived.

Katie S.

This is It: Michael Jackson Celebrations

Can you tell I'm a fan?

This is it: Friday it will be a full year since we lost Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. Find a spot in San Diego to celebrate his life and remember his greatest hits.

In honor of the first anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, Hornblower Cruises and Magic FM has planned a rockin’ celebration onboard Inspiration Hornblower with a live band playing the pop star’s music all night long.  Put on your white socks and black shoes and dance under the full moon on the sky deck 30 feet off the water and 10,000 square foot open air dance floor! A portion of proceeds Benefiting Lions Tigers and Bears, a non-profit rescue facility dedicated to providing a safe haven for unwanted and abused exotic cats.

The San Diego County Fair has a full-day of Michael Jackson activities planned. Be on your toes all day, as two “flash mobs” are planned, with over 200 actors in full makeup will be performing the Thriller dance. Kids will have a chance to learn to moonwalk just like the King of Pop and take photos with Michael Jackson impersonators walking around the park. A special showing of “This is It” will be shown on the video screen at the Paddock at two separate times during the night, and “Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band” will be performing.

So dig through your closet tonight, find your white, sequined glove, and wear it with pride at one of these celebrations tomorrow!