Weekend Events for Aug. 21-24



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    Let's toast to the weekend. Here are some San Diego events serving up lively libations.

    Thursday, Aug. 21

    Gourmet S’mores
    6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Mission Brewery in East Village
    The campsite classic is going gourmet. Sample s’mores with bacon, peanut butter and other unique ingredients added to the traditional graham cracker-marshmallow-chocolate recipe. A Brazilian food truck and live Hawaiian music are also on tap for this night of fun at Mission Brewery.

    SoundDiego Suggestion: Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden
    8 p.m. at Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    This monstrosity of a team-up will pummel Sleep Train back to the 90s, if they’re not careful. Neither band really needs an introduction but we can confidently say that Trent Reznor and Co. have been on top of their game the last couple years, and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell has never sounded better in his entire career. Be there.

    Friday, Aug. 22

    SoundDiego Suggestion: The Silent Comedy, Transfer, Vokab Kompany
    4 p.m. at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
    Hometown boys return! All three of these bands are huge in the San Diego music scene and put on some of the most compelling and entertaining shows around. Do yourself a favor and get to the track on Friday for this 4 o’clock show.

    SoundDiego Suggestion: Future Islands
    7 p.m. at the Irenic
    If you were one of the few who nabbed tickets to this all-ages, sold-out show at North Park’s Irenic – consider yourself lucky. Future Islands are the indie music world’s darlings right now and for good reason: Their latest and greatest album, “Singles,” is a synthpop tour de force – one listen to their hit single “Seasons (Waiting On You)” will have you scouring Craigslist with the rest of San Diego for tickets to this show.

    Vanessa Williams with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra
    7:30 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park South
    Sophisticated songstress Vanessa Williams takes the stage with the San Diego Symphony. Her set list includes fan favorites “Save the Best for Last” and “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas.”

    Saturday, Aug. 23

    3rd Annual San Diego Beer Run 5K/10K
    8 a.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park North
    You may not be ready for the Olympics, but what about the Beer Olympics? Runners of all fitness levels are invited to take part in this 5K/10K race. A cold beer will be waiting for you at the finish line.

    Ukrainian Independence Day Celebration
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the San Dieguito County Park
    Enjoy an afternoon of all things Ukrainian: Colorful dance performances, traditional art and crafts, and food like hot grilled sausage. (You can smell it already.)

    6th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
    2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Port Pavilion
    What makes the perfect summertime party? Combine endless cocktails, mix in some celebrity chefs, add a splash of live entertainment, and you’ve got the San Diego Spirits Festival. This year’s theme is Burlesque Prohibition. Buy your ticket from The Goods and save $35. Click here for this delicious deal.

    Uncorked Wine Walk and Concert
    4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Westfield UTC
    No time to tour Temecula wine country? Get a taste of it in just one night. Guests will explore four wine gardens set up throughout the mall and enjoy fare from Westfield UTC eateries.

    Wiz Khalifa
    8 p.m. at Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    Wiz Khalifa seemed to spring on the hip-hop scene in 2010 with his hit single, “Black and Yellow.” But he’s no one-hit wonder: If his past three albums are any indication, he’ll have another massively popular record on his hands when his new full-length, “Blacc Hollywood,” drops on Aug. 19. Rap fans need to be in Chula Vista when Khalifa takes the stage.

    Sunday, Aug. 24

    Bike the Bay
    7 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park South
    Hold onto your handlebars. Whether you’re a cycling fanatic or just peddle for fun, Bike the Bay is not to be missed. The 25-mile path takes riders along the San Diego Bay, over the Coronado Bay Bridge, past Imperial Beach and more, featuring breathtaking views along the way.

    25th Annual Make-A-Wish Tuna Fishing Challenge
    10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Shelter Island
    Hang a “Gone Fishing” sign on your door and head to Shelter Island for the largest tuna fishing competition in the continental U.S. Proceeds will help grant wishes for deserving kids. That’s a cause you can get behind hook, line and sinker.

    San Diego Ceviche Showdown & Tasting
    2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at 57 Degrees on Hancock Street
    Who makes the best ceviche in San Diego? Find out Sunday when local restaurants go head to head for the title.

    Ozomatli (San Diego Symphony Summer Pops concert series)
    7:30 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park South
    This seven-piece band returns to the Bay with their mix of salsa, jazz, funk, merengue, cumbia, reggae, rap and rock -- an eclectic sound unrivaled in the music world. There are few better places to see a concert than the scenic Embarcadero stage – you’re literally standing next to the water. Soak it in, folks.

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