A toast is in order: the weekend is here and there are many local events happening catered to foodies, winos and craft beer enthusiasts. Top that with a few street festivals, live music and some family-friendly activities and it’s sure to be one heck of a weekend.
Thursday, Aug. 27
Taste at the Cove
5:30 p.m., Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove
An annual fundraiser for the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation (SDSMF), Taste at the Cove features food from top-rated local restaurants, a runway fashion show and silent and live auctions. The event also highlights two honorees, one in the medical field and one professional athlete. The 2015 honoree is Chargers icon LaDainian Tomlinson. Many Chargers and Padres players are also expected at the fundraiser.
Twilight in the Park: Rock & Roll Finale
5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park
The final show of Balboa Park’s popular “Twilight in the Park” summer concert series, the Rock & Roll Finale will include lively tunes from The Legends band and a free, pre-concert dance class hosted by Swing Dancing San Diego. The dance lesson – focusing on the 1950s “Jitterbug” jig – runs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll concert follows. This is a free event. Pack a picnic, a blanket and bring some friends.
Friday, Aug. 28
San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival
Times vary, Aug. 28-30, Carlsbad
Young film buffs will enjoy this film festival for kids hosted at the Schulman Auditorium at the City of Carlsbad Library Friday through Sunday. This year, the fest will screen more than 70 movies from more than 20 countries made by innovative filmmakers. The weekend-long festival includes an opening night gala Friday, forums, panels, an awards ceremony and a fashion show on Sunday. Times for screenings and activities vary, so check out the full schedule here. Tickets cost $10 per adult and $5 for kids 18 and under.
Carlsbad Music Festival
Times vary on Aug. 28-30, Carlsbad
The 12th annual summer celebration of music by the beach will take over the streets of Carlsbad Friday through Sunday. The lively lineup includes more than 60 free concerts and three main stage shows that require tickets. The music fest kicks off Friday at 7:30 p.m. with a free opening concert by piano duo Hocket. At 8 p.m. violinist Todd Reynolds takes the main stage with the first ticketed concert of the weekend. If you don’t want to miss a beat, consider buying a three-day pass to the fest for $40 here, which is good for entry into all of the main stage concerts.
Saturday, Aug. 29
Cork & Draft Classic
3 p.m., Embarcadero North Park on Kettner Boulevard
Delicious wines meet tasty beers at this new event by the Embarcadero. Once inside, enjoy unlimited sips of wine and beer from multiple vendors. There is a social games area with giant jenga, croquet and more. Local food trucks and cuisine will be nearby and food will be available for purchase. For more details, click here.
Brew & Food Festival
Early entry at 2 p.m., general admission at 3 p.m., San Diego Waterfront Park
Craft beer fans looking to munch on delicious food as they sip their beers will line up for this tasty experience – all for a good cause. More than 70 independent breweries will work alongside more than 20 of the area’s best restaurants to provide yummy food and sips for attendees. Proceeds will benefit the San Diego Coastkeeper.
Imperial Avenue Street Festival
12 p.m., Imperial Avenue, 28th and 30th Street between L Street and Commercial Avenue
Celebrate the rich culture and history of the Greater Logan Heights community during this popular street festival. Listen to live music, enjoy arts and crafts, eat gourmet food and sip on local beverages, all while walking down on of the oldest streets in San Diego.
Taste of San Marcos
1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Old California Restaurant Row (San Marcos)
This street festival is all about exploring the yummy local bites of North County restaurants. Stroll through booths and take your time picking from local restaurants’ dishes while enjoying microbreweries’ drinks. Steal Dawn will perform live music throughout the event. Admission is $25 online prior to the event and $30 at the gate.
San Diego Craft Beer Fest
1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Seaside Concert Area at the Del Mar Racetrack
Beer lovers, rejoice! This summertime festival is packed with more than 40 of San Diego’s best beers. Aficionados will enjoy more than 200 different brews at the festival, including cold bottled beer brands in addition to draft products. There will be live music and food trucks with food available for purchase. For a limited time, a pre-sale package ticket including admission to the racetrack will cost $22.
Taylor Swift, Vance Joy
7 p.m., Petco Park
Okay, so obviously this is sold out by now, but it's one of those things you need to know is happening as you're wondering why traffic is so bad on Saturday night. T. Swift, the country girl turned pop princess, commands her minions to Petco this weekend for the 1989 World Tour. She's a force, San Diego. She's got the whole world-domination thing dialed in. Expect opener Vance Joy, of "Riptide" fame, to sparkle in the Swift glow.
12th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival
Friday through Sunday, 4 p.m., Village of Carlsbad
This three-day music festival held by the beach will feature more than 60 performers in a soothing event held by the beach. Enjoy jazz, classical, blues, Americana and world music, all while you spend time in the park. A three-day festival pass costs $40.
11th Annual LeucadiART Walk
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the West side of Highway 101 in Leucadia
Stroll down one of San Diego’s most iconic seaside streets and admire the local artwork lined along the sidewalk. Along the way, stop by children art stations and a Craft Beer Garden. Six spots along the Coast Highway will have live music as well.
8 p.m., Soda Bar
Calliope Musicals come from Austin, Texas, bearing soulful female vocals, folk-psych bounce and the promise of an energetic live performance. Don't pass these guys up just because you haven't heard of them before -- instead, take them up on their offer of an evening of entertainment.
Deftones, Incubus, Death From Above 1979, the Eeries
6:15 p.m., Sleep Train Amphitheatre
It's turning out to be a stadium-show weekend, with the unlikely double-bill of the Deftones and Incubus coming in on Sunday at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. Death From Above 1979 opens, along with the Eeries, so there's going to be a lot of music, even if it is a bit of a smorgasbord.