Here’s your challenge for August (if you choose to accept): Resolve to do something new every weekend. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Thursday, July 31
NASA Destination Station
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
The International Space Station orbits hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface, but it still affects our everyday lives. Find out how at this out-of-this-world exhibit, open through Sept. 2.
Santee Summer Concert Series
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Town Center Community Park East
Need some help deciding what to do Thursday night? Come together for a night of iconic Beatles music with the tribute band Help! Free admission.
GEEKS! The Musical!
8 p.m. at BLKBOX in Hillcrest
Are you experiencing Comic-Con withdrawal? This musical is the cure. It has all the drama of the Con, from finding a rare comic book to finding love on the floor.
SoundDiego Suggestion: The Hold Steady
8 p.m. at the Belly Up
The Hold Steady barged out of Brooklyn, New York in 2004 with booze-soaked alt-country epics and intricate tales of loss and redemption that we haven’t heard since Springsteen was trading licks with Clarence “Big Man” Clemons on 1975’s “Born to Run.” It’d be a shame to miss them at such an intimate spot on the beach.
Friday, August 1
Padres WineFest 2014
5 p.m. at Petco Park
Raise a glass to the Padres before they take on the Atlanta Braves Friday night. Admission to this pre-game party is free with your game ticket.
First Friday – Cumbia Night
8 p.m. in North Park
Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center kicks off its new First Friday (of the Month) program with a night of live music and Cumbia dancing. Come early at 7 p.m. for a beginner dance lesson.
10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m. in the Gaslamp Quarter
Travel back in time to the 1920s when drinking was done behind closed doors. You’ll take a hidden elevator to the speakeasy where 10 secret cocktails await. It’s all part of Searsucker’s 4th birthday celebration. Call 619-233-7327 for reservations.
Saturday, August 2
25th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at South Clairemont Park
This free event features activities for the kids, like swimming, pony rides and laser tag, and a classic car show.
Bubbles and Bling
11 a.m. – 2 p .m. at the Pacific Beach Bar and Grill in PB
Calling all fashionistas. It’s your chance to score exclusive styles before they hit the runway at Fashion Week San Diego. Plus, a little champagne doesn't hurt.
SoundDiego Suggestion: Weezer
4 p.m. at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
It seems like summers in San Diego just aren’t complete without a performance by everyone’s favorite alt-rock icon at the Del Mar Track. Weezer definitely have the market cornered when it comes to their incredibly catchy pop wall o’sound – and no one sports a cardigan better than lead singer/guitarist Rivers Cuomo. With hits like “Buddy Holly,” “Beverly Hills,” “Say It Ain’t So,” and yup, “Undone (the Sweater Song)” – this fun-loving quartet always put on a killer show.
SoundDiego Suggestion: Erik Canzona CD Release
7 p.m. at the Victory Theater
If you’re a fan of local jam/soul/rock quintet the Heavy Guilt, you’ll recognize their lead singer at the Victory Theater on Saturday. Canzona takes to the stage in celebration of his debut solo album, “The Narrows.” Also on the bill are the Silent Comedy’s Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman (as Brothers Grim), and Transfer frontman Matt Molarius. The frontmen of three of San Diego’s biggest rock bands share the stage at Grant Hill’s historic venue for an all-ages show. Bottom line: Don’t miss it.
Sunday, August 3
San Diego Sip ‘N Stroll
11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Pacific Beach
Bring the whole family and check out local PB businesses. There will be live music and lots of activities to keep both you and the kids entertained.
Wizard of Oz Yappy Hour
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Hotel del Coronado
There’s no place like the Hotel del Coronado this weekend. The 50th annual “Wizard of Oz” Convention is taking place there, and both you and your pooch can be part of it. Come dressed as your favorite “Oz” character for a chance to win a two-night stay at the iconic hotel. You’ll enjoy themed cocktails, like the Kansas Twister, and can enter your dog in the Toto Photo contest. So click your heels (or paws) and be there.
SoundDiego Suggestion: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
7 p.m. at Viejas Arena
It’s unbelievable, but it seems like this show has flown under the radar since it was announced a few months back. Petty needs no introduction but regardless, he’s one of America’s most legendary songwriters and consistently puts out great album after great album (his most recent, “Hypnotic Eye,” drops July 29). We’re not sure which is more impressive: That he’s been at it with the Heartbreakers since 1976 – or that he’s penned some of the biggest hits radio’s ever heard. Either way, we’ll be “Free Fallin’” when his unmistakable voice fills Viejas Arena on Sunday.