There’s really nothing like summer in sunny San Diego. A wide range of outdoor (and indoor) events dominate this weekend, including al fresco concerts, movies in the park and a dog surfing competition. Enjoy the fun – and the rays.
Thursday, July 30
Santee Summer Concert Series: The Ultimate Stones
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Town Center Community Park East
Part of Santee’s Free Summer Concert Series, this Rolling Stones tribute band promises to rock the house. Attendees can also get some “Satisfaction” at this free community event by hitting up the gourmet food trucks scheduled to serve their specialties (Red Oven; Mastiff Sausage Co.; God Save the Cuisine). Kid-friendly activities round-out the fun, including flower and flag decorating, face painting and an inflatable obstacle course.
West Coast Tavern’s ‘80s Anniversary Party
7 p.m. to 9 p.m., North Park
Bust out your high-tops, acid-wash jeans, leg warmers and neon headbands and head over to West Coast Tavern in North Park for the bar’s 1980s-themed anniversary party. An ‘80s cover band will rock the house as patrons enjoy appetizers and half-priced drink specials. We also hear there’s going to be a candy bar filled with sweet treats from the past that will make you feel like a kid again. There’s no fee to attend this party, only a donation of school supplies (pencils, crayons, notebooks, etc.) that will benefit Jefferson Elementary School near West Coast Tavern.
7:30 p.m., Humphrey's by the Bay
Maybe you don't know how you know them, but you know Spandau Ballet -- these Brits defined New Wave back when it was actually a new wave of sound in the '80s. Though they took a break for 20 years, they're back with some new tracks to play along with such crowd favorites like "True" (which Steve Buscemi sang his own rendition of in "The Wedding Singer") and "Gold."
Friday, July 31
Summer Movies in the Park
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., various locations
Enjoy a free movie outdoors at one of San Diego County’s parks with the Summer Movies in the Park series. South Clairemont Community Park and Lindo Lake County Park will both screen “Penguins of Madagascar,” while Heritage County Park takes it back to a classic flick with a screening of “Grease,” and Southcrest Community Park airs “Home.”
OzCon International 2015
Starts at 9:30 a.m. Friday, runs through 2 p.m. Sunday, Town & Country Resort & Convention Center
Each summer, devoted fans of “The Wizard of Oz” gather for this convention, which celebrates every magical aspect of Oz. This year marks the 51st annual convention, and attendees will enjoy a long lineup of activities Friday through Sunday, including a treasure hunt, Oz trivia quizzes, panel discussion, displays and nighttime after-parties. The annual Oz costume contest is always a hit, too, and organizers say this year’s costume contest themes include The Scarecrow of Oz, Return to Oz, The Wiz and Wicked. For fans of Oz, this convention is home.
8 p.m., the Merrow
L.A.'s Crash Kings are almost a decade deep in alt-rock, pitched by colorful lyrics and bouncy beats. We haven't had a new release since 2013, but they do have an EP called "Live Nudes" in the works, which they plan to record raw and live in the studio (hence the title) -- so there's a good chance these boys might shed some new tunes onstage at their Merrow show.
Saturday, Aug. 1
Craft & Draft Makers Market
12 p.m., Coronado Brewing Co.
This crafty, cool, two-day event at Coronado Brewing Company goes down from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, catering specifically to those who love both crafts and craft beer. This maker’s market, co-organized by Var Collective, will boast more than 15 local artists selling high-quality, handmade goods. As patrons shop, they can sip on a cold brew and snack on sweets from Nomad Donuts or bites from local food trucks. Bonus: a limited number of shoppers will receive a free tote bag with some handmade goodies with a purchase made from one of the crafty vendors.
Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition
9 a.m., Imperial Beach Pier
What could possibly be cuter than a dog surfing? In its 10th year, this popular beachside competition showcases talented dogs catching some waves on their surf boards at Imperial Beach Pier. The event is free for spectators. There will be an onsite beer garden offering the very fitting Surf Dog Pale Ale made by Coronado Brewing Company, and entry into this 21+ part of the event is $10. Other activities at the competition include a beginner’s agility course for pups, an off-leash play area, a kid’s zone and dog adoptions. Proceeds from the event will benefit the San Diego Humane Society. Nearby Mar Vista High School will offer free parking and a complimentary shuttle from the lot to the beach between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Goldfield Stage Bocce Bash
9 a.m., Liberty Station
This bocce event at Liberty Station will raise funds for the San Diego Bowl Game Association and will feature round-robin bocce tournament play, live entertainment and beer. Bocce equipment will be provided to participants. There are three different levels of team registration entries, starting at $90 for one team of two people, which also includes a couple of beers.
8 p.m., Belly Up
When an artist plays multiple shows in town over consecutive days, do you go to the first or last? It won't matter when Stephen Stills takes the stage -- the enduring rocker will make you forget what day it is. He plays the first of his two back-to-back Belly Up shows on Saturday, and while both nights are sold out, this one just might be worth standing in the parking lot for.
Sunday, Aug. 2
Sunday Summer Concerts by the Sea: Encinitas
3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Moonlight Beach
Enjoy live music with your toes in the sand at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. This week, band BetaMaxx will take the stage. Pack a blanket, beach chairs, beach toys and the family, but leave the glass, alcohol and pets at home.
Chula Vista Lemon Festival 2015
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Third Avenue, from E to G streets
Pucker up for this 19th annual Lemon Festival celebrating Chula Vista’s history as the one of the lemon hotspots of the world. This free, family-friendly event will feature hundreds of vendors, a fun zone filled with activities and, of course, lemons galore. The 21+ crowd can sip on some craft brews at a beer garden, while live bands provide tunes on two stages. Also a fan favorite: the lemon-themed contests, including the largest lemon brought from your garden and a lemon pie eating contest. If you’re feeling extra festive, wear your best bright yellow clothing to the event.