Downtown's Day Off

The Ferris Bueller lifestyle, more than a week’s worth of beer celebrations and other deals and events

 There’s the classic scene in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” when the enigmatic lead character takes over a downtown Chicago parade. Before he channels Wayne Newton singing “Danke Shoen” from atop a float, Ferris announces: “I'd like to dedicate it to a young man who doesn't think he's seen anything good today—Cameron Frye, this one's for you.”

San Diegans who don’t think they’ve seen anything good lately are invited to Downtown’s Day Off. It’s a party that runs from noon to 6 p.m. on August 28. Play hooky on the last Friday of the month on the Kin Lounge pool deck at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

The Cubs-Mets baseball game will be televised, as will “Ferris Bueller.” There’ll be free Chicago dogs, DJ Ryan Kelver will spin and The Wagon will play “Twist and Shout,” and other songs that will make you glad you took the day off. Bathing suits are encouraged. $10 cover; downtown residents or workers get in free. For more information go to

Beer Week…Plus 3: The first San Diego Beer Week will take place on November 6-15. Yes, that’s actually 10 days, but after a week of celebrating beer, nobody’ll be calendar counting.

The event will showcase the region’s 33 brew houses, and give recognition to the fact that San Diego has become one of the country’s premier craft beer destinations.

Beer Week will kick off with the San Diego Brewer’s Guild Beer Festival, where more than 80 brewskis will be poured. There will be parties, cooking classes, special beer tastings and even a Disc Golf with the Brewers event. For more information go to

More Deals & Events: East Village Tavern & Bowl has been wildly popular in East Village, so its owners are opening a new location in East Lake. The new spot will have 10 bowling lanes and 50 50-inch high-definition flat-screen TVs…Market 32 is also expanding. In addition to its still-new Tenth Avenue location, another produce market will open in Barrio Logan at Imperial and 21st Avenue…Thee Bunglow in Ocean Beach has a Summer of 7s promotion that lasts through August 27. Seven days a week, the eatery is serving wines by the glass and Absolute tableside martinis for $7.

Ron Donoho is a regular contributor to and a contributing editor to His Web site ( is dedicated to news, sports, culture, happy hours and all things downtown.

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