San Diego’s Top Weekend Events July 14-17: Pride, PAWmicon, Sun & Sea Festival and More


Here are the main events taking place in San Diego from Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, June 17.

They include the in-person return of San Diego Pride after two years of hybrid events. For more details on all things Pride, check out our guide:


Blue Bohemian National Day Celebration

To celebrate its 15th anniversary and the French public holiday of July 14, Bleu Bohème will serve a unique cocktail and complimentary appetizers. There will also be live music provided by San Diego Symphony accordionist Mark Danisovszky. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Bohemian Blue, 4090 Adams Ave., San Diego.

Screening “Que Viva El Barrio”

“Que Viva El Barrio” will screen at Chrysalis: Monarch School’s Center for the Arts on July 14.

The Union-Tribune in San Diego will host a screening of photojournalist Ana Ramirez’s documentary “Que Viva El Barrio,” which follows Barrio Logan’s efforts to end pollution. The screening will also include a panel discussion and Q&A with members of the local community. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. The Chrysalis: Monarch School’s Center for the Arts, 1805 Main Street, San Diego. Free. Register at


Sun & Sea Festival

CA Imperial Beach's Sun & Sea Festival spotlighted the Kids-N-Kastles event for teams of young sandcastle builders.

CA Imperial Beach’s Sun & Sea Festival spotlighted the Kids-N-Kastles event for teams of young sandcastle builders.

(Nancee E. Lewis for The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Sand is in the spotlight at this annual two-day festival and competition featuring professional sandcastle builders. This year’s competition will feature San Diego’s top sculptors starting their builds on Friday, with viewing nearly all day. Friday’s event includes a Mayor’s Breakfast at Veterans Park and the Sandcastle Ball, taco and beer night with live music. Saturday activities include the Kids-n-Kastles competition (10 and under) in the morning; entertainment on the outdoor stage; and professional sandcastle judging in the afternoon. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Portwood Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach. Friday events include Mayor’s Breakfast, 9-11 a.m., Veterans Park, 1075 Eighth St., and Sandcastle Ball, 6-10 p.m., tickets $40, 2012 Sunset Ave., San Diego. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; events include the Kids ‘n Kastles Competition from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Dunes Park; entertainment from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Portwood Pier Plaza outdoor stage; judging of the sandcastles from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by the prize giving.

Vista Twilight Market

This monthly night market held at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista features food, crafts, music and more. Bring the family, hang out with friends and explore local vendor stalls – the list changes from month to month. Proceeds help support the Vista Educational Foundation. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every third Friday, all year round. Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum Grounds, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista (behind Guajome Park Elementary Academy) Tickets $2 admission (free for ages 5 and under); $5 beer/wine garden (21+)

“Blue Period”

OnStage Playhouse presents the world premiere of Charles Borkhuis’ play with Herbert Siguenza, about how a visit to Paris in 1900 by painter Pablo Picasso and his best friend Carles Casamegas would change their lives and give rise to the famous “blue period”. from The Career of Picasso. Opens Friday and closes August 7. 8 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday. 2 p.m. on Sunday. 291 Third Ave, Chula Vista. $22 to $25. (619) 422-7787.

“Two rock gentlemen Verona”

Coronado Playhouse presents the San Diego premiere of James Saba’s shortened, 1950s-themed musical adaptation of this Shakespearean comedy about two friends who fall in love with the same woman. Opens Friday and closes August 7. 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. 2 p.m. on Sunday. 1835 Strand Way, Coronado. Free. (619) 435-4856.

Beethoven by the Bay

The San Diego Symphony officially opens its new outdoor venue, The Rady Shell in Jacobs Park on August 6.

The San Diego Symphony officially opens its summer season on Friday, August 6 with the launch of its new outdoor venue, The Rady Shell in Jacobs Park.

(Michael James Rocha/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The San Diego Symphony Orchestra, with Dutch conductor Edo de Waart and cellist Yao Zhao, performs Symphony No. 7 in A major by Ludwig van Beethoven and its overture “Coriolanus”, as well as the Cello Concerto No. 1 in G minor by Dmitri Kabalevsky. 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, San Diego. $42 to $97 (lawn tickets are sold out). (619) 235-0804.

“Ode to the Blue Forest”

A collection of Oriana Poindexter’s original cyantoype images made with fragments of kelp and seaweed from the waters off La Jolla is on display through August 13. Opening: Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave., La Jolla.


San Diego Pride Parade

The family-friendly (and allied) San Diego Pride Parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag on University Avenue and Normal Street at 10 a.m. on July 16. It’s the biggest one-day civic event in San Diego — crowds peaked in 2015 when sex marriage was legalized — and one of the busiest Prides in the country. From colorful confetti to deeply felt camaraderie, the vibe is festive to the core. 10 a.m. Saturday. Begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag on University Ave. and Normal St., continues west on University Ave., turns south on 6th Ave., turns left on Balboa Dr. and ends at Quince Dr. Free.

OMBAC Over-the-Line

Old Mission Beach Athletic Club’s famous annual Over the Line tournament wraps up this Saturday and Sunday at Mission Bay Park. This three-person team variation of baseball (no bases to run, just hit the ball over the line) is famous for its athleticism, adult-only team names, and even more reserved booze. to adults. (BYOB, but no bottles please.) 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and sunset Saturday and Sunday, Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park. Free, but organizers suggest not suitable/safe for children due to crowds, bat-and-ball games, and language.

Baja Mezcal Party

The Baja Mezcal Fest will take place in Ensenada, Mexico on July 16-17.

The Baja Mezcal Fest will take place in Ensenada, Mexico on July 16-17.

(Courtesy of Martin Acevedo)

San Diego’s Be Saha Hospitality will hold its inaugural tasting event featuring over 25 brands of mezcal spirits along with cocktails, custom food items and artisan products at its new Tahona Bar in Baja. Be Saha owns the bars of San Diego Worwood, Tahona, Oculto 477 and Hidden Craft. 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Tahona Baja, Rosarito-Ensenada, Baja, Mexico. $125.

Inaugural exhibition of the Collectively Creative Art Group

This newly formed group of artists who originally met at Palomar College, will hold their first sale and educational event this weekend. Ceramics, sculptures, wall hangings, porcelain, raku, sandstone, paintings and calabash will be for sale. There will also be lectures on craft brewing, guitar making and environmental conservation, as well as a table where kids can create their own art. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Olivenhain Meeting Room, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas. Free.


PAWmicon returns

A costumed dog from a former PAWmicon.

A costumed dog from a former PAWmicon.

(Courtesy of Helen Woodward Animal Center)

The Helen Woodward Animal Center has all the cute canines covered at its 10th annual PAWmicon, a tribute to San Diego Comic Con (which begins Thursday). This year’s event — in-person after two virtual years — includes a PAWSplay competition for dogs (Superheroes, Super Villains, Pop Culture Pups, Cartoon Canines and Dynamic Duos); an AR treasure hunt; a BARKetplace and an artists’ showcase; “Movie Set” creations for dog photo shoots; and a comic book and pop culture trivia contest. Proceeds support pets and center programs. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Town & Country Resort at Hotel Circle, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego. Tickets $15 adults, $5 children. Entry to the PAWsplay costume contest $20; Participation in the Q&A contest $10. Special $25 VIP tickets include early entry and a commemorative t-shirt.


CCAE Theatricals presents the first musical comedy conceived by Jordan Beck, with a book by Robert L. Freedman, about five teenage Jewish chroniclers who perished in the Holocaust. Until July 30. 7:30 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday. 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. $35 to $75. (800) 988-4253.


iPalpiti musicians performing at a 2017 concert held at the Encinitas Library.

iPalpiti musicians performing at a concert held at the Encinitas Library in 2017: Stephanie Appelhans (violin), Peter Mezo (violin), Victor de Almeida (viola), Francisco Vila (cello), Ofer Canetti (cello).

(Robert McKenzie for The San Diego Union-Tribune

The city of Encinitas concludes its annual Festival of Classical and Chamber Works. Virtuosi II Soloists: Works by Philip Glass, Beethoven, Szymanowski and Bacewicz. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Soloists Virtuosi III: Works by Kreisler, Manuel de Falla, Anton Bruckner and Beethoven. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. $30. The festival ends in La Jolla with a concert by the iPalpiti Orchestra ensemble, with 27 musicians from 18 countries. 2 p.m. Sunday. Baker-Baum Concert Hall, Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. $48.

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