Feed your need for speed this week

Or talk like a pirate, taste South Park, and love Spock

Saturday, September 17: Coronado Speed Festival
  • Saturday, September 17: Coronado Speed Festival

Thursday | 15

Past Event

Taste of Downtown

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Throughout Downtown San Diego
  • $30 - $35

Hit restaurants, bistros, and take-outs on a tour of 40 esteemed eateries and new hot spots throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District, and East Village. Free shuttle service. Will call at Rustic Root, 535 Fifth Avenue.

Friday | 16

Past Event

Kaaboo Del Mar

  • Friday, September 16, 2016, noon
  • Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
  • $149

Headliners for 2016 include Aerosmith, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band, and Jack Johnson. With Lenny Kravitz, Daryl Hall & John Oates, the Avett Brothers, OneRepublic, Third Eye Blind, Flo Rida, the Chainsmokers, and nearly 100 other music and comedy acts. $149; three-day pass for $349.

Past Event

San Diego Bayfair

  • Friday, September 15, 2017, 8 a.m.
  • Mission Bay Park, Vacation Isle, off Ingraham Street, San Diego
  • $20 - $30

Bayfair started out in 1964 as a simple hydroplane race and has grown into what has been described as “a three-ring circus on the water,” an annual family festival that attracts 150,000 spectators in three days. As a sports competition, the event draws more powerboat racing classes than any other site in the world. In recent years, the vendor village has expanded to include an entertainment stage and a kids’ zone. Free shuttle buses will take visitors to Vacation Island and Crown Point. $20 for Friday; $30 Saturday and Sunday (parking not included).

Past Event


  • Friday, September 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
  • Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego
  • $57 - $77

Formed in 1969 in Düsseldorf, Germany, the quartet is considered the pioneering band of modern electronic music and its several subgenres, including synthpop, electropop, EDM, and art rock. According to The Observer, “No other band since the Beatles has given so much to pop culture.” In concert with that high praise, in 2014 the Grammy Academy bestowed Kraftwerk with a Lifetime Achievement Award. What to expect if you go: with a krautrock base of driving, repetitive rhythms and robotic imagery and synthesized vocals, the concert experience is otherworldly, future-now, and loads of sci-fi fun. Kraftwerk jacks in at the Balboa Theatre downtown on Friday night.

Saturday | 17

Past Event

Taste of South Park

  • Saturday, September 17, 2016, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Throughout South Park
  • $30 - $35

San Diego does love its neighborhood restaurant walks. Here guests can sup and sip their way along the 30th Street and the Fern Street corridor. Locations include the Big Kitchen, Buona Forchetta, Café Madeleine, Captain Kirk’s Coffee, the Daily Scoop, Del Sur, Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro, Grant’s Marketplace, Hamilton’s Tavern, Kindred, Mazara Trattoria, Piacere Mio, Rebecca’s, Sacred Juice, Sombrero Mexican Food, South Park Abbey, South Park Brewing Co, Station Tavern, and the Rose.

Past Event

Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival

Fleet Week’s marquee event, with fast-paced auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts of all ages at one of the most distinctive race track locations in the world, Naval Air Station North Island. It’s the only place to see live racing on an active U.S. Navy runway and the only Navy Open House on the West Coast. Saturday includes a performance by Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band.

Past Event

Landlubbers Day

  • Saturday, September 17, 2016, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Seaport Village, 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego
  • Free

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Seaport Village hosts its second-annual celebration of all things pirate. With music from the Jackstraws (San Diego’s pirate-themed band), a costume contest, and pirate’s booty food and drink specials from the eateries. Guests are encouraged to don their finest eye patch and pirate garb; the first 50 guests to arrive at Seaport Village in theme will receive a $10 gift certificate to use at the shopping district.

Sunday | 18

Past Event


  • Sunday, September 18, 2016, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Park Blvd & Presidents Way, Balboa Park
  • Free

A BYOB (bring your own bunny) event featuring an open-air fair with arts & crafts vendors, veterinary information booths, grooming services, games, and a variety of gifts, apparel, and activities. Free event, although donations to the San Diego House Rabbit Society are welcome. Proceeds benefit rescue, education, spay/neuter, and adoption of abandoned domestic rabbits in San Diego and Riverside counties.

Monday | 19

Past Event


  • Monday, September 19, 2016, 8 p.m.
  • Casbah, 2501 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $12 - $14

Seratonin is a bodily chemical said to induce feelings of well-being and happiness, and the Seratones of Shreveport, Louisiana, say that’s their goal: “Music that’s about waking people up.” Reader writer Dave Good says there’s no new pop-rock style to be found on this year’s Fat Possum record, Get Gone, but he says it’s engaging enough that their climb out of rock-club obscurity will be “steep and fast.” Watch ’em launch from the Casbah stage Monday night. Dave breaks the gig down further in this week’s Of Note.

Tuesday | 20

Past Event

Dinosaur Jr.

  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 8 p.m.
  • Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach
  • 21+ / $25 - $44

One of indie rock’s few essential power-guitar bands is having a second coming. Since regrouping in 2007 (ten years after their breakup), the trio of J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and “Murph” have released four solid records, including what may be their best yet with this year’s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, an intimate, introverted collection of songs that maintains that Dino Jr. tension between a rock-solid bottom and the trademark Mascis guitar squall. Bliss out with the boys at Belly Up.

El Local

Plaza Fiesta, 10001 Paseo de los Heroes, Zona Rio, Baja

In this week’s Feast...

All of his friends love this spot in Tijuana’s Plaza Fiesta, but Matthew Suárez can’t find a reason why. Well, the second time he tried the potato rounds, they weren’t too bad.

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