Thursday | 14
- Thursday, September 14, 2017, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Downtown San Diego
$30 - $35
Taste of Downtown
Discover new eateries as you nom nom nom your way through downtown with bites from more than 40 restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter, the financial district, and East Village. Proceeds benefit the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a nonprofit “committed to the vibrancy of San Diego’s world-class urban center.”
- Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Humphreys by the Bay,
2241 Shelter Island Drive,
$103 - $173
Steve Winwood’s new Greatest Hits Live (his first release in a decade) cherry-picks from five decades of material to present what he feels are his best concert renditions of his favorite tracks with work from the Spencer Davis Group through Traffic, Blind Faith, and his solo releases.
In the Heights
New York’s Washington Heights used to be a place where the windows were always open and the breeze carried the rhythm of three generations of music. Now it’s on the brink of change. In the Heights is the 2008 Tony Award–winner for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestration. Runs through September 30.
Friday | 15
- Friday, September 15, 2017, 8 a.m.
Mission Bay Park,
Vacation Isle, off Ingraham Street,
$20 - $30
San Diego Bayfair
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 festival that attracts 80,000 spectators in three days. In recent years the vendor village has expanded to include an entertainment stage and a kids’ zone. More than 700 RV spots will take over Mission Bay Park, a rare opportunity to stay overnight in the park. As a sports competition, the Mission Beach event draws more powerboat racing classes than any other site in the world. The main draw is the H1 Unlimited racing, as the tour wraps up its season in San Diego. $20 for Friday; $30 Saturday and Sunday.
- Friday, September 15, 2017, 6 p.m.
Del Mar Fairgrounds,
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard,
KAABOO combines music, comedy, art exhibitions, culinary offerings, craft libations, dancing, and “indulgent amenities…curated as a fully immersive elevated festival experience without the rough qualities of a traditional outdoor event.” In other words, a festival aimed at the MTV generation, complete with lots of seating areas. Headliners include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Muse, Alanis Morissette, Jane’s Addiction, Smash Mouth, Ice Cube, and Kesha.
Saturday | 16
This festival commemorates the day Mexico declared independence from Spain in 1821 and Alta California became part of a new nation. Festivities include historic and traditional music and dance groups, equestrian displays, crafts, games, and demonstrations of the activities of early settlers in San Diego in the 1800s.
- Saturday, September 16, 2017, noon to 4 p.m.
849 West Harbor Drive,
Landlubbers at Seaport
The third-annual Landlubbers Day is a celebration of all things pirate, with costume and “talk like a pirate” contests for kids and adults, a mermaid grotto (featuring photo opportunities), street performances along the boardwalk (sword swallowers, rock balancers), arts and crafts, and music from the Jackstraws, San Diego’s pirate-themed band. Visitors are encouraged to don their finest eye patch and pirate garb for a chance to win prizes. Costume and “talk like a pirate” contests kick off at 2 p.m., with prizes for best costume and best pirate accent awarded in a number of age categories. Four-legged scallywags will have a chance to compete in a pet-costume category, new for 2017.
- Saturday, September 16, 2017, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Garnet Avenue at Ocean Boulevard,
$30 - $40
Ombac Longboard Surfing Contest
Surfers and their vintage surfboards will gather for this nostalgic competition, sparking memories of the Beach Boys on the radio blaring from a woody parked with its back open to the sea. Trophies to the top three finishers in each division.
Spectators can break out their old-school Frankie or Annette look and blend in with the other dudes and betties enjoying the action. All proceeds go to San Diego Junior Lifeguards. P.S. “OMBAC” stands for Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, born in 1954.
Sunday | 17
Ultimate Women's Expo
“Relax, rejuvenate, and be inspired” while checking out trends in fashion, food, cosmetics, crafts, TV, and travel. Keynote speakers are Melissa Rivers, Mariel Hemingway, and Brooke Burke. With 500 booths on fashion, makeup, cooking, fitness, decor, and crafting plus mini spa treatments, makeovers, massages, food and drink tastings, live demos, and seminars.
Love All You Have Left
The movie is nothing if not original. A near-comatose mother mourning the loss of her adolescent daughter is helped through the grieving process by a young woman who goes by the name of Anne Frank that the mom finds living in her attic. Critic Scott Marks speaks with local filmmaker Matt Siverston about his debut feature, screening one night only at the Museum of Photographic Arts.