Friday | 2
Bon Odori Festival
Bon Odori, or “Gathering of Joy,” is a two-day festival with food, crafts, entertainment, community group booths. and dancing. On August 2, make your own toro nagashi to take home or set afloat. Lanterns will be sold at the Inamori Pavilion, and lantern-making kits will available for purchase. On August 3rd, the festival extends out to the Organ Pavilion, where everyone is invited to participate in the Bon Odori dance.
Hiking to Goat Canyon Trestle, legally
Local hikers know the landmark: Goat Canyon Trestle, hidden away in the Anza-Borrego desert’s remote Carrizo Gorge. It’s a strenuous, cross-country, boulder-scrambling, cholla-infested ordeal to get a glimpse of it from a distance, and getting there by bush-whacking along the bottom of the gorge is a steep battle. Some hike along the railroad tracks, but it is a federal crime of trespass to do so. Reena Deutsch describes her attempts to obtain permission from the railroad owners to lead organized hikes along the tracks. She will also share tales of four hikes through sixteen tunnels and over small trestles.
- Friday, August 2, 2019, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2611 El Cajon Boulevard,
Vegan night market
San Diego has been ranked one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the United States; it hosts more than 40 restaurants and pop-ups that serve 100 percent vegan food. Curious? Every first Friday evening of the month, try some vegan eats, sweets, drinks, and goods at this vegan market.
Saturday | 3
Songs for a New World
The audience is transported from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge, 57 stories above Fifth Avenue, to meet, among others, a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto, and a woman who dreams of marrying rich — and who nabs the man of her dreams.
Sunday | 4
Weird Al Yankovic
One-time Doctor Demento regular Weird Al Yankovic (whose parents lived for years in Fallbrook) is back to playing the hits and classics with his Strings Attached tour, a high-energy rock and comedy production featuring his original band, costumes, props, and a Wall of weird videos. He’ll be bringing, for the first time, background singers and a full symphony orchestra.