Best things to do this weekend in San Diego: July 27 - July 30

Rothstein, the Bulldog, surfs a wave during the Helen Woodward Animal Center's 17th annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon.
Rothstein, the Bulldog, surfs a wave during the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 17th annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon at Dog Beach in Del Mar.
(Sandy Huffaker / For The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Here are some of the best things to do this weekend in San Diego from Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30.


Marvel Trivia at The Islander: For those already missing Comic-Con, here’s another chance to celebrate the Marvel fandom. The Islander restaurant will be hosting a trivia night with an opportunity to win a $75 gift card as the first place prize. There will also be a costume contest with a $50 gift card for best dressed. 7 p.m. Thursday. The Islander, 1015 Orange Ave., Coronado. Free. TheIslander/

Cast of Southwestern College Theatre Department's "Hamlet."
Belle Ramos, left, Ruff Yeager and Sandra Ruiz co-star in Southwestern College Theatre Department’s “Hamlet.”
(Courtesy of Daren Scott)

Southwestern Shakespeare Festival: Southwestern College is presenting its inaugural free summer Shakespeare festival with two of the Bard’s plays — “Hamlet” and “The Comedy of Errors” — running in repertory through Aug. 5. 7 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Hamlet. 2 p.m. Saturday to Sunday, Comedy of Errors. Southwestern College Performing Arts Center, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista. Free, but reservations required at

“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”: Broadway San Diego presents the national touring production of this musical about the life story of the late R&B/rock singer. 8 p.m. Friday. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. 1 p.m and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., Downtown. $29 and up.

“Pippin”: North Coast Repertory Theatre presents this Stephen Schwartz-Roger O. Hirson musical about a troupe of actors performing the story of King Charlemagne and his son, Pippin. 7 p.m. Wednesdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through Aug. 20. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. (858) 481-1055. $57-$68.

Moonlight Stage Productions' "Tarzan: The Stage Musical."
Nathan Dolquist as Tarzan, top, and Jacob Haren as Terk in Moonlight Stage Productions’ “Tarzan: The Stage Musical.”
(Courtesy of Karli Cadel)

“Tarzan: The Stage Musical”: Moonlight Stage Productions presents this large-scale musical based on the Disney animated film about a man raised by apes in the African jungle. 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Through Aug. 5. Moonlight Amphitheatre, Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. (760) 724-2110. $18-$63.

“Cabaret”: Wildsong Productions presents an immersive production of the classic Kander & Ebb musical about the decadent workers at a nightclub in the early days of Nazi Germany. 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays. 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Aug. 20. OB Playhouse, 4944 Newport Ave., Unit D, San Diego. $29-$38.

“Emerging Composers”: San Diego New Music presents works by local college students Joseph Ceballos, Gabriel de Guzman, Mai Pacumio, Alex Laubach and Gerry Reoyo. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Athenaeum Art Center Studios, Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., Logan Heights.


Padres Beerfest: Ahead of a game against the Texas Rangers, Padres fans can also participate in Beerfest. This event will be tailgate style with live music and $5 beer specials from breweries. 4:30 to 6:40 pm (until first pitch). Friday. Gallagher Square 840 K St., San Diego. Admission included in Padres game ticket. petcopark/padres-beerfest

Fernando Tatis Jr , Juan Soto , Joe Musgrove , Manny Machado and Nick Martinez of the San Diego Padres take a selfie.
Fernando Tatis Jr #23, Juan Soto #22, Joe Musgrove #44, Manny Machado #13 and Nick Martinez #21 of the San Diego Padres take a selfie during the San Diego Padres Fan Fest at PETCO Park on February 4, 2023 in San Diego, California.
(Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres / Getty Images)

Ramona Country Fair: You’ll find everything here from rides and carnival games to fair foods and a motorcycle exhibition, live music, an off-road show and a cornhole tournament. Equestrian shows are returning, including the Hole in the Wall Gang, and medieval and Renaissance performances. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, closing at 11 p.m. nightly. Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Lane. Free; buy ride tickets online. Parking $10 per day or $15 unlimited.

Discovery Days at The Forum Carlsbad: Starting July 21 through Aug. 18, every Friday the museum will have free children exhibits to promote summer learning. These hands on learning opportunities will focus on STEM activities with engineering and coding for young ones and their families. 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Friday. The Forum Carlsbad, Garden Area (located between YETI and allbirds.) 1905 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad. Free.

Christmas in July Celebration: It’s Christmas spirit at this special event concluding its run at Sesame Place San Diego. Enjoy Christmas photos with Elmo and friends, Christmas storytime with Big Bird, and Cookie Claus meet and greets.10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sesame Place San Diego, 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. Tickets start at $62.99.

“Billie! Backstage with Lady Day”: Oceanside Theatre Company presents a one-weekend engagement of Synthia L. Hardy‘s solo play with music about Billie Holiday in her later years. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Call (760) 433-8900. $20-$35.

The National Youth Orchestra at the Shell: This Carnegie Hall-based ensemble will be conducted by Sir Andrew Davis with featured violinist Gil Shaham performing Samuel Barber’s violin concerto, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and a new work by Valerie Coleman. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, Downtown. $20-$75. (619) 235-0804,

Concerts on the Commons: This summer concert series takes place at the Mingei International museum in Balboa, in collaboration with the Center for World Music. This show will be presenting musicians Anthony Ka’uka Stanley and Ke’ahi Roze playing acoustic Hawaiian and Polynesian music. More of these presentations take place on the fourth Friday of each month from July to October. 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Museum’s commons level. Balboa Park.1439 El Prado San Diego. Free.


San Diego International Children’s Film Festival: Resuming from last week’s Comic-Con, more short films from around the world will be showcased. Genres include animation, live action and documentary from different aged contestants. For the showings schedule visit the following website. 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday. Neil Morgan Auditorium at the San Diego Central Library. 330 Park Blvd., San Diego. Free.

Fans of Barcelona FC look on at a watch party at Novo Brazil Brewing restaurant.
(Courtesy of Novo Brazil Brewing)

Novo Brazil Brewing Summer Anniversary Party: For its ninth anniversary, this family-friendly event will have a live performance from Latin band Cuband4ever, and food and art vendors. For kids, there will also be a bouncy house and for their parents, the Padres vs. Texas Rangers game will be on the big screen. 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 901 Lane Ave., Chula Vista. Free. novo-brazil-summer-anniversary-party

Sip of Julian: The seventh annual “Sip” showcases Julian’s growers and producers of wine, craft beer, craft cocktails and hard cider. Age verification and distribution of maps and logo glasses begin at 10 a.m. Enjoy a self-guided day visiting locations and sampling beverages, paired with small bites. This event is a fundraiser for Julian’s annual Country Christmas and Tree Lighting. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Chamber of Commerce, 2129 Main St. Tickets $35.

Societe Brewing Summer Market: Societe Brewing hosts a summer market full of local art/small business, food and craft beer vendors. 2-7 p.m. Saturday. Societe Brewing Company, 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego. Free.

Chalk Art Summer Carnival: Grab a chalk and join the fun! Anyone can join to fill the library parking lot with colorful artwork and there will also be music, snacks, carnival games, face painting and balloons. 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday. Ocean Beach Library 4801 Santa Monica Ave. Free.

Marine Band concert: The Little Italy Association of San Diego presents the Marine Band San Diego Summer Concert in the Piazza della Famiglia. Come out for an evening of live music from the talented Marines of “Sound Strike.” 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Piazza della Famiglia, 523 W. Date St., San Diego. Free.

The Marine Band during past performance in San Diego.
(K.C. Alfred / U-T San Diego)

‘Journey Into Light’: La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest presents Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and an onstage orchestra performing works that reference morning, noon and night by Ysaÿe, Bonis, Boulanger, Haydn, Debussy, Turina, Schubert, Sonnesson, Chausson and Mozart. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Baker-Baum Concert Hall, Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. $43-100. (858) 459-3728.

Guster with the San Diego Symphony: The Boston-bred alt-rock band will join the symphony for works from its album canon. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, Downtown. $22-$100. (619) 235-0804,


In-PAWson Surf Dog Classes: These dog surf classes have finally returned to Del Mar Dog Beach since their 2019 break. Through the Helen Woodward Animal Center, dogs can learn how to surf and compete for the annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon on Sept/ 10. All proceeds raised from the lessons go towards supporting programs at the center. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Del Mar Dog Beach, 3902 29th St., Del Mar. $50 per lesson.

Jessi, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever gets ready to surf in the small division
Jessi, gets ready to surf in the small division of the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 16th annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon.
(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Botanical Mandalas & Cocktails: Botanica, a bar combined with an art gallery, will be hosting this summer class to teach participants how to create seasonal cocktails as well as a mandala collage. 3 p.m. Sunday. 3139 University Ave., San Diego. $60. botanica/events/mandalas-cocktails

Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever: Emily Bronte and Kate Bush fans can unite in this special event. This day is a global phenomenon celebrating Kate Bush’s 1978 “Wuthering Heights” music video inspired by the novel. Guests will get a chance to be part of the iconic music video by wearing their own red dress and recreating the choreography. For more information and registration aspiring dancers can visit the following link. 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Pacific Beach/Taylor Library, 4275 Cass St.

Pacific Beach Library staff members Rob Rosas and Christina Wainwright rehearsing the “Wuthering Heights” dance.
(Tahni Bannon)

Mariachi Los Cameros with the San Diego Symphony: This internationally acclaimed mariachi joins the symphony for an evening of Mexican music. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, Downtown. $20-$65. (619) 235-0804,

Continuing Events

“Underground”: Coronado Playhouse and Blindspot Collective present the final weekend of this Ben Folds jukebox musical set in an immersive dive bar environment. 8 p.m. tonight. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. 3 p.m. Sunday. Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Away, Coronado. $24 and up. Call (619) 435-4856,

“Is It Thursday Yet”: Dancer-choreographer Jenn Freeman stars in this solo dance-theater piece inspired by her diagnosis on the autism spectrum at age 33, which has led her to see the world and herself in new ways. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Through Aug. 6. La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, UCSD, La Jolla. $25-$64. (858) 550-10