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18 Things to Do in San Diego This July/August

Erin Jackson | July 12, 2019 | Lifestyle

Through 8/25
San Diego Spirits Festival
Mix and mingle with craft beverage lovers at this annual celebration of San Diego’s cocktail culture. Go VIP for access to exclusive lounge areas, front row seats for the fashion show, private tastings and more. Tickets $50-$75, VIP tickets $95-$120, Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier,


Through 8/31
Bayside Summer Nights
The hotly anticipated summer concert series from the San Diego Symphony returns to the Embarcadero Marina Park South with a wide range of entertainment including a celebration of the San Diego Padres’ 50th anniversary, Chaka Khan and the Tchaikovsky Spectacular with an impressive fireworks display. Catch all of the big shows with the Ultimate Subscription package. Tickets $17-$108, Ultimate Subscription tickets $152-$680, San Diego,

By the Barrel: Tequila
Sip and savor unlimited samples of barrel-aged reposado tequila, Valle de Guadalupe wines and Baja-inspired bites at this high-end tasting event at Estancia La Jolla. Guests will also enjoy live mariachi music under the stars. 6:30pm, tickets $125, La Jolla,

Masterpiece Gala at Balboa Park
The Spreckels Organ Pavilion will be transformed into a lush, colorful oasis with gilded tabletops and hanging lanterns for this Moroccan-themed gala in support of the arts, science and cultural organizations of Balboa Park. The immersive experience includes live entertainment, an enchanting Moroccan dinner by chef Jeffrey Strauss and dancing under the stars. 6pm, tickets $500-$1,000, San Diego,

University of San Diego Wine Classic
Join fellow wine lovers for this can’t-miss wine tasting event highlighting wineries owned or operated by USD alumni, parents and friends. Expect gourmet food stations, live music and a silent auction. 2pm, tickets $100, VIP tickets $140, San Diego,

Hugh Jackman
The multitalented stage and screen performer touches down at Pechanga Arena to perform hit songs from Broadway musicals and movies, accompanied by a live orchestra. 7pm, tickets $29.50-$225,


Opening Day at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Dust off your most fabulous fascinator and celebrate the start of seven weeks of high-stakes competition and entertainment where the surf meets the turf. Highlights include a Ziggy Marley concert (7/20), Uncorked: Del Mar Wine Fest (7/27) and Del Mar’s Turf & Surf BBQ Championship (8/18). Racetrack admission $6-$30, Del Mar,

The Book of Mormon
The blockbuster Broadway musical about the hilarious misadventures of a mismatched pair of Mormon missionaries returns to the San Diego Civic Theatre for eight sure-to-be-sold-out performances. Tickets $37-$177, San Diego,

La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival
Join hundreds of fashion filmmakers from around the world at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center for two days of screenings, panels and glitzy afterparties. Tickets $75-$500, La Jolla,

The Underpants
A surprising wardrobe malfunction sets off a series of amusing events in this riotously funny farce by legendary comedian Steve Martin, whose past productions at The Old Globe include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Bright Star and Meteor Shower. Season tickets $124-$377, San Diego,

Made by X at MCASD
Participants will learn how to peel, whittle and burn a walking stick at this hands-on arts workshop hosted by local artists Michelle Montjoy and William Feeney at the Museum of Modern Art. 6:30pm, tickets $40 (free for members), San Diego,


Farm to Bay
Lend your support to native wildlife education and sustainability programs at the Living Coast Discovery Center’s 10th annual Farm to Bay fundraising celebration, featuring gourmet bites and refreshing drinks from local chefs and craft beverage producers. 4pm, tickets $100, Chula Vista,

Jewel Ball
Immerse yourself in a dreamlike setting with fanciful Alice in Wonderland-inspired sets, exquisite bites and live entertainment at Las Patronas’ black-tie gala at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Diamond Circle tickets include a premium table and upgraded food and wine. Event proceeds support nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of hundreds of people living in San Diego County. 7pm, tickets $650, Diamond Circle tickets $1,300, La Jolla,


Romeo and Juliet
Catch a performance of the tragic tale of star-crossed lovers at the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, the renowned outdoor performance space in The Old Globe complex. Season tickets $124-$377, Balboa Park,

Party like a pirate at the final Ferragosto celebration at Amici Park in the heart of Little Italy. The last-ever bash features a pirate’s bounty of food, wine, beer and cocktails with funds supporting youth educational programs and the historical preservation of the neighborhood. VIP tickets include early entry to the cocktail reception (5pm), two drink tickets and preferred dining seats. 6pm, tickets $125, VIP tickets $175, Little Italy,

Latin Food Fest Gran Tasting
The annual showcase of Latin flavors returns to the Embarcadero Marina Park North with exciting bites and buzzy beverages from top chefs and distillers. Opt for VIP tickets and enjoy early entry and premium drinks and bites. Tickets $25-$59, VIP tickets $149, San Diego,

The Coast Starlight
The Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre hosts the world premiere of this amusing and compassionate play about a conflicted young man who boards a long-distance train bound for Los Angeles. Six-play package tickets, $248-$410, La Jolla Playhouse,

Sharp HospiceCare Annual Benefit Dinner and Regatta
Enjoy a gourmet dinner at Hotel del Coronado on Friday evening, followed by a full day of nautical adventures aboard sponsored yachts with breathtaking views of the regatta and the bay. Proceeds benefit Sharp HospiceCare’s Homes for Hospice campaign, an initiative to build residential hospice homes in San Diego County. Dinner tickets $195, race tickets $150, Coronado Yacht Club,


Photography by: Chaka Khan photo by Tim Fielding | concert photo courtesy of the san diego symphony | food photo courtesy of Living Coast Discovery Center | romeo and juliet photo courtesy of the old globe | del mar racetrack photo courtesy of the del mar thoroughhbred club