Everything Fun You Can Do in San Diego This Weekend

Slurp oysters, sip tropical cocktails, browse an art exhibit, and more this weekend.

Is it August already? Where did the summer go? Don’t worry, it’s still right here, with endless blue skies, breezy beach days, and plenty of fruity cocktails to be enjoyed while gazing at a spectacular sunset. This weekend you can dance at a festival on the waterfront, put your pinkies out at a boozy tea party, and get into any national park for free. Here’s everything you can eat, drink, and do in San Diego this weekend, but if you need more ideas, check out our favorite places to grab a drink and a guide to the best bbq in the city:

Wednesday, August 3–Sunday, August 7
Mission Valley
Tiki culture has always been a big part of San Diego's culinary landscape, and this weekend the world’s original and largest tiki event is happening at the beautiful, mid-century Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley. Join them for five nights of live music, dancing, pool parties, sunset dinners, and the most delicious tropical cocktails from top mixologists. There’s also educational seminars, a marketplace, art exhibit, book signings, and more. Reserve your spot online.
Cost: $40-$499

Thursday, August 4
Any national park
Free admission to our national parks is always a great reason to celebrate, and August 4 marks the second anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act. As part of the observance, we can all enjoy a fee-free day, so get out in nature to refresh and recharge. Find a list of national parks here.
Cost: Free

Friday, August 5
Carlsbad
Here in San Diego, we’re completely spoiled with the plumpest, briniest oysters in the country, so it’s natural to want to see them at their source for National Oyster Day. The Carlsbad Aquafarm, Southern California’s only oyster farm, offers farm tours to the public. Learn what techniques and equipment are used to support the growth of their Pacific oysters and Mediterranean mussels on the Farm Discovery Walk, as well as how the farming process protects the natural ecosystem of the lagoon where they’re grown. After the tour, you’ll enjoy a generous oyster tasting and have the opportunity to learn how to shuck an oyster yourself. Tours take place at 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm daily and advance reservations are required.
Cost: $35 for adults 13+, $10 for children 6-12, children 5 and under are free.

Saturday, August 6
Torero Stadium
On Saturday, San Diego Loyal SC battles arch rivals San Antonio FC for first place in the Western Conference, in a celebration of Pride at “Out At The Pitch!.” The first 3,000 fans will receive a free SD Loyal Pride hat, and a portion of sales directly benefit San Diego Pride. In addition, SD Loyal’s Mission Gratitude program supports active duty, veteran, and retired military members, and their families, which includes discounted tickets, a 100-seat “Mission Gratitude” seating section, and a military “Hero of the Match” who will be honored prior to the national anthem at each home game.
Cost: $15-$65.

Saturday, August 6
San Marcos
Macarons only have four ingredients (almond meal, sugar, egg whites, and a smear of ganache, jam, or buttercream filling), but has any cookie ever been so fickle, so temperamental, and yet so enticing? Master this classic French confection at D’Liteful Chocolat’s three-hour demo and hands-on class, where you’ll learn all the tips and tricks for mixing, baking, and filling from a Le Cordon Bleu London-trained pastry chef. You’ll take home recipes and a pretty box filled with a dozen of your own handmade macarons.
Cost: $85.

Saturday, August 6
Chula Vista
If you haven’t visited Third Avenue Village in Chula Vista lately, you’ll want to grab your friends and head there for an afternoon of fun and drinks at some of the best spots in the neighborhood. Sabor de Third is a self-guided tour, beginning at host bar Thr3e Punk Ales, followed by at least eight other venues serving delicious bites and beer tasters, including The Balboa South, Chula Vista Brewery, Culichi Town, and more. Register online.
Cost: $25

Saturday, August 6–Sunday, August 7
Waterfront Park
The producers of CRSSD Festival, San Diego’s premier EDM fest, bring DAY.MVS XL to Waterfront Park this weekend. A two-stage event is focused on house, techno, and eclectic live acts, including one of dance music’s most influential and celebrated stars, Eric Prydz, Brazilian-born artist ANNA, masked electronic musician Claptone, South-London vocalist and DJ Bklava, Brazilian icon Vintage Culture, German disco and house music producer Purple Disco Machine, Berlin-based producer and live act Ben Böhmer, and many more. Dance until you drop at the Waterfront Park main event, then see your favorites again at after-parties across the city in San Diego venues including Spin, Rich’s, Music Box, Bloom, and Revel Revel. Check out the night by night schedule online.
Cost: $25-$155 for the festival, after parties vary by act and venue.

Saturday, August 6–Sunday, August 7
Liberty Station
Feast your eyes on creations from over 150 fine artists in painting, photography, sculpture, woodworking, and more at the 17th Annual ArtWalk@Liberty Station. Stroll the charming rose gardens while enjoying the wares, music, and interactive art-making, then head over to the pavilions for wine, beer, food trucks, and vendor booths, or take a short walk to the Liberty Public Market for dozens of food and beverage choices.
Cost: Free

Saturday, August 6–Sunday, August 7
Liberty Station
The long-anticipated grand opening of Carruth Cellars’ new wine garden and tasting room in the historic Arts District in Liberty Station is happening this weekend, making it a natural stop after you visit the ArtWalk@Liberty station. The all-weekend-long festivities feature live music, A Mano Cheese live demo, a floral pop-up shop, photo booth, local artist exhibits, and more, plus special bites from Moto-bites Italian focaccia on Saturday, and Jane Joseph Wellness vegan cheeses and Madeleine Cafe & Bakery on Sunday. In addition to wines by the glass or bottle, there are a few beers, cider and kombucha; cheese and charcuterie platters, paninis, and salads are available to nibble; and there’s a marketplace with a nice selection of specialty pantry goods, from olive oils and tapenades to preserves and salami.
Cost: Varies

Sunday, August 7
La Jolla
Put on your fancy duds and enjoy high tea in the sunshine at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa’s Boozy Garden Tea Time. They’ll be featuring crafted You & Yours gin cocktails—think refined, old school French 75s and Aviations, plus Smith Tea gourmet selections, delectable petite pastries and elegant finger sandwiches. Pinkies out!
Cost: $80, reserve tickets online.

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Mary Beth Abate is a San Diego-based freelance writer by way of Chicago and Los Angeles. Her hobbies include yoga, pickling and fermenting stuff, reading cookbooks, and drinking fabulous gin. Keep up with her experiments @MaryBeth_Abate.