Everything You Can Do in San Diego This Weekend

Live outdoor jazz, headbang yoga, and a brewery party.

We’re right in the thick of summer with gorgeous blue skies, perfect temperatures, and a whole weekend to enjoy them. We’ve got a full slate of fun doings for you, from a virtual queer dance party and a jazzy coffee shop to headbanging yoga and a bake sale for frontline workers. But there’s a cloud on the horizon, too. Last week’s shutdown of bars, wineries, and tasting rooms was followed this week by the closing of all in-house dining for at least three weeks, due to our continued increase in new COVID-19 infections. Fortunately, sidewalk dining, as well as takeout and delivery, are still available. So let’s support our friends in the industry with the options we still have -- and as always, tip generously, thank profusely, and wear a mask!

Get jazzed while you caffeinate

Saturday, July 11
Achilles Coffee Roasters @The Rey
Get your morning started off right with hot coffee and hotter jazz courtesy of The New Orleans Swinging Gypsies and their high energy, tap dancing gypsy jazz/swing. Pair it with Achilles Coffee Roasters directly sourced, small batch roasted pour-overs, 50/50 blend espresso drinks and single origin cold brews. 
Cost: The music is free, the coffee isn’t

Wish Barbie a happy birthday

Saturday, July 11
The Shoppes at Carlsbad
Celebrate Barbie’s 60th birthday as her Barbie Pop-Up Truck resumes its West Coast tour with a stop at The Shoppes at Carlsbad from 10am-7pm, bringing exclusive retro-inspired treats, apparel and accessories. Channel your 90s self with embroidered denim jackets, caps, T-shirts, iridescent vinyl "boombox" tote bags, iridescent vinyl fanny packs and "cassette tape" wallets, plus a very limited number of custom airbrushed denim jackets made specifically for the Carlsbad stop and a new collectible Barbie Polaroid camera in limited quantities. 
Cost: Prices vary

Celebrate a hoppy anniversary

Saturday, July 12
Pacific Islander Beer Company
The Pacific Island Beer Company invites you to its sixth anniversary party, complete with the release of three new beers! Your ticket gets you a cool anniversary glass and a pint of beer to put in it, a commemorative shirt, Scott’s famous burger and fries (vegetarian option available), live music and hourly raffles. 
Cost: $39 +fees

Dance for pride

Saturday, July 12
In better times, we’d be celebrating Pride Weekend in San Diego with one of the countries biggest and best parades and a weekend of parties, rallies and concerts, but rather than wish for what might have been, tune into Love Affair: A Virtual Queer Dance Party, a queer dance night for trans, BIPOC, femme and LGBTQ+ communities. Join host Deja Re, DJs Xayn and She Tender for the best house, garage, techno, disco, jersey and bounce, plus drag performances by Friidae, Adonyss Illuzion, Bebe Gunn, Leggs Benedict and La’Don Amour Balmain via Twitch.
Cost: Free

Headbang your way to namaste

San Diego Metal Yoga
Sunday, July 12 
If traditional yoga classes leave you wanting something a little more, shall we say, intense, San Diego Metal Yoga’s Zoom Doom has you covered with an hour of all levels metal yoga, led virtually via Zoom, followed by an optional online chat with other metal yogis. Class is donation-based, register online
Cost: Donation-based

Indulge in decadent cookies for a good cause

Sunday, July 12
Born and Raised
Friendly Feast’s latest installment of its always-sold-out Cookie Club is hosted by Little Italy’s Born and Raised and stars cookies from four of San Diego’s top bakers: Omni Hotel’s Keith Wallace, Rachel Hannah of Serea, Brenda Gonzalez from Born and Raised, and Lindsay Sipress repping Juniper & Ivy. Each box contains eight bakery-sized cookies (two of each flavor) for $25 with proceeds supporting Friendly Feast and Frontline Foods, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support local restaurants and feed heroes working on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19. Order online and pickup instructions will be emailed to you, with each order receiving a special pickup time between 10-11:30am to maximize social distancing.
Cost: $25 

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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 various vegetables and beverages, reading cookbooks and traveling around Mexico. Keep up with her experiments @MaryBeth_Abate.