Menghini Winery, Julian
Kick off your shoes, roll up your pants, and squish to your heart’s content at the 22nd annual Julian Grape Stomp Festa! Ten local wineries will be offering sips to sample, along with a wide variety of food and shopping, great Italian music provided by Roman Holiday, and a bocce ball court. “Lucy look-alikes” are encouraged, as is a little spontaneous dancing here and there, making this a party to remember! Upgrade your ticket to VIP status for convenient reserved parking, a fast-pass to the stomping vat, comfortable seating in the shaded VIP tent, a wine glass, two free cocktails and snacks.
Cost: $15 for adults 21+, $5 for ages 6-20, under 5 free, $50 for VIP
Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds
Billed as THE music festival for adults, KAABOO Del Mar takes pride in providing a uniquely curated experience that appeals to all five of your senses, with world-class music, comedy, cuisine, craft libations, contemporary art, and personal indulgences (including a spa). This year’s musical lineup includes Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, Alice in Chains, Jewel, and Nelly, while the comedy events feature Craig Ferguson, Iliza Shlesinger, Nick Offerman, Craig Robinson, Whitney Cummings and Nikki Glaser. Even the food is prepared by culinary A-listers like Michelle Bernstein, Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins, Richard Blais, Brian Malarkey, Michael Mina, Ludo Lefebvre, and Daniela Soto-Innes.
Cost: Ranges from $139 for a one-day pass, to the “Ultimate Hang” pass for a whopping $15,000, which ensures a rockstar-level experience (and a payment plan!)
The California shoreline is one of the most beautiful in the country, yet each year thousands of tons of garbage end up on the beaches and in the ocean. California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is a statewide beach, coastal, and inland waterway cleanup held throughout California each year. CCD relies on volunteers of all ages to work together and make a positive impact on our waterways and reduce the amount of marine debris the enters our ocean; volunteers must register online by choosing a cleanup site and printing and signing an event waiver. A complete list of cleanup locations and site details will be posted when registration opens on August 15.
Pepper Park, National City
Enjoy the finest cervezas artesanales at the Bayside Brew & Spirits Festival, San Diego's only Bi-National Certified Independent Craft Beer Festival, with over 40 local and south of the border breweries, wineries and distilleries represented, including Insurgente, Lúdica Artesanal, Mamut Cerveza Artesanal, Absolution Brewing Company, Liberty Call Distilling Company and Carruth Cellars. Entertainment includes three live bands, and of course, several food vendors will supply munchies. General admission gets you unlimited beer, wine, and spirits tastings, VIP status includes early access to the festival, special limited release beers, wines and spirits, delicious food tastings and access to the VIP lounge and restrooms.
Cost: General admission $25 for general admission, $50 for VIP, $12.50 for designated driver