Finca Altozano, Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Grab your passport and head south to the world’s buzziest new wine destination for the 3rd Annual Valle Food and Wine Festival, held at Chef Javier Plascencia’s gorgeous Finca Altozano. The fest features a star-studded lineup including Claudette Zepeda, Nancy Silverton, Drew Deckman, Susan Feniger, Denise Roa, Javier Plascencia, and a who’s-who of chefs from California and Baja California. Admission includes tasting portions from the stations of 40 chefs cooking locally grown and raised ingredients, plus drink tastings until 6:30pm. Additional drink tickets can be purchased from the website or at the festival; beer, craft cocktails, and aguas frescas are also available. If you prefer not to drive, Tourismo Express, Inc. has roundtrip transportation available from San Diego or Tijuana to the Valle. Family-friendly, with activities for children including a tour of the gardens and farm animals, a coloring area, and more.
Cost: $125-1250, depending on your level of VIPness; shuttle busses from San Diego or Tijuana are $35-$45 roundtrip.
Pacific Beach Boardwalk
As if going to the beach isn’t enough fun, there’s Pacific Beachfest. The day starts early with a pro volleyball tournament, surf competition, and 5K race at 8:30am. From 11am to sunset, the festivities will include live music on three different stages, a Best of the Beach Fish Taco Contest, the Big Josh Beer Garden with local craft beers, sunset yoga, and vendor booths.
If you’ve ever wanted to sample every restaurant in North Park, here’s your chance. Three different ticket options are available (for beer tasting only, food tasting only, or both beer and food), so you can browse the neighborhood shops and wander the streets savoring bites and/or brews from places such as Tribute Pizza, City Tacos, and Mike Hess Brewing from 11am to 3pm. Be sure to leave room for dessert at Nomad Donuts or Yog-art. Buy your ticket online (or the day-of), then redeem said ticket for a wristband at St. Luke's Episcopal Church and get busy tasting.
Cost: $20-50, plus fees
Girard Avenue between Torrey Pines Road and Prospect Street
Wander down beautiful Girard Avenue in La Jolla from 10am - 6pm both Saturday and Sunday to enjoy art and vino while supporting a good cause at the tenth annual La Jolla Art and Wine Festival. The free event will host 150 artists and craftsmen from San Diego and beyond. There will also be a silent auction, live entertainment, pet adoptions, a gourmet marketplace, and a wine and beer garden. All proceeds will go to support the arts programs at local elementary and middle schools.
Bread and Salt, Barrio Logan
In this inaugural exhibition, the Latin American Art Fair brings artists and art lovers together for a two-day showcase at Bread and Salt in Barrio Logan. The works featured come from more than 50 local and international galleries, and include fine and folk art created by both up-and-coming as well as established Latin American artists in the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. Live entertainment includes musicians and dancers from Peru, Guatemala, Oaxaca, and Tijuana, and a beer garden and local vendors will provide plenty to nosh as you peruse. The event also coincides with Barrio Logan’s regularly scheduled Barrio Art Crawl: a free, self-guided tour of the famous Barrio murals, studios, galleries, and local businesses that takes place the second Saturday of every month.
The San Diego International Film Festival is a five-day event offering world-premiere films, never-before-seen studio releases, new and unique independent filmmaking, as well as elegant parties and up-close and personal events with the filmmakers. Choose from single-day passes, five-day fest passes to all the films, or full VIP passes for access to all parties, screenings, panels and events, VIP Lounges, and more.
Cost: $79 for a day pass, $199-359 for a fest pass, $359-559 for a VIP pass
Head to West Fir Street, between India Street and Kettner Boulevard in Little Italy, where you can eyeball over 40 classic and rare “Italian bulls” (otherwise known as Lamborghinis) at the annual Bulls of Sant'Agata Charge in Little Italy. You’ll have the opportunity to snap selfies with some of the most beautiful and expensive automobiles on the planet while enjoying live music and grabbing a bite from the neighborhood restaurants, wine tasting rooms, and breweries.