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Downtown Calendar – Aug. 2017 

Posted: August 4th, 2017 | Calendar, Opinion & News | No Comments

Friday, Aug. 4 

Friday Night Liberty – Art in the Garden: Enjoy dance performances, live music, outdoor exhibitors, art demonstrations, traveling exhibitions and new works. View Visions Women of Mystery, learn to loom with WabiSabiWeaving, get your San Diego-based all-female metal smith jewelry from Thatch Jewelry, see the Monart School of Drawing student mural in Liberty Public Market, and much more. Free and family-friendly. 5–7 p.m. at Arts District Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Road. Visit bit.ly/2eLiV2Q.

Saturday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 19 

Armstrong Garden Center events: Armstrong Garden Center will host two community classes this month. Aug. 5’s class is “Small Space Gardening” at 9 a.m. and Aug. 19’s class is “Houseplants Made Easy” at 9 a.m. Free; no registration required. Classes are available at two Armstrong Garden locations: 1364 Morena Blvd. and 10320 Friars Road. Visit bit.ly/2jahsAm. 

Sunday, Aug. 6 

Wine and Canvas: Come out for some artsy fun at the Hard Rock Café. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun. Admission is $35 and includes all necessary art materials, including easels, paints, brushes, aprons, step-by-step instruction and a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. Wine and food not included. Tonight’s art selection is “Butterfly Flowers.” Free metered parking and a parking garage across the street at Horton Plaza. 1–4 p.m. Hard Rock Café, 801 Fourth Ave. Visit bit.ly/2vmXrAe. 

A Day of Music, Arts and Games: Have some fun in the sun during these dog days of summer! Enjoy live music, interactive art stations, a doggy costume contest and more. Salad, lemonade and smoothie samples available. Free and family-friendly. Dogs welcome, but they must be on a leash. Free metered parking and free one hour parking in the Westfield Mall Parking Garage. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Horton Plaza Park, 900 Fourth Ave. Visit bit.ly/2tSRqa5. 

Andaz rooftop – SOL Sundays: Come re-discover the STK Rooftop at Andaz for an amazing brunch and pool experience. Use promo code MIKEG. For hard tickets and VIP bottle service, contact Mike Gillespie at 619-993-6905. Today’s event features DJs Frankie M, Tu Shy, Sam Wild, Erick Diaz and DMG. 12:30 p.m. at Andaz San Diego, 600 F St. Visit bit.ly/2wiCHpV. 

Tuesday, Aug. 8 

Neil Diamond 50th Anniversary Tour: See Neil Diamond – music icon, Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member – onstage to celebrate his 50-year career. Ticket prices vary. All ages. 7 p.m. at Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2vmS0RK or bit.ly/2wiJJL6. 

Thursday, Aug. 10

Sketch Night at Sparks Gallery: In celebration of their “minis / A Group Show” exhibition, Sparks Gallery will host a night of live music and creativity. Join artists Alexander Arshansky, Stefanie Bales, Michelle D. Ferrera, Mayra Navarro and Leah Pantéa for an evening of live painting, sketching and collage. Light refreshments provided. Free and family-friendly. 6–8 p.m. at Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave. Visit bit.ly/2uSlMLn. 

Friday, Aug. 11 

Shady Ladies and Hop Heads Historical Pub Crawl: Explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of New Town (now Downtown). In addition to the walking tour, enjoy a drink at three bars original to the Gaslamp. This is a 21-and-older event. Tickets $10-$20. Reservations required by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10. 5 p.m. at Gaslamp Museum at Davis Horton House, 410 Island Ave. Visit bit.ly/2vqdJIJ.

Saturday, Aug. 12–Sunday, Aug. 13 

12th Annual ArtWalk at Liberty Station: Enjoy a weekend filled with art, food, live entertainment and fun at Liberty Station. The ArtWalk features over 200 artists from around the world. Interactive art exhibits, street food and a beer and wine pavilion will also be offered. Free and family-friendly. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday. Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza, 2751 Dewey Road. Visit bit.ly/2vGJAlp. 

Sunday, Aug. 13 

Family Day at Sparks Gallery: Get creative at Sparks Gallery with a hands-on art activity! Join artist Mayra Navarro for a day of inspiration and art making, featuring abstract works on canvas and Play Dough sculptures. Tickets $5 per person. Art supplies, refreshments and snacks provided. 1–4 p.m. at Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave. Visit bit.ly/2wfBu2i. 

Tuesday, Aug. 15 

The Gaslamp Open Mic: Are you funny? The Gaslamp Open Mic is open to all performers. American Comedy Co.’s booker will be in attendance scouting for new talent to book for upcoming weekends. Hop on stage or participate as a spectator. Free with no minimums. Happy hour deals offered. 8–9:30 p.m. at American Comedy Co. San Diego, 818 Sixth Ave. Visit bit.ly/2uPcWzz. 

Wednesday, Aug. 16 

San Diego Padres Baseball Game: Take the family out to the ball game to watch the San Diego Padres play the Philadelphia Phillies. Today’s game features two special events: 

  • Way Back Wednesday: With a Way Back Wednesday special ticket package, experience old school entertainment including on field uniforms worn from 1991-2001, in-game music, graphics and other entertainment features. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free giveaway item. Prices vary. Visit atmlb.com/2vqlNca.
  • Family Friar Day: Enjoy access to pre-game inflatables and face painters in Park at the Park, postgame Kids Run the Bases, and a hot dog and soda with a Friar Family Day ticket. $15 for kids 14 years and under, $20 for adults. Visit atmlb.com/2vpSBlX.

First pitch is at 12:40 p.m. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd. Visit atmlb.com/2vqx907.  

History Talks! Lecture Series – Alonzo Horton’s Spouses and Houses: The Gaslamp Museum continues its celebration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Alonzo Horton in San Diego with a talk on the historical figure. The lecture, given by Sandee Wilhoit, Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation historian and lead tour guide, will delve into her research on Horton’s wives and his houses in San Diego. Tickets $5; free for members. 7 p.m. at Gaslamp Museum at Davis Horton House, 410 Island Ave. Visit bit.ly/2wisZDC. 

Friday, Aug. 18

Sounds of Summer: Downtown San Diego Partnership is teaming up with GigTown and Pacific Records to bring the best local artists to your Downtown streets. This week features Kinnie Dye, Steven Ybarra and Joe Cardillo. Noon. Emerald Plaza, 402 Broadway. Visit bit.ly/2wiLS9K.

Sunday, Aug. 20

Film Screening, ‘An Act of Murder’: Hemlock Society of San Diego presents a film screening of  “An Act of Murder.” The movie explores the moral dilemma of a stern hard-liner judge whose wife is diagnosed with an incurable and painful illness. Discussion to follow. Free. 1:30–3:30 p.m. at Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway. Visit bit.ly/2kIUipF. 

Thursday, Aug. 24 

Wine and Canvas: Come out for some artsy fun at Hotel Indigo. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun. Admission is $35 and includes all necessary art materials, including easels, paints, brushes, aprons, step-by-step instruction and a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. Wine and food not included. Tonight’s art selection is “Starry San Diego.” Three hour validated parking at Hotel Indigo with $10 purchase at Table 509. 6–9 p.m. Hotel Indigo Table 509, 509 Ninth Ave. Visit bit.ly/1k7cJIg. 

Friday, Aug. 25 

Sounds of Summer: Downtown San Diego Partnership is teaming up with GigTown and Pacific Records to bring the best local artists to your Downtown streets. This week features The Heart and Josh Ferreia at noon and Jessica Lerner at 7 p.m. Emerald Plaza, 402 Broadway. Visit bit.ly/2wiLS9K. 

Sunday, Aug. 27 

Andaz rooftop – SOL Sundays: Come re-discover the STK Rooftop at Andaz for an amazing brunch and pool experience. Use promo code MIKEG. For hard tickets and VIP bottle service, contact Mike Gillespie at 619-993-6905. Aug. 27’s event features DJs Frankie M. Tu Shy, Sam Wild, Erick Diaz and DMG. 12:30 p.m. at Andaz San Diego, 600 F St. Visit bit.ly/2wiCHpV.

RECURRING EVENTS

TUESDAY 

Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park:  Participating museums change the first four Tuesdays of the month. Free for San Diego city and county residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. Visit balboapark.org/residents-free. 

Coronado Certified Farmers Market:  2:30–6 p.m. First and B streets at Coronado Ferry Landing. Visit  welcometocoronado.com. 

WEDNESDAY 

Food Truck Wednesdays: Up to seven different food trucks converge for your dining pleasure very Wednesday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., hosted by Curbside Bites. B and India streets. For a list of which food trucks will be on hand any given week, visit bit.ly/2srT55E. 

THURSDAY 

Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 1 p.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit  gaslampfoundation.org. 

FRIDAY 

Weekly Downtown Clean & Safe walkabouts: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. in alternating neighborhoods: Cortez Hill, Core/Columbia, Gaslamp Quarter, Marina and East Village. For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit  downtownsandiego.org or sign up for their newsletter. 

Take a bite out of Downtown:  Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego, join fellow foodies and winos for a historical walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21-plus. Noon. Tickets are $50-65. Tours also on Saturday. Visit bitesandiego.com/privatetours.

SATURDAY 

Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Rain or shine, visit over 100 booths on West Cedar Street between Kettner Boulevard and Front Street. Visit  littleitalysd.com/mercato. 

Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 11 a.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit  gaslampfoundation.org. 

SUNDAY 

Walk-in eReader and device assistance: Free and open to the public. Bring your Android and iOS devices for hands-on learning. 2–4 p.m. Room 222, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit  sandiegolibrary.org.

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