Saturday, July 7
Irresistibly cute dog cosplay, games, geek trivia and much more… this is the perfect day out for all animal-loving pop culture fans! Humans and dogs are welcome whether in costume or not, for a fun day in support of the Helen Woodward Animal Center. The seventh annual event is being held at the future home of the Comic-Con Museum for the first time in honor of super adoptive families. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 2131 Pan American Plaza in Balboa Park.
She Fest is a woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of women while fostering meaningful connections within and between the LGBT and larger San Diego communities. This event is free to the public and aims to provide a platform for inclusivity of transgender women, nonbinary and intersex folks, and gender non-conformist to feel represented and supported. North Park Community Park, 4044 Idaho St. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Come to PREP Social, a clothing swap for trans women and the nonbinary community! The event will include a pop-up swap, resources, entertainment and PrEP and sexual health topics. Although not required, don’t forget to bring clothes/accessories to swap! Located at Good To Go San Diego at 3830 Park Blvd. 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 10
Transit Leap Webinar
SANDAG will host a series of five, 45-minute webinars to discuss its “5 Big Moves.” These strategies set the framework for a bold new transportation vision for San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan, which will enhance connectivity, increase safety and sustainability, and improve quality of life. Join us to unpack the Transit Leap — a complete network of high-speed and high-capacity transit services that connect where people live (population centers) with destinations, like employment centers, universities, business districts, and regional attractions. The webinar begins at noon. Register at SDForward.com/webinars.
Light Up the Cathedral
Join interfaith leaders, elected officials, and San Diego’s LGBTQ community at this official San Diego Pride 2019 event. To celebrate Pride Week, we will honor our LGBTQ interfaith community and witness the Cathedral’s annual ceremonial rainbow lighting. This interfaith event will feature Jewish activist and Rabbinical student Steven Goldstein, who champions interfaith organizing as a method of combating transphobia, homophobia, and anti-Semitism as our keynote speaker. The service will also include performances by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, the San Diego Women’s Chorus, and presentation of the Light of Pride award by Pride Executive Director Fernando Lopez to this year’s honoree, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, for their service to the Jewish, LGBTQ, and refugee communities in our region. 7-8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2728 Sixth Ave.
Friday, July 12
‘In Shape and Mode: Murmurs of the Future’
QTPOC Colectivo will hold its fourth annual art show featuring performer Amber St. James and artwork by Albie Cartagenes. 5 p.m. at Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd. $5 donation suggested but no one will be turned away.
Spirit of Stonewall Rally
Pride celebrations everywhere trace their heritage to the evening of June 28, 1969, when patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City said “No more!” to police harassment. That protest has grown to annual events held in major cities throughout the world. In San Diego, our first rally was held in 1975. San Diego Pride’s Spirit of Stonewall Rally is a time to recognize and honor leaders who are working hard to preserve our gains and meet the many challenges still facing our community. Come join us as cheering crowds and energetic speakers kick off San Diego Pride Weekend! 6-7 p.m. at Hillcrest Pride Flag, 1600 University Ave.
Saturday, July 13
San Diego Pride
Tickets are on sale for this year’s San Diego Pride Festival on July 13-14. The festival is time to be out and proud in San Diego tradition. Enjoy the city’s largest celebration with thousands of attendees, vendors and information booths. Entertainment includes more than 100 entertainers with four stages. General admission: $15-$30. VIP admission: $150-$200. High school-aged youth and under admitted for free at the box office. Marston Point, Balboa Park, Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street. sdpride.org
San Diego Day
This day celebrates 250 years of diverse cultures in San Diego. This fun-filled day will have information and activities about the many cultures that have contributed to make San Diego what it is today. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, July 14
Bleu Bohème, located at 4090 Adams Ave. in Kensington, will celebrate Bastille Day and its “douzième anniversaire” (12th anniversary) with a three-course French feast and featured cocktails, available exclusively on Sunday, July 14. Created by owner and executive chef, Ken Irvine, the specialty dinner will begin with soupe au pistou: summer vegetable soup with white beans, campanelle pasta and fresh basil pistou with Parmesan. For the entrée, guests may enjoy carre d’agneau: rack of lamb with sautéed spinach, farro-goat cheese gratin and red wine gastrique. The meal will conclude with crêpes suzette for dessert: sweet crêpes rolled with oranges and Grand Marnier, topped with vanilla ice cream. The prix fixe dinner is priced at $58 per person or available a la carte, with selections priced individually.
Thursday, July 18
San Diego Comic-Con
Captain America Burger
Theatre Box’s movie-inspired menu
Theatre Box, the Gaslamp Quarter’s new luxury theater, dining and entertainment complex, will introduce a menu for Comic-Con International inspired by new releases from Disney, Marvel and more, available Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21. The limited-edition menu, available to order in Theatre Box’s full-service restaurant, Sugar Factory American Brasserie; or at the push of a button in TCL Chinese Theatre’s luxury dine-in cinema, will include the Deadpool Wrap, Do or Do Not Yoda Wrap, Captain America Burger and the Iron Fist Salad.
Cocktails from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Havana 1920, GBOD Hospitality Group’s intimate Cuban restaurant located at 548 Fifth Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, will raise a glass to the rebels with three featured cocktails, priced at $12 each: Dantooine Daquiri, made with Havana Club añejo rum, fresh lime juice, and fresh sugarcane syrup; Mon Calamari Mojito, made with Havana Club añejo rum, fresh lime juice, yerba buena, fresh-pressed sugarcane juice, sugarcane syrup and club soda; and Yavin Four, made with Diplomatico rum, fresh pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, apricot liqueur and R&D aromatic bitters. More information about Havana 1920 and the full menu is available online at havana1920.com.
Mezé Greek Fusion, located at 345 Sixth Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, will offer cocktails inspired by the Old Republic, including: Darth Revan Cooler, made with RumHaven coconut rum, fresh lime, pineapple, mint, vanilla and allspice; Ebon Hawk, a choice of Nolet’s gin or Ketel One vodka, fresh lime, ginger beer and bitters; and Grey Jedi Jungle Juice, made with Dobel Diamanta GBOD single-barrel tequila, mango purée, Ancho Reyes verde, fresh lime and R&D fire bitters. The cocktails will be available for $13 each. More information and reservations are available by calling 619-550-1600 or online at gaslampmeze.com.
Prohibition, GBOD Hospitality Group’s underground speakeasy located at 548 Fifth Ave., will prepare three Jedi-inspired cocktails, including: Crazy Old Ben, made with Russell’s Reserve single-barrel bourbon, demerara and R&D bitters; There Is Another Skywalker, made with bourbon, lemon, honey and R&D Sarsaparilla bitters; and Use the Force Luke!, a combination of Dobel añejo tequila, lime, honey and R&D bitters. The cocktails will be priced at $14 each. More information about Prohibition is available by calling 619-501-1919 or online at prohibitionsd.com.
El Chingon, GBOD Hospitality Group’s “Bad Ass” Mexican restaurant located at 560 Fifth Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, will ‘strike back’ with three Empire-inspired cocktails: Vader-rita, made with agave blanco tequila, fresh lime juice and organic agave nectar, topped with a paleta and served in a goblet, priced at $25; Palpatine’s Paloma, made with El Jimador blanco tequila, fresh lime, salt and choice of Jarritos, priced at $12; and Kylo’s Kooler, made with Azuñia blanco tequila, house-made watermelon cordial, lime and tajin, available for $12. More information and reservations are available by calling 619-501-1919 or online at elchingon.com.
Wednesday, July 24
Mobility Hubs Webinar
SANDAG will host a series of five, 45-minute webinars to discuss its “5 Big Moves.” These strategies set the framework for a bold new transportation vision for San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan, which will enhance connectivity, increase safety and sustainability, and improve quality of life. Join us to discover how Mobility Hubs enhance the movement of people and goods when different modes of travel — walking, biking, transit, and shared mobility — and supporting amenities converge in the heart of communities. The webinar begins at noon. Register at SDForward.com/webinars.
Thursday, July 25
Loud Fridge Theatre Group is producing the San Diego premier of “Straight,” the provocative new play by Drew Fornarola and Scott Elmegreen, that deals with fidelity, sexuality and identity in “post-equality” America, directed by Kate Rose Reynolds and Andréa Agosto. “Straight,” The New York Times Critic’s Pick, chosen for its “smart, bracing writing brimming with clever wisecracks and thought-provoking observations,” made its off-Broadway debut at the Acorn Theatre in 2016. Now, “Straight” is making its California debut, after enchanting audiences in New York City, Mexico City, Austria, Berlin and much of the East Coast. Playing from July 25 to Aug. 4 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tenth Avenue Arts Center, Forum Stage, 930 10th Ave. Tickets range from $17.50-$35 and can be purchased online at loudgridgetheatre.com/straight.
Thursday, Aug. 1
Smart Streetlights Meeting
The city of San Diego will be holding a community meeting to discuss smart streetlights.
New Central Library from 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, September 14
Red Dress Party 2019
Red Dress Party San Diego is a whimsical fundraising event where everyone is encouraged to be brave, let loose, and celebrate impact. Like the name suggests, attendees are required to wear a red dress, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. This serves as a powerful sign of compassion and solidarity for those affected by HIV/AIDS and as a way to unite the crowd in one radiant theme. Pre-sale tickets now available at discounted prices for this Sept. 14 event. General admission: $55. VIP admission: $150. Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. 100 N. Harbor Drive.
Sunset Poolside Jazz Series
With spectacular views of the San Diego skyline at sunset, the Westgate Hotel’s rooftop will be home to the sixth annual Sunset Poolside Jazz Series, featuring an incredible lineup of the best smooth jazz artists in Southern California. Trumpet virtuoso, composer, producer, and educator in the San Diego jazz community, Gilbert Castellanos curates this special event that will take place every Thursday evening. No reservations are required, and tables are first come, first served. A $25 food and beverage minimum per person applies for each event, and parking is available for $10. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at 1055 Second Ave.