Downtown Calendar – August 2016

Featured events

‘The Fashion of Food’
Friday, Aug. 5

The second day of a two-day event showcasing culinary tastings, fashion and more at The Headquarters at Seaport Village (789 W. Harbor Drive). Today’s event will feature edible art prepared by local chefs. Includes live music and entertainment and attendees can vote for their favorite entrée. Fashion of Food will be held from 6 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $20. Visit for more information.

Third annual pop-up concert series and Bike Coalition bike rides
Friday, Aug. 5 – Friday, Aug. 26

The “Sounds of Summer” concert series by the Downtown San Diego Partnership is already under way with many more dates to come. These free shows feature local musicians at three various Downtown locations on Fridays from noon – 2 p.m.

On select Fridays (Aug. 12 and 26), there will also be a special bike ride starting at noon at Horton Plaza Park to coincide with the concerts. Artists to be featured in August include: Justin Froese and Bob Peace on Aug. 5; Alex Famous and Sam Bybee on Aug. 12; Ashley Hollander, Ezekiel Morphis and Shanny Mac on Aug. 19; Patrick Lanzetta, Jody Mulgrew and Golden West on Aug. 26; and more artists to be announced. Visit for specific locations of each performance.

Yoga for Hope
Saturday, Aug. 13

One thousand attendees are expected for the sixth annual Yoga for Hope on Petco Park’s (100 Park Blvd., East Village) centerfield grass. The event will include a yoga marketplace open from 7 – 11 a.m. and featuring more than 25 vendors. A master yoga class will be held at 8:30 a.m. and last 90 minutes. Advance registration is $45 ($35 for yoga instructors). Visit

‘Brew School’d’ 
Saturday, Aug. 13

Finest City Improv will stage a performance of their popular “Brew School’d” series where comedy meets craft beer at Mission Brewing (1441 L St., Downtown) at 8 p.m. At the show, improvisers will transform the tasting room with a stage, seating and sound. Four characters, including one real-life brewmaster, will evaluate four beers while the audience follows – and drinks – along. Tickets are $24 – $29. Visit for tickets.

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station
Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14

This annual festival features music, visual arts, interactive art-making and more. Friends of NTC will start the day with a Brunch with the Arts in the garden of Scout at Quarters D (2675 Rosecrans St.) on Sunday – members and guests can attend this catered event from 10 – 11:30 a.m. before strolling the ArtWalkNTC. Get details on brunch by visiting The 11th annual arts festival will start at 10 a.m. each day and wrap up at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit for more information.

‘Transition of the Gaslamp Quarter into the National
Historic District and its listing on the National Register of Historic Places’
Thursday, Aug. 18

This event will be held at the Horton Grand Hotel (311 Island Ave., Gaslamp) starting at 7 p.m. Wayne Donaldson will give an informative lecture on historic preservation. A well-regarded preservation architect in San Diego, Mr. Donaldson is also one of the founders of the NewSchool of Architecture & Design as well as Heritage Architecture and Planning. Admission for the lectures is $15 admission for non-members
(admission can be credited towards a new membership) and free for Gaslamp Museum members. Coffee and dessert to follow lecture. RSVP by calling the museum at 619-233-4692.

Summer Movies in the Park – ‘Inside Out’
Friday, Aug. 19

This installment of the summer movie series features the animated film about a young girl uprooted from her Midwest life and transplanted to San Francisco – her emotions (Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness) conflict over how to navigate her new home. The screening will be held at Waterfront Park (1600 Pacific Highway, Marina) and is free to attend. Concessions will be available for purchase. Visit for a full schedule of movies.

‘Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science’
Opens Saturday, Aug. 20

This new permanent exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum (1788 El Prado, Balboa Park) opens today featuring rare books, art, photographs and historical documents from the library’s collection. The items pay homage to the “past, present and future of citizen science.” Visit for more information.

Sip N’ Ship Beer Festival
Saturday, Aug. 20

The Maritime Museum of San Diego (1492 N. Harbor Drive) and Rock Star Beer present this event for the first time from 1 – 5 p.m. (noon entrance for VIP). The event includes craft beer vendors, food trucks, live music and more. Attendees will be able to walk around the vessels and sample beers at different locations throughout the museum. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP. Visit for more information.

‘Hello Wild Things’ Sunday Supper
Sunday, Aug. 21

A five-course dinner inspired by the popular children’s book, “Where The Wild Things Are,” including cheese in every course will be served at The Cheese Store of San Diego (1980 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy) from 6 – 8 p.m. The meal will be crafted by guest Chef Mirella Hinojosa-Segura — a native San Diegan who currently works at Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar. Event price is $69 and includes one glass of wine or beer. Visit for reservations.

‘Go For Launch!’
Monday, Aug. 22 – Wednesday, Aug. 24

This space-inspired science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) event will be held from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. for three days at the San Diego Air and Space Museum (2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park). “Go For Launch” is presented by nonprofit Higher Orbits, which works to inspire kids using mankind’s journey into space. Over the course of the event, students will be immersed in “the wonder of spaceflight” with talks and hands-on activities. Former NASA astronaut Don Thomas and others will present during the event. Registration is $250 per student and includes all supplies and snacks and meals. Visit for more information.

‘Healthy Living in the City’
Thursday, Aug. 25

A free, monthly cooking class presented by Scripps at Jimbo’s… Naturally! (324 Horton Plaza) for all ages that features healthy recipes. This edition will include a “back-to-school” menu. Check-in at 5:30 p.m. with event at 6 p.m. Visit to register.

8th annual Doggie Street Festival
Saturday, Aug. 27

The annual Doggie Street Festival is a not-to-be missed dog and cat adopt-a-thon and celebration with pet products, edible treats, veterinary tips, music, a kids area, auction prizes and more. Attendees are welcome to bring friendly dogs. The event will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at NTC Park at Liberty Station (2455 Cushing Road) Visit for more information.

Annual Sea Chantey Fest
Sunday, Aug. 28

Sea chanteys are songs recounting the adventure, tragedy and romance of life at sea. The Maritime Museum of San Diego (1492 N. Harbor Drive) along with San Diego Folk Heritage present this annual festival to bring those songs to life. The music will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4:45 p.m. with a group finale. Performers include: The Jackstraws, Raggle Taggle, John Kraus and more. The event is included with admission to the museum. Visit for more information.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition
Friday, Sept. 2 – Monday, Sept. 5

This annual four-day event attracts sculptors from around the world and results in sandcastles and art stretching along the bay. The B Street Pier (1140 N. Harbor Drive, Downtown) is home to the Labor Day weekend event. Tickets start at $11 for one-day admission with two-day and VIP packages available. Ticket prices increase on Aug. 16. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.




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

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


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

Sunset Trivia: Bring a team or play alone. 7 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit


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 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 $45. Tours also on Saturday. Visit


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

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


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

Outdoor organ concert: The San Diego Organ Society presents a free organ concert. With over 4,500 pipes, this organ is one of the largest organs in the world with a wonderful sound, playing classic and popular hits by Dr. Carol Williams. Enjoy free parking, lots of seating. Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. 2 p.m. Visit

—Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at

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