Downtown Calendar – June 2017

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Friday, June 2, through Sunday, July 2
One Hundred Years of One Hundred Handbags

The Women’s Museum of California presents an exhibit about the history of fashion, focusing on how women’s lives have changed the style of handbags and 100 handbags from the 1800s and 1900s will be on display. A fashion show will take place at 7 p.m. outside Barracks 16, Liberty Station. Visit

Friday, June 2
Say Farewell to Quartyard

Downtown’s favorite outdoor place to mingle, nosh and hear music is closing as they make plans for a new location at 13th and Market streets. Come to the farewell party with the Roving Marauders Band, Lexi Pulido Jazz Trio and throwback DJ sets by Jnav and Eric Medina. In addition there will be live art, food trucks, a photo booth, vendors and more. 6–11 p.m. at Quartyard, located at 1102 Market St., East Village. Visit 

Friday, June 2, through Sunday, June 4
Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival

Located at Lake Skinner in Temecula Valley, this wine tasting, hot air balloon riding and music listening festival kicks off this morning and runs all weekend. Festivities include a kid’s faire, arts and crafts section, commercial exhibits and lots of food. Balloon lifts begin daily at sunrise. Music includes The Motels, Tommy Tutone, Gene Loves Jezebel, and others. Tickets at the gate Friday are $30; Saturday, $40; Sunday $30. Youth are 6–12, $5. Active duty military can get in Sunday for $20 (ID required). Campsite reservations are also now on sale. Visit

Sunday, June 4
Summer Kickoff with Arts for Learning San Diego

Co-hosted by Horton Plaza Park, which celebrates its first anniversary, this event will involve live performances and visual arts events for families and residents in an attempt to draw people to the park. The day’s festivities, which start at 11 a.m., include Sole e Mar, an interactive international drumming group; art stations sponsored by Arts for Learning and the Children’s Museum; and yard games and interactive pop-jet fountain fun. Free parking at meters Downtown and Westfield Horton Plaza will offer one hour of free parking in its nearby garage. 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Horton Plaza Park, 900 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Visit 

Monday, June 5
Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway

Our beloved USS Midway Museum got her name from the great Battle of Midway, an epic WWII clash in the northern Pacific, which took place June 2–7, 1942. All six aircraft carriers and a cruiser that had attacked Pearl Harbor just six months prior were sunk in the decisive navy battle, which has been called one of the major turning points of WWII. Join organizers on the flight deck for a ceremony to commemorate this historic event, which will include guest speakers, entertainment and a fly over by two F/A-18 Hornets.

The USS Midway Museum is located at 910 N. Harbor Drive, just south of the Broadway Pier. For more information, visit 

Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10
Oysterfest returns in two-day format

This annual oyster and music festival just steps from where San Diego became known as an oyster capital (and is attempting to renew some of that history) includes 11 live bands, a dozen DJs, cold beer and a full bar, fine food, oysters, a shuck-and-suck contest, a Vavi play area and a live art exhibit. Musical guests on Friday, June 9, include Ghostland ObservatoryRocket From The CryptDance Yourself CleanThe Shelters and The Verigolds; Saturday, June 10 features MatisyahuMagic!Dām-FunkVokab KompanyJosh Heinrichs and Janelle Phillips.

Embarcadero Marina Park North (behind Seaport Village), 500 Kettner Blvd., Downtown. Visit

Saturday, June 10
San Diego Festival of the Arts

Celebrate art on the Waterfront with San Diego Magazine and Torrey Pines Kiwanis’ weekend of art, cuisine and entertainment. The event features the work of nearly 200 critically acclaimed artists. In addition to art, enjoy craft beer, fine wine and family-friendly activities. The weekend kicks off on Saturday, June 10, at 10 a.m. and ends on Sunday, June 11, at 5 p.m. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, along the Embarcadero. Tickets $12-16 online at Visit

Saturday, June 17
23rd Annual Taste of Gaslamp

Stop by the Gaslamp Quarter for San Diego’s original culinary tour. Try samples from over 25 restaurants on this self-guided walking adventure. The evening will end with an after-party at Altitude Sky Lounge.

Tickets $30–70 online at 1–4 p.m. Gaslamp Quarter, The historic Gaslamp Quarter falls between Fourth and Sixth avenues, and from Broadway to Harbor Drive, in Downtown. Visit

Horton Plaza for Parks Fit

Swing by Horton Plaza Park for the first installment of a free, family-friendly event called Parks Fit. This guided walking tour leads you through Downtown every Saturday to help you get your steps in while exploring the city. Registration online at with Activity Code 40659. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Horton Plaza Park, 900 Fourth Ave., Downtown. Visit

The Official San Diego County Fair 5K

Strap on your running shoes to grab a sneak peek of the San Diego County Fair before it opens. The fourth annual event is for all ages and abilities. Registration includes two free fair tickets, discounted guest ticket, a free drink and more. Tickets $29–39 online at Run takes place from 7–10 a.m. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Visit

Monday, June 19, through Friday, June 23
San Diego Startup Week

You are invited to network with local entrepreneurs for San Diego Startup Week, a five-day experience with 15 different tracks and over 150 events. Activities include educational panels, speakers and demonstrations. Tickets $25–50 online at Starts at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 19 and ends at 12 a.m. on Friday, June 23. Startup San Diego, 101 W. Broadway, Downtown. Visit

Saturday, June 24
2017 San Diego Brew Fest

Cheers to endless beer! The 2017 San Diego Brew Fest offers three hours of unlimited local and international craft beer samples. In between sips, enjoy live music or grab a bite to eat from featured food trucks. This event is 21 years and older. No pets. Tickets $45–55 online at The Brew Fest runs from 2–5 p.m. with 1 p.m. start for VIP ticket holders. Formerly held Downtown, this year’s Brew Fest is at Liberty Station, 2640 Cushing Road. Visit

Mass Creativity 2017

The New Children’s Museum encourages you to get creative with your kids. This free, family-friendly event features hands-on art projects, live music and access to the museum. Activities will relate to the 2017 theme of diversity and celebrating stories. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave. Visit



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, Davis-Horton House 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 $50-65. Tours also on Saturday. Visit tours.


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, Davis-Horton House 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

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