The state of Jalisco and the frontier’s Californias are aiming sky-high for an explosion of Mexican culture. Celebrating San Diego’s Mariachi Scholarship Foundation’s 20 years, the Ballet Folklórico of the University of Guadalajara brings its half-century of traditions to downtown accompanied by their compatriots Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán. Joining the festivities will be our region’s own Symphonic Mariachi Champaña Nevin, Orquesta de Baja California, and the San Diego Binational Symphony Orchestra. The music and dance is set to Caliente, and its ardor knows no borders.
The City of Chula Vista is ready to once again pucker-up more than 35,000 visitors to its downtown Lemon Festival. For over 20 years this annual gathering brings an array of juicy-infused activities, bitter-rivaled sour contests, a Fun Zone, music and so much more. From a citric standpoint, this is one way to squeeze more out of summer while staying fresh with some help from lemonade.
From around the globe to around the block, it’s the movie extravaganza cut perfectly for children of all ages. The annual San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival is rolling out the reels around North County and the spotlight never looked brighter. With features and shorts created by boys and girls, youth and adults alike mixed with groovy receptions, red carpet fashions and exclusive panel engagements - there’s no telling how each day’s adventures will play out. Tales await families of all sizes and innovation will be gleaming with each showcase.
August 25th – 27th
The grapevine will be heard from Valle de Guadalupe to the shores of Ensenada carrying the tune of the 27th anniversary of the Vendimia. There are ample varieties of events from quaint to grand and an opportunity to enjoy some of Mexico’s most delectable cuisine paired with prized wines from the region. With workshops to refine one’s palate and exclusive nocturnal concerts across select vineyards, there’s a spectrum of ways to make your noche bonita.
Now – August 20th
Grab some churros, hop on a ride and take in a concert at the yearly Feria Tijuana. Expressing the culture of the cosmopolitan border city with the traditions of Mexican fairs, the months of August and September are packed with shows with Latin acts from pop to ranchera and others in genres between. The likes of Ana Gabriel, Emmanuel and Mijares, Pepe Aguilar, Ana Torroja and more are ready to fill the ‘Palenque’ with their legions of fans. Singing along encouraged and summer love recommended.
August 25th – September 16th
On the dancing heels of their latest concert series, Sycuan continues to spice up San Diego’s nightlife with some spectacular shows. Summer of Sycuan will see deuce dates for ABBA the Concert and KC and the Sunshine Band in this month’s first week. The heat gets turned up with Sparx along with Lorenzo Antonio and his mariachi on the 12th. Get your soul pumping with Mr. Freddie Jackson on the 17th and 18th as he is ready to set hearts on fire. And if those feet are still up for some rockin’ and twistin’ come September’s first days, Chubby Checker and Lita Ford have tunes for the shakin’. Summer days call for cool summer nights, get rollin’ and crank up the good times.
Laughter can de dangerous and in the right doses it can even turn deadly. Confronting her rich hubby’s three lovers, the well-off and elegant wife plots with them the perfect crime for his inheritance. Directed by Mexican actress Ofelia Medina starring a cast of comedic femme fatales, the stage will be set to make the audience an accomplice. Careful though, the last laugh can be yours and these Hijas de su Madre have killer humor.
It’s the concert with the who’s who of the city’s music community and for its 2017 showcase, a trip back to the 60s local scene returning to the present. Sounds Like San Diego brings out the town’s best musicians including legends spanning beyond SoCal to play tunes from JJ Cale, Switchfoot, Iron Butterfly and many others. So, plug in with the hip and happening crowd, it’s where it’s at, man!
The nation’s most southwesterly city is also California’s funkiest coastal community. Carrying the theme Pirates in Paradise, IB celebrates its 61st anniversary with their Sun & Sea Festival. The family-oriented event features from world-class to kid’s levels sandcastle competitions, a parade, food, and yes, it will be packed with other offerings perfectly sculpted for a sandy affair.
July 14th & 15th
At the strike of noon on Saturday 16th, five distinct rings will echo across Mission Valley casting away evil and calling the good-spirited to… a garden party with a bishop!? The Festival of Bells commemorates the Mission San Diego’s founding with a weekend for the whole family, including furry, feathered, and cold-blooded members. Bless your animals and nourish your soul with great cuisine, live entertainment, children activities, and dancing are striking all day. The Mission awaits a heavenly tone; the bishop anoints all even the mariachi tunes!