There’s a lanky ol’ fella named Jack Skellington and he intends on sequestering Christmas once and for all. Against warnings from a lonely ragged doll named Sally whose enamored with Jack, he recruits three conniving kids named Lock, Shock, and Barrel to kidnap jolly Kris Kringle. Further mayhem ensues as Jack notices his mistake when he has to encounter the dreaded Oogie Boogie and return Christmas to normality. Forget 3D because this performance is live and it is all to benefit Red Binacional de Corazones’s Casa del Jardin, which is a refuge for girls and victims of abuse.
Not to sound macabre but it's in the job to cause fright within this column. Get your shakes on in prime time to invite the season of fear in. Give your shivers a twist with MOPA’s Horrible Imaginings Film Festival with all variants of grey-dread from horror, thriller and suspense to fantasy, fiction and enough artful eeriness to keep you crawling back for more. Get in the darkness, San Diego, we can't be America’s finest weather all the time!
September 7th – 11th
Renowned artists from both Californias, Latin America, and Asia unite for the third installment of Happening En El Valle. Contemporary crafters will showcase their talents via paintings, installations, sculptures, dances, music and much more. Set amidst the vineyards of the undulant hills of El Valle de Guadalupe, there will be plenty of art-making merriment for all ages. No contemporary art fest is complete without regional cuisine and libations, so, get your cultural arts fix in Baja’s wine country!
Hot from the shores of Rio, landing in Mission Beach, comes the unity of tribal spirit that only the annual Brazilian Day San Diego can bring. The Carnaval-feel event will once again dazzle the ever-increasing attendees that join in the festivities. It is everything from samba to capoeira, bossa nova to açaí, and a whole bunch of colorful offerings in between that you’ll be saying “obrigado” in no time.
Telling stories from the trenches to the flight deck can be told in many ways, but film captures a human essence that engages everyone. For its second year, the GI Film Festival shares the experiences of the Unites States of America’s most valiant citizens. Military documentaries, short films, family features along with an awards ceremony and panel discussions bring five days worthy of any rank or class of support for the armed services.
September 14th – 18th
3 Days. 30+ musical acts. 20 comedic performers. 20 artists. 10 Top chefs. You +1. Sponsored in part by Mercedes Benz of El Cajon, KaaBoo returns for its second edition and all the numbers are adding up for a good time under the sun. With the spectrum of offerings at this year’s festival it will be an easy stroll to get your cultural arts fix in no time. Top international, national, and local musicians, artists, humorists, and kitchen masters will please any diverse palate with over 40 hours of memories to share –get comfy seaside style.
September 16th – 18th
Movies on Mondays at the San Diego Museum of Art are once again aiming to sync flicks with their current exhibits, and it is a perfect shot throughout. Five films will be screened next to the Botanical Gardens so more picnic-packed people can enjoy the showcases. Pack your friends, grab that perfect spot, bring your hors d’oeuvres, don’t forget the wine, and take in some cinema underneath the night sky.
Mondays in August
From intimate to grand, the August Harvest Festival events are filled to the brim with everything wine. An adventure awaits at every path with a series of tastings at vineyards, concerts under the stars, glamorous galas, divine dinners paired perfectly with wine and a spectrum of other engagements. Take the trails less taken, they may be dirt roads but surprising gems awaits at the end of them.
August 5th – 21st
If you did not know, Tijuana continues to be a beacon of talent and the Say North Festival is bridging more than gaps between Mexico and the U.S. Musicians from both sides of the border, and even as far as Mexico City, will gather for a full day of some of the best bands from the region. There will be plenty of great gastronomic offerings and the event is for the whole family. This festival will be rockin’ so you best get rollin’ and not be left out.
The kids have got talent! From full-length to shorts films, created by children of all ages, will once again grace the screens at the San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival. With the mission to promote entertainment with education, the organization highlights movies from various countries around the world. With over 100+ selections, on-screen talent taking to the red carpet, and an awards ceremony it is sure to bring out the kid in everyone, no permission required!
August 26th – 28th