HarborFest Chula Vista is back and this year there is a shake-up happening! Not only will all the family fun from past years be in full swing from activities on and off the water, to local musicians on three stages and great artists, but a heated battle also awaits. The Tacos & Spirits Revolution and Craft Beer Uprising join forces as chefs, mixologists and brewers aim to recruit worthy foodies.
Time to cruise the 101 for the yearly LeucadiART Walk. It’s a cool stroll along the PCH checking out the latest offerings from local artists, each working their respective mediums. Ease your feet if the strut gets rough, ride the Magic Bus to your desired stop for live music spots. Kids can rock their inner Warhol or Van Gogh at the Children’s Art Pavilion. Get your art buzz on, it’s a mojo feeling only a Leucadia walkabout can offer.
Tijuana’s Opera En La Calle is spreading the love this year and heating up summer in three distinct neighborhoods for their 13th edition. Aside from taking in acts from Gershwin’s Blue Monday, Verdi’s La Traviata, Hansel & Gretel, and Romeo & Juliet among others, children and youth orchestras and choruses will delight the ears of opera fans new and old. Adding to the merriment will be a singing and set design competition and creative workshops open to all. The street and boroughs of Tijuana have never sounded so classically enchanting, orchestrated for all to enjoy for free.
July 2nd, 9th, 16th
Chula Vista is about to get Caribbean with a spectrum of Latin music artists for the liveliest soiree at the South Bay Salsa Festival’s premier showcase. Benefitting LAPA Foundation for Excellence, the festivities get going at noon with performers paying tribute to Manny Oquendo & Libre for a full day with the best salsa, merengue, bachata and cha-cha songs as interpreted by legends of the craft. Along with food vendors and plenty of offering to quench your dancing thirst, the day should be caliente for all!
Ringing its historic calls since the turn of the 18th century, Father Serra, now Saint, in spirit welcomes everyone to the annual Festival of the Bells. California’s oldest mission is celebrating 247 years of its founding with a weekend full of activities chiming with everyone’s family. Kids, adults and even pets can enjoy food, games, live entertainment, collectible and antiques, a private garden party, dancing, and beloved Blessing of the Animals. The Mission’s five bells will be sounding all weekend in the key of F(un) --a divine timber!
July 16th & 17th
After conquering the Billboard’s Hot 200 charts, and with a comedy album no less, Czar Yankovic continues to make history across the globe. The Return of The World Mandatory Tour is taking over America for what is to be the greatest musical spectacle ever seen. The mighty Weird Al will unravel his humorous mission statement to the masses and cut right into the citizenry’s guts like a surgeon. Tackiness, buffoonery, wild antics, and silliness all form part of Yankovic’s manifesto, and let it be known, don’t make the czar repeat it. Ham on!
Stay Fresh. Wear shades. Drink wine. Take in the sunset this hot season with the coolest line-up of performances during Bayside Summer Nights. July 1st starts with the brilliant Star-Spangled Pops heating up to the 4th for Cash’d Out’s Tribute to the Man in Black. The 14th spices up the night with The Mambo King: A Tito Puente Salute apt for the dancing revelers. A revolution awaits the 15th and 16th as Classical Mystery Tour pays homage to the Fab Four. The Divine Ms. Diana Ross will gleam in the name of love on the 17th while Trace Adkins sparks crowds with his country hits on the 29th. With other performances running until September 4th the Summer Pops never sounded so sweet on our shores.
July 1st – September 4th
Not too long ago, the doctor would have recommended a dose of skull moss to stop the nose bleeds. Seems like we all have a little cannibal is us, if put in certain situations, that is, but no need to get in survival mode yet for the Museum of Man’s latest exhibit. Whether surviving the Andes Mountains, visiting the local apothecary in the 1700s, or stranded out at sea, cannibalism is not a novelty for staying alive. Kings and queens, sailors and warriors, and even the sick have eaten humans either for pleasure, medicine, or need so learn more about this morbid part of our pasts.
One taco. Two tacos. Three tacos. Floor! An emblematic culinary Tijuana delight, tacos, that is a daily must for some while for others, only when one visits our sister city. Whether you like them in a steamy, toasty, or greasy tortilla with choices galore of what to fill them with, the Rock ‘n’ Taco Fest III is putting on all the right ingredients for 2016. Twenty taquerias will be dishing out their best plates and pairing up with craft beer stands along with seven rock bands to get your digestion moving to the next taco. The best guide is your nose, just watch the salsa - some incite mouths for more!
The La Jolla Festival of the Arts is wading down the coast to downtown’s bay for its 30th Anniversary, and renaming it San Diego Festival of the Arts at a new location. The Waterfront Park will now be home to this yearly event that brings regional established and emerging artists in a spectrum of disciplines together. The uniqueness of this festival is also with its giving back engagement with the community. With proceeds benefitting various non-profits over the last three decades, the Festival has raised over $2 million in support of more than 40,000 people with disabilities – a work of art in and of itself!
June 11th & 12th