Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do Aug. 15 - 18

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Posted at 12:04 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 15:04:26-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego's weekend will be packed with good food, tunes, and moves.

Chula Vista HarborFest is bringing multiple stages of live music to Bayside Park for a day of fun on the water, delicious eats, and dancing in the South Bay.

The Imperial Avenue Street Festival will celebrate the Logan Heights community's rich history with music, delicious food from local chefs, and fun for kids in San Diego.

MORE: Check out our event calendar for even more local events

Oceanside will see the best bodysurfers from around the world compete in the World Bodysurfing Championships, while more athletes hit the pavement along San Diego Bay for America's Finest City Half Marathon & 5K.

Over in Del Mar, it's the pitmasters' time to shine during the Turf and Surf BBQ State Championship, packing all the delicious BBQ sampling fans could crave into the fairgrounds.

Here's a look at this weekend's events:


San Diego Italian Film Festival
Where: Museum of Photographic Arts; Cost: $8 - $12
Check out the San Diego Italian Film Festival's presentation of 2017's "Taranta on the Road," chronicling two Tunisian migrants traveling in Europe and the experiences they share along the way.

Nighttime Zoo at San Diego Zoo
Where: San Diego Zoo; Cost: $46 - $62
(Thursday - Saturday) The gates are staying open at San Diego Zoo for special late-night fun during Nighttime Zoo, where guests can enjoy trampoline acrobatics, traditional music and dance at Africa Rocks, the roving Chameleons band, and several zoo characters making appearances around the park.


26th Annual Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational
Where: Scripps Pier, La Jolla; Cost: Free to spectate surfing competition, Luau is $550
(Friday - Saturday) Surfers, scientists, and survivors will gather in La Jolla to raise funds in the fight against cancer. The fundraiser kicks off with a surfing competition, free for the public to spectate. Then, a luau with live music, a tropical buffet, and auctions to raise funds for the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health.

Latin Food Fest
Where: Embarcadero Park North; Cost: $39 - $149
(Friday - Saturday) San Diego's Latin Food Fest brings together the region's most talented chefs and flavors all while helping raise awareness and funds to fight hunger with the San Diego Hunger Coalition. The delicious tour starts Friday, with the Latin Spirits Festival, and continues Saturday with an appetizing slate of tastings.


Chula Vista HarborFest
Where: Bayside Park; Cost: Free, some activities vary in price
HarborFest celebrates the Chula Vista community with a day packed full of multiple stages of music, children's activities, delicious food and drink, and more. Families can enjoy some of the best tacos around during Tacos and Spirits Revolution, Lucha Libre wrestling shows, wine tastings, and tons of water activities along the bay.

Imperial Avenue Street Festival
Where: Imperial Avenue, between 25th and 27th Streets; Cost: Free
Imperial Avenue will celebrate its rich history with four blocks of live music, local artists, gourmet food and drinks, and more family fun during the Imperial Avenue Street Festival. A Kids Zone will keep children busy and parents will want to check out the beer garden. Plus, line dancing, competitions, and tons of vendors.

San Diego West Coast Multicultural Carnival & Festival
Where: SDCCU Stadium; Cost: $20
Vibrant performers and live music will take over SDCCU Stadium's parking lot for San Diego Carnival. Tasty eats, vendors, and a Parade of Bands with masqueraders will celebrate San Diego's multicultural scene.


America's Finest City Half Marathon & 5K
Where: Balboa Park; Cost: $50 - $135
Runners take your marks! America's Finest City Half Marathon takes competitors from Cabrillo National Monument on a tour of San Diego, from Point Loma to the Embarcadero, all the way to Balboa Park. Runners and walkers can hang around for a beer garden and finish line festival.

43rd Annual World Bodysurfing Championships
Where: Oceanside Pier; Cost: Free to spectate; Fee to participate
(Saturday - Sunday) About 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world will hit the waves in Oceanside as part of the World Bodysurfing Championships. Enjoy a day in the sunshine while watching the best of the best compete at the beach.

4th Annual Turf & Surf BBQ State Championship
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds; Cost: $50 - $65
More than 30 of the country's finest purveyors of BBQ will bring their brisket, pork, ribs, and seafood creations to Del Mar to compete in the Turf and Surf BBQ State Championship. An assortment of craft beers will offer everyone something to pair well with dishes and tickets include track admission for the day.