Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do Aug. 18-21

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Posted at 12:20 PM, Aug 17, 2022

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — America's Finest City will be filled with festivals, baseball games, and activities for San Diegans this weekend!

The San Diego Padres are taking on the Washington Nationals this weekend and Friar Nation is having a few fun events for Padres fans and more.

29 years after fighting against cancer, surfers, scientists, and survivors are coming together once again at the annual Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational at the beach near Scripps Pier in La Jolla.

Here is everything you can eat, drink, and do in San Diego this weekend.


San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals
Where: Petco Park; Costs: Varies
The First 35,000 fans in attendance will receive one bobblehead presented by COX celebrating San Diego native Joe Musgrove’s historic 2021 no-hitter! The first pitch is at 6:40 p.m.

Jazz Night at Madam Bonnie's
Where: Gaslamp District; Costs: Varies
Want to know what it feels like to step into the roaring '20s? Stop by for Jazz Night on Thursday, August 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Madam Bonnie's. Listen to classic jazz covers that you know and love or enjoy new pieces from Richard James and the Gemini Trio while sitting at the 42-foot copper bar - the longest continuous bar top in Gaslamp.

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.


Party In The Park: Countryfest Presented By Southwest Airlines
Where: Gallagher Square at Petco Park; Costs: Varies
Fans are encouraged to come dressed in their country western best for this pregame happy hour in Gallagher Square, featuring $5 drink specials and live music from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A ticket to the Padres vs. Nationals game is required to attend. The first pitch is at 6:40 p.m.

Best of San Diego Party 2022
Where: Legacy Plaza - Liberty Station; Costs: $80-$115
The Best of San Diego Party presented by Palomar Health is the ultimate summer celebration. The event brings together the top local restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, and businesses as featured in San Diego Magazine's Best Restaurants and Best of San Diego issues. Guests can expect unlimited bites and sips from more than 100 vendors along with live entertainment, vibrant photo-ops, relaxing lounge space, dancing, and more.

Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld San Diego
Where: SeaWorld San Diego; Costs: $55-$70
Craft Beer Festival is returning to SeaWorld San Diego every Friday from Aug. 19 to Sept. 11. The festival will feature the best craft brews from California breweries and beyond. Guests will find brews they know and love, as well as delicious new beers to taste and try.


BeerX San Diego Craft Beer and Music Festival
Where: Waterpark Front; Cost: $60 - $150
Beer X is a day of great music and craft beer at Waterfront Park. There will be unlimited sampling from over 50 local and regional craft breweries from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Full bar service, delicious food from San Diego’s favorite restaurants, live music, and all festival attractions will be open for all hours. The festival ends at 10:00 p.m.

29th 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 for 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.

Back-To-School Fashion Show
Where: Parkway Plaza in El Cajon; Costs: FREE
The back-to-school show will feature looks from Parkway Plaza’s stores, including Forever 21, Tilly’s, JCPenny, Windsor, Eve’s Style, and Drama Kweens, along with a panel of beauty and fashion leaders and giveaways. The event is set to go on from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

PARTY BUS: San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals
Where: Rouleur Brewing Company; Cost: $85
Rouleur Brewing Company is hosting a Padres' party bus to Petco Park for the game against the Washington Nationals. Tickets include roundtrip transportation from either its Carlsbad (3:00 p.m. pickup) or North Park (4:30 p.m. pickup) tasting room, Rouleur beers at both tasting rooms, beers on the bus, and a ticket to the game in Section 323. Gametime is 5:40 p.m. Carlsbad reservations can be purchased here and North Park reservations can be purchased here.

San Diego Freak Out Djs
Where: Vino Carta in Little Italy; Costs: Varies
Wine lovers can stop by Vino Carta to sip, listen to music, and enjoy the sunset from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Vino Carta wines are available to go or to be enjoyed in the wine bar by the glass and by the bottle.

Liberty Station's Military Heroes Festival
Where: Ingram Plaza; Costs:
This private event is hosted on the property to support active military and their families offering household items, groceries, etc., as well as a few special giveaways from local San Diego businesses. It is being held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals
Where: Petco Park; Costs: Varies
Sunday will feature KidsFest presented by SuperMouth, featuring games, face painters, balloon artists, and other kid-friendly activities in Gallagher Square prior to the game. Plus, the first 8,000 kids in attendance 14 and younger will receive a Padres commemorative mini bat thanks to Chick-fil-A. The first pitch is at 1:10 p.m.

Paint Your Pet
Where: Second Chance Beer Company - Carmel Mountain; Cost: $65
Animal lovers can enjoy an art class at Lovejoy Creations by painting a portrait of their favorite pets from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 15% of the price is going directly to the non-profit Second Chance Animal Rescue. Tickets can be purchased on the site. All supplies are provided, and participants will learn how to transfer their pet photo onto a canvas with the option of painting in Realistic or POP Art styles. Raffle prizes will be given away as well.

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.

Beach Volleyball Bash
Where: Del Mar's Dog Beach; Costs: FREE
The 10-team semi-pro tournament is free for spectators to attend. Each team will be named after one of Nova’s flavors, including the latest release Strawberry Coconut, with their accompanying vibrant jerseys. DJ Mancat who performs for the San Diego Seals, San Diego Gulls, and San Diego Sockers, will be on hand playing music from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Skydive San Diego will also be in attendance raffling off prizes.