Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do Aug. 8 - 11

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Posted at 12:15 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 13:09:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Fill your weekend with island vibes and fun times wherever you are in San Diego County.

Tiki Oasis celebrate Polynesian Pop and tiki culture in Mission Valley, with live music, seminars, a car show, and delicious island cocktails. Heiva San Diego also brings more Polynesian culture to town, with live music and dancing, singing, and culture experiences.

IB's Surf Dog Competition will see more than 60 fidos hit the waves for "sur-fur" glory, and in Encinitas, Dog Days of Summer brings out vendors and rescue agencies, contest, and family-friendly activities celebrating San Diego's canines.

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In Hillcrest, CityFest brings "Pride-light" to town, with a massive street fair and festival featuring live music, tons of vendors, and delicious food.

Plus, so much more. Here's a look at some things to do this weekend:


Tiki Oasis
Where: The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Mission Valley; Cost: $30 - $155
(Thursday - Sunday) The five-day Tiki Oasis event brings island lifestyle and Polynesian Pop to Mission Valley, with live music, DJs, vendors, a car show, and educational seminars covering our fascination with tikis! And, of course, some delicious cocktails.

Oceanside International Film Festival
Where: Sunshine Brooks Theater, Oceanside; Cost: $15 - $30
(Thursday - Sunday) Independent filmmakers will showcase features, documentaries, short stories, and other cinematic works during the Oceanside International Film Festival this week. Viewers will also be able to take part in Q&A sessions with creators after select screenings.


Heiva San Diego
Where: Viejas Casino Resort; Cost: $10 - $50
(Friday - Sunday) Celebrate Polynesian culture, with exciting live music and dancing, singing, arts and crafts, and delicious island spirits! Over three days, families can enjoy the cultural event through special performances, a pageant for Miss & Mister Heiva, a Tahitian fashion Show, workshops, and an authentic Polynesian Village with vendors direct from Tahiti.

Cruisin' Grand
Where: Maple Street Plaza; Cost: Free
Escondido's vintage auto show on the street returns every Friday from April 5 to Sept. 27, bringing out visitors, car enthusiasts and hundreds of historic cars. People watch, stop for a bite to eat, and enjoy a look at automotive ingenuity spanning Grand Ave.


Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition
Where: Imperial Beach Pier; Cost: Free to spectate
It's a dog day at the beach in IB! Check out the fearless "sur-furs" hit the waves for the Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition. More than 60 dogs are expected to participate, battling it out on the surf in support of San Diego Humane Society.

National City Automobile Heritage Day Festival & Car Show
Where: Kimball Park; Cost: $25 - $30
National City celebrates classic car culture during the Heritage Day Festival and Car Show. More than 200 classic and antique cars, live music, food from a variety of National City favorites, and children's activities throughout the event.

Where: Liberty Station; Cost: Free
(Saturday - Sunday) Explore galleries, art studios, shops, and museums throughout Liberty Station during the venue's monthly first Friday free art walk. Meet the artists behind beautiful works and enjoy some dancing and musical performances during the artistic showcase.

Blended Wine and Music Festival
Where: Waterfront Park; Cost: $45 - $125
Enjoy sips from the area's best wineries paired with delicious eats and live entertainment during the Blended Wine and Music Festival. Guests can also enjoy tons of interactive experiences and lounge in Waterfront Park for a day of wine, sun, and dancing.


CityFest Art and Music Festival
Where: 5th Ave. and University Ave., Hillcrest; Cost: Free
The CityFest Street Fair and Music Festival packs Fifth Avenue with bands, DJs, arts and crafts, and food. The half-mile-long celebration, known as "Pride-Light" to locals, brings more than 150,000 visitors to Hillcrest every summer.

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
Where: Encinitas Community Park; Cost: Free
Grab Fido for Cardiff Dog Days of Summer, where more than 100 dog-related vendors, rescue groups, pet adoption agencies, and others will be out for dog owners and hopefully dog owners. Attendees can also enjoy dog contests, live music, kids activities, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more!

Chula Vista Half Triathlon
Where: Bayside Park; Cost: Free to spectate, $55 - $200 to participate
Chula Vista's Half Triathlon has been redesigned for athletes and spectators. All races start and end at Bayside Park, from sprints and kids to half distances. At the end, families can enjoy a beach party finish line and kids fun zone experience after cheering on athletes!