Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do Aug. 9 - 12

Posted at 12:58 PM, Aug 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 15:58:00-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego's weekend has a little something for everyone, whether you're a dog-lover, movie buff, or ... tiki enthusiast?

This weekend kicks off with the annual Tiki Oasis festival, featuring everything tiki from vendors, tropical drinks, seminars, and a car show!

If tikis aren't your thing, perhaps some beer is in order? AleSmith Brewery is celebrating their 23rd anniversary with an art festival, brewery tours, and tastes of their most precious brews.

Not interested in anything here? Check out the 10News community events calendar for a look at even more things to do

This weekend's Perseid meteor shower will also be a spectacle not to miss! Julian is hosting a free "Natural Wonderfest," featuring animal encounters, fun and games, and live music — highlighted by the meteor shower.

And for our four-legged friends, check out the Cardiff Dog Days of Summer, a festival featuring pet vendors, adoption agencies, dog contests and more!

Here's a look at your weekend, San Diego:


Tiki Oasis tiki festival

Where: Crowne Plaza San Diego; Cost: $30 - $499

(Thursday - Sunday) The largest and longest running tiki festival in the world returns to San Diego at Tiki Oasis. The festival features everything for lovers of Polynesian Pop including more than 100 vendors, educational seminars, a car show, and, of course, tropical cocktails poolside.


Food Truck Thursday Horton Plaza Park

Where: Horton Plaza; Cost: Free

Kick off the weekend with a food truck party! Food truck Thursday brings delicious culinary treats to Horton Plaza by some of the tastiest food trucks around.



AleSmith 23rd Anniversary: Celebrating the Community of Craft

Where: AleSmith Brewing Co.; Cost: Free

(Friday - Sunday) AleSmith Brewery is marking its 23rd anniversary with a celebration of all things local craft. The brewery is offering tastes of its most hard to find beers, food trucks, brewery tours, and a Sunday art festival.


Flicks at the Fountain

Where: State St. and Grand Ave., Carlsbad; Cost: Free

Brings your lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a screening of "Wonder Woman" this week at Flicks at the Fountain in Carlsbad Village.



Julian Natural Wonderfest

Where: Jess Martin Park, Julian; Cost: Free

What better way to enjoy the Perseid meteor shower than high in San Diego's mountains where light pollution is scarce? Julian's Natural Wonderfest will feature animal encounters, games, live music, and the highlight of the night: Viewing the Perseid meteor shower!


Automobile Heritage Day Festival & Car Show

Where: Kimball Park, National City; Cost: Free

More than 200 classic car enthusiasts will bring their automobile masterpieces out during National City's Automobile Heritage Day Festival. Enjoy the sights, live music, and food during this free family-friendly event! 



Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair

Where: Fifth Ave. and University Ave., Hillcrest; Cost: Free

About nine blocks of Hillcrest will host the neighborhood's annual CityFest Street Fair, featuring live bands and DJ's, arts and crafts, and incredible food and drinks. More than 250 vendors will also be out showcasing local wares.


Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

Where: Encinitas Community Park; Cost: Free

Grab Fido for the 13th annual 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!