San Diego Weekend Guide: June 24-26 – Fire & Ice

Fireworks in June? Yes. Photo by Chris Stone

Do you have to dance? To check. Want a neighborhood party or two? To check. Hungry? Check, check and check. This weekend in San Diego offers the goods — and more.

The season takes place at the San Diego Museum of Art for summer Fridays, when the Balboa Park attraction stays open until 8 p.m. And this week, before kick-off, admission is free. To coincide with the launch, the museum is hosting “Expressions of Pride: On the Steps at SDMA” featuring performances by Disco Riot, Gilbert Castellanos, and the San Diego Shakespeare Society, beginning at 4 p.m. Summer Fridays continue until August 5.

Local dance collective Disco Riot is also part of the inaugural Queer Mvmnt Fest. The four-day arts event featuring films, dance performances, screenings and classes takes place in Balboa Park, City Heights, East Village, North Park and Hillcrest. Events begin Friday at 4:30 PM and all are free, with online RSVP.

July 4th isn’t that far away, but Rancho Peñasquitos is jumping Saturday for the Fiesta 25 and Fireworks show. Head to Westview High School at 11am for food, games and vendors. Evening fireworks follow – the stadium opens for the show at 6pm. Both are free, but online ticketing is required.

Marine Band San Diego performs at a free weekend show. Here they are in 2019.

Marine Band San Diego gives its annual free summer concert on Saturdays at 5 p.m. at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, north of the airport. From the Commanding General’s plot in front of Building 31, watch the band perform traditional classics, patriotic marches and newer favorites.

You can taste everything this weekend or delve into frozen treats. What will it be?

  • The Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off returns Saturday at 10am with music on three stages, artisans and of course the star of the show, chili, from tasty to fiery. Head to Newport Avenue for the free feast and enjoy the Chili Competition where home cooks compete for the Hottest Chili and People’s Choice titles.
  • The 21st annual Taste of Adams Avenue kicks off Sunday at 11 a.m. along the strip from University Heights to Kensington. Enjoy 40 restaurants, coffeehouses, pubs, bars and breweries, including El Zarape, Blind Lady Ale House and Incredible Cheesecake Company. Admission costs $40 and can be purchased online or at participating stores. There will also be a free trolley service past Adams.
  • Putting dessert first, however, is a perfectly justified choice. The Scoop San Diego Ice Cream Festival in North Park on Sunday afternoon features two dozen ice cream, gelato, and paleta vendors such as Stella Jean’s and Hammond’s. Proceeds benefit the Alpha Project to help homeless people. Tickets cost $35 for the event, on North Park Way and 30th Street.

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