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

Fireworks in June? Yup. Photo by Chris Stone

You have to dance? Check. Want a neighborhood party or two? 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 is open until 8pm. And this week, for the kick-off, admission is free. To coincide with the launch, the museum presents “Expressions of Pride: On the Steps at SDMA” with performances by Disco Riot, Gilbert Castellanos and the San Diego Shakespeare Society, starting at 4pm. Summer Fridays continue until August 5th.

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 start at 4:30pm on Friday and everything is free, with RSVP online.

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

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

Marine Band San Diego holds its annual free summer concert at 5pm Saturday at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, just north of the airport. Watch from the Commander General’s lawn of honor in front of Building 31 as the band plays traditional classics, patriotic marches and new favorites.

You can taste a little bit of everything this weekend or upgrade your frozen treats. What will it be?

  • The Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off returns at 10am Saturday with music on three stages, artisans and, of course, the star of the show, chili, from savory to fiery. Head to Newport Avenue for the free festival and enjoy the Chili Competition, where in-house chefs vie for the titles of Hottest Chili and People’s Choice.
  • The 21st annual Taste of Adams Avenue begins at 11 am Sunday along the strip from University Heights to Kensington. Enjoy dishes from 40 restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars and breweries, including El Zarape, Blind Lady Ale House and Incredible Cheesecake Company. Entry costs R$40 and can be purchased online or at participating stores. There will also be complimentary trolley service along Adams.
  • Putting dessert first, however, is a perfectly valid choice. The Scoop San Diego ice cream festival in North Park at noon on Sunday offers two dozen ice cream, gelato and palette vendors such as Stella Jean’s and Hammond’s. Proceeds benefit Project Alpha, to help the homeless. Tickets are $35 for the event, at North Park Way and 30th Street.

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