Heading into this first full weekend of summer, you have the option to enjoy street fairs, theater featuring a couple of very notable stars or kicking off your July 4th revels a little early.

What’ll it be this San Diego weekend? Here’s some best bets for June 27-29.

Pop music gets the summer pops treatment this weekend at the Embarcadero, where two icons will be the focus. First off, at 7:30 p.m. Friday Elvis: A Tribute to the King, will feature hits by the great Elvis Presley performed by the San Diego Symphony. Then at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the audience can set off on a Classical Mystery Tour, featuring hits from another rock n’ roll original, the Beatles. Gates open at 6 p.m. so you can picnic at Marina Park South before the shows.

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Whether you love reality TV or are a fan of two television stalwarts, you have a chance to see some big names in San Diego theaters this weekend. “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” finishes its run at the Civic Theatre Sunday, and the perennial favorite features “American Idol” alums (and sweethearts – they married last year) Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young. On the high-drama side, is another perennial, Shakespeare’s “Othello,” which stars Blair Underwood as the great Moor of Venice and Richard Thomas as the dastardly Iago. Both veteran actors have dozens of credits on screen and stage. Opening night for “Othello” – at the Old Globe in Balboa Park – is Saturday. The production continues through July 27.

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying more opportunities to love the good ole’ U.S. of A. Oceanside and San Ysidro will kick off their celebrations a few days ahead of July 4 (which is next Friday). Oceanside hosts its Independence Day parade down South Coast Highway at 10 a.m. Saturday, while San Ysidro will have an all-day affair, Independence Day at the Border, at Larsen Field at Cesar Chavez Park, beginning at 3 p.m. and ending with fireworks. Both events are free. Just bring your red, white and blue!

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What’s  more all-American than a great bowl of piping-hot chili? Not much, and whether you make your own or just want to taste what others cook up, you can head out to Ocean Beach from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday for the Street Fair and Chili Cook-off. It’s free and there will be two dozen chills to try (!) and five stages of music at the Newport Avenue fair so you can dance off all the calories.

Want to celebrate your clan? You can go to the Scottish Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans at Brengle Terrace Park in Vista Saturday and Sunday. Rivals will battle it out in sports and in the arts, including music and dancing. Fun fact: Some bloody Scottish history influenced “Game of Thrones” author George RR Martin. Admission is up to $14.

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