Whether your heart lies in the big top, politics or music, your options are plentiful this late summer San Diego weekend. And we have a bonus in case you’re looking for something fun for next week!
Ringling Bros.: The circus comes to town Friday through Sunday, with seven chances at the Greatest Show on Earth, beginning at 11 a.m. Friday and continuing through 5 p.m. Sunday. Prices start at $20. Tip: If you arrive an hour early with your kids, they get to explore the circus floor to learn some acrobatics and juggle with the clowns.
Politifest: Most festivals are focused around food and music, but Voice of San Diego takes a different route, combining a civic sensibility with all the typical goodness you’d expect from a street festival. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins is set to attend, as is the Republican, Neel Kashkari, who hopes to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown this fall. Booths will feature reps from local advocacy groups for you to meet and there will be an “idea tournament” showdown between five finalists. It’s free at Liberty Station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Dog Days of Summer: If you prefer a street fair that celebrates not just you, but your pooch too, try Cardiff’s Dog Days. There will be contests for best kisser and best dressed and an adoption fair too, just in case there’s a friend you want to convert to a dog owner. It’s free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Philippine Cultural Arts Festival: You have two days at Balboa Park to enjoy all the best food, art and entertainment from the Filipino culture. You’ll be able to learn eskrima, a Filipino martial art, or tinikling, said to be the country’s national dance. The free event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the Park Boulevard side of the park.
City Fest: Hillcrest’s 30th paean to music and street life takes over 5th Avenue from University Avenue south to Brookes Avenue. There will be a main stage for music along with (naturally) food, rides, a beer garden and vendor booths. It’s from noon to 11 p.m. Sunday and is free.
Bonus: Be on the lookout for Once, the musical based on the 2006 sleeper hit film of the same name comes to the Civic Theater as part of Broadway San Diego. The story: musician guy meets musician girl, creativity flows, lovely songs ensue. The production starts Tuesday and continues for five days. There are discount deals online.