For reviews of films being released Friday, see “This is Where I Leave You“ or “Eleanor Rigby” – Take the Laughs Over the Tears.
For pity’s sake, do we not deserve a break after this hot, hot, HOT week? Can I get an amen? Here’s the best of your San Diego weekend:
The San Diego Padres were eliminated from post-season contention this week, but if you love baseball and want to say farewell to the 2014 team, Friday marks the beginning of their final weekend home series this year. The games are important, too because the visiting San Francisco Giants are in a hot race with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the division lead, so the Padres’ performance will have a big effect on the outcome. Two extra lures: The Padres host the Fall Beer Fest for Friday’s 7:10 p.m. game and a concert by the rock band OAR after the 5:40 p.m. game Saturday. Tickets are available.
If you want your beer without baseball, there’s another Beer Fest on tap Friday, this time at Broadway Pier – and they’re celebrating the big 2-0. Admission is $20-30 for the event, and you get 10 tastings with your ticket. Sixty breweries are set to attend, but if your bestie prefers wine, that’ll be available too. Better yet, Uber is offering a free ride, so someone from the personal taxi service can be your designated driver for the night, which begins at 6 p.m. Codes are available at the San Diego Festival of Beer’s site.
Dance in the streets all weekend long at the Carlsbad Music Festival, which starts at 8 p.m. Friday, continues at 3 p.m. Saturday and concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday. A three-day pass is $95, but tickets for some individual performances begin at $15, and there will be free concerts in the park too. David Lang, Dawn of Midi and local choral group Sacra/Profana are among the plethora of acts set to perform. Park off Grand Avenue and Washington Street at the Carlsbad Coaster station and fan out from there. Here’s the full schedule and map for the venues.
Whether you love cars or just want a chance to peek behind the curtain at North Island Naval Air Station, the Coronado Speed Festival is your ticket. The event, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, offers classic roadsters, super trucks, races, car clubs and more. Tickets are $25 for one day or $35 for the whole weekend, with free admission for active-duty military. The speed fest is part of regional San Diego Fleet Week celebrations, but this being a Navy town, it’s not confined to a week – you’ll have more chances to celebrate through October.
San Diego Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday. The twice-a-year promo draws in dozens of eateries throughout the region to offer special, multiple-course menus for reduced prices – $25, $35 or $45. The event continues throughout the week, but here’s a hint: Many of the participants extend their deals after the scheduled conclusion, which is Sept. 26. So make your reservations now!
Movies: This Is Where I Leave You, starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, open Friday.
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