Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, but judging from the sheer surfeit of shows, festivals and other happenings this weekend in San Diego, we get to kick things off a little early. One event, though, might put you in mind of winter – a fictional winter that is. Here’s what’s coming up:
Want to get your taco on, your drink on and your tea on Saturday? It’s possible, as SoCal Taco Fest comes to Waterfront Park with taco creations from 25 restaurants. You might want a little nutritional boost after all those tacos, so for health-conscious revelers out there, there’s Booch Fest on Liberty Station’s North Promenade. There will be kombucha tastings (it’s a fermented tea for those not in the know), yoga classes, workshops and art exhibits. Admission is $30 and gates open at 11 a.m. for both fests.
The drink comes in at Beerfest, part of a Mission Beach institution, the Over-the-Line Tournament, which hosts a kick off Saturday at Mariner’s Point in Mission Bay Park. Beerfest will feature 20 top breweries, as the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club begins the countdown to the July OTL tournament. Admission is $35 for the event, which starts at noon.
Another institution takes place just to the south as Ocean Beach hosts its Kite Festival at 10 a.m. Saturday. There will be a carnival, a craft fair, and of course, kite demonstrations and contests. The festival is free and fans out from 2525 Bacon St.
Local favorites are a theme this weekend, as Fiesta del Sol returns to Solana Beach Saturday and Sunday. The community will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the festival, which runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days at Fletcher Cove.
After all that revelry, those who have planned ahead can work off some calories Sunday – and with a unique perspective to boot. Runners and walkers will have the rare opportunity to cross the San Diego-Coronado Bridge by foot at the Bay-Bridge Run/Walk, which benefits Navy quality-of-life programs. It’s sold out, but you can head out to the course at 8 a.m. to root the runners on if you missed out on registration.
Finally, consumed by thoughts about how a certain HBO epic will wrap up Sunday? Join other “Game of Thrones” obsessives at one of several local viewing parties to mark the series finale. One option: 102 Hub in Mira Mesa, which opens its doors at 6 p.m. Who will live? Who will die? Winter is here, indeed.
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