Greek dance at a festival in San Diego
Dancers at the San Diego Greek Festival, which starts Friday. Photo credit:

The fine arts will have a moment to shine this weekend, as will the cultural arts at community celebrations in San Diego and North County. There’s even a little room for the odd if that’s the way your tastes run.

Pop music and summer blockbusters are great, but sometimes you want a little more flavorful fare. The San Diego Fringe Festival, which opened Thursday, focuses on creating “opportunities for artists to showcase their works and performances in a setting unconstrained by censorship, judgment, or the status quo,” as organizers describe the movement. The festival, at venues throughout Balboa Park, continues through June 16. Artists include local acts like the Circus Collective of San Diego and dancers from Mesa College.

Ever wonder how the other half lives? The San Diego International Boat Show, at Spanish Landing Park East, while giving you a gander at many a sea-worthy vessel, also will feature more than 80 super yachts (not to be confused with mega yachts or giga yachts, of course). Admission is $15, whether it is a super yacht or something more humble you seek. The show opened Thursday and concludes Sunday.

Opa! The San Diego Greek Festival opens at 5 p.m. Friday at St. Spyridon Greek Church near Balboa Park, for three days of Greek treats, dance, music and more. Shuttles will run from the San Diego Unified School District offices in University Heights. It’s free Friday and early Saturday and Sunday; it’s $3 for admission after 1 p.m.

The Filipino Cultural Festival is in Oceanside this weekend. Photo credit:

The Festival of the Arts takes place Saturday and Sunday at Waterfront Park, and is set to feature paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photos and more from 200 artists. There also will be music on three stages. Tickets are $12 for one day or $16 for two, but if you’re active-duty military looking for a great deal, admission is free.

The Mainly Mozart Festival is underway, with a flurry of activity this weekend, including a Balboa Theatre performance from the Festival Orchestra (and a free open rehearsal Saturday morning before the evening main event) featuring works by Handel, Mozart and Mendelssohn. The Youth Orchestra will present a Showcase Concert on Sunday, and for families looking for sensory friendly alternatives for those on the autism spectrum, there’s a special 2 p.m. show Saturday at the Jacobs Center.

Oceanside hosts two cultural celebrations this weekend. The San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians presents the free Inter-tribal Pow-wow, which opens at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The Filipino Cultural Festival begins at noon Saturday at Civic Center Plaza, and includes dancing and music, along with activity and craft booths for children. It’s also free.

– Staff reports