Our friends across the pond could have a big influence on your San Diego entertainment experience this weekend. Friday is officially the first day of summer, you know, and while you may have a big vacation planned, those who are interested in the U.K. can find little bits of it locally Saturday and Sunday, without the hassle of airport security.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Paul McCartney, one of the two remaining Beatles, turned 77 this week. What’s clear is, the fans still need him, even now that he’s much older than 64. He performs at Petco Park Saturday as part of his “Freshen Up” tour, and tickets remain if you want to be connected to pop and rock royalty — they start at $79.50.
Alanis Morissette, a little less high-brow, but one of the highest-profile artists of the ‘90s, also is in town for a sold-out show at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay at 8 p.m. Friday.
Need a good Cab to start your weekend? Celebrate vino in all its forms at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday when the California Wine Festival kicks off. It continues beachside at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $70 for one of the events, or $35 if you’re the designated driver.
Got some love for the Highlands, a rugged area a little north of Sir Paul’s land? Join in and break out your kilts for Scotland as Brengle Terrace Park in Vista hosts the Scottish Highland Games at 9 a.m. Saturday. The event commemorates the feast and festival that followed a successful hunt shared by different clans. Tickets cost $15, with discounts for seniors, military and youth. The event continues Sunday.
There’s nothing wrong with a little pixie dust and the San Diego Botanic Garden is the perfect place to become enchanted. Stop by the Fairy Festival at the garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to meet a real-life Fairy Princess (posing for pictures with youngsters), make fairy-themed crafts and hear family friendly performances from Twinkle & Friends and Ruth & Emilia. Entrance to the festival comes with garden admission — $18 for adults, and $10 for children.
The steps will be lively at the Dia de San Juan Salsa & Bachata Festival at Bayside Park in Chula Vista from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The list of performers includes Grammy-winner Charlie Aponte, Tickets cost $25.
It’s summer now – no excuses not to have ice cream. North Park hosts the first annual Scoop San Diego at 11 a.m. Sunday at North Park Way and 30th Street. You not only can fill up with many scoop-able delights, but you’ll also benefit the Monarch School, a campus for homeless youth. Tickets start at $20.
– Staff Reports