Jazz Festival
The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival hits town this weekend. Photo credit: Jazz Festival.

No more procrastinating, people! There’s less than a week left if you want to see the San Diego County Fair! This weekend is also about music. There’s two chances to take in jazz fests at downtown venues, while the curtain rises on one of the region’s signature summer events.

That’s the San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights concert series, which opens Friday and Saturday with “Star-Spangled Pops” and fireworks. The series includes movie screenings with live performances of the film’s scores and pop stars like Chaka Khan and the B-52s. The shows continue through Labor Day weekend at Embarcadero Marina Park South.

The Del Mar fair enters its final days with special events such as Saturday’s Bluegrass Day and World Pro Wrestling and the Ballroom Dance Competition on Sunday. Performers for the weekend are ‘80s pop band Air Supply on Friday, rapper Pitbull on Saturday and venerable norteno act Los Tigres del Norte on Sunday.

You’ve heard of snow days — how about Mud Day? Crown Point Park will host the free event at 10 a.m. Saturday. Your little ones can be as messy as they want to be! We’re sure hoses will be available for the clean up. Another kid-friendly option – the San Diego Junior Theatre’s production of “Pippi Longstocking” opens at 7 p.m. Friday and continues through July 14. Performances take place at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Oceanside is set to celebrate the 4th a little early. Photo credit: John Bryant, via mainstreetoceanside.com

Oceanside breaks out the red, white and blue as the community gets the jump on July 4th with its Independence Day Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. The route runs on Coast Highway between Wisconsin Street and Civic Center Drive.

Jazz lovers can head to the north side of the Embarcadero or Waterfront Park this weekend, or hey, how about both?

The Embarcadero hosts the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, with Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Eric Darius and Mariea Antoinette. Passes start at $65 for the festival, which takes places Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, Waterfront Park welcomes Jazz on Tap 2019 at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door. Artists set to perform include Gilbert Castellanos and the Monette Marino World Jazz Ensemble.

– Staff reports

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