Car fests, art fests, culture fests, doggy fests, Texas fests! Whatever your flavor, San Diego’s chock full o’ festivals this weekend.
Dogs playing poker? That’s a punchline. But dogs on surfboards? That’s serious business in the South Bay. Imperial Beach Surf Dog competitors face ruff seas (sorry!) beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday in action that will benefit the San Diego Humane Society. Dogs will surf on their own, in pairs and with their favorite humans who can hang ten. Better yet, spectators can enjoy it all free.
Classic-car lovers will gather at Kimball Park in National City at 10 a.m. Saturday for the community’s free Automobile Heritage Day. There will be everything from muscle cars to motorcycles and music to boot. Busy Saturday? Head over to Seaport Village at 10 a.m. Sunday as the Corvette Club Owners of San Diego gather for the Main Street America car show.
Balboa Park hosts the Philippine Cultural Arts Festival at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Park Boulevard and President’s Way. The free festival features entertainers Jocelyn Enriquez and Ruby Ibarra.
Always wondered about Austin’s famous music scene? The Texacali Music Festival claims to “bring Austin to San Diego” Saturday at the Mission Bay Boat and Ski Club. The Jackie Venson Band, Barbara Nesbitt and local fave Christopher Dale and the Rabbit Hole will perform. Admission costs $35 and doors open at 2 p.m.
Liberty Station’s First Friday arts events feature a special quarterly “Amplified” concert edition. They add another wrinkle this week, with an extra Saturday performance. Artists Ben Powell and Nathan and Jesse hit the stage at 3 p.m. for the free show.
The Carlsbad Village Association opens up its free Art in the Village at 9 a.m. along State Street and Grand Avenue. More than 100 artists, experts in all media, will display their wares. There will be live music and a tasting room, along with “Family Open Studios,” with craft projects available for youngsters of all ages.
CityFest takes over a stretch of Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest at noon through late Sunday. The festival, which fans out on Fifth south of University Avenue, includes a multitude of vendors and artists and a full slate of live acts, including bands and DJ’s.
– Staff reports