Chula Vista’s HarborFest returns to town Saturday. Photo credit: HarborFest, via Facebook.

It’s not quite the dog days yet, but if you haven’t fully embraced summer, it’s time! Get out in San Diego – across the border too – and enjoy the food, music and art of Summer 2019 before it’s too late!

A hot taco and a chilled margarita – say it together now, aaahhhhhh. The Latin Food Fest, at Embarcadero Park North, includes the Latin Spirits Festival at 6:30 p.m. Friday and the Gran Tasting at noon Saturday. Admission starts at $39.

Shift over to Chula Vista for HarborFest at Bayside Park at 10 a.m. Saturday. There’s music and a kids’ zone at the festival, but also an “unlimited tastes” pass for the “Taco & Spirits Revolution” part of the day. Admission is free, but the taste pass costs $25. Or how about Waterfront Park for the San Diego Margarita Fest at 11 a.m. Saturday? You can taste the cocktail in question, as well as enjoy musical performances, including headliner Everclear.

Pop isn’t the only type of tunes on tap this weekend. Mix your music with multimedia and you have  “Mesmerica 360,” at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. on Friday evenings through Sept. 27.  Try Summergrass at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista if you prefer bluegrass. The festival begins Friday and continues through Sunday. Admission starts at $25.

If reggaeton and Latin trap are more your jam, head south of the border to Rosarito for the Baja Beach Fest Friday and Saturday, with a slate of 15 artists and DJs. There’s also the International Mariachi Summit Gala Concert at the San Diego Civic Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday. The lineup includes Mariachi Vargas and Symphonic Mariachi Champaña Nevin. Admission starts at $28.50.

Finally, Quartyard in the East Village offers chances to see up-and-coming artists or gospel this weekend. Performers will try to snag a slot at the September Kaaboo festival at 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets cost from $5-10. Voices of Our City Choir hosts “Summer in the City” at 4 p.m. Sunday featuring the Martin Luther King Jr. Choir and the Rob Thorsen Quartet. Tickets cost $25.

Enjoy a celebration of Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott and more in Old Town Saturday. Photo credit: Ron Logan

Shifting from music to literature, try out the free Twainfest at 11 a.m. Saturday. Actors salute Twain and other 19th century writers by reading from their works in Old Town, an appropriate setting.

If you love to learn about other cultures, head out to San Diego County Credit Union Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. At noon Saturday, the West Coast Multicultural Carnival and Festival features bands, a masquerade and a day filled with performances.  At 1 p.m. Sunday, come back for the Eid Festival, an Islamic celebration. The event includes a bazaar, game trucks and free cotton candy and popcorn.

Admission costs $20 for the carnival and $5 for the Eid fest.

– Staff reports

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