Tens of thousands of people gather in front of the Sunset Cliffs stage at KAABOO Del Mar.
The Sunset Cliffs stage at KAABOO Del Mar, which returns this weekend. Photo by Chris Stone

KAABOO Del Mar quickly became a mainstay on the San Diego culture scene after its 2015 debut. The festival lands at the fairgrounds this weekend and many, many stars will grace its seven stages.

The slate includes music, comedy and DJs, not to mention lifestyle experiences such as spa treatments and fashion. Passes remain available, starting at $139. Gates open at 2 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The highlights:

  • Friday – Kings of Leon, Boyz II Men, Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan, The Cult and filmmaker Kevin Smith.
  • Saturday – Dave Matthews Band, Black-Eyed Peas, Squeeze, Sublime and Tig Notaro.
  • Sunday – Mumford & Sons, Sheryl Crow, Duran Duran, Colbie Caillat and Wayne Brady.

A Latin pop star of the ‘90s and ‘00s hits the region Friday as well. Paulina Rubio performs at Viejas Concerts in the Park in Alpine at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49.

An eagerly anticipated premiere, “Almost Famous,” begins previews Friday at the Old Globe in Balboa Park. The musical, based on Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical 2000 film, focuses on a teen’s start as a music journalist during rock’s ‘70s heyday.  The play opens officially Sept. 27 and continues through Oct. 27.

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Old Town, where two festivals this weekend explore local history and heritage. Photo credit: Dietmar Rabich, Wikimedia Commons

Nostalgia for your favorite music is one thing. How do you like going way back, delving into not just the region’s history, but perhaps your family’s roots too?

Then try Old Town for the free Founders’ Day festival and Fiestas Patrias. History buffs can reflect on our city’s beginnings 250 years ago and celebrate Mexican Independence Day, 209 years ago. Fiestas Patrias will be held Saturday. Founders Day takes place Saturday and Sunday.

Lemon Grove also offers a Latino/Hispanic Heritage Celebration at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 2660 Hardy Drive, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.  The festival will feature the Mayahuel Mexican Tradition and Culture Group and Colibri Aztec dancers.

Chula Vista hosts the free South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival Saturday at Bayside Park. It includes Open Arms and Santana Soul, Journey and Santana tribute bands, along with food and vendors.

How about going electric – with your car, that is? Head to Liberty Station for Electric Vehicle Day, for  free test drives, along with activities for the whole family, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center offers the Sephardic Festival, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. The celebration of the Sephardim – Jewish people with a Spanish or Portuguese background, includes music, film and activities for children. It continues through Sunday. Admission starts at $18.

– Staff reports