San Diego Restaurant Week includes Cucina Urbana and Cucina Sorella in the September 2019 edition of the popular event. Photo credit: @SDRestaurantWk, via Twitter.

Stomachs on empty? Forks at the ready? You’re all set then for San Diego Restaurant Week, which  begins Sunday. Music more to your taste? Then Adams Avenue is the place to be Saturday and Sunday.

First up, the San Diego Padres close out their 2019 home schedule beginning Friday. The Arizona Diamondbacks come to Petco Park for a three-game set, followed by the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. The last four games include the popular “Shirt Off Their Backs” fundraiser, where fans have a chance to win, well, you know.

The Pacific Islander Festival honors the culture of the people of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, Saturday and Sunday at Ski Beach on Mission Bay. It’s a special year – the 25th anniversary of the festival, with the theme, “Journey Home.” Parking, at $20 a vehicle, is limited so organizers encourage the use of shuttles at $2 a passenger. 

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Adams Avenue Street Fair. Photo credit: Dennis Andersen, @adamsavesd, via Instagram.

Normal Heights boasts one of the premier community festivals in the city, the Adams Avenue Street Fair. It opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and continues Sunday. Headliners include Los Texmaniacs with Cesar Rosas, the James Harman Band, Tijuana NO! with Ceci Bastida, the Mattson 2 and Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra. The stages can be found on Adams, concentrated between 33rd and Mansfield streets.

Not to be outdone, across the bridge the Coronado Music Festival, which continues Saturday and Sunday, features performers at multiple sites, including the Coronado Historical Association and the Ferry Landing. Events start at 1 p.m. each day and it’s free.

On the North Coast, ArtWalk Carlsbad comes back for a second go-round, after its 2018 debut. Chalk artists will create their work live, while 175 other artists feature their paintings, sculptures and more. Gates for the event, on Armada Drive above the Flower Fields, open at 11 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $10.

The History Channel’s “Vikings,” a drama, might draw you to the Vista Viking Festival, at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission ranges from $3-15, according to age. Get your Viking on with axe and spear throws, and take a few deep breaths if you’re up to the horn-blowing and battle-cry competitions.

San Diego Restaurant Week happens in January and September each year. The event, from Sunday through Sept. 29, includes more than 150 eateries offering special menus for diners. New features this time around include the addition of fast-casual dining and bakeries.

Go to the website to choose by neighborhood, price point or cuisine. And no guilt – you can work it off in October.

– Staff reports