This weekend in San Diego is all about flavor-packed foodie discoveries, arts and culture celebrations, and live music in picturesque settings, for a great cause. If Dad is hip to the happenings in San Diego, this is sure to be a Father’s Day your family will never forget. From the Art After Dark Beatles Tribute at Oceanside Museum of Art, to San Diego Oyster Fest on the Embarcadero, Switchfoot Bro-Am at Moonlight Beach, Taste of Gaslamp in downtown San Diego, and the official Food Truck Festival at Liberty Station, I suggest you start mentally preparing yourself for a nonstop Father’s Day weekend of fun, San Diego style.
Here is a sneak preview of my top five San Diego events that will be featured on the FOX 5 San Diego Morning Show this Thursday, June 16. Tune in at 9:25am for even more details!
Top five San Diego events for FOX 5 San Diego by Michelle Guerin.
Art After Dark - Beatles Tribute “Come Together” at OMA
The Oceanside Museum of Art hosts a monthly event series called Art After Dark, which takes a different theme each time, and invites a younger audience to explore all that the museum has to offer. A little more fun than your normal museum experience, Art After Dark mixes up the scene with cocktails, food, fashion shows, DJs, live music, and interactive arts and craft activities. This is a trend that you see happening by night at all the top museums in San Diego. This week’s Art After Dark event is a Beatles Tribute, which celebrates everything we love about the iconic band, as well as 1960s and 1970s culture. Starting at 7pm, the museum will open up at night to showcase live music by HELP, a top Beatles tribute band, a vintage Beatles photography exhibit, featuring Annie Lebowitz and more, a ‘60s-mod fashion show by Stacie May, live body painting, craft beer from The Lost Abbey brewery, food from Bull Taco, and a make-your-own beetle arts and craft station in the sculpture gallery. Friday, June 17, 7 – 10pm at Oceanside Museum of Art. $25 admission, $20 for museum members, 21+, call 760.435.3721to reserve tickets, or you can buy them at the door. Learn more at oma-online.org.
San Diego Oyster Fest at Embarcadero Marina Park North
One of the most unique summer festivals in town, this Saturday is the 2nd annual San Diego Oyster Festival, which is taking place at the Embarcadero, just behind Seaport Village. The most important thing to know is that even if you hate oysters, you will still love this event. It’s an oyster festival, beer festival, and music festival all wrapped into one. Oyster Fest will offer a great variety of oysters from the California Coast, Mexico, and British Columbia. If you’re a true oyster lover, you can’t miss the “shuck and suck” competition, speed chucking competition, or oyster-inspired cooking demos from local chefs. If you’re more into the beer, Guinness Stout is the featured beer of the event, but there will also be beer booths from Coronado Brewing Company, Green Flash, Ballast Point and more local craft breweries. And best of all, while you’re shucking and sucking, there will be live music on the main stage. Performers include headliner Pepper, as well as local favorites Nervous Wreckords, Vokab Kompany and Sic Waiting. Saturday, June 18, 11am to 7:30pm at Embarcadero Marina Park North. Tickets start at $25, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT). Learn more oysterfestsd.com.
Switchfoot Bro-Am at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas
Switchfoot is an American rock band from San Diego that had early success in the Christian rock scene, but is embraced by all music fans, especially those in surf culture. This Saturday, Switchfoot is channeling both passions for a cause and hosting the Switchfoot Bro-Am, a charitable surf contest and music festival. The main attraction is the surf contest, set to include professional riders representing major brands Hurley, Billabong, Surfer Magazine, Transworld Surf, AKA, Surfride, Jet Pilot, and Shaper Studios Surfboards. There will also be an “expression session” and a nerf-surf jousting exposition, and a variety of surf brand vendors for shopping. The talented members of Switchfoot will be surfing all day, and will also rock out live in concert for the event finale performance. The official after party is at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, with a live performance by Fiction Family. Saturday, June 18 from 11am to 5pm, free for everyone. A portion of proceeds from surf contest, vendors, etc. will benefit local chapters of StandUp For Kids, a non-profit organization working hard to end the cycle of youth homelessness. Learn more at switchfoot.com/c/bro-am.
Taste of Gaslamp in San Diego
Father’s Day weekend is all about good food and quality restaurants for family bonding. But, why choose just one restaurant when you can eat at all of downtown’s best eateries at once? Taste of Gaslamp is the original “taste of” event in San Diego, and is back for a two-day foodie celebration this Saturday and Sunday. Over 40 restaurants are participating, including AIRR Supper Club, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, House of Blues, Quality Social, La Puerta, Revolver Restaurant at Voyeur, Nobu at Hard Rock, Quarter Kitchen at Andaz, The Lincoln Room, and many more Gaslamp dining favorites. There is also a Sam Adams Beer Garden, located at Altitude Sky Lounge at Gaslamp Marriott, for 21+ guests. Taste of Gaslamp is $30 per person, per day. You check-in at the Gaslamp Marriott, and pick up a map to make your own schedule for the day. The event is from 1 to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Learn more at gaslamp.org.
San Diego Food Truck Festival
A modern foodie trend, San Diego food trucks exist across all genres, from BBQ and Asian-fusion to organic health-conscious cuisine and super-sweet desserts. The trucks post weekly schedules on their website and social media outlets, and hungry locals simply drive over, park, order, and eat. The official San Diego Food Truck Festival is going off this Sunday at NTC Promenade in Liberty Station, and will showcase 30+ of the top food trucks in Southern California, including 20 trucks from LA and OC, as well as many trucks you’ve seen recently on the Food Network. Participating food trucks include Great Balls on Tires, Shrimp Pimp, The Burnt Truck, Chomp Chomp Nation, Swinging Kitchen, Fry Smith, Crepes Bonaparte, Kabob ‘N’ Roll Mediterranean, Chunk-n-Chip Cookies and more. Sunday, June 19 from 12pm to 7pm at NTC Promenade in Liberty Station. General admission tickets are only $10, with pre-sale attendees having early entry from 1 – 3pm. VIP tickets can also be purchased for $20, with exclusive entry from noon to 1pm, guaranteeing shorter lines. Or, tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 with admission at 3pm. Learn more at sdfoodtruckfestival.com.
More recommended San Diego events and parties:
POP Thursday San Diego: Tattoo Town at MoPA – 6/17
Sander Kleinenberg at Voyeur – 6/17
Bam Margera at Stingaree – 6/17
Mission Brewery Grand Opening in East Village – 6/18
DJ Cobra at Ivy Nightclub at Andaz Hotel – 6/18