Thursday, September 27, 2012
Erin Chambers Smith, editor in chief at San Diego Magazine.
Alex Zaragoza, calendar editor and columnist at San Diego CityBeat.
From outdoor festivals to an indoor feast, this weekend is chock-full of events to celebrate the beginning of fall (and soak up the endless summer sun). Here are some of this weekend's event highlights:
Carniverous foodies who believe in "waste not, want not" can rejoice tonight (Thursday, September 27) at the Whole Animal Dinner at J Six Restaurant at Hotel Solamar in downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter. Billed as a "nose to tail celebration," the dinner will feature rabbit, pork and goat dishes created by Chef Christian Graves, along with beer pairings curated by Coronado Brewing Co. (View the menu.)
Bikes and beer take center stage this Saturday at the annual Tour de Fat, a traveling festival organized by New Belgium Brewing Co. The one-day "cycling circus" kicks off with a costumed bike parade at 11 am through the streets of Golden Hill and South Park. Post-parade, cyclists will convene at Golden Hill Park (at the end of 25th Street) for a wide array of kooky carnival-inspired entertainment, a yo-yo show, and live music by Devotchka (the gypsy-punk quartet known for its score of "Little Miss Sunshine") and The Cleverlys, a bluegrass pop-cover band. The event is free. Proceeds from food and beer sales will benefit local nonprofits San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and San Diego Mountain Bike Association.
Beer, bratwurst and pretzels, oh my! The annual Bavarian tradition of Oktoberfest descends upon El Cajon's South Mollison Avenue this weekend. From Friday through Sunday, revelers can enjoy an array of German beer and food, plus live oom-pah music, folk dance contests, craft booths and a Kids Zone, all hosted by the German American Societies of San Diego, Inc. If you can't make it this weekend, Oktoberfest in El Cajon continues next weekend, October 5-7. Lederhosen optional.
Election season is underway ... celebrate your right to vote, the freedom of assembly and all the perks of citizenship at Politifest, the second annual event organized by Voice of San Diego, this Saturday at Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza in Point Loma (KPBS is a media partner). Highlights include a debate between San Diego mayoral candidates Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner, and an “Idea Tournament," where the crowd will pick the winner from a pool of pre-submitted solutions to civic issues, from sustainable energy and water conservation to education and transportation. In addition to political discourse, festival goers also can enjoy live music, kid-friendly activities and live music.
For the literary-minded who like to eat and drink, head to the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park this Friday for "Blueprint". Co-presented by the Mingei and San Diego Writers, Ink, and hosted by Grant Barrett ("A Way With Words"), the evening will feature live readings of short stories and poetry inspired by all things blue (taking a cue from the Mingei's current exhibition, "True Blue," which celebrates blue objects in its collection, from jewelry to textiles to glass). If you're feeling crafty, there will be a hands-on bookmaking project led by artist Lisa Alvarez. Chef Martin San Roman from Candelas will provide the bites and SoleMar will provide the jazz fusion soundtrack.
The 31st annual Adams Avenue Street Fair returns Saturday and Sunday and features over 90 bands — from rock to jazz and country to bluegrass — performing on seven stages along Adams Avenue in University Heights, Normal Heights and Kensington. This year's headliners include Strawberry Alarm Clock (the '60s psychedelic band known for its classic hit "Incense and Peppermints"), Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper (playing together for the first time in 23 years), The Paladins, Gilbert Castellanos, Sara Petite and Cuckoo Chaos, among many, many others. In between sets, sample an array of food vendors and local breweries. You'll be walking and standing a lot so it's OK to indulge a little.