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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Block Parties And Festivals

A photo from the San Diego Festival of the Arts.

Above: A photo from the San Diego Festival of the Arts.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Block Parties And Festivals


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar


San Diego Festival of the Arts


Formerly La Jolla Festival of the Arts, this event relocates to Waterfront Park downtown. It's a new location, but you'll still find a familiar showcase of artists from around the country, food and craft beer from popular spots and activities for kids.

Presented by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation, the 2016 San Diego Festival of the Arts will be the first art event held at the park. Expect to see painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber and mixed media.

Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, downtown. $12 to $17; find tickets.

Photo credit: Spreckels Organ Society

Shown in the photo is the Spreckles Organ Pavillion in Balboa Park.

Balboa Park After Dark


This summer, Balboa Park will stay open late on Friday evenings, with festivities that include food trucks and live entertainment.

As part of Balboa Park After Dark, ten museums will be open until 8 p.m. (admission fees still apply.)

Japanese Friendship Garden, Mingei International Museum, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego History Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT), The San Diego Museum of Art, and San Diego Museum of Man are all participating.

The Museum of Man will also offer sunset tours of the California Tower (timed tickets required).

Details: 5 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 2. Balboa Park. Free to $20; or more information.

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Liberty Station Summer Block Party


Liberty Station has been expanding over the past year and this Summer Block Party hopes to show off its additions and old favorites.

As guests stroll through the corridors and plazas, they'll see live entertainment, unique art demos from local galleries, kid-friendly activities, food specials, and more.

Make sure to stick around for an outdoor screening of "The Avengers" courtesy of Comickaze Comics. The free movie begins at 8 p.m. in the courtyard by Barracks 15.

Details: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Liberty Station, Point Loma. Free; more information.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Mainly Mozart

A photo of Sylvia Milo in her program, "The Other Mozart."

Mainly Mozart Festival Presents "The Other Mozart"


The Mainly Mozart Festival is in full swing and one of its highlights is "The Other Mozart," a one-woman presentation by Sylvia Milo.

The show follows the story of Nannerl Mozart, sister of Amadeus. Nannerl was a prodigy, a keyboard virtuoso and composer. She performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but her work and story faded away as she became a wife and mother.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., downtown. $47 to $87; find tickets or call (619) 239-0100.

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