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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Fairs And Wonderspaces

A photo of the art piece

Credit: Courtesy of Wonderspaces

Above: A photo of the art piece "Sweet Spot" by Shawn Causey and Mark Daniell.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Fairs and Wonderspaces


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

It is the unofficial start of summer with the opening of the San Diego County Fair, plus new dance and visual art experiences.


Visual Arts

Wonderspaces is a pop-up museum of "extraordinary experiences" that includes everything from room-sized interactive art installations to virtual reality films.

Housed in a big white tent in Mission Valley, visitors can see pieces that have been showcased at Burning Man, Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. See the Wonderspaces lineup of artists here. The event also includes food and drink vendors.

How does it work? Every ticket has a date and time, your ticket grants you entry into the exhibition at your selected time.

Details: Opens at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through July 30. Civita Park, Russell Parkway and Civita Boulevard, Mission Valley. $16 to $24; additional information.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Malashock

A 2017 photo of Malashock dancers Justin Viernes, Andrea Rehm and Lara Segura.

"Minor Fall/Major Lift"


"Minor Fall/Major Lift" is a collaboration of live music and dance between John Malashock and the Art of Élan.

The performance features new choreography set to new music pieces performed live by New York's NOW Ensemble — Art of Élan’s Ensemble-in-Residence for 2017.

The theme of the dances is change and the way people deal with unfamiliar situations.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8:45 p.m. Saturday. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown. $15 to $45; find tickets.

Photo by Matthew Bowler

A cowboy twirls his rope at the San Diego County Fair preview, May 17, 2017.

San Diego County Fair

Music, Dance, Visual Arts

In San Diego, summer unofficially begins with the San Diego County Fair, which returns with a Wild West theme.

You will find fried food favorites, rides and games, art displays, local entertainment, beer and wine festivals, and plenty of concerts. This year's Grandstand Stage welcomes acts including Aloe Blacc, Patti LaBelle, Switchfoot, Trevor Noah and more.

Details: Check site for dates and times. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Free to $18; additional information.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Streeet Food Cinema

A photo of one of Street Food Cinema's outdoor screens. The film series screens cult classics and family favorites.

Street Food Cinema


Street Food Cinema is like a neighborhood party that combines food, music and movies.

A selection of cult favorites and family films will be screened throughout San Diego. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., a band begins at 6:30 p.m. and the movie plays at 8:30 p.m.

Schedule: "Clueless," June 3 at Kate O. Sessions Park; "La La Land," June 17 at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina; "Raiders of the Lost Ark," July 15 at Ruocco Park at Seaport Village; "The Breakfast Club," Aug. 12 at Ruocco Park; "Fight Club," Aug. 26 (location TBD); "Dirty Dancing," Sept. 9 at Nobel Athletics Fields; "500 Days of Summer," Sept. 23 at Balboa Park

Details: 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Kate O. Sessions Park, Pacific Beach. $6 to $21; find tickets.

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