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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Beloved Bands And Farewells

A promotional photo of the band Rocket From the Crypt.

Above: A promotional photo of the band Rocket From the Crypt.

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This weekend you can revisit some beloved San Diego bands and say farewell to a longtime choral director.

Oyster Fest


Oysterfest may sound like a food event, but really it is a two-day music festival that attracts an impressive collection of indie bands and DJs.

This year's lineup includes revered local band Rocket From the Crypt as well as Ghostland Observatory, the Verigolds, Magic!, Matisyahu, the Schizophonics, Buckfast Superbee and more.

And, yes, there will be oysters for purchase as well as fish tacos, lobster rolls, fish & chips and more. The event is for audiences age 21 and up only.

Details: 2 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., downtown. $30 to $70; find tickets.

Photo credit: Courtesy of La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

A photo of baritone Gregorio Gonzalez, who performs at the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus finale concert.

La Jolla Symphony and Chorus: David Chase Farewell


La Jolla Symphony & Chorus presents its season finale, a concert that also marks the end of Conductor David Chase's 43-year tenure.

The program for his final concert is inspired by love in its many faces: Hector Berlioz’s Overture to Beatrice and Benedict; Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht; and Samuel Barber’s The Lovers. Baritone Gregorio Gonzalez will perform as a guest artist.

There will be a lecture by the conductor one hour before the concert.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. $15 to $29; find tickets.

Photo credit: Courtesy of B-Side Players/Belly Up

A photo of the San Diego band B-Side Players, a group that plays Latin-flavored soul music.

Sherman Heights Music Festival

Music, Dance, Visual Arts

Sherman Heights Music Festival (formerly the Latino Music Festival) celebrates Latino music, food and arts. This year's event welcomes longtime South Bay band B-Side Players, as well as The Humble Chicanos Posse Cafe and more.

You will also find food from neighborhood restaurants and local craft and artisans selling jewelry, art and more. Donations are encouraged, and benefit the Sherman Heights Community Center.

Details: 3 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Sherman Heights Community Center, 2258 Island Ave., Sherman Heights. Free; additional information.

Photo by Eddie Garcia III

A 2016 photo of art sold at the San Diego Festival of the Arts.

San Diego Festival of the Arts

Visual Arts

For many years, the San Diego Festival of the Arts was held in La Jolla and was known as a quiet yet respected art festival. The event recently moved to Waterfront Park, and though it still features curated art, it has a more vibrant vibe.

The festival highlights everything from painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber and mixed media. There is also live music and entertainment, a craft beer and wine garden and vendors from favorite local restaurants.

Details: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, downtown. $12 to $14; find tickets.


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