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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: From ‘Phantom’ To Festivals

A photo from a 2018 production of

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Above: A photo from a 2018 production of "The Phantom of the Opera."

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A favorite musical returns. Plus, there’s free music in Carlsbad and a day of books at Liberty Station.

"The Phantom of the Opera"


The masked man returns! Broadway San Diego brings back Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "The Phantom of the Opera."

The musical, which is the longest-running show in Broadway history, tells the story of a disfigured man who haunts the Paris Opera House and becomes obsessed with the beautiful soprano, Christine.

This version of the gothic romance by Cameron Mackintosh features updated staging and scenery, modern special effects, and, of course, the legendary chandelier.

Details: Various show times through Sept. 2. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. $57.50 to $146.50; Find tickets to "The Phantom of the Opera."

Photo credit: Courtesy of Carlsbad Music Festival

A promotional photo of musician Johnny Gandelsman, who will be performing at the Carlsbad Music Festival.

Carlsbad Music Festival


Experience "three days of adventurous music by the beach" at the 15th annual Carlsbad Music Festival.

The event features more than 60 performances that range in styles from classical and jazz to electronic and indie rock.

You can see some of the many free performances happening at outdoor venues throughout downtown Carlsbad. Or buy tickets for more intimate concerts with nationally-established artists.

The festival also has an artisan market, food court and beer garden.

Details: Event begins at 5 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. St. Michael's by the Sea Episcopal Church, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. Free to $399; find tickets to the Carlsbad Music Festival.

Photo credit: Courtesy of SD Festival of Books

A 2017 photo from The San Diego Festival of Books.

San Diego Festival of Books


The San Diego Festival of Books brings together readers, writers and storytellers at this daylong event in Liberty Station.

You’ll be able to meet authors, illustrators and publishers at Author Alley, or attend themed panels, like military fiction and border stories, that feature in-depth conversations with writers and reporters.

There’s a large area that features children’s programming, including story readings, crafts and exhibits specially crafted for them.

And attention fans of KPBS’ One Book, One San Diego reading program: the selection for 2018 will be revealed at this event.

Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Liberty Station, Point Loma. Free to $3 per panel; find tickets to the San Diego Festival of Books.


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