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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Music, Old Hollywood And Monsters, Too!

A 2018 photo of musician Hollie Cook.

Photo by Ollie Grove

Above: A 2018 photo of musician Hollie Cook.

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Reported by Katie Schoolov

San Diego’s biggest free music festival returns this weekend. Plus there’s a tap extravaganza and a scarily funny monster musical.

Adams Avenue Street Festival


The Adams Avenue Street Fair returns this weekend for its 37th year of free music in the streets.

This event is perfect for discovering new and local talent because there are six stages along Adams Avenue, showcasing everything from blues and jazz to pop and rock.

Headlining this year is Hollie Cook, a singer who fuses pop and vintage reggae. Other acts include Dirty Sweet, Bulevar Descarga, Wild Wild Wets and more.

The two-day festival also has a craft beer tasting, food vendors and carnival rides.

Details: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Along Adams Avenue, Normal Heights. Free to $25; find tickets to the Adams Avenue Street Fair.

Photo by Sheryl Coulon

A photo of dancers from the California Rhythm Project.

Hollywood and Vine


The California Rhythm Project is a group of dancers with a mission to preserve the art of tap dance.

This weekend, the group brings back its popular "Hollywood and Vine" spectacular. It’s a show that takes favorite movie tap numbers by Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and translates them to the stage.

The California Rhythm Project is made up of professional dancers, but for this benefit performance, it will also feature students from the Creative Performing Media Arts School.

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Creative Performing Media Arts, 5050 Conrad Ave., Clairemont. $10 to $20; find tickets to "Hollywood and Vine."

Photo credit: Courtesy of San Diego Musical Theatre

A 2018 photo from "Young Frankenstein."

"Young Frankenstein"


It’s time to get in the spirit of Halloween with the opening of "Young Frankenstein" at San Diego Musical Theatre.

Based on Mel Brooks' 1974 film, this musical re-imagines the legend of Frankenstein. Here, he’s a bright young doctor who travels to Translyvania with the goal of completing his grandfather’s masterwork: bringing a corpse to life.

Playing Frankenstein is Kevin Hafso Koppman, with Donny Gersonde as The Monster.

Details: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Through Oct. 28. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., downtown. $30 to $70; find tickets to "Young Frankenstein."


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