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Sunday, Sep 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
All Day Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 AM Vista Viking Festival
12:30 PM International Harvest Dance Festival
1:00 PM Art: Salvador Dali Exhibit
1:00 PM Stage: Death by Dessert
2:00 PM Family Moon Festival
2:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
3:00 PM Music: Night of Parisian Music
3:00 PM Stage: The Trial of Richard III
4:00 PM Sing-a-Long with the Mikado
7:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
Monday, Sep 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Sep 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Film: Black Panther
7:00 PM Film: The Registry
Wednesday, Sep 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM Film: Out of Africa
6:00 PM Film: Coco
6:00 PM Discussion: What Diplomats Do and Why it (Still) Matters
6:00 PM Film: Notorius
6:15 PM Music: Fred Benedetti
7:00 PM Art: Parsha Poster
7:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
7:30 PM Book Signing: Crazy Rich Asians
Thursday, Sep 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:45 AM Booked for Lunch: Kevin Kwan
6:00 PM Cooking Workshop: Donburi Bowls
6:30 PM Art: Torero! Artivista! Viva La Revolucion
8:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
Friday, Sep 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:30 PM Cabrillo Festival
4:00 PM La Mesa Oktoberfest
4:00 PM Oktoberfest in El Cajon
6:30 PM Italian Film Festival Launch Party
7:30 PM Music: An Evening of Hindustani Classical Music
8:00 PM Dance: Mystic India
8:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
Saturday, Sep 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:00 AM Youth Festival of Indian Music & Dance
10:00 AM Art: Bonsai Show
10:00 AM La Mesa Oktoberfest
11:00 AM Carbillo Festival
12:00 PM Oktoberfest in El Cajon
2:00 PM Sake Festival
2:00 PM Sake Festival
3:30 PM Music/Dance: Capoeira Batizado
7:00 PM Dromia: Balkan Music and Dance
8:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
Sunday, Sep 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 AM Art: Bonsai Show
10:00 AM La Mesa Oktoberfest
11:00 AM Sukkort Harvest Festival
11:00 AM House of Scotland Lawn Program
12:00 PM Oktoberfest in El Cajon
2:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
6:00 PM Discussion: Fighting for Cyber Supremacy in an Age of Extremism
6:30 PM Film: King Lear
7:00 PM Stage: Blithe Spirit
Monday, Oct 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Oct 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Wednesday, Oct 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM 12th Annual San Diego Italian Film Festival
Thursday, Oct 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM 12th Annual San Diego Italian Film Festival
Friday, Oct 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Film: Selma
4:00 PM Oktoberfest in El Cajon
7:30 PM 12th Annual San Diego Italian Film Festival
Saturday, Oct 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Oktoberfest in El Cajon
7:30 PM 12th Annual San Diego Italian Film Festival

< Friday, August 3, 2018 >

All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


One Book - One San Diego events


Avenue Q
Until September 30, 2018

Mama Mia!
Until February 24, 2019

Exhibitions and Art

Here & There
Until Sunday,December 30

World in Porcelain Exhibit
Until January 19, 2019

Arts Of South And Southeast Asia
Ongoing until January 31, 2019

Walking Tour of Asian Pacific Historic District
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month

Emotions and Landscapes
Until August 11, 2018

Epic Tales from Ancient India
Until September 3, 2018

The Big White Dress
Until July 1, 2018

Israel: 70 Years of Craft and Design
Until September 3, 2018

Arts of Iran
Until January 31, 2019

Art of East Asia
Until December 31, 2019

Art Of The 20th Century
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

German Expressionism
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

Barrio Art Crawl
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month

Free Admission to Mingei International Museum
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month

Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month


Classes:Children's West African Drumming
Ongoing Tuesdays

Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

Argentine Tango Series
Ongoing Wednesdays until October 3

French Bench
Until Saturday, December 15

Capoeira Angola de Sao Bento Grande
Ongoing Saturday

West African Dance Class
Ongoing Sunday

Mahjong Lessons
Ongoing Thursdays

Ki Energy Healing Clinic
Ongoing Wednesdays

Emei Qigong Practice
Ongoing Saturdays

Middle-Eastern Drum & Belly Dance Class
Ongoing until December 17

Europe: Secrets of the Old Masters
Ongoing until July 20

Kokedama Workshop
Ongoing every 1st and 3rd Tuesday

Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle
Ongoing Tuesdays

Tai Chi Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays

African Dance Class
Ongoing Sundays

Salsa Class
Ongoing Tuesdays
10:00 AM Bon Odori Festival The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) and Buddhist Temple of San Diego (BTSD) host the annual Bon Odori Festival! They are proud to continue the tradition of celebrating the circle of life together—as has been done each summer in Japan for generations—and to welcome everyone to join the celebration!

For two days you can shop from a variety of merchants, engage in family-friendly activities, and treat yourselves to Japanese festival foods, a beer garden, and a tea and dessert garden. Experience cultural performances throughout each day, which will also be highlighted with traditional Bon Odori practices.

On August 3, you'll be able to make your own toro nagashi, either to take home or set afloat at JFG. Lanterns will be sold for $10 at the Inamori Pavilion on a first come, first served basis. Lantern making kits will be available only until 5:00 PM. Lantern floating is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM at the lower garden.

On August 4, the festival will extend out to the Organ Pavilion at 4:00 PM where everyone will be invited to participate in the Bon Odori dance. The Organ Pavilion will be decorated with paper lanterns, Japanese folk tunes, and while taiko fills the air, dance leaders in traditional kimono will guide participants into a large dance circle!

Admission/Cost: $10 - $12

Balboa Park: Japanese Friendship Garden
2215 Pan American Rd. E
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and Times:
Friday, August 3 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, August 4 - 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 232-2721 or visit:
10:00 AM Bazaar del Mundo Latin American Festival Immerse yourself in one of San Diego's favorite cultural experiences: Bazaar del Mundo's annual Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market. Filled with stunning creations, live music and irresistible food, this free event will feature one of the country's most extensive collections of authentic Latin-American folk art.

Artists from across Latin America will showcase colorful traditional Mata Ortiz pottery, ornate décor, bright textiles and valuable collectibles for visitors to explore. Visitors will be delighted by the wide array of vibrant art ranging from Felipe Barbosa's bold Mexican jewelry to the whimsical figurines of Gerardo Ortega Perez.

Returning this year are Jacobo and Maria Angeles, whose traditional wooden carvings are showcased in Disney's animated film Coco. Watch as this dynamic duo transforms stumps of wood into playful, spirited animals adorned with intricately hand-painted designs.

The marketplace will also be alive with musical entertainment, plus performances by traditional Chinelos dancers on Sunday at 1:45 and 2:45 PM.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Bazaar del Mundo
Old Town Historical Park
4133 Taylor Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Dates and times:
Friday, August 3 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, August 4 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, August 5 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
12:30 PM Luau At College Avenue Center Join us for a Polynesian-style luncheon at noon followed by a dance concert with Pride of Polynesia dance troupe.

They will guide us through dances from the Pacific Islands. This group of dancers perform at the Luaus at the Catamaran Hotel.

Age limit: 18+

Admission/Cost: FREE

College Avenue Center
6299 Capri Dr.
San Diego, CA

Friday, August 3 - 12:30 PM
5:30 PM Oceanside International Film Festival The Oceanside International Film Festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation and student works along with workshops and after-parties.

Held every August, Oceanside International Film Festival officially kicks off a season of various annual film festivals conducted around San Diego county, which usually continue through the Fall. Established in 2009, OIFF is an opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their work screened and judged. It also gives film buffs a jump-start chance for viewing local and international films at a place in Southern California known for its rich history, beautiful beaches and artistic freedom. Film industry guests and audience members alike will appreciate the ocean-infused atmosphere surrounding the city, where the festival is held.

Located in the Northern-most part of San Diego county, and within a short drive from Los Angeles and Orange counties, Oceanside offers miles of sandy beaches ideal for sun-worshiping and surfing. Between screenings, movie aficionados will be able to visit the famous bungalow house featured in Top Gun (starring Tom Cruise), the California Surf Museum, the longest wooden pier on the western United States coastline, and downtown Oceanside all within walking distance from OIFF. Oceanside is also home to a harbor bustling with restaurants and entertainment, and to the historic Mission San Luis Rey, the largest building in California when completed in 1700's—and the most prosperous of the state's 21 missions, thus earning the name "King of the Missions."

Admission/Cost: $10 - $70

Sunshine Brooks Theatre
217 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

Dates and times:
Wednesday, August 1 through Sunday, August 5 - 5:30 pm

For more information, please call: (760) 433-3632 or visit:
6:30 PM Philippine Cultural Benefit Show From Tacloban City, the Philippines-based dancers and musicians of Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company have traveled through Europe, Asia and the US since 1961, showcasing folkloric dance cultures and traditions. This group has won numerous awards over the years and was considered one of the world's best groups of dancers in 2016.

The August 3 Philippine Cultural benefit show is to help rebuild Tacloban City, which was once ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Funds raised for the Kalipayan USA Tour 2018 will help build a Cultural Center for the Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company.

For group sales, sponsorships and promotional opportunities, contact Susan delos Santos at (619) 755-0755 or email at

Admission/Cost: $35 - $50

Jack Tygett Performing Arts Center
820 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, Ca 91910

Friday, August 3 - 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 476-3377
7:00 PM Argentine Tango Lesson Learn the fun and elegant Argentine Tango. Starting with basic walking, this class will teach foundational tango skills and musical creativity.

No dance experience is needed. Wear enclosed shoes, and dress for confidence.

Come with or without a partner. First Lesson Free through Eventbrite

Pre-Enroll by Texting Krista (989) 413-3055

Admission/Cost: FREE

Body's in Rhythm
1079C 3rd Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91911

Friday August 10 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

For more information, please call: (989) 413-3055 or visit:
7:30 PM Stage: Bad Hombres/Good Wives Herbert Siguenza's play is set in Sinaloa, Mexico in 1955. Don Ernesto, a powerful Cartel lord has hidden away a young woman, Eva, in a convent to be trained to be the perfect wife. Eva has come of age and is handed over to Don Ernesto and his deaf housekeeper Armida. But Eva first meets a handsome young man she quickly falls for, a man who turns out to be the son of Don Ernesto's recently murdered rival.

San Diego Rep presents the second annual Latinx New Play Festival, an event that celebrates the work of Latinx playwrights ('Latinx' is a gender-neutral term for Latino/Latina).

This year's festival happens August 3 through 5 and features engaging, dynamic and enlightening new works by playwrights. Submissions were accepted from Latinx writers representing an array of genres, styles and experiences.

Single tickets for shows are $10 and a festival pass is available for $30.

Admission/Cost: $10 - $30

Lyceum Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Friday, August 3 - 7:30 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 544-1000 or visit:
7:30 PM Argentine Tango Dinner Show Experience the delicacies and delights of Argentine culture without ever leaving home as you watch an authentic and passionate Argentine tango dance show and enjoy a delicious three-course meal at Pampas Argentine Grill, named "Best Steakhouse in San Diego" by the San Diego Reader.

Professional dancers Camille and Michael of the Positive Energy Dance Company will transport you to the romantic streets of Buenos Aires with their fiery moves. Please see the full event description for the dinner menu.

Enjoy a three-course meal (no substitutions). A 18% gratuity will be added to your check, based on the original price.

Menu items are subject to availability and can change without notice.

The show lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Admission/Cost: $32 - $35

Pampas Argentine Grill
8690 Aero Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

Every Friday, August 10 through September 14 - 7:30pm

For more information, please call: (858) 278-5971 or visit:
8:00 PM Music: Buyepongo The name Buyepongo means "to cause a ruckus"—which certainly describes the scene on the dance floors of Los Angeles whenever the band launches into its dizzyingly energetic, instantly infectious rhythms. But it also describes Buyepongo's riotous mash-up of influences, which absorbs hip-hop, punk, funk and jazz sounds into a delirious tropical blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora. Like its name, the band is part hybrid, part invention, and something untranslatable that nevertheless perfectly captures its uniquely vibrant spirit.

Buyepongo takes their Pan-Latin sound worldwide with a vivid collection of original music that is as hard to pin down as it is to resist. "Our music is going to get you moving and thinking," says singer and percussionist Edgar "Meshlee" Modesto. "It'll break you out of your comfort zone and connect you with other folks and cultures. If you come to dance and have a good time you're going to get that, but if you come to hear great music with a lot of heart and technique, you're going to get that too. It's a very unique style."

Age Limit: 21+

Admission/Cost: $10 - $12

Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92104

Friday, August 3 - 8:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 255-7224 or visit:
8:00 PM Stage: On Your Feet! From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. The show is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell of Kinky Boots, and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Sergio Trujillo of Jersey Boys.

Admission/Cost: $22.50 - $63

San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 3rd Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Ongoing Tuesday, July 31 through Sunday, August 5
Tuesday, July 31 - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, August 1 - 7:00 PM
Thursday, August 2 - 7:30 PM
Friday, August 3 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, August 4 - 2:00 PM
Sunday, August 5 - 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 570-1100 or visit:
8:00 PM Opera: Partenope Rising star Australian conductor Benjamin Bayl makes his North American debut leading the production of this baroque operatic gem.

Bayl has conducted at many of Europe's most prestigious opera houses, including the Wiener Staatsoper, Dutch National Opera and Staatsoper Berlin.

Directed by Jennifer Williams, this comic tale of a capricious queen and her confused and tangled up band of suitors features surreal twists and plays with gender-fluidity.

Event Schedule:
Food truck/Tailgate party - 6:30 PM
Pre-Show Talk - 7:15 PM

Parking at this event is free!

Admission/Cost: FREE - $45

Palisades Presbyterian Church
6301 Birchwood St.
San Diego, CA 92120

Dates & times:
Friday, August 3 - 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Sunday, August 5 - 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 582-0852 or visit:
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