Four picks, four days, one fun weekend

by Ryo Miyauchi and Ryo Miyauchi

Ryo’s Picks

City Fest

Sunday, Aug. 10., 12 p.m.

Hillcrest’s annual street fair, CityFest, is returning Sunday Aug. 10 to celebrate its 30 year anniversary. The all-day event draws more than 150,000 party people every year. University Avenue will be filled with stands ranging from arts and crafts to food vendors and event sponsors. Musical acts will hit the stage to keep the party going all day and night with tunes from the rock, reggae, EDM and pop. The party doesn’t stop until 11 p.m., but bars stay open untill 2 a.m., so it doesn’t really stop until then.

Shore Thing

Thursdays through Aug. 28., 5 p.m. 

Museum visits are usually reserved for the daytime, but the La Jolla location of Museum of Contemporary Arts, San Diego welcomes art enthusiasts well into the evening. Every Thursday night, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., MCASD La Jolla caters music, pizza and drinks to enjoy while taking a gander at its sculpture garden and the shoreline view. The nightly hangout is free and a free tour is also offered for its ongoing exhibit, “Treasures of the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City.” This Shore Thing event continues until Aug. 28 so you have a whole month to experience the coastline museum at night.


Nick’s Picks

Steel Pulse at Del Mar Summer Concert Series

Friday, Aug 8, 4 p.m.

Grammy award-winning reggae band Steel Pulse will be making a stop in Del Mar this weekend to take part in the Del Mar Summer Concert Series. The group will take stage Friday, Aug. 8, after a full day of races. Hailing from Great Britain, Steel Pulse is the brainchild of lead singer David “Dread” Hinds. The group has been making music for more than 35 years, much longer than most of us have been alive. The beauty of the Del Mar Summer Concert Series is that the shows are free when you buy admission into the races, which only costs $6 to $10 depending on where you want to watch from. After a long day of classily dressed San Diegans and betting on the ponies, a relaxing reggae concert might be just what you need. And you don’t even have to leave the track to experience it.


Vinyl Junkies Record Swap

Saturday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 9, the Casbah will host the one-year anniversary of the Vinyl Junkies Record Swap. The swap meet will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature DJ sets, food, drinks and whole lot of vinyl. The event is for ages 21 and up and costs $3 at the door. Inside you’ll find vendors selling records from their collections they’ve built throughout many years. DJs will alternate sets every hour and two of San Diego’s own, Seth Combs of SD City Beat and Steve West of radio station 91x, will each have hour-long sets. Although short and sweet, the Vinyl Junkies Record Swap is perfect for a Saturday afternoon of perusing bins of collectible music.