Friday, Aug. 24
Film screenings at Digital Gym
Digital Gym Cinema offers screenings of two films: “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” (documentary; 98-minute runtime) and “Leave No Trace” (drama; 109-minute runtime). Both shows run through Aug. 30. $7.50–$11. Various times at Digital Gym Cinema, 2921 El Cajon Blvd.
Saturday, Aug. 25
San Diego Festival of Books
Join thousands of local readers, writers and word lovers for the second annual literary festival. The day features panel discussions, writer appearances and more. South Park-based The Book Catapult will participate this year, hosting author signings in its booth as well offering a pop-up shop. Free; $3 for panel tickets. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at 2620 Truxton Road, Liberty Station.
Sunday, Aug. 26
Celebrate Women’s Equality Day with Women’s Museum of California and commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Dress up in white, wear your sashes and buttons, and wave your feminist movement signs to celebrate women’s rights. 4 p.m. at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, 2125 Pan American Road East.
Cosmic Flow Yoga
Cosmic Flow Yoga in Golden Hill will celebrate its two-year anniversary with free classes all day. An open market with a few vendors from the community, music and snacks will follow. Everyone in attendance will be entered into a raffle. Classes 4 a.m.–2:30 p.m., with the open market at 5–7 p.m. at Cosmic Flow Yoga, 1214 28th St.
Wednesday, Aug. 29
at Whistle Stop Bar
Riff City Comedy presents headliner Jak Knight from “The Comedy Lineup,” “Big Mouth” and Comedy Central. Other performers include Omid Singh, Trevor Smith, Jordan Coburn, Daniel Delgado, Myles Magallanes and Beau Hufford. $5. 21 and up. 8 p.m. at The Whistle Stop Bar, 2236 Fern St.
Thursday, Aug. 30
Los Blenders at Soda Bar
Mexico City garage-punk band performs alongside Minor Gems, Los Shadows, and PoutHouse. $8. 21 and up. 8:30 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd.
Inspector at The Observatory
Ska reggae band Inspector performs. $10. All ages. 8 p.m. at The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave.
Friday, Aug. 31
U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge, an annual Labor Day weekend tradition, continues to bring attendees and artists from all over the world to Downtown at the Broadway Pier and Pavilion. This year, the festival will be open later and the sculptures will be decoratively lit from top to bottom. Twelve world master class sculptors will compete to create museum-worthy sand sculptures. $7–$11. Active duty military, EMTs, fire and police receive free admission. Proceeds from the event support local charities. Runs through Sept. 3. Various times at 1000 North Harbor Drive.
Koffin Kats at Soda Bar
Punk band performs with hardcore band Systematic Abuse and The Cat Chasers. The Koffin Kats are known for songs featuring real world horrors and science fiction. $15. 21 and up. 8:30 p.m. at Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd.
Saturday, Sept. 1
The Southwestern Artists’ Association presents “California Rules,” an art exhibit featuring local artists Deanne Tiffany and Susanne Flowers at Gallery 23. Runs through Sept. 15. Free with gallery admission. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place in Balboa Park.
Sunday, Sept. 2
Lisa De Novo at Lestat’s West
Folk artist performs with Sky Noblezada and Dave Dersham. $8. All ages. 8–11 p.m. at Lestat’s West, 3343 Adams Ave.
Monday, Sept 3
First Monday Folk Rock Jam
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church will hold a jam session with lyrics and chords projected on their wall. Open to all skill levels. Artist styles featured include those of Pete Seeger, John Denver, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Hank Williams. Free. 7 p.m. at 4011 Ohio St.
Wednesday, Sept. 5
‘The Sky Tonight: Changing of the Season’
The Fleet Science Center offers a monthly tour of the solar system narrated by an astronomer. Journey through the cosmos with them and explore new space-related topics. September will focus on the changing of the seasons, inspired by the Fall Equinox. Ticket prices vary. Each show is limited to 250 attendees. Early show from 7–8 p.m. and late show from 8:15–9:15 p.m. at Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado.
‘Epic Tales from Ancient India’ at SDMA
Through Sept. 3
The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park hosts “Epic Tales from Ancient India,” an exhibit with more than 90 Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings. Spanning the 16th through 19th centuries, traditional stories showcased include the Bhagavata Purana, Ramayana, Ragamala and works of Persian literature. $8–$15; 17 and under free. Times vary. Closed on Wednesdays. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park.
International Summer Organ Festival
Through Sept. 3
Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park hosts a lineup of outdoor organ concerts every Monday this summer. Free. All ages. 7:30 p.m. at Pan American Road East.
Food Truck Fridays
Through Sept. 28
Kick off your summer weekends every Friday evening at Balboa Park’s after-hours event. Visitors of all ages can enjoy live entertainment while eating dishes from a rotating selection of more than a dozen food trucks. Free. 4–8 p.m. at Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park.
‘Run619: Tour Uptown Fun’
Through Sept. 28
RUN619 is Movin Shoes coming to Mission Hills for a relatively easy cardio workout. Run through the neighborhoods of Mission Hills, Hillcrest, University Heights, and Bankers Hill. Runs are usually three to four miles. Free. All ages. 6:19 a.m. at Heartwork Coffee Bar, 3993 Goldfinch St.
Lestat’s West Open Mic
Weekly open mic event hosted by Robby Robertson every Monday. 6:30–11 p.m. at Lestat’s, 3343 Adams Ave.
Trivia Night at Brew Project
Here’s Johnny! Answer five to seven rounds of questions and participate in team challenges for raffles and prizes. Weekly event hosted by Johnny Grant. 7 p.m. The Brew Project, 3683 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest.
Lestat’s West Comedy Night
Weekly comedy night event hosted by Dustin Nickerson every Tuesday. 9–11 p.m. at Lestat’s, 3343 Adams Ave.
North Park Thursday Market
Shop more than 90 tents of locally grown produce, artisan grocery items, prepared foods and hand-crafted goods. 3–7:30 p.m. at 3000 North Park Way, stretching from 31st Street to Utah Street, North Park.
Thursdays at The Ken
San Diego’s late-night jazz jam convenes every Thursday night. Hosted by musicians Ian Buss, Robert Dove and Hugo Suarez. $5. 10 p.m.–1:30 a.m. at The Kensington Club, 4079 Adams Ave.
Golden Hill Farmers Market
Stop by the open community space to pick up California Certified Organic Produce from local farmers. 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at B Street between 27th and 28th streets, Golden Hill.
Old Town Saturday Market
The street market features work from local artists including paintings, jewelry, photography and more. Every Saturday and Sunday. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at Harney Street and San Diego Avenue, Old Town.
Hillcrest Farmers Market
About 175 vendors offer a variety of locally grown fruit, produce, gifts, arts and crafts, flowers, and more. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on Normal Street between University and Lincoln avenues.
To view a comprehensive calendar of events happening throughout San Diego, visit our online calendar at bit.ly/UTNCal.
—Compiled by Sara Butler. Email calendar items to firstname.lastname@example.org.