Friday, June 28
50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising
Impride LGBTQ+ Pride Comedy Festival
Finest City Improv is partnering with San Diego Pride to bring you their fourth annual Impride LGBTQ+ Pride Comedy Festival, benefiting San Diego Pride. The festival features three days of LGBTQ+ related improv comedy teams, featured shows, workshops, yoga classes, and parties. Finest City Improv, and the improv community in general, has offered a welcoming and safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community and this festival celebrates that shared pride! June 28-30. Workshops, shows and prices vary per event.
Saturday, June 29
City Heights Business Expo
The City Heights Community Development Corp. (CDC) will hosts its first-ever City Heights Business Expo on Saturday, June 29, to highlight small businesses and micro-enterprises that have received technical and financial assistance from local nonprofits in order to start up, grow and thrive in this unique Mid-City neighborhood. Aspiring entrepreneurs will be given free community resources and technical support. 4-8 p.m. at Fair@44, 4350 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego Pub House Party
10 Barrel Brewing Co.’s San Diego brewpub is commemorating its second year in East Village this summer with a party on Saturday, June 29, from 2 p.m. until close. Open to the public, the event will feature a DJ, live music, games, giveaways and 20 beers on tap. In traditional house party style, 10 Barrel will transform the downstairs patio into a vintage basement party and convert the mezzanine into a backyard space, complete with a bonfire and lounge area. The pub will also offer games like cornhole and shuffleboard throughout the space, along with Nintendo 64 “Mario Kart” on the 12-foot projector screen. Special guest DJ Pocket will spin on the rooftop from 2-5 p.m., followed by local band, Jet West, from 6-8 p.m.
‘Mariam’s Tea Party: Broken Blockbuster’
Featuring: Mariam T, Glitz Glam, Evelyn Rose, Michele Ada, Disco Dollie, Lolita Von Tease, Vanity Jones and Gro Tesqua. Special performance by The Diamond Dogs. Sounds by DJ Jon Williams. Tickets $10. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m. Featuring Skrewball Whiskey. MO’s Bar and Grill. 308 University Ave.
‘Legislating for Our Lives’
Hosted by ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, “Legislating for Our Lives: A Forum on AB 392 and ACA6” is a forum focusing on current legislation on two important criminal justice bills. Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 6 will restore voting rights to people on parole in CA. AB 392, the California Act to Save Lives, will update California’s outdated use-of-force standard to ensure law enforcement officers avoid using deadly force when they have alternatives. Attendees will also hear how to advocate together for the passage of these bills. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Second Chance, 6145 Imperial Ave. Registration required.
Young Professionals Council Academy Graduation
For the past eight years, the YPC Academy Graduation Brunch has celebrated the accomplishments and future endeavors of the Young Professionals Council Academy. We invite you to join the 2019 graduating class and members of the Young Professionals Council as we toast to their accomplishments. Single admission tickets are $65 and include a buffet brunch. Additional supporter and sponsorship levels are available. The Prado at Balboa Park – Weddings & Events, 1549 El Prado, Suite 12.
Sunday, June 30
Taste of Adams Avenue
The 19th annual Taste of Adams Avenue will take place from 11a.m.-3 p.m., along Adams Avenue, from University Heights through Normal Heights to Kensington. This year’s taste will feature 48 Adams Avenue restaurants, coffeehouses, breweries, wine bars, and exceptional eateries in one of San Diego’s most prominent neighborhoods. Taste of Adams Avenue tickets are $35 in advance, and $40 day of the event. Advance tickets may be purchased online at tasteofadams.com
Thursday, July 4
An 1800s Independence Day Celebration
Come and celebrate a historic Independence Day with staff and volunteers in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The day includes a parade around the plaza, an old-fashioned square dance, 19th-century crafts and games. The day culminates with a visually stunning pie-eating contest for all ages. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, July 6
She Fest is a woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of women while fostering meaningful connections within and between the LGBT and larger San Diego communities. This event is free to the public and aims to provide a platform for inclusivity of transgender women, nonbinary and intersex folks, and gender non-conformist to feel represented and supported. North Park Community Park, 4044 Idaho St. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, July 7
Come to PREP Social, a clothing swap for trans women and the nonbinary community! The event will include a pop-up swap, resources, entertainment and PrEP and sexual health topics. Although not required, don’t forget to bring clothes/accessories to swap! Located at Good To Go San Diego at 3830 Park Blvd. 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 10
Light Up the Cathedral
Join interfaith leaders, elected officials, and San Diego’s LGBTQ community at this official San Diego Pride 2019 event. To celebrate Pride Week, we will honor our LGBTQ interfaith community and witness the Cathedral’s annual ceremonial rainbow lighting. This interfaith event will feature Jewish activist and Rabbinical student Steven Goldstein, who champions interfaith organizing as a method of combating transphobia, homophobia, and anti-Semitism as our keynote speaker. The service will also include performances by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, the San Diego Women’s Chorus, and presentation of the Light of Pride award by Pride Executive Director Fernando Lopez to this year’s honoree, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, for their service to the Jewish, LGBTQ, and refugee communities in our region. 7-8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2728 6th Ave.
‘50 Years of Fabulous’
Presented by FilmOut San Diego, Unite! Music Festival and San Diego Pride. Director Jethro Patalinghug’s “50 Years of Fabulous” recounts the rich history of the Imperial Council, the oldest LGBT charity organization in the world. Founded in San Francisco by renowned activist, drag queen and performer José Sarria, the council has helped shaped LGBT life and social history in San Francisco and beyond throughout the last five decades. Sarria was also the first openly gay man to run for political office in the United States in 1961. From its genesis as a critical public space for the community and capacity building of LGBT San Franciscans, to its vital role in the advocacy for LGBT human rights, “50 Years of Fabulous” documents the full scope of the organization’s historical evolution up to its contemporary struggle in finding relevance — both in the wake of social progress it has helped foster, and in light of a newly empowered political coalition committed to rolling back a half century of civil rights achievements. Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas at 3965 5th Ave. 7-9:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 11
Summer Family Fun with musician Craig Newton
In this special family program, multi-instrumental musician Craig Newton will entertain children with catchy songs and rhythms. This show is one of several offered as part of Mission Valley Library’s summer reading program. What is the summer reading program? It’s a chance for everyone — babies through adults — to come to the library for fun programs, great reads (plus movies and music) and the chance to win books and other prizes! Visit sandiegolibrary.org for more information. 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the Mission Valley Library.
Friday, July 12
‘In Shape and Mode: Murmurs of the Future’
QTPOC Colectivo will hold its fourth annual art show featuring performer Amber St. James and artwork by Albie Cartagenes. 5 p.m. at Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd. $5 donation suggested but no one will be turned away.
Spirit of Stonewall Rally
Pride celebrations everywhere trace their heritage to the evening of June 28, 1969, when patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City said “No more!” to police harassment. That protest has grown to annual events held in major cities throughout the world. In San Diego, our first rally was held in 1975. San Diego Pride’s Spirit of Stonewall Rally is a time to recognize and honor leaders who are working hard to preserve our gains and meet the many challenges still facing our community. Come join us as cheering crowds and energetic speakers kick off San Diego Pride Weekend! 6-7 p.m. at Hillcrest Pride Flag, 1600 University Ave.
Saturday, July 13
San Diego Pride
Tickets are on sale for this year’s San Diego Pride Festival on July 13-14. The festival is time to be out and proud in San Diego tradition. Enjoy the city’s largest celebration with thousands of attendees, vendors and information booths. Entertainment includes more than 100 entertainers with four stages. General Admission: $15-$30. VIP Admission: $150-$200. High school-aged youth and under admitted for free at the box office. Marston Point, Balboa Park, Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street. sdpride.org
San Diego Day
This day celebrates 250 years of diverse cultures in San Diego. This fun-filled day will have information and activities about the many cultures that have contributed to make San Diego what it is today. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
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.
Introduction to Buddhism & Meditation
Join an all-ages introductory class to learn the basic Buddhist concepts as well as participate in a discussion and silent meditation. Weekly event led by Jeff Zlotnik. Free. 7-8 p.m. at Dharma Bum Temple 4144 Campus Ave. Also held on Saturdays at 11 a.m.-noon
North Park Thursday Market
Shop at more than 90 tents for locally grown produce, seasonal grocery items, fresh food and hand-crafted arts and crafts. 3-7:30 p.m. at 3000 North Park Way, stretching from 31st to Utah streets in North Park.
Thursdays at the Ken
San Diego’s late-night jazz jam convenes every Thursday night at the Kensington Club. Hosted by musicians Ian Buss, Robert Dove and Hugo Suarez. $5. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 4079 Adams Ave.
Family Friday Nights at the Fleet
Enjoy extended evening hours at the Fleet on Friday nights this summer and save! Peruse Pause|Play late into the evening, light up the night at It’s Electric and reconnect with all your favorite hands-on exhibits in Retro-Active Science. Friday nights will also feature live musical entertainment on the Fleet patio. Family Friday Nights run through Aug. 30, with discounted admission starting at 6 p.m. This event is part of “The Art of Summer,” Balboa Park’s summer celebration.
Free Friend Friday
Looking for a co-working space with value-aligned social entrepreneurs, artists, nonprofit professionals and local startups? Collective Impact Center offers a complimentary day pass to use shared desks and office space. Bring your laptop and check in on social media with #cicfreefriendfriday for free Wi-Fi. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Collective Impact Center, 3295 Meade Ave.
Old Town Saturday Market
This street market features original works 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 in Old Town.
Hillcrest Farmers Market
About 175 venders offer a variety of locally grown produce, hand-made arts and crafts, and fresh-cut florals at one of the city’s largest open-air markets. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Normal Street between University and Lincoln avenues.