Calendar: May 20 – June 2

Featured events 

Through Tuesday, May 31

Restaurants throughout San Diego are participating in this annual campaign benefitting San Diego Food Bank’s “Food 4 Kids” backpack program. The program provides weekend backpacks full of food on Friday afternoons for schoolchildren in need. Participating restaurants select one of their best-selling items and donate $1 each time that dish is ordered throughout the month. Uptown restaurants participating (and their dishes) include: Cucina Urbana (lunchtime pizzas), The Patio on Goldfinch (Ahi Poke Tacos), URBN Coal Fired Pizza (chef’s weekly pie) and more. Visit for a full list of restaurants. 

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 3.55.14 PM‘Science Fiction, Science Future’
Saturday, May 21 – Monday, Sept. 5

This traveling exhibition opens at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (1875 El Prado, Balboa Park) today in the center’s main exhibit gallery. The exhibit brings to life innovations and inventions once considered only science fiction, but now are becoming reality. Visitors will have an interactive experience with robots, holograms, invisibility and more. “Science Fiction, Science Future” was created by the Scitech Discovery Centre in Perth, Australia and produced by Imagine Exhibitions Inc. Visit for more information.

‘Meet the Candidates Forum’ 
Monday, May 23

This event will be co-hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral and Greater San Diego Business Association featuring candidates for City Council District 3: Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward; and candidates for city attorney: Gil Cabrera, Rafael Castellanos, Mara W. Elliott, and Robert Hickey. The event will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in the Great Hall (2728 Sixth Ave., Bankers Hill). Visit for more information.

‘Pints of Science’
Monday, May 23 – Wednesday, May 25

A series of informal talks covering a variety of science themes including: space travel, mind control and automated technology. The talks – co-presented by Reuben H. Fleet Science Center – will take place at bars and breweries around town. Uptown venues participating in the event include: Thorn Street Brewery (3176 Thorn St., North Park/South Park) and Uptown Tavern (1236 University Ave., Hillcrest). Visit for the full schedule.

Uptown Bikeways open house and public hearing
Tuesday, May 24

SANDAG invites attendees to talk with project team members and provide feedback on the Uptown Bikeways project. The project proposes neighborhood connectivity between Uptown, Old Town, Mission Valley, Downtown, North Park and Balboa Park. This event will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Balboa Park Club in the Santa Fe Room (2144 Pan American Road West, Balboa Park). Visit for details on the project.

Dennis McNeil in ‘A Century of Sinatra’
Tuesday, May 24

McNeil returns to Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage (3940 Fourth Ave., Second Floor, Hillcrest) with his show “A Century of Sinatra – The Frank Sinatra Songbook.” This performance will celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary entertainer as McNeil recreates his timeless music. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20 for reserved seating with a $15 per person food/drink minimum. Visit for more information.

Cory Briggs and Donna Frye speak
Tuesday, May 24

The Uptown Democratic Club will hear from lawyer Cory Briggs and former Councilmember Donna Frye concerning the San Diego Chargers stadium plans and other topics, when members meet at 7 p.m. at Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center in the HUB in Hillcrest, located at 3900 Vermont St.

Austin Lucas (Photo by Laura Partain)

Austin Lucas (Photo by Laura Partain)

Live music: Austin Lucas
Thursday, June 2

Singer-songwriter Austin Lucas will make a tour stop in San Diego in support of his recent LP “Between the Moon and the Midwest.” The show at Black Cat Bar (4246 University Ave., City Heights) will feature Lucas’ twangy country tunes. Check out the single “Unbroken Hearts” for a taste of the singer’s music. The show will also showcase openers Adam Faucett and Fernando. Visit for more information.

Art Around Adams
Saturday, June 4

“The Electric Giraffe,” created by Lindsay Lawlor, shown at the 12th annual Art Around Adams 2015 (Courtesy of Exodus Studios)

“The Electric Giraffe,” created by Lindsay Lawlor, shown at the 12th annual Art Around Adams 2015 (Courtesy of Exodus Studios)

This two-mile art and music walk will be held from noon to 8 p.m. along Adams Avenue. The free event will include exhibits, performances and more throughout Normal Heights and Kensington. Live music acts will feature numerous genres on various stages. Food trucks, beer gardens and more will also be featured. The complimentary “Comedy Trolley” will be available with stops up and down Adams. Visit for more information and a full schedule.


Select dates:

Canyoneers guided nature walks: These free walks are part of a countywide program by the San Diego Natural History Museum through June 26, 2016. A map and schedule of walks can be found online at

Cinema Under the Stars: Films presented at an outdoor viewing space on various nights of the week. Upcoming films:

  • “The Birds” on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21
  • “The Princess Bride” on Thursday, May 26, Friday, May 27, Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.
  • “The Philadelphia Story” on Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3

Films start at 8 p.m. $15. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. For more info, visit or call 619-295-4221.


Singing Storytime: 1:30 p.m., learn what’s going on inside your baby’s mind, strengthen your bond and sing songs together at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free.

North Park Toastmasters meeting: 6:30 – 8 p.m., weekly meeting at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 3725 30th St., North Park. 8469.

Open Mic Night: 7:30 p.m., the mic is open to you at Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, free.

Unsung Genius: 6:30 p.m., bi-weekly trivia hosted by Rafael Gaitan starting at 7 p.m.; $2 to play; cash, bar tab and other prizes. Karaoke to follow at 9 p.m. on the big stage at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., Hillcrest.  


Curbside Bites: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St., South Park.

Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., Smitty’s Service Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, 3442 Adams Ave., Normal Heights.

Uptown Democratic Club: 6:30 p.m., Joyce Beers Community Center hosts these meetings on the fourth Tuesday of every month. New members wanted. 1220 Vermont Ave., Hillcrest.

Open Mic Charlie’s: 7 – 9:30 p.m. (except the third Tuesday), open mic night at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park, free.

North Park Brewer’s Club: 8:30 p.m., monthly meeting of the club every second Tuesday of the month on the back patio at Thorn Street Brewery, 3176 Thorn St., North Park.


Wednesday Night Experience: 7 – 8 p.m., uplifting and spiritually inspiring experiences for all, weekly at Universal Spirit Center, 3858 Front St., Hillcrest, love offering requested.

Storytelling: 7 – 8:45 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month featuring members of Storytellers of San Diego at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park, Suggested $5 donation. Ages 12 and up.


Uptown Sunrise Rotary Club meetings: 7 a.m., weekly meeting at Panera Bread, 1270 Cleveland Ave., Hillcrest.

Gentle yoga for seniors: 2:30 – 4 p.m., presented by The Center and Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach (SAYCO) at The San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest, free.

North Park Thursday Market: 3 – 7 p.m., at 3000 North Park Way, between 30th Street and Granada Avenue, North Park free.

Kornflower’s Open Mic: Signups at 6:30 p.m., open mic (no poetry or comedy) 7 – 10 p.m. Family-friendly event at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park, free.

Liberty Toastmasters Club: 7 p.m., at Saint Paul’s Community Care Center, 328 Maple St., Bankers Hill.

Courage to Change – Al-Anon meetings: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., a weekly meeting for friends and relatives of alcoholics at Christ United Presbyterian Church (in the chapel), 3025 Fir St., South Park.

2016 San Diego Film Series: 7:30 p.m., every third Thursday view a film representative of Italian cinema at the Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park.

Kirtan Musical Meditation: 8:30 p.m., chant and sing ancient and contemporary mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga, 3301 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, free – donations welcome.


Memory Café: 10 – 11 a.m., second and fourth Fridays. Gathering place for those with memory loss, caretakers and those worried about memory problems in the Common Room at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, 4190 Front St., Hillcrest. At-will donation. and

Preschool Storytime: 10:30 a.m., at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free.

Square Dancing Classes: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., every Friday. No previous dance experience needed. Recital Hall, 2130 Pan American Plaza. $50 for 13 classes. 858-277-7499 or


Old Town Saturday Market: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Harney Street and San Diego Avenue, Old Town, free. Also held on Sundays.

Golden Hill Farmers Market: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., on B Street between 27th and 28th streets, Golden Hill, free.

Tai Chi Qigong: 10 a.m., all skill levels welcome in Balboa Park, Upas Street and Sixth Avenue, free. Call Chris at 619-504-1557.

Children’s Craft Time: 10:30 a.m., at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free.

Comedy Heights: 8 – 10 p.m., local comedians take the stage next to Twiggs Coffeehouse at 4590 Park Blvd., University Heights, free.


Free Pancake Breakfast: 8:30 – 9:45 a.m., every second Sunday this neighborhood breakfast precedes worship service and Sunday school at Normal Heights United Methodist Church, 4650 Mansfield St., Normal Heights. Email

ASD Mornings: 9 a.m. – noon, every second Sunday members of the autism spectrum community are given chance to explore the museum in a quiet, less-crowded environment at the San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park.

Hillcrest Farmers Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., under the Hillcrest Pride Flag, Harvey Milk and Normal streets, free.

Karaoke: 8 p.m., your chance to shine on the big stage at The Merrow, 1271 University Ave., Hillcrest.  

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