May 16, 2024 - News

San Diego weekend events: Free festivals, a title fight and border photography

Owen Reid of the Wailers

The Wailers headline the free, two-day Fiesta del Sol festival in Solana Beach. Photo: Harmony Gerber/WireImage

Hopefully you spend some of this weekend surfing in bioluminescent waves, but if not, here's a list of great events to help you fill out your weekend.


🍷 Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival

Drink wine, ride in hot air balloons and watch performances by the Stone Temple Pilots, Lynyrd Skynyrd and George Thorogood at this three-day festival.

  • When and where: 3-10pm Fri., 6am-10pm Sat., 6am-6pm Sun. at Lake Skinner Recreation Area
  • Cost: $60+ per day

🥏 San Diego Growlers

Huck a disc while San Diego's professional ultimate frisbee team takes on the Portland Nitro.

ğŸŽ™ï¸ The Lyrical Groove: Spoken Soul and Songversations

Take in the group's performance of spoken word/hip hop as part of UCSD's Intersections concert series at the school's downtown building.

  • When and where: 7-8:30pm at the Guggenheim Theatre at UCSD's Park & Market
  • Cost: $25-$35

ğŸŽ¸ Tegan and Sara

Check out the indie-pop duo on the beautiful waterfront of San Diego Bay.

  • When and where: 7:30pm at Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
  • Cost: $47.50


🌏 Asian Pacific Cultural Festival of San Diego

Enjoy a family-friendly event featuring children's arts and crafts, martial arts and cooking demos and cultural exhibitions.

  • When and where: noon-8pm at Mira Mesa Community Park
  • Cost: Free

🥊 Top Rank Boxing

Watch Emanuel Navarrete and Denys Berinchyk square off for the WBO world lightweight championship, after San Diego's own Giovani Santillan fights in the co-feature.

  • When and where: 4pm at Pechanga Arena
  • Cost: $25+

📷 Looking Back at Today: 45 Years on the Border

Hear a lecture by famed border photographer Don Bartletti to accompany his exhibition at the Photographer's Eye Collective.

  • When and where: 3-4:30pm at Grand Theatre in Escondido
  • Cost: $10

🪁 Ocean Beach Kite Festival

Build, design, fly or watch kites at the Kiwanis Club's 77th annual event.

  • When and where: 10am-3pm at Robb Athletic Field
  • Cost: Free


ğŸŽ¤ Los Yesterdays

See the Latino neo-soul stars along with Vicky Tafoya and Thee Heart Tones.

  • When and where: 7pm at House of Blues
  • Cost: $35.25

🏉 San Diego Legion

Cheer on our professional rugby team against the New England Free Jacks.

  • When and where: 1pm at Snapdragon Stadium
  • Cost: $20+

ğŸŒž Fiesta del Sol

Enjoy a free, two-day beach festival headlined by Mustache Harbor (Saturday) and the Wailers and Ozomatli (Sunday).

  • When and where: 9am-10pm Saturday, 9am-8pm Sunday at Fletcher Cove Park in Solana Beach
  • Cost: Free

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