The 35th annual Adams Avenue Street Fair – featuring over 90 musical acts on seven stages – will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.
Southern California’s largest free two-day music festival is held each year during the last weekend in September in the community of Normal Heights. The event also features beer gardens and beer tastings, giant carnival rides, festival foods and more than 350 arts and crafts booths.
Beer connoisseurs will enjoy the Street Fair’s Craft Beer Taste (from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday only), across from the Starbucks Stage. Visitors to the craft beer taste will have the opportunity to sample 12, 4-ounce tastes for only $20. Previous years included among 30 types of craft beers featured from 16 breweries like Aztec Brewing Co., Automatic Brewing Co., BNS, Stone, Stumble Foot, Goose Island, Green Flash, and Mission Brewery. Three additional beer gardens are open throughout the two-day run of the street fair featuring full pour servings of San Diego’s best craft beer selection.
Most San Diegans can attest to the fact that tacos are typically pictured alongside a salt-rimmed cocktail or an ice cold cerveza, but this August the Cohn Restaurant Group is shaking things up with the debut of a new perfectly paired sip. Enter COSTA TIERRA, the first Baja wine produced in partnership with a U.S.-owned restaurant group. Cohn Restaurant Group’s Beverage Director (and notable wine stud), Maurice DiMarino intended the red blend to be drank as an easy, approachable sipper that pairs perfectly with carne asada tacos—and what’s more, he created the blend with one of the oldest and most revered wineries in all of Baja, the beloved Bodegas de Santo Tomás.
Starting August 29th, the Cohn Restaurant Group will be offering COSTA TIERRA by the bottle at five of their local CRG establishments including Coasterra and Island Prime on Harbor Island, Indigo Grill in Little Italy, BO-beau kitchen + garden in La Mesa, and Vintana in Escondido. Select locations will also offer by the glass pours, and the bottle will be available for retail sale at Island Prime, Coasterra and Vintana.
The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, presented by Wells Fargo, returns to Girard Avenue on October 8th from 10am-7pm and October 9th from 10am-6pm for yet another year of paint, prestige, gourmet food, craft beers, Baja wines, and dazzling live entertainment. This two-day FREE art festival is home to over 150 artists who have been hand selected for their superb talent and unique artwork that will be featured across ½ mile of beautiful La Jolla Village. This family-friendly art festival is the perfect chance to unwind and enjoy a weekend of inspiration and creativity in “The Jewel” of San Diego.
The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is known for not only showcasing incredible artists, but also awe-inspiring performance artists that delight and amaze crowds of cheering fans. This year they are pleased to announce the first Parade of Stilt Walkers, featuring Zepto Space Sacred Cirque, where creative costumed performers are taken to new heights as they stroll through the festival grounds.
As summer slowly comes to an end, the countdown to kick-off officially begins as the Chargers gear up for the season opener on Sunday, September 11th against the Kansas City Chiefs. Don’t fumble over deciding where to catch the opening game because when the whistle blows in Kansas City, these San Diego eateries are the end zone end-alls for the best places to BOLT UP all season long!
DRAFT REPUBLIC | La Jolla
With 14 big-screen TV’s and nearly 50 draft beers, Draft Republic is an arena of all the games and glory under one roof. In celebration of the season, this beer-centric eatery is hosting happy hour specials from 2-6pm on game days every Sunday, Monday and Thursday through the Super Bowl. Fill your table with $5 drinks and $6 Quarterback Snacks, or eat a breakfast built for champions during their Super Sunday Hours when they open their doors at 9:30am, just in time to nab a spot for kickoff!
Kick it old school and cheer on the gridiron games from inside the East Villagedelicatessen, Rare Form. The city’s only schnaps-centric spot offers $11 Boilermakers (a shot of schnaps and a cold draft beer) alongside gourmet deli classics like the Rare Form 44 with hot pastrami and sauerkraut on grilled rye bread. Don’t forget to ask about their secret weapon, their signature Pastrami Fries on the hidden menu! As the referees take the field, see if you can spot the hidden super-sized TV hanging overhead – hint: it’s hidden behind a giant Old Masters hanging on the wall…
A landmark waterfront restaurant since 1989, the newly remodeled Top of The Market is still recognized as the premier destination for fresh seafood, with San Diego bay views from Point Loma to the Coronado Bridge. “Everyone from the design team, including the kitchen equipment and woodworking crews did an amazing job,” says Executive Chef Stafford Mather’s. “Our director of operations Dwight Colton and The Fish Market’s kitchen manager Tony Alvarez were here throughout the entire remodel, making it all happen.”
Mather’s is a self taught chef who learned from on the job training. He started out as a dishwasher in high school, then moved up to become a server and bartender. Once he made his move to the back of the house, he never looked back. He is committed to his work, loves what he does, and says he learns something new daily. “Chef and owner Jeff Olsen of New West Catering in Santa Barbara, California, is a mentor who gave me my start in a kitchen in Washington DC many years ago, as well as chef Ed Carew of Broken Spoke in New York City, whom I worked with in San Francisco. Both are the best dudes ever!”
Located at 877 Hornblend Street just two blocks from the ocean in San Diego’s Pacific Beach enclave, the new Pueblo restaurant will bring a bit of the Baja coast to San Diego. Scheduled to open on August 27th, Pueblo plans to reunite the two California’s as they once were, into a single territorial palate.
Menu offerings combine traditional dishes, derived from the coastal communities of Baja, and contemporary chef-driven plates fueled by regional ingredients, with an emphasis on seafood and lighter preparations. The restaurant’s two bars, indoors and on the rooftop deck, pour beer and wine from both sides of the border, and also offer a varied selection of tequila and agave-based spirit cocktails. Seating is laid out to seamlessly transition into an open courtyard and rooftop deck, with a design that is airy and modern, yet retains rustic architecture details that inspired the Pueblo name.