‘The Future Has No Border.’ Near our frontier’s shores to the Texas terrain corralled with Chihuahua, this binational, bilingual, multi-cultural paradigm is like no other in the world. Four photographers: 2 Americans, 1 Dutch, and a Mexican, along with young, regional artists from The AjA Project, take ‘travelers’ in, out, and through the intimate eyes of life along the stretch of 2,000 miles of U.S./Mexico’s shared cultures. It’s a short trip, per se, so pack light, very light because the traversing is heavy.
Now – October 29th
If you look close enough beyond the San Diego’s streets, you’ll be able to find the city has its share of great artists. Only few, though, can be considered within the vein of ‘art brut.’ These painters, sculptors, and mixed media crafters work beyond the realms of fine art bringing a great sense of the naïve to their works. It will truly be an ‘outsider’ exhibit from versed creators of modern art highlighting the region’s rawest talent.
September 2nd – October 8th
In close steps nearing its 30th year, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation is again thundering up the camaraderie. For three straight days, with contests and games spanning from sunrise to sunset, this ceremonious festivity is come one, come all. Elders, teens, women and little ones will vie for cash prizes displaying their ancestral might with songs, dances, drumming, and precise skill to be top of their class. All the elements are aligned and nature’s call for this Pow-Wow only comes once a year.
September 8th – 10th
Literally, on the heels of Brazil’s Independence Day, comes the yearly celebration where everything is yellow, green and blue. Now in its 10th edition, Brazilian Day brings out the best from the shores of Rio, Ipanema, Sao Paulo, and others to San Diego’s coast for the liveliest weekend in the city. Sultry Samba dancers will gleam the carnival parade, capoeira martial artists spin mesmerizing techniques, and food and beverages will be in abundance. There’s beauty at every turn and it comes in the most perfect tans covering every shade for every taste.
In paying tribute the country’s forgone veterans, honor is also given to present military personnel, and a most-fitting event is about to take off. The annual Miramar Air Show, the largest of it’s kind in the world, is gearing up to be one for the chronicles. It’s everything aero from screaming jets, star-studded performances, skydiving aerialists, and an arsenal of hands-on opps. A Salute to Vietnam Veterans is the theme for 2017, a reminder forever to pay homage for their sacrifices - they will always fly high.
September 22nd – 24th
Pomologists, unite! Whether you’re an avid apple connoisseur, a dedicated Johnny Appleseed, or a fan of pies, Julian Apple Days has everyone’s name on it. The weekend will be packed with a myriad of activities, flavors, and sights with everything-apple as far as the eye can see. It’s harvest season and all is ripe for this splendid country fest dating back to 1909, giddy up!
September 23rd – 24th
The state of Jalisco and the frontier’s Californias are aiming sky-high for an explosion of Mexican culture. Celebrating San Diego’s Mariachi Scholarship Foundation’s 20 years, the Ballet Folklórico of the University of Guadalajara brings its half-century of traditions to downtown accompanied by their compatriots Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán. Joining the festivities will be our region’s own Symphonic Mariachi Champaña Nevin, Orquesta de Baja California, and the San Diego Binational Symphony Orchestra. The music and dance is set to Caliente, and its ardor knows no borders.
The City of Chula Vista is ready to once again pucker-up more than 35,000 visitors to its downtown Lemon Festival. For over 20 years this annual gathering brings an array of juicy-infused activities, bitter-rivaled sour contests, a Fun Zone, music and so much more. From a citric standpoint, this is one way to squeeze more out of summer while staying fresh with some help from lemonade.
From around the globe to around the block, it’s the movie extravaganza cut perfectly for children of all ages. The annual San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival is rolling out the reels around North County and the spotlight never looked brighter. With features and shorts created by boys and girls, youth and adults alike mixed with groovy receptions, red carpet fashions and exclusive panel engagements - there’s no telling how each day’s adventures will play out. Tales await families of all sizes and innovation will be gleaming with each showcase.
August 25th – 27th
The grapevine will be heard from Valle de Guadalupe to the shores of Ensenada carrying the tune of the 27th anniversary of the Vendimia. There are ample varieties of events from quaint to grand and an opportunity to enjoy some of Mexico’s most delectable cuisine paired with prized wines from the region. With workshops to refine one’s palate and exclusive nocturnal concerts across select vineyards, there’s a spectrum of ways to make your noche bonita.
Now – August 20th