Del Mar Thoroughbred Horse Racing Season 2014 runs Thurs., July 17-Wed., Sept. 3. Opening Day 2pm post! www.dmtc.com.
Padres vs. Mets at Petco Park. $10-$60. Fri., July 18, 7:10pm. Sat., July 19, 5:40pm. Sun., 1:10pm. www.sandiego.padres.mlb.com.
Extreme Midget Wrestling, Sat., July 19, 7pm. Ramona Mainstage Nightclub, 626 Main St., Ramona. (760) 789-7008. www.ramonamainstage.com
Christmas in July. Sat, July 19, 11am-4pm. Bring a toy valued at $15 or more to get into the tasting room at Port Brewing Company for Bourbon Barrel-Aged Santa’s Little Helper Imperial Stout. Will serve as entry fee and benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. The Lost Abbey, 155 Mata Way #104, San Marcos
Pinup Pop-Up Shop. Sat, July 19, 10am-4pm. Free. Come out for a day of vintage pinup shopping, hair, makeup, nails, and more. Get tips from professional hairstylist, nail artist. Also mini photoshoot with vintage setThe Headquarters, 789 West Harbor Drive, Downtown. (619) 203-5651. http://theoblongboxshop.com/blogs/
IB Sun & Sea Festival. Sat, July 19, 10am-5pm. Sandcastle competition where sand sculptors compete for $17,000. Live music include Subsurfer, B-Side Players, and the Teagan Taylor Trio. A parade featuring local youth groups and civic organizations march and Certified Farmers Market and International Food Fair. Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach. http://www.sunandseafestival.com/
Autofest, Sat., July 19, 3-10pm. $20. 600 show cars, bikes, trucks, and SUVs competing for cash and prizes. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd., Mission Valley.
Vista Historical Society Ice Cream Social, Sat., July 19, 1:30-3:30pm. $3-$5. Held on patio of museum, unlimited ice cream, root beer floats, soft drinks. Museum open for tours during event. RSVP: email@example.com. Vista Historical Society, 2317 Foothill Dr., Vista.
San Diego Annual LGBT Pride Parade, Rally, and Festival, Sat.-Sun., July 19-20. Multiple events take place in Balboa Park & Hillcrest areas. See website for all events, dates, times, and prices. (619) 233-5008. www.sdpride.org
Annual World Championship Over-The-Line Tournament, Sat.-Sun., July 19-20, 7am-7pm. Free to spectate! Over fifty years of adult sandbox play. Rugged sand softball play, with over 1,300 teams of three persons each, played on 50-mini courts over two consecutive weekends. Crowds of people in beachware gather to watch the games amid music and beer. 18+ to play. 9 age divisions. Fiesta Island, Fiesta Island Road - East Mission Bay, Old Mission Beach Athletic Club. (858) 571-0711. www.ombac.org
Annual Turtle & Tortoise Show & Plant Sale, Sat.-Sun., July 19-20, 10am-4pm. Free. Unique reptiles from the turtle and tortoise world. Giant plant sale and fun turtle and tortoise gift items. Kids’ exhibits, craft and activity tables. Balboa Park-Casa del Prado (Room 101), San Diego Turtle & Tortoise Society, www.sdturtle.org
Unlock Nature’s Survival Secrets, Sat.-Sun., July 19-20, Wed., July 23, 9:30-11am. Free. Investigate the trail with your MTRP trail guide and learn about marvelous adaptations in nature, from trees with natural air conditioning to condo-building woodrats and their kissing bug neighbors. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos.
Coastal Hike & Yoga on the Beach, Sun., July 20, 8:30-11am. Free. Half-hour hike to North Beach followed by 45-minute yoga session and a half-hour hike back. All levels welcome. Please bring mat/towel and drinking water. Meet at San Andres Drive Interpretive Kiosk at end of cul-de-sac. Registration encouraged. Birdwing Open Air Classroom at the San Dieguito Lagoon, 2775 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. http://sdrvc.org/coastal-hike-and-yoga-on-the-beach/
New Earth Expo. Sun, July 20, 10am-6pm. Free-$10. Channeled messages and healings. Gifts, presentations, items for healing & rejuvenation, sessions with holistic health practitioners & spiritual counselors, gemstone jewelry, stones & crystals, aromatherapy products, healthy coffee, massage sessions, and healing music. Windmill Banquet and Catering, 890 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad. www.newearthexpo.net
Jockey photo day. Sun, July 20, noon-1pm. Free-$6. A chance to meet the athletes that make Del Mar’s jockey colony and special guests. Have your picture taken, get an autograph, or chat with your favorite jockeys.Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.
Free Admission Day to select museums at Balboa Park on Tues., July 22: Automotive Museum (10am-5pm) www.sdautomuseum.org; Hall of Champions Sports Museum (10am-4:30pm) www.sdhoc.com; Air & Space Museum (10am-4:30pm) www.sandiegoairandspace.org; Pacific Relations Int’l Cottage (noon-4pm) www.sdhpr.org.
Craft/art: Craft Brewing and Visual Arts. Wed, July 23, 7-10pm. Free($5-10 donation suggested). Showcases two of San Diego’s most dynamic communities: craft brewing and visual arts. Live sketching and art for purchase. All proceeds donated towards youth scholarships for the Media Arts Center San Diego’s annual Summer Youth Media & Tech Camp. Stone Brewing Tap Room, 795 J Street, East Village. facebook.com/events/1480685042164132/
COMIC-CON 2014. Thur.-Sun., July 24-27, 9:30am-7pm (Sun til 5pm). Country’s longest continuously run comics and popular-arts convention 45th year. Comic books, original art, toys, games, trading cards, clothing, movie memorabilia, anime, films, gaming, parties, lectures, and cosplay. San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, Downtown. www.comic-con.org
Play Day for Educators. Thurs, July 24, 3:30-6:30pm. Free. Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama and the San Diego Museum of Art will transform into a playground for educators with the Art of Science and Learning Play Day for Educators.Innovators in education will facilitate activities that combine art, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into playful learning experiences. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park.
Alternate Reality Game. Free. Ongoing thru July 24. Sun, 1pm-5pm; Mon, 12pm-8pm; Tue, 9:30am-5:30pm; Wed, 12pm-8pm; Thur, 9:30am-5:30pm; Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 9:30am-2:30pmSun, 1pm-5pm; Mon, 12pm-8pm; Tue, 9:30am-5:30pm; Wed, 12pm-8pm; Thur, 9:30am-5:30pm; Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 9:30am-2:30pm. Open to all but recommended ages 12 and up. Can join any time. Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., East Village downtown SD. http://sandiegolibrary.org/
Movie in the Park, Fri., July 25, pre-show 7:30pm; Movie 8pm. Free Family Fun in La Mesa with this summer’s Movie in the Park “Mary Poppins.” La Mesita Park, 8855 Dallas St., La Mesa. (619) 667-1300. www.cityoflamesa.com
Trek with the Trackers, Saturdays, Aug. 2, Sept. 6. 8:30-10:30am. Free. Discover and identify tracks, scat, bedlays and other evidence of critters that live in local underbrush and trees. Join a Mission Trails Regional Park tracking-team guide for two hours of dirt-time fun -- wear long pants! Meet in front of the Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos
La Jolla Playhouse presents The Orphan of Zhao at the Mendell Weiss Theatre. thru Aug. 3. www.lajollaplayhouse.org.
San Marcos ArtWalk, Sundays, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct 5, 10am-2pm. Free. ArtWalk hosts 30+ local artists. Sponsored by Old California Restaurant Row. ArtWalk shares Sunday with a high-energy Car Show and a local Farmers Market. Special offers on dining and entertainment. Old California Restaurant Row, 1080 West San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos
TGIF Concerts in the Park. Fridays. Thru August 22, Times and locations vary. www.carlsbadca.gov/arts.
2014 Annual Summer International Organ Festival, Monday evenings, through Aug. 25, 7:30pm. Free. San Diego Summer tradition, Spreckels Organ Society features internationally celebrated organists play free concerts each Monday evening at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. The historic Spreckels Organ is the largest outdoor pipe organ in America. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park. (619) 702-8138. www.sosorgan.org
Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach. thru Aug. 30. www.foapom.com.
Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. thru Aug. 30. www.foapom.com.
Stagecoach Days in Old Town. Ongoing until Sat, Aug. 30. Saturdays, Noon-5pm. Free. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is celebrating travel during “Stagecoach Days.” Join in the old fashioned fun from the mid-1800s.Features a different theme each Saturday. Old Town State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace Street, Old Town. (619) 220-5422. http://www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego
Free and Easy Wednesdays. Ongoing until Wed., Sept. 3. Noon. Every Wednesday is a Free and Easy Wednesday. Receive free Stretch Run admission, a free program, and half-price beer (domestic drafts). Free Diamond Club membership required. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar. DMTC.com/
Sunday Polo, Ongoing Sundays thru Sept. 28, 12:30-5pm. $12-$30. Parking $10. Sunday Polo at the San Diego Polo Club. We have matches every Sunday from June 1 to September 28 (except July 28, Aug. 3, and Aug. 10) at 1pm and 3pm. Intermission entertainment and divot stomp -- a chance to stretch your legs and walk on to the polo field with a glass of champagne and stomp the divots that have been kicked up by the polo ponies. San Diego Polo Club, 14555 El Camino Real, Rancho Santa Fe
Encinitas Classic Car Nights, 3rd Thursday of each month, S. Coast Highway 101. (760) 943-1950. www.encinitas101.com.“Concerts at the Cove,” Solana Beach’s Fletcher Cove every Thursday night thru Aug. 21. 6pm. www.cityofsolanabeach.org.