Don’t let this patch of gloomy weather get you down; there is a sizzling hot entertainment forecast ahead. From daring culinary experiments to live concerts in unexpected venues, Playboy-mania both in San Diego and beyond, a gourmet food truck festival, and your shot at Prom redemption, rock star-style, take notes on the hottest San Diego events your social life simply can’t afford to miss.
My top picks for this weekend in San Diego include Dinner with 6 Strangers at Alchemy, She Wants Revenge live at FLUXX nightclub, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Playboy Masquerade at Ivy Nightclub, The Ooh La La Party at The Playboy Mansion, Gourmet Food Truck Festival at Del Mar Racetrack, Petco Park Concert Series kickoff with Dierks Bentley, Bingo Players at Voyeur, Funkagenda at Intervention, 2011 San Diego Prom at the Hard Rock Hotel and oh so much more.
Are you ready to party? Discover this week’s best San Diego events.
Dinner with 6 Strangers at Alchemy – 8/18
Calling all local dining enthusiasts who are up for a new culinary concept, Alchemy hosts the eighth edition of Dinner with 6 Strangers on Thursday, August 18, inviting individuals from all around San Diego to gather together at communal tables and share a three-course, family-style dinner prepared by Executive Chef Ricardo Heredia. The all-inclusive dinner, complete with beer, wine and spirit pairings, is priced at $48 per person. Get details here.
FLUXX Live: She Wants Revenge at FLUXX – 8/18
Super-club FLUXX is mixing things up this Thursday night with a new edition of FLUXX Live, featuring She Wants Revenge along with White Apple Tree and DJs Gabe Vega and Junior The Disco Punk. FLUXX Live is a monthly event series produced in collaboration with The Casbah, showcasing live performances by local and national alternative bands within the club setting. She Wants Revenge is described as an American musical duo, known best for hit songs “Tear You Apart” and “Out of Control” from the debut album in 2006. Get details here.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Playboy Masquerade at Ivy Rooftop – 8/18
Ivy Entertainment at the Andaz San Diego Hotel is recreating the mystical atmosphere of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with an erotic twist, during the Playboy Masquerade Party this Saturday night. Five hot Playboy Playmates will host the evening affair, including Amy Andrews, Jessica Burciaga, Kayla Collins, Pennelope Jimenez and Hiromi Oshima. More party perks include a glamorous masquerade dress code, and edgy entertainment by DJ Este, DJ Tara Brooks, Rico DeLargo, and the Lipstik Inc. dancers. Get details here.
Partying for a Purpose Presents The Ooh La La Party at The Playboy Mansion – 8/19-21
Your ticket to the Playboy Mansion has finally arrived. Partying for a Purpose presents the Ooh La La Party at the Playboy Mansion, a weekend-long charity event that will benefit the San Diego-based It’s All About the Kids Foundation. The weekend kicks off on Friday with a hosted cocktail party at the Hyatt Century Plaza in Los Angeles and continues with a Day Pool Party on Saturday featuring gorgeous hand-selected Partying for a Purpose hostesses and San Diego's hottest DJs on the 1’s and 2’s. On Saturday night, guests will take private shuttles to The Playboy Mansion where they will be whisked away into a Parisian-inspired evening under the stars in the elusive estate. Get details here.
Summer Pops: The Classical Mystery Tour Beatles Tribute at Embarcadero – 8/19-20
The San Diego Symphony’s signature “Summer Pops” outdoor summer concert series is in full swing, but there are still a few chances to get in on the action. One can’t miss concert is taking place over two days this weekend, featuring The Classical Mystery Tour, a Beatles Tribute. Enjoy hit songs from one of the greatest bands of all time under the stars on the water’s edge. The “Summer Pops” concert series takes place at Embarcadero Marina Park South in downtown San Diego, and will continue running until September 4. The Classical Mystery Tour will perform August 19 & 20.
Gourmet Food Truck Festival at Del Mar Racetrack – 8/20
Bring your appetite to where the turf meets the surf for the first annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival happening this Saturday at the Del Mar Racetrack. No longer do you need a Turf Club pass to eat in style at the track; over 40 of the best food trucks in Southern California will serve gourmet eats prepared by top chefs, all in one location at the Seaside Stage concert area, from 12 to 6pm. Entrance to the festival is free with track admission. Dress up in your Del Mar finest, bet on your favorite Thoroughbred horses, and eat like a King. Get details here.
Dierks Bentley Concert at Petco Park – 8/20
Craving some new Padres entertainment? Petco Park launches its new summer concert series this weekend, featuring a live performance by multi-platinum country music star Dierks Bentley on Saturday. Dierks’ extensive career has honored him ten Grammy award nominations and multiple CMA and CMT music awards. The concert follows the Padres vs. Marlins game, which starts at 5:35pm. Get there early and enjoy your hot dog, beer, and baseball before settling in to the sounds of classic American country tunes. Get details here.
Intervention with Funkagenda at Hard Rock Hotel – 8/21
Following an epic performance from Lil Jon last week, Intervention returns with a bang this Sunday, featuring a DJ set by Funkagenda. From the early roots of his West Midland’s studio, to pioneering releases through reputed major labels, Funkagenda’s stamp on dance music can be felt across Europe, North, Central & South America, the Middle East, and Australia. Now, experience the beats live under the summer sun, Intervention-style. Get details here. (pictured)
2011 San Diego Prom at Hard Rock Hotel – 8/23
When the weekend ends, the real fun is just beginning. On Tuesday night, the Hard Rock Hotel hosts 2011 San Diego Prom, a themed party hosted by the one and only Mr. Belding from “Saved by the Bell.” In addition to DJs and decorations in the hotel’s Legends Ballroom, we are most looking forward to the Prom Court. Categories include everything from Prom King and Queen, to Miss Popular, Biggest Flirt, Mr. Bartender, Class Clown, and Most Likely to End Up in the Drunk Tank. To live out your prom fantasy, Hard Rock is offering hotel room packages. Get details here.
More Recommended San Diego Events:
Crème de la Crème at House of Blues – 8/18
Bay + Watch Night Pool Party at Ivy Rooftop – 8/18
Miss North Country Nightlife Pageant at Hard Rock Hotel – 8/18
Free Devo Concert at Del Mar Racetrack – 8/19
Unity Tour: Sublime with Rome at Cricket – 8/19
LED Presents Bingo Players at Voyeur – 8/20
Art Aquatic Glass Art Fair at Chula Vista Nature Center – 8/20
Haute With Heart Fashion Show Benefit at Sheraton Hotel & Marina – 8/20
Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals at Qualcomm Stadium – 8/20
Summer Open House at Eveoke Dance Theatre – 8/20
Trevor Hoffman Retirement Ceremony at Petco Park – 8/21
Five / Ten Sunday Intermission at Side Bar – 8/21
Sunday Industry Night at Bar West – 8/21
6 Degrees 4 Year Anniversary Party at The Westgate – 8/23
Discover more San Diego entertainment ideas in our San Diego events calendar.