Weekend Preview: Best San Diego Events 8/9-12

Drink your way through Ocean Beach craft beer bars, celebrate local art at Thursday Night Thing, soak in the spirit of Hillcrest at CityFest, go VIP at the Del Mar Racetrack with Night&Day and DiscoverSD, rock out to The Offspring, Kiss and Motley Crue, prep for San Diego Music Awards, and party with Black Lips, Miami Horror, Nari & Milani, Markus Schulz, Three Loco and more big acts rolling through town.

Discover this week’s best San Diego events.


Sound Check ft. Black Lips at Club 207 – Tuesday, August 7

The Hard Rock Hotel teams up with Filter Magazine to produce the monthly live music series Sound Check. Next up, the Black Lips are bringing their ‘flower punk’ sound to Club 207 on Tuesday. Expect 1960s psychedelic elements mixed in with garage rock and modern punk. The party will also feature opening sets by California rock band Allah-Las and DJs Adam Salter and Gabe Vega. Get details here

Drink the Point in Ocean Beach – Wednesday, August 8

Ocean Beach is the destination of choice this Hump Day. The team behind Sessions Public is bringing back Drink the Point, a craft beer bar crawl through Ocean Beach and Point Loma. Hop on the free bus and drink your way through Raglan Public House, Slater’s 50/50, Newport Pizza & Alehouse, Harbor Town, Pizza Port, The Pearl Hotel and of course, Sessions Public. Get details here

TNT: Live Local at Museum of Contemporary Art – Thursday, August 9

MCASD’s August edition of Thursday Night Thing celebrates a local art exhibit inspired by life in City Heights. Check out Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis, paired with cocktails, art activities, food truck eats, and live music by San Diego Music Awards-nominated artist Mrs. Magician. Get details here

Miami Horror DJ Set at Quality Social – Thursday, August 9

Head to Quality Social on Thursday to catch a DJ set by members of Australian psychedelic indie-electro band Miami Horror. The party will also feature opening sets by DJs Gabe Vega, Robin Roth of 91X and Colourvision, as well as live art by Andrea Welton. Get details here (pictured: full band)

Night&Day + DiscoverSD Present: VIP Cabana Party at Del Mar Racetrack – Friday, August 10

Join the U-T Lifestyle & Entertainment crew for an evening of VIP fun at the Del Mar Racetrack on Friday. The party will feature happy hour specials from 5-6pm, DJ beats courtesy of Sleeping Giant Music, a photo booth and giveaways in the Seaside Cabana. After the last race, The Offspring performs live. RSVP here

Hillcrest CityFest – Sunday, August 12

The 28th annual Hillcrest CityFest is taking over University Avenue at 5th for a big street fair by day and a new after party by night. 150,000 attendees are expected to attend the free fest, which will celebrate the spirit of Hillcrest with live music, 250+ arts and crafts vendors, a beer garden, food from local restaurants and more. After sundown, DJ entertainment will take over the scene. Get details here

The Tour: Kiss and Motley Crue at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Sunday, August 12

The two iconic hard rock bands are San Diego-bound to share a stage at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre this Sunday. Famous for comic-style black and white makeup and costumes and extravagant concert production with fire breathing and smoking guitars, don’t miss this rare chance to see Kiss in San Diego, with original members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, performing with Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. Get details here

San Diego Music Awards at Humphrey’s by the Bay – Monday, August 13

The 2012 San Diego Music Awards take place at Humphrey’s on Monday, featuring live performances by P.O.D., Unwritten Law, Dead Feather Moon, Hills Like Elephants, The Howls, The Mattson 2 and Hyena. Proceeds benefit the San Diego Music Foundation’s Guitars for Schools program. Leading up to the big awards ceremony, catch local bands and nominees performing live across town. Get details here

More Recommended San Diego Parties + Events:

Industry Night ft. Max Vangeli at Voyeur – Monday, August 6

Wet Wednesday ft. Brady Spear at Zenbu Cardiff - Wednesday, August 8

EDM ft. Donald Glaude at FLUXX – Thursday, August 9

Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash at Horton Plaza - Thursday, August 9

Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro in Oceanside – August 9-11

DJ Slinkee + Ayla Simone at U-31 - Friday, August 10

LED Presents Nari & Milani at Voyeur – Friday, August 10

SD Music Series ft. Coda Reactor, Children of Nova + more at The Griffin - Friday, August 10

Kettner Nights in Little Italy – Friday, August 10

The Sugar Room at Firehouse - Saturday, August 11

Dog Days of Summer in Cardiff – Saturday, August 11

San Diego Wine Country Festival at Bernardo Winery – Saturday, August 11

Fortune's Elevation Pool Party at Ivy Rooftop - Sunday, August 12

Intervention ft. Markus Schulz at Hard Rock Hotel – Sunday, August 12

LED Presents ZEDD at Wavehouse – Sunday, August 12

Sideshow Sundays ft. Three Loco at Bar West – Sunday, August 12

Five/Ten ft. Erick Diaz at Side Bar – Sunday, August 12

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