Photo: The New Children’s Museum

Summer is in full swing and the good times are definitely rolling all over the city. This weekend you can head to The New Children’s Museum‘s Mass Creativity Event for festivities and art-making, experience wonder and awe at a high-energy science show, LOL at a family-friendly improv comedy act and spice up your Saturday at the Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cookoff Festival. Read on for the deets on these happenings and so much more.


Mass Creativity Event
The New Children’s Museum is celebrating their 5th annual Mass Creativity event with art-making workshops inspired by discovery, diversity and community. Join the Museum’s creative team in free hands-on workshops where you can celebrate culture and share your story through art and play. This free all-day event includes admission to the Museum, live entertainment, festivities, art-making and more! Note: The event takes place in the Museum and its adjacent park. Island Ave. will be closed between Front and Island to allow celebration participants to move freely from the park to the Museum and some of the performances take place in the street. Sat. Event details.


Biomimicry Nature Tour
Did you know? The magic of bird flight inspires airplane designs. An invention as simple as Velcro mimics the interlocking hooks in common burrs that attach to our hiking shoes. That’s copying nature’s best! Join the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy tour to open the ways we think inside nature’s strategies and patterns. Guest expert, Jacques Chirazi with Biomimicry San Diego, will lead the nature walk with hands-on activities including a scavenger hunt, a blindfold exercise to enhance the other senses and nature drawing. Sat. Event details.

Balboa Park

Don’t Try This at Home! Stage Shows About Science
Get excited about science with this high-energy, educational performance filled with interactive demonstrations by the Fleet Science Center’s very own ‘Don’t Try This at Home’ live stage show team. For a short time only, this wildly popular show will return to the Fleet exhibition galleries. See it while you can! Multiple shows daily. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Mission Hills

Family-Friendly Improv Comedy Shows
Similar in style to “Whose Line is it Anyway,” the National Comedy Theatre is a high octane improv comedy show featuring San Diego’s best comedians performing a series of games and scenes all based on audience suggestions.
The audience picks the games, helps call the fouls and ultimately decides which team is the evening’s winner. And it’s clean! It’s a fast, hysterical, unique and highly interactive show that is appropriate for all audiences. No drink or age minimums. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Ocean Beach

2017 Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off Festival
Join more than 70,000 visitors for an oceanfront chili cook-off, five stages of continuous live music and entertainment, the community mural project, Artists Alley, carnival rides and games, food and vendor booths, a beachside beer garden and more. The one-of-a-kind Hodad’s Burger-Eating Competition will offer contestants a chance to be featured on the Hodad’s Wall of Fame in Ocean Beach. The chili competition will feature more than two dozen tastings from amateur and restaurant entrants competing in separate categories for the titles of Hottest Chili, Judges’ Awards and the grand prize: People’s Choice Award. Tastings can be purchased for $2 per chili entry, or attendees can buy a Master Ticket to try every recipe for $20. Free trolley services will run from the Knights of Columbus parking lot on Bacon Street between W. Point Loma Blvd. and Voltaire St. (every 30 minutes) and the parking lot at the intersection of Sea World Dr. and Pacific Coast Hwy. (every hour) from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat. Event details.


San Diego Scottish Highland Games
This fun, family-friendly day features highland dancing, bagpipe and drumming, storyteller, kids activities, athletic competitions, Scottish entertainment, food, vendors and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Aloha Plunge
Bring a swimsuit and say Aloha to School and Aloha to Summer 2017! All four floating obstacles will be out as well as the Key Logs where you can test your balance and agility! The night ends with a special movie presentation on the giant outdoor movie screen. Enjoy dinner at the Dive in Grill open during the event. Menu includes made-to-order grilled burgers, chicken sandwiches, pizza, shaved ice, ice cream and other tasty treats. Save time and avoid lines by picking up event wristbands in advance. Sat. Event details.

University Heights

Taste of Adams Avenue
Treat your tastebuds at the 17th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue. This gastronomic trek will feature 45 restaurants, coffee houses, pubs, wine bars and unique eateries in one of San Diego’s hottest and historic neighborhoods.
Food lovers can access their favorite restaurants by foot, bike, or by complimentary trolley service available along Adams Avenue. In addition to this adventurous tasting tour, attendees can also experience the neighborhoods many distinctive shops along the Adams Avenue business corridor. Sun. Event details.

North County

Free Soccer Demos in La Jolla and Del Sur
Come join Super Soccer Stars for a free soccer demo! Set in a fun, non-competitive environment, Super Soccer Stars offers age-specific programs which introduce children to the fundamentals of soccer through creative programming and imaginative games. Sat. Event details. Sun. Event details.

Where are you headed out to play this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

––Beth Shea