Carlsbad and SD Weekend Events Aug. 5-7

Your Patch guide to weekend happiness during these dog days of summer.

We’ve reached the “dog days” of summer, where hiding in the cool of your house trumps any outdoor trip. This weekend, though, we’re encouraging you to brave the heat and participate in some outdoor activities in your area. If you just so happen to be allergic to the sun (read: heat), we’ve got some nightly and air-conditioned activities, too.

This weekend in Carlsbad, Aug. 5-7, stay in town for plenty of music, a hilarious comedian and an annual orchid auction. The premiere of a new play over at the New Village Arts Theatre takes place on Saturday, so gather up the family and enjoy some cool (literally) entertainment.

Families with a sweet tooth can head down to Standley Park, near La Jolla, and help construct a giant banana split, and rock music lovers can attend two concerts at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. If you’re up for a day trip, head all the way down south to Chula Vista for all-things lemon.

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  • When/where: , 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, 7 p.m. Friday.
  • Why go: Listen to local talent Joanie Mendenhall sing and tickle the ivories. Price includes some pizza and a beverage to enjoy while you’re entertained.
  • Price: $10.


  • When/where: , 6955 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 8:30 p.m. Friday.
  • Why go: Comedian Geoff Keith is in town, headlining the night’s comedy show.
  • Price: $10.


  • When/where: , 2997 Glasgow Dr., Carlsbad, 6-8 p.m. Friday.
  • Why go: Sam’s Funky Nation brings some New Orleans funk to Carlsbad.
  • Price: Free.


  • When/where: Women’s Club of Carlsbad, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad, 11 a.m. Saturday.
  • Why go: Bid on some gorgeous orchids or just take be nosy and look at the posies.
  • Price: Free.


  • When/where: , 2787 State St., Carlsbad, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.
  • Why go: Go see Ah, Wilderness! and relive the days when you were young and in love.
  • Price: $22-$38.



  • When/where: , 137 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
  • Why go: Share your love of gardening with your child or learn a whole new hobby together.
  • Price: $15 for one adult and child pair; $10 for each additional child.


  • When/where: Standley Park and Recreation Center, 3585 Governor Dr., San Diego, 4 p.m. Saturday.
  • Why go: Play constructor and help build a 650-foot-long banana split. Then, of course, gobble it up.
  • Price: Free.


  • When/where: Del Mar Fairgrounds at Seaside Stage, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, following the race Friday and Saturday.
  • Why go: See The Bravery rock out Friday while alternative rock phenom Weezer keeps you happy on Saturday.
  • Price: The concert is free if you paid race admission; otherwise the cost is $20. Beer tasting is $15.


  • When/where: Third Avenue Village, 353 Third Ave., Chula Vista, 10:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
  • Why go: If you love lemons, this is the place for you. Try various lemony treats, live music and even a pie-eating contest (we hope it’s lemon meringue).
  • Price: Free.


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