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🏎️ Let’s roll, SD
SD Cruisin Grand Escondido
Cruisin’ Grand returns to downtown Escondido every Friday, June 9-Sept. 29, 2023. | Photo via @cruisin_grand
Gearheads, park it here. San Diego County is home to many cool car shows, some of which are revving up for their 2023 season. Let’s cruise through a few wheely fun, free gatherings.

Cajon Classic Cruise, Downtown El Cajon

Beep, beep. This show sets up shop at Magnolia and Main streets every Wednesday through October, 5-7:30 p.m. Attendees can expect themes — like Semi-Truck Night on June 14, Convertible Night on July 19, VW Mania on Aug. 23, and Mustangs Madness on Sept. 6.

SD La Mesa Classic Car Show

The La Mesa Classic Car Show 2023 runs every Thursday, June 1-Aug. 31.

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Photo via CeCe Canton

La Mesa Classic Car Show, Downtown La Mesa

This La Mesa Village staple rolls back onto La Mesa Boulevard (between Fourth and Spring streets) every Thursday, 5-8 p.m., from June 1-Aug. 31. The show features pre-1974 vehicles — plus live bands performing on Third Street.

Cruisin’ Grand, Downtown Escondido

This North County favorite gears up on June 9, and runs Fridays through Sept. 29, 4-9 p.m. The show invites pre-1974, American-made classics, customs, vintage, muscle, and hot rods to proudly park along West Grand Avenue for a real community vibe.

SD La Mesa Classic Car Show

The music stage on Third Street at the La Mesa Classic Car Show

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Photo via La Mesa Village Association

Encinitas Cruise Night, Downtown Encinitas

This showcase takes place along South Coast Highway 101 monthly on Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The next shows are on June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, and Sept. 21.

Hillcrest Classic Car Show, Hillcrest

This event takes place on the third Saturday each month, 1-3:30 p.m., at Pride Plaza on Normal Street. Expect to see at least 20 collectors.

Cars & Coffee, Balboa Park

The San Diego Automotive Museum hosts this meetup in its parking lot on the third Sunday of each month, 7:30-9 a.m. Check out dozens of cars — all years, makes, models, and styles — while the museum provides donuts and coffee. Pro tip: enjoy $10 museum admission before 10 a.m.
 
Events
 
Tuesday, May 23
  • Lunchtime Concert | Tuesday, May 23 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla | Free | Bring your lunch and enjoy a free concert in the courtyard featuring local classical musicians.
  • Pacific Beach Farmers Market | Tuesday, May 23 | 2-6 p.m. | 901 Hornblend St., San Diego | Free | Fresh food, art, and ocean air are calling.
  • Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminars | Tuesday, May 23 | 6 p.m. | The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego | Free | An hour before curtain time, this seminar features artists engaging patrons in an informal presentation of ideas to enhance the theatergoing experience.
  • Little Stranger | Tuesday, May 23 | 7 p.m. | House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego | $54 | The band brings their melodic hip-hop sounds to the stage with their “Cool Kids” tour.
Wednesday, May 24
  • Jonnae Thompson | Wednesday, May 24 | 7-10 p.m. | GoodBar, 1872 Rosecrans St., San Diego | $10-$15 | This GoodJokes Comedy Show features the San Diego-born comedian and actress.
Thursday, May 25
  • Lizzo with Latto, DJ Sophia Eris | Thursday, May 25 | 8 p.m. | Viejas Arena, 5500 Canyon Crest Dr., San Diego | $120-$1,031 | Oh, it’s about damn time: Lizzo, Latto, and DJ Sophia Eris bring the fierce to SD.
  • Head Over Heels | Thursday, May 25 | 7-9 p.m. | Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., San Diego | $20-$65 | In this Broadway musical fairytale, Once Upon a Time crashes into present day — told with music by The Go-Go’s.
  • Quinn XCII | Thursday, May 25 | 7:30 p.m. | Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego | $30-$250 | The Detroit-born singer-songwriter performs.
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News Notes
 

Open
  • Mexico City’s popular seafood restaurant, Fisher’s, is now open at 555 W. Beech St. in Little Italy. The 8,700-sqft location is the brand’s first venture into the US; Eater San Diego reports that much of the seafood will be sourced from Baja and local waters. It’s open daily at 11 a.m. (Eater San Diego)
  • Carlsbad-headquartered sportswear brand ASRV has opened a store at Westfield UTC, adjacent to Raised by Wolves and La Colombe Coffee Roasters. There, shoppers will find the company’s high-performance training shorts with built-in compression liners, cargo joggers, odor-resistant shirts, and more.
Family
  • Night owls, this one’s for hoo (hoo, hoo). The San Diego Zoo’s seasonal Nighttime Zoo kicks off this Friday, May 26, through Labor Day with special entertainment and extended hours. Expect shows like “Call of the Night” and “Africa Beat,” plus the “Jambo Dunia!” parade included with zoo admission.
  • Birch Aquarium is also extending its hours this summer — it’ll be open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on most days Sunday, May 28, through Labor Day. The facility will also bring back its animal feedings on select days, and visitors ages 8+ can purchase a new behind-the-scenes tour with a Giant Pacific Octopus.
Sports
  • With a fractured left hand, Manny Machado has officially been placed on the injured list. His earliest possible return to the field could be this Friday, May 26, depending on how quickly he heals. The Padres are currently No. 4 in the National League West standings. (MLB.com)
  • Pumped about the MLS team coming to San Diego in 2025? Us too. We want to hear your ideas for a team name and team colors — it’s never too early to start rooting for the home team.
Arts
  • The San Diego Automotive Museum has debuted a new military-themed exhibit, “Salute to San Diego’s Troops.” The display features a 1942 Willys MB Jeep donated by a US Navy veteran, and a 1985 Humvee on loan from Camp Pendleton. See the vehicles near the entrance, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Concert
  • We recently shared 10 free summer concert series happening across San Diego County — and we’ve got an encore. InterContinental San Diego will run its free Saturday music series at its rooftop bar, Layover, May 27-Sept. 2. The lineup includes Jonny Tarr, the Bruno Serrano Trio, Johnny Martin, and more.
Active
  • Contemplating an e-bike purchase? Upway — the No. 1 certified e-bike provider — sells top-quality electric bikes up to 60% cheaper than retail. Shop top e-bike brands in new or like-new condition. Bonus: Your bike will ship right to your door, so you can immediately experience the sheer joy of effortless travel.*
 
Festival
 
🎶 Let’s hear it for North Park
SD North Park Music Fest
A snapshot of the inaugural event in 2022. | Photo via North Park Music Fest
Hit it, North Park.

The North Park Music Fest will slide into the North Park Mini-Park this Saturday, May 27, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, May 28, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The all-ages street fair will feature live music, art, interactive activities (think magicians, photo booths, stilt walkers), craft beer, and 15+ food vendors.

Organizers say attendees can expect three stages showcasing performances across genres — from indie and pop rock, to hip-hop, blues, and jazz.

Tickets range from $45-$60; if you opt for the 2-day pass, you get a commemorative festival mug and access to special concerts throughout North Park on Friday, May 26.

Proceeds will support North Park Main Street, the nonprofit that works to develop and promote the community’s small business district and arts scene.
 
The Wrap
 
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From the editor
Let’s go, SD, let’s go.

I’m still cheering after last week’s MLS expansion news — wondering what our city’s team name and colors will be. As a San Diegan, I felt a lot of hope during the announcement at Snapdragon Stadium. It’s exciting to know our city will be in the major league limelight, especially after a certain franchise from a certain other sport decided to bolt a few years ago.
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