Anyone who lives around or frequents 30th Street, from Logan Heights to North Park, knows all the cool stuff the corridor has to offer and how difficult it can be to enjoy it, thanks to traffic and parking issues.
CicloSDias looks to change that. Modeled after Ciclovia in Bogotá, Colombia, in which the city closes certain main streets to cars every Sunday to alleviate congestion, CicloSDias will do the same by closing down a main section of town for bicyclist and pedestrian use from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11.
Starting at 30th and K streets in Grant Hill, cyclists and pedestrians will have complete control of 30th through Golden Hill and South Park and into North Park. At North Park Way, the route heads east for a block, then doubles back on Ray Street south to Landis Street. From there, it heads east, crosses Interstate 805, veers northeast on Swift Avenue to Wightman Street and finishes at Cherokee Point Elementary School in City Heights. Fern Street from Ash to Juniper in South Park will also be closed to motorists. That's 5.2 miles of completely car-free city to explore by bike, foot or skateboard.
The event is part of Mayor Bob Filner's goal to make San Diego the bike-riding capital of the United States.
"It's about quality of life and livability for all San Diegans," says Ed Clancy, programs manager for the city of San Diego's bicycle initiatives. "That means neighbors and neighborhoods can see their communities in ways they have never been able to before because people will be going at such a low pace. You don't get a true sense of what the vibe of a neighborhood is from a car. If you're walking or biking or strolling, you get a sensation of these neighborhoods and what they have to offer."
Businesses along the CicloSDias route will offer special programming, and musicians are encouraged to show up along the route and offer unplugged entertainment— no permits or permission necessary.
To warm up for the main event, there will be mini CicloSDias events happening monthly. Go to ciclosdias.com for the dates.
This summer will bring even more fun events to the city. Below are some that we're especially excited about.
San Diego Surf Film Festival at Bird's Surf Shed, 1091 W. Morena Blvd., Bay Park. Ever since the film The Endless Summer made, um, waves with its photogenic portrayal of surfing, filmmakers and photographers have flocked to the beach in hopes of capturing the sport in all its elegance. Now in its second year, the San Diego Surf Film Festival will present 35 international and local films, in addition to raging after-parties and a live music series at The Griffin. Wednesday, May 8, through Saturday, May 11. sandiegosurffilmfestival.com
Greek Festival at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 3655 Park Blvd., Hillcrest. Go for the food; stay for the entertainment. This annual festival's earned an almost cult-like status for its delicious eats, homemade by church members—they even set up committees to make sure that traditional Greek faves, like spanakopita and moussaka, are made by the best of the best. From 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 7; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 8; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 9. $3. sdgreekfestival.com
Allied Craftsmen Today at Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park. Two years ago, the Mingei exhibited works by San Diego's original Allied Craftsmen, a group of artisans who helped define Southern California's midcentury art scene. Allied Craftsmen Today looks at what current members are up to and features works by more than three-dozen, including Arline Fisch, Joe Nyiri, Eric Gronborg and Matthew Hebert. Opens Saturday, June 15. On view through Jan. 15, 2014. mingei.org
Art Illustrated: Celebrating Comic Art at California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Opening well ahead of that other big comic-art event, this one will feature more than 200 pieces of work from nationally syndicated comic strips, classic comic books and iconic artists like Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein and Donghyun Son, plus some rare Dr. Seuss pieces. Opens Thursday, June 20. On view through July 28. artcenter.org
Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival at Liberty Station, Barracks 16, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma. Does this event even need a description? It's wine, cheese and chocolate, people! The Women's Museum of California's annual fundraiser brings together more than 50 wine, cheese and chocolate makers, plus the "Queen of Boogie Woogie," Sue Palmer, to set the mood. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 21. $35-$50. womensmuseumca.org
Kendrick Lamar at San Diego County Fair, Heineken Grandstand Stage. One of the dudes responsible for reinventing West Coast rap, Lamar garnered critical acclaim last year for his epic album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, in which he used nuanced rhymes and dope beats to explore his Compton upbringing and the intensity of gang life. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28. $21-$50. sdfair.com
Arnold Newman: Masterclass at the San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park. You might not know Arnold Newman's name, but you've definitely seen his photography, like his 1962 portrait of a slightly haggard Marilyn Monroe or his shot of Truman Capote lounging on a sofa, wearing a coat and hat but no pants. This exhibition features 200 of Newman's photographs, ranging from his early street photography to his more well-known portraits. Opens Saturday, June 29. On view through Sept. 8. sdmart.org
Fringe Festival at various venues in Downtown San Diego. Are you ready to get freaky? Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festivals have popped up all over the world as a way to showcase eclectic and avant-garde art. This year marks San Diego's inaugural foray into Fringe, which will feature live comedy, dramatic performances, film and every other art form that doesn't fit into the norm. Monday, July 1, through Sunday, July 7. $10 per performance. sdfringe.org
TNT: Chromatic at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 1100 Kettner Blvd., Downtown The museum's ongoing music-and-art party, Thursday Night Thing, returns to celebrate the opening of the sculptural exhibition, Liza Lou: Colorfield. Sip on a tasty cocktail or craft beer in the plaza and mess around at the art-activities table, or just stand there looking cool as a band jams on the stage. If you want to check out the exhibitions, docents will lead tours. From 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday July, 11. $8-$10. mcasd.org
Sideways at La Jolla Playhouse, 2910, La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. Author Rex Pickett has turned his 2004 novel, which was adapted for a 2004 film that won several Oscars, into a play. You remember: It's about two middle-age dudes—a schoolteacher and an actor—who embark on a jaunt to Santa Barbara wine country and get tangled up with a couple of local women. The play will be directed by Des McAnuff (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots). Runs July 16 through Aug. 18. lajollaplayhouse.org
The Postal Service at SDSU Open Air Theatre, 5500 Campanile Drive, College Area. Just in time for the 10th-anniversary reissue of their electro-pop classic, Give Up, the recently reunited duo will make indie kids swoon once more with hits like "Such Great Heights" and "Clark Gable," which sound even cuter today than they did in 2003. Big Freedia and Baths will open. At 6 p.m. Sunday, July 21. $19.50-$45. as.sdsu.edu/viejas_arena/oat.html
Double Indemnity at The Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park. Another book that became a film and then a play, this one's an adaptation of the 1943 crime-noir novel by James M. Cain about an insurance agent who gets seduced and snookered by a luscious married woman who aims to rid herself of her husband and pocket a wad life-insurance cash. Runs July 27 through Aug. 25. oldglobe.org
Summer Break at San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park. For the last three years, SDMA's put on something called the "Summer Salon Series," where throughout the summer, they'd host artists, musicians and scholars for evening events focused on a provocative theme. This year, the series morphs into "Summer Break," wherein, for 10 days straight, programming will be centered around the museum's exhibition of Arnold Newman's photographs. The full schedule's not yet been posted, but with SDMA's Andrew Jarman and Amy Galpin at the helm, we know this'll be good. Thursday, Aug. 1, through Saturday, Aug. 10. sdmart.org
Flicks on the Bricks at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. Outdoor summer films are awesome. Outdoor summer films + wine are awesomer. The Atheneaum's popular summer film series returns for its seventh year, featuring four films on four consecutive Thursdays: The Big Sleep, Rear Window, Cinema Paradiso and The Big Easy. Each screening's "paired" with wine. At 7:30 p.m. Thursdays Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 22. $17 per film, $80 for the series. ljathenaeum.org
John Antoski at Subtext Gallery, 2479 Kettner Blvd. in Little Italy. After popping up in various group exhibitions, Antoski's finally getting his own solo show at Subtext. The artist, whose bright, whimsical work (johnantoski.com) has appeared on CityBeat's cover, will showcase a collection of new pieces. The exhibition opens from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. On view through Sept. 1. subtextgallery.com
Enron at Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Rolando. If you pay close attention to local politics, you know that San Diego was once called Enron-by-the-Sea. Moxie Theatre's working on a stylized version of the real thing with Lucy Prebble's offbeat theatrical take on the Houston corporation's criminal shell games of the 1990s. It's a little bit documentary, a lot satire, and it was a smash hit in London. Runs Aug. 3 through 25. moxietheatre.com
D'Angelo at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive. Taking the R&B of Marvin Gaye and Prince to new levels of amazingness, this neo-soul visionary has a voice that's as powerful as his muscles are rippling. Critics and fans are understandably stoked that, after a 13-year wait, he's finally planning to drop a new album this year. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. $95- $330. humphreysconcerts.com
Silent Movie Night at Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. When the heat of late-summer days becomes unbearable— and nighttime offers the only respite— there are few activities more enjoyable than watching a movie under the stars. Renowned organist Dennis James will provide the soundtrack for silent classic The Eagle, starring Golden Age star Rudolph Valentino as a masked outlaw. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. sosorgan.org
Matt Costa @ Green Flash Concerts at Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. Costa's dreamy, reverb-drenched music transcends standard singer / songwriter fare and is reminiscent of '60s icons like Nick Drake with some hints of more modern influences like Belle & Sebastian. Bottom line: Ideal tunes to take in at an outdoor, sunset concert. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. $29. aquarium.ucsd.edu
Mario Puruchetti at Madison Gallery, 1020 Prospect St., La Jolla. There's a subversive quality to Puruchetti's bright, shiny sculptures, like his diamond-encrusted toilet paper titled "Because You're Worth It." The Power of Love showcases his "jellys"— bright-colored urethane resin sculpted into smiling, pudgy figurines that you almost wish were big pieces of candy. It'll be Puruchetti's first solo show in the U.S. Opening from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. On view through Sept. 25. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more events, download our summer calendar.