June 1 2015 05:20 PM

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

Art Around Adams
Photo by Adam Rosen


Neighborhoods like North Park and Little Italy have a lot of cultural cachet, along with an arts event, walk or festival seemingly every other week. This means neighborhoods like Kensington and Normal Heights can be overlooked, but the burghs along Adams Avenue are filled with some great indie galleries, boutiques and eateries. That's why we love the annual Art Around Adams event. For 12 years, a two-mile stretch along Adams is turned into a hodgepodge of art openings, concerts, foodie happenings and cultural performances. 

"The idea is to create a sort of dual discovery for people attending the event; finding new, cool businesses through their desire to discover new art," says Adam Rosen, who's been organizing Art Around Adams for the past eight years. "That said, I think that the diversity of attractions really sets it apart. It is not a typical vendor-heavy street fair that we see all too often."

Can't say we disagree. There will be literally hundreds of performers in 17 performance areas all along Adams, from Oregon Street in Normal Heights to Vista Street in Kensington. More than 100 artists will display their work at dozens of "impromptu galleries." There will also be dozens of bands performing, semi-pro wrestling from Super Awesome Showdown and a highly entertaining kidís zone area. The Inslider food truck will be on hand for hungry folks, and there'll be specials on food and drinks at neighboring bars and eateries. And don't worry about hoofing it. There will be bike valets in select locations courtesy of Brooklyn Bicycles, as well as a "Comedy Trolley" service that will shuttle patrons around while a stand-up comedian performs. It all takes place Saturday, June 6, from noon to 8 p.m. 

Art of Élan's Crossfire
Photo by William Zauscher


For more than seven years, nonprofit music organization Art of Élan has been all about exposing new audiences to classical chamber music in unique venues. For their annual Crossfire series, Élan takes a mini-orchestra and combines it with decidedly non-orchestral musicians for a night of musical cross-pollination. For the latest show on Thursday, June 4, at The Glashaus in Barrio Logan (1815 Main St.), patrons can watch local multi-instrumentalist John Mailander and friends as they mix in elements of bluegrass and folk, resulting in a one-of-a-kind musical cocktail of banjos, mandolins, violins and cellos. The event begins at 6:15 p.m. with cocktails and food trucks. After checking out the artist studios, enjoy the concert, but stick around for an after-party with the musicians. Tickets are $15 for general admission and include one drink, or $30 if you want a seat.

San Diego County Fair
Photo courtesy of the San Diego County Fair


It's time again to ride some rides, play some games and, best of all, stuff your face with a bizarre variety of deep-fried food. But wait! Is that batter-soaked, peanut-butter-filled pickle organic? This year's San Diego County Fair features a Farm to Table Dinner at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, which includes craft beer paired with arty courses such as crystallized basil and deconstructed bruschetta. And that's just one event in a hip lineup for the annual food, music, rides and everything-in-between shindig at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd). Kicking off Friday, June 5, the fair runs through Sunday, July 5. Tickets range from free for kids under 6, to between $8 and $15 for everyone else. 

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