The Great American Foodie Fest
Photo courtesy of The Great American Foodie Fest


A lot is made of getting our respective bodies toned, tight and selfie-worthy for the summer. Still, there’s something to be said for just letting go and shamelessly indulging. Sure, we’re the 10th fittest city in the U.S. according to American College of Sports Medicine, but we’re also the city that brought you the weekly craft beer festival. The city that collectively said, “You know what? That carne asada looks awfully lonely in that burrito. I think I’ll add some French fries.” The city with not one, but two different bacon festivals.

So yeah, it makes sense that The Great American Foodie Fest (, which started in Vegas, chose San Diego for its maiden So-Cal festival. Rather than simply cull from the best local restaurants, the event brings in the best restaurants, food trucks and vendors from all over the nation. There are more than 50 food vendors to choose from, including ones featured on The Great Food Truck Race and Chopped. There will also be live entertainment, carnival rides, games, eating competitions and, naturally, a beer garden. Tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door) for unlimited reentry throughout the weekend. It all happens at Qualcomm Stadium (9449 Friars Rd.) from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 8, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 9, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 10.

And since there are three days to choose from when it comes to the Great American Foodie Fest, why not be even more gluttonous and hit up the Cheese and Beer Festival on Saturday, July 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. Held at the Silo in Makers Quarter (753 15th St.), the festival offers unlimited samplings of more than 15 breweries and, well, all cheese everything. Cheese soups, cheese samples, fondues, mac ‘n’ cheese, grilled cheese… You get the idea. Cover bands the Faux Fighters and The Big Lewinsky provide the entertainment, and a portion of the $40 to $60 ticket price goes to Promises2Kids, a local child abuse prevention nonprofit.

Rachel Bloom


There are too many mopey music videos out there—which makes lyrical escapades about dick pics and screwing sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury that much more refreshing. Up-and-coming comedian Rachel Bloom got her start as a YouTube sensation singing about such topics. Her viral videos have appeared on The Onion, Jezebel, Buzzfeed and more sites since. Now, she’s a Golden Globe-winning actress for the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which she created and wrote. She’ll be sharing her twisted wit at The Center of Jewish Culture’s An Evening with Rachel Bloom on Saturday, July 9. As one might assume, the performance isn’t G-rated. Tickets run for $20 to $25 and admission includes a drink voucher for beer or wine. It goes down at 8 p.m. at La Paloma Theatre (471 South Coast Highway 101).

“South Boston, 1982” by Sage Sohier
Photo courtesy of the artist and Joseph Bellows Gallery


Adolescence is a transformative age. Whether you were the star quarterback in high school or spent your formative years wearing black and hiding from the outside world, who you are as a teenager has a profound effect on who you become later in life. This transitional period is explored in The Teen Years, an exhibition of photographs at the Joseph Bellows Gallery (7661 Girard Ave.). The exhibition works as a comprehensive portrait of adolescence over the years and features work from a variety of photographers, going back over the past half century. The subject matter is diverse; portraits of 1970s roller skaters are juxtaposed next to photos of contemporary youth in Italy and teens getting ready for prom night. The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., and runs through Friday, August 26. Admission is free.


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