San Diego Weekend Guide: May 21-23 – Outdoor Stages

Get a glimpse of a new San Diego venue via stream – the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, with a backdrop of the downtown waterfront. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Dance, dance, dance, dance. (Old-school trivia: This is from what song?)

Anyway, we digress. This San Diego weekend, enjoy two in-person dance performances – not disco though (trivia hint!) – a notable first, a film festival and one happy return.

That would be the New Children’s Museum, which re-opens at 9 a.m. Friday. The venue will open in phases, with three-hour morning and afternoon blocks Fridays Saturdays and Sundays. Look for a new “outdoor experience” at the museum park near Island Avenue too.

The GI Film Festival San Diego, with military-themed features and shorts, continues virtually through Sunday. Festival organizers lined up 38 films representing a variety of military experiences, from women and Blacks in the service to growth following post-traumatic stress to historical depictions of conflicts. Watch screenings live or on demand for $10 each or $40 for a five-show pass.

San Diego Dance Theater returns to in-person dance at the “Dance Is in the Air Festival” at the new outdoor stage at Arts District Liberty Station on the South Promenade. The theater presents “Other Times, Other Places,” at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The festival continues through June with performances by festival partners Malashock Dance and the San Diego Ballet. Tickets cost $30.