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San Diego’s top weekend events: Sept. 16-19

Here are the top events happening in San Diego from Thursday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 19:

Thursday, Sept. 16

Gail Roberts “Color Field”

Gail Roberts standing amid her paintings at Quint Gallery.

Gail Roberts standing amid her paintings at Quint Gallery.

(Courtesy of Quint Gallery)

San Diego artist Gail Roberts has a new exhibition at Quint Gallery that makes you feel as if you’re wandering in a field of flowers. “Color Field” is a collection of 128 equally-scaled paintings of the flowers, plants and weeds that surround Roberts’ studio. On view through Nov. 6. Quint Gallery, 7655 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Friday, Sept. 17

15th Annual Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro

This free, three-day event spotlights top women surfers competing in the World Surf League qualifying event. including Carissa Moore(surfing’s first Olympic gold medalist) and Caitlin Simmers (an Oceanside native). There will also be live music and a festival village. Times vary Friday through Sunday , Oceanside Pier;

10th Annual Alley Cat Art Walk

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, an organization that helps people with developmental disabilities, presents its family-friendly art walk. Along with showcasing work from local galleries, studios and museums there will also be fine art shows, food vendors and activity booths. 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Sophie’s Gallery & Gift Shop, 140 E. Main St., El Cajon. Free; (619) 593-2205.

Judy Collins

The singer/songwriter presents a night of contemporary folk standards, with special guest Shay and Co. If you have tickets for the original May performance, or the postponed August date, all tickets will be honored at Friday’s concert. 7:30 p.m. Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, Shelter Island. $55 to $600;

Cinema Under the Stars: “Rear Window”

Alfred Hitchcock’s voyeuristic thriller will screen all weekend at this quaint outdoor theater. The 1954 film stars Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Cinema Under the Stars, 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. $17 to $20;

Nascar Aloe at House of Blues

Metal rapper Nascar Aloe will perform at House of Blues San Diego’s Voodoo Room with grune/goth artist Oddly Shrugs. This is an all-ages show, but those under 18-years-old must be accompanied by a guardian. General admission is standing room-only; VIP upgrade is available. 8 p.m. Friday. House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets are $18 each (excluding fees) online at Live Nation;

Gracie Abrams at SOMA

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Singer Gracie Abrams poses for a portrait in Will Rogers State Park on Monday, July 27, 2020 in LA

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 27: Singer Gracie Abrams poses for a portrait in Will Rogers State Park on Monday, July 27, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. Abrams has just released her first major-label pop record after building an audience on Instagram.

(Dania Maxwell/Los Angeles Times)

Singer-songwriter Gracie Abrams takes the SOMA Sidestage for her “I’ve missed you, I’m sorry” tour, named after her popular single that has more than 60 million streams on Spotify. Abrams, who is the daughter of film director J. J. Abrams, will be accompanied by opening act Forrest Nolan. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday. Masks are required, along with vaccine verification or negative COVID-19 PCR test. SOMA San Diego, 3350 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway District. $35;

San Diego Women’s Film Festival

Support female filmmakers by participating in the 8th Annual San Diego Women’s Film Festival, hosted by the Women’s Museum of California. This year’s festival will feature 22 films and be held virtually. Individual film screenings cost $5 each, or watch all films with a $15 virtual pass. There will also be a three panels available to stream for free, including a Filmmaker Brunch and Award Show held on Sept. 26. Happening virtually. Buy tickets and get more information at or call 619-233-7963.

Saturday, Sept. 18

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and Family Festival

To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 through Oct. 15), Otay Ranch Town Center hosts its annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and Family Festival. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of live music, food, Ballet Folklorico Jalisciense and more. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Otay Ranch Town Center, 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista.

“Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” in concert

Whether or not you’re a fan of Ewoks, you’ll want to check out this screening of 1983‘s “Return of the Jedi” with live accompaniment from the San Diego Symphony. John Williams’ legendary score will be performed as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia battle Darth Vader and the Rebel Alliance. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, downtown. $36 to $120;


Join Las Mamacitas, the female empowerment group, and Channel 933’s Geena the Latina for a day of Q&A panels, meet-and-greets, a braid bar, VIP lounges and activations with popular beauty brands like Sephora and Ulta. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Parkway Plaza, 415 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon. $10;

Mopar Club San Diego’s All-American Car Show

The Mopar Club San Diego is hosting its annual car show to benefit the Wounded Warrior Homes. The free event will feature food vendors, a DJ and awards, including the People’s Choice for the various cars on view. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Road, La Mesa. Free;

Coastal Cleanup Day

Help remove the trash and plastic not just at San Diego beaches, but throughout the county. This year’s event is remote, which means you pick the area you’d like to beautify whether it’s your neighborhood or a location on the Litter Hotspot Map. Register and find details at

Vegan Food Popup

Veggie lovers, get your forks ready for the September edition of Encinitas Vegan Food Popup. After a hiatus, the event returned to the neighborhood earlier this summer and is set to take place every third Saturday. This month, enjoy a wide range of plant-based options from nearly two dozen vendors, such as Rollin Roots, Kula Ice Cream, Gianni’s Pizza, Maya’s Cookies, Mill’d and more. Dogs and kids are welcome at this family-friendly event; free parking is offered at the Coaster lot. Noon to 4 p.m Saturday. e101 Marketplace, 459 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Free;

‘22 & good 4 u’ at Soda Bar

A split image of a blond woman and a brunette woman

Taylor Swift at the 2021 Brit Awards, left, and Olivia Rodrigo at the 2019 D23 Expo.

(JMEnternational for BRIT Awards//Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo stans rejoice: Soda Bar is hosting the ultimate dance party featuring the music of the two beloved pop singers. Dance the night away at this 21-and-up affair, which goes until 2 a.m. Doors open at 9 p.m. Saturday. Masks are required, along with vaccine verification or negative COVID-19 PCR test. Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., Normal Heights. Tickets are available through the app DICE for $27.61;

Sunday, Sept. 19

Sukkot Harvest Festival

Inspired by the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Coastal Roots Farm will have an outdoor community gathering to celebrate the end of an abundant summer harvest and welcome in the fall. There will be farm tours, live music, kids activities and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Coastal Roots Farm, 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas. Free but registration required at

JMSN at Casbah

Alternative/electronic artist Christian Berishaj, better known by his stage name JMSN (pronounced Jameson), will perform at the Casbah alongside opener Malia, a British jazz singer. JMSN’s latest album “Heals Me” was just released on Sept. 3. Saturday’s show is sold out, but tickets are still available for Sunday. 8:30 p.m. Vaccine verification or a negative COVID-19 PCR test, with masks recommended. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Midtown. $20;