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Amy Finley | Photo: Bauman Photographers | July 25, 2013
Remember when Labor Day marked the end of summer? Fine, we’re aging ourselves. But as August is the new back-to-school month, we’ve got your ABC’s covered—with art, bikes, and craft brews, that is. Mark your calendars!
1. The San Diego Museum of Art hosts a highbrow sleepover on August 8, the highlight of Summer Break 2013: Double Portraits, ten continuous days of programming (Aug. 1-10) that includes films, lectures, performance art and even a breakdance battle. On the 8th, the Balboa Park museum’s signature Culture & Cocktails kicks off with a conceptual DJ-based installation by Dazzla then parties on—behind-the-scenes tours, games, musical performances and interactive installations keeping the energy high until breakfast and sunrise yoga the next morning. Aug. 1-10, San Diego Museum of Art, sandiegomuseumofart.org
2. Budding Picassos are in the spotlight August 3 when Aventine hosts Art a la Carte at the La Jolla property heretofore better known for dining than drawings. The August installation of the pop-up series features teen artists supported by North County’s ArtHatch, which supports young talent with supplies, mentorships and studio space. Aventine’s restaurant row—Fleming’s, Truluck’s, The Melting Pot and Café Japengo—gets in on the action with summery specials served alfresco. Aug. 3, 5-8pm, Aventine, aventine.com
3. Begun in Bogata, Columbia, more than thirty years ago, CicloSDias—a day of car-free streets (or, at least, a car-free 30th Street)—comes to S.D. August 11. A stretch of more than five miles—in a counterclockwise loop between City Heights, Golden Hill, and North and South Parks—becomes bike lane, offering a vantage on S.D. rarely seen by fast-moving motorists. Another rarified view opens up Aug. 25 when Bike the Bay commandeers the Coronado Bridge. The 25-mile ride that begins and ends at Embarcadero Marina Park South sells out annually, and despite its length, is known as all-levels appropriate and family friendly. Get rolling! Aug. 11, 10am-4pm, ciclosdias.com; Aug. 25, 7am, bikethebay.net
4. In 2010, Mike Hess Brewing became S.D.’s first production nano-brewery. On Aug. 15, it debuts its first tasting room in North Park—3,000-square feet capped with cool catwalks providing a bird’s-eye views of the production floor (plus darts, shuffleboard, and a cannery turning out 6-packs). And while the Grim Street brewery’s fans are legion, three among them—Queenstown Public House in Little Italy, Raglan Public House in OB, and PB’s Bare Back Grill—are helping launch the new facility in style, with a day of specials, tap takeovers and pairings at each of the Kiwi-themed restos. “I’m a Solis Occasus IPA fan,” says PJ Lamont, beer drinker and restaurant partner. “Find it at Bare Back.” Aug. 15, hessbrewing.com/events
5. Formerly a bayfront fixture, for its eighth annual installation ArtWalk moves to Point Loma’s Liberty Station and redubs the two-day alfresco juried art event ArtWalk @NTC. Aug. 24-25, find more than 150 artists, live music performers and a host of food offerings spread out across the historic waterfront grounds of the former Naval Training Station. While you’re there, don’t miss a drop-in at Stone Brewing for a peek at the gorgeous new grounds (30,000-square feet of fountain-splashed outdoor patio space!). Aug. 24-25, Liberty Station, artwalksandiego.org