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Fun Things to do in San Diego

The editorial team shares some of the most noteworthy events in San Diego over the next few weeks. Check them out below and let us know if there are any you feel we should add to the list. 

 

Between the Buried and Me

Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers Jr., Paul Waggoner, Dustie Waring, Dan Briggs, and Blake Richardson.

Born Of Osiris

Born of Osiris is an American progressive metalcore band formed in 2003 in Palatine, a suburb of Chicago.

Veil Of Maya

Veil of Maya is an American metalcore band, formed in Chicago, Illinois by members Marc Okubo and Sam Applebaum in 2004. They are currently signed to Sumerian Records and have released six studio albums.

Erra

Erra is an American progressive metalcore band from Birmingham, Alabama, formed in 2009. The band was named after the homonymous Akkadian god of war and plague. The band has released three EPs and studio albums to date.

Allegaeon

Allegaeon is an American extreme metal band from Larimer County, Colorado, formed in 2008. They have released one EP and four studio albums.

When
August 13, Monday @ 03:00 PM 

Where
Soma
San Diego, CA

 

Buddy Guy

George “Buddy” Guy is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced eminent guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck and John Mayer.

Jonny Lang

Jon Gordon Langseth Jr., known as Jonny Lang, is an American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist.

When
August 14, Tuesday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

 

ohGr

ohGr is an American industrial band formed by Nivek Ogre and Mark Walk of Skinny Puppy. Early ohGr releases incorporated hip hop and synthpop influences, and in contrast to Skinny Puppy, utilized conventional structures and a lighter tone.

When
August 14, Tuesday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego presented by Cricket Wireless
San Diego, CA

 

Sales

SALES is an American guitar-based pop band from Orlando, Florida. The band’s members are musicians Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih.

When
August 15, Wednesday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Music Box
San Diego, CA

 

Brandi Carlile

Brandi M. Carlile is an American folk rock and Americana singer-songwriter. Born in Ravensdale, Washington, she dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music, teaching herself piano and guitar.

When
August 16, Thursday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

 

Chris Stapleton

Christopher Alvin Stapleton is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Born and raised in Kentucky, Stapleton moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he started a career as a songwriter, contributing to the repertoire of numerous artists.

Marty Stuart

John Marty Stuart is an American country music singer-songwriter, known for both his traditional style, and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country music. In the early 1990s, he had a string of country hits.

Brent Cobb

Brent Cobb is an American country music singer-songwriter and artist. Cobb has released three studio albums and one EP.

When
August 16, Thursday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (Formerly Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Chula Vista, CA

 

Us the Duo

Us the Duo is an American folk pop duo consisting of husband-and-wife Michael and Carissa Alvarado. The duo met in Los Angeles, California, United States, in 2011 on the set of a music video. They married in 2012.

Justin Nozuka

Justin Tokimitsu Nozuka is a Canadian-American singer and songwriter. His debut album Holly has been released in Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States.

When
August 16, Thursday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego presented by Cricket Wireless
San Diego, CA

 

Flora Cash & Cardinal Moon

When
August 16, Thursday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Music Box
San Diego, CA

 

Cam

Cam is an American country music singer and songwriter. Her music incorporates elements taken from contemporary pop music. She began her career as a songwriter, composing material for several artists including Miley Cyrus.

When
August 16, Thursday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Harrah’s Resort SoCal – Dive
Funner, CA

 

Curtis Peoples

When
August 16, Thursday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Tin Roof – San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

Lee Ritenour

Lee Mack Ritenour is an American jazz guitarist. He’s been described as a “flawless” “musical chameleon” by Allmusic. Ritenour has as well won one Grammy with a sum of sixteen nominations.

When
August 17, Friday @ 06:30 PM 

Where
Humphreys Backstage Live
2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

 

Lyfe Jennings

Chester Jermaine “Lyfe” Jennings is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He plays the guitar, bass, and piano which he integrates into his music.

When
August 17, Friday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego presented by Cricket Wireless
San Diego, CA

 

Niall Horan

Niall James Horan is an Irish singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence as a member of the boy band One Direction. In 2010, Horan auditioned as a solo artist for British televised singing competition The X Factor.

Maren Morris

Maren Larae Morris is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. She has released four studio albums. Her 2015 extended play, Maren Morris, charted on two Billboard charts.

When
August 17, Friday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (Formerly Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Chula Vista, CA

 

Mariachi Champaña Nevin

When
August 17, Friday @ 07:30 PM 

Where
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA

 

David Cross

David Cross is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, and writer, known primarily for his stand-up performances, the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show, and his role as Tobias Fünke in the sitcom Arrested Development.

When
August 17, Friday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol are a Northern Irish rock band formed in 1994, consisting of Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn, and Johnny McDaid.

When
August 17, Friday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center
Funner, CA

 

Lee Ritenour

Lee Mack Ritenour is an American jazz guitarist. He’s been described as a “flawless” “musical chameleon” by Allmusic. Ritenour has as well won one Grammy with a sum of sixteen nominations.

When
August 17, Friday @ 08:30 PM 

Where
Humphreys Backstage Live
2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

 

Clairo

Claire Cottrill, better known by her stage name Clairo, is an electropop recording artist from Carlisle, Massachusetts.

When
August 18, Saturday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego presented by Cricket Wireless
San Diego, CA

 

Dispatch

Dispatch is an American indie/roots band. The band consists of Brad Corrigan, Pete Francis Heimbold, and Chad Urmston. The band, which is based in the Boston area, was originally active from 1996 until 2002.

Nahko and Medicine for the People

Nahko and Medicine for the People is an Alternative world music musical collective. The six member group is headed by frontman Nahko Bear.

Scatter Their Own

Scatter Their Own is a Rock duo made of Scotti Clifford and Juliana Brown Eyes. In the Lakota language, the tribe name Oglala translates to “scatter one’s own”, desiring to scatter their Lakota perspective throughout the country.

When
August 18, Saturday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
San Diego, CA

 

Yuridia

Yuridia Francisca Gaxiola Flores is a Mexican singer.

When
August 18, Saturday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego presented by Cricket Wireless
San Diego, CA

 

Don Carlos

Don Carlos a.k.a. Don McCarlos is a Jamaican reggae singer and composer.

When
August 19, Sunday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Harrah’s Resort SoCal – Dive
Funner, CA

 

Charlie Puth

Charles Otto Puth Jr. is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. His initial exposure came through the viral success of his song videos uploaded to YouTube.

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld is an American actress and singer. She made her breakthrough as Mattie Ross in True Grit, for which she was nominated for numerous accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

When
August 20, Monday @ 07:30 PM 

Where
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (Formerly Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Chula Vista, CA

 

AJJ

AJJ is an American folk punk band from Phoenix, Arizona, formed in 2004. The band has been noted for their lyricism, which often covers themes of social anxiety, poverty, humanity, religion, existentialism, and politics.

Kimya Dawson

Kimya Dawson is an American singer-songwriter, best known as a solo performer and as one half of The Moldy Peaches.

Shellshag

Shellshag are an American two piece punk rock band, formed in 1997, that have released records on Don Giovanni Records, Mauled by Tigers, We Are Busy Bodies, Thrillhouse Records, Plan it X South and their own imprint Starcleaner Records.

When
August 20, Monday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999.

Prophets of Rage

Prophets of Rage is an American rap rock supergroup. Formed in 2016, the group consists of three members of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, two members of Public Enemy, and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill.

Three Days Grace

Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997. Based in Toronto, the band’s original line-up consisted of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst.

When
August 21, Tuesday @ 05:30 PM 

Where
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (Formerly Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Chula Vista, CA

 

Jack White

John Anthony White is an American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the duo The White Stripes, but has also had success in other bands and as a solo artist.

When
August 21, Tuesday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

 

Phillip Phillips

Phillip LaDon Phillips Jr. is an American singer and songwriter who won the eleventh season of American Idol on May 23, 2012. His coronation song, “Home,” released after his win, became the all time best selling song from American Idol.

Gavin DeGraw

Gavin Shane DeGraw is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He rose to fame with the single “I Don’t Want to Be” from his debut album Chariot which became the theme song for the television drama series One Tree Hill.

When
August 22, Wednesday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

 

J. Cole

Jermaine Lamarr Cole is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer. Born on a military base in Germany but raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina,[4] Cole initially gained recognition as a rapper following the release of his debut mixtape, The Come Up, in early-2007.

Young Thug

Jeffery Lamar Williams, known professionally as Young Thug, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer.

When
August 22, Wednesday @ 07:30 PM 

Where
Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

 

Erasure

Erasure are an English synthpop duo, consisting of singer and songwriter Andy Bell and songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke. They formed in London in 1985 as part of the club scene. Their debut was single “Who Needs Love Like That”.

When
August 22, Wednesday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall
San Diego, CA

 

Mura Masa

Alex Crossan, also known by the stage name Mura Masa is a Guernsey-born electronic music producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His stage name is taken from Japanese sword-smith Muramasa Sengo.

When
August 22, Wednesday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

Anderson East

Michael Cameron Anderson, known professionally as Anderson East, is an American R&B musician from Athens, Alabama, who currently is based in Nashville, Tennessee.

When
August 23, Thursday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Harrah’s Resort SoCal – Dive
Funner, CA

 

Attila

Attila is an American metalcore band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2005. They have released seven full length albums. Though their original formation was in 2005, the band did not start touring full-time until around 2010.

Suicide Silence

Suicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riverside, California. The band formed in 2002, and has released five full-length studio albums, one EP, and eleven music videos.

Volumes

Volumes is an American progressive metalcore band based in Los Angeles, California. The group consists of guitarist Diego Farias, bassist Raad Soudani, vocalists Gus Farias and Myke Terry, and drummer Nick Ursich.

When
August 23, Thursday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

Rodriguez

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, known professionally as Rodriguez, is an American singer-songwriter from Detroit, Michigan.

When
August 23, Thursday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

 

Katastro

When
August 23, Thursday @ 09:00 PM 

Where
Music Box
San Diego, CA

 

Halestorm

Halestorm is an American rock band from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale, her brother drummer and percussionist Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger, and bassist Josh Smith.

In This Moment

In This Moment is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed by singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth in 2005. They found drummer Jeff Fabb and started the band as Dying Star.

New Years Day

New Years Day is an American rock band formed in 2005 in Anaheim, California. After building a reputation strictly through promotion on the social networking website MySpace, the band released its debut self-titled EP in 2006 and their first full-length album My Dear in 2007.

When
August 24, Friday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center
Funner, CA

 

Rob Zombie

Robert Bartleh Cummings, known professionaly as Rob Zombie, is an American musician, filmmaker and screenwriter. Zombie rose to fame as a founding member of the heavy metal band White Zombie, releasing four studio albums with the band.

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson is an American rock band formed by namesake lead singer Marilyn Manson and guitarist Daisy Berkowitz in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1989.

Deadly Apples

Deadly Apples is a Canadian rock act, founded in 2002 by Alex Martel in Montreal, Quebec. Martel is the only original member of Deadly Apples and serves as its frontman along with bandmates Antoine Lamothe, Daniel Pelletier and Raul.

When
August 24, Friday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (Formerly Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Chula Vista, CA

 

David Zinman

David Zinman is an American conductor and violinist.

When
August 24, Friday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Balboa Theatre
868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA

 

The Fab Four

The Fab Four is a California-based tribute band paying homage to The Beatles. Founded in 1997 by Ron McNeil, John Lennon impersonator and President of The Fab Four Corp, the group began performing Beatles music throughout Southern California.

When
August 24, Friday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

 

The Frights

The Frights are an American surf punk band consisting of Mikey Carnevale, Richard Dotson, Marc Finn, and Jordan Clark.

When
August 24, Friday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

Pat Kelly

Pat Kelly is a reggae singer whose career began in the late 1960s.

When
August 24, Friday @ 09:00 PM 

Where
The Merrow
San Diego, CA

 

Elisia Savoca

When
August 25, Saturday @ 06:30 PM 

Where
Soma
San Diego, CA

 

Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The group is composed of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood.

Darius Rucker

Darius Carlos Rucker is an American singer and songwriter.

Russell Dickerson

Russell Dickerson is an American country and pop music singer-songwriter from Union City, Tennessee. He earned a degree in music from Belmont University and signed with Creative Artists Agency in 2010.

When
August 25, Saturday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (Formerly Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Chula Vista, CA

 

Punch Brothers

Punch Brothers is an American band consisting of Chris Thile, Gabe Witcher, Noam Pikelny, Chris Eldridge, and Paul Kowert.

When
August 25, Saturday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

Shaila Dúrcal

Shaila Dúrcal is a Spanish Grammy nominated singer-songwriter. Her parents are singers Rocío Dúrcal and Antonio “Junior” Morales.

When
August 25, Saturday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Balboa Theatre
868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA

 

George Benson

George Benson is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He began his professional career at the age of 21 as a jazz guitarist. Benson uses a rest-stroke picking technique similar to that of gypsy jazz players such as Django Reinhardt.

When
August 26, Sunday @ 07:30 PM 

Where
Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

 

Cyndi Lauper

Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper is an American singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT rights activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years.

When
August 26, Sunday @ 07:30 PM 

Where
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (Formerly Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Chula Vista, CA

 

HIRIE

When
August 26, Sunday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Harrah’s Resort SoCal – Dive
Funner, CA

 

Jon Anderson

John Roy Anderson, known professionally as Jon Anderson, is a British-American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist best known as the lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes, which he co-founded in 1968 with bassist Chris Squire.

Trevor Rabin

Trevor Charles Rabin is a South African musician, singer-songwriter, producer, and film composer. Born into a musical family and raised in Johannesburg, Rabin took up the piano and guitar at an early age and became a session musician, playing and producing with a variety of artists.

Rick Wakeman

Richard Christopher “Rick” Wakeman is an English keyboardist, songwriter, television and radio presenter, and author.

When
August 27, Monday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

 

Peter Frampton

Peter Kenneth Frampton is a British rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist. He was previously associated with the bands Humble Pie and The Herd.

When
August 29, Wednesday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center
Funner, CA

 

The Exploited

The Exploited are a Scottish punk rock band from Edinburgh, Scotland, formed in 1979, in Edinburgh by Stevie Ross and Terry Buchan and later by ex-soldier Wattie Buchan.

U.S. Bombs

U.S. Bombs are an American punk rock band, formed in 1993 in Orange County, CA by Duane Peters and Kerry Martinez.

D.I.

D.I. is a Southern California punk band featuring ex-Adolescents and Social Distortion drummer Casey Royer on vocals. Royer formed the band with Rikk Agnew, after they left the original lineup of Social Distortion.

Total Chaos

Total Chaos is an American hardcore punk band from Pomona, California, formed in 1989.

When
August 29, Wednesday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

Tyrone Wells

Tyrone Wells is an American singer/songwriter from Spokane, Washington.

When
August 29, Wednesday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Music Box
San Diego, CA

 

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2003. As of 2018, Parkway Drive has released six full-length albums, one EP, two DVDs, a split album and one book, titled Ten Years of Parkway Drive.

August Burns Red

August Burns Red is an American metalcore band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania formed in 2003.

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada is an American Christian metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio, formed in 2005. It consists of members Mike Hranica, Jeremy DePoyster, Kyle Sipress, and Andy Trick.

When
August 30, Thursday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
Soma
San Diego, CA

 

Inspector

The band Inspector fuses classic Jamaican rhythms with the feel of Mexican pop. Their style is a blend of ska, reggae, nostalgia for the 1960s rock-n-roll and the great romantic groups of the 1970s, in addition a romantic style of their own.

When
August 30, Thursday @ 08:00 PM 

Where
Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA

 

Goldfinger

Goldfinger is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1994.

Buck-O-Nine

Buck-O-Nine is an American ska punk band which was formed in San Diego in 1991. The band has toured internationally and released several albums and EPs, as well as appearing on compilations and film soundtracks.

The Suicide Machines

The Suicide Machines are an American punk rock band formed in March 1991 in Detroit, Michigan and disbanded in May 2006. Since 2009, the band has occasionally played reunion shows.

Suburban Legends

Suburban Legends are an American ska punk band that formed in Huntington Beach, California, in 1998 and later based themselves in nearby Santa Ana.

When
August 31, Friday @ 06:30 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego presented by Cricket Wireless
San Diego, CA

 

A Flock Of Seagulls

A Flock of Seagulls are an English new wave and synth-pop band originally formed in 1980 in Liverpool by Michael “Mike” Score and his brother Alister “Ali” James Score (drums), with their most famous line-up consisting of the Score brothers along with Francis Lee “Frank” Maudsley (bass) and Paul Reynolds (guitar).

Wang Chung

Wang Chung are a British new wave musical group formed in 1980. The name Wang Chung means “yellow bell” in Chinese, and is the first note in the Chinese classical music scale.

Dramarama

Dramarama is a New Jersey Shore-based alternative rock/power pop band who later moved to Los Angeles. The band was formed in New Jersey in 1982 and disbanded in 1994.

Men Without Hats

Men Without Hats are a Canadian new wave/synthpop group, originally from Montreal, Quebec.

When
August 31, Friday @ 06:30 PM 

Where
Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA

 

Dylan Gardner

Dylan Gardner is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and musician from Plainfield, IL. He has released two albums, Adventures in Real Time, and Almost Real.

When
August 31, Friday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
House of Blues San Diego presented by Cricket Wireless
San Diego, CA

 

Evanescence

Evanescence is an American goth rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1995 by singer and pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her eponymous YouTube channel, which she created in 2007.

When
August 31, Friday @ 07:00 PM 

Where
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (Formerly Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Chula Vista, CA

 

Norm Macdonald

Norman Gene Macdonald is a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actor. He is known for his five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, which included anchoring Weekend Update for three years.

Colin Quinn

Colin Edward Quinn is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer.

When
August 31, Friday @ 09:00 PM 

Where
Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center
Funner, CA

 

Collie Buddz

Colin Patrick Harper, better known by his stage name Collie Buddz, is an American/Bermudian reggae artist best known for his single “Come Around”. Although born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he was raised in Bermuda.

When
August 31, Friday @ 09:30 PM 

Where
Music Box
San Diego, CA

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