The Cali Life by
LOCAL PHOTOG GREG CALI
Wrench & Rodent
October & November
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Big Fish, Cinematics
& Studio West
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the center of Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District.
Virgin Fest, the musical festival face for Richard Branson’s Virgin brand, will include
both KAABOO Cayman and KAABOO Texas as well as the newly re-named
KAABOO San Diego and states it will not be rebranded, and is an expansion for
the KAABOO brand.
The KAABOO Del Mar edition closed-out its three-day festival with a full moon
rising, over a Friday the 13th weekend, with an all-star lineup which included
Mumford & Sons, Maren Morris, Kings of Leon, Silversun Pickups, Duran Duran,
Snoop Dogg and the Wu Tang Clan, Black Eyed Peas, Boys II Men, Dave
Matthews Band, Xavier Rudd, Colbie Caillat, as well as performances by Cash,
Cheat Codes, One Republic, Alec Benjamin, Sublime with Rome, and San Diego’s
own Switchfoot. A special live performance by actor Kevin Bacon and his
brothers’ new band, The Bacon Brothers and more!
Comedians Wayne Brady, Tom Green, Bob Saget, and Kevin Smith performed
for private viewings on the HUMOR ME stage. This marked the second consecutive
year that the event has been sold-out days in advance with over 35,000
patrons visiting each day.
D E L M A R
By: Michael Drentea
KAABOO Del Mar, the upscale Southern California music festival celebrated its
fifth and final year in Del Mar this past September 13 through Sept. 15. Days
later founders Bryan Gordon and Seth Wolkov announced they sold the music
festival and 100% of its assets to Virgin Fest, which was brokered by Latham &
Watkins, a Los Angeles-based law firm, through Virgin Fest CEO Jason Felts for
an undisclosed amount. As KAABOO enters a new multi-year partnership with
the San Diego Padres, and changes its name from KAABOO Del Mar to KAABOO
San Diego, it will take its venue in 2020 from North County to Petco Park and
Park Hill project representatives The Rza, The Gza, Method Man, Raekwon The
Chef, and the Ghostface Killah from the Grammy nominated New York based
rap group, the Wu Tang Clan is on tour celebrating their 25th commemorative
anniversary of their 1993 debut album “36 Chambers” bringing former Wu
Photo: Alive Coverage
Photo: Rocio Guzman
BLACK EYED PEAS
Photo: Michael Drentea
Photo: Michael Drentea
Photo: Michael Drentea
Tang Clan member the late, Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s firstborn son, Young Dirty
Bastard on tour with the group for the first time. The group is also promoting
their new film, “Wu -Tang: An American Saga” in theaters September
2019 and shown on HULU.
Sublime performed with singer Rome Ramirez, who lived in San Diego
County for a moment in both the communities of Fallbrook and Oceanside
who had plenty of local support from both family and friends.
R&B band Boyz II Men performed for the first time ever in front of an audience
with live instruments, and both the Black Eyed Peas and Duran Duran
announced new female band members, making for some cool music history
at KAABOO Del Mar’s last year, with another sell-out performance, and an
incredible sunset backdrop and great energy!
By: Lucia Viti
Davin Waite is a foodie. But not just any foodie. The culinary talent
has been dubbed one of the “top five best chefs” by food critics
within America’s Finest City.
The owner of Oceanside’s Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub, and
self-described scrappy, irreverent, mad scientist “manipulates flavors”
of seafood, vegetables and plants in ways noted as “pretty
While sidestepping the norm by “learning the rules to break the
rules,” Waite’s Japanese-based cuisine is steeped in tradition. And
this he humbly admits, is the secret to his success.
“Honest” dishes, replete with local and sustainably sourced products,
showcase the “perfect balance” of nutritional delights. The
entire fish is used. Nothing is ever wasted.
“I didn’t invent zero waste, the peasants did,” said the Oceanside
resident. “Real food technique isn’t about taking credit for how nature
works. It’s about honesty and balance; the blending of ingredients
that enhance, not overshadow flavors. It’s my job to make food
taste good without hiding it behind multiple components.”
A diverse menu of 15 different fish along with veggies and plants
that are “good for people,” serve as Waite’s blueprint for the preservation
of the species and the humans consuming them.
S E A B A S S T R O P U B
“Eating the same fish threatens the species,” he said. “Yeah, we
slip in a little tuna, but we encourage eating fish that often gets
overlooked. And we add plants and vegetables to cut back on the
amount of fish consumed. We encourage eating everything we kill
– to enjoy the variety of new and different – so we can kill less.
“Bigger fast-food restaurants are killing customers with poisonous
food and killing customers makes no sense,” he continued. “Nutrition
that keeps customers alive is a much better business model.”
Relationships, “linked together by a chain of events with love attached
to every link,”
underscore the unusual, un-heard of and eccentric seafood and
vegan fare. Almost everything is sourced locally from the many
North County farms “hidden in plain sight.”
“You can’t beat knowing the farmers who grow our veggies and the
people who catch our fish,” he said. “Purchasing locally is more
expensive but it has many benefits, not the least of which is taste.”
While Waite’s “investment in food and cooking began when I could
reach the stove,” his arrival into the Japanese food culture was
“sheer dumb luck.”
“I applied at a Carlsbad sushi restaurant to be a server,” he said.
“I was told to go home, shower, shave, clip my nails and come back
to make sushi. I made 100 California rolls that night and fell in love
with the rush of restaurant life.
“But back then your average, middle-class kid didn’t tell his super-
educated English parents, including a physicist-scientist dad, ‘I
want to be a cook.’ So, I attended college in Santa Barbara fooling
myself into believing that I would become a psychologist. Halfway
through I admitted that I wanted to become a sushi chef.”
Culinary school was replaced by the university of hands-on, hard
knocks, “insane” learning as Waite trained at the Ichiban in Santa
Barbara under Chef Hiro.
San Diego’s Café Japango became Waite’s next goal. Described as
the place to be, the “roaring 20s of the sushi-era,” Waite pestered
Japengo’s boss, “walking a fine line between showing enthusiasm
and bugging the #$% out of him until he hired me.”
Hired “on the bottom as a rice boy,” days began at 6:30 AM, cooking
rice back-to-back, a feat that wasn’t taken lightly.
“If I screwed up a batch of rice, I didn’t just take crap from the
head chef, I also ruined the night for12 elite sushi chefs,” he said,
“Making good sushi rice takes practice. It’s a formula, not a secret
Waite riced his way to appetizers before settling into the sushi bar,
learning the “line between the kitchen and the sushi bar which
didn’t get crossed.” Following sage advice from a mentor, he
learned “how to cook” while observing the art of everything sushi.
“That’s the way it should be,” he said. “Food is food. A chef is a
chef. We all have specialties, but even a brain surgeon has to go to
medical school first.”
The “gnarly, hardcore, tough-love,” Japengo nights became Waite’s study of
volume, repetition and flavor combinations.
The Fish Joint became Waite’s next “good run” followed by his own pop-up sushi
bar – the Wrench & Rodent Seasbasstropub – in a Bull Taco Shop in South
“The Whet Noodle’s our grounder, our way of filling the spectrum of what the
neighborhood needed,” he said.
Quick to tip his hat to the North County’s culinary community for caring for each
other and not “treating the competition as competition,” Waite admits to growing
“so fast because everyone works together.”
The surfer dude who respects the ocean remains humbled by his kudos.
Here, he expanded his team to include his wife Jessica, a healthy vegetarian
since age seven, along with is brother Lauren as “partner and henchman.” The
younger sibling was forced to climb the ladder the “right” way, ascending from
dishwasher to “gifted” sushi chef.
The “silly gibberish” name, “that’s just about having a name,” and logo is
Waite’s nod to “never take ourselves too seriously,” while the décor displays his
admiration for Johnny Cash, retro grunge and North County decals.
“It’s crazy-cool and hard to believe it’s me,” he said. “I’m still the English kid in the
Japanese sushi bar striving to be better. But it’s not just about what people say,
it’s about what they don’t say; the absence of noise when eating something new;
the energy, the facial expressions and the smiles that surround people enjoying
their food. Now that’s rad.”
Days fueled by caffeine – “especially those that begin at 4 AM” – are run by a
“solid” crew of dedicated workers. Zero waste runs parallel to the perfect bite.
“With little to work with, we pieced everything together on a shoe string to reflect
our personalities, although the logo was my idea,” he said. “I put a fish’s head
on a woman’s body to sidestep the relationship between right and wrong and
make it fun. Who’s not to say I ruined a perfectly good fish head by placing it on
a woman’s body?”
“There are no short cuts, no cutting corners and profits never come before ethics,”
he said. “Everything’s affordable. We keep it simple. We care.”
And at the end of the day, when the lights go out, life is “really good” for the Waite
The team experimented with “well-informed gambles” while giving plants and
vegetables the same “respect” as fish. The pop-up became a popular sushi
Within six years, they transformed the taco shop into the Whet Noodle, a ramen
noodle house that’s anything but “trendy.” The Japanese inspired, small-bite
menu “lends itself to cool hedgy specials that showcase local farms.”
“There’s something special about winding down the night,” Waite concluded. “The
lingering smells of cooling metal, fish, onions, even the cleaning fluid is well, cool.
Before closing the lights, I look around, take in a deep breath and say, ‘Yeah. We
survived another one.’ At home, we inhale three slices of pizza and drop.”
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g a l l e r y
TheCaliLife started out as an online portfolio for my drawings and paintings I created while in college. After art school I quickly moved into photography
and transitioned my website from paintings to photos. I ran my production company out of my home up until October 2018 when a great opportunity
lingering in the distance was finally right in front of me. I was offered to take over an art gallery on the 101 in the heart of Leucadia. It was scary at
first but I knew I was ready, so I dove in headfirst. Now I work next door to a longtime friend of mine, and I’m stoked to be more involved in the funky
TheCaliLife Gallery and Photography studio is where I’m able to showcase some of my favorite prints, provide services such as headshot and portrait
sessions, product photography and wedding consultations. The gallery is a place that allows me to express my creativity. I’m so proud of where I’ve
been able to take my company, and I have high expectations for the coming years.
With the welcoming environment that TheCaliLife Gallery and Photography Studio offers, I’ve been able to host many events here that bring locals and
travelers together for an enjoyable time. Being able to branch out from my solo act and become a bigger part of my hometown brings me a lot of
gratitude, and I plan on having many more events there in the future to further celebrate how art can bring our community together.
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B A C K T O C A L I
Greg Cali, often referred to by his last name, Cali, grew up in Encinitas and went
on to live in charming beach towns scattered along the California coastlines. It was
clear from a very early age that he was an artist which lead to a study of fine art
at Cal State University Long Beach and a creative expression that’s inspired by the
true California lifestyle. Through his studies, he became captivated by the process
of making images, which guided him to master photography.
After completing his education, Cali felt drawn to translate the authenticity of his
story through his business in every way. A family man who connects with heritage
and the timelessness of the coastal California culture, there was a calling to keep
a connection to his roots leading to the birth of his career as a photographer and
the start of a name that is recognized and respected all along the coast. TheCaliLife
is a tribute to his Sicilian grandparents and a proclamation to the way that he
lives every single day, with or without a camera in hand.
Today, Cali is known for his unique style that infuses an artistic touch with photography.
His technique translates into final imagery that has such a precision that at
first glance, it may appear effortless. But when one takes time to study a bit deeper,
an artistic composition, calculated exposure, and considered choice of subject
are unveiled in a way that leaves the viewer longing for more. The consistency of
his work and dedication to capturing the “perfect shot” has made him arguably one
of the most sought after photographers in Southern California.
Those who know Cali would describe his warmth as “infectious.” He is one to treat
every encounter the same — as an opportunity to paint your storyline through
imagery that will take one’s breath away. From engagements to weddings, landscapes
and more, Cali has a quick eye and attention to detail that not only leaves
his clients to feel at ease, but translates his contagious spirit in a way that allows
each client to let down their walls in order to collaboratively create images that
brings smiles and reminders the fondest memories for years to come.
With over 150 weddings photographed, it is safe to say that TheCaliLife Weddings
have become a focal point of this multifaceted production company. No matter the
occasion, TheCaliLIfe’s mission is to capture life’s incredible moments that will be
To view or purchase pieces from TheCaliLife’s current collection, check out the art
gallery and photography studio located at 694 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas,
CA 92024. For a free consultation, contact Greg Cali directly at greg@thecalilife.
com or by phone at (760) 525-5514 to begin planning how you will capture your
special day in an unforgettable way. To view information on pricing and packages,
please visit www.thecalilife.com/wedding-pricing.
By: Tyson Thompson
A Look at North County’s
Premier Recording Studio
3540 Dove Hollow Rd.
Encinitas, CA 92024
B A C K T O C A L I
Big Fish is a local gem that has made its home in Encinitas since 1989. Founder Paul Waroff, a musician
in his own right, decided with the help of his parents to build and establish a 5,000-square-foot
recording studio as a passion project. Once he officially made the move back to San Diego’s North
County in 1999, there was no turning back. They had no idea of the magnitude of musical talent that
would pass through the doors, but it has been a journey well worth the investment.
From a very humble beginning, they have witnessed artists such as Pinback, Blink 182, Finch and
P.O.D. having their breakthrough albums recorded there as well as becoming a hot spot for the
alternative music scene in San Diego.
Older generation legends like Ravi Shankar and Burt Bacharach have also graced the music haven
tucked away in the Rancho Santa Fe Hills. Once a full-blown analog style set up, Waroff decided to
make the transition to digital in 2003, but still has the equipment and ability to switch back to analog
at any given time for a production.
When you take a quick glance from the outside it seems like a very unassuming place, but after
a walk-through of the studio one comes to appreciate the nostalgia that has been preserved by
someone who is clearly a music aficionado. The space is adorned with gold and platinum albums
and signed memorabilia. A part of that history includes one of Waroff’s own albums recorded in
the ‘70s hanging on the wall that was designed by the same artist who did the cover for The Eagles
“Hotel California” album.
As the wide world of music keeps changing, Waroff remains modest in his approach and is grateful
for all the engineers and music acquaintances that have made his dream a reality. Big Fish has
proven to be a perennial force in the industry that prides itself on quality and an open-minded
structure. “We have had some great memories shared here. I feel there will be another chapter or
resurgence in the studio with a new wave of artists. Maybe one last run.”
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In recent years, the city of Oceanside has gotten a little makeover in the downtown area that has
seen tourist numbers rise. Right in the heart of that development sits a newly established studio that
is making waves throughout the community. Cinematic Arts and Sound, envisioned and founded by
Jesse and Natalie Macdonald in 2017, specializes in basically everything from commercial shoots,
recording, live performance, TV shows, audio books, and even high-end camera rentals that they
ship out to other countries.
You get the sense that the passion for art runs deep in this creative space and sound engineer
Tommy Richardson makes sure that everything is running smooth as can be on the technical side of
things. Being an artist himself, his musical sensibilities make it easy for fellow artists to relate and get
in a groove while recording. “I love all genres of music, so it is always a blast for me to have different
musicians come in and spend time with them in a professional setting,” says Richardson.
This year there has been a steady influx of local and international artists coming in to work in this
cozy laidback environment that feels like home. Everything about this studio feels very official but
also maintains a grassroots vibe. To add to the cool factor, there is a movie screening room, sound
stage, record players, vinyl collection, vintage camera collection, and plenty of retro Mexican movie
posters to admire.
Also, in an effort to bring more likeminded creative types together, they pull out a stage and throw
the occasional party in their front parking lot. Bands, DJs and catered food keep everything lively, and
is a surefire way for people to network in the area. Cinematic is easily one of the most cutting-edge
studios not only in San Diego, but in all of California.
art & sound
By: Tyson Thompson
302 Oceanside Blvd.
Oceanside, CA 92054
B A C K T O C A L I
By: Tyson Thompson
11021 Via Frontera
San Diego, CA 92127
When English-born Peter Dyson started Studio West back in 2004, he wanted to get a solid crew
around him that would help bring his vision to life. The Escondido facility’s main goal has been to
provide an educational platform for the youth as well as cater to up and coming artists.
While music production always remains at the forefront, over the years they have branched out to
work with people in the film, television, radio, and video game industries. Film Posters such as “The
Usual Suspects” and “The Cable Guy” are on display to show the connection that Studio West has
made to the entertainment world beyond the confines of San Diego.
B A C K T O C A L I
Dyson, who is also a vintage drum collector, also uses the studio as a safe place to store and repair
his prized possessions. At any time, he would be more than honored to share the story and history
behind these unique drum kits with those who are curious.
Helping him run this expansive studio is fellow musician Peter Nagy, a San Diegan who has a great
knack for working with the younger students. This has become a big sense of pride for Dyson and his
team of facilitators. “We not only enjoy having the kids hang out here, but also get joy from teaching
them the process and teamwork required to produce quality music,” says Dyson.
Summer camps that Studio West offers keep these aspiring students motivated and give them the
resources to work with professional musicians on a regular basis. The 8,000-square-foot studio is
equipped with high caliber equipment and instruments, including a state-of-the-art SSL 4000 EG Plus
sound mixing board that was originally owned by British singer and musician Steve Winwood.
The bar for greatness has been set extremely high at this beautiful studio that is full of character
and life. At Studio West there seems to be no boundaries in place and no project too big for them to
B A C K T O C A L I
By: Tyson Thompson
Downtown Encinitas was alive with bright paint and loud engines as spectators
lined the streets for a glimpse of automobile heaven. Over the past 20 years local
resident and car enthusiast Doug Jones has seen the monthly event expand into a
large scale showcase with collectors coming in from different counties to show off
their prized possessions. As much as everyone enjoys to watch, those who have
invested in these lovely pieces of art also enjoy talking and sharing the unique
stories behind these cars. Froom woodies to muscle cars there is a little something
for everyone’s taste. Heels on Wheels is another addition to this spectacular
event that allows women collectors to bond in the experience and indulge in their
passion. There was also a nice dose of live music to get everyone moving and
dancing, along with plenty of happy hour specials at the local restaurants to make
this a memorable evening.
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F E A T U R E D M U S I C I A N :
By: Gina Onori
Close your eyes and imagine a funk rock surfer who lives in Carlsbad, CA.
Let me guess… you envisioned a white dude with long blonde scraggly
hair. Try again.
Chris Swann is a dark-skinned 6’ 3” Washington D.C. Native who turned
a life long dream into a living reality.
Through hard work, perseverance and a serendipitous encounter.
Swann went from a cushy engineering job to surfing and playing music
on tour with surf legend Tom Curren.
Rewind Swann’s life tape years ago, and he was working for an electronics
firm driving a company car swapping out computer boards in Salisbury/Ocean
City Maryland. As a college graduate with an engineering
degree, this was a career path that he was not comfortable in. Having
played bass his entire life, music was a creative outlet for Chris, but never
a way to make a full time living.
Moments later, Swann’s fans grappled him onto the stage with Tom Curren’s
band, and before he knew it, Chris was jamming out with Tom Curren
The crew rocked the set and there was an instant bond and connection
that lead singer Tom Curren didn’t want to part ways with. After the show
ended, Curren asked Swann if he wanted to go on tour with the band.
As luck would have it, Swann’s dismal moment became a steppingstone
to success. With no hesitation, Chris immediately took a leap of faith and
went on tour.
“The energy was original, it was personal, and they all had passion. I was
excited to be a part of it,” said Swann.
While on tour, Curren taught Swann how to surf, and if there is anybody
One particular night Swann was at the company party, Swann took a look
around and said too himself, What’s going on with my life!
“I left the party disappointed, I felt like everyone was out in the big city
and was out here all by myself.”
Swann decided to go out to Scandals a local club where his band Mighty
Big Richard was frequent headliner. They had been previously banned
from the club for playing naked on-stage but this night since Swann was
fully clothed and coming from the company party the bouncer let him
in. The bar was packed with screaming fans, surfers, the street was
crammed with cars, and Chris noticed a marquee that read, “Tom Curren
and the Skipping Urchins”.
Unsure who the famous musicians were, Chris was engulfed in the musical
atmosphere of adorning fans, rocking guitars, heart pounding drums
and video footage of surfers on the big screen. As a musician himself,
Swann admired the bands talent.
in the world one could be lucky enough to receive as a surf coach, a
three-time world champion would be the one.
Surfing and music play an integral role in Chris’s life as they guide him in
his creative outlets. Swann explains that working with Tom is unlike any
other bond in his life. Curren and Swann play on each other’s talents…
while Curren teaches Swann about the surfing world, Swann opens Curren’s
view to different musical elements. Yet at the same time, Swann
admits that Curren has an enormous amount of musical background he
continues to gain insight on.
“Tom’s a genius when it comes to writing music,” said Swann. “His
music is so inspiring because he travels the world and experiments with
When asked what advice he would give other aspiring musicians Swann
replied, “make sure music is a passion of yours because the music industry
is tough. It’s got its ups and its downs and you have to really work
hard. You’ll have breakthroughs, fall downs, and you’ll get bruises. But
if it’s part of your heart and passion it doesn’t matter because you’re
always gonna get up and start playing again. Oh yeah and always copyright
Today, the band is currently known as Tom Curren Band. Swann plays
also a solo artist when he is not on tour with Tom. You can find him on
iTunes and Facebook.
“Music is what keeps me humble and happy,” said Swann. “I work so
hard at it that it’s really opened doors for me. You gotta turn stones over
if you don’t turn them over and you don’t try you’ll never know.”
B A C K T O C A L I
( SWEATIQUETTE )
Don’t interrupt people to ask them to film you. Don’t set up your phone
in a space that might be in the way of someone else. The key here is to
get the shot and be done with it.
Think about how you smell. Even though you’re going to perspire when
working out, don’t use the same sweaty clothes over and over again.
Using deodorant and wearing laundered clothes will help prevent natural
body order from become so strong it offends the people around you.
U S I N G P R O P E R E T I Q U E T T E
A T T H E G Y M
Avoid overly loud grunting. Your loud noises, and over-zealous grunting, can
really be distracting to club members around you.
Wipe up your sweat from the exercise equipment. Research has shown that
people have contracted communicable diseases such as rashes and ring
worm from bacteria on exercise equipment. Be kind, and take a moment to
protect yourself, as well as others, by simply wiping the equipment.
Avoid staring at people. Keep in mind that most individuals are at the
gym not only to maintain a healthy body, but to also work on problem
areas. This means people, women especially, may be feeling somewhat
uncomfortable just being there. Don’t make matters worse by staring.
Don’t hog the machines. It’s important that you pay attention to people
around you so that you are mindful of how long you are using each
machine. This includes the cardio machines as well. If you’ve signed up
to use specific equipment for a given time be sure you stick to it as a
courtesy to others.
Keep the gym and locker room clean. The staff at your gym is not there
to follow behind picking up after you. Take your water bottles, towels,
etc. with you when you leave the club. And don’t forget to clear the area
around your locker of your personal belongings.
Keep conversation brief or move to another area to talk. There are times
when you may find yourself in conversation with an acquaintance or
meet someone new. People are there to concentrate on their work out
and your voices may be a distraction. If you see your conversation is
going to be prolonged then step into another area, such as the lobby, so
you don’t disturb people nearby.
Return equipment to its proper place and/or back to the low setting. Just take
a couple of extra steps to leave things organized for the next person. If you
take out free weights, just put them back. If there are various settings on the
equipment you’re using, be courteous and set it back to low.
Follow the club rules. Rules may vary from club to club for different
reasons depending on the management. Don’t take them personally
because every member is expected to follow them. You’ll have a better
work out experience and make your life simple by following the posted
Don’t overdo it with the camera. It’s not unusual to show the world what
we’re doing through our social media channels. It can be motivating and
Elaine Swann is the founder of the Swann School of Proto-
inspiring to others. However, don’t overdo it by turning your session into a
col and etiquette school located in Carlsbad. Follow her on
feature film set. Filming of your workout session should not be a distraction
Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @elaineswann. Learn
to others. Nor should it physically get in the way of people trying to work out.
more by visiting her website www.swannschool.com
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Started in 1994, the State Street Farmers’ Market takes place in downtown Carlsbad
every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. Enjoy fresh organic produce, locally prepared
foods, handmade crafts, and live entertainment in the heart of Carlsbad Village on
State St. between Carlsbad Village Dr. and Grand Ave. They offer approximately 18
produce vendors, 25 packaged specialty food vendors, six prepared/cooked food
vendors, and two to four crafters at every market.
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The Del Mar Farmers Market is held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Del Mar Civic Center
at 1050 Camino del Mar between 10th and 11th streets. This is a certified and
nonprofit Farmers Market supporting California Farmers by providing opportunities
to sell directly to the public. The Market offers organic and pesticide-free seasonal
fruits and vegetables, potted herbs, orchids, international cuisine, eggs, seafood,
hummus, bread and baked goods, cheese, granola, almond butter, kettle corn,
honey, jam, fruit juice, kombucha, and arts & crafts. For more information, visit
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The Leucadia Certified Farmers Market is held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
on the school grounds of Paul Ecke Central School located at 185 Union Street.
The Leucadia Certified Farmers Market has 75-plus vendors with amazing flowers,
plants and fresh produce including a large Certified Organic Section. In addition, you
will find specialty foods like bakeries, beef, seafood, marinades, pastas, sauces etc.
Come hungry as they also have a very nice food court serving breakfast and lunch.
Local artisans too! For more information, visit www.leucadiafarmersmarket.com.
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The Belly Up Tavern, located at 143 S. Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, has plenty
of shows on tap for the months of September and October.
Oct. 11: Led Zepagain
Oct. 26: Dead Man’s Party
Nov. 7: Helmet 30th Anniversary
Nov. 9: Super Diamond
Nov. 23: Pinback
Nov. 29: The Greyboy Allstars
For tickets and more information as well as a full calendar, visit www.bellyup.com
Coastal and crafty, SaltDog Classic brings a wonderful lineup of musicians, artists,
and local businesses together for a day of community fun. SaltDog Classic is a day
of music, fun, craft beverage, and local businesses coming together to bring North
County San Diego to life. The event was founded with the intention of strengthening
our community through kindred connections and charitable giving. SaltDog Classic is
proud to raise both funds and awareness to animal friendly and community oriented
nonprofit Rancho Coastal Humane Society. The event will donate $1 for every ticket
and beer token purchased and host an amazing silent auction and live raffle with
premium packages and prizes. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct.
20 at Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive. For more information, visit
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Featuring up to 200 merchants and spanning four city blocks, MainStreet Oceanside’s
Sunset Market is San Diego County’s top weekly food and music street fair.
Every Thursday from 5-9 p.m., thousands of residents and visitors alike gather here
to enjoy hot food from around the world, gourmet goodies and desserts, eclectic
shopping and live entertainment. Located on Pier View Way west of Coast Highway
in Downtown Oceanside since 2007, this free, family-friendly event also features
Dorothy’s KidZone with children’s activities.
OB Oktoberfest will take place Friday Oct. 11 from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday
Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to midnight. The event will feature live music, a brew fest, a
cornhole tournament, Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest contests, a stein holding contest
and more. The Brew Fest will take place Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. with unlimited
tastings from nine local brewers. For more information, visit oboktoberfest.com.
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The free La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns for its 11th year with even more prestigious
art, international wine, craft beer, and family fun on Saturday, Oct. 12 and
Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. With a spectacular coastline, upscale village
atmosphere, and picturesque views, La Jolla is the perfect setting for the beloved
and widely recognized La Jolla Art and Wine Festival. There is truly something for
everyone to enjoy, including over 150 juried artists from around the globe, 3D chalk
art displays, interactive art murals, non-stop live music, family art center, roving
entertainment, gourmet food court, and a wine, craft beer, and spirits garden featuring
local brews, distilleries and global wineries. The event will take place at Girard
Avenue and Prospect Street in La Jolla. For more information, visit www.ljwaf.com.
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The Best Damn Car Show in Town, San Diego will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oct. 20 at Pal Joey’s Cocktails, 5147 Waring Road. The show will feature hot rods,
customs, cars and trucks from all years. Free to view, $30 to enter. There will be
music, a raffle and trophies and the Pal Joey’s bartenders will be serving cocktails
all day long. For more information, call (619) 582-6699 or visit
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A Viva Frida art show by June Rubin celebrating the life of artist Frida Kahlo will
take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the June Rubin Studio/Gallery at 2690 Historic
Decatur, Liberty Station, Suite 214, Barracks 19 in San Diego. The event is free. For
more information, visit junerubin.com
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The San Diego Haunted Brewery will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2 at The
Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows at 2223 El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego.
Dare to step inside and grab a beer at the San Diego Haunted Brewery pop up, only
for a limited time! The old brewery has been open for decades, but it seems that the
past patrons and bartenders won’t leave and their spirits remain. The bartenders’
spirits that lurk the brewery are so generous, that they offer unlimited beer samples
to guests who enter, enticing them to stay... forever! Guests are encouraged to wear
their best costumes. Tickets start at $35 & can be purchased from Eventbrite.com.
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The fifth annual Escondido Tamale Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nov. 2 at Grape Day Park in downtown Escondido. The event is a celebration of
tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s
culture. It’s a look back at the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who have
influenced and contributed so much to our multicultural community, and a show of
appreciation for the traditions which have so positively affected Escondido. The
festival will also feature craft beers and wine and is an official San Diego Beer Week
event. For more information, visit www.escondidotamalefestival.org
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The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless
music, celebrates its fifth year anniversary and hits the road to plat the Civic
Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Produced by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center
with Executive Producer, Eva Price, and co-commisioned by the United Palace of
Cultural Arts, The Hip Hop Nutcracker will feature MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s
founding fathers, opening the show with a short set before rapping the introduction.
Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a
full-length production featuring a dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ and an
electric violinist. The traditional Tchaikovsky score beautifully compliments the power
moves of these 12 dancers, with traditional and incidental music re-mixed and reimagined,
helping to bring a beautifully surprising and contemporary vibe to the
production. For tickets and more information,
The 24th annual Dia de los Muertos Festival will take place Nov. 1 to Nov. 4 at the
California Center for the Arts, Escondido. On Nov. 1 attendees will be able to create
altars to remember lost loved ones. On Nov. 2 over 40 Latinx artists and vendors
will be on hand and the night will conclude with a special performance of Tributo a
la Reina, un Homenaje a Celia Cruz. On Nov. 4, Bill Toone, executive director and
founder of EcoLife Conservation will lead attendees through the migration of the
monarch butterfly. The festival begins at 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit artcenter.org/event/dia-de-los-muertos-festival
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Art After Hours will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the San Diego Museum of
Art, 1450 El Prado in San Diego. For only $5, experience exhibitions and the museum’s
20 galleries while live music plays. Admission is free for members, youth 17
and under and college students with ID. For more information, call (619) 232-7931.
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The 17th annual East County Cruisers Holiday Car Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9
at Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Road in Valley Center. The event is open to
all years, makes and models of cars and bikes. For more information or to register,
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The sixth annual Bikes and Beers event will take place on Nov. 16 beginning at
Society Brewing, 8262 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in San Diego. Check in and registration
will take place at Societe Brewing and feature free High Brew coffee and
pastries. There will be 15- and 30-mile routes with pit stops along the way. At the
finish line riders will enjoy two well-deserved Society Brewing beers. Riders will also
get swag and a raffle ticket. Event proceeds will go to benefitting better area cycling
conditions. For more information and to register, visit bikesandbeers.com
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The Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival will take place Nov. 22 to Nov. 24 at Seaport
Village on the waterfront in downtown San Diego. Headliners include Miguel, Migos,
Ben Harper, MGMT, Slightly Stoopid, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Los Angeles Azules
and many more. Tony Hawk’s HuckJam will be featured on Saturday and Sunday.
For tickets and a full lineup, visit wonderfrontfestival.com.
By: Greg Cali
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