Don't-Miss July Events in San Diego

  Cotton Candy CocktailsThere’s nothing better than a grown-up version of a favorite childhood treat. On July 13, the You & Yours Distilling Co. team offers San Diegans with a sweet tooth the chance to try three specialty never-before-seen cocktails incorporating cotton candy from local mobile cotton candy company, Get Fluffed Up.   Pepper Martini, served with Pepper Cotton CandySpicy Gimlet, served with Jalapeno Cotton Candy Fluffed Up Coffee, served with Coffee Cotton CandyFlower Fields, served with Lavender Cotton Candy WHEN:  Thursday, July 13, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  WHERE:  You & Yours Distilling Co. 1495 G Street San Diego, CA 92101  Family Fun Festivals Flower Hill Promenade, Del Mar’s premier open-air shopping center, is hosting two large-scale Family Fun Festival events this month. There will be pony rides throughout the center, local musicals providing live entertainment, a petting zoo and face painting for the little ones, multiple arts & crafts stations, and many more activations that will take place throughout the afternoon.  The Family Fun Festivals will take place twice this summer on Sunday, July 23 and Sunday, July 30 from noon to 3 p.m.  Uncorked Wine WalkJoin Westfield UTC for their 5th annual Wine Walk and sip on some of Temecula Valley’s finest vintages while enjoying live music, sun and shopping. The self-guided walk on  July 15, 2017 from 4 – 8 p.m. will include (10) 1 oz pours; bites from Westfield UTC restaurants such as Seasons 52, Eureka!, Tender Greens, Godiva, and more; a branded tasting glass and tasting guide; and gift bag with retailer offers and giveaways.  New this year, buy tickets to an elevated VIP experience with The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar — who will be opening their permanent restaurant at the center this October as part of the ongoing $600M expansion. VIP guests will enjoy coursed small plates, showcasing California regional cuisine, alongside fine wines. Additionally, an intimate flavor pairing instruction will be given by Sommelier William Lewis and Chef Yvon Goetz.  Wineries participating in the event include: Fazeli Cellars, Falkner Winery, Maurice Car’rie Winery, Wiens Family Cellars, Bel Vino Winery, Danza del Sol Winery, Monte De Oro Winery, Callaway Vineyard & Winery Tickets to the Wine Walk are $20; tickets to the VIP experience are $45 and include the Wine Walk.  Tacos & Vino TuesdayOn July 11 at 6 p.m., taco lovers can venture to the gourmet wine bar and restaurant in Point Loma for a flight of four chef-curated tacos expertly paired with a flight of four wines – all for $25. Just for the event, The Pub’s chef will transform it’s popular sliders into tacos. Also during the meal, The Wine Pub staff will explain how each wine perfectly complements the local flavors of the tasty tacos.  For one night only, people in San Diego can escape the crazy Taco Tuesday crowds for an intimate, gourmet and educational experience. The Taco and Vino Tuesday menu features: One certified angus choice taco paired with Spellbound Merlot from Napa, CaliforniaOne organic chicken taco paired with Cass White Rhone Blend from Paso Robles, CaliforniaOne sesame crusted ahi taco paired with Sineann Red Blend from Columbia Valley, WashingtonOne portobello mushroom taco paired with Folly of the Beast Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California  Ponsaty’s PaellaOn July 13th, leave the passport at home and visit Ponsaty’s for an unforgettable paella experience. On Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., live Spanish entertainment will serenade diners through French Master Chef Patrick Ponsaty’s award-winning seafood paella while they sip sangria on the courtyard patio. Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. The dinner is priced at $37.00 per person and includes a pan of paella and one glass of sangria. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling (858) 771-1871. WHERE: 6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.  National Tequila Day at Bellamy’sBellamy’s is shaking things up for National Tequila Day on Monday, July 24th. For one day, the restaurant that serves the finest French cuisine, thanks to Master French Chef Patrick Ponsaty, will be serving a 24-hour Roasted Pork Pibil for $19, $12 Tequila flights and $5 House Margaritas.   Acoustic at Union Kitchen & TapHead to Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp for a live acoustic lineup taking place from July 14-30. Mark your calendars for Finnegan Blue on Friday July 14th from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Carissa Schroeder on Sunday July 16th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mike Myrdal on Thursday July 27th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mojo Jackson on Friday July 28th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. followed by K. Emeline & the Fellas from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Steven Ybarra on Sunday July 30th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Music & Comedy at Backyard Kitchen & TapDon’t miss out on Backyard Kitchen & Tap’s July events lineup, packed with live music on Fridays and a comedy lineup bound to elicit some laughs. Kickoff the fun with $5 Pacifico and live music from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., including music from Chill Clinton on July 14th, K. Emeline & the Fellas on July 21st, and Chugboat on July 28th. Lighten your mood with some standup comedy at Backyard’s Laughs & Drafts every Monday at 9:30 p.m. as you enjoy $4 local brews, Bud and Shock Top drafts. This month’s lineup will include Allison Gill, Andrew Norelli and Michael Blaustein.  Balboa Park’s “Holly Jolly July” Food Truck FridayIn anticipation of the event’s 40th year, the Balboa Park Conservancy and City of San Diego are hosting “Holly Jolly July” on Friday, July 28 in collaboration with the Food Truck Friday program. This preview of December Nights will come complete with ugly sweaters, Santa, holiday season-inspired music, and entertainment as well as festive food and drinks from several of the event’s most popular food vendors. Join Dylan’s Steel Band, the Fleet Science Center, World Beat Center, Civic Youth Ballet, San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, Fab Trailers Photo Booth and more for a sneak peek at what’s in store for the 40th annual holiday spectacular and to enjoy all that Balboa Park has to offer in the summertime. Visitors of all ages can enjoy family-friendly entertainment while eating gourmet treats from a selection of more than a dozen food trucks – including several that serve festive eats at Balboa Park December Nights including Super Q, Bosnian Grill, and Mangia Mangia – parked around the Bea Evenson fountain (between theNat and the Fleet Science Center) and El Prado walkway from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m.

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