San Diego’s Best Foods, Festivals, and Films

No matter what you might want to do this weekend, San Diego’s variety of events will always keep you on your toes with things to do and places to see. Start off the weekend with a selection of different movies to see and start off your Saturday with Little Italy’s mercato and be a part of the constructing of a 650-foot banana split. All in a weekend’s worth of fun activities in sunny San Diego.

FRIDAY AUGUST 5 San Diego’s Latino Film Festival and 1955 film at Cinema Under the Stars

Come on down to the Ultrastar’s Mission Valley Cinemas for the 12th annual San Diego Latin Film festival from 11:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. All the newest hit Latin American films will be showing at various times featuring famous actresses Eva Longoria and Kate Del Castillo. For complete summaries of the eight films that will be shown, please visit the Media Arts Center of San Diego’s website which is sponsoring this wonderful event. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door with adult admissions for $10 and child admission for $8.

And if Latin American films just aren’t what you want to watch this Friday night, check out the 1955 film called “Picnic” now playing this Friday at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills. This incredible outdoor movie theatre is the perfect venue for the older film about a muscular drifter settling in a small Kansas town and that falls in love with a taken woman, truly a great movie from the fifties. The film starts at 8:30 p.m. and would be a delight on a Friday date night.

SATURDAY AUGUST 6 Little Italy’s Mercato and the 30th Annual Banana Split in the Park

If you haven’t been to one of San Diego’s farmers’ markets, Little Italy’s mercato is definitely one to see. The market consists of hundreds of vendors and booths lining Date Street that sell fruits, vegetables, fish, oysters, coffee, pastries, flowers, orchids, natural pet food, and much more. Street vendors will be making crepes, pasta, Thai food, and many more selections. The live music offered at the Saturday street market is varied yet always entertaining and fun to watch. From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Italian street fair will leave you with organic groceries, a good meal, and tons of live entertainment. Don’t miss this weekly farmers’ market and the glimmer of Italy that cannot be avoided.

Watch out for the crazy Banana Bonanza at the Standley Recreation Center of San Diego. Kicking off the celebration at 4 p.m., a 650-foot banana split will be made followed by a Bayou Brothers concert, magic show, fun activities, swimming at the Swanson pool, and Time Warner Cable’s movie in the park, “Despicable Me.” Stop by this fun, free, family-oriented event and celebrate the 30th annual banana split in the park!

SUNDAY AUGUST 7 Chula Vista’s Lemon Festival and Philippine Cultural Arts Festival

The Third Avenue Village Association is proud to present its 15th annual lemon festival in downtown Chula Vista. Fun for kids and parents alike, Chula Vista is excited to celebrate its heritage as the lemon capital of the world. With three stages dedicated to live music, dancing, a sandwich eating contest, pie eating contest, and even a hair competition! Other event attractions include hand crafters, a variety of international foods, and many many lemons. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. so join in on the fun!

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Balboa Park will be hosting its 27th annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival that will capture the essence of Filipino cuisine, art, dance, and music. Hosted by channel 10 news anchor, Melissa Mecijia, the event will feature different dance styles of the various regions of the Philippines along with a talent show and singing contest. Stop by Balboa Park and step into the Filipino lifestyle… for no cost at all.