San Diego’s Top Weekend Events September 1-4: Barona Powwow, ‘Lion King’, Flume and More

Welcome to Labor Day weekend. Here are the main events taking place in San Diego from Thursday, September 1 through September 4.

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Here is your list of events for the weekend.


Disney’s “The Lion King” will be played at the San Diego Civic Theater until September 11.

(Courtesy of Joan Marcus)

“The Lion King”: Disney’s 20th anniversary tour of this musical-turned-movie is based on the animated coming-of-age film of an African lion cub. 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Until September 11. Tickets start at $30.50. San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego. Visit


Nozzle: The pandemic has forced many artists into unforeseen changes. Producer-DJ Harley Streten was no exception. The Grammy-winning Australian musician known as Flume left the bustle of LA during the lockdown and returned home to Byron Bay in New South Wales. Streten, son of a horticulturist, slows things down and reconnects with nature. Alongside his longtime collaborator, neighbor, and visual artist Jonathan Zawada, Streten even collected field recordings for what would become his third album, “Palaces.” Released in May, “Palaces” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Music chart and features guest appearances from singers Caroline Polachek and Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn. A follow-up EP, the four-track “Palaces: The Remixes – Part 1”, was released in July. While a “Part 2” is sure to follow, Streten recently told London-based website NME that he’s nearly finished “the equivalent of a full album” of house music and will soon be heading to the studio for the to end. Irish DJ and songwriter Sega Bodega opens the show. 6 p.m. Friday. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, San Diego. Exhausted. (619) 235-0804,

Music at the Marston: SOHO, the Save Our Heritage organization, presents Music at the Marston: Concerts for Historic Preservation, a three-concert series of American folk, country and blues music. Three San Diego singer-songwriters perform at each concert, held in the house’s rose garden. Tickets are limited; advance purchase encouraged. Tonight: Donn Bree, Dana Duplan and Eric Neilson; September 16: Dennis Doc James, Mark Montijo and Thea Tochihara; September 30: Jeff Berkley, Bobo Czarnowski and Sandé Lollis. Bring a lawn chair or blanket; refreshments will be sold or bring your own. Proceeds will directly support the musicians and arts and cultural programming at Marston House, built in 1905 for civic leader and merchant George W. Marston, known as the “Father of Balboa Park.” 3-5 p.m. Friday. Marston House Museum & Gardens, 3525 Seventh Ave., San Diego. Tickets $10 SOHO members, $12 non-members, at 297-9327, or on event days at the Marston House Museum Shop.

Two young women dance a fancy shawl at the 2019 annual Barona powwow.

Two young women dance a fancy shawl at the 2019 annual Barona powwow.

(Courtesy of Barona Mission Band of Indians)

Barona Powwow

Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for their 50th Annual Pow Wow, a celebration of Native American culture and a weekend of dancing and drumming competitions, plus food, crafts, drumming and more . The dancing starts at 6 p.m. Friday with the Gourd Dance, followed by the grand entrance at 8 p.m. Fun Run 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday; water bottle ball at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., grand entrance at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; percussion contest after the Saturday evening session. Dry camping allowed. All drummers and dancers are welcome. From Friday to Sunday. Barona Sports Park, 1095 Barona Road, Lakeside. Free.

“Rest”: OnStage Playhouse presents the San Diego premiere of the tragicomedy drawn from the life of Samuel D. Hunter about a retirement home in northern Idaho where a record-breaking blizzard forces the last three residents to contemplate their own mortality when the one of them wanders in the storm. Opens Friday and runs through September 18. 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. 2 p.m. on Sunday. 291 Third Ave, Chula Vista. $15 to $25. (619) 422-7787.

“Ragtime”: Moonlight Stage Productions presents the final weekend of this award-winning musical adaptation of EL Doctorow’s novel about three families – white, black and immigrant – in turn-of-the-century New York. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Moonlight Amphitheater, Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. $17 to $61. (760) 724-2110.


Squish and trample: The Julian Grape Stomp Festa celebrates its 25th anniversary with this tacky celebration. Kick off your shoes and step into the grapes the old fashioned way. If you prefer dry feet, wet your whistle instead with sips of samples from local vineyards. Lots of shopping opportunities, including food, as well as music and dancing. Bring lawn chairs if you wish and don’t forget your ID. a 21+ wristband is required for tastings. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian. Tickets $20 (online order available) and include a glass of wine and the stomp. Tastings are $1 each; bring cash (small bills) as internet access is spotty.

Steel Magnolias: The Backyard Renaissance Theater presents Robert Harling’s Southern comedy-drama about the friendship between a group of Southern women in a Louisiana beauty salon. Opens Saturday and closes September 17. 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tenth Avenue Center for the Arts, 930 10th Avenue, San Diego. $32 to $40.

Jazz at the stream: East meets West this Labor Day weekend when contemporary Philadelphia jazz band Pieces of a Dream bring a 70s vibe to San Diego as part of this year’s Jazz at the Creek. The two-day, “We Are One”-themed event will be held at the Market Creek Amphitheater and features a musical lineup that includes Pieces of a Dream keyboardist James Lloyd, drummer Curtis Harmon and former bassist Cedric Napoleon as well as Erin Stevenson, Lin Rountree, David P. Stevens, Reggie Codrington and Will Downing (photo), aka “The Prince of the Sophisticated Soul”. 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Market Creek Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Ave., San Diego. General admission $65 per day, with two-day passes for $120.

Slightly Stoopid center Kyle McDonald performs at In Your Car Concerts at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Slightly Stoopid center Kyle McDonald performs during In Your Car Concerts at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Friday, October 9, 2020 in Ventura, California.

(Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Slightly stoopid: The Summer Traditions 2022 tour will stop in San Diego this weekend with special guests Pepper, Common Kings and Fortunate Youth. 5 p.m. Saturday. Gallagher Place at Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd. $60 for general admission.


Vista Rod Run: You don’t have to be an automotive expert to enjoy the Vista Chamber of Commerce‘s 32nd Annual Vista Rod Run – there’s fun for everyone. Along with more than 300 classic cars to admire, the downtown event includes a street fair with music, arts, crafts and food vendors, shops, breweries and restaurants. Car owners compete for the best of the best to win rewards and prizes. 9am-2pm Sunday. Downtown Historic Village, 307 Main St., Vista. Free.

Fresh Glass Festival 2: The California Center for the Arts, Escondido and Sip Wine & Beer will host a wine, beer and spirits festival to celebrate women and BIPOC innovators and entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry, as well as the launch of the “Fresh Glass” program on KPBS in September. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. The $125 admission fee includes 10 tastings and a souvenir mug and bag.

Oceanside Community Art Day: The Oceanside Art Museum will host a free family art event inspired by the museum’s “Pop Smoke” veteran art exhibit. Bring your own shoes as a canvas for a pop art workshop where the provided elements can be painted, decorated and glued to your shoes. All materials except shoes will be provided. Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Free. (760) 560-6434.

Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra: The San Diego Symphony hosts the 15-member Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Music Director and Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis in its outdoor Rady Shell. The orchestra, resident at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center since 1988, performs an extensive repertoire of historical and commissioned works. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, San Diego. $50 to $110. (619) 235-0804.

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