Broadway Pier is the place for the two-day eat-and-drink-a-thon known as the San Diego Spirits Festival, happening from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26. On Saturday, skilled local bartenders will go head-to-head in the main-event cocktail battle where Mike Yen will be defending his title from last year—and you can bet that he’ll be giving his competitors a run for it once again with his molecular trickery. In addition to the battle, and cooking demos, day one of the festival is packed with five hours of drinking, with unlimited cocktail tastings from more than 30 spirits companies. On Sunday, it’s the same deal, just no cocktail competition, and different food and drink lineups. There’s live music the whole time, a cigar lounge, food trucks and after-parties. Tickets range from $80 for a one-day pass to $175 for the VIP treatment.
Victory Theater (2558 Imperial Ave. in Grant Hill), which is coming up on its 100-year anniversary, started out as a movie theater, then became a church and, recently, was reclaimed by the Center for Amusing Arts to serve as a venue for music, film, art and Technomania Circus' monthly shows. Throughout the month of August, the theater's been screening vintage cartoons on Saturdays, starting at 10 a.m.—old-timey greats, like Betty Boop, Popeye and Felix the Cat. They've even thrown in non-cartoon classics like Superman and The Three Stooges. The last screening happens on Saturday, Aug. 25, so shake off that hangover, grab some coffee and doughnuts and spend a couple hours immersed in the golden age of cartoons. Admission is $5.
While farm work may seem like a bit of a nightmare in the summer, Suzie’s Farm (1856 Saturn Blvd. in Imperial Beach) is doing their best to make it a day of fun with Pedal, Pick and Grin. Head over to the organic farm from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, for a free, family-friendly picnic. Pack a basket, use some of the farm fresh ingredients to make a salad, or buy some grub from MIHO Gastrotruck while band The Big Decisions play. You can also bring your bike and a costume and take part in a bike parade. But what the day's all about is picking your own produce—Suzie's is bursting with tomatoes and a variety of peppers you can take home for $2 a bag.
Milk & Honey's a new nonprofit that got started a couple months ago with the hope of ending human trafficking in India. Help them with that mission by showing up to a benefit show they're holding at surfboard designer / workshop Shaper Studios (6310 Riverdale St. in Grantville). Artists Jeremy Wray, Nolan Hall (that's one of his photographs to the left), Saile and Mele Saili, Evan Trine and Deanna and Ed Templeton (owners of skateboad company Toy Machine) will be showing their work; Cuates, Josh Harmony and Gatsbys Fiddle will provide the tunes. If you're 21 and over, your $5 admission will get you free drinks, plus there'll be food trucks and a raffle. It all happens from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.