Old McDonald isn’t the only person who can have fun on a farm. Suzie’s Farm (2570 Sunset Ave. in Imperial Beach) knows how to throw a bitchin’ farm-style party with Pedal, Pick & Grin, happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug, 24. At the shindig, you can tour the farm, pick your own veggies and take them home for $2 a pound and dance to live music from the G Burns Jug Band and The Big Decisions. There will also be food for sale from the God Save the Cuisine and Not So Fast food trucks and Blue Plate, which will be selling pastries and drinks—all perfect ingredients for an impromptu picnic, so bring a blanket and chairs. A bike parade will begin at 1 p.m., so bring your decorated 10-speed to join in. Feel like leaving the car at home? A group bike ride will head out to Suzie’s from Blind Lady Ale House (3416 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights) at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
ArtWalk San Diego's making a bold move this year, taking its annual outdoor arts event a couple miles north from Little Italy to NTC Liberty Station in Point Loma (2645 Historic Decatur Road). From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25, wander Liberty Station's Ingram Plaza and check out work by more than 100 artists working in a variety of mediums—from painting to photography to textiles to jewerly (L.A. artist Nikola Katsikis' mixed-media piece, "Feeling California," shown here). If you've got kiddos, bring them along for the "KidsWalk" portion of the event, where they can take a drawing class, participate in craft-making activities and check out a one-ring circus. The live-music line-up's pretty nifty, too, and includes some CityBeat approved acts like Bart Mendoza, Josh Damigo and The Midnight Pine.
We can’t tell you how excited we got when Cinépolis and Arclight La Jolla opened, allowing us to sip wine while watching movies on the big screen. Wine and cinema just go together, people! The nice folks at The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library (1008 Wall St. in La Jolla) understand this as well as we do. Exhibit A: Flicks on the Bricks, a wine and film series held on the library’s outdoor patio. The series has already shown the classics The Big Sleep, Rear Window and Cinema Paradiso. The fourth and final installment, on Thursday, Aug. 22, will feature The Big Easy, the 1986 movie starring Dennis Quaid as a New Orleans cop and Ellen Barkin as a district attorney, who become embroiled in organized crime, police corruption and steamy, conflict-y romance. This hot and sticky film will be appropriately paired with Big Easy Red Malbec and Bawdy Bubbles King Creole Surprise. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will set you back $22 if you’re not an Athenaeum member. Sorry, kids, no wine for you—you have to be 21 or older to enjoy.
Last weekend, CicloSDias gave San Diegans a glimpse of how much better our streets would be if they were trafficked more heavily by bicycles than cars. So why not combine that experience with one of the city’s most enviable assets—its breathtaking coastline. For the sixth year in a row, Bike the Bay is taking place along the coast, with a 25-mile route that goes through San Diego, Coronado, National City, Chula Vista and Imperial Beach, with a starting and finish line at Embarcadero Marina Park South (the site of a post-ride festival). It’s also the only time of year that cyclists can ride over the Coronado Bridge. The event is being hosted by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, which is also the beneficiary of funds raised by the event. Bike the Bay takes place on Sunday, Aug. 25, and the cost to participate (if you register now) is $55.