What are the best festivals in San Diego this season?

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Julia Weiler

San Diego is flush with exciting summer festivals and choosing which ones to attend can be tricky.  While it would be impossible to hit them all, here are a few worth checking out:

The 2013 Summer Shakespearean Festival
The highly acclaimed, Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theatre  returns this summer with an alternating repertoire of much-loved classics performed under the stars at their alfresco theatre.   This year’s lineup combines the quick and witty Tony-winning farce Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard with Shakespeare’s enchanting and undeniably magical fairy tale A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and his memorable saga The Merchant of Venice.  Performances take place Tuesdays through Sundays at 8pm until Labor Day, and on Tuesday Wednesday and Sunday at 7:00 PM, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 8:00 PM after Labor Day.   For tickets and more information visit http://www.theoldglobe.org

ArtWalk San Diego at NTC Liberty Station
Once know as ArtWalk on the Bay, the newly named ArtWalk San Diego is the county’s biggest art event of the season.  Now in it’s 8th year, the annual event takes place at NTC Liberty station, San Diego’s leading arts and cultural district.  Once a Naval Training Center, the area is now a hip and happening hub of artist studios, performing arts, museums, and galleries.  This year’s fine art festival will be held on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 and will feature works by more than a dozen artists, which can be admired and purchased under the shining summer sun.  Musical performances, interactive children’s activities, and gourmet food booths will complement the experience.  For more information visit: http://www.artwalksandiego.org/ntc/index.htm

Festival of Sail 2013
Hosted by the Maritime Museum, the Festival of Sail is the largest tall ship celebration on the entire west coast and it's one of San Diego’s most popular events.  This year’s swarthy affair will take place from Friday August 30 through Monday September 2, 2013 over Labor Day weekend from 9am to 7pm daily.  Highlight s of the festival include the opportunity to board and explore the tall ships, a tall ship parade, cannon salutes, and plenty of photo ops with good-natured pirates.   A very special 30-minute cruise aboard the tall ship Pilot is also available.  The four-day nautical event will include food, art and craft booths and will be held at North Embarcadero.  For more information visit: http://www.sdmaritime.org/festival-of-sail/


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