The annual Hillcrest CityFest street festival is this Sunday. Known to many as "Pride Lite," it's another opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate in a relaxed atmosphere, on a typically sunny San Diego summer day.
Beside the official street festival (which this year includes, for the first time, an after-sundown "CityFest Night" party under the Hillcrest sign), immediately adjacent bars and clubs like Urban Mo's, Fiesta Cantina, #1 Fifth Avenue, Babycakes and Brass Rail should all be having some of their biggest non-Pride crowds of the year.
In particular, Brass Rail will be having a no-cover CityFest 2012 Party all day long, with DJ Shane Stiel, DJ Dirty Kurty and DJ Raji Rabbit, while Babycakes will be having CityFest Celebration on their patio starting at noon. Down the street, Top of the Park will be serving up an extra festive Tea Dance and BBQ from noon to 6 pm. And at Fiesta Cantina, DJ John Joseph will be spinning a Sunday Funday CityFest 2012 party from 3 pm to 8 pm.
DJ Alexander returns to Rich's
We got a big night at Rich's this Friday for Circuit Pop. International DJ/Producer Alexander is returning to Rich's after a bit of a hiatus (it's been three or four years I think). Indeed, it looks like this may be the beginning of a monthly Circuit Pop appearance at Rich's for DJ Alexander, a fact eagerly anticipated by many fans here in San Diego (I know Ray Trujillo, for example, is ready to serve and werk).
Joining him will be DJ Will Z in the front room; in fact, you can get in free before midnight by showing your "Z Pass" on your DJ Will Z mobile app.
And this Saturday, we have a very unique and unusual event coming up: A midnight water gun fight in Balboa Park being organized by Ken St. Pierre and others. The idea is to "... meet at the large fountain in front of San Diego Natural History Museum at 11:45 pm (near Park Boulevard). First "squirt" will be at the stroke of midnight and then it is a free-for-all of water gun madness!!!"
The event is BYOWG (bring your own water gun) and pool attire is suggested, as everyone will be getting soaking wet. The fascinating thing is, this event has already generated LOTS of attention; as I write this over 900 people have already indicated themselves as "Going" on Facebook, and organizers are hoping the event will continue to go viral and attract over 1,000 potential attendees. So yeah, this should be interesting!
"So You Think You Can Drag" at Lips
After CityFest, I'll be heading over to Lips for "So You Think You Can Drag," their monthly amateur drag contest that has become quite the popular night there as of late.
Hosted by the fabulous Disco Dollie, the evening features not only the contest (with a $100 first prize ... call 619-295-7900 to sign up), but drink specials all night long as well.
Dinner starts at 7 pm, the show at 8 pm, and the contest at 9 pm. Cover is only $5 ($2.50 for industry) plus a $15 food minimum.
Last Pride at Eden
Eden may have closed permanently a couple weeks ago, but let there be no doubt that they went out with a bang. As a parting gift to the community they put together this San Diego Pride 2012 Recap at Eden video, with many of the highlights from that memorable weekend:
Last week's events