San Diego Community News Group
LIVE EVENTS ARE BACK! From goldfish races to comedy shows, quiz nights and a new skatepark
Mavericks Beach Club recently hosted a wrestlemania type event in its fenced outdoor area. COURTESY PHOTO
Live events are gradually restarting as the San Diego waterfront and its restaurants and bars return to something more normal. What’s coming back and what’s new?
Goldfish racing is back at the PB Shore Club at 4343 Ocean Blvd. Mavericks at 860 Garnet Ave. offers mini-golf and just hosted a professional wrestling exhibition.
DJs are back at the Firehouse American Eatery & Lounge at 722 Grand Ave. Live music and bar events are back at Moonshine Beach at 1165 Garnet Ave. Local PB at 809 Thomas Ave. “Always” has events and activities going on.
And the old Wavehouse in Belmont Park at 3146 Mission Beach Blvd. in Mission Beach has transformed into Club Aqua with its two offerings: a skatepark with programming for young people all year round, as well as beach chairs / sunbeds and other rentals related to surfing.
“You have our skatepark, which is unique to San Diego, which just opened on June 28, and on the other side, you have the beach rentals on the boardwalk,” said Ashleigh Conaway, director of operations at the Club. Aqua.
“Most of the skate parks in San Diego are concrete and ours is wood. It’s definitely a different skate experience on wood compared to concrete, as wood is much more forgiving. You get a different grip on the plank on the wood, a different response.
People by late Friday afternoon were in the skatepark space in its first week. A young woman with all the appropriate gear was warming up on the park’s wooden peaks and troughs resembling waves. A pre-teen made amazing moves on the ramps, while two other young men practiced overcoming obstacles on the course while enjoying their rides.
Just steps from the Mission Beach boardwalk, Club Aqua is open for general admission to snowboarders of all skill levels. The skatepark offers lessons, rental equipment and will soon be opening a pro-shop filled with everything you need to ride. Club Aqua also offers beach rentals of all kinds, from beach chairs and loungers to bodyboards, surfboards, stand-up paddles, surf mats, giant air chambers and swim fins.
“The park here is open to all styles of skateboarding so skeet, skate scooters, they’re all welcome,” Conaway said adding, “We’re actually talking about possibly having competitions, bringing in pro skateboarders. here. The other thing we do is run our unique youth programs Monday through Friday to include skating, swimming at The Plunge, and spending time on the beach and playing. There really isn’t anywhere elsewhere in San Diego where you can get all of this stuff in one summer camp, which is pretty cool.
PB Local, a few blocks north of Belmont Park, lived up to its usual tips for pleasing and entertaining guests. Restaurant / bar spokesperson Lindsay McDermott confirmed that local PB almost always “has” something to do.
“Wednesday is our karaoke night with boneless wing specialties,” McDermott noted. “Thursday we have an amazing quiz night. Saturday and Sunday evenings on the lawn with Chef Rico are amazing. We also have DJs from Thursday to Sunday.
A few blocks and around the corner, Mavericks Beach Club is returning to normal by restarting its ever-festive outdoor vibe while rekindling its many entertainment options. These most recently included a wrestlemania-type event on July 5 in a ring, as well as the conversion of its fenced outdoor space for use in other special events.
“We’re just lucky to have so much outdoor space, it really saved us during the pandemic,” said Krista Marcheschi, Mavericks’ events and marketing manager. “We turned outdoor Mavericks into a mini golf course to kick off our opening weekend after COVID restrictions were lifted. It was awesome, great fun and crazy. And the wrestling event was amazing, really fun. We’re working on a few other things, like turning our field into a volleyball court and having a tournament. Mavericks is where everyone is welcome and feels at home.
Every Thursday, Mavericks also turns part of its space into a comedy club featuring an incredible array of headliners. Since launching the comedy night a few months ago, it has since taken off and word has spread to guests and comedians that Mavericks is the place to be for live entertainment.
There will also be a Drag Me To Mavericks – Post Pride Party on Monday July 19 from noon to 3 p.m.