Live events are gradually rebooting as San Diego’s beachfront along with its restaurants and bars returns to something more like normal. What’s coming back and what’s new?
Goldfish races are back at PB Shore Club at 4343 Ocean Blvd. Mavericks at 860 Garnet Ave. is offering mini golf, and just held a pro wrestling exhibition.
DJs have returned to Firehouse American Eatery & Lounge at 722 Grand Ave. Live music and bar events have returned to Moonshine Beach at 1165 Garnet Ave. PB local at 809 Thomas Ave. “always” has events and activities going on.
And the former Wavehouse in Belmont Park at 3146 Mission Beach Blvd. in Mission Beach has morphed into Club Aqua with its dual offerings: a skatepark with year-round youth programming, along with beach chair/lounger and other surf-related rentals.
“You’ve got our skatepark, which is unique to San Diego, that just opened June 28, and on the other side you have the beach rentals on the boardwalk,” said Ashleigh Conaway, director of operations at Club Aqua.
“Most skateparks in San Diego are made out of concrete and ours is made out of wood. It’s definitely a different skate experience on the wood versus the concrete, as the wood is a lot more forgiving. You get a different handle on the board on the wood, a different response.”
People on a late Friday afternoon were in the skatepark space during its debut week. A young woman with all the proper gear was warming up on the park’s wooden peaks and dips resembling waves. A pre-teen boy was making some astounding moves on the ramps, while two other young men practiced overcoming obstacles on the course while enjoying their rides.
Just steps away from Mission Beach boardwalk, Club Aqua is open for general admission to skateboarders of all skill levels. The skatepark offers lessons, rental gear, and will soon open a pro-shop stocked with everything you need to get rolling. Also available from Club Aqua are beach rentals of all sorts, everything from beach chairs and loungers to bodyboards, surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, surf mats, giant inner tubes, and swim fins.
“The park here is open to all skate styles so skeet, skateboard scooters, they’re all welcome,” said Conaway adding, “We’re actually talking about possibly hosting some competitions, get some pro skateboarders down here. The other thing we’re doing is operating our one-of-a-kind youth programs Monday through Friday to include skating, swimming at The Plunge, and hanging out on the beach and playing. There really isn’t anywhere else in San Diego where you can get all those things in one summer camp, which is pretty cool.”
PB Local, a few blocks north of Belmont Park, was up to its usual tricks pleasing and entertaining guests. Restaurant/bar spokesperson Lindsay McDermott confirmed that PB local “does” almost always have something going on.
“Wednesday is our karaoke night with boneless wing specials,” noted McDermott. “Thursday we have an incredible trivia night. Saturday/Sunday nights on the front lawn with chef Rico are amazing. We also have DJs Thursdays through Sundays.”
A few blocks away and around the corner, Mavericks Beach Club is returning to normal rebooting its always-festive open-air ambiance while rekindling its extensive entertainment options. Those most recently included a wrestlemania-type event on July 5 in a ring, as well as converting its fenced-in outdoor space for use in other special events.
“We’re just fortunate to have so much outdoor space, that truly saved us during the pandemic,” said Krista Marcheschi, Mavericks’ events and marketing manager. “We turned Mavericks outdoors into a mini-golf course to kick-off our opening weekend following the lifting of COVID restrictions. It was awesome, big fun, and crazy. And the wrestling event was unbelievable, just really silly fun. We’re working on a few other things, like turning our lot into a volleyball court and having a tourney. Mavericks is the spot where everyone is welcome and feels at home.”
Every Thursday, Mavericks also transforms some of its space into a comedy club featuring an incredible array of headliners. Since launching comedy night a few months ago, it has since taken off and the word has spread to guests and comedians alike that Mavericks is the place to be for live entertainment.
There is also going to be a Drag Me To Mavericks - Post Pride Party on Monday, July 19 from noon to 3 p.m.