The plaza leading to Imperial Beach’s pier hosts one of several festivals this hot weekend. Photo by Chris Stone

Some like it hot, and heading into this San Diego weekend, those folks have it really good. Relief starts Saturday for the rest of us. Do your best to stay cool at festivals across the county – in the city, North County and South Bay.

Vogue Tavern hosts one of the 25th annual Lemon Festival’s two stages at its open-air lot with Padre Manny Machado “Sky’s The Limit” mural as a backdrop. The annual Third Avenue Village fest pays tribute to Chula Vista’s agricultural history, with much sweet and tart lemon goodness to pucker you up. Live music starts at 11 a.m. with a lineup that includes headliners E.N. Young and Imperial Sound and tribute band SantanaWays. Stroll Third between E and Davidson streets.

A little farther south, Mike Hess Brewing celebrates its anniversary with Hess Fest at Imperial Beach’s Pier Plaza. Go for the beer, sure, but also enjoy the sea air, live music, a cornhole tournament and food vendors too. General admission costs $30, with discounts for non-drinkers and youth too.

You can do beer at the beach or how about with pop-ups and vintage goods? Try Vintage & Vinyl, a buy-sell-trade event hosted by Original 40 Brewing Company in North Park. Weekend Records SD and pop-up shops Day to Day Vintage and Revival Vintage Eyewear sell their wares at 4 p.m. Saturday. In addition, artist Kenton Hoppas will offer custom drawings. The brewer’s latest beer releases are Stratiform (Double Dry Hopped Hazy IPA) and Westerly Flow (Double Dry Hopped West Coast IPA).

Hillcrest, home to the annual community event, City Fest . File photo

Summer features a full slate of fests in San Diego, but how many welcome your doggie BFF too? Pupologie Cardiff Dog Days of Summer for one. Head to Encinitas Community Park at 10 a.m. Sunday for dog contests, live music, food trucks and more.

If culture is more your bag, try the Philippine Cultural Arts Festival at 10 a.m. Sunday. The free fest, on the lawn at Park Boulevard and Presidents Way, features dance and music, Filipino delicacies and several local vendors.

City Fest in Hillcrest offers up live bands and electric dance music, along with arts, crafts and food along a half-mile stretch of Fifth Avenue south of University Avenue from noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. The free fest includes nine blocks of vendors, two stages, arts and crafts and a kids pavilion.



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