Point Loma-OB Happenings: Walk for Animals, market anniversary, ‘Parrots & Pirates,’ Kite Festival, more

Walk for Animals San Diego, pictured in 2019, returns on Saturday, May 7, at NTC Park at Liberty Station in Point Loma.
(Courtesy of San Diego Humane Society)

Walk for Animals coming to Liberty Station on May 7

The San Diego Humane Society invites pet lovers to participate in its Walk for Animals San Diego at NTC Park at Liberty Station in Point Loma on Saturday, May 7.

The walk is returning in person after cancellations the past two years amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, one of the organization’s largest annual fundraisers, also welcomes participants to walk in their own neighborhood and raise funds online.

The event will begin at 7 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast and entertainment, followed by a blessing of the animals at 8:30.

Two-mile and half-mile walking routes begin at 9 a.m., and there will be dog activities and vendor booths until 11.

Registration for adults is $30 through Friday, May 6, and $40 the day of the event. For children 17 and younger it is $15 and $20.

NTC Park is at 2455 Cushing Road. Register at

Ocean Beach Farmers Market marks 30th anniversary

Marissa Kastelic and Kelin Jones of Culinary Elite Street Food & Catering work their booth at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market.
Marissa Kastelic and Kelin Jones, owner of Culinary Elite Street Food & Catering, work their booth at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market in 2020.
(Milan Kovacevic)

The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the weekly Ocean Beach Farmers Market from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11.

The festivities in the 4900 block of Newport Avenue will include the unveiling of a canvas tote bag with an updated farmers market logo, along with a drawing for a chance to win farmers market flowers, plants, produce, breads, desserts, komchucha, honey, hot food and more.

The Ocean Beach Farmers Market is open every Wednesday with certification through the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The open-air market has more than 100 vendors, including farmers, artisans, food from around the world and more.

OB Woman’s Club to host ‘Parrots & Pirates in Paradise’ fundraiser

“Parrots & Pirates in Paradise,” a fundraiser for the Ocean Beach Woman’s Club, is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the club, 2160 Bacon St.

The event for guests 21 and older will include four courses of hors d’oeuvres; a bar featuring the OBWC mai tai, beer, wine and soft drinks; a disc jockey; parrots; a pirate costume contest; outdoor games; a silent auction; raffles and available child care.

Tickets are $30 in advance at and $40 at the door. For more information, call (619) 222-1008 or email

Runners, walkers can help families of hospitalized infants at Miracle Babies Superhero 5K

The 14th annual Miracle Babies Superhero 5K is set for 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 15, at Liberty Station’s NTC Park. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superheroes as they run or walk 3.1 miles to support families with hospitalized infants and promote perinatal mental health.

The 5K run will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a 5K walk at 9 a.m. Onsite registration will begin at 7 a.m., though online registration is encouraged.

The event also includes a diaper and dog dash, a merchant and resource fair, food trucks, games, crafts, exotic cars, superheroes and more.

Registration fees range from $15 for youths ages 6-10 to $50 for adults. For those unable to make the 5K in person, there is a virtual event through May 31.

NTC Park is at 2455 Cushing Road, Point Loma. To register for the in-person or virtual 5K, visit

OB Kite Festival to take to the sky May 21

The OB Kite Festival will fly into Robb Field on Saturday, May 21.

The Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach will present the annual OB Kite Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Robb Field, 2525 Bacon St., between the San Diego River and West Point Loma Boulevard.

The free event will include prizes for best-decorated kites by age category, kite-flying demonstrations, carnival rides and a craft fair. Youngsters will be taught how to make kites, with all materials supplied.

Entertainment and lunch are provided.

GoodBar is back with a new menu and new look

Point Loma’s GoodBar has reopened at 1872 Rosecrans St. after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus with new cocktails and dishes, refreshed decor and a comedy lineup.

“We are thrilled to reintroduce GoodBar to the Point Loma community and welcome our friends back to their favorite neighborhood bar and show new guests what makes us ‘gooder than ever,’” co-owner Kenny Casciato said in a statement.

GoodBar has introduced a menu including a variety of cheesesteaks, small bites, burgers and more. The 1,300-square-foot space also has a new look, with built-in booths and a refreshed logo and signage.

Its “Good Jokes” comedy series includes stand-up comedians performing at 8 p.m. on select Wednesdays through May for guests 21 and older. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased online. For more information, visit

High school jazz musicians from Young Lions to play at Balboa Theatre

“Journey Into Jazz,” presented by the nonprofit Classics 4 Kids, will feature live music from the 17-member Classics Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied by six high school jazz artists from the Point Loma-based Young Lions Jazz Conservatory on May 24-25 at the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego.

The performances for San Diego County elementary school students will be held at 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. both days. Tickets are gone for the 9:45 shows but are available for the 11:30 performances at

The Young Lions Jazz Conservatory, founded by jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, works to find opportunities for instructors and students to share their musical resources and expertise beyond the classroom, including through partnerships with other nonprofits such as Classics 4 Kids. For more information about Young Lions, visit

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cookoff returns June 25

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cookoff 2022 logo
(Ocean Beach MainStreet Association)

The 42nd annual Street Fair & Chili Cookoff is on its way back to Ocean Beach from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25, in the 4800 to 5000 blocks of Newport Avenue.

The free event features:

  • Three stages of live music
  • Beachside Beer Garden and spirits for guests 21 and older with live music from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Chili Cookoff tasting and contest at 11 a.m. at Veterans Plaza
  • More than 200 food and merchandise vendors
  • Artist Alley featuring arts and crafts vendors
  • Seaside family fun zone featuring bounce houses, children’s games and crafts
  • Free music lessons with Rock & Roll San Diego
  • Community mural project
  • Hodad’s burger-eating contest
  • Dirty Birds wing-eating contest
  • Free rides to and from Ocean Beach on Old Town Trolleys running every half-hour from Robb Field and every hour from Sea World Drive at Pacific Highway between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The Chili Cookoff will feature 20 tasting booths in both amateur and restaurant divisions. Tasting can be purchased for $2 per chili entry, with a bowl of committee chili for $4. To try every recipe and vote for your favorite costs $20.
For information on entering the cookoff, visit

— Compiled by Point Loma-OB Monthly staff


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