La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events

Full steam ahead

Catch a glimpse into the world of Steampunk — a scene that blends Victorian attitudes and fashion with time travel and futuristic adventure — at the UC San Diego Steampunk Tea, 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 29 in Geisel Library West Wing on UCSD campus. Film screenings, speakers, Steampunk-inspired music. Free. (858) 822-5758.

Wild Nightlife

Starting Saturday, June 28, the San Diego Zoo will be open until 9 p.m. for the 25th annual Nighttime Zoo festivities. Check out a sunset Skyfari ride, the chance to see nocturnal animal activity, acrobatic performances and up-close animal presentations. Tickets: $36-$46. 2920 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park. (619) 231-1515.

Free Family Concert

La Jolla United Methodist Church’s Chancel and Dorian Bell Choirs, soloists, duos and instrumentalists perform songs from great American musicals during the annual Summer Pops Concert and Ice Cream Social, 7 p.m. Friday, June 27. Freewill offering. 6063 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 454-7108.

Rum Fest

Hiatus Lounge at Hotel La Jolla presents its second spirit festival of the season, Rum Fest, 4-7 p.m., Saturday, June 28. Tickets: $10 for a passport to taste all of the rum. 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive. (858) 551-3620,

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Science Talk Over Beers

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s program, “Two Scientists Walk into a Bar” returns to 25 bars throughout the county for informal Q&A, Thursday, June 26. Scientists will be easy to spot; just look for the sign that reads: “We are scientists. Ask us anything!” Participating bars and times:

or (619) 238-1233.

Dancing Docs

Parkinson’s Association presents Big Stage Ballroom — A Dancing for Parkinson’s event, 6 p.m. Saturday, June 28. Fred Astaire Dance Studio professionals and students (including local Parkinson’s doctors) perform. Proceeds fund Parkinson’s research and programs. Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $45. (858) 273-6763.

Scottish Shindig

The 41st annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering the Clans, a celebration of Scottish culture, is June 28-29 at Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Gates open 9 a.m. each day, with a closing ceremony at 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Scottish food, dancing, games, and drum and bagpipe performances. Admission: $6-14. (760) 726-3691.