Voice of San Diego hosts events throughout the year, including member coffees, happy hours with journalists, debates, our annual Politifest summit and donor recognition galas.

Voice of San Diego members receive free or discounted admission to our events. Nonmembers may purchase tickets to most of our events; in some cases, a ticket will include VOSD membership.

Questions? Contact Ashley Rodriguez at ashley@vosd.org

Upcoming Events

Member Coffee | December 7, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

Diversionary Theatre |  4545 Park Blvd #101, San Diego, CA 92116

We’re anxious to catch up with our valued members at the next member coffee! It’s been an exciting election season (with some key races still undetermined), so we will debrief the outcomes and talk with the editors about what that means for San Diego moving forward. As always, you’ll have the chance to talk with the VOSD team.

Questions? Contact Ashley Rodriguez at ashley@vosd.org

Past Events

Politifest 2022

Politifest 2022 featured live podcasts with mayoral candidates from South Bay — plus a full day of debates, panels and discussions on the region’s most pressing issues. Learn more.

Live Podcast | Novo Brazil Brewing

A live podcast in Chula Vista where we broke down the results of the June election and discussed South Bay politics with special guests.

Member Coffee | Cafe X

Our first in-person member coffee of the year. Managing editors Andrew Keatts and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña hosted a conversation about the upcoming election and what we’re covering in county news.

One River, Two Countries: Solving the Tijuana River Pollution Problem

July 7, 2021


VOSD environment reporter MacKenzie Elmer and Tijuanapress.com editor Vicente Calderón discussed with experts from both sides of the border what we know so far about the issue and what can be done. Watch the Tijuana River event here.

Unpacking the San Diego City Budget

April 21, 2021


During a live event member event, Voice of San Diego reporter Lisa Halverstadt and guests discussed the city of San Diego’s 2022 budget and examined challenges facing the city. Watch the full discussion here.

A Debate on the Future of the 79th Assembly District

Feb. 24, 2021 on YouTube


A discussion centered on education and criminal justice in the district with the five candidates running in a special election. Watch it here.

Town Hall: Mayoral Candidates Address the Future of Balboa Park

Oct. 9, 2020 on YouTube


Hosted by VOSD CEO and editor in chief Scott Lewis, this town hall was dedicated to the future of Balboa Park, and the mayoral candidates’ visions for a city gem. Watch it here.

Virtual Happy Hour

April 28, 2020 on Zoom


VOSD staff met our members online to discuss our pivot amid the coronavirus, the biggest stories we were covering and some silver linings worth considering.

15 Year of VOSD: Still Smarter Than Everyone

February 27, 2020 at the Museum of Photographic Arts


CEO and editor in chief Scott Lewis put on a show to thank VOSD supporters for helping us get to 15 years. The event included special guest, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, and current and past VOSD staff.

Member Coffee

February 4, 2020 at Mintz Levin


CEO and editor in chief Scott Lewis moderated a conversation with reporters Maya Srikrishnan, Jesse Marx and Kayla Jimenez about the upcoming March elections and ballot measures.

Brews and News

March 20, 2019 at Whistle Stop Bar


Hasan Ikhrata of SANDAG and Nicole Capretz of the Climate Action Campaign joined a live podcast talk about the future of San Diego transit.

The Voice is Right

February 7, 2019 at the Museum of Photographic Arts


A fun, game-themed evening with major donors and VOSD founders.

Member Coffee

January 16, 2019 at the San Diego Foundation


A lively discussion of the news, featuring the State of the City and major SANDAG developments.

Brews and News

November 14, 2018 at Iron Fist Brewery


Councilman David Alvarez and Council President Georgette Gomez share post-election insights.

Member Coffee

January 18, 2018 at the Oasis La Mesa


This east county member event featured an open discussion about the 2018 election.

Brews and News

January 18, 2018 at the Whistle Stop Bar


Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Mark Cafferty, CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, joined a live podcast recording to discuss a wide range of news topics to a full house.

Member Coffee

May 9, 2018 at the La Jolla Library


Voice reporter Ashly McGlone shared insights in to her investigation of sexual misconduct in public schools.

Brews and News

March 21, 2018 at Mike Hess Brewery


Voice staff and members mingled over craft beers in North Park.

VOSD Loves Itself (and You!)

February 22, 2018 at the Museum of Photographic Arts


Mayor Kevin Faulconer delivered a roast of VOSD at this donor recognition event.