Top Things to Do in San Diego – September 12-15, 2013

Holy Smokes! This weekend is packed with so many great things to do including the sneak peek of San Diego Restaurant Week, #SDRWTASTE2013, and so much more. There’s no reason not to be in San Diego!


#SDRWTASTE2013 - San Diego Restaurant Week

Get a sneak peek of San Diego Restaurant Week at #SDRWTASTE2013

Along the waterfront, more than 40 of San Diego Restaurant Week’s best restaurants and chefs will be serving up samples of house specialties that will delight your taste buds! Local wineries and breweries will also serve tasters paired with the food samples to enhance the flavors.

Where: Broadway Pier, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 12, 2013
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $60
> Find out more about #SDRWTASTE2013

San Diego Bayfair

San Diego Bayfair

Fueling up to reach speeds up to 225 miles an hour over Mission Bay at the San Diego Bayfair

More than 150 teams will race at speeds up to 225 miles an hour over the waters of Mission Bay. Those on land can marvel at the high-speed racing while also enjoying live entertainment, vendors, great food and beer gardens, fireworks, kid’s fun zone and other family activities.

Tip: Save yourself the hassle of trying to find parking near the festival and use one of the shuttle’s parking area.

Where: 1404 Vacation Rd‎, San Diego, CA 92109
When: September 13-15, 2013
Cost: $20-$250
> Find out more about San Diego Bayfair


Latin Food Fest - Top Things to Do in San Diego

¡LATIN FOOD FEST! is a culinary celebration with over 14 events. Don’t miss out on the grand tasting event at The Port Pavilion on Broadway where you will taste delicious tapa-size dishes and drink samples from the region’s top 60 restaurants, and purveyors of artisan food, beer, wine and spirits – all celebrating the cuisine of Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Where: Various locations
When: September 12-15, 2013
> Find out more about ¡LATIN FOOD FEST!

Fiestas Patrias Celebration

Folklorico Dance in Old Town State Historic Park

Enjoy the traditional Folklorico Dance in Old Town State Historic Park

The Fiestas Patrias commemorates Mexico’s independence from Spain and the beginning of the main period of significance for Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Activities will focus on the rich and diverse Mexican heritage that was vital in the development of San Diego and California. Enjoy music, dancing, games and activities for the entire family.

Where: 4002 Wallace St., San Diego, CA 92110
When: September 14, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Fiestas Patrias Celebration

San Diego Music Thing

San Diego Music Thing 2013 - Top Things to Do

In addition to being an amazing 2-day conference featuring speakers, interactive and roundtable sessions with nationally-known panelists from New York, Los Angeles and Austin representing the best and most innovative aspects of the music business, the San Diego Music Thing will also include an evening Music Festival, with more than 150 local, regional and national bands performing at more than 12 venues around San Diego.

Where: Conference – Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego – 1433 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108
Concerts – Various locations throughout San Diego
September 13-14, 2013
Cost: $25-$55
> Find out more about San Diego Music Thing

Coronado Art Walk

Coronado Art Walk Kid's Art Activity

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of art, sunshine and plenty of fun

Take a walk along San Diego’s Enchanted Island and browse amazing works by local artists featuring painting, hand-crafted jewelry, photography, ceramics and other mediums. Coronado Art Walk will also include art activities to delight both children and adults, including The Rad Hatter, face painting and weaving.

Where: Coronado Ferry Landing – 1100 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: September 14-15, 2013
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Coronado Art Walk

24th Annual Sycuan Pow-Wow

Sycuan PowWow

Immerse yourself in the dance of the Kumeyaay Nation at the Sycuan Pow-Wow

Join the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation for three days of cultural dance, music and food. While only registered contestants can participate in the dancing contests, everyone else can take part when an “intertribal” dance is announced, as everyone shares a place in the circle. There are no spectators at a Pow-Wow, everyone is a participant!

Where: 5459 Sycuan Road, El Cajon, CA 92019
When: September 13-15, 2013
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 24th Annual Sycuan Pow-Wow

Santee Bluegrass Festival

Santee Bluegrass Festival -

Beautiful weather, delicious food and drink, and great music at the Santee Bluegrass Festival

Take part under the warm skies of East County with an evening of fine wines, a bevy of brews, tasty treats, bidding bazaar and live Bluegrass music played by Box Canyon and The Tail Draggers.

Where: 550 Park Center Drive, Santee, CA 92071
When: September 14, 2013
Time: 5:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $35-$45
> Find out more about the Santee Bluegrass Festival

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

5 thoughts on “Top Things to Do in San Diego – September 12-15, 2013

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    PARTICIPATE – Unity of Carlsbad – CELEBRATE!

    Saturday, September 14, 2013
    10am – 2pm
    Pine Avenue Park, 3333 Harding Street
    Carlsbad Village

    FREE ADMISSION – Bring a Lawn Chair or Blanket – FAMILY FUN!

    10-11am – Joyful Interfaith Prayer Ceremony
    Featuring Various World Faith Community Leaders!
    Celebrants Include:
    Rev. Ray Wiggins, Unity of Carlsbad
    Gordon MacGregor, The Chopra Center
    Rev. Dr. Abigail Albert, All Faith Center
    Dale Bach, Agape Center
    Devra Gregory, Wiccan Priestess
    Teri Wilder, Singer / Songwriter

    11:15-11:45am – Universal Dances of Peace – Sufi Dancing
    Lori Mac, Universal Dances of Peace

    12-12:05 – Unity Spirit Dancers perform: “Journey Home”

    12:15-12:45pm – Family Laughter Yoga
    Sarito Sun, Laughter Yoga

    1:15-1:45pm – Drum & Dance Circle – Bring any Instrument!
    Devra Gregory, Drummer

    1:45-2pm – Closing Prayer Circle & Health Blessings
    Elivia Melodey, Singing Crystal Bowl
    Bring Singing Bowls, Bells and Gongs!

    DJ Taktic, Spinning Chill Lounge Tunes

    Dozens of Mind, Body & Spirit Vendors:
    Healthy Foods, Healing Arts and Conscious Crafts!
    Kid’s Zone – Facepainting, Balloon Sculptures, Fun Games!

    Interested Vendors – Email
    or Call: 760-580-0116

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