Top Things to Do in San Diego – September 22-27, 2015

Spend the first weekend of Fall enjoying San Diego’s famous lingering Summer weather at the beach and then cool off with one of these top things to do.

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San Diego Restaurant Week

For one week only, Sunday, September 20th through Sunday, September 27th, indulge on dishes, compiled of local products and ingredients, at more than 180 participating restaurants. Dinner will be served as a three-course, prix-fixe menu for just $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and lunch will be served as a two-course prix-fixe menu for only $10, $15 or $20 per person. This is meal-stealing, people! Saturday will be included once again, giving you that extra date night or chance to impress the boss!

When: Through September 27, 2015
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

The first-ever International Surfing Association (ISA) World Adaptive Surfing Championship presented by Hurley and Challenged Athletes Foundation is set to unite the global community of adaptive surfers. By teaming up with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), one of the recognized leaders in the physically challenged sports community, the ISA is excited to unify world-wide efforts for the advancement of Adaptive Surfing. This World Championship will serve as the preeminent platform for physically challenged surfers to display their talents in competition.

Where: La Jolla Shores – 8302 Camino Del Oro, San Diego, CA 92037
When: September 24-27, 2015
Cost: Free to View
> Find out more about the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

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RISE of the Jack O'Lantern

Lighting up the night this October at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an all new family friendly fall event, RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns! Come see more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors arranged in creative ways along a 1/3-mile scenic walking trail all set to an original music score produced exclusively for The RISE!

Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
When: October 2-25, 2015
Cost: $22-$30
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Storm Large & Le Bonheur

Storm Large & Le Bonheur

Storm Large will be recognized as the lead vocalist Pink Martini, but it is with her loyal and fearless band, Le Bonheur, that she has been grabbing audiences by the lapels and refusing to let go. Storm Large may appear to be a six foot tattooed Vargas pin up girl, but with a voice that goes from a velvety purr to a mighty Valkyrie in a single phrase, she is a vocalist whose irrepressible talent defies the laws of nature.

Where: California Center for the Arts, Escondido – 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
When: September 24, 2015
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $35-$45
> Find out more about Storm Large & Le Bonheur

Poway Rodeo

Girls Carrying Flags on top of Horses at the Poway Rodeo

Western Fun at the Poway Rodeo

Professional rodeo cowboys from around the country compete during the 41st Annual Poway Rodeo. Guests can watch contestants compete in events such as Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Bull Riding. There’s even a “Mutton Bustin” event where kids under 50lbs. ride sheep. They try to hold on for 8 seconds, just like the cowboys. There’s also a free dance for everyone 21 and over after the rodeo each night.

Where: Poway Valley Riders Association – 14336 Tierra Bonita, Poway, CA 92064
When: September 25-26, 2015
Cost: $5-$45
> Find out more about the Poway Rodeo

San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Petco Park

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park! Promotions and game day activities include: Fiesta in the Park on Friday; Padres Team Photo on Saturday; and KidsFest, Salute to the Mitlary Family, and a screening of The Lego Movie on the largest video board in the National League from the field at Petco Park on Sunday.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 25-27, 2015
> Find out more about the San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Adams Avenue Street Fair

Adams Avenue Street Fair

Dance like nobody is watching at SoCal’s largest free two-day music festival, the Adams Avenue Street Fair

The Adams Avenue Street Fair features more than 90 musical acts performing on seven stages on Adams Avenue. In addition to the exciting musical lineup, there will be beer gardens, a beer tasting area, giant carnival rides, and more than 350 food, arts and craft vendors selling their specialties throughout the street fair venue.

Where: 34th and Adams, San Diego, CA 92116
When: September 26-27, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Adams Avenue Street Fair

Julian Apple Days Festival

Julian Apple Days Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Apple pies, live entertainment, children’s activities and more at the Julian Apple Days Festival

As part of Julian’s Apple Days Celebration, a two-day Apple Days Festival features apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, and, of course, apple pie. The first 250 people through the gate (paid admission only) each day receive a free pie server.

Where: Menghini Winery – 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
When: September 26-27, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $5. Kids 12 and Under – Free
> Find out more about Julian Apple Days Festival

Oceanside Harbor Days

Oceanside Harbor Days' Nail n Sail Competition

Think you can build a better boat during Oceanside Harbor Days’ Nail ‘n’ Sail competition?

Two event filled days of sun, sand, and surf provide an outstanding opportunity for residents and neighbors to experience fun activities including the new Sandcastle competition, Entertainment Stage, Arts, Crafts and Food booth areas, Nail ‘n’ Sail Competition, Military, Public Safety displays, and more.

Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: September 26-27, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Oceanside Harbor Days

20th Annual Pacific Islander Festival

Pacific Islander Festival Dancer

Immerse yourself in the cultures of the South Pacific at the Pacific Islander of San Diego Festival

A free event that showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with continuous entertainment throughout the weekend. Held at Mission Bay’s Ski Beach, the event also features food, music and specialty crafts unique to each culture.

Where: Mission Bay’s Ski Beach – Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109
When: September 26-27, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 20th Annual Pacific Islander Festival

Tour de Fat San Diego

Tour de Fat San Diego

Start of Tour de Fat San Diego with a fun townie and hundreds of your new best friends

Opening each show with a costumed bike parade through the host city, Tour de Fat celebrates the power of the bike by encouraging everyone to embrace their inner-cyclist and ride the streets as a rolling carnival of creativity. The festival also features a celebration of the inspirational car-for-bike swapper series in which brave souls hand over their car keys as a commitment to commute by bike.

Where: Golden Hill Park – 2590 Golden Hill Drive, San Diego, CA 92102
When: September 26, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free. Registration with Goodies – $5-$10
> Find out more about Tour de Fat San Diego

San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration

San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebra

Help support San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy as you enjoy more than 150 food and beverage partners, listen to like music, meet animal ambassadors, and bid on your favorite items in the Silent Auction.

Where: San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 26, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $95-$350
> Find out more about the San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration

Cabrillo Festival

Cabrillo Festival

Learn about the history and cultures of San Diego at the Cabrillo Festival

The Cabrillo Festival is a fun event for the entire family, with educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances. Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures that are part of the Age of Exploration. The Cabrillo Festival features food booths with delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food. Vendors will showcase their various artistic goods.

Where: Naval Base Point Loma – 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
When: September 27, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Cabrillo Festival

 

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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.

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