Top Things to Do in San Diego: September 19-24, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including the MCAS Miramar Air Show and these top things to do.

San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park! Game day promotions and events include: Thursday – College Night; Friday – Fiesta in the Park; Saturday – 2017 Team Photo & 2018 Padres Schedule, Postgame Fireworks; Sunday – Kidsfest.

Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 21-24, 2017
Cost: Check website for seat pricing
> Find out more about the Padres vs. Rockies

Taste of the Port

Taste of the Port

Enjoy an evening on the Bay with tastings from top waterfront restaurants, while watching three of San Diego’s best chefs square off in a live Green Chef of the Bay cooking competition.

Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier – 1000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 21, 2017
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $45-$70
> Find out more about the Taste of the Port

Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel

Courtesy of the Haunted Hotel

This year, plunge into the chaos of the Hellevator, stroll down the Zombie infested alley, play with the creepy dolls of Doll Island take a ride to insanity on the Clown Subway and survive the mayhem of the Twisted Torture Temple!

Where: 424 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 22 – October 31, 2017
Cost: $19-$29
> Find out more about The Haunted Hotel

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot - Top Things to Do in San Diego

With an iconic score from music legend Elton John, Billy Elliot is a powerful story of one boy’s journey to follow his dreams and inspire his community to find solidarity in the midst of challenging times. Based on the heartwarming and award-winning film, 11-year-old Billy stumbles from the boxing ring into a ballet class. After discovering his extraordinary gift and passion for dance, Billy struggles to find acceptance from his coal-mining father.

Where: Spreckels Theater – 121 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 22 – October 1, 2017
Cost: $22-$72
> Find out more about Billy Elliot

2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

MCAS Miramar Air Show - Blue Angels

MCAS Miramar is honored to host an amazing lineup of military and civilian performers including the world famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels for what is sure to be another thrilling performance. Civilian Breitling L-39 Jet Team will be performing along with U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, U.S. Army Golden Knights and the amazing Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF).

Where: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
When: September 22-24, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about 2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

Poway Rodeo

Poway Rodeo

Professional rodeo cowboys from around the country compete during the 43rd 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.

Where: Poway Valley Riders Association – 14336 Tierra Bonita, Poway, CA 92064
When: September 22-23, 2017
Cost: $6-$70
> Find out more about the Poway Rodeo

23rd Annual San Diego Festival of Beer

23rd Annual San Diego Festival of Beer

This year we’re excited to celebrate our 23rd year with the biggest and best festival yet! This year’s Festival will return to the Broadway Pier. The indoor/outdoor event will feature live music and nearly 60 different breweries serving up 120 varieties of tasty brews.

Where: Broadway Pier – 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $30-$40
> Find out more about the 23rd Annual San Diego Festival of Beer

Chef Throwdown

You are invited to be a part of an unforgettable evening of epicurean splendor showcasing the talents of over 25 of the best chefs from San Diego and Baja. The progressive evening will bring together local fashionable foodies awarding a ‘People’s Choice’ and a Culinary Council of celebrity top chefs and food critics, awarding the Chef Flor Franco Awards for Culinary Excellence. Last year’s judges included Richard Sandoval, Troy Johnson, Sam-the-Cooking-Guy, Claudia Sandoval and Brian Malarkey.

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: September 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 11:30 PM
Cost: Starting at $250
 > Find out more about the Chef Throwdown

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular

SeaWorlds Halloween Spooktacular is their biggest fall festival, with weekends brimming with family fun. Catch spooky live shows, join in on Halloween activities and let the little ones trick-or-treat throughout the park in a safe, family-friendly environment.

Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Saturday-Sunday – September 23 – October29, 2017
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Halloween Spooktacular

Impossible Science Festival

Join the Fleet’s Curator of Impossible Science, Jason Latimer, as he hosts the second annual Impossible Science Festival. The Impossible Science Festival will be a hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and other amazing feats of science. This event will examine the question “what is possible?” and use visual and interactive experiences to show how the seemingly impossible can become possible through curiosity and knowledge.

Where: Fleet Science Center – 1875 El Prado Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 23-24, 2017
Cost: $19.95-$22.95
> Find out more about the Impossible Science Festival

Julian Apple Days Festival

Julian Apple Days Festival

The two-day Apple Days Festival will feature 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.

Where: Menghini Winery – 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
When: September 23-24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $5
> Find out more about the Julian Apple Days Festival

23rd Annual Pacific Islander Festival

Pacific Islander Festival

Pacific Islander Festival showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with entertainment, food, music and specialty crafts.

Where: Mission Bay’s Ski Beach – Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109
When: September 23-24, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 23rd Annual Pacific Islander Festival

San Diego Restaurant Week

The 13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, September 24th through Sunday, October 1st with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.

When: September 24 – October 1, 2017
Cost: $10-$50
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

First Annual Summer Send Off Luau

First Annual Summer Send Off Luau

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, join us for one last summer celebration! Your ticket includes over 15 different spirit, beer, cocktail, and juice tastings; a traditional Hawaiian lunch featuring a Kālua pig roast or grilled Mahi Mahi; a featured cocktail in a souvenir glass; live music by Casey Turner; exclusive giveaways and more!

Where: Rustic Root – 535 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 24, 2017
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Starting at $35
> Find out more about the First Annual Summer Send Off Luau

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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.