Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – October 2-6, 2013

Patriots Jet Team

It’s October and that means more than 100 kids free offers, pumpkin patches, haunted houses, Halloween fun and these top things to do in San Diego this weekend:

Without Walls (WoW) Festival

Without Walls (WOW) Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

An exciting four days of innovative, immersive, site-specific theatre, featuring more than 20 productions, over 100 international and national artists, artist chats, a beer garden, live music and foodtrucks. This amazing festival is a collaboration between the La Jolla Playhouse, UC San Diego, The New Children’s Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – LA Jolla.

Where: Various locations in La Jolla
When: October 3-6, 2013
Cost: Varies depending on event
> Find out more about the Without Walls (WoW) Festival

MCAS Miramar Air Show Cancelled for 2013

Patriots Jet Team

Marvel at amazing flight demonstrations from the civilian Patriots Jet Team at the Miramar Air Show

MCAS Miramar Air Show features two full days of flying and entertainment, food and novelty booths, children’s activity area, military displays, trade show, and more. New this year – come on out and see if you can run and/or pedal fast enough to take off! MCAS Miramar is opening up the runway for a 5K fun run and a bike ride – perfect for the whole family.

Where: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
When: October 4-5, 2013
Cost: Free. VIP Seating – $6-$112
> Find out more about the MCAS Miramar Air Show

La Mesa Oktoberfest

La Mesa Oktoberfest Dancers

Dance, drink, eat, shop and more at the free La Mesa Oktoberfest

For more than 35 years, the community of La Mesa has hosted one of San Diego’s largest Oktoberfests with plenty of great food, lots of children activities, entertainment and of course, good old German brats and cold beer. Start your holiday shopping with hand-made gifts from more than 400 vendors.

Where: Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942
When: October 4-6, 2013
Time: Friday-Saturday: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about La Mesa Oktoberfest

> Discover Even more Oktberfests in San Diego

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

Apple Pie! Head out to Julian in San Diego’s East County for a two-day celebration featuring 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, the coronation of Mr. and Mrs. Apple Days, and, of course, apple pie.

Where: Menghini Winery – 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
When: October 5-6, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Adults – $5. Kids 12 and Under – Free
> Find out more about Julian Apple Days Festival

Pacific BeachFest

Pacific Beachfest

Whether traveling or walking from your house down the street, young, old or somewhere in between Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone! This year Pacific Beachfest will feature a beach fish taco competition, RSSS 5.0 Pro/Am Surf Competition Finals, a competitive beach volleyball tournament, 5K fun run, artists, vendors, activities, and music!

Where: Pacific Beach Boardwalk between Diamond Street and Thomas Street, San Diego, CA 92109
When: October 5, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Pacific BeachFest

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Robert Arends

Coronado: Fun for All this Fall!

Coronado 1887 on the Bay Restaurant

Ah, sun-kissed Coronado, located a bridge away from downtown San Diego. Fall is one of the best times of year to visit the “Crown City,” as the beach crowds diminish, hotel rates dip ever so slightly and the days continue to be nice and warm, with an average autumn temp of 74!

If you’re headed to Coronado this season, following are some fun new things to see and do around the island:

Fine Dines

1887 on the Bay

Coronado 1887 on the Bay Restaurant

Coronado’s new 1887 on the Bay restaurant

The redesigned 1887 on The Bay – formerly the Coronado Boathouse, an iconic landmark on Glorietta Bay that looks just like the Hotel del Coronado’s main turret – introduces new Chef Jess Le Desma who instills a rich Asian/Hawaiian ethnicity into his Pacific Rim menu.

Mistral

Just down the road, the elegant Mistral at Loews Coronado Bay Resort – featuring spectacular panoramic views of San Diego Bay – introduces an eclectic global-fusion menu by new Chef de Cuisine Adam Cho that highlights his penchant for tapas-style small plates, Mediterranean flavors and passion for seafood.

Joy in the Journey

Kayaking Tour

Kayak Under the Coronado Bridge

Coronado Kayaking Tour, San Diego’s only urban kayaking tour

If you’re ready for adventure, go on a guided Coronado Kayaking Tour around the island – San Diego’s only urban kayaking tour – with the new Bike & Kayak Tours – Coronado, based at the Coronado Ferry Landing.

Beach Buggy Tour

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For landlubbers, hop aboard the new Coronado Beach Buggy for a fun 40-minute tour that uncovers all the treasures that make Coronado so special, including America’s Best Beach, historic homes, the charming Village and Naval Air Station North Island. The buggys makes daily stops at the Glorietta Bay Inn; cost is only $10.

Ahoy!

100+ Years of Coronado Yachting

Sail along with “100+ Years of Coronado yachting”

Set sail for the Coronado Museum of History & Art (1100 Orange Ave.) to check out their popular new exhibit, “100+ Years of Coronado Yachting,” spotlighting the island’s rich nautical past as a yachting hub. Admission is free.

> Discover more of Coronado

Brent Bernasconi

Spend 2013 Labor Day Weekend in San Diego with these Top Things to Do

Canon Battle - Festival of Sail

Don’t waste the last few days of summer! Spend Labor Day Weekend in San Diego enjoying everything from the mountains and deserts of East County to world-class attractions to the beaches to these top things to do.

Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition

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See master-class sculptors build beautiful 3-dimensional works of art along the backdrop of San Diego’s beautiful bay. There will also be plenty of live entertainment, kids activities and more.

Save yourself the hassle of parking and take public transportation. Show your MTS transit pass when buying a ticket to save up to $6!

Where: B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier – 1140 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 30 – September 2, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: $6-$17
> Find out more about the Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition

Festival of Sail

Canon Battle - Festival of Sail

Hear the roar of cannons and more at the Festival of Sail on San Diego’s Embarcadero

Enjoy visiting ships and crew, kids petting zoo, kids craft activities, face painting, Tall ship cannon battles, a special 30-minute Festival of Sail bay cruise, beer garden, on stage entertainment, Naval reenactors, photo ops with Captain Sunny and Pirates, and 100’s of arts and craft vendors, plus a multitude of food options, and so much more…

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 30 – September 2, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 per person
> Find out more about the Festival of Sail

43rd Annual Barona Powwow

Barona Powwow

Immerse yourself in the dance and music of the Kumeyaay Nation at the Barona Powwow

Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion. Dancers will be competing for over $60,000 in prize money!

Where: Barona Baseball Field – 1095 Barona Road, Lakeside, CA 92040
When: August 30 – September 1, 2013
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 43rd Annual Barona Powwow

1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

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Finish off summer with Tchaikovsky’s thunderous 1812 Overture! Brilliant young violinist Fumiaki Miura performs Tchaikovsky’s exciting Valse-scherzoon this soaring evening complete with booming cannons and fireworks over San Diego Bay.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 30 – September 1, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $20-$79
> Find out more about the 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

2013 KGB Sky Show

Sky Show Qualcomm

KGB Sky Show lights up the night sky! Photo by Catrina Stearns

Immediately following the SDSU Aztecs season opener vs Eastern Illinois, the skies over Mission Valley will light up with a beautiful fireworks display blending multi-media, theatrical lighting, video and special effects.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: August 31, 2013
Kickoff: 5:00 PM
Cost: $15-$39
> Find out more about the 2013 KGB Sky Show

Del Mar Beer & Reggae Festival

Sample over 100 different flavors of cold brews plus 40 IPAs during the Del Mar Beer Fest. Dine on snacks from 5 food trucks and dance to Ziggy Marley at the Reggae Festival immediately following the races.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: August 31, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Entry included with $6 racetrack admission. Tastings – 10 for $20
> Find out more about the Del Mar Beer & Reggae Festival

> Find more things to do this Labor Day Weekend in San Diego

What are your plans for the Labor Day Weekend in San Diego? Let us know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – August 15-18, 2013

TwainFest in Old Town - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Escape to San Diego this weekend for plenty of fun at the beaches, shopping, dining, beer tasting, and a ton of outdoor activities. When you need to take a break, why not try one of these fun top things to do:

Flicks on the Bricks – Cinema Paradiso

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Enjoy a night under the stars on the Athenaeum’s outdoor patio with a screening of classic cinema al fresco. The film will be paired with vino Italiano selected by Barbara Baxter.

Cinema Paradiso (1989) – A young boy is mesmerized by a movie theater and strikes up a dynamic friendship with its warm-hearted projectionist. The film takes place after World War II in a small rural town, where the story follows the pair’s bittersweet relationship. In Italian with English subtitles.

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library – 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: August 15, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $17-$22
> Find out more about Flicks on the Bricks – Cinema Paradiso

> Discover more Outdoor San Diego Summer Movie Options

Tiki Oasis – Hulabilly

Tiki Oasis Hulabilly - Top Things to Do in San Diego

This year at Tiki Oasis is exploring Hulabilly, an American music style derived from the blending of Rockabilly and Haole Hawaiian music. The 4-day festival will be full of music, tiki shopping, an art show, a burlesque show, a car show and plenty more.

When: August 15-18, 2103
Cost: $15-$300. Symposiums have an extra fee
> Find out more about Tiki Oasis – Hulabilly

CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival

CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival

Over 100 San Diego County filmmakers submitted independent films that are no longer than 5 minutes and CityBeat staff picked their favorite 21 films.

Where: Sunset Temple – 3911 Kansas Street, San Diego, CA 92104
When: August 16, 2103
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: $12
> Find out more about CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival

Summergrass San Diego Bluegrass Festival

Child's Bluegrass Band at Summergrass San Diego

Bluegrass for the whole family at Summergrass San Diego. Photo courtesy of Dennis Anderson Photography

Put on by the San Diego Bluegrass Society and the San Diego North County Bluegrass & Folk Club, Summergrass boasts a weekend of live bluegrass music from national, international, regional and local bands, music workshops, impromptu jam sessions, vendors, raffle prizes, kid’s activities, food and more.

Where: 2040 N. Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92083
When: August 16-18, 2013
Cost: $16-$55
> Find out more about the Summergrass San Diego Bluegrass Festival

San Diego Indiefest 8

San Diego Indiefest 8

IndieFest 8 features a three-day celebration of independent music, film, art, business and thought. It is family friendly and wildly eclectic with a wide array of amazing visual art, activities, film, comedy, dance, delicious food, beer and spirits for our 21+ patrons. And then of course, there will be tons of music.

Where: NTC Promenade at Liberty Station – 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: August 16-18, 2013
Cost: $10-$300
> Find out more about San Diego Indiefest 8

TwainFest in Old Town

TwainFest in Old Town - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Learn all about Twain and his contemporaries at this fun family friendly festival in Old Town

TwainFest is a free and family friendly festival celebrating the writing of Mark Twain and his contemporaries with stories, music, professional actors and musicians, puppets, poems, inventive games and delightful performances plus a brand-new feature called “History on the Move” presented by Wells Fargo Bank.

Where: Old Town State Park – 2754 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110
When: August 17, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about TwainFest in Old Town

Del Mar Grill Fest

Del Mar Grill Fest - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Over 25 seasoned BBQ pros and local restaurants will serve up meats, seafoods, veggies & desserts. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Kristie’s Place which provides care for critically ill children.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: August 17, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: $6 racetrack admission. $10 for 5 samples or $2.50 each.
> Find out more about Del Mar Grill Fest

Snorkel with the Leopard Sharks

Aerial shot of leopard sharks in La Jolla

Aerial shot of leopard sharks in La Jolla

Join aquarium naturalists and visit leopard sharks in their underwater home off the La Jolla coast. Pick up snorkel tips as you discover the abundant variety of animals that live among the kelp, sandy bottom, and rocks. Intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Participants must supply their own gear. Ages 10 + (minors must also be accompanied by a paid adult). Pre-purchase required.

When: August 17 & 24, 2013
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 AM
Cost: $25-$30
> Learn more about Snorkeling with the Leopard Sharks

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – August 9-11, 2013

Woman Looking Through a Telescope

Whether you stare at the stars or enjoy a car-free Sunday afternoon, get out and explore San Diego this weekend with these top things to do:

Julian StarFest 2013

Woman Looking Through a Telescope

Aim for the stars at Julian StarFest!

Spend the weekend learning about the stars at this four-day festival focused around the field of astronomy. Held in Julian, known for its clear dark skies, the festival will include a free public Star Party on Saturday night, astronomy related exhibition areas, guest speakers presenting on astronomy related subjects, a swap meet and a raffle with some great astronomy prizes.

Where: Menghini Winery – 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
When: August 9-11, 2013
Cost: $15-$30
> Find out more about Julian StarFest 2013

CicloSDias

CicloSDias San Diego - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Ride, stroll, run, walk or just sit along 30th Street enjoying a car-free Sunday afternoon

CicloSDias is a family-friendly, car-free bike, walk, stroll, skate, shop event connecting communities and giving people a break from the stress of car traffic. Bring a picnic, lounge in the middle of the street (Time Square style), and/or just enjoy a casual ride along 30th street through Uptown neighborhoods.

Where: Click here for CicloSDias route map
When: August 11, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about CicloSDias

Annual Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair

Annual Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair

Spend Sunday afternoon and evening in Hillcrest at the annual CityFest

Spend Sunday afternoon like Monday doesn’t exist. CityFest boasts a one-of-a-kind magical atmosphere with more than 250 arts, crafts, and food vendors, a grand stage, and a beer garden, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

Where: 5th Ave. and University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
When: August 11, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 11:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Annual Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair

Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Chula Vista Lemon Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Celebrate Chula Vista’s lemon heritage with plenty of family fun at the Lemon Festival

The family-friendly Lemon Festival celebrates Chula Vista’s heritage as the “Lemon Capital of the World” and will feature live entertainment on three stages, a beer garden, handcrafters, international food, a kids’ fun zone and lemons galore.

Where: 353 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: August 11, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Beer-Con

Beer-Con - A Conference about Beer

Learn about the brewing process, starting a brewery and more at Beer-Con

This is a conference by and for beer lovers! At Beer-Con you’ll get exclusive access to industry pros, get answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, learn about brewing and tasting beer from the best in the business and of course join other beer lovers for a few brews at our Tap Haven where you’ll enjoy a special line-up of craft taps!

Where: Marina Village Conference Center – 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
When: August 1o, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Cost: $109
> Find out more about Beer-Con

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 25-28, 2013

It’s time for a dose of sunshine, and a weekend in San Diego is the perfect prescription! Spend the weekend enjoying all the outdoor activities the county offers along with these top things to do.

Ramona County Fair

Ramona County Fair - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Hop in your car or on the tractor and head out to East County for the Ramona County Fair

Explore San Diego’s back country with plenty of family fun including rides, carnival games, vendors, beer and wine gardens, food, entertainment, and much more. The Ramona Country Fair is a great four days of fun.

Where: Ramona Outdoor Community Center – 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
When: July 25-28, 2013
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Ramona County Fair

Pine Valley Days

Pine Valley Days Parade

Start off Saturday with the Pine Valley Days Parade

Start off the weekend at with delicious deep pit BBQ and dancing under the stars to live music. On Saturday, cheer on a local parade followed by plenty of fun at the Pine Valley Days festival, which features bouncies for kids, rock climbing wall, live music, a horse shoe tournament and a market place with over 30 vendors.

Where: 28810 Old Highway 80, Pine Valley, CA 91962
When: July 26-27, 2013
Cost: Free Entry
> Find out more about Pine Valley Days

La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

La Jolla Film Festival 2013

The two-day film festival set in a world-class coastal resort destination features exclusive screenings held in the center of the La Jolla Village, fashion webcasts, seminars and panel discussions, film debuts, industry mixers, after parties, and more.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – La Jolla – 700 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: July 26-27, 2013
Cost: $50-$75
> Find out more about the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

Summer Movies Under the Stars

Viejas Movies in the Park

Enjoy a modern blockbusters while lounging under the warm San Diego sky

End the long summer days with a movie under the stars this week. The Stone Brewing Co. World Bistro and Garden’s Late Night Movies will be screening Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Movies including Monsters Inc., The Croods, Wreck-It Ralph, BraveMadagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and The Rookie will be screened for free at parks throughout the county. Viejas Outlet Center will be showing Avatar and Toy Story. There will also be screenings of the latest blockbusters at the local drive-in theaters.

Brew Rendezvous: Beer Social And Fundraiser

Brew Rendevous - Top Things to Do in San Diego

A social beer and food fundraiser, Brew Rendezvous features San Diego’s top brewers, restaurants, and farms. Proceeds from this event benefit Community Health Improvement Partners’s (CHIP) efforts to tackle obesity through the development of a healthy, sustainable, regional food system.

Where: Handlery Hotel San Diego – 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 28, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $20-$60
> Find out more about Brew Rendezvous: Beer Social And Fundraiser

Who Dunnit? Old Town Murder Mystery Tour

Who Dunnit? Old Town Murder Mystery Tour

Help figure out who dunnit during an Old Town Murder Mystery Tour

There’s been a murder in Old Town, and the city needs your help to solve the case! You will have to crack codes, decipher riddles and participate in crazy challenges to successfully complete this very important mission, all while enjoying a walking tour of historic Old Town San Diego.

Where: Old Town San Diego – 2737 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110
When: Sundays through August 31, 2103
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25 per person
> Find out more about Who Dunnit? Old Town Murder Mystery Tour

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 9-14, 2013

Get out and enjoy a weekend in San Diego with these top things to do:

San Diego Pride Rally, Block Party, Parade and Festival

San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival - Top Things to Do

San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival

This weekend, visitors and San Diegans alike will be out celebrating our vibrant cultural diversity. The festivities begin on Friday at 6:00 PM with the San Diego Pride Rally followed by a new event, the Pride of Hillcrest Block Party. On Saturday Morning, the 4th largest pride parade in the U.S. will make its way down University Avenue to 6th Avenue, ending at Balboa Park and the family-friendly LGBT Pride Festival.

When: July 12-14, 2103
> Find out more about the San Diego Pride Parade

9th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am

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The 9th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am presented by Hurley will feature surf contests for both adults and kids 16 and under, live music performances by Switchfoot and other local bands, and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats. There will also be an official after-party at the Belly Up.

Where: Moonlight Beach – 252 5th Street, Encintas, CA 92024
When: July 13, 2103
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 9th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am

60th Annual Over the Line Tournament

Over the Line Tournament

Sand, Sun and OTL…a perfect San Diego Combination

Batter Up! It’s time once again for sun, sand and the annual Over the Line (OTL) tournament, a San Diego invented sport. If you have never seen OTL before, go check it out on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. You will not regret it. Remember, observe the five B’s rule: No Babies, No Bottles, No Bowsers, No Bikes, No Boas. Enjoy!

Where: Fiesta Island in Mission Bay
When: July 13-14 and July 20-21
Time: 7:30 AM to Dusk
Cost: Free to watch
> Find out more about the 60th Over the Line Tournament

Festival of the Bells

Mission San Diego de Alcala

Hear the historic bells of the Mission San Diego de Alcalá ring during the Festival of the Bells.

To commemorate the founding of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the Mother of California’s 21 Missions, all five Mission bells are rung, including an original bell dating back to 1802. The weekend-long celebration will also include food, entertainment, dancing and traditional activities like the Blessing of the Bells and the Blessing of the Animals.

Where: Mission San Diego de Alcalá – 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 12-14, 2013
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Festival of the Bells

OMMS Christmas in July Artisan Fair & Carnival

OMMS Christmas In July - Top Things to Do

Even Santa needs a little R&R along with a dose of sunshine!

What? It’s only July and we are already starting to talk about Christmas?! Why not get all that decorative shopping out-of-the-way with handmade arts and craft items from over 150 local artisans. There will also be a rummage sale, bake sale, food court, kid’s activities and live entertainment.

Where: Mission San Luis Rey Parish – 4070 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92057
When: July 13-14, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the OMMS Christmas in July Artisan Fair & Carnival

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – 2013 4th of July Weekend Edition

San Diego's Big Bay Boom 4th of July Celebration

Get ready to spend the long summer weekend in San Diego with the family enjoying fireworks, barbecues, the beach, fun and these top things to do:

Fourth of July

San Diego's Big Bay Boom 4th of July Celebration

Celebrate the birth of our nation with fireworks in San Diego including the Big Bay Boom 4th of July Extravaganza.

Celebrate the birth of our nation by spending Fourth of July at the beach and enjoying a night full of fun, friends, family and fireworks throughout the county. Big Bay Boom, the largest in the county, will offer 17 minutes of excitement starting at 9:00 PM. Many of the boating and cruise companies will be offering special fireworks cruises, just make sure to book early to guarantee a spot on the boat!

> Browse Fourth of July Celebration in San Diego

Star Spangled Pops with Bill Conti

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Concert Series

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops pairs music with the beautiful downtown skyline.

Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with a patriotic extravaganza featuring all-American hits from Main Street to Broadway, complete with John Philip Sousa marches, a tribute to the military and a spectacular fireworks display to light up the sky!

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 4-6, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $20-$79
> Find out more about Star Spangled Pops with Bill Conti

US Mens National Soccer Team versus Guatemala

United States Men's National Team - Soccer - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Be prepared to stand, sing and cheer on the USNMT as they take on Guatemala

For the first time since 2006, the U.S. Men’s National Team will return to San Diego and face CONCACAF rival Guatemala in the team’s only tune-up before the start of the 2013 Gold Cup.

Author’s Note: Join me and the American Outlaws at the game to show Seattle and Salt Lake City that San Diego has the largest number of true soccer fans. I want to see Qualcomm filled with Red, White and Blue Jerseys!

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 5, 2013
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $22-$175
> Find out more about the US Mens National Soccer Team versus Guatemala

San Diego Clásico: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles vs Club América

San Diego Clásico - Xolos - Top Things to Do in San Diego

See Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles take on Club América at the San Diego Clásico

Two great soccer games in one weekend! Petco Park will host the San Diego Clásico exhibition soccer match featuring storied Mexican franchises, Club America from Mexico City, Mexico and region favorite – Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente from Tijuana, Mexico.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 6, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $20-$50
> Find out more about the San Diego Clásico: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles vs Club América

San Diego Junior Masters

San Diego Fringe Festival

San Diego Fringe Festival

Breathing new life and inspiration into the performing arts community, the Fringe Festival will bring local, national, and international artists together for a week of performances including; theatre, dance, music, puppetry, cabaret, cirque, comedy, multi-media presentations and more!

Where: Various Locations
When: Through July 7, 2013
> Find out more about the San Diego Fringe Festival

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Maren

A 21 and Up Guide to San Diego Summer

Summer is the perfect time to see why Travel + Leisure voted San Diego the #2 Most Attractive City in the United States, when warm beach weather and sunkissed smiles lend an extra-special glow to the twenty-something social scene. So if you’re looking to mingle, make sure to hit up these great events and establishments for a San Diego summer you won’t forget.

Opening Day at the Del Mar Races

It's time to pull out your favorite fascinator and join the pageantry for opening day at the Del Mar Races, July 17, 2013.

It’s time to pull out your favorite fascinator and join the pageantry for opening day at the Del Mar Races, July 17, 2013.

It’s time to dust off your favorite fascinator and head to opening day of the annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Racing Season, beginning July 17. Whether you enter the “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest” or not, you will be delighted by the opening day pageantry, both on and off the track. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive upgrade to your opening day experience, the Coors Light Opening Day Party includes live music, DJ’s, private trackside area, beer garden and specialty food stands.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: July 17 – September 4, 2013
Time: Gates open at 11:30 PM. First race posts at 2:00 PM
Cost: $10-$20
> Find out more about Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

Tailgating at a Polo Game

Polo Match at the San Diego Polo Club

For a different take on the usual tailgate party, check out one of the Sunday polo matches with the San Diego Polo Club.

Your tailgate party doesn’t have to wait for the fall football season. In San Diego, tailgating is more than welcome at your friendly Sunday match at the San Diego Polo Club. The time-honored tradition is one of the best ways to watch the game. And this is no pre-game event…your car pulls right up to the east side of the field so you can sit field-side and watch the game with your picnic! Things allowed: Pop-up tents, umbrellas (it gets hot!), chairs, blankets, food, alcoholic beverages and bocce ball.

Where: 14555 El Camino Real, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
When: Sundays through September 29, 2013
Cost: $12-$300
> Find out more about the San Diego Polo Club

Become a World Champion at the 60th Annual Over the Line Tournament

Over the Line Tournament - A San Diego Summer Tradition

This Summer, take part in a long-standing San Diego tradition: the 60th annual Over the Line Tournament on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay.

Over the Line, a bat and ball game played with 2 teams of 3 players each, is a San Diego original and Southern Californian tradition whose World Championship title is defended passionately by those entering the 60th Annual World Championship Over the Line Tournament in Mission Bay. For two weekends in July, the sands of Fiesta Island are filled from 7:30 AM until sundown with fired-up teams ready to go for the gold while spectators enjoy the camaraderie and competition under the sun.

Where: Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park
When: July 14-15 and 21-22, 2013
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
> Find out more about the 60th Annual World Championship Over the Line Tournament

Making History Fun with Brothels, Bites, and Booze Tour

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Join the “Brothels, Bites and Booze” tour with So Diego Tours and you’ll find out how San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter comes by its reputation as a sophisticated playground of dining, drinking and dancing honestly. “Brothels, Bites and Booze” is one part insightful historical walking tour and one part traveling dinner party that takes you through the Gaslamp’s 19th century beginnings as San Diego’s red-light district while keeping you well fed and watered at some of the Quarter’s best present-day dining establishments.

When: Offered Weekly, Wednesday-Saturday
Time: Tour Hours Vary
Cost: $45
> Find out more about Brothels, Bites and Booze in the Gaslamp Quarter

Choose Your Own Adventure at Stone World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Bocce Ball

Good Food, Great Beer and Bocce Ball! Do you need anything else?

The newly opened Stone World Bistro & Gardens in Liberty Station has come just in time for summer fun. The palatial choose-your-own-adventure style layout is perfect for any type of gathering, including office happy hours, a buddy’s birthday, a first date or a casual night out looking to meet new friends over a game of bocce ball. The beer is as good as always, the food is delicious and nutritious, the outdoor seating areas (3 in total) include a bocce ball courtyard, seated patio, and grass lawn for lounging and the occasional plane take-off from the nearby San Diego airport is reason enough to raise your glass. Cheers!

Where: Liberty Station – 2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116 San Diego, CA 92106
> Find out more about Stone World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station

> Spend your Summer in San Diego

Brent Bernasconi

5 Ways to Beat the Heat in Sunny San Diego

Beat the Heat at the Beach in San Diego
Beat the Heat at the Beach in San Diego

Beat the Heat at the Beach in San Diego

The best remedy to beat the heat? An escape to sunny San Diego! Here are five great ways to cool off while still enjoying the sunshine:

1. Get Wet!

What’s a quick way of cooling down? Jumping into the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean! With over 70 miles of beaches, there is certainly enough room for everyone to spread out their towels, put up an umbrella and run into the water catch some waves.

Speaking of catching waves, kids of all ages love trying to surf or boogie board on the Flowbarrel and Flowrider at the Wave House in Belmont Park.

Add some excitement to your water adventures by cooling off in a lazy river or on a humongous water slide at one of San Diego’s waterparks including LEGOLAND Water Park and The Wave in North County and the brand new SeaWorld Aquatica in South Bay.

2. Get Under the Water

Dive under the surface and explore the world underneath the water. La Jolla Cove offers some of the best snorkeling in San Diego with an abundance of marine life. During the summer, the waters of the cove become home to leopard sharks, but don’t worry they are not aggressive and are amazing to watch as they swim along the cove’s floor.

You can really beat the heat by scuba diving along the La Jolla Canyon, an area under the water rich with life and plenty of places to explore. To get the most out of La Jolla Canyon, it’s best to dive with a seasoned tour company like OEX Dive & Kayak Center.

3. Get Over the Water

Cool off with ocean breezes and explore the waters of San Diego on a surfboard, kayak or standup paddleboard. And who cares if you get splashed or fall in, the water will just help you beat the heat.

Really feel the refreshing ocean air while taking plenty of pictures of the San Diego coastline on a cruise over the bay and Pacific Ocean. There are plenty of options for any group including leisure cruises, speedboats and jet skis.

4. Get Air-Conditioned Entertainment

Sometimes you just need to stay out of the sun for a while and enjoy the luxury of air-conditioning! But instead of just sitting in a large room staring at the wall, why not cool off inside with entertaining live theatre, amazing exhibits and educational fun at local museums, aliens and explosions at a movie theater, or just relaxing at one of the San Diego County cool zones.

5. Get an Ice Cream and/or Beer

Nothing says summer like ice cream, popsicles and other chilly treats. Let everyone pick out their favorite flavors and then find a nice shaded spot to relax and beat the heat.

For those over 21, spend the afternoon sampling San Diego’s amazing and cold craft beer. Stay safe and visit a few breweries on a beer tour. Best part…the tour busses and vans are air-conditioned!

Tips to Beat the Heat

Please remember to stay safe while you are out enjoying San Diego’s warm weather. Always drink plenty of water, regularly apply sunscreen, wear a hat and lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing to protect your skin, and take regular breaks from the sun by relaxing in the shade or indoors.

What’s your favorite way to beat the heat in San Diego?