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Exploring Convoy: San Diego’s Asian Restaurant Row

San Diego’s Convoy Street runs through the central neighborhood of Kearny Mesa. Strip malls packed with restaurants whose signs—in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and other Asian languages—bear the names of some of the best eateries in town. Popular favorites among locals include Shabu Shabu, Tofu House, and dim sum at Emerald restaurant. But excellent ramen, poke, bulgogi, dumplings, pastries, and desserts aren’t the only reasons to come to Convoy—there’s also karaoke, arcade games, and bliss-out sessions at Korean spas. Continue reading

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Picnic Perfection in Balboa Park

One of the best ways to soak in the splendor of Balboa Park is with a leisurely picnic. The good news is there are picnic spots for every age and desired experience. Continue reading

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Best of Balboa Park: An Insider’s View on What to Do in April in the Park

When it comes to things to do in April, Balboa Park is not fooling around. From secrets to star gazing to sonnets in celebration of Shakespeare, there is plenty to see and do all throughout the park. Continue reading

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Exploring San Diego’s Hottest ‘Hoods: East Village

Downtown’s East Village neighborhood is home to 130 blocks of restaurants, bars, boutiques, hotels, the city’s main library, a baseball stadium, and countless other notable sights. With so much packed into one of the most urban parts of town, it can be tough to choose. Let us help you find a few things to do, see, eat, and drink to get started. Continue reading

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Exploring San Diego’s Hottest ‘Hoods: Bird Rock/La Jolla Blvd

Bird Rock

Nestled along San Diego’s Pacific Coast is Bird Rock, a quirky but laid-back neighborhood known for beautiful ocean views, independent boutiques, and cozy cafes. Visitors and locals can easily stroll from one end of La Jolla Boulevard (Bird Rock’s main drag) to the other, making it the perfect destination for out-of-towners to explore unique mom-and-pop shops. No matter when you decide to visit Bird Rock, its casual culture mixed with upscale atmosphere means you should pack both your swim trunks and a sport coat or heels.

Eating & Drinking

No visit to Bird Rock is complete without a pilgrimage to Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, one of the most highly acclaimed roasters in the country. Grab a pastry and pour over before snagging a spot on one of the open window benches—there isn’t a better spot to people watch. For lunch, try Cafe Vahik, Seaside Surf Cafe, Don Bravo Grill & Cantina, or Wheat & Water for a wood-fired pizza and pint of local craft beer.

For something a little stronger, head to Beaumont’s. This eclectic eatery serves food all day, but it’s the live music and craft cocktails that attract the crowds. Nearby Pacific Beach caters to those who seek a late-night social scene, as most of Bird Rock beds down by midnight. Ocean views are best atop the new Waterbar restaurant, but tiki cocktail fans will go gaga for The Grass Skirt.

Outdoor Activities

Biking is a popular Bird Rock pastime. Hop on the local bike path for an easy ride through the heart of the ‘hood. For a challenge, surfing at Windansea Beach is a picturesque but advanced surf spot. Use caution – the offshore reefs make for good waves, but bad wipeouts. When in doubt, just bring a camera to document the gorgeous scenery.

Another nearby Instagram gem is La Jolla Cove. This protected nook is home to herds of seals, pelicans, and other sea life. Get a closer look at the local marine life in a kayak or paddleboard (rentals are available).

La Jolla Culture

Cute shops line the length of La Jolla Boulevard. Mimi & Red, a local boutique specializing in millennial women’s fashion, is one of the most popular stops in Bird Rock. Just down the street, Bird Rock Surf Shop caters to the surfing crowd. There are also plenty of art galleries featuring the work of local and national artists. After you’ve had your fill of shopping, take a load off at one of La Jolla’s numerous spas like The Bird Rock Massage Studio, Birdie Day Spa, Lucky Ocean Spa, or Decorum Lash Bar & Spa. From facials to full body massages, there’s something relaxing for everyone.

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Exploring San Diego’s Hottest ‘Hoods: Adams Avenue

Stretching three miles from east to west, Adams Avenue spans at least four neighborhoods and crosses two major freeways in a central part of San Diego. Lined with historic Craftsman houses and populated by young families and the artsy millennial crowd, it offers an impressive lineup of hip eateries, boutiques, and bars. Start in the middle or work your way from one end to the other – you can’t really go wrong in this hipster-friendly ‘hood.

Food & Drink

Soda & Swine / Polite Provisions

Customize your own meatball meal via sub, slider, or spaghetti, and rinse it down with a creative craft cocktail from the next door speakeasy.

Where: 2943 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Soda & Swine / Polite Provisions

Tajima

San Diego is experiencing a ramen boom, and Tajima is leading the charge. The Normal Heights location offers bowls for all different tastes and diets, like a delicious vegan ramen with spinach noodles.

Where: 3015 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Tajima

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

Dark Horse has taken the local craft coffee scene to the next level with its Hawaiian-inspired small-batch roasts and cold brew growlers.

Where: 3260 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Dark Horse Coddee Roasters

Sycamore Den

This is where you’ll find San Diego’s top bartenders drinking on their day off. The 70s-inspired bar has a menu of artisanal cocktails and liquors, plus occasional live bands.

Where: 3391 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Sycamore Den

Blind Lady Alehouse

Get your craft beer with a side of pizza at this casual, vegan-friendly brewpub. Also worth a visit? BLAH’s sister restaurants Tiger!Tiger! in North Park and Panama 66 in Balboa Park.

Where: 3416 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Blind Lady Alehouse

Little Miss Brewing Company

Still a relative newcomer on the San Diego beer scene, this female-owned brewery is outfitted with a World War II theme and offers a varied lineup of house-made beers.

Where: 3514 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Little Miss Brewing Company

Cucina Sorella

Take your pasta-eating experiences to new heights at the latest addition to Urban Kitchen Group’s already-impressive roster of Italian eateries.

Where: 4055 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Cucina Sorella

Kensington Brewing Company

This small neighborhood brewery didn’t actually have a tasting room in Kensington until fairly recently when it moved into a former video store. For a real flavor bomb, try the Apricot Wheat.

Where: 4067 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Kensington Brewing Company

Clem’s Tap House

Kensington’s original family-owned brewpub keeps plenty of beers on tap and boasts actor Will Ferrell’s seal of approval. For a beer to go, Clem’s Bottle House next door offers a wide selection of bottles.

Where: 4108 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Clem’s Tap House

Shopping

Maven

Stocked with chic indie brands such as Laura Lombardi jewelry and Charlotte Stone shoes, Maven features carefully curated lifestyle products perfect for souveniers and gift giving.

Where: 2946 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Maven

Kiko & Sven

Formerly known as Niche, this Kensington shop combines Japanese and Swedish-inspired design, unique gifts, and even a monthly subscription box program.

Where: 3723 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Kiko & Sven

Live Music

Lestat’s West

Located next door to always-open coffee shop Lestat’s in the heart of Normal Heights, this music venue hosts regular shows, open mic events, and comedy nights.

Where: 3343 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Lestat’s West

Kensington Club

This neighborhood dive bar and venue has two parts: a bar area with seating and a pool table, and a separate room for concerts. Check it out for eclectic local San Diego bands, karaoke, and cheap drinks.

Where: 4079 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about the Kensington Club

Art

Art FORM San Diego

This Normal Heights nonprofit promotes creative re-use by hosting art education workshops where discarded items are transformed into art.

Where: 3316 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Art FORM San Diego

Back from Tomboctou Gallery & Imports

Browse a colorful collection of folk art and handmade gifts from around the globe, or attend one of the shop’s many DIY workshops.

Where: 3564 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Back from Tomboctou Gallery & Imports

Events

Adams Avenue Street Fair
Southern California’s largest free two-day music festival has been taking over Adams Avenue for a weekend in September for the past 36 years.

When: September
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Adams Avenue Unplugged

This free musical walkabout features live music staged at different locations throughout a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue during the last weekend of April each year.

When: April
> Find out more about Adams Avenue Unplugged

Taste of Adams Avenue

Wear loose-fitting pants to this annual tasting event featuring bites from over 40 of the area’s hottest eateries, cafés, breweries, and bars.

When: June
> Find out more about Taste of Adams Avenue

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Top Things to Do In San Diego – November 21-26, 2017

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

Battle on the Midway

Battle on the Midway

A Collegiate wrestling event featuring two of the Nation’s best West Coast teams. The event is hosted by SDIKWA (San Diego and Imperial County Kids Wrestling Association, junior affiliate of USA Wrestling) and Left Coast Wrestling.

Where: USS Midway – 910 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $25-$200
> Find out more about Battle on the Midway

San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

The 38th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.

Where: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center – 500 Hotel Cir. North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: November 22-26, 2017
Cost: $20-$115
> Find out more about San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

Thanksgiving in San Diego

Thanksgiving - Top Things to Do In San Diego

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year in San Diego, marking the official start of the holiday season. Typically boasting glorious weather, with a distinct touch of fall, from the coast to the inland valleys you’re able to enjoy SoCal’s outdoor lifestyle including days at the beach, shopping at outdoor malls, and nights out at rooftop bars. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast, burn some extra calories in a turkey trot, catch a pro football game, or volunteer your time for a worthwhile cause. However you choose to spend Thanksgiving, spend it giving thanks in San Diego!

> Kick off the Holidays in San Diego

Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 13th year from Thanksgiving Day, November 23, through January 1. This spectacular ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach. The Del’s iconic Victorian Building, adorned with thousands of white lights, provides a magical backdrop as holiday music fills the air and guests enjoy hot chocolate and libations. The Del’s Skating by the Sea partially benefits the Wish Kids served by Make-A-Wish San Diego.

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: November 23, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Cost: $30
> Find out more about Skating by the Sea

Skate by the Bay

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Celebrate your Holiday by the Bay by ice skating next to the San Diego Bay on our outdoor bayfront ice rink! When you join us on our ice rink, we’ll share $1 from your ticket with the USO San Diego!

Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel – One Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Cost: $15-$20
> Find out more about Skate by the Bay

Holidays at LEGOLAND

Holidays at LEGOLAND

Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly snowfall in Heartlake City. Enjoy live entertainment with LEGO Friends Live and a life-sized LEGO Brick Santa and Reindeer make the perfect family photo.

Where: LEGOLAND California – One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: November 24 – December 31, 2017
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about Holidays at LEGOLAND

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play

Returning for the second year in a row, this heartwarming holiday classic is retold in the tradition of a live 1940’s era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Watch the miracle unfold when the belief of a little girl makes all the difference in this iconic story. Staged with live Foley effects and a score of favorite holiday tunes, Miracle on 34th Street is sure to melt even the most cynical of hearts.

Where: Horton Grand Theatre – 444 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 24 – December 24, 2017
Cost: $25-$50
> Find out more about Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play

Surfin’ Santa Arrival

Surfin' Santa Arrival

Surfin’ Santa will ditch his red suit and reindeer to spread his holiday cheer in true SoCal fashion as he makes his annual arrival at Seaport Village.

Where: Seaport Village – 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Surfin’ Santa Arrival

Ella Fitzgerald Tribute

Ella Fitzgerald Tribute

The Great American Songbook had few interpreters with more grace, style and vocal excellence than the wonderful Ella Fitzgerald. The Jazz @ The Jacobs season opens with a tribute to the First Lady of Song in her Centennial year and features her favorite accompanist in her later years, pianist Mike Wofford.

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 25, 2017
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $30-$55
> Find out more about Ella Fitzgerald Tribute

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – November 1-5, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including Breeders’ Cup, San Diego Beer Week and these top things to do.

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2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships

2017 Breeders' Cup World Championships

In the world of horse racing, the Breeders’ Cup is equivalent to the Super Bowl. The two-day event brings the best horses and riders from across the country and around the world. The Breeders’ Cup Host Committee is developing the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Festival, a week-long celebration from October 28th to November 4th. The Festival will entertain guests and the local community, and provide opportunities to engage local businesses.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: November 3-4, 2017
Cost: Starting at $50
> Find out more about the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships

San Diego Beer Week

San Diego Beer Week

Building on the success of the previous San Diego Beer Weeks, the San Diego Brewers Guild is preparing for San Diego Beer Week 2017 (SDBW). San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county.

When: November 3-12, 2017
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Del Mar Bing Crosby Season

Del Mar Bing Crosby Season

Old Hollywood style meets classic Southern California cool this November at Del Mar with four weeks of elite Thoroughbred racing, fresh events and musical performances to keep the good times rolling.

Where: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: November 1-26, 2017
Time: 12:30 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $6
> Find out more about the Del Mar Bing Crosby Season

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos

Honor your lost loved ones and culturally immerse yourself in traditional and authentic Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations throughout San Diego.

When: Thru November 5, 2017
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California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival

Offering audiences in San Diego County the finest work in American Indian film and media on an annual basis. The CAIIFF will highlight the best of current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors working through Indian Country.

Where: CSU San Marcos & Pechanga Resort & Casino – 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096
When: November 2-4, 2017
Cost: Starting at $10
> Find out more about California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival

Patti Austin

Patti Austin

The City Lights concert series returns in style with one of the most entertaining pop music voices of the last 50 years, Patti Austin! After bringing the house down at last season’s Gala opening at the Jacobs Music Center, Patti cruises back to our stage with another program of well-chosen soul, pop and jazz classics of the last several decades through today. You won’t want to miss this vital American artist who is well into an exciting career renaissance.

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 3, 2017
Time: 8:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $25-$69
> Find out more about Patti Austin

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

Join us at Viejas Outlets under the glow of holiday lights. Glide and spin around the rink to the exuberant sounds of favorite music old and new! Take a break and enjoy a variety of seasonal snacks and drinks. You can also take care of all your holiday shopping and enjoy great savings on all our seasonal sales!

Where: 5000 Willows Road, Alpine, CA 91901
When: November 4 – January 8, 2017
Cost: $14-$16
> Find out more about Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 20th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 4 – December 24, 2017
Cost: Starting at $24
> Find out more about Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

This vibrant, world-premiere musical charts the incomparable life of Donna Summer, the undisputed Queen of Disco, from her modest Boston childhood to international stardom. Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the iconic songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise – and descent. Featuring three actresses in the title role and a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: November 5 – December 17, 2017
Cost: Starting at $65
> Find out more about Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Fallback Festival presented by G.Q.H.F.

Fallback Festival presented by G.Q.H.F.

Perfect event for children and families! Kids will experience a cross-section of what life was like before the age of television, computers and cell phones. Pan for gold, saddle up on pony rides, pig races. Live entertainment, crafts, and more!

Where: Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House – 410 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 5, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Fallback Festival presented by G.Q.H.F.

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – October 24-31, 2017

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Halloween Fun for the Whole Family

Halloween Fun for the Whole Family

The wait leading up to chocolate bliss can be torture, but there are plenty of fun ways for families to celebrate the spooktacular Halloween fun in San Diego this weekend!

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Halloween Parties

Halloween Parties

Halloween is upon us and is time to leave the trick-or-treating to the kids. This Halloween leave your lair to roam the streets and clubs of San Diego and have a ball at the wickedest Halloween parties in town.

> Find out more about Halloween Parties

Haunted Houses, Trails, and Hotels

Haunted Houses, Trails and Hotels

As the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder, our dearly (and not-so-dearly) departed rise again for their unwelcome annual visit. If you’re brave or foolish enough to greet them in person, head out to one of these haunted houses and trails throughout San Diego County.

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The Zoo Story

Written in 1958, The Zoo Story achieved instant acclaim for the “recognizable humanity of its characters” (Green, 2004) and for its themes of daily despair beneath the surface of middle-class life.  The play explores themes of isolation, loneliness, miscommunication, and dehumanization in a commercial world.

Where: Pioneer Park – 1521 Washington Place, San Diego, CA 92103
When: October 28 – November 12, 2017
Cost: $20
> Find out more about The Zoo Story

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Swan Lake is the quintessential ballet with girls in white tutus, a gallant prince, and the tragic tale of a beautiful Swan Queen imprisoned under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Swan Lake is the ultimate power struggle between good and evil, paired with the promise of everlasting love.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 28-29, 2017
Cost: $25-$125
> Find out more about Swan Lake

SoCal Etsy Guild Market

SoCal ETSY Guild Market

Join us for an amazing day of handmade fun! Local Designers, Live Art, Handmade Vendors, Music, and much more.

Where: Horton Plaza Park – 900 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the SoCal Etsy Guild Market

CicloSDias Downtown

CicloSDias

Join us and explore the Downtown neighborhoods of Little Italy, The Gaslamp Quarter, East Village and Barrio Logan. CicloSDias is FREE and fun for all ages and all non-motorized transportation types. CicloSDias opens up the streets for people to have a car-free care-free time to walk, ride bikes, roll on skateboards, scooters, and roller skates.

Where: Downtown, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about CicloSDias Downtown

Celebrate the Craft

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“Celebrate the Craft” will feature the finest food artisans from across California’s broad culinary spectrum, demonstrating, discussing, and tasting their way through the vast array of premium food and wine products available.

Where: The Lodge at Torrey Pines – 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: October 29, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: $135
> Find out more about Celebrate the Craft

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