Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 2-7, 2017

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

West Coast Weekender

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West Coast Weekender is a music conference and boutique festival held in May in San Diego, California. With a strong focus on local art and industry, West Coast Weekender pays homage to the American westside’s rich underground music culture. World class talent will participate in daytime panel discussions, and play parties that will run from afternoon to early morning.

Where: WorldBeat Cultural Center – 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 4-7, 2017
Cost: $25-$200
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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

From Old Town to the waterfront, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with rich, cultural festivals, live mariachi music, traditional folklorico dancing, margaritas, authentic Cali-Baja tacos, lucha libre and more.

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San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Game Day events and promotions include: Friday – Party in the Park; Saturday – Postgame Fireworks, Reusable Bag; Sunday – Compradres Kids Sunday Singings, Domingos Padres, KidsFest, Military Appreciation Day, Postgame Kids Run the Bases.

Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 5-7, 2017
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Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival

Join fellow craft beer aficionados in the heart of Vista Village to celebrate what sets San Diego beer apart from the rest – both its breweries and its enthusiasts, of course. You’ll have the opportunity to sample over 100 beers from over 50 of our county’s award-winning breweries, all while grooving to live musical performances and enjoying delicious eats from local food trucks.

Where: Vista Village District – S. Citrus Ave. and E. Broadway, Vista, CA 92084
When: May 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $15-$50
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Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

The Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego is the largest celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in San Diego and features two stages of cultural and traditional performances from a dozen countries and cultures, including Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Myanmar, Indonesia, Hawaii, Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan, Polynesia, and more!

Where: Mira Mesa Community Park – 8575 New Salem St, San Diego, CA 92126
When: May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

Holi Festival of Colors in Oceanside

Holi Festival of Colors in Oceanside

Dedicated to spiritual & social harmony, awakening a sense of brotherhood thru ecstatic dance, mantra music, yoga, free hugs and delicious vegetarian meals.

Where: Oceanside Pier Amphitheater – 200 North Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Starting at $5
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La Jolla Concours d’Elegance – World-class cars. World-class experience.

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Whether you are a car aficionado or simply admire the finer things in life, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is for you. For one lavish weekend, the finest automobiles pair up with the more elaborate parties to indulge in a weekend of decadence and world-class experiences from April 7th through April 9th.

Friday Kickoff

Rolls-Royce Contemporary Classic Cocktail Party - La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

The weekend kicks off on Friday, April 7th with an intimate gathering at the Rolls-Royce La Jolla Contemporary Classic Cocktail Party presented by The LOT. The boutique, high-end movie theatre transforms into a playground for impeccable automobiles, thrilling live entertainment, next-level nibbles and scotch tastings by the Balvenie from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.

Saturday Fun

Bentley Motors VIP Reception at La Jolla Concours

The fun continues into Saturday with the Bentley Motors “Beyond” VIP Reception presented by Fraser. Held right along the Pacific Ocean at sunset, this soiree boasts surprises around every turn. Hidden tasting rooms and optical illusions push the limits of imagination while guests dash unabashed into the night under the moonlit sky. As the sun sets across the Pacific Ocean, toast to a magical evening with hosted Hendricks Gin libations flowing. Enjoy live music and entertainment, larger than life stilt walker performances, and scrumptious elevated bites from 15 of San Diego’s top chefs, and so much more.

Sunday Concours

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

The incredible, long anticipated finale to a weekend of incredible motoring events takes place on Sunday, April 9th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Ellen Scripps Browning Park in La Jolla Cove. This is a once in a lifetime chance to view over 150 spectacularly restored vehicles that will be displayed on the La Jolla Cove lawn alongside the breathtaking Pacific Ocean. This collection is truly a display of “moving sculpture” – each automobile rarer and more beautiful than the next. Additionally, guests can turn their attention to the sky for a spectacular vintage aviation show featuring the finest restored aircrafts.

New at La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

See the world through Rosé colored glasses the Bentley Motors Champagne and Honey Tasting Garden presented by Fraser. The Garden entitles each guest 21 and over to the following: A complimentary French 75 craft cocktail featuring fine champagne and Hendricks Gin, a complimentary sampling of honey flights featuring sweet tastings from multiple regions, live 30’s era swing music from Dave Patrone, and delicious cheeses from Venissimo Cheese.

VIP Style

For those seeking a bit of extra decadence, attend La Jolla Concours in true VIP style. Skip the line and breeze through with VIP check in. Dine on fabulous bites from 15 of San Diego’s finest restaurants. Enjoy a hosted bar in the VIP Sponsor Lounge (open from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM). Pick up a limited-edition signed poster from the renowned La Jolla Concours Artist, Scott Jacobs. And don’t forget your collectible La Jolla Concours Commemorative Program.

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From world-class cars, to world-class parties – you are bound to have a world-class experience. Don’t miss the La Jolla Concours, April 7th through April 9th.

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 21-26, 2017

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

Kia Classic

Entering its eighth year, the 2017 Kia Classic features 144 of the best women golfers playing for the $1.8 million purse. The field features 2016 Kia Classic Champion Lydia Ko and crowd favorites Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson.

Where: Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club – 7447 Batiquitos Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92011
When: march 21-26, 2017
Cost: $20-$150
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Women’s Film Festival

Women's Film Festival 2017

This annual international film festival is hosted by the Women’s Museum of California in San Diego, and was created to celebrate women’s stories and experiences through film. Our goal is to select films that represent the diversity of women from around the world. WFFSD gives independent female film makers a platform, and allows women focused issues to come alive on screen.

Where: THE LOT Liberty Station – 2620 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
When: March 24-26, 2017
Cost: $50-$300
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San Diego Zoo Yaycation

San Diego Zoo Yaycation

Get ready for Yaycation presented by National University at the San Diego Zoo! Come to the San Diego Zoo’s Yaycation, and hear about our world-famous animals and plants from the people who take care of them!

Where: San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 25 – April 23, 2017
Cost: Included with Admission
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Red Velvet

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This stirring drama transports audiences to the turbulent backstage world of London’s Theatre Royal in the early 1800s. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, can’t go on tonight as Othello, and his company is in disarray. A young American actor named Ira Aldridge arrives to step into the role – but no black man has ever played Othello on the English stage. His groundbreaking performance upends stage tradition and changes the lives of everyone involved. Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-award-winning play uncovers the fascinating true story of a pivotal figure in theatre history.

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 25 – April 30, 2017
Cost: Tickets start at $29
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Tequila & Taco Music Festival

California’s Largest Traveling Tequila & Taco Music Festival is set to make its first stop of the year Downtown in San Diego at beautiful Embarcadero Marina Park South! Join us for two days of fun in the sun! Saturday will showcase top-shelf Tequilas sampling, while you enjoy the best gourmet tacos! Enjoy Two Days of Live Music, Margaritas, Craft Beer, and Art Vendors to shop from!

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 25-26, 2017
Cost: $10-$60
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San Diego Sings! Festival

San Diego Sings! Festival

Enjoy this free all-day choral festival on March 25, 2017 at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in beautiful Balboa Park, with 22 San Diego area choirs each performing individually and all 1000 singers gathering together mid-day for a massed sing under the direction of Dr. David Chase.

Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion – 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Sings! Festival

Back to Nature

Back to Nature - Living Coast Discovery Center

Forget your worries, escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and reconnect with your wild roots. Join us for Back to Nature, an interactive exhibit featuring new animals such as parrots, mice, iguanas, falcons, frogs, and more! Be among the first to walk through our new Native Pollinator Garden, attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees while learning about the role of native pollinators in our everyday lives.

Where: Living Coast Discovery Center – 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: Thru September 4, 2017
Cost: Included with Admission
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Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 14-20, 2017

Spend the upcoming three-day Weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

Valentine’s Day

Rekindle your spontaneity this Valentine's Day

Grab their hand. Look them in the eye. And rediscover that heart-pounding feeling of love at first sight as you two embark on an exciting romantic night out in San Diego this Valentine’s Day.

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Macy’s Museum Month

Macy's Museum Month 2017 - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Leap into 40+ museums in San Diego this February. Presented by Macy’s, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40+ San Diego Museum Council membership museums. The savings encourages locals and visitors to explore a variety of arts, culture and science-oriented destinations. From Oceanside Museum of Art down to the Tijuana Estuary, there are ample opportunities for edutainment, creating memories and fun for the whole family.

When: Thru February 28, 2017
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Culture & Cocktails: Persian Nights

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The Museum’s popular sundown series travels to ancient Persia (modern-day Iran) with an evening inspired by the newly installed Arts of Iran and Arts of South and Southeast Asia galleries. Find inspiration in the geometric Iranian motifs featured in the galleries to create your own mosaic choker necklace or cuff bracelet, add your personal flair to a collaborative sticky note mural, and enjoy a Darius the Great signature cocktail crafted by award-winning distillery Papa’s Pilar Rum. Portland-based artist Christina Lonsdale is bringing her Radiant Human photography laboratory to “make the metaphysical” tangible through extrasensory portraits of your aura!

Where: San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 16, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $5-$25
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Shaolin Warriors

Shaolin Warriors is a unique show performed by masters of kung Fu. In this fully choreographed theatrical production, Shaolin Warriors brings the remarkable skill, stunning movement and death-defying martial-arts prowess to stages throughout the world. These Kung Fu masters have trained from a very young age in mental and physical disciplines, perfecting the art of hand-to-hand and weapons combat, which allow them to perform feats one thought only possible in the movies.

Where: Historic Balboa Theatre – 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 17, 2017
Time: 8:00 to 10:30 PM
Cost: Starting at $38
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California Open Wildlife Art Festival

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For the final time after 44 years, Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, is proud to present the “California Open Wildlife Art Festival.” The exhibition and competition attracts top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over the United States, Canada, Russia and Japan.

Where: Corky McMillan Event Center Liberty Station – 2875 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
When: February 18-19, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $5
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San Diego Winter Brew Fest

San Diego Winter Brew Fest

This special 1-day only fest will celebrate craft beverages from California and beyond and features live local music, food, and other vendors. This event benefits Outdoor Outreach and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA).

Where: San Diego Hall of Champions – 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 18, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $40-$60
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Monster Jam

Monster Jam

Monster Jam® is one of the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring some of the biggest names in monster trucks including: Grave Digger, Dragon, Metal Mulisha, Monster Mutt Dalmatian, Soldier Fortune, VP Racing Fuels’ Mad Scientist, Hurricane Force, Big Kahuna, Storm Damage, Raminator, McGruff, Hooligan, Devastator, and Xtreme Diesel.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 18, 2017
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Tickets start at $15
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Fee Free Day at Cabrillo National Monument

Old Point Loma Lighthouse - Cabrillo National Monument

The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of their second century by visiting a park Cabrillo National Monument for a fee free voyage.

Where: Cabrillo National Monument – 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
When: February 20, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 20-26, 2016

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

San Diego’s Holiday Happenings

Enjoy a laid back holiday season together, and treasure the warmth of the sun and a plethora of fun and entertainment for the whole family. San Diego has all the ingredients for the perfect holiday celebration. From beach-front ice skating rinks to concerts, ballets, theater and endless holiday shopping, we can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

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San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

The SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl delivers exciting football action and spectacular pageantry. Each year a top team from the Mountain West Conference takes on a quality opponent. This year it’s the BYU Cougars vs. the Wyoming Cowboys! This year, the game will be preceded by Dexcom WinterFest, a brand new FREE San Diego holiday tailgating experience complete with winter-themed activities and music for the whole family.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
When: December 21, 2016
Kick Off: 6:00 PM
Cost: $20-$80
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Holiday Bowl Marching Band Showcase

Festivities for the 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl kick off in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Marching bands and spirit squads from the participating universities will perform and meet for a heart-pounding Battle of the Bands! The pep rally atmosphere is fun for the whole family. Make it a night, with plenty of dining options in the surrounding Gaslamp District. This is an outing that you won’t want to miss!

Where: Horton Plaza Park – 900 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 26, 2016
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Seas ‘n’ Greetings at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Seas 'n' Greetings at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is transformed into a holiday wonderland full of SEAsonal activities for the whole family. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit every day. Check the schedule for special appearances by Scuba Santa as well as live holiday music on weekends.

Where: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92093
When: Thru December 31, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Included with Admission
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San Diego’s Holiday Attraction Action

Holiday Attraction Action - Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

San Diego’s world-class attractions get all decked out for the holidays with plenty of lights, appearances by Santa, festive shows, music and more.

Whale Watching

More than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants.

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Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

Fantasy on Ice - Point Loma

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Thanks to moderate temperatures, getting outdoors is a great local holiday pastime, so why not get outdoors and enjoy ice skating.

  • Fantasy on Ice
    Where: ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station – 2640 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
    When: Thru January 8, 2017
  • Skate by the Bay
    Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront – 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
    When: Thru January 2, 2017
  • Skating by the Sea
    Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
    When: Thru January 2, 2017
  • Viejas Ice-Skating Rink
    Where: 5000 Willows Road, Alpine, CA 91901
    When: Thru January 29, 2017

The Holidays Take Center Stage

Photo by Jim Cox.

As fall turns to winter, we are setting our sights on holiday fun- San Diego-style. San Diego’s Arts and Culture groups have dozens of holiday-themed activities and events that celebrate all San Diego has to offer.

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 6-11, 2016

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

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Twinkling lights, festive foods, and merry performances transform the Zoo into a wild, glowing wonderland. Ride the Twinkle Light Trolley to tour an array of animal light sculptures, enjoy jingly, jazzy carols, acrobatic trampoline elves, and more. Plus, it is one more chance to see the larger-than-life centennial animal puppets of “The Journey” – lit up and aglow for the holidays in celebration of our 100th birthday. Join us for plenty of good cheer!

Where: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 10, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Cost: Included with Admission
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Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures

Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures

Whale Watching Adventures depart twice daily. This is a great opportunity in San Diego to get an up-close and personal whale watching experience! Perfect for families, out of town visitors and locals alike!

Where: Hornblower Cruises & Events – 970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Starting December 10, 2016
Cost: Starting at $41
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Holiday By the Bay

Holiday by The Bay - Skate by the Bay

Hilton San Diego Bayfront is excited to host our first Holiday By The Bay celebration. Get ready to ice skate by the San Diego Bay, watch holiday movies under the stars, eat breakfast with Santa, and more!

Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel – One Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 10, 2016 – January 2, 2017
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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

San Diego Big Bay Holiday of Lights

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Join us for the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, an annual time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community.The parade takes place on San Diego Bay with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated to a new theme each year. Held on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Whether you’re a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive and delightful experience for all!

When: December 11 & 18, 2016
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
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The Nutcracker

When the Toy Soldiers arrive, that means The Nutcracker and the Holidays are here!

When the Toy Soldiers arrive, that means The Nutcracker and the Holidays are here!

Makers Arcade Holiday Fair

Makers Arcade Holiday Fair

Third Annual Makers Arcade Holiday Fair Comes to Broadway Pier on December 10, 2016! Arts and Crafts Fair Features More Than 100 Local Makers plus Craft Cocktails and Beer, Gourmet Food Trucks, Live Music, Camera Camper, Craft Making, Swag Bags and More.

Where: Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier – 1000 North Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $5
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Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

This free, distinctly California celebration features boats decorated for the annual holiday season that will sail around Mission Bay. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego community, dozens of vessels take to the water for the parade.

Viewing: Viewing is from Crown Point, the east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island.
When: December 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
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The SD Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

2011 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

San Diego’s furriest festive family-friendly parade returns to Downtown as The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by VCA Market Street Animal Hospital takes over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter.

Where: Gaslamp Hilton Park – 401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 11, 2016
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free to View. Participate: $15-$20
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Top 10 Instagram Worthy Spots Throughout San Diego County

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From an iconic Victorian beachside resort to a potato chip shaped rock to spectacular desert landscapes, these Instagram Worth San Diego spots are sure to make you and your followers swoon.

Belmont Park

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Sun up to sun down, Mission Beach’s Belmont Park has countless photo ops! Ride the oldest wooden roller coaster on the West Coast, The Giant Dipper. Play traditional amusement park games. Sample local brews at Draft or enjoy a sunset dinner at Cannonball, all with a perfect oceanfront backdrop.

Mission San Diego de Alcala

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Capture a moment of serenity at Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first of 21 missions that line the California coast. Have your camera ready as you walk down the same terra cotta halls of the original Padres and explore the mission’s unique history and Spanish architecture. A blooming garden in the spring and summer months frames a beautiful shot of the mission bells.

Cabrillo National Monument Tidepools

It’s well known that a visit to Point Loma’s Cabrillo National Monument offers incredible views of the city but a short drive down to the beach to the area’s tidepools offers that unique Instagram worthy photo. During low tide, pools form along this shore in rocky depressions where you can get up close to near shore sea life like anemones, elusive octopi and spongy deadman’s fingers.

Bonus: Don’t miss the Whale Watch Overlook nearby. It’s the perfect post for spotting Gray Whales during their migration from November to March.

Potato Chip Rock

Stroll past Lake Poway in North County to explore Mt. Woodson’s unusual rock formations. Up for a challenge? Do it for the Gram and hike four miles to the top of the summit for fantastic coastal views of San Diego at a steep 2000 ft. from the popular Potato Chip Rock. Beat the crowds and rising temperatures in the early morning and make sure to have creative poses ready.

Oceanside Pier

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Extending 1,942 ft. into the deep blue sea, the Oceanside Pier is one of the longest wooden piers on the West Coast. Snap photos of North County’s pristine coastline or the action during one of many musical and cultural performances at the Pier Amphitheater.

Balboa Park

Home to more than a dozen museums, the world renowned Old Globe Theatre , and 1,200 beautifully planted acres, there is no shortage of photo opportunities at Balboa Park . The most photographed areas of the Park are the Rose Garden and historical Botanical Building and a shot of the pond and lily pads can’t be missed.

Anza Borrego Badlands

Head east to Anza Borrego Badlands Park to discover the wonders of the California Desert and bask in that out of city feeling. Miles of hiking trails, wildflowers and amazing sculptures create a striking landscape for roadrunner, fox and sheep sightings and a setting perfect for action shots.

Hotel del Coronado

This iconic red-roofed hotel on Coronado Island is a photographer’s dream. From striking Victorian architecture to glittering beachfront views, Hotel Del Coronado is a historical gem. Private beach bonfires in the summer and Skating by the Sea during the holiday season make it easy to capture the quintessential San Diego experience.

Sunny Jim

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Make your way to the picturesque La Jolla Cove to uncover one of the region’s hidden gems. It only costs $5 to descend 145 stairs to the Sunny Jim Cave from The Cave Store and trust us, it’s worth it. Named after the Force Wheat Cereal mascot from the early 1900’s by Frank Baum, the author of Wizard of Oz, the unique formation of the cave and land access make it one of a kind. Capture Sunny Jim’s profile, La Jolla’s crystal blue waters and passing kayakers for a winning shot.

Embarcadero

There are no bad photos when it comes to capturing San Diego’s Embarcadero. Take in naval history aboard the USS Midway Museum and from inside their helicopter cockpits. Couples can reenact one of the most beloved landmarks in the area at the Unconditional Surrender statue.

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“100 Worlds Project” Exhibit of Collaborative Art Awaits at the San Diego Airport

Ron Miriello

When you arrive in San Diego, you can see the world as soon as you step off the plane. Eighteen worlds, in fact from the 100 Worlds Project.

They’re the work of Ron Miriello, himself a man of many worlds. The graphic designer, creative director, business owner and sculptor created his “100 Worlds Project” as a way of rediscovering everyday items. The collection is on display until December 2016 near Gate 33 in Terminal Two West post-security. It’s part of the airport’s latest art exhibition, “Port of Entry“. The exhibition features a group of artists inspired by the geographic, cultural and social aspects of borders.

Ron Miriello's 100 Worlds Project

One of Miriello’s globes is made of the soles of shoes worn down from walking. Another is a cluster of little pencil nubs, packed tightly in a metal casing. Some are playful, others serious.

Many have industrial components: rugged metal cables, welded steel, pipe wrenches and inner tubes. Miriello collaborated with craftspeople from across San Diego, but particularly Barrio Logan where he works. He wanted to draw on the neighborhood’s rich tradition of manufacturing and engage people who might not consider themselves to be artists.

“That’s part of the inclusionary aspect of this whole show philosophically – to demystify the creative process and make it approachable to others who may not think of themselves as creative beings,” he says. “They look at designers and sculptors as the ‘creatives,’ and themselves as not. We all are creative beings. We just manifest our creativity in different ways.”

A large, brightly colored globe is carved out of old board games, dotted with dice and marbles. Miriello says the concept came to him when he was sitting in a favorite coffee shop in North Park, sketching. He sees connections between artistic experimentation and the region’s strengths in research and innovation.

“They’re all highly inventive creative processes; they just use a different palette of information,” he says. “That’s something we do fairly well as a city. It gets to our ability to spend time outside. We’re inspired by nature and beauty. You have surfers who are scientists, and artists who are also doing technology.”

Although he call’s his project “100 Worlds,” he has only created 50. He likes the idea that it’s open-ended, and the rest might come from someone who saw his work and was prompted to build their own globe. He hopes that his art will help shape visitors’ impressions about San Diego, lingering as a memory from when they first arrived, perhaps even producing a new way of thinking about travel, communities and interconnectedness.

“I love having people come and visit me because I get to open my own eyes about my city and realize just how special it is,” he says. “You get used to just paddling off to work and then you realize you live here and it’s just mind-blowingly cool.”

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San Diego Guide to Pokemon Go – Catch Them All

Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go stops and gyms are all over San Diego!

There’s never been a better time to catch them all in San Diego. Long days and warm weather invite champions to hunt for the rare Articuno, Zapdos or Moltres in Pokémon Go!

Downtown

Hand’s down one of the best places play Pokémon Go! Almost every corner is a Pokestop or Gym. Be on the look out for lures at local restaurant and breweries like Mission Brewery that will offer discounts when you catch one inside.

Downtown Gym Highlights

  • Home Plate at Petco Park
  • Horton Plaza Obelisk
  • San Diego City College Trolley Station
  • San Diego Central Library
  • Tweet Street Fire Hydrants
  • Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery (Can you catch them all after a pint or two?😀)

> Explore San Diego’s Vibrant Downtown

Balboa Park

With 17 museums, several performing arts venues, more than 15 gardens and numerous recreational attractions including the San Diego Zoo, it is no surprise that Balboa Park is swarming with Pokestops and gyms.

Regular Lure Party

A lure party is regularly held at the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden on the east side of Park Blvd. Just cross over the bridge past the Bea Evenson Fountain and start throwing Pokéballs.

Balboa Park Gym Highlights

  • San Diego Museum of Man / Old Globe Theatre
  • Lily Pond / Botanical Building
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • El Cid Campeador Statue
  • Marston Point

> Spend a Day at the cultural core of San Diego, Balboa Park

Embarcadero

Hatch a few eggs as you journey along San Diego’s downtown Embarcadero to the San Diego cruise terminal, the Navy Pier, Seaport Village and the Headquarters. Unique Pokestops can be found aboard the ships at the USS Midway Museum and the Maritime Museum of San Diego, where sought-after creatures have been spotted.

Embarcadero Gym Highlights

  • San Diego Convention Center
  • Embarcadero Marina Park South Gazzebo
  • Unconditional Surrender Statue
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego

> Take a Walk along San Diego’s Waterfront Embarcadero

Point Loma Peninsula

The optimum training location can be found at a former Naval Training Center now known as Liberty Station. The likes of Aerodactyl and Rhyhorn have been seen all around this hub for arts, shopping and dining. Pokestops and gyms are also located on Shelter Island and Cabrillo National Monument

Point Loma Gym Highlights

  • NTC Park
  • Shelter Island Pier
  • Friendship Bell (Shelter Island)
  • Cabrillo Statue

> Discover the Point Loma Peninsula

Old Town San Diego

Egg hatching can be achieved with ease while walking among the 17 museums and historical sites, quaint shops, and colorful art galleries that populate Old Town San Diego, the birthplace of California. The aroma of freshly made tortillas and the sounds of mariachi are the perfect lure for gamers eager to try San Diego’s authentic Mexican fare.

Old Town Gym Highlights

  • Washington Square
  • Miner’s Gems
  • Mormom Battalion Historic Site

> Step Back in Time at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

LEGOLAND California

Pokémon masters can earn ninja status at LEGOLAND® California. While tracking more than 40 Pokestops, guests can learn to control fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice at the new LEGO® Ninjago® World featuring a Ninjago interactive ride, the first in the world to utilize cutting-edge Maestro™ technology that enables effects such as heat, smoke and wind incorporated throughout the adventure.

> Learn More about LEGOLAND California

Uptown and Mid-City

The eclectic neighborhoods that make up Uptown and Mid-City are a hot-spot for Pokestops. Hunters will want to travel along 30th Street, University Avenue, El Cajon Boulevard and Adams Avenue. Trainers can recharge while sipping on craft beer or relax with a pour-over coffee at the numerous breweries and coffee shops in the area. Many shops and restaurants are continually dropping Lure Models while offering Happy Hour and specials for Pokémon Go players.

Uptown and Mid-City Gym Highlights

  • Ward Canyon Park
  • Fire Exit Street Art
  • Live Wire Bar
  • Hillcrest Pride Flag
  • Pioneer Park

> Explore San Diego’s Uptown and Mid-City Neighborhoods

This post just scratches the surface of Pokémon Go stops and gyms throughout San Diego County. Check out the map below for the most up-to-date sightings.

San Diego Pokémon Go Map

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 5-12, 2016

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

2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Week

2016 MLB All-Star Week - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Take yourself out to San Diego for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Week. The 6 days of family friendly activities include PLAY BALL Park, All-Star FanFest, All-Star Sunday, Yoga, Color Run 5K, Home Run Derby, All-Star Game and More!

When: July 7-12, 2016
> Find out more about the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Week

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

After their father’s untimely death, sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood lose their fortune, their home, and all their prospects for love. But fortunes can turn again. As the plucky heroines face their situation with courage and resolve, audiences will fall in love with Ms. Austen’s era in a whole new way, enchanted by the lush tones of this ravishing new musical score.

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 6 – August 14, 2016
Cost: Tickets starting at $39
> Find out more about Sense and Sensibility

12th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am

The 12th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am beach day will feature a surf contest, live music performances, and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats. This year’s event will welcome back the 5th annual Rob Machado Bro Junior. Open to youngsters ages 16 and under, the Rob Machado Bro Junior places a premium on the competitor having the most fun.

Where: Moonlight Beach – 252 5th Street, Encintas, CA 92024
When: July 9, 2016
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 12th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am

79th Del Mar Racing Kickoff Party

79th Del Mar Racing Kickoff Party

This coveted A-List race revelry is attended by SoCal socialites, horse racing enthusiasts, celebrity jockeys and members of the exclusive Turf Club and Grand Del Mar. Enjoy a lavish Hat & Fashion Showcase, Derby Dolls, track-themed cocktails, live music, DJ, dancing and a chance to score the Best Dressed prizes and tickets to Opening Day on July 15, 2016!

Where: Club M at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort – 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, CA 92130
When: July 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM to 1:30 AM
Cost: $20-$40
> Find out more about the 79th Del Mar Racing Kickoff Party

2016 Annual Over The Line Tourney

Over the Line Tournament

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 9-10 and July 16-17, 2016
Time: 7:30 AM to Dusk
Cost: Free to watch
> Find out more about the 2016 Over the Line Tournament

Fiesta del Sol San Diego

Fiesta Del Sol San Diego

The largest community-driven family festival in San Diego County, the annual Fiesta del Sol is a two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego. It’s a fun, family-friendly, alcohol- and tobacco-free event focused on creating positive change by empowering communities. Fiesta del Sol includes an entertainment stage, a multi-cultural food court, four community pavilions, and over one hundred booths sponsored by local small businesses, non-profit organizations, and corporate partners.

Where: Chicano Park, San Diego, CA 92113
When: July 9-10, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Fiesta del Sol San Diego

San Diego Pride SHE-FEST

San Diego Pride SHE-FEST

SheFest is a woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of women while fostering meaningful connections within the LGBT and larger San Diego community. This one-day festival is free to all and will include music, workshops, games, and more in a safe space where women can experience support, encouragement, and empowerment!

Where: North Park Community Park – 3620 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
When: July 9, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about San Diego Pride SHE-FEST

Stagecoach Days: Celebrating The Wild West In San Diego

Stagecoach Days: Celebrating The Wild West In San Diego

Attendees will enjoy afternoons filled with activities that reflect life in early San Diego and celebrate the West on the move. Through living history activities and demonstrations, stories and songs, visitors will gain an appreciation for early modes of transportation and daily life. All activities are geared toward children and adults of all ages.

Where: Old Town State Historic Park, San Diego, CA 92110
When: Saturdays – July 9 – August 27, 2016
Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Stagecoach Days: Celebrating The Wild West In San Diego

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