Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 3-8, 2015

Explore 45 museums for half price, see the world’s best pro golfers compete at Torrey Pines, become an Avenger and more at any one of this weekend’s top things to do in San Diego.

San Diego Museum Month

San Diego Museum Month - Top Things to Do

Leap into 45 museums in San Diego this February. Presented by Macy’s, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 45 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: Through February 28, 2015
> Find out more about San Diego Museum Month

Farmers Insurance Open 2015

Tiger says "See You At Torrey!" Photo courtesy of Stan Badz/PGA TOUR.

Tiger says “See You At Torrey!” Photo courtesy of Stan Badz/PGA TOUR.

Mark your calendars now, because one of golf’s biggest events of the year, the Farmers Insurance Open, returns to San Diego in 2015. San Diego’s leg of the annual PGA TOUR will take place at the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Where: 11480 Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: February 5-8, 2015
Cost: $30-$200
> See You at Torrey: The PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open

San Diego Jewish Film Festival

San Diego Jewish Film Festival

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival showcases 96 films of the best contemporary Jewish themed films from around the world celebrating life, human rights, and freedom of expression. The program aims to educate and illuminate through evocative, independent fiction and documentary films that portray the Jewish experience from current to historic global perspectives.

Where: 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: February 5-15, 2015
Cost: Starting at $13.75
> Find out more about the San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Culture & Cocktails: Havana Nights

San Diego Museum of Art - Culture & Cocktails

The art jumps off the walls during the San Diego Museum of Art’s Culture & Cocktails

Imagine: open-air bazaars, ocean-front walkways, bright colors, crumbling colonial architecture, and salsa music booming through the streets… Enjoy Cuban sandwiches, coffee, chocolate cigars, desserts, a Signature Cocktail infused with Cuban spirits, a Latin DJ, and live musical performance during this Havana Nights-themed party. Come dressed in ruffles, fedoras, and your island-best during this C&C inspired by The Welcome Galleries’ Cuban Contemporary Art installation.

Where: San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 5, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $20-$25. Members – Free
> Find out more about Culture & Cocktails: Havana Nights

The Marvel Experience

The Marvel Experience

Join forces with Marvel’s mightiest Heroes on a mission to save the planet. The Marvel Experience is a first-of-its-kind attraction that covers over two acres and encompasses seven colossal Domes. As S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest recruit, you’ll swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, and fly with Iron Man in next generation hyper-reality as you prepare to face the forces of Hydra.

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: February 7-22, 2015
Cost: Tickets start at $27.50
> Find out more about The Marvel Experience

Changing of the Barrels 26th Anniversary Celebration

Karl Strauss' Changing of the Barrels 26th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate Karl Strauss’ 26th year in beer with the annual “Changing of the Barrels” event. To honor the occasion, they invite friends down to the brewery for the debut of their 26th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel-Aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale and a chance to taste their 27th Anniversary brew before it spends a year in barrels.

Where: Karl Strauss Brewery – 5985 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA 92109
When: February 7, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $40. Designated Drive – $20.
> Find out more about the Changing of the Barrels 26th Anniversary Celebration

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 14-19, 2015

With sunshine forecasted for the long-weekend, why not head to San Diego and enjoy everything from outdoor adventures to these top things to do.

Borrego Springs Film Festival

Borrego Springs Film Festival

Explore the desert town at 24 frames per second during the Borrego Springs Films Festival

In 1920 the pioneering filmmaker and actress, Nell Shipman, launched a new era for Borrego Springs, California with her film, Something New, and things have never been the same! Borrego Springs and the Anza-Borrego Desert have provided strange, stark and amazing locations for nearly a century of films and filmmakers. Come, be a part of the next 100 years of filmmaking in Borrego Springs.

Where: 590 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
When: January 15-19, 2015
Cost: $10-$100
> Find out more about the Borrego Springs Film Festival

Whale Watch Weekend and Intertidal Life Festival

Tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

Explore the tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument at the Whale Watch Weekend and Intertidal Life Festival

Whale Watch Weekend is a chance for Cabrillo National Monument to invites you to the park to learn about the importance of protecting our oceans. The two-day festival will feature whale watching and exhibitors from a variety of organizations that support ocean conservation. The festival will include marine awareness, whale watching and lectures on federal and state agencies that protect our oceans. In addition, this year”s festival will feature tidepool exploration and a presentation on the Marine Protected Areas; Ranger programs on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the Kelp Forest Ecology and an interactive storytelling for children about the creation of the tides.

Where: Cabrillo National Monument – 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
When: January 17-18, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: $5 per vehicle. $3 for walk-ins, bicycle, motorcycles
> Find out more about the Whale Watch Weekend and Inter-tidal Life Festival

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

Enjoy our multi-cultural heritage at the San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

Celebrate the 14th Annual Sheila R. Hardin San Diego Multicultural Festival. The family friendly festival showcases San Diego”s rich cultural and traditional heritage through live entertainment, food stations, vendors, and more.

Where: Ruocco Park – 585 Harbor Lane, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 17, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade - Top Things to Do in San Diego

A float commemorating Rosa Parks” bus ride participates in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States. Our parade is filled with dazzling floats, soulful High School Bands, Drill Teams, Colleges, Fraternities, Churches, Organizations, Peace and Youth groups.

Where: Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 18, 2015
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week 2015

For one week only, Sunday, January 18th through Saturday, January 24th, foodies will be able to eat their hearts out at over 200 participating restaurants that will offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus. Yes, you read that online casino correctly! Saturday is now included with San Diego Restaurant Week and there are new price points for dinner giving you even more variety in your dining options!

When: January 18-24, 2015
Cost: $10-$50
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Festival

Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival - WorldBeat Center - Top Things to Do

Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at this free festival in Balboa Park

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Worldbeat Center will feature outdoor cultural arts & craft vendors marketplace, and Oneworld Cafe – vegetarian food served!

Where: WorldBeat Center – 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 19, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Festival

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 6-11, 2015

Start off 2015 on the right foot by heading to San Diego this week to enjoy everything the city has to offer including these top things to do:

> 25 Free Winter Activities in San Diego

soundON Festival of Modern Music

soundON Festival of Modern Music

The 2015 soundON Festival of Modern Music showcases the vibrant, exploratory ensemble-in-residence NOISE, presenting cutting edge world premieres by Mark Menzies, Christopher Adler, and festival favorite Juan Campoverde Q, along with works by Sidney Marquez Boquiren and New York composer Eric Wubbels. They will also celebrate modern masters with Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, and San Diego’s Chinary Ung.

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library – 1008 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 8-11, 2015
Cost: $10-$70
> Find out more about the soundON Festival of Modern Music

Museum of Man’s Centennial Beer Tasting

Centennial Beer Tasting - San Diego Museum of Man

Join the Museum of Man as they celebrate their 100-year anniversary and the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park at their Centennial Beer Tasting with beer tastings from multiple craft breweries and delicious food from local eateries inside one of the oldest and most iconic buildings in the park.

Where: San Diego Museum of Man – 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 8, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $20-$30
> Find out more about the Museum of Man’s Centennial Beer Tasting

Poway Winter Festival

Poway Winter Festival - Top Things to Do

Snow, s’mores, warm drinks and more at the Poway Winter Festival

Feel snow between your fingers while sledding down the snow hill; smell roasting marshmallows as you devour delicious s’mores; experience the wind in your hair skating around the synthetic ice rink; and peruse a variety of vendors and their sensational products. Lights will twinkle, as music sets the tone and laughter fills the air. The Winter Festival brings to life all of the charm and entertainment of a cold-mountain town, set right in Poway. Bring one or bring all; there’s something for everyone!

Where: Poway Community Park – 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064
When: January 9-10, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Poway Winter Festival

C.S. Lewis on Stage

C.S. Lewis on Stage - Lamb's Players Theatre

Award-winning actor Tom Key in a fascinating look into the wit, wisdom and work of one of the 20th Century’s most engaging thinkers and hugely popular writers. C.S. Lewis on Stage is also a perfect introduction to the personality and thought of Lewis prior to LAMB’S production of Freud’s Last Session as part of their 2015 Season this April.

Where: Lamb’s Players Theatre – 1142 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: January 9-18, 2015
Cost: $22-$72
> Find out more about C.S. Lewis on Stage

San Diego Exposition Road Race Centennial

San Diego Exposition Road Race Centennial

The local groups of the Horseless Carriage Club of America will commemorate the 1915 Road Race that was the opening event for the Panama-California Exposition. Cars of the era will drive along the retrace the route of the race, returning to Balboa Park for the car show.

This event is part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration.

Where: San Diego Automotive Museum – 2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 10, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Exposition Road Race Centennial

Peking Acrobats

The Peking Acrobats are masters of agility and grace, defying gravity with awe-inspiring gymnastic displays of contortion, flexibility and control. Get ready to gasp as China’s most talented performers will tumble through the air, dive through hoops, juggle spinning plates and walk on wires!

Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido – 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
When: January 10, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Cost: $25-$50
> Find out more about the Peking Acrobats

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – November 18-23, 2014

Start your Thanksgiving Holiday a little early and escape to San Diego for these top things to do this weekend.

> Holiday Happenings in San Diego

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival

Get the chance to choose samples from more than 700 wines at the Grand Finale Events. Photo courtesy of Joey Hernandez.

The weeklong celebration continues with plenty of events featuring more than 200 wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors, 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest wine and food celebration on the West Coast. Don’t miss out on Saturday’s Grand Finale Tasting Event with more than 700 wines being poured!

When: Through November 23, 2014
Cost: $45-$625
> Find out more about the San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival

Sycuan’s Fantasy on Ice

Ice Skating in Horton Plaza - Sycuan's Fantasy on Ice

Ice skate in the heart of San Diego at Sycuan’s Fantasy on Ice.

If you’ve ever dreamed of spinning on the ice under the glow of big city lights, don’t head to New York’s Rockefeller Center – head to downtown San Diego. Sponsored by Sycuan and benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital, Fantasy on Ice sits right in the heart of downtown by Horton Plaza. Grab a date, head out to dinner at one of the Gaslamp Quarter’s 180+ restaurants, and cap off the night with a romantic spin around the rink.

Where: Horton Plaza, 225 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: November 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015 (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days)
Times: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Check website for time changes)
Cost: $14-$35
> Find out more about Sycuan’s Fantasy on Ice

San Diego MOvember Bash

San Diego MOvember Bash - Top Things to Do

If you are in San Diego this November, don’t miss the biggest Movember Moustache Party taking place in downtown East Village between the Convention Center and Petco Park! 2 Causes. 15 Movember Parties. 13 Welcome Shots Included.

Starting Point: Bootlegger – 804 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 21, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Cost: $40
> Find out more about the San Diego MOvember Bash

Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss

Hotel Del Coronado - TM Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All Rights Reserved

Discover the Ingenious World of Dr. Seuss at the San Diego History Center. Hotel del Coronado – TM Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

The highly popular traveling Dr. Seuss exhibition will be lively and whimsical, using state-of-the-art technology and engaging visitors in exploratory and immersive experiences. The exhibition will feature rare early works, ephemera, illustration, and editorial cartoons, as well as two newly released Geisel illustrations.

Where: San Diego History Center – 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 22 – December 31, 2014
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss

2014 Mother Goose Parade

Goose Float at the Mother Goose Parade in San Diego's East County

El Cajon’s Mother Goose Parade!

The largest parade in San Diego County is also the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the Mother Goose Parade attracts thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon. More than 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from around the United States to share in the excitement that is the Mother Goose Parade. The parade entries include spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus.

When: November 23, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 2014 Mother Goose Parade

2014 Encinitas Fall Festival

Encinitas Street Fair

Food, music, rides, a beer garden and over 450 vendors at the Encinitas Street Fair

With 450+ booths to visit, plus dozens of unique downtown Encinitas retailers, here’s a great opportunity for your holiday shopping. Enjoy music and dance performances at two stages, as well as three new additions: the Kids Zone, Dog Park and Bike Valet.

Where: Coast Highway 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: November 23, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 2014 Encinitas Fall Festival

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Edna Gutierrez

Fall for Art – Enjoy New Exhibitions Opening in San Diego this October

As fall starts to slowly take over San Diego and daylight begins to shorten, many begin to seek for more indoor activities. If you are looking to stay indoors during fall, I invite you to visit one of the many wonderful museums San Diego has to offer and to fall in love with the new exhibitions debuting this month.

Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Spirits of the Dead Watching by Paul Gauguin, 1892

Spirits of the Dead Watching by Paul Gauguin, 1892. Enjoy this rare opportunity to view paintings by some of the biggest names in modern art. Image property of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

This new art exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art and features some of the biggest names in modern art like Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo, to name a few. Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery presents a stunning opportunity to witness the development of the major movements that shaped the course of modern art from the 19th century to the present.

Where: San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Now until January 27, 2015
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Gauguin to Warhol

Colores de la Muerte

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Joining the citywide celebration of Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), California Center for the Arts, Escondido honors a tradition deeply rooted in pre-Columbian Mexico with the special art exhibition, Colores de la Muerte.

Explore the rich history of Mexico and celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido with Colores de la Muerte. Amble through history with Tren de la Historia, a series of train car sculptures that recount the turning points of the Mexican Revolution along with 36 mixed media sculptures from the Mingei International Museum and an altar installation honoring the Mexican author, Octavio Paz. Chronicling Mexico’s history from early days of revolution to modern day independence this exhibition gives insight into the role of women, political life and Mexico’s perilous fight for independence.

Where: 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido, CA 92025
When: Now until November 9, 2014
Cost: $8
> Find out more about Colores de la Muerte

 The Discovery of King Tut

king-tut-golden-mummy-cases-courtesy theNat San Diego

The tomb and treasures of Tutankhamun have been reconstructed to scale, giving visitors a realistic impression of the offerings meant to serve the king on his journey into the Underworld.

During Balboa Park’s 2015 Centennial Celebration the San Diego Natural History Museum will host the West Coast debut of the blockbuster exhibition, The Discovery of King Tut. The exhibition recreates the moment of Howard Carter’s remarkable finding of the lost tomb of Tutankhamun. Visitors will be able to experience the splendor of 18th dynasty Egyptian history though more than 1,000 reproductions of the treasures discovered in the tomb.

Where: San Diego Natural History Museum – 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Oct. 11, 2014-April 26, 2015
Cost: $15-$27
> Find out more about The Discovery of King Tut

Collective Restraint: Four Decades of Czech Photography and New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century

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Untitled, 1813 – 1877, James Anderson, The Monsen Family Collection. New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century displays how pioneering photographers brought the world to people with images.

From now through February 2015, The Museum of Photographic Arts will showcase two new photo exhibitions. Collective Restraint: Four Decades of Czech Photography will present photographs that reflect the political and social climate that challenged and shaped Czechoslovakia’s rich history and influenced artists during the 1930s through 1960s, while New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century will display how pioneering photographer brought the world to people with images that reflect the faces and architecture of Europe, Egypt and the Holy lands and the American West

Where: Museum of Photographic Arts – 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: No through February 8, 2015
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Collective Restraint: Four Decades of Czech Photography
> Find out more about New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century

Rita McBride: Public Tilt and This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen

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Colter Jacobsen, Another Another Thought, 2014, Watercolor, 8 ½ x 9 in., Courtesy of the artist. This is Jacobsen’s first solo exhibition in a museum, This is How We Walk on the Moon will also include a selective survey of key works made over the past several years.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will open two new exhibitions this fall featuring two distinct, singular voices. Rita McBride: Public Tilt and This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen opened simultaneously at MCASD Downtown. Rita McBride’s exhibition comprises three major installation pieces that will fill the Foster, Farrell, and Strauss galleries. San Francisco-based artist Colter Jacobsen’s practice explores the workings of time and memory through intimate drawings and assemblages.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Now through February 8, 2015
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about Rita McBride: Public Tilt
> Find out more about This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen

Monsters!

Monsters! Exhibition - San Diego Museum of Man

Find out what’s hiding under the bed! The San Diego Museum of Man will feature beasts familiar and strange, real and imagined, kind-hearted and troublesome, from across the span of human history and culture. For this exhibition, the museum reached into its vast collections to bring out unusual monster artifacts you can see and touch.

Where: San Diego Museum of Man – 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 25, 2014 – December 31, 2015
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about Monsters!

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Chelsea

5 Places for Halloween Fun for Kids Around San Diego

If you are like me, you are chomping at the bit for when the time comes that you can steal, er, um, share your kid’s Halloween candy! The wait leading up to chocolate bliss can be torture, but there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate the spooktacular fun in San Diego throughout the month of October! Here are 5 fun ways to make splurging on those over the top Elsa and Ninja Turtles costumes worth it!

Del Mar Pumpkin Station

Del Mar Pumpkin Station

All Aboard the 3:10 to Del Mar Station for some pumpkin picking Halloween fun!

What would October be like without the requisite visit to the pumpkin patch?! Sure, you can generally get yours for a much cheaper price at the grocery store, but where is the fun in that? With so many pumpkin patches to choose from, I’m starting with the most centrally located and a personal favorite. Located right across from the racetrack, the Del Mar version is fairly easy to keep an eye on the kids, has rides, a petting zoo and more! In fact, I’ve been to a birthday party there, too. More for the under 10 set, it’s an easy in and out that will be a lot of fun for the whole family.

Where: 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: September 26 – October 31, 2014
Cost: Free Entry
> Find out more about Del Mar Pumpkin Station

Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

Acres of pumpkins await at Bates Nut Farm

Looking for more of an adventure? Head to this historical pumpkin patch site! Be warned that the closer to the 31st, the more traffic trying to get in (and slimmer pumpkin pickings), but it’s definitely a whole lot of fun! Get your giant pumpkins or just enjoy running through the fields. Check out the petting zoo, delicious food, tractor hay rides and so much more! Plus, have fun weighing your pumpkin as you leave!

Where: 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082
When: September 24 – October 31, 2014
Cost: Free Entry
> Find out more about Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

> Check out the complete list of San Diego Pumpkin Patches

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

LEGLOANDLAND Brick-or-Treat Party NIghts

LEGOLAND invites the whole family for a “block” party full of ghoulish fun

Get your ghoul on at LEGOLAND California! Every Saturday (plus Friday the 17th and 24th!), the park offers candy stations and healthy snacks. Kids 12 and under can enter the costume contest for a chance to win 4 Resort Membership Passes and a gift basket! With festive music, Halloween themed live shows and fireworks, the whole family is sure to get in the “spirit” of things.

Where: One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: Saturdays, October 4-26, 2014 (Special Fridays: October 17 & 24, 2014)
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free with Admission
> Find out more about LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

Lumberyard Trick or Treating

Encinitas' Halloween Safe Trick or Treat

Encinitas 101 Main Street Association invites ghouls and goblins of all ages for a night of trick or treating

Kids don’t want to miss out on trick or treating while in town? Visit the Lumberyard and Coast Highway 101 Encinitas on Halloween! From Encinitas Blvd through to K street, several stores participate in the fun and hand out candy. Great for kids who are visiting and for those that don’t have a trick or treat friendly neighborhood. And don’t miss the kids zone with games, music and more at the Lumberyard.

Where: South Coast Highway 101 from Encinitas Blvd. to K Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: October 31, 2014
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Lumberyard Trick or Treating

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day 2014

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Costumed fun in San Diego’s Historic Balboa Park

Join over 24 museums and attractions at San Diego’s Balboa Park for a day of fun. Get in on the crafts, costume contest, story time and more! Enjoy a free concert and mini-carnival as well as a costume contest for dogs! And don’t miss the free puppet making at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater!

Where: 1549 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 26, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
> Find out more about the Balboa Park Halloween Family Day 2014

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Robert Arends

Dr. Seuss on the Loose in La Jolla

The_Art_of_Dr_SeussThere’s a tale of a Cat, so cool in a Hat, that…did you hear…was created right here! 🙂

Yep Dr. Seuss, that master smith of rhyming words for kids, lived atop a hill called Mt. Soledad in La Jolla (north of downtown San Diego) where his fantastical world of Cat in the Hat and other memorable characters came to life for readers of all ages.

I’ve always been a big fan of Dr. Seuss whose real name BTW is Theodore (Ted) Seuss Geisel. His widow Audrey still lives in lovely seaside La Jolla.

On the heels of Dr. Seuss’ recently released new book, Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more Lost Stories, me thinks with my thinker that a fun way to tinker would be an incredibly fun linker to a few Seussian sights and events in La Jolla:

Wish Dr. Suess at Happy Birthday at UCSD

Dr. Seuss birthday celebration at Geisel Library, UCSD in La Jolla

Dr. Seuss birthday celebration at Geisel Library, UCSD in La Jolla

Every year in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, the aptly named Geisel Library at University of California at San Diego (UCSD) in La Jolla exhibits selections from their Dr. Seuss Collection of over 10,000 items(!), including his drawings, rough drafts, notebooks and other cool memorabilia. It’s the world’s largest repository of original works by Seuss. Last year Mrs. Geisel substantially added to the collection, donating an additional 1,500 items from his personal archive!

Look for an announcement of next year’s big b-day bash on Geisel Library’s news page after New Year’s.

7 ½ foot Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss and Cat in the Hat sculpture at Geisel Library, UCSD in La Jolla

Dr. Seuss and Cat in the Hat sculpture at Geisel Library, UCSD in La Jolla

In the meantime, next time you’re in La Jolla, check out the life-size bronze sculpture of Dr. Seuss and a towering 7 ½ foot Cat in the Hat in front at the library. Seuss selfies are encouraged!

Secret Art of Dr. Seuss

Secret Art of Dr. Seuss at Legends Gallery, La Jolla includes Unorthodox Taxidermy

The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss includes Unorthodox Taxidermy

In the charming Village of La Jolla, the Legends Gallery displays some wonderful imaginings in its “Secret Art of Dr. Seuss” exhibit. Visitors can view the sophisticated, technically accomplished and unrestrained side of Seuss’ talent, including lesser-known paintings, illustrations and sculptures from his Unorthodox Taxidermy collection (a fun fav!).

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at the Old Globe

"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" at the Old Globe in Balboa Park

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” at the Old Globe in Balboa Park

And though it’s not in La Jolla, I should mention the whimsical annual Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! musical that takes place each holiday season at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. It’s a magical must see for the whole family!

See you in San Diego, Dr. Seuss fans!

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – August 5-11, 2014

Sunset at Oceanside Pier.

Make a break for San Diego this weekend and enjoy these top things to do.

Flicks on Bricks

Join the Athenaeum on their outdoor patio for balmy summer nights and screenings of classic cinemas al fresco. Alfred Hitchcock’s classic North By Northwest kicks off this year’s series.

> Watch more Outdoor Summer Movies

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library – 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: Thursdays, August 7-28, 2014
Time: 7:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $17-$80
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2014 ASP 6-Star Supergirl Pro

Justine Dupont - Supergirl Pro in Oceanside

See more than 100 of the world’s best female surfers compete at the Supergirl Pro. Photo courtesy of Supergirl Pro

The largest field of talent of any female surfing event in the world, this weekend jam is packed with competitions that will have you and 100+ of the top professional surfer girls in the world on their toes and a festival village loaded with athlete autograph signings, various vendors and activities related to surf, skate, art, fashion, music, fitness, dance, sustainability, food and beer garden.

Where: Oceanside Pier – 300 N the Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: August 8-10, 2014
Cost: Free
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Winkie Con 50

OZ Con Interntational's Winkie Con

Welcome, everyone, to the Land of Oz! This year’s Winkie Con not only marks its first half-century, but also its first convention in San Diego – a city with many connections to L. Frank Baum, the creator of Oz. Baum spent winters at the Hotel Del Coronado and then rented a house in Coronado where he wrote the fifth Oz book, The Road to Oz. The coast of La Jolla was a starting point in several of Baum’s fantasies, including The Scarecrow of Oz. We’ll be exploring these San Diego connections to Oz and more at Winkie Con 50.

Where: Town & Country Resort Hotel & Convention Center – 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: August 8-10, 2014
Cost: $12-$110
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National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show

National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show - Top Things to Do

Marvel at classics at the National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show

More than 200 participants will showcase their automobiles and compete for awards in a variety of categories, ranging from turn-of-the-century production cars to classics and muscle cars. You can also expect live music, food from a variety of National City’s popular eateries, entertainment for children and specialty booths.

Where: Kimball Park – D Avenue & E 12th Street, National City, CA 91950
When: August 9, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair

Annual Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair

Spend Sunday evening in Hillcrest at the annual CityFest

Stay past sundown and dance with Hillcrest’s best DJ’s under the Hillcrest sign with Cityfest Night! CityFest takes place in the heart of Hillcrest and is a huge celebration of community spirit with games, activities, over 250 vendors, live headliner music, a beer garden and much more.

Where: 5th and University, San Diego, CA 92103
When: August 10, 2014
Time: 12:00 to 11:00 PM
Cost: Free
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The 30th Philippine Cultural Arts Festival

The 30th Philippine Cultural Arts Festival

Join in and experience the Philippine culture first-hand with Filipino food and treats, interactive workshops, live entertainment and more.

Where:Balboa Park – Park Blvd. & President’s Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 9-10
Time: 11:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 15-20, 2014

Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

From movies by the pool to spectacular opening day at the Del Mar Racetrack hats to amazing sandcastles to a parade full of pride, there is a ton of family fun to be had this weekend in San Diego with all of these top things to do.

Dive-In Movies

Dive-In Movies - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Relax and cool off in a pool with a classic movie

Relax and cool off after a warm day exploring San Diego by hanging out in a pool and catching a classic movie on a big screen:

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Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

Don your favorite hat and join in the revelry at the Del Mar Racing Season’s Opening Day

And they’re off! Hundreds of fashion-minded guests participate in Del Mar’s illustrious “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest.” A parade of eye-popping creations, this celebration is an annual tradition that gets the nod from spectators and fashionistas alike.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: July 17, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: $10-$20
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Del Mar Racing Season
When: July 17 – September 3, 2014
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San Diego Pride Rally, Block Party, Parade and Festival

Rainbow Flag at the San Diego Pride Parade

Celebrate diversity and the LGBT community during San Diego’s Pride’s weekend long celebration

San Diego Pride continues to bring together the skills, talents and vision of a diverse community to produce the annual LGBT Pride Celebration which attracts 250,000 participants to Hillcrest for America’s Finest Pride Parade and Festival.

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Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival

Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival

The IB Sun & Sea Festival will showcase some of the best sand creations on the West Coast

The 2014 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities, a Kids ‘n Kastles competition, Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair.

Where: 10 Evergreen Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
When: July 18-19, 2014
Cost: Free
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Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom at the Spanish Village Art Center

Art in Bloom – Where floral designs mimic art at the Spanish Village Art Center

This 3-day event features over 40 art and floral vignettes which will stimulate your senses and delight your creativity. Each year floral designers choose from an array of original artworks to interpret in flowers. Then the artwork together with the floral creation are displayed in captivating vignettes accompanied by live music in the patio.

Where: Spanish Village Art Center – 1770 Village Pl, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 18-20, 2014
Time: 11:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Festival of the Bells

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala

Celebrate the founding of the first California Mission at the Festival of the Bells

This weekend event celebrates the anniversary of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the Mother of California’s 21 Missions, which was founded by Blessed Father Junipero Serra on July 16, 1769. The celebration includes food, entertainment, dancing and traditional activities like the Blessing of the Bells and the Blessing of the Animals. All five Mission bells are rung during the weekend festivities, including an original bell dating back to 1802.

Where: Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala – 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 19-20, 2014
Cost: Free
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Enter if You Dare for the Chance to Win Tickets to the Real Pirates Exhibition!

Enter the partial model of a pirate ship at The NAT”s Real Pirates exhibition on display now in Balboa Park.

Set sail for an amazing adventure of history, science and fun at The NAT! If you haven”t visited the current Real Pirates exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum (The NAT) now”s your chance! I”ve been twice and feel like there”s still more to learn and experience. The show features the history of The Whydah, a 300-year-old sunken pirate ship full of treasure discovered off the coast of Cape Cod in 1984. This is the first fully authenticated pirate ship discovered in U.S. waters. Find out how to win tickets to see The Whydah and Real Pirates when you finish reading this blog post.

Just best online casino part of the treasure explorers are still discovering on the ocean floor from The Whydah“s wreckage off the coast of Cape Cod 300 years ago.

This exhibit is unique in the all-around appeal of the show. It begins with pretty intense descriptions, videos, maps and artifacts documenting the slave trade (The Whydah was initially a slave ship). This is sobering, sad and very important information for everyone to see. Then it ventures into the fascinating life, politics and accouterments of real pirates in 1717. Each pirate”s story, from English sea-captain gone astray to Africans escaping slavery to Portuguese navigator hoping for a better life, is fascinating. After learning about the ship”s crew and adventures and fate, the exhibit turns into an amazing scientific discovery center of underwater archaeology and X-ray techniques divers use to search for and extract the artifacts from the wreckage. And there”s a ton of treasure! Actual chestfuls featuring coins, jewels and items from around the world.

Learn how to tie a sailor”s knot, clove hitch and more at Real Pirates exhibit at The NAT.

The exhibit balances the overwhelming historic and scientific significance of the discovery of The Whydah with fun, interactive activities for kids to engage in throughout the galleries, including a model of the ship they can walk through to raising a pirate flag, tying real sailors” knots, and looking through a telescope to find ships with treasure on board. Real Pirates shows it all from bitter history to daring battles to magnificent booty to creepy torture devices to amazing scientific discovery techniques. Climb aboard to experience a world of adventure and education.

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