Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – June 18-23, 2013

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

It’s here…the first weekend of summer! That means it’s time for body surfing at the beach, hiking through to mountains, cycling along the boardwalks, bonfires in the evening and these top things to do in San Diego:

An Evening with Rita Coolidge

An Evening with Rita Coolidge

Spend an evening with Grammy award-winning Rita Coolidge.

Join The ASI Way in beautiful San Diego for a night with Rita Coolidge, a multiple Grammy award-winning vocalist.

Where: Town & Country Resort Center
When: June 18, 2013
Cost: $30-$40
> Find out more about An Evening with Rita Coolidge

Taste of Little Italy

Taste of Little Italy - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Savor the Italian flavors from restaurants throughout Little Italy.

Enjoy live music while strolling and dining in San Diego’s hip and historic Little Italy. Appetizers, entrees, beverages and desserts will be served by the area’s finest restaurants. This year there will be two smaller routes to choose from, and if you are feeling very hungry, the two routes can be combined.

When: June 19, 2013
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: North or South Route Only – $28. Combine Route – $42.
> Find out more about Taste of Little Italy

San Diego Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival

San Diego Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival

Sample wine, cheese and chocolates while supporting a local non-profit.

Sample mare than 50 wines, cheeses and chocolates from donors, private chefs and local California vineyards while dancing to the music of Sue Palmer, San Diego’s “Queen of Boogie Woogie.” There will also be a silent auction.

Where: North Promenade at Liberty Station – 2730 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
When: June 21, 2013
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $35-$50
> Find out more about the San Diego Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival

San Diego International Beer Festival

Breweries from around the world will come to the San Diego County Fair with over 300 beers for you to sample. New this year for the competition will be crowning a Champion Brewery in addition to our Best of Show Beer.

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: June 21-23, 2013
Cost: $55-$90. Includes admission to the San Diego County Fair
> Find out more about the San Diego International Beer Festival

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

Music, shopping, art and chili at the Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off.

Spend the day in Ocean Beach enjoying over 5 stages of live music, a community mural art project, a children’s play area, shopping and chili from more than two dozen entrants vying for the titles of Hottest Chili, Judges’ Award and grand prize People’s Choice Award.

Where: Newport Avenue, San Diego, CA 92107
When: June 22, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
> Find out more about the Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

2013 Loews Surf Dog Competition-Unleashed by Petco

Surfs Up! Whether catching a wave with a furry friend or seeking fun on the beach with friends and family, this year’s attendees can expect a fun-filled day on the beach. Activities also include a chance to meet Petco’s most experienced trainers or try relaxing with a Puppy Massage/People Massage.

Where: Imperial Beach Pier – 10 Evergreen Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 92118
When: June 22, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free to attend. $50-$55 to compete.
> Find out more about the 2013 Loews Surf Dog Competition-Unleashed by Petco

Annual San Diego Scottish Highlands Game & Gathering of the Clans

Rival clansmen will test each other’s prowess at various sports – running, jumping, wrestling, or primitive forms of weight putting with stones, or dividing into roughly equal sides against each other in a very early form of camanachd or shinty. Lastly the clansmen will vie with each other in piping and in dancing, the pipers taking turns to demonstrate their skills and the clansmen to demonstrate their agility and neatness of movement by dancing complicated steps to the pipe music. These relaxations were in effect the forerunners of the modern Highland games.

Where: Brengle Terrace Park – 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084
When: June 22-23, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $6-$14
> Find out more about the Annual San Diego Scottish Highlands Game & Gathering of the Clans

La Jolla Festival Of The Arts

La Jolla Festival of the Arts 2013

Stroll through La Jolla browsing among art from more than 200 local and national award-winning artists, listening to live music and marveling at live chalk art creations. There will be plenty of food and a children’s area. Proceeds from the festival support recreational and rehabilitative services to injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Where: UC San Diego Warren Field – 3453 Voigt Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093
When: June 22-23, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $12-$15. Active military and kids 16 and under – Free.
> Find out mare about the La Jolla Festival Of The Arts

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

Suzzanne

Top Things to Do in San Diego: November 29 – December 2, 2012

North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

The holiday season is officially upon us! If you are avoiding the stores (or even better…done with your shopping), get out and enjoy one of these San Diego events and things to do this weekend.

1. NCAA® 2012 Women’s College Cup

NCAA 2012 Women's College Cup

Catch the excitement of the NCAA 2012 Women’s College Cup for its first visit to San Diego

For the first time ever, the University of San Diego will be hosting the NCAA College Cup, the women’s Division I soccer national championship on November 30 & December 2, 2012 at Torero Stadium. Penn State, Florida State, North Carolina and Stanford will make their way to San Diego to play for the national championship.

Location: Torero Stadium, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110 (map)
Dates: November 20 and December 2, 2012
Cost: $40 for all three games. Parking is free
> Find out more about the NCAA 2012 Women’s College Cup

2. LEGO Train City Exhibit

LEGO Train City Exhibit - San Diego Model Railroad Museum

All aboard the train to LEGO City at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum

If you have kids of a certain age, visiting this exhibit at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is a must. The exhibit features LEGO trains, trestles, transportation, skyscrapers, canyons, mountains, an ocean boardwalk and town buildings. Little ones can also enjoy playful learning in a LEGO Brick City zone filled with interactive, creative and educational activities.

Location: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: November 20, 2012 – January 18, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Cost: Included with admission. Adults – $8, Seniors – $6, Children 14 and under – Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Model Railroad Museum’s LEGO Train City Exhibit

3. Holiday Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

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Enjoy the largest animated drive-through light show on the U.S. West Coast with more than 400 brilliant holiday light displays. Themed for the holiday season, the Holiday of Lights is a spectacular drive-through light show with crowd-pleasing, family oriented displays organized into themes, which include: Candy Cane Lane, Toyland, San Diego County Fair, Treasures by the Lake, Del Mar Racetrack, the Twelve Days of Christmas and Elves at Play.

> Find more Christmas light displays in San Diego

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014 (map)
Dates: November 22, 2012 – January 1, 2013
Times: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30 to 10:00 PM. Friday-Saturday: 5:30 to 10:30 PM
Cost: $15 per car, up to 5 people. $20 per vehicle, 6 or more people. $50 per bus. $10 per person for the Holiday Hayride
> Find out more about Holiday Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

4. North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

Get swept up in the holiday spirit during the North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

Celebrating its 49th year, the North Park Toyland Parade and festival includes vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups, beauty queens and city officials. Keep your eye out for Santa Claus and his sleigh, as he jingles all the way down the parade route.

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Location: Click here for the parade route
Date: December 1, 2012
Time: Parade starts at 11:00 AM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the North Park Toyland Parade and Festival

5. SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza

SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza Collage

Chili, Shopping, Chili, Beer and Wine, Chili and Family Fun at the SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza. Did we mention there will be chili?

For the past 3 years, the two neighborhoods of South Park and North Park come together for the SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza. This family friendly festival offers a kids zone, shopping from local artisans, music, local craft beer and, of course, chili made by local restaurants and residents. Stop by to taste some chili and vote for your favorite in the “People’s Choice Award.”

Location: 32nd Street and Thorn, San Diego, CA 92104 (map)
Date: December 2, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Festival is Free. $20 for a ceramic chili bowl, 5 restaurant tastings and unlimited community tastings
> Find out more about SoNo Park Holiday Fest & Chilipalooza

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Know of any other great events going on in San Diego this weekend? Let us and others know about them in the comments below.