Candice

Explore Art, History and Family Fun in Point Loma

Many consider Point Loma to be San Diego’s Plymouth Rock. It was here that explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first set foot on the West Coast in 1542. Today, history echoes throughout Point Loma, while contemporary visual and performing arts, great restaurants, shopping and more make it a terrific destination for a family adventure.

Discover the Art and Culture of Point Loma

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Get Up Close to History

From European explorers to San Diego’s military history, there’s plenty of secrets from the past waiting to be uncovered around Point Loma.

  • The Cabrillo National Monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, but what really makes this site worth a visit is the spectacular view of San  Diego Bay and beyond.
  • Dating back to 1855, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse was one of the first lighthouses on the West Coast. Visitors can view the quarters where the lighthouse keeper used to live.
  • NTC at Liberty Station was once a functioning U.S. Navy base, and the Point Loma Legacy Exhibit allows visitors to peak into what life was like as a Naval training recruit.

Priceless Performances

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Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater is just one of several performing arts groups based in Point Loma

Music and dance lovers should keep an eye out for live performances around the neighborhood all year round:

  • Malashock Dance presents creative, contemporary dance performances around town and at their studio at NTC at Liberty Station.
  • Also at NTC at Liberty Station, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater stages performances at Whitebox, a modern and minimalistic theater space.
  • Every summer, locals gather for the Point Loma Summer Concert Series, featuring everything from rock to jazz, under blue skies in Point Loma Park.

> Explore More of San Diego – Nine Arts Districts, One Vibrant City

Alison

Free Summer Concerts Throughout San Diego County – 2013

Free Summer Concerts in Pacific Beach
Free Summer Concerts in Pacific Beach

Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on the grass and enjoy free summer concerts under the warm San Diego sunshine

Free summer concerts have become traditions in neighborhoods throughout San Diego County. They’re an opportunity for visitors, locals and their families to socialize, picnic, enjoy music together – and maybe even dance as the sun sets on another perfect San Diego day.

Here’s a sampling of the free summer concerts to expect this summer:

San Diego’s Free Summer Concerts

The Point Loma Summer Concert Series opens July 12 with Jumping Jack Flash (a Rolling Stones tribute band) and continues on consecutive Fridays through August 9. Shows run 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Pack a picnic or buy food at the venue. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and Frisbees to Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Blvd.

Pacific Beach Concerts on the Green are set for Sundays July 21 through August 11. Shows run from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at Kate Sessions Park (Lamont Street, just north of Beryl). Bring your own food and drink.

Mission Hills’ Concerts in the Park series opens June 21 at Pioneer Park and continues on consecutive Fridays through August 23. Once exception: No concert on July 5 because of the community’s big Fourth of July celebration, which includes a concert. The series opens with Hullabaloo followed by Zydeco Patrol on June 28 and Dr. Elvis on July 4. Pioneer Park is at 1425 Washington Place.

Balboa Park’s Twilight in the Park concert series kicks off at 6:15 PM June 18 and continues on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through August 29 at the park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion. The hour-long shows feature everything from classical music to R&B.

Enjoy organ music? The International Summer Organ Festival features organists from around the world. Showtime is 7:30 to 9:30 PM on Mondays, June 24 through Aug. 26, at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

The Bird Park Concert Series in North Park will open June 15 with jazzman Lenny Rankins. More concerts are scheduled June 29 (indie rock), July 13 (Latin jazz), July 27 (country rock) and August 10 (blues). All shows run 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Bird Park is at 28th and Thorn streets.

Enchanted Music on Coronado

Coronado’s Concerts in the Park series is set for 6:00 PM on Sundays, May 26 through September 8, at Spreckels Park, 7th and Orange. Families (but no dogs) are welcome to picnic during the 90-minute shows. The Coronado Community Concert Band will open the series.

Coronado Ferry Landing Concert Series kicks it off with the Coronado Big Band on May 25 and continues rocking Saturdays and Sundays through July 28. Most performances run from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.

Rocking Out in North County

Del Mar’s Summer Twilight Concerts are set for Powerhouse Park, overlooking the Pacific, at 1600 Coast Blvd. The series begins June 18 with Atomic Groove, followed by Mrs. Robinson on July 9, Back to the Garden on August 13 and Mark Wood and the Parrot Head band on September 8. Show time is 7:00 PM, with pre-show entertainment beginning at 6:00 PM.

Carlsbad’s TGIF Jazz in the Park is staged at three community parks. The 28th season opens at Stagecoach Park (3420 Camino de los Coches), with concerts on June 28, July 5 and 12. The party moves to Poinsettia Park (6600 Hidden Valley Road) for concerts on July 19, 26 and August 2. The season closes at Calavera Hills Park (2997 Glasgow Drive) with concerts on August 9, 16 and 23. Showtime is 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Wear your dancing shoes.

Roaring Good Time in East County

El Cajon’s Dinner and a Concert series is set for 6:00 to 8:00 PM Fridays through Sept. 30 on the Prescott Promenade near East Main Street and Rea Avenue in downtown El Cajon. The family oriented venue is smoke-, alcohol- and dog-free. No need to pack a picnic; about a dozen restaurants edge the promenade, offering on-the-spot dining or picnics to go.

Santee’s Free Summer Concerts are scheduled 6:30 to 8:30 PM on Thursdays, June 20 through August 22 (except July 4), at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive in Santee. The Navy’s Southwest Showband will open the series. Picnics are welcome, but know that food trucks rally nearby.

> Enjoy more live music in San Diego

Know of more free summer concerts I don’t have in this list? Let me and others know in the comments below.

Maren

Sound of Summer: 2013 San Diego Concerts by the Water

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Concert Series

The sound of San Diego summer arrives with the return of 3 popular outdoor concert series. Don’t miss out on the experience of listening to your favorite bands combined with ocean views and a blanket of San Diego stars during these summer concerts.

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay host a large selection of great shows throughout the summer.

The popular summer concert venue returns with a diverse line up starting on May 26, 2013 with Juanes – Loud and Unplugged Tour. With a different headliner almost every night, don’t miss out on classic act Air Supply and newcomer favorite Carly Rae Jepsen, in this star-packed season, running through the summer months and into the fall.

Where: Humphreys Concerts by the Bay – 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
> Browse the 2013 Humphreys Concerts by the Bay Schedule

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops

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

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

The Ashford University Summer Pops starts up again on June 27, 2013 with KC and the Sunshine Band at the 6th annual Tux ‘N Tennies Summer Bash kick-off concert. The season continues through Labor Day and features the San Diego Symphony and some of today and yesterday’s greatest pop acts. This year, performers include En Vogue, Amy Grant, Michael Bolton, Ozomatli, Nathan Pacheco, Debbie Gibson, Burt Bacharach and more.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
> Browse the 2013 San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Schedule

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Green Flash Concert Series

Green Flash Concert Series

The Birch Aquarium at Scripps holds the Green Flash Summer Concert Series atop the cliffs of La Jolla.

Starting May 15, 2013, pair live music with panoramic ocean views atop the cliffs of La Jolla on Birch Aquarium’s outdoor Tide-Pool Plaza. Enjoy music, drinks and food in one of San Diego’s most beautiful settings knowing you are benefiting a good cause. Proceeds from the concert series benefit exhibits and educational programming at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Where: Birch Aquarium at Scripps – 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92093
> Browse the 2013 Green Flash Concert Series Schedule

> Listen to even more live concerts in San Diego

Which concerts will you be seeing this summer?

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 8-12, 2013

Mother's Day in Coronado

Treat mom to a weekend in San Diego, where she can enjoy a champagne brunch, shopping, a spa treatment and these top things to do:

Mother’s Day

Mother's Day in Coronado

Enjoy the Mother’s Day Weekend in San Diego

What better way is there to say ‘I love you’ than a trip to paradise? With a wide array of dining opportunities, day spas and outdoor activities, a vacation in San Diego is a gift any mother would love.

> Mother’s Day Delights in Coronado!
> Find Mother’s Day ideas on the San Diego Events Calendar
> Save this Mother’s Day with Coupons and Offers

Julian Women’s Club Wildflower Show

For this spectacular event, members of The Julian Woman’s Club gather wildflowers from all areas in and around Julian, including High Mountain, Desert, Oak and Pine Forest, Chaparral and High Desert. The wildflower specimens are then taken to the Town Hall where they are named and featured in a beautiful display.  Another feature of the show includes a display of Native American uses for wildflowers.

Where: Julian Town Hall – Corner of Main & Washington Streets, Julian, CA, 92036
Dates: May 8-11, 2013
Times: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free, donations accepted
> Find out more about the Julian Women’s Club Wildflower Show

San Diego Surf Film Festival

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Surf’s Up on the Big Screen at the San Diego Surf Film Festival

The SDSFF will highlight more than 35 international films, a surf art gallery, amazing live music, beach clean-ups, board shaping demos and surf expression sessions. Surf enthusiasts and filmmakers from around the world are welcome to come celebrate the art of surf cinema in our beautiful hometown.

Where: Bird’s Surf Shed – 1091 West Morena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110
When: May 8-12, 2013
Cost: $5-$100
> Find out more about the San Diego Surf Film Festival

Gator by the Bay Music Festival

Gator by the Bay Music Festival

Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Country musicians and Louisiana cuisine and culture.

Experience the culture and food Louisiana without having to leave San Diego! Knee-slapping good times abound at Spanish Landing on Harbor Island, with more than 70 performances on six stages, dance lessons, Cajun cooking demonstrations and delicious crawfish.

Where: Spanish Landing Park – North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 10-12, 2013
Cost: $25-$200
> Find out more about the Gator by the Bay Music Festival

Movie Open Casting Call for Anchorman 2

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Will the Panda see you in Anchorman 2?

Think you have the serious acting chops to be a background star in Ron Burgundy’s next documentary? Find out at the open casting call this weekend!

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley – 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108
When: May 11, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
> Find out more about the Movie Open Casting Call for Anchorman 2

Space Day 2013

Space Day at the San Diego Air & Space Museum

To infinity and… Space Day will feature demonstrations, giveaways, and hands-on activities with local and national space experts. You can also meet astronaut Garrett Reisman who made two trips on space shuttles to the International Space Station, remaining there as a long duration crew member.

> Sign up for the Space Day $3 Off Coupon

Where: San Diego Air & Space Museum – 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 11, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: Kids 17 and under are free with a paid adult admission.
> Find out more about Space Day 2013

Amgen Tour of California Race 2013

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The Amgen Tour of California, “America’s Greatest Race,” is coming back to Escondido! Cheer on the start of this 750 mile-long race with plenty of live entertainment, food trucks and a kids zone presented by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap.

Where: Grape Day Park – 321 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
When: May 12, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Amgen Tour of California 2013

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

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

Alison

Free Sundown Summer Concerts Rock San Diego

> Check out the 2013 list of free summer concerts

Pacific Beach Summer Concerts on the Green

Pacific Beach Summer Concerts on the Green. Photo courtesy of Paul Grimes

Free twilight concerts have become summertime traditions in neighborhoods throughout San Diego County. They’re an opportunity for visitors, locals and their families to socialize, picnic, enjoy music together – and maybe even dance as the sun sets on another perfect San Diego summer day.

Here’s a sampling of what’s being staged this summer:

San Diego

  • The Bird Park Concert Series in North Park will open June 16 with Bluesman Nathan James. More concerts are scheduled June 30, July 14, July 28 and Aug. 11. All shows run 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Bird Park is at 28th and Thorn streets.
  • Balboa Park’s Twilight in the Park concert series kicks off at 6:15 pm June 19 and continues on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 30 at the park’s Organ Pavilion. The hour-long shows feature everything from classical music to R&B.
  • Enjoy organ music? Then check out the free Monday evening concerts, beginning at 7:30 pm on June 25 at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Top organists from around the country will perform. The 2012 season concludes on Aug. 27.
  • The Point Loma Summer Concert Series opens July 13 with Atomic Groove and continue on consecutive Fridays through Aug. 10. Shows run 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, picnics and Frisbees to Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Blvd. Too tired to pack a picnic? A different neighborhood eatery, ranging from Barons Marketplace to Gabardine, will sell food at each concert.
  • Mission Hills’ Concerts in the Park series opens July 4 at Pioneer Park, 1425 Washington Place. Eleven more concerts are planned through August.
  • Pacific Beach Concerts on the Green are set for Sundays July 22 through August 12. Shows run from 4:00 – 6:30 pm at Kate Sessions Park (Lamont Street, just north of Beryl). The Palominos open the season and the Navy’s Big Band closes it.

Coronado

  • Coronado’s Promenade Concert Series opens May 27 at Spreckels Park, 7th and Orange in Coronado. The 90-minute shows start at 6:00 pm Sundays through September 9. Groups on stage range from the Navy Southwest Show Band to Rockola.
  • Coronado Ferry Landing Concert Series features live music with views of the Bay and San Diego Skyline. Performances are on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 – 5:00 pm starting on May 26 and ending on September 30.

North County

  • Del Mar’s Summer Twilight Concerts are set for Powerhouse Park, overlooking the Pacific, at 1600 Coast Blvd. Shows begin at 7:00 pm on the third Tuesday of June, July and August. There’s a 5:00 pm concert on Sunday Sept. 9. The Mar Dels open the season.
  • Carlsbad’s TGIF Jazz in the Park is staged at three community parks. The season opens at Stagecoach Park (3420 Camino de los Coches), with concerts on June 29, July 6 and 13. The party moves to Poinsettia Park (6600 Hidden Valley Road) for concerts on July 20, 27 and August 3. The season closes at Calavera Hills Park (2997 Glasgow Drive) with concerts on Aug. 10, 17 and 24. Showtime is 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

East County

  • El Cajon Concerts on the Promenade was the first to open its 2012 season (on May 4). Concerts will be staged from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Fridays through September 30, at Prescott Promenade near East Main Street and Rea Avenue in downtown El Cajon. The family oriented venue is smoke-, alcohol- and dog-free.
  • Santee’s Free Summer Concerts are scheduled 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Thursdays, June 14 through Aug. 16 (except July 5), at Town Center Community Park East (550 Park Center Drive) in Santee. Picnics are welcome, but know that food trucks rally nearby.

> Find More Great Concerts on SanDiego.org

Did we miss a free concert series in San Diego? Let us know in the comments below.

Candice

Live Music in San Diego: Nostalgia Rocks

Push past the throngs of bodies to the front of the room. The anticipation builds as everyone waits for the headlining act to take the stage. You eagerly sip your drink, chatting with a friend, and then…the lights go down and the music kicks out. Nothing compares to seeing your favorite band live, and whether you prefer under-the-radar punk bands at a dingy dive bar or elegant jazz at a sleek and sophisticated club, you’ll find live music to suit any accoustic taste in San Diego.

If you’re heading to San Diego this winter, you might start feeling a little nostalgic. Not because of the Victorian buildings decked out in classic holiday decor, but because of the great 80s and 90s-era bands gracing San Diego stages during December and January:

Camper Van Beethoven plays at the Belly Up Tavern

The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach offers up some seriously good music with a not-so-serious attitude when Camper Van Beethoven takes the stage on Dec. 27. Describing themselves as “surrealist absurdist folk,” the band is known for their 1985 classic “Take the Skinheads Bowling.”

Public Enemy plays at 4th and B

The legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy comes to downtown’s 4th and B on Jan. 15. Don’t miss this chance to check out the music that influenced everyone from the Beastie Boys to Nirvana.

Wilco plays Copley Symphony Hall

Since their first album didn’t come out until 1994, Wilco may not be considered a nostalgic act, but their bittersweet ballads can make you long for a past that may have never existed in the first place. Their show at Copley Symphony Hall on Jan. 22 is sure to sell out.

With so much great live music coming to San Diego, which shows will you go see?

 

Maren

The Belly Up Tavern Music Rocks North County San Diego’s Nightlife!

No matter what kind of band visitors crave, from the legendary stars to the innovative upstarts, San Diego’s live music venues have something for everyone. Venues range from raucous to refined, and the music is live all night, every night in San Diego.

The internationally acclaimed Belly Up Tavern, est. 1974, in North County San Diego’s Solana Beach has a long history of hosting rock royalty and most recently, British royalty. The early stomping grounds of Eddie Vedder and a current neighborhood stop for Jason Mraz, the Belly Up Tavern is continually voted “San Diego’s Best Live Music Venue” by local publications as well as being named one of the hottest clubs on the west coast by Rolling Stone Magazine. With shows almost every night, there is a fit for every fancy. Here are two of my suggestions:

On November 17, at 8:00 pm, They Might Be Giants is celebrating the release of their brand new album, Join Us, and 30 years of uninterrupted rocking! Huzzah! Of course, having grown up in the ‘90s, TMBG’s particular brand of alternative rock is forever cemented in my mind via two iconic pop culture kid’s shows – Tiny Toon Adventures and Malcom in the Middle. You’re not the boss of me!

On December 3, at 8:00 pm, North County San Diego’s own two-time Grammy award-winning pop star, Jason Mraz will be staying in. In town that is. General tickets for his show, “You are Loved,” go on sale at noon, Friday, November 10. Get them before they’re gone! He is loved, after all!

Want to relive the ‘90s at the Belly Up Tavern? Leave a comment on this blog post and be entered to win two tickets to They Might Be Giants on November 17. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, Nov. 14, so be sure to post before 10:00 am on Monday!

Robert Arends

5 to Try: Summer Events in Coronado

Bay views from Coronado Island Marriott Resort.

Discover San Diego’s Neighborhoods with our Summer Sweepstakes. Join us every week as we showcase the best in what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in some of San Diego’s unique neighborhoods. Be sure to check back for exciting insider tips, giveaways, and more! This week’s spotlight is on Coronado.

Things are heating up this summer in Coronado, just a bridge away from downtown San Diego. Visitors with swim towels, beach umbrellas and boogie boards are finding their happy place on the island’s 28 miles of beaches on sparkling San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

In addition to fun under the sun, following are Five Summer Events to Try on San Diego’s enchanted island:

Picnic at Promenade Concerts in the Park.

1.  Sure, there’s the soothing sound of palm trees swaying in the breeze, but visitors can also hear the sweet sound of live music in Coronado. A beloved local tradition is the Promenade Concert in the Park Series, which takes place every Sunday at 6:00 pm, through mid-September, in Spreckels Park. A perfect activity for families and picnickers; admission is free.

Bayside concerts at Coronado Ferry Landing.

2.  Also music to your ears: the Summer Concert Series at Coronado Ferry Landing which takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, through September 5, at the Coronado Ferry Landing shops on scenic San Diego Bay. Featured musicians include the Crown Island Jazz Band, Coronado Big Band and Teagan Taylor Trio. Continue reading

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

1. Summer Safari- An African Extravaganza at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Running from July 2 to August 21, visitors will be treated to entertainment, activities and animals that embrace the spirit of Africa. Just outside of the village, guests can also see the world’s fastest land animal, a cheetah, run right past them!

2. Ray at Night: One of the coolest ways to spend the weekend is in North Park on July 9. Art, music and culture lovers gather to mix and mingle in the plethora of galleries and businesses from 6:00 to 10:00 pm.

Over-the-Line Tournament

3. 58th Annual World Championship Over-the-Line Tournament: A San Diego original, this boisterous, fast-paced beach softball event is played at Fiesta Island on Mission Bay July 9-10 & 16-17 from 7:30 am to dusk.

4. Kettner Nights: On July 8th, head over to Little Italy to take in an evening walk among the galleries, artists, and artisans from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea

5.La Jolla Concerts by the Sea: Every Sunday from July 10 through September 4, visitors can enjoy free concerts from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Scripps Park, La Jolla Cove. This Sunday’s concert features The Heroes.

Alison

Free Summer Concerts Rock San Diego

The Mighty Untouchables Rock a Free Summer Concert

Free twilight concerts have become summertime traditions in neighborhoods throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista to Carlsbad, from Coronado to El Cajon, the early evening summer concerts are an opportunity for visitors, locals and their families to socialize, picnic, enjoy music together – and maybe even dance as the sun sets on another perfect San Diego summer day.

Here’s a sampling of what’s being staged:

San Diego

  • Pacific Beach Concerts on the Green are set for Sundays July 24 through Aug. 14. Shows run from 4:00 until 6:30 pm at Kate Sessions Park (Lamont Street, just north of Beryl). The Blue Breeze Band opens the season, followed by the Stoney B Blues Band, Candy Kane and Three Chord Justice.
  • The Point Loma Summer Concert Series will open at 6:00 pm on July 15 with a salute to the Beatles – and continue from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on consecutive Fridays through Aug. 12.  Boogie to music by The Mighty Untouchables, the MarDels, Rockola and Cash’d Out.  Bring blankets and lawn chairs, picnics and frisbees to Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Blvd.
  • Mission Hills’ 2011 Concerts in the Park series opens at noon July 4 with Mama Red on stage at Pioneer Park, 1425 Washington Place. Twilight concerts are set for July 15 and 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the park.
  • Balboa Park’s Twilight in the Park concert series kicks off at 6:15 pm June 21 and continues on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 25 at the park’s Organ Pavilion. The hour-long concerts will feature everything from classical music to Dixieland to Old School R&B.
  • Enjoy organ music? Then check out the free Monday evening concerts, beginning at 7:30 pm at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Top organists from around the country will perform. The season opens June 20 and concludes on Aug. 29.
  • The Bird Park Concert Series in North Park will open at 5:30 pm on July 2 with the Stoney B Blues Band. More concerts are scheduled from 5:30 until 7:30 pm on July 16, 30 and Aug. 13. Bird Park is at 28th and Thorn streets.
  • University Heights’ Trolley Barn Park is the setting for Friday night concerts July 8 through Aug. 5. Shows run 6:00 – 8:00 pm and feature a lineup of hot local groups, from Billy Lee & the Swamp Critters to Sue Palmer & her Motel Swing Orchestra. Continue reading