Alison

Bring the Kids to Camp Del Mar for a Fun Day at the Races

Camp Del Mar at the Del Mar Racetrack

Camp Del Mar at the Del Mar Racetrack

Heading off for a day at the Del Mar racetrack? Don’t forget the kids!

The track’s best bet might just be its child care program: Camp Del Mar is a just-for-fun day camp designed to keep 5-to-12-year-old youngsters safe and entertained while their parents enjoy a day at the races.

The program is based in the track’s Mission Tower Building. Kids enjoy arts and crafts, movies and video games, tournaments and excursions. Thursday is miniature golf day. On Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends children compete in hippity hop races on the racetrack.

Children are supervised by trained counselors – one for every 12 kids. Staff includes teachers and recreation professionals.

The camp program will operate every day of the Del Mar racing season, from July 17 through September 2, (closed Mondays except Labor Day, Tuesdays and September 4). Camp will open at 11:30 AM on opening day, at 10:30 AM on Pacific Classic Day, at noon on other Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day. It’ll open at 2:00 PM on Fridays. Camp closes 30 minutes after the last race.

Tuition includes all activities, lunch, snacks and a way-cool t-shirt. No reservations are required. Parents must remain at the track while their youngsters are at camp.

Camp Del Mar Info

Where: Mission Tower Building at the Del Mar Racetrack
When: Through September 2 (closed Mondays, Tuesdays and September 4)
Time: 11:30 AM to 30 minutes after the last race (check website for specific dates)
Cost:
$24 per child
Website: www.CampDelMar.com

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 16-21, 2013

Captain American at Comic-Con International - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Become your family’s super hero and take a plane, take a train, take a car or take a spaceship to San Diego to enjoy these top things to do this weekend:

Comic-Con International

Captain American at Comic-Con International - Top Things to Do in San Diego

You never know which super hero(es) you will meet at Comic-Con International

Holy Trolls and Goblins Batman, it’s time once again for the ultimate nerdi gras! Wookies, red-shirted ensigns, X-men, Avengers and plenty of other cos-play characters will fill up the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter and Convention Center this weekend. Even though the Comic-Con is sold out, there is still plenty to do nearby including people watching, industry sponsored parties and the highlighted events below:

> Find out more about Comic-Con International San Diego

Opening Day at the Del Mar Races

A plethora of interesting hats at the Del Mar Races Opening Day

Staying Classy in San Diego at the Del Mar Racetrack.

Bing Crosby’s song, “Where the Surf Meets the Turf,” written to promote the racetrack, lingers in air every summer in Del Mar. Men and women often don a special fedora or fascinator for their day at the Del Mar races, which serves the dual purpose of sun-protection and playful pageantry. Opening Day’s “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest” brings out the best of them, with categories including Most Glamorous, Best Fascinator, Best Racing Theme, Funniest or Most Outrageous, and Best Flowers/All Others.

Please Note: There will be a lot of traffic around the racetrack on opening day. Please allow yourself plenty of time to find parking. Better yet, consider taking the coaster or other public transportation options.

> Read our 2013 Guide to the Del Mar Races

Where: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: July 17, 2013
Time: 11:30 to 7:00 PM
Cost: $10-$20
> Find out more about Opening Day at the Del Mar Races

The Steam World’s Fair

Steam World's Fair - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Take a break from the hustle and bustle in downtown this weekend and step back into our steam-and-coppered-powered future at the Steam Worlds Fair. There will be seven live entertainment stages, more than 80 vendors, a steampunk art gallery and much more. Costumes are encouraged! For those over 21, join in the pageantry pub crawl.

Where: Various locations along Adams Avenue in Normal Heights
When: July 19, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 11:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Steam World’s Fair

Sideways

Sideways - La Jolla Playhouse

From the big screen to La Jolla! Buckle up for this whirlwind road trip as two sharp-tongued bachelors cope with their midlife crises involving wine, women and disappointment.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: July 16-August 18, 2013
Cost: Tickets start at $15
> Find out more about Sideways

Over The Line Tournament

Over the Line Tournament

Who will be the 2013 Over the Line Tournament champion?

Who will be the 2013 Over the Line champion? Find out during the last and final weekend of play. 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 20-21, 2013
Time: 7:30 AM to Dusk
Cost: Free to watch
> Find out more about the 60th Over the Line Tournament

> 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.

Maren

2013 Guide to the Del Mar Races in San Diego

Del Mar Races Trumpeter
Del Mar Races Trumpeter

Here the First Call at Del Mar Races, July 17- September 4, 2013.

Nothing says summer in San Diego quite like the blare of the bugle hailing the first post of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s annual summer racing season. This year, opening day’s First Call will be heard on July 17, 2013, and continue to excite those eager to beat the odds on a lucky steed named Ziggy Stardust all the way through September 4, 2013. It’s a San Diego tradition every visitor should experience, and we’re here to help you navigate, whether it’s your first or fiftieth post, where the “surf meets the turf, at ‘ol Del Mar.”

Opening Day at the Del Mar Races, Cool as Ever

A plethora of interesting hats at the Del Mar Races Opening Day

Staying Classy in San Diego at the Del Mar Racetrack.

When the Del Mar Racetrack opened on July 3, 1937, co-founder Bing Crosby was there to take the first ticket. His song, “Where the Surf Meets the Turf,” was written to promote the racetrack, and it seems his particular brand of cool lingers in air every summer in Del Mar. Men and women often don a special fedora or fascinator for their day at the Del Mar races, which serves the dual purpose of sun-protection and playful pageantry. Opening Day’s “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest” brings out the best of them, with categories including Most Glamorous, Best Fascinator, Best Racing Theme, Funniest or Most Outrageous, and Best Flowers/All Others.

> Find out more about Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

And They’re Off!

Get close and cheer loudly as your horse passes by at the Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego.

Get close and cheer loudly as your horse passes by at the Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego.

So how exactly do you bet on a horse race? For those new to horse race wagering, join the newcomers’ seminar, and pick up a handy wagering menu to learn the ropes. In its simplest form, you guess which horse is going to win (first place), place (second place) and show (third place). After you figure that out, there are multiple “exotic,” or combination, bets, including the Quinella, Trifecta, Superfecta, Rolling Double and Super High Five. Place your bet, hold on to your ticket and make sure to clap, cheer, whistle and cheer your choice to the finish line – I swear it helps.

Full of Free

First post at the Del Mar Racetracks is July 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

First post at the Del Mar Racetracks is July 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

There is a lot going on at the track. Everything from free coffee and donuts, to free concerts. To make sure you don’t miss out on all of the action, check in with the Event Schedule for dates, times and special events. Here are some general details:

  • Monday and Tuesday: Dark – No Racing
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: Gates open at 12:00 PM, first post is at 2:00 PM
  • Friday: Gates open at 2:00 PM, first post at 4:00 PM. 4 O’Clock Friday Summer Concert Series

Tickets start at only $6 for stretch run admission.

> Purchase your Del Mar Races’ tickets

Transportation

Del Mar Coaster

Beat the traffic. Take the Coaster from Downtown to the Del Mar Races.

What Bing Crosby sang in 1937 still rings true today. When you want to get to ‘ol Del Mar, you can “take a plane, take a train, take a car.” San Diego is full of different modes of transportation to suit your Del Mar Race experience. The Coaster is an excellent choice for those looking to enjoy a few adult beverages, or those just looking to avoid the regular freeway traffic.

> Directions to Del Mar Racetrack

Do you go to the Del Mar Races? Tell us, what is your favorite thing to do while there?

Maren

A 21 and Up Guide to San Diego Summer

Summer is the perfect time to see why Travel + Leisure voted San Diego the #2 Most Attractive City in the United States, when warm beach weather and sunkissed smiles lend an extra-special glow to the twenty-something social scene. So if you’re looking to mingle, make sure to hit up these great events and establishments for a San Diego summer you won’t forget.

Opening Day at the Del Mar Races

It's time to pull out your favorite fascinator and join the pageantry for opening day at the Del Mar Races, July 17, 2013.

It’s time to pull out your favorite fascinator and join the pageantry for opening day at the Del Mar Races, July 17, 2013.

It’s time to dust off your favorite fascinator and head to opening day of the annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Racing Season, beginning July 17. Whether you enter the “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest” or not, you will be delighted by the opening day pageantry, both on and off the track. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive upgrade to your opening day experience, the Coors Light Opening Day Party includes live music, DJ’s, private trackside area, beer garden and specialty food stands.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: July 17 – September 4, 2013
Time: Gates open at 11:30 PM. First race posts at 2:00 PM
Cost: $10-$20
> Find out more about Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

Tailgating at a Polo Game

Polo Match at the San Diego Polo Club

For a different take on the usual tailgate party, check out one of the Sunday polo matches with the San Diego Polo Club.

Your tailgate party doesn’t have to wait for the fall football season. In San Diego, tailgating is more than welcome at your friendly Sunday match at the San Diego Polo Club. The time-honored tradition is one of the best ways to watch the game. And this is no pre-game event…your car pulls right up to the east side of the field so you can sit field-side and watch the game with your picnic! Things allowed: Pop-up tents, umbrellas (it gets hot!), chairs, blankets, food, alcoholic beverages and bocce ball.

Where: 14555 El Camino Real, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
When: Sundays through September 29, 2013
Cost: $12-$300
> Find out more about the San Diego Polo Club

Become a World Champion at the 60th Annual Over the Line Tournament

Over the Line Tournament - A San Diego Summer Tradition

This Summer, take part in a long-standing San Diego tradition: the 60th annual Over the Line Tournament on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay.

Over the Line, a bat and ball game played with 2 teams of 3 players each, is a San Diego original and Southern Californian tradition whose World Championship title is defended passionately by those entering the 60th Annual World Championship Over the Line Tournament in Mission Bay. For two weekends in July, the sands of Fiesta Island are filled from 7:30 AM until sundown with fired-up teams ready to go for the gold while spectators enjoy the camaraderie and competition under the sun.

Where: Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park
When: July 14-15 and 21-22, 2013
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
> Find out more about the 60th Annual World Championship Over the Line Tournament

Making History Fun with Brothels, Bites, and Booze Tour

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Join the “Brothels, Bites and Booze” tour with So Diego Tours and you’ll find out how San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter comes by its reputation as a sophisticated playground of dining, drinking and dancing honestly. “Brothels, Bites and Booze” is one part insightful historical walking tour and one part traveling dinner party that takes you through the Gaslamp’s 19th century beginnings as San Diego’s red-light district while keeping you well fed and watered at some of the Quarter’s best present-day dining establishments.

When: Offered Weekly, Wednesday-Saturday
Time: Tour Hours Vary
Cost: $45
> Find out more about Brothels, Bites and Booze in the Gaslamp Quarter

Choose Your Own Adventure at Stone World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Bocce Ball

Good Food, Great Beer and Bocce Ball! Do you need anything else?

The newly opened Stone World Bistro & Gardens in Liberty Station has come just in time for summer fun. The palatial choose-your-own-adventure style layout is perfect for any type of gathering, including office happy hours, a buddy’s birthday, a first date or a casual night out looking to meet new friends over a game of bocce ball. The beer is as good as always, the food is delicious and nutritious, the outdoor seating areas (3 in total) include a bocce ball courtyard, seated patio, and grass lawn for lounging and the occasional plane take-off from the nearby San Diego airport is reason enough to raise your glass. Cheers!

Where: Liberty Station – 2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116 San Diego, CA 92106
> Find out more about Stone World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station

> Spend your Summer in San Diego