Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 1-6, 2014

Goodguys Meguiar's Del Mar Rod & Custom Nationals

From butterflies to beaches to beers to bodacious hot rods, there is a lot going on in San Diego this weekend with these top things to do.

San Diego Crew & Brew Classic

Rowers - San Diego Crew Classic

Don’t miss the excitement as it rows on by at the San Diego Crew Classic

With the excitement of rowing races complemented by sunny skies and warm temperatures, the San Diego Crew Classic provides a perfect backdrop for a spring getaway to San Diego.

> Read all about the San Diego Crew Classic

Butterfly Jungle

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Meet a few of the over 10,000 butterflies in the Butterfly Jungle

Each spring the Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle exhibit is filled with amazing and delightful exotic butterflies of all colors and sizes, and guests can walk among them, take photos, and enjoy pointing out different species using a butterfly identification guide provided by the park. There’s something for everyone, from fun kids’ activities to special presentations to fascinating facts about these wonderful winged insects.

Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
When: April 5-27, 2014
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Butterfly Jungle

VinDiego Wine and Food Festival

VinDiego Wine and Food Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Swirl and savor more than 200 handcrafted wines at VinDiego

VinDiego is about people coming together to celebrate a shared passion; a passion for great wine and mouth-watering gourmet food. Come sip, swirl and savor a selection of over 200 handcrafted wines from top-tier wineries. There will also be a fantastic variety of wonderful local restaurants offering delicious culinary samples.

Where: NTC Liberty Station – 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: April 4-5, 2014
Cost: Varies by event
> Find out more about the VinDiego Wine and Food Festival

Goodguys Meguiar’s Del Mar Rod & Custom Nationals

Goodguys Meguiar's Del Mar Rod & Custom Nationals

It’s a full weekend of roddin’ at the beach in ol’ Del Mar.

It’s a full weekend of roddin’ at the beach in ol’ Del Mar featuring a giant show and shine with 1972 and earlier, rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks. Watch the crowning of the Goodguys March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance and a Super Sunday Get-Together for late-model American made or powered cars on Sunday. See more than 3,000 cars, indoor and outdoor car shows, plus vendor exhibits, swap meet and car corral, Goodguys AutoCross, nightly parties, special woody exhibit, live music, model car show and much more!

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
When: April 4-6, 2014
Cost: $6-$18
> Find out more about the Goodguys Meguiar’s Del Mar Rod & Custom Nationals

San Diego Opera Presents Don Quixote

San Diego Opera Presents Don Quixote

In the magical world of Don Quixote’s Spain, the eccentric knight pursues his impossible dream of capturing the heart of Dulcinea, his idealized woman, who sends him on a quest to recover her stolen necklace. With his loyal sidekick Sancho, he tilts at giant windmills, confronts bandits, and is nearly killed, but achieves his goal. However, when he returns with the prize, he is mocked, scorned and rejected. In one of the most emotional scenes in opera, the delirious Quixote dies believing he hears Dulcinea’s voice calling to him from a distant star.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 3rd Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 5-13, 2014
Cost: $35-$225
> Find out more about San Diego Opera Presents Don Quixote

Craft Beer + Bites

Craft Beer + Bites - SILO in Makers Quarter

Enjoy craft beer from 10 local breweries paired with small bites from 10 local restaurants, including Green Flash Brewing, Lost Abbey, Societe Brewing, Urbn Street and Alchemy Cultural Fare. In addition to local craft beer and delicious food, SILO will host a variety of interactive games including bocce ball, ping-pong, beanbag toss and life-sized Jenga. Local makers will also be on-hand displaying and talking with guests about custom menswear, murals, silk-screening and home brewing.

Where: SILO at Makers Quarter – 753 15th St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 5, 2014
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $30-$35
> Find out more about Craft Beer + Bites

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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

Candice

Top Things to Do in San Diego: Nov. 12 – 17, 2013

dr. seuss how the grinch stole christmas old globe theater san diego

Enjoy a children’s classic come to life, take a private wine tour, or shop for some vintage wares this week in San Diego.

Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas Opens at the Old Globe

dr. seuss how the grinch stole christmas old globe theater san diego

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! opens at the Old Globe Theatre this weekend.

The Old Globe Theatre kicks off its holiday season on Saturday, November 16th, with a top notch stage production of Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  In San Diego, we take our Dr. Seuss seriously – which is why this whimsical musical has been dazzling local school children and families for nearly 16 years.  Suitable for ages 5+.

Where: 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Nov 16, 2013 – Dec 28, 2013
Time: Various (11:00 am matinees open to all ages)
Cost: $27-57
>Find out more about Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at the Old Globe.

San Diego Wine Country Chauffeured Tours

San Diego winery tours

Experience San Diego’s beautiful vineyards up close on a personalized tour.

Take a six-hour guided tour of local wineries with San Diego Beer & Wine Tours, starting with pick-up and drop off right at your door (home or hotel). The guided tour includes visiting three family-owned wineries and indulging in more than 18 tastes from off the beaten path wineries. Meals include a fruit and cheese platter at the first winery and a dinner with spectacular vineyard views at the final destination.

Where: Door to door service
When:  Friday, Saturday or Sunday, November 15-17
Time: 11:00 a.m. pick up – 6:00 p.m. drop off
Cost: $154 (tour guide gratuity not included)
>Find out more about San Diego Beer & Wine Tours 

High Tide Breakfast Buffet at the Marine Room

The delectable breakfast offerings include banana chocolate brioche French toast, poached eggs Florentine and hickory smoked Pacific salmon (just to name a few items), but what makes this breakfast truly special is watching the waves of the Pacific Ocean crash up against the Marine Room’s giant picture windows.

Where: 2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037
When:  Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17
Time: 7:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $34 per person
>Find out more about High Tide Breakfast at the Marine Room

TNT (Thursday Night Thing) at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

MIHO Gastrotruck at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego TNT

Grab a bite from MIHO Gastrotruck at TNT at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Part cocktail party, part concert and part art exhibition, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego‘s TNT after-hours series proves that museums don’t have to be boring. Stop by the museum’s downtown location for tours, art-making activities, live music from Family Wagon, tasty cocktails, and delicious bites from MIHO Gastrotruck.

Where: 1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When:  Thursday, November 14
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: Free for museum members, $8 for students, $10 for non-members
>Find out more about TNT at the Museum of Conteporary Art San Diego

Del Mar Antique Show & Sale

Del Mar Antique Show and Sale San Diego 2013

Antiques of all sorts can be found at the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale

Celebrating its 53rd year at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, this three-day event for antique lovers features everything from furniture to fine art and vintage clothing and jewelry. The weekend also features a Costume Walkabout: this year’s theme is “A Day in the Fabled Land of Bollywood.”

Where: 1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When:  Friday – Sunday, November 15 – 17
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Friday & Saturday), 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Sunday)
Cost: $8 for adults for all three days, free for children
>Find out more about the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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What will you be doing in San Diego this week? Let us know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – August 15-18, 2013

TwainFest in Old Town - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Escape to San Diego this weekend for plenty of fun at the beaches, shopping, dining, beer tasting, and a ton of outdoor activities. When you need to take a break, why not try one of these fun top things to do:

Flicks on the Bricks – Cinema Paradiso

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Enjoy a night under the stars on the Athenaeum’s outdoor patio with a screening of classic cinema al fresco. The film will be paired with vino Italiano selected by Barbara Baxter.

Cinema Paradiso (1989) – A young boy is mesmerized by a movie theater and strikes up a dynamic friendship with its warm-hearted projectionist. The film takes place after World War II in a small rural town, where the story follows the pair’s bittersweet relationship. In Italian with English subtitles.

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library – 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: August 15, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $17-$22
> Find out more about Flicks on the Bricks – Cinema Paradiso

> Discover more Outdoor San Diego Summer Movie Options

Tiki Oasis – Hulabilly

Tiki Oasis Hulabilly - Top Things to Do in San Diego

This year at Tiki Oasis is exploring Hulabilly, an American music style derived from the blending of Rockabilly and Haole Hawaiian music. The 4-day festival will be full of music, tiki shopping, an art show, a burlesque show, a car show and plenty more.

When: August 15-18, 2103
Cost: $15-$300. Symposiums have an extra fee
> Find out more about Tiki Oasis – Hulabilly

CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival

CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival

Over 100 San Diego County filmmakers submitted independent films that are no longer than 5 minutes and CityBeat staff picked their favorite 21 films.

Where: Sunset Temple – 3911 Kansas Street, San Diego, CA 92104
When: August 16, 2103
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: $12
> Find out more about CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival

Summergrass San Diego Bluegrass Festival

Child's Bluegrass Band at Summergrass San Diego

Bluegrass for the whole family at Summergrass San Diego. Photo courtesy of Dennis Anderson Photography

Put on by the San Diego Bluegrass Society and the San Diego North County Bluegrass & Folk Club, Summergrass boasts a weekend of live bluegrass music from national, international, regional and local bands, music workshops, impromptu jam sessions, vendors, raffle prizes, kid’s activities, food and more.

Where: 2040 N. Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92083
When: August 16-18, 2013
Cost: $16-$55
> Find out more about the Summergrass San Diego Bluegrass Festival

San Diego Indiefest 8

San Diego Indiefest 8

IndieFest 8 features a three-day celebration of independent music, film, art, business and thought. It is family friendly and wildly eclectic with a wide array of amazing visual art, activities, film, comedy, dance, delicious food, beer and spirits for our 21+ patrons. And then of course, there will be tons of music.

Where: NTC Promenade at Liberty Station – 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: August 16-18, 2013
Cost: $10-$300
> Find out more about San Diego Indiefest 8

TwainFest in Old Town

TwainFest in Old Town - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Learn all about Twain and his contemporaries at this fun family friendly festival in Old Town

TwainFest is a free and family friendly festival celebrating the writing of Mark Twain and his contemporaries with stories, music, professional actors and musicians, puppets, poems, inventive games and delightful performances plus a brand-new feature called “History on the Move” presented by Wells Fargo Bank.

Where: Old Town State Park – 2754 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110
When: August 17, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about TwainFest in Old Town

Del Mar Grill Fest

Del Mar Grill Fest - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Over 25 seasoned BBQ pros and local restaurants will serve up meats, seafoods, veggies & desserts. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Kristie’s Place which provides care for critically ill children.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: August 17, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: $6 racetrack admission. $10 for 5 samples or $2.50 each.
> Find out more about Del Mar Grill Fest

Snorkel with the Leopard Sharks

Aerial shot of leopard sharks in La Jolla

Aerial shot of leopard sharks in La Jolla

Join aquarium naturalists and visit leopard sharks in their underwater home off the La Jolla coast. Pick up snorkel tips as you discover the abundant variety of animals that live among the kelp, sandy bottom, and rocks. Intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Participants must supply their own gear. Ages 10 + (minors must also be accompanied by a paid adult). Pre-purchase required.

When: August 17 & 24, 2013
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 AM
Cost: $25-$30
> Learn more about Snorkeling with the Leopard Sharks

> 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.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – August 1-4, 2013

Ford Supergirl Pro - Top Things to Do

From North County to South Bay – eat, play, relax and enjoy the upcoming weekend in San Diego with these top things to do:

From Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic

From Farm to Bay Food and Wine Classic at the Living Coast Discovery Center

Indulge in a wide array of tempting treats. Enjoy sweeping sunset views of the wildlife refuge and San Diego Bay. Wander through beautiful indoor and outdoor exhibits showcasing endangered sea turtles, sharks, snakes, reptiles, rays, owls, hawks and shorebirds. Get up-close and personal as some of the center’s amazing animal ambassadors come around to greet you and pose for photos. There’s no better way to enjoy a warm summer evening in San Diego.

Where: Living Coast Discovery Center – 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: August 3, 2013
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $40-$50
> Find out more about the Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic

Summer Break 2013: Double Portraits

Summer Break 2013: Double Portraits

Soak up contemporary art, culture, and performances during, Summer Break, the San Diego Museum of Art’s new contemporary art festival. The festival features 10 continuous days of art, music, lectures, films, readings, workshops, and performances inspired by Arnold Newman: Masterclass.

Where: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 1-10, 2013
Cost: Varies
> Find out more about Summer Break 2013: Double Portraits

Ford Supergirl Pro

Ford Supergirl Pro - Top Things to Do

Watch the world’s top female surfers carve it up at the Ford Supergirl Pro. Photo courtesy of Peter Naganis.

More than 90 of the world’s top female pros will compete in the largest field of any female surfing event in the world.

Where: Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: August 2-4, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Ford Supergirl Pro

Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Del Mar Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Enjoy a variety of some of the hottest eats in Southern California at more than 50 food trucks, all in one location, with real gourmet chefs their eclectic bests at super prices (most items $4-$8). There will also be more than 60 craft beers to pair with your food items.

Where: Del Mare Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: August 3, 2013
Time: 10:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Entry free with racetrack admission
> Find out more about the Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride

San Diego Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Light up the streets of San Diego during the San Diego Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride

Get your bike, your funky pajamas, your headlights and let’s ride the 17 mile course along some of San Diego’s most beautiful waterfront and historic areas. The festival before the ride will include costumes, decorated bicycles, contests, food and plenty of entertainment.

Where: Liberty Station – Cushing Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
When: August 3, 2013
Time: Festival at 9:00 PM. Ride at Midnight.
Cost: $20-$40
> Find out more about the Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride

National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show

National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show

Marvel at Corvettes and more classics at the National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show

The 22nd Annual National City Automobile Heritage Day will feature the Corvette with a dazzling display of cars from the very early models to the latest Super Cars now being produced. The days activities also include great food from some of National Cities popular eateries and a wide variety of live music performers.

Where: 901 National City Blvd, National City, CA 91950
When: August 4, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show

Farm to Yoga Dinner

Farm to Yoga Dinner at Suzie's Farm

Get in touch with yourself and the food you eat at Farm to Yoga Dinner at Suzie’s Farm

Spend a relaxing day at Suzie’s Farm, indulging in the best of San Diego’s year-long harvest season. Tour the farm with Suzie’s farmers, stretch out in Suzie’s shaded event space with a yoga class led by the truly gifted yoga teachers. Following yoga, nourish your body with a farm to fork meal grown in Suzie’s field and prepared by the holistic Chef Gage and the Green Truck team.

Where: 2570 Sunset Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154
When: August 4, 2013
Time: 12:30 to 6:00 PM
Cost: $40-$90
> Find out more about Farm to Yoga Dinner

> 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 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.

Suzzanne

Geocaching Along San Diego’s Beautiful Coast

Family Geocaching in La Jolla Shores
Family Geocaching in La Jolla Shores

Revel in that amazing feeling of finding hidden treasures after a successful geocaching adventure like my daughter’s teacher and his family did!

I’m always on the lookout to find fun and interesting things to do with the kids…that doesn’t cost a fortune. About a year ago, while the grandparents were visiting from Illinois, I decided to try Geocaching here in San Diego.

For those that aren’t aware of this phenomenon, geocaching combines treasure hunting and GPS device, or better yet, your mobile phone. You can download one of the many geocaching apps onto your smartphone (I used this app) and start searching for geocaches hidden by others. The app uses your location and guides you to the location of the box. It’s so easy to use, that my 10-year-old is usually the one guiding us.

You read the clues and find the box, inside you can sign a log, take a treasure someone left behind and replace it with one of your own. My son loves to bring LEGO figurines to exchange.

Geocaches are located throughout San Diego (and the world!), but we decided to go geocaching at our favorite locations near the beaches of La Jolla and Del Mar.

Start Geocaching by the Beach

Lifeguard Lookup

Geocaching Stash at the Lifeguard Lookup

Lifeguard Lookup

Start out at in La Jolla at Ellen Browning Scripps Park’s Lifeguard Lookup. With a difficulty of 1 Star out of 5, this cache is in the middle of a very busy tourist area. At the coordinates you should see a green object, covered in words. What you need to find is Dr. Boggis’ name. The object commemorates a local body-surfer. His name reads vertically on the front of the box. The other words are related to surfing, lifeguards, the ocean, and friendship. While at the Park, be sure to check out the sea lions and the amazing views!

La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Shores Geocache

View from the La Jolla Shores Geocache

Next, drive north to La Jolla Shores where you’ll find a great beach for surfing, kayaking as well as, a playground and bathrooms.

The cache you’re looking for is simply titled La Jolla Shores, again, only a 1 star difficulty rating. This should be an easy find. The person who placed it there simply stated, “I found a hole on the map where a quick cache and dash needed to be placed. This is a great beach in the summer and a great place for a picnic year round.” I couldn’t agree more.

Del Mar’s Sunset View

Del Mar's Sunset View

Del Mar’s Sunset View

Last stop, Del Mar. After a quick 10 minute drive north, find Del Mar’s Sunset View. This has a slightly higher degree of difficulty of 1½ stars. Here you’ll find a great place to watch the surf, trains and the sunset. This location is in a mini garden with walking trails both to the north and south above the railroad right-away. The cache is on the trail to the south.

We had a blast spending the afternoon by the beach and searching for “treasure.” Tell us in the comments below, what Geocaches have you found in San Diego?

Robert Arends

Hop to it! San Diego’s Delightful Easter Brunches

Easter Eggs

Spring has sprung – my favorite time of year! The sun is shining, beach sands are sparkling and flowers are blooming from the coasts of Coronado, Mission Bay and La Jolla to our inland mountains (Julian daffodils!) and deserts (Borrego Springs’ wildflowers). As Easter weekend approaches, following are a few fun seaside brunches for the whole family to enjoy (save me some Easter eggs! 😉 ):

Champagne Brunch at the Hotel del Coronado

Easter Bunny at The Del!

Easter Bunny at The Del!

On March 31, families are in for a hopping good time at the Hotel del Coronado with their champagne Easter brunch in the magnificent oceanfront Ballroom and Crown Room. The menu looks delish! Festivities begin at 9:00 AM and go until 3:00 PM. There will be live entertainment and old-fashioned egg hunts on the beachside Windsor Lawn, plus a craft ‘egg’-stravaganza and photo opps with the Easter Bunny! Activities are free and open to hotel guests and those attending the brunch.

Easter Brunch at Paradise Point Resort

Enjoy Easter brunch along the shores of Mission Bay at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa (celebrating its 50th anniversary!). From 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, guests are invited to ring in spring at their bayside restaurant Baleen and choose from a delectably artful, a-la-carte Easter brunch menu by Chef Amy DiBiase, with entrées starting at just $12.

Brunch at L’Auberge Del Mar

Celebrate Easter in style by the sea at L’Auberge Del Mar. Easter brunch a-la-carte is featured at their signature restaurant Kitchen 1540. Or enjoy a sumptuous ocean view buffet at their Waterfall Terrace Restaurant. L’Auberge promises plenty of Easter sweets and treats to satisfy!

Brunch on the Water

Do something a little different and enjoy an Easter brunch not just near the water but on the water! Both Hornblower Cruises and Flagship Cruises are offering delicious dining with beautiful views along the waters of San Diego’s Bay.

Reservations for all of these brunches are recommended.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego: February 7-10, 2013

LIttle Italy Carnevale - Top Things to Do in San Diego

It’s never too early to start planning your weekend celebration. From frisky nighttime parties to relaxing strolls through wildflower, here are our top things to do in San Diego this weekend that are sure to please a variety friends and family.

Little Italy Carnevale

LIttle Italy Carnevale - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Celebrate Carnevale Venetian Style at the family friendly Little Italy Carnevale

Revel in a Venetian style Carnevale celebration in San Diego’s Little Italy. The 10th Annual Little Italy Carnevale is a family-friendly event with plenty of fun including live music and dancing, stilt-walkers, art and mask-making for kids, as well as great Italian food.

Where: India Street between W. Fir and W. Cedar Streets (Downtown)
When: February 9, 2013
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Little Italy Carnevale

Wildflowers in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Boreggo Desert State Park Wildflowers

Wildflowers in the Anza-Boreggo Desert State Park

The chance of showers on Friday means the chance to see the wildflowers bloom in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on Saturday and Sunday! Make sure to call the 24-hour “Wildflower Hotline” at 760-767-4684 to get an update before heading out.

Where: Visitor Center – 200 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 (East County)
When: Through April
Time: Dawn to Dusk
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

The Red Ball 2013 – A Chinese New Year Celebration

The Red Ball 2013 - A Chinese New Year Celebration

Don’t forget to wear red to ring in the Chinese New Year!

Ring in Chinese New Year in style! As we bid farewell to the Year of the Dragon and welcome the Year of the Snake, guests are invited to dress in red and re-do New Year’s Eve with an official countdown at midnight to kick off the Lunar New Year, live music, DJs, tapas, cocktails and more.

Where: The Grand Del Mar – 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar, CA 92130 (North County Coastal)
When: February 9, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Cost: Complimentary admission. Priority entry with Bottle Service, starting at $180.
> Find out more about The Red Ball 2013 – A Chinese New Year Celebration

Brazil Carnival Mardi Gras 2013

Brazil Carnival Mardi Gras - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Brazil comes to San Diego during this Carnival Mardi Gras!

Rich in beauty and color, the Brazil Carnival Mardi Gras presents a “Spectacular Samba Show” featuring dancers in glittering costumes adorned in sequins, beads and feathers accompanied by percussionists playing the authentic Batucada rhythms of Rio de Janeiro, even more carnival bands, capoeira, parades, and Mardi Gras beads!

Where: San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92108 (Downtown)
When: February 9, 2013
Time: 8:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Cost: $25-$99
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Ray at Night

Ray at Night in San Diego's North Park

Art, food, music and more at Ray at Night in San Diego’s North Park.

Join local artists, gallery owners, and hipsters alike during this fun, family friendly evening of art and creativity, music and food. Artwork on display includes paintings, sketches, sculptures, ceramics, blown glass, organic art and jewelry. Entertainment runs the gamut from jazz, blues and cultural music to poetry readings and performances by dance groups.

Where: Ray Street, between University Avenue and North Park Way (Downtown)
When: February 9, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
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San Diego Padres Fan Fest

Top Things to Do - San Diego Padres Fan Fest

Get ready for the 2013 season with Padres FanFest presented by State Farm. Meet the players, play on the field, get some tips on your pitching and hitting, buy unique padres gear, see what goes into opening day, and more.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
When: February 9, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
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San Diego Winter Brew Fest

Start off the weekend with The San Diego Winter Brew Fest and celebrate craft beverages from around California and beyond with live local music, food, and other vendors.

Where: Broadway Pier – 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
When: February 8, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $40-$60
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Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Sandra

Clothing for Men – Find Him the Perfect Outfit in San Diego

Mister B - Clothing for Men

Men and shopping? You bet! And San Diego is just the place to find that perfect ensemble to fit any occasion. As a personal wardrobe stylist I feel that clothing for men is less complicated than for women. San Diego’s local boutiques have embraced this concept making it easy to find anything from Casual-Chic to unique Work-Wear to Date-Night styles for men.

Find Great Clothing for Men at these Stores

Chillers Showroom

Chillers Showroom - Shopping Guide for Men

Chillers Showroom

Some of my recommended boutiques for Casual-Chic for men are Chillers Showroom. This spacious Pacific Beach boutique has some great options for casual button-down shirts, jeans and thermal hoodies. I also love that you can create your own custom t-shirt screen-printed right on site utilizing some of their fantastic Chillers artwork!

Location: 4667 Cass Street, San Diego, CA 92109 (map)
Website: www.chillersshowroom.com

Fowlers

Fowlers

Fowlers

Fowlers, located in Solana Beach, is the perfect place to locate laid-back looks. Shop for the perfect Beach-Chic shorts or jeans, a stylish watch or maybe an awesome pair of sunglasses!

Location: 731 South Highway 101, Suite 1A3, Solana Beach, CA 92075 (map)
Website: www.fowlers.bigcartel.com

HIS

HIS - Clothing for Men

HIS – Clothing for Men

HIS is in the Design District called Cedros. I love their relaxed yet cool inventory of everyday styles for men. They carry unique brands and have a talent for offering just a step up from an everyday surfer-style look.

Location: 143 South Cedros Avenue, Suite K, Solana Beach, CA 92075 (map)
Website: www.hismensstore.com

Mister B

Mister B - Clothing for Men

Mister B – Clothing for Men

When it comes to work-wear options or dinner-date looks, I recommend shopping at Mister B. This store offers fine men’s clothing with great European brands. Their suits, sport coats and shoes are to die for. If you’re looking for sophistication, this is the perfect place to shop.

Location: 162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas, CA 92024 (map)
Website: www.misterbclothing.com

Matti D

Matti D

Matti D

A great place to shop for date-night looks is the fab store called, Matti D. Whether you are searching for the latest pair of jeans or some unique outerwear this boutique carries it all. I love their selection of scarves and cashmere sweaters too.

Location: 2689 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014 (map)
Website: www.matti-d.com

Mint

Mint Shoes

Mint Shoes

When it comes to completing men’s style, cool shoes are a must! I love the shoe boutique called Mint. This boutique carries hard to find retro brands and the latest urban-chic styles for casual shoes and boots.

Location: 525 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 (map)
Website: www.mintshoes.com

Stile Italiano

Stile Italiano

Stile Italiano

If Italian quality and “dolce vita” style is for you then Stile Italiano is the place! This boutique is reasonably priced with imported unique fashions for men. The owner comes from Italy and has a long family history in fashion and design. I love their wallets, jackets and one-of-a-kind shoes. They even carry some great artwork to purchase!

Location: 142 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 (map)
Website: www.stileitaliano.us

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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.

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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.