Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 24-29, 2015

You know what you should do? Spend the last weekend in March relaxing and enjoying all San Diego has to offer including these amazing top things to do.

2015 LPGA Kia Classic

2015 LPGA Kia Classic - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Entering its sixth year, the 2015 Kia Classic will be held at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California. The Kia Classic features 144 of the best women golfers playing for the $1.7 million purse. The field features 2014 Kia Classic Champion Anna Nordqvist and crowd favorites Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson.

Where: Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club – 7447 Batiquitos Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011
When: March 24 -29, 2015
Cost: $10-$80
> Find out more about the 2015 LPGA KIA Classic

Great American Foodie Fest

Great American Foodie Fest

The Great American Foodie Fest is a compilation of some of the best specialty food vendors, restaurants & gourmet food trucks from all around the country that have been featured on the Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel. Attendees can also enjoy our VIP Experience Tent, Beer Garden, Tequila Party Tent, Carnival Rides, Live Entertainment, Eating Competitions and other fun & festive activities for the whole family.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: March 27-29, 2015
Cost: $8-$15
> Find out more about the Great American Foodie Fest

San Diego Crew Classic

Mens Competition - San Diego Crew Classic

Catch the excitement of one of the premier regattas, the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay

Regarded as the first major regatta of the year, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs and high school programs from across the United States to participate in this premier rowing event in San Diego.

Where: Corona Oriente Road, San Diego, CA 92109
When: March 28-29, 2015
Cost: $12-$15
> Find out more about the San Diego Crew Classic

San Diego Zoo Play Days

San Diego Zoo Play Days - Top Things in San Diego

Mark your calendar with Play Days at the San Diego Zoo

Come to the San Diego Zoo’s Play Days, and hear about our world-famous animals and plants from the people who take care of them!

Where: 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 28 – April 15, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about San Diego Zoo Play Days

Bikes & Beer San Diego, CA

Explore San Diego by bike with 1,500 new friends on an approximately 22 mile group bike ride. After the ride, relax and celebrate your accomplishment with a cold San Diego beer, music, speakers, food and vendors during the post-ride festival at the new Quartyard in Downtown San Diego.

Start and Finish: 1102 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 28, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: $45
> Find out more about Bikes & Beers San Diego, CA

SuperWild: Discovering Animal Super-Powers

SuperWild: Discovering Animal Super-Powers

Get up and close and personal with creatures that walk on walls, possess super strength, are invisible to the naked eye, and can even regenerate limbs – all natural adaptations that help them survive in the wild. Some of these animals include the Mexican axolotl, pygmy leaf chameleon, bird poop frog, flying draco lizard, fishing ribbon snake, green basilisk, giant millipede, horseshoe crab, pink-toed tarantula, toco toucan and more.

Where: Living Coast Discovery Center – 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: March 28 – September 7, 2015
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about SuperWild: Discovering Animal Super-Powers

Weekend Escape: Inspiration for Living a Good Life

Weekend Escape: Inspiration for Living a Good Lif

A two-day discovery that celebrates San Diego’s vibrant outdoor lifestyle and aims to inspire the community to rejuvenate its health and fitness regimen, perk up it’s surroundings at home and rediscover the local landscape. Focusing on four elements: Outdoor Living, Health & Fitness, Staycation and Home Style, find events for the whole family throughout the center and in Palm Plaza.

Where: Westfield UTC – 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122
When: March 28-29, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Weekend Escape: Inspiration for Living a Good Life

London Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

Hear the World-Famous London Symphony Orchestra here in San Diego

La Jolla Music Society ends it’s Celebrity Orchestra Series with the world-renowned London Symphony Orchestra. Program will feature conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2010 by President Obama. He’ll be joined by twenty-six year old pianist and widely recognized as one of the most important artists of her generation, Yuja Wang performing the jazz-inspired Gershwin Piano Concerto.

Where: 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 29, 2015
Time: 8:00 PM
Cost: $27-$97
> Find out more about the London Symphony Orchestra

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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 27 – February 1, 2015

Escape the cold weather and warm yourself up in San Diego by enjoying the great outdoors, amazing beaches and these top things to do:

Dine Out Escondido!

Dine Out Escondido! - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Savor California cuisine as well as French, Italian, Salvadorian, Mexican and more!

Whether you”re looking for craft brewery foodie pairings, local farm-to-table delights, chef-owned culinary experiences, international flavors, wine pairings on a patio or with a view, high tea or home cooking…Escondido”s fantastic restaurants have something for everyone”s palate and nutritional preference!

When: Through January 31, 2015
> Find out more about Dine Out Escondido!

THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel

THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel

A New Immersive Experience from the Creator of ACCOMPLICE

A world-premiere, immersive theatre piece which takes audiences on a participatory journey through the extraordinary rooms and spaces of this expansive, 1940s-era landmark. They are introduced to Ben, who, under mysterious circumstances, lived his entire life at the hotel. Having found an unlikely mentor in a traveling con-man who was a frequent guest at the hotel, Ben”s last wish is to enlist the audience”s help to execute one final, giant swindle.

Where: The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows – 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
When: January 27 – February 22, 2015
Cost: $35-$45
> Find out more about THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel

The Wailers

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Now well into their fifth decade, The Wailers truly are living legends who embody the nobility, conviction and progressiveness of Bob Marley and his music. Their journey is far from over as the world awaits The Wailers” next move in their “One Love” revolution. “Our music is the magic,” says Fams “the oxygen of the people. It”s the message of roots, culture and reality, meant to spread peace and love to all.”

Where: Belly Up Tavern – 143 S Cedros, Solana Beach, CA 92075
When: January 27, 2015
Time: Doors open at 8:00 PM
Cost: $27-$48
> Find out more about The Wailers

San Diego Black Film Festival

San Diego Black Film Festival

Several films from previous years have gone on to win additional awards at other film festivals. More importantly, seven films that premiered at the San Diego Black Film Festival are either in negations or have already wrapped up distribution deals including the films “Locked in a Room,” now with Echo Bridge Entertainment, and our Best Comedy winner “The Donut Shop,” now with Viva Films. Good things await our 2015 filmmakers as well.

When: January 29 – February 1, 2015
> Find out more about the San Diego Black Film Festival

Innovation – Collage 2015

Innovation - Collage 2015

Collage 2015 features various dance styles such as tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern and musical theater.

Collage 2015 features various dance styles such as tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern and musical theater including guest choreography by Maud Arnold of “So You Think You Can Dance” fame and local dance legend Donna Flournoy. Along with breathtaking costumes, imaginative set pieces and gorgeous theatrical lighting, our professionally trained dancers deliver a show that is certain to impress.
Where: Casa del Prado Theatre – 2125 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 30 – February 15, 2015
Cost: $5-$15
> Find out more about Innovation – Collage 2015

The Von Trapps and Spreckels Organ Concert

The Von Trapps and Spreckels Organ Concert

Come here Sofi, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp, great grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp, live in concert.

Sofi, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp, great grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp, are siblings who have been singing on stages around the world to critical acclaim for the last 12 years. The Spreckels Organ Society casino spiele brings them together with San Diego Civic Organist Carol Williams for a free concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.

Where: 1549 El Prado, San Diego CA 92101
When: February 1, 2015
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about The Von Trapps and Spreckels Organ Concert

Innovation – Collage 2015 and The Von Trapps Concert are just a few of the amazing events celebrating the Balboa Park Centennial.

> Browse more Balboa Park Centennial Events

The Darrell Hammond Project

The Darrell Hammond Project

Based on Hammond”s acclaimed memoir, God, If You”re Not Up There, I’m F*cked: Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem, invites the audience on a heartbreaking and hilarious journey inside the life and mind of an American comic genius, trying to unravel the mystery of how a man repeatedly climbed out from the depths of despair to become a world-class comedian.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 31 – March 8, 2015
Cost: Starting at $15
> Find out more about The Darrell Hammond Project

2015 Cardiff Kook Run

Cardiff Kook Run

Get Kooky with a beautiful run through Encinitas.

The Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K and Costume Contest course starts under the world famous “Encinitas” sign on historic HWY 101 in beautiful Encinitas, California. This scenic loop passes by the famous “Cardiff Kook” statue (The Magic Carpet Ride), rises above some of the most popular surf breaks in the world and heads down to Cardiff State Beach.

Where: 485 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: February 1, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: $44-$54
> Find out more about the 2015 Cardiff Kook Run

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Corey Ross

See You at Torrey: The PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open Returns to San Diego in February

Farmers Insurance Open - Tiger Woods

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

The PGA Tour’s annual spotlight on San Diego will shine again on February 5-8, 2015, at the Farmers Insurance Open at scenic Torrey Pines.

Held in San Diego and at Torrey since 1952, the PGA’s annual stop is part of the Tour’s West Coast swing. The tournament falls between the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale and the AT &T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach.

Highlights of the Torrey Tourney

Warm weather, a world-class course and the regular presence of such Tour stars as Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Woods is a seven-time winner of the event besides being the winner of the iconic 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

Whether it’s to golf star gaze or spy a glimpse of a migrating whale, there are many great reasons to “See You at Torrey,” as the ad slogan says.

The tournament utilizes all of Torrey’s 36 holes. Play the first two days is held on both the North and South courses and moves exclusively to the South for the weekend.

Last year’s champion, Scott Stallings, emerged from a crowded field of Sunday challengers to capture the crown by one shot. Defending champion Woods missed the secondary cut, the precursor of a year he’d miss much of recovering from back surgery. Local favorite Mickelson ended up withdrawing for the weekend from the 2014 tournament with back pain.

Both are scheduled to return healthy for the 2015 event.

Farmers Insurance Open Schedule & Entertainment

Tournament week begins with practice rounds starting February 2 that are free and open to the public.

Wednesday is Preview Day for the tournament. The Zurich pro-am will be taking place.

The tournament begins on Thursday and will introduce two new changes of note for fans:

  • For security reasons, the main entrance has been moved from near the practice putting greens to near the Glider Port.
  • A new post-round concert series begins.

Post-Round Concerts

The post-round concerts will take place inside The Fringe presented by Harrah’s Resort SoCal and will be located behind the 15th green of the South Course.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, entertainment will begin after play has finished on No. 15 (3:00 to 3:30 PM without delays) and continue until sundown (5:15 to 5:30 PM)

The University Day Challenge and University Day

The University Day Challenge and University Day will also return on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Tour players with the support their alma mater’s mascots by competing in a glass-breaking competition on the North Course. The winner will have $10,000 donated to their alma mater’s golf team.

Competitors and patrons are encouraged to sport the colors of their college on Saturday.

Shortly after the conclusion of the tournament, a long-awaited renovation of the North Course will begin. The course will be closed during its construction phase.

The improvements are a part of Torrey’s preparations to host the U.S. Open again in 2021.

> Farmers Insurance Tickets and Schedule of Events

The Century Club of San Diego Charity

Pros Rickie Fowler and Charley Hoffman are also again scheduled to conduct a free youth that is part of the tournament’s charitable mission.

Since its inception, The Century Club of San Diego has generated more than $28 million for the San Diego community, with $2.8 million raised in 2014 alone.

As the host organization of the Farmers Insurance Open, The Century Club of San Diego is able to provide partnership fundraising programs and experiences for charities, local military families, community organizations and schools.

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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Robert Arends

Jolly Good Times in La Jolla this Holiday Season!

La Jolla for the holidays! Festive entrance to The Lodge at Torrey Pines

La Jolla for the holidays! Festive entrance to The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Happy Holidays from La Jolla, one of San Diego’s most magical winter getaways. Sparkling beaches, warm sun shiny days and a welcoming Village vibe await holiday visitors to this enticing seaside enclave.

Christmas Celebration

Make some merry memories at the La Jolla Christmas Parade!

Make some merry memories at the La Jolla Christmas Parade!

Festivities kick off this Sunday during the popular annual La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival. This year’s theme is “Spirit of Christmas – Peace on Earth.” Parade begins at 1:30 PM along Girard Ave. and Prospect Street. There will be marching bands, vintage cars, equestrians and floats. Arrive early for prime viewing spots.

Afterward, head to the La Jolla Recreation Center (615 Prospect Street) for a fun festival featuring local businesses like Birch Aquarium and Surf Diva, photos with Santa Claus, a live entertainment stage and Christmas tree lighting at 5:00 PM.

Did you know: One of the parade sponsors is Audrey Geisel and the Dr. Seuss Fund. Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, was one of La Jolla’s most famous residents!

> Dr. Seuss on the Loose in La Jolla

Where: Girard Avenue & Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
When
: December 7, 2014
Time: 1:30 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

Curtain Call

“Fa la la la la!” at the La Jolla Theatre Ensemble’s briskly-moving adaptation of the holiday classic Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Where: La Jolla Community Center – 6811 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037
When
: December 13 and 15, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Cost: $10 suggested donation
> Find out more about Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Shop Till You Drop

La Valencia Hotel's 14 ft. Christmas Tree in La Sala Lounge

La Valencia Hotel’s 14 ft. Christmas Tree in La Sala Lounge

Shop for everyone on your holiday list – and yourself! – at the shops in La Jolla Village, particularly along Prospect St. and Girard Ave. The La Jolla Festival of Lights is sure to bring a twinkle to your eye as storefronts and hotels glow with colorful lights, Christmas trees, menorahs and other eye-catching holiday décor.

This Friday, the Allied Artists Association of San Diego (aaaSD) presents an Art Reception and Holiday Shopping Bazaar at the La Jolla Community Center; a great chance to meet and mingle with local artists and shop for one-of-kind handmade holiday gifts including crafts, glass creations and paintings.

When: December 5, 2014
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost:  Free
> Find out more about the aaaSD Art Reception and Holiday Shopping Bazaar

La Jolla Hotel Holiday Deals

Chef's yummy holiday cookies at La Valencia Hotel!

Chef’s yummy holiday cookies at La Valencia Hotel!

Some wrapped and ready packages to make your La Jolla visit merrier include:

See you in La Jolla for the holidays! 🙂

Guest Blogger

Amazing San Diego Theater for this Holiday Yuletide Season

From family classics to a Disney musical, as well as some local holiday traditions, there is something for everyone at San Diego theaters this yuletide season.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The La Jolla Playhouse is staging the Disney-produced, U.S. premiere of the musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring the Disney film score by the high-powered team of composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. The San Diego choir SACRA/PROFANA will serve as the show’s onstage chorus. There are massive bells and grand sets to recreate Paris” Cathedral of Notre Dame, where the deformed Quasimodo lives in the bell tower but descends to the streets to become an unlikely hero. Based on Victor Hugo”s 1831 classic, the musical retains many of the novel’s darker themes, but the top-notch performances make it a highly entertaining night at the theater. Catch it before it goes to Broadway!

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: Through December 14, 2014
Cost: Starting at $99
> Find out more about The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Second City”s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue

If Hunchback puts you in a dark and stormy mood, check out The Second City”s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue on one of the La Jolla Playhouse’s nearby stages. For what promises to be a hilarious night, the famed Chicago-based improv and comedy troupe performs original songs, sketches and improv.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: November 28 – December 21, 2014
Cost: Starting at $15
> Find out more about The Second City”s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue

Charles Dickens” A Christmas Carol

Scrooge - A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play at Cygent Theatre

Hear and See Scrooge come alive on the “radio” at this San Diego Holiday theatre classic

Cygnet Theatre in Old Town re-imagines Charles Dickens” A Christmas Carol as a musical. Set on a Victorian stage, there’s an original score, perhaps with melodic “humbugs” from a singing Scrooge? Worth finding out, especially since the production also includes amazing puppetry and live Foley sound effects visible on stage. It”s not hard to imagine how they”ll create the rattling chain sounds of Marley’s Ghost, but don’t you want to see what clever contraption will sound like falling snow or the sounds of London? Find out by heading over to Cygnet this holiday season.

Where: Cygnet Theatre – 4040 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110
When: November 28 – December 28, 2014
Cost: $29-$69
> Find out more about Charles Dickens” A Christmas Carol”

An American Christmas

Step back online casino in time 100 years for an old fashion Christmas at the Hotel del Coronado

A San Diego theater tradition happens every year at the Hotel Del Coronado, courtesy of Lamb”s Players Theatre. Walking into the gorgeous Grand Ballroom at the historic Hotel Del, you”ll be transported to 1914 where costumed players will dance, sing, and tell stories as you enjoy a 5-course holiday meal. Put on your best holiday attire and enjoy one of the most festive parties in town.

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92120
When: December 15-27, 2014
Cost: $128-$160
> Find out more about An American Christmas

Festival of Christmas: Northern Lights

Festival of Christmas is a show the entire family will enjoy packed with great music of the Season, both old and new

Lamb”s is also staging Festival of Christmas: Northern Lights, a holiday drama for the entire family. The play tells the story of three generations who adjust their traditional holiday plans after the pipes burst at the family home. Surprise guests, family discoveries, and a magnificent night sky all make for one memorable Christmas.

Where: Lamb”s Players – 1142 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
When: November 29 – December 28, 2014
Cost: $22-$72
> Find out more about Festival of Christmas: Northern Lights

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker - New Village Arts Theatre

See The Nutcracker in a whole new way in this Non-Ballet Version. Photo courtesy of Daren Scott

New Village Arts in Carlsbad has the west coast premiere of The Nutcracker, the non-ballet version! Young Clara is still at the center of this drama and she’s still trying to save Christmas but she won’t be doing it on pointe. This modern adaptation is a family drama that includes magic, original songs and a bit of spectacle.

Where: New Village Arts Theatre – 2787 State Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: November 29 – December 31, 2014
Cost: $20-$46
> Find out more about The Nutcracker

Dr. Suess” How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Suess

Even the Grinch can”t take away the early holiday spirit. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

And lastly, the meanest and greenest of San Diego theater holiday traditions, there”s Dr. Suess” How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. Based on the classic Dr. Suess book, this annual production of holiday cheer and whimsy is not to be missed. Kids love it, but the banter is so witty adults will enjoy it too. Plus, the sets and costumes of Whoville, not to mention the Grinch himself, are a wonder. Don”t forget to bring your camera for a family portrait in front of the Dr. Seuss Christmas tree in the Old Globe’s plaza.

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 15 – December 27, 2014
Cost: Tickets start at $32
> Find out more about Dr. Suess” How the Grinch Stole Christmas

> Enjoy More Live San Diego Theater This Holiday Season

Candice

Creative Coastal Culture: Discover the La Jolla Arts Scene

murals of la jolla

La Jolla has long been a popular destination for visitors, and it’s no surprise why: the coastal neighborhood just 15 minutes north of downtown San Diego offers some of San Diego’s most scenic views and stunning beaches. But there’s much more to this coastal neighborhood when you step off the sand, especially if you’re an arts lover.

La Jolla is home to incredible museums, outdoor sculptures and murals, and one of the world’s best theater companies, just to name a few of the area’s fabulous features.

Get to Know the Vibrant Art and Culture of La Jolla

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Magnificent Museums

La Jolla’s variety of museums offer something for everyone:

Art in the Outdoors

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This Julian Opie mural is just one of many in the Murals of La Jolla collection

With such beautiful natural surroundings, the best way to enjoy the arts in La Jolla is outdoors.

  • The Stuart Collection at the University of San Diego, California is full of surprises that will delight visitors.
  • Take a walking tour of downtown La Jolla to search for all the artworks in the Murals of La Jolla collection.
  • In addition to the exhibitions on their galleries, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego features a spectacular sculpture garden overlooking the Pacific coastline.

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

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – November 11-16, 2014

San Diego is calling you to visit this weekend enjoy plenty of outdoor adventures, golfing, shopping, spas and more including these top things to do:

Veteran’s Day

Bob Hope Memorial - San Diego's Embarcadero

San Diego honors its troops year round in with memorials throughout the county.

Since San Diego’s military history runs deep and is grateful for the sacrifice each of the members of the United States Armed Forces makes. Below are ways to honor them on Veteran’s Day (or any day of the year):

Events

Locations

> San Diego Military Museums, Memorials & More

San Diego Beer Week Continues

San Diego Beer Week - Top Things to Do in San Diego

From amazing craft beer to local dishes, San Diego Beer Week showcases why San Diego is the Capital of Craft!

Didn’t make it to the first weekend of San Diego Beer Week events? Don’t worry, there is still plenty of tap takeovers, rare releases and more through this Sunday.

> 5+ San Diego Beer Week Events You Don’t Want to Miss

> Browse the Entire San Diego Beer Week Schedule

Holiday Fun

Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Old Globe Theatre

Even the Grinch can’t take away the early holiday spirit. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

I know, I know! Santa has not even made his way down Broadway in New York, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get into the Holiday Spirit a little early. Here are two fun holiday themed events that start this weekend:

Open Doors La Jolla

MCASD La Jolla Visitors

See La Jolla in a different way durring Open Doors. Courtesy Greg Lambert

Visitors are invited to enjoy free admission and tours at each of the 8 participating institutions that make up the historic Cultural Zone of La Jolla. This open house-style event provides guests the opportunity to learn La Jolla’s story by exploring buildings the public may not typically have a chance to see.

When: November 16, 2014
Time: 11:30 to 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Open Doors La Jolla

San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival

SD Bay Wine and Food Festival - Top Things to Do

Sample over 200 wineries at various San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival events. Photo courtesy of Joey Hernandez.

This year’s festival is bigger and better than ever. Celebrate 11 years in the making with new events, the best wines in the world and some of today’s biggest celebrity chefs and culinary personalities. Join over 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.

When: November 16-23, 2014
Cost: $45-$625
> Find out more about the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

San Diego Chargers VS. Oakland Raiders

Chargers' Quarterback Philip Rivers

Watch as Quarterback Philip Rivers drives the Chargers to a victory!

The San Diego Chargers are coming off of a slight slump and need your support. Let’s make sure the stadium is packed this Sunday with blue and white jerseys!

> Where to Grab Some Grub and Beer Before the Chargers Game

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9949 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: November 16, 2014
Cost: $52-$130
> Find out more about the San Diego Chargers VS. Oakland Raiders

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Top San Diego Dining Destinations for LGBT Visitors

Indigo Grill Bar

A booming culinary scene awaits visitors to San Diego, with many of its restaurants headed by chefs and entrepreneurs from within the LGBT community. Add to the equation a host of other dining hotspots that regularly support LGBT events and fundraisers, and the result is a tapestry of endless options that capture everything from the latest and greatest farm-sourced meals to hearty casual chow and innovative haute cuisine.

Indigo Grill

Indigo Grill Bar

The new makeover at Indigo Grill. Courtesy of Indigo Grill

Veteran chef-restaurateur Deborah Scott wows with dishes inspired by native-American and Latin cooking techniques. Since its sleek remodel recently, Scott has extended the menu’s global reach while maintaining her popular standbys such as Indian corn pudding and achiote flat-iron steak with chimichurri.

Where: 1536 India St. San Diego, CA 92101
> Find out more about Indigo Grill

The Red Door/Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge

Red Door in Mission Hills

The quaint and inviting Red Door in Mission Hills

Amid a mini restaurant row that has emerged in the quiet neighborhood of Mission Hills, visitors will find some of the coziest farm-to-table meals at The Red Door. Sharing the same kitchen is the adjacent Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge, which brings classic beef Wellington back into vogue.

Where: 741 and 729 W. Washington St., San Diego, CA 92103
> Find out more about The Red Door
> Find out more about Wellington

The Patio on Goldfinch

Cheese at The Patio on Goldfinch

Artisan curds wink from the “cheese cave” at The Patio on Goldfinch

Also in Mission Hills, along a quaint block of Goldfinch Street, is the new Patio on Goldfinch, a former TV repair shop that underwent a dazzling, eco-conscious redo complete with living walls and an eye-popping “cheese cave.” The menu focuses on sharable plates that are both savory and detailed. The restaurant and its front patio fill up quickly on most days, so reservations are recommended.

Where: 4020 Goldfinch St., San Diego, CA 92103
> Find out more about The Patio on Goldfinch

Hillcrest Brewing Company

HIllcrest Brewing Company

Steve’s Garden pizza at Hillcrest Brewing Company. Courtesy of Mo’s Universe

Considered the nation’s only LGBT-owned brewing company, this casual hangout greets with provocatively named beers and pizzas. With nearly a dozen signature brews in the offing such as “Pearl Necklace” and “Banana Hammock” and a menu extending also to salads and wings, the atmosphere is consistently as festive as the brewery’s nearby sister restaurants, which include Baja Betty’s, The Gossip Grill and Urban Mo’s Bar & Grill.

Where: 1458 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92103
> Find out more about Hillcrest Brewing Company

La Bonne Table

La Bonne Table

Seasonal fruit tart at the cozy La Bonne Table. Courtesy of La Bonne Table

LGBT couples seeking a romantic dinner experience in Hillcrest should look no further than this elegant, cozy French newcomer to the restaurant scene, which knocks out some of the best bouillabaisse and duck confit in the gayborhood. With limited seating in both the dining room and outdoor patio, a feeling of exclusivity pervades.

Where: 3696 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103
> Find out more about La Bonne Table

D Bar

D Bar Cake and Shake

The wildly popular “cake and shake” at D Bar. Courtesy of D Bar

Headed by pastry maestro and Food Network personality Keegan Gerhard, patrons witness fabulous desserts in the making when perched at the roomy dining bar. On the opposite wall is a fully stocked liquor bar with table seating available throughout the center of the bright, airy interior. The menu includes well-crafted savory dishes, but it’s the sour cream chocolate cake and “faux foster banana imposter” that keep some of us coming back regularly.

Where: 3930 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103
> Find out more about D Bar

Lips

Lips

High glitz awaits at Lips Restaurant. Courtesy of Lips

Glitter and glam set the stage at Lips, a drag supper club located in San Diego’s “other Hillcrest” – in the neighborhood of North Park. The outstanding performers double as servers as they deliver a full slate of grilled specialties to your table with rousing doses of song and humor. Special late-night “taboo” shows are added to the schedule on Saturdays.

Where: 3036 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104
> Find out more about Lips

The Smoking Goat

The Smoking Goat Duck Fat Fries

Truffle fries cooked in duck fat at The Smoking Goat

Also in North Park is the sure-footed Smoking Goat, where duck-fat truffle fries and slow-cooked pork belly are all the rage. The menu highlights well-executed meat and seafood entrees, some which are stamped with French flair. Situated in a double storefront, the restaurant flaunts a stylish, earthy interior and features a sizable front patio.

Where: 3408 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104
> Find out more about The Smoking Goat

Lei Lounge

Lei Lounge

Colorful high-tech mood lighting adds a soothing touch to Lei Lounge. Courtesy of Lei Lounge

In the village center of University Heights, where the popular Bourbon Street Bar & Grill resides, visitors can enter into Lei Lounge’s light-splashed canopied patio for island-inspired small plates and titillating cocktails such as aloe vera Collins and basil-pineapple martinis.

Where: 4266 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Lei Lounge

The Marine Room

The Marine Room in La Jolla

Every table comes with an ocean view at The Marine Room

Among the highly reputable fine-dining restaurants in San Diego is The Marine Room, established in 1941 and located on the sands of La Jolla Shores. The food is exquisite and the view captures a good deal of drama during high tides and winter storms as ocean waves lap against the restaurant’s large, reinforced windows.

Where: 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
> Find out more about The Marine Room

Bertrand at Mister A’s

Bertrand's at Mister A's Patio

Bertrand at Mister A’s ranks as San Diego’s best penthouse restaurant. Courtesy of Bertrand at Mister A’s

Formality rules the day in this penthouse perch near Balboa Park, affording diners exquisite views of the bay and San Diego skyline. It’s one of the few restaurants in town that maintains a dress code, so leave your cargo shorts and sandals behind when arriving for such delights as Maine lobster strudel and rack of lamb.

Where: 2550 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103
> Find out more about Bertrand at Mister A’s

Buona Forchetta

Buona Forchetta Anchovy Salad

The white anchovy salad at Buona Forchetta is a must-try starter

One of the most common dining questions visitors ask is, “What’s the best Italian restaurant in San Diego?” My answer: “There are many.” Reigning among the hottest lately is Buona Forchetta, which operates in a mostly residential section of South Park. The kitchen cranks out classic Neapolitan pizzas from a high-inferno oven as well as other authentic Italian fare that transcends spaghetti and meatballs.

Where: 3001 Beech St., San Diego, CA 92102
> Find out more about Buona 

Fish Public and Bleu Boheme

Bleu Boheme

Going French in Kensington

If venturing into the Uptown neighborhood of Kensington, perhaps before catching an independent film at Landmark’s Ken Cinema, the rustic ambiance of Bleu Boheme is your ticket to Paris’ Left Bank with its classic and outstanding French cuisine. Although if you favor oysters and whole-roasted fish over beef bourguignon, Fish Public dishes up an array of oceanic gems with panache.

Where: 4090 Adams Ave. and 4055 Adams Ave., respectively, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Bleu Boheme
> Find out more about Fish Public

Café 21

Cafe 21 Grilled Pear Salad

Grilled pear salad at Café 21. Courtesy of Café 21

With locations in Normal Heights and the Gaslamp Quarter, both kitchens serve extraordinary meals inspired partly by the owners’ Azerbaijani roots. The seasonally driven menus change frequently, although dishes such as kebab platters, apricot-braised lamb shanks and hand-made crepes filled with savory ingredients are among the dependably delicious standbys.

Where:
– 2736 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116
– 802 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
> Find out more about Café 21

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