Brent Bernasconi

San Diego Padres Home Opener Weekend 2017 Guide

If you are lucky enough to be here in San Diego this weekend, here’s what’s going on during the 2017 San Diego Padres home opener series and also what’s new both inside and outside Petco Park.

San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants

Inside San Diego Padres' Petco - Courtesy Petco Park

To kick off the 2017 home season, the San Diego Padres will take on the San Francisco Giants. While the home opener on Friday is sold out, there are still tickets available for the remaining two games:

  • Friday, April 7 – Opening Day T-Shirt
  • Saturday, April 8 – Postgame Laser Show
  • Sunday – Compadres Kids Sunday Signings, KidsFest, Military Opening Day, Postgame Kids Run the Bases

> Find out more about the Padres Home Opener Weekend

7th Annual East Village Opened Day Block Party

East Village Opening Day Block Party

The free, family friendly 7th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party will be the ultimate tailgating scene on J Street between 6th and 10th Avenues. Show your team pride and “root, root, root for the home team” as San Diego kick-offs the party with fun family games, activities, and much more! Enjoy great food, craft beer, and cocktails from delicious local restaurants. There will be a bike valet at the Block Party.

Where: Sixth Ave & J St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 7-8, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the East Village Opening Day Block Party

New in Petco Park

Carnitas Snack Shack

Carnitas’ Snack Shack at Petco Park offers a variety of the thoughtfully sourced, pork-centric menu items Carnitas’ Snack Shack is known for.

Where: Left field seating area at sections 128 and 228

Wonderland Ocean Pub

Wonderland at Petco Park offers a full bar, beers from Resident Brewing Co. and a variety of menu items made popular at the original Ocean Beach location.

Where: Upper deck at section 309

Iron Fist Brewing Co.

Iron Fist Brewing Co. will feature several of its local unfiltered, bottle conditioned and naturally carbonated craft beers at a dedicated cart on Craft Beer Row (sec. 101-105), as well as at the five Craft Beers of San Diego locations throughout Petco Park (sec. 107, 211, 229, 305, 328).

AleSmith Brewing Co.’s .394

AleSmith Brewing Co. is partnering with the Padres to update and re-brand Club 19 to .394. This restaurant and bar will feature San Diego Pale Ale .394 and other AleSmith favorites, as well as a menu developed by Petco Park Executive Chef Carlos Vargas, in collaboration with Alicia Gwynn. Featured items will include .394 Chop Salad, Midsummer Classic Mac & Cheese, Pulled BBQ Pork Fries, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil Soup, Tony’s Chicken Tenders, Crispy Fried Chicken Plate, Open Face Turkey Sandwich and Fried Chicken Sandwich.

Where: Section 217 on the Toyota Terrace Level

The Still by Cutwater Spirits

Petco Park will feature Cutwater Spirits’ Fugu Vodka, Old Grove Gin and Three Sheets Rum, as well as their ready-to-enjoy canned cocktails throughout the ballpark. In addition, Cutwater Spirits is partnering with the Padres to update and re-brand the bar and restaurant space in left field on the Toyota Terrace level. The Still by Cutwater Spirits will offer indoor and outdoor seating, field views and a variety of cocktails.

Where: Left field on the Toyota Terrace level

San Diego Padres Fan Experience

“Take me out to the ballgame” has a whole different meaning in San Diego. Petco Park is how this city does baseball, and it’s unlike any other fan experience. Located in downtown’s vibrant East Village, the ballpark is surrounded by exciting things to do. Inside, you’ll find fan food like you’ve never seen it before, with San Diegans’ favorite eateries and world-renowned craft beer throughout. Sometimes it really is all fun and games.

> Explore more of Petco Park

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Rhythm and Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival – May 6, 2017

What do you get when you combine the rockin’ soundtrack of live music with tastes of San Diego County’s most sought after brews? The Rhythm and Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival!

The San Diego Brewers Guild’s annual must-attend festival in the heart of historic Vista Village is quickly approaching on Saturday, May 6th. All craft beer aficionados are invited to experience what sets San Diego craft beer apart from the rest – its breweries and its enthusiasts, of course.

50+ Breweries – 100+ Beers – And More

Rhythm and Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival

Photo Courtesy of Tim Stahl

San Diego County is home to more than 130 breweries, with 24 more in planning in 2017. This quantity (and quality) of local breweries provides ample opportunities to explore a variety of craft brews. Rhythm and Brews is the perfect place to get acquainted with the best of what San Diego breweries have to offer.

At North County’s most rockin’ beer festival, sample 100+ beers from 50+ local breweries, including taps from Karl Strauss, Bear Roots and AleSmith.

Whether you prefer stouts, IPAs or anything in between, this festival has a beer for every taste.

Craft beer fans can groove to live musical performances and enjoy delicious eats from local food trucks.

Check out the beer and music lineup and snag your tickets now!

Rhythm and Brews VIP Tickets and More

Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival

Photo courtesy of Tim Stahl

VIP tickets grant its holder entry at 12:00 PM to sip exclusive brews for an extra hour prior to general admission.

Last year, 1,600+ people joined in the festivities to celebrate San Diego’s craft beer community. Rhythm and Brews overtakes historic downtown Vista Village for an entire craft beer-filled afternoon.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the San Diego brewers Guild – a non-profit whose mission is to promote awareness and visibility for San Diego’s growing craft beer industry.
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Red Bull Air Race returns to the San Diego Bay April 15 & 16

Red Bull Air Race Returns to San Diego

Red Bull Air Race Returns to San Diego

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship makes its return to San Diego on April 15-16. Set on the Pacific coast of California, the location provides the perfect backdrop for the race. San Diego last hosted a Red Bull Air Race back in 2009 and it proved to be extremely popular with the fans that have often asked when the Air Race would return. Well, 2017 is the answer.

What is the Red Bull Air Race

The Red Bull Air Race World Championships feature the world’s best pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision, and skill. It uses the fastest, most agile, and lightweight racing places with pilots that have to navigate a low-level aerial track made up of air-filled pylons 82 feet high at speeds of up to 230 mph. The track for the San Diego stop will be set up directly over the water in San Diego Bay.

Where to Watch

Spectators can take in the high-speed action from the North or South Embarcadero Marina Parks. The parks run along the San Diego harbor on the east side of San Diego Bay. The Embarcadero is also home to the San Diego cruise ship terminal, nine historic vessels belonging to the San Diego Maritime Museum, and Seaport Village.

Who’s Flying

The complete field of 14 Master Class pilots competing in San Diego includes two Americans: Kirby Chambliss, who won the world title in 2004 and 2006, and Michael Goulian, alongside the rest of the world’s best when it comes to this unique motorsport sport.

Get Your Red Bull Air Race Tickets

The eight-race 2017 schedule kicks off with the season opener this month in the United Arab Emirates, and will also take to the skies in Japan, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, and Germany, before heading back to USA to crown the champion at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This will be Red Bull Air Race’s fourth visit to the Californian city since the start of the race. San Diego, a popular stop, drew a crowd of over 50,000 people during it’s three consecutive years beginning in 2007.

Tickets for the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship’s are now on sale. A wide range of tickets, from general admission to Aviator Club and premier-level Sky Lounge, are available starting at $20.

Brent Bernasconi

5 Special Exhibitions to Explore During Macy’s Museum Month

Ultimate Dinosaurs

This February, the Macy’s Museum Month invites you explore local museums with 50% off regular admission and to discover something new at these exciting exhibitions.

Macy’s Museum Month

Macy's Museum Month 2017 - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Leap into 40+ museums in San Diego this February. Presented by Macy’s, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40+ 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: February 1-28, 2017
> Find out more about Macy’s Museum Month

5 Special Exhibitions to Explore During Macy’s Museum Month

Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions.

Dreadnought: 100 Years of a Mighty Martin Guitar

Dreadnought: 100 Years of a Mighty Martin Guitar

One of guitar maker Christian Frederick Martin’s greatest contributions to our musical landscape was its 1916 introduction of the Dreadnought style guitar. Named after the game changing British war ship, the HMS Dreadnought, this large-bodied, powerful acoustic guitar still thrives today. It is a primary tool of countless musicians, and a mainstay in the factories and shops of guitar builders around the globe. Come visit this unique special exhibition and experience the Dreadnought for yourself.

Where: Museum of Making Music – 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: Thru April 30, 2017
> Find out more about Dreadnought: 100 Years of a Mighty Martin Guitar

Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age

Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age

Explore the seemingly impossible, yet technologically crucial Chinese typewriter – a machines that inputs a language with no alphabet, yet has more than 70,000 characters. Experience the puzzles themselves along with other rare Chinese and Pan-Asian IT artifacts and materials from printing, telegraphy, typewriting and computing in China, Japan and Korea – the first exhibition of its kind.

Where: 28 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thru April 16, 2017
> Find out more about Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age

Be the Astronaut

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Be the Astronaut is a fun, interactive adventure where you are in control as you launch a rocket, pilot a spaceship, and drive a rover in space! Discover the solar system first hand with the help of virtual astronauts, and land on multiple worlds, including the moon, Mars, Jupiter and asteroids. Designed with the help of NASA experts, Be the Astronaut is fun for the whole family and takes STEM learning into outer space!

Where: San Diego Air & Space Museum – 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Opens February 3, 2017
> Find out more about Be the Astronaut

Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery

Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery

A terrible crime! A clever mystery! The game is afoot! A terrible crime has been committed. Victorian London’s most celebrated detective needs your help to find out “whodunit!” Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery is a clever, interactive exhibition at the Fleet Science Center that will challenge your powers of observation and deductive reasoning as you work to solve a baffling mystery.

Where: Fleet Science Center – 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Dates: Opens February 11, 2017
> Find out more about Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery

Ultimate Dinosaurs

Ultimate Dinosaurs

Cutting-edge, 21st century technology puts a new twist on these prehistoric creatures, bringing them to life-like never before. Through the use of augmented reality technology, full-scale dinosaurs are transformed into flesh-covered animated beasts. This same technology highlights the continental drift that altered the landscape of the ancient world, setting the stage for the evolution of these bizarre creatures. Feel the exciting and intimidating presence of these exotic creatures as you wander among 16 life-size casts and numerous prehistoric specimens. From the tiny Eoraptor to the massive Giganotosaurus (T. rex‘s bigger, badder cousin), Ultimate Dinosaurs is a fascinating study of species you haven’t met before.

Where: San Diego Natural History Museum – 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Opens February 25, 2017
> Find out more about Ultimate Dinosaurs

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 31 – February 5, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

Macy’s Museum Month

Macy's Museum Month 2017 - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Leap into 40+ museums in San Diego this February. Presented by Macy’s, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40+ 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: February 1-28, 2017
> Find out more about Macy’s Museum Month

Freaky Friday

Hailed by The Washington Post as “a polished, peppy, modern fairy tale,” Disney’s new musical Freaky Friday is based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and two hit Disney films. The classic story of a mother and daughter who magically swap bodies for 24 chaotic hours has been given a contemporary spin with a hilarious new book by Bridget Carpenter (“Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights”) and “a driving pop‐rock score” (DC Metro Theatre Arts) by Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then).

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 31 – March 12, 2017
Cost: $25-$70
> Find out more about Freaky Friday

Matilda the Musical

TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year! Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony® Awards, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End. The Wall Street Journal says, “The makers of Matilda The Musical have done the impossible – triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.”

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 31 – February 5, 2017
Cost: Starting at $30
> Find out more about Matilda the Musical

AMT Festival

AMT Festival in San Diego

This international, multi-site and multi-disciplinary art, music, and technology festival will present experimental, electronic, and data-driven ideas in a creative laboratory featuring cutting edge performances, music hacking, and demos that connect artists, students, technologists, researchers, thought leaders and businesses in a vibrant environment. Unique collaborations, new works created on site, premieres and demos of technology, and a visionary community will make the event an exciting and innovative landmark gathering for San Diego.

When: February 2-4, 2017
Cost: $10-$75
> Find out more about the AMT Festival

Picasso at The Lapin Agile

Picasso At The Lapin Agile

Steve Martin continues his creative relationship with The Old Globe, returning for the third time with this clever and crowd-pleasing comedy hit. Paris, 1904: The Lapin Agile, beloved watering hole to struggling artists and would-be geniuses, welcomes two soon-to-be legends for one extraordinary night. Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, whose egos are as big as their intellects, spar with the regulars and each other about art, science, inspiration, love, and the promise of the 20th century. Throw into this mix a mysterious visitor with a penchant for blue suede shoes, and you’re in for a brilliant and witty evening in the theatre.

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 4 – March 12, 2017
Cost: Starting at $29
> Find our more about Picasso at The Lapin Agile

Stone Calm Before the Storm

Stone Calm Before the Storm

We’re pulling out the rarest beers from our cellar and shutting down our restaurant and 1-acre garden to create the perfect Stone rare beer experience. On top of sampling beers, this rare beer festival features an additional seven courses expertly paired with the finest Stone beers. The order of paired courses is up to you, as is your choice of beer samples.

Where: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – 1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA 92029
When: February 5, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: $40-$65
> Find out more about Stone Calm Before the Storm

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7 of San Diego’s 2017 Top Events You Don’t Want to Miss

From surf competitions to comic book conventions, San Diego is host to plenty of amazing annual events. Here are 7 events in 2017 you don’t want to miss.

Farmers Insurance Open

Farmers Insurance Open - 2017's Top 7 Events

One of golf’s biggest events of the year, the Farmers Insurance Open, returns to San Diego’s Torrey Pines Golf Course this weekend! Will Brandt Snedeker be able to hold onto his 2016 title? Find out and while you’re at it, check out all of the other festivities surrounding the legendary course including plenty of lounges, an expo with the latest in golf equipment, and more.

Where: Torrey Pines Golf Course -11480 North Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 26-29, 2016
Cost: Starting at $15
> Find out more about the Farmer’s Insurance Open

Red Bull Air Race World Championship

Red Bull Air Race World Championship - San Diego

Photo courtesy of Christian Pondella

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship makes a welcome return to San Diego. Set on the Pacific coast of California the location provides the perfect backdrop for a race. San Diego last hosted a Red Bull Air Race back in 2009 and proved extremely popular with the fans that have often asked when the Air Race would return, well 2017 is the answer.

Where: San Diego Bay
When: April 15-16, 2017
> Find out more about the Red Bull Air Race World Championship

World Baseball Classic

World Baseball Classic San Diego

The North American venues for the 2017 World Baseball Classic include San Diego! The Padres’ Petco Park will host second-round games. Second Round play potential teams include: United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia, Canada, and Italy.

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Gold Cup

On Sunday, July 9th, San Diego will host an opening CONCACAF Gold Cup round double-header at Qualcomm Stadium featuring the Mexican national team as the seeded nation of Group C.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 9, 2017
Cost: TBD
> Find out more about the CONCACAF Gold Cup

KAABOO Del Mar Festival

KAABOO Del Mar

KAABOO is three days of fun, packed full with memories and it has all of the makings of a comfortable event. We have plenty of shade and seating, all restrooms are clean with flushable toilets (no porta-potties), and there is no dirt, dust or mud to fight through just to have a good time. Enjoy the world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences. Get ready for this journey of discovery!

Where: Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: September 15-17, 2017
Cost: Starting at $219
> Find out more about KAABOO Del Mar Festival

Extreme Sailing Series

Extreme Sailing Series

The Extreme Sailing Series™, the world’s leading Stadium Racing series, will return to the Americas for the first time in six years in 2017 in what promises to be another action-packed season. In San Diego the Race Village and all the other elements of the Extreme Sailing Series set-up – including the VIP area and the pontoons – will be based at Harbor Island, and the racing action will take place just five meters from the shore.

Where: San Diego Bay
When: October 19-22, 2017
> Find out more about the Extreme Sailing Series

2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championship

2017 Breeders' Cup World Championship

The Breeders’ Cup makes its debut at another iconic racing venue for the first time: Del Mar, where the turf meets the surf Southern California style. With San Diego’s vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches and sunny days creating a perfect trifecta.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: November 3-4, 2017
> Find out more about the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championship

> Check out more of San Diego’s Events in 2017

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 24-29, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

Farmers Insurance Open

Farmers Insurance Open

One of golf’s biggest events of the year, the Farmers Insurance Open, returns to San Diego’s Torrey Pines Golf Course this weekend! Will Brandt Snedeker be able to hold onto his 2016 title? Find out and while you’re at it, check out all of the other festivities surrounding the legendary course including plenty of lounges, an expo with the latest in golf equipment, and more.

Where: Torrey Pines Golf Course -11480 North Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 26-29, 2016
Cost: Starting at $15
> Find out more about the Farmer’s Insurance Open

Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week

Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week

Enjoy scrumptious specials from our highly acclaimed chefs, restaurateurs, and eateries. Savor the diverse culinary flavors of Escondido by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit your favorites and create new experiences! Cheers!

When: Thru January 28, 2017
> Find out more about Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week

San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

Welcome to the 2017 San Diego Sunroad Boat Show. If you are a boater, don’t miss this once a year event! We’ll have the brands and companies you’ve come to know and love, as well as new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more. Come join us!

Where: Sunroad Resort Marina – 955 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 26-29, 2017
Cost: $13. Kids 12 & Under – Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

San Diego Tet Festival

San Diego Tet Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The San Diego Tet Festival features Lion Dancing, Music, Rides, and More! Join us in welcoming the Year of the Rooster as we Spring To New Horizons!

Where: Mira Mesa Community Park – 8575 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126
When: January 27-29, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about San Diego Tet Festival

Lunar New Year at SeaWorld

Lunar New Year at SeaWorld

Celebrate Lunar New Year at SeaWorld San Diego. Enjoy riveting performances from the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei inside Mission Bay Theater®. Be awed by lion dancers on the Festival Stage and take in the beautiful scenery and décor. Fill your appetite with Asian-inspired food and drinks like our mouth-watering Bao sandwich and Sweet Lunar Stuffed Pancakes. Start a new tradition at SeaWorld’s Lunar New Year.

Where: 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: January 28 – February 20, 2017
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about Lunar New Year at SeaWorld

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 17-22, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

San Diego Restaurant Week

This foodie-favorited event is celebrating its 13th year of bringing people together to dine out, reconnect, and indulge! With more than 180 participating restaurants to choose from across every neighborhood in San Diego County, diners can be assured that appetites will be appeased and cravings will be satisfied with prix-fixe two course lunches and three course dinners.

When: January 15-22, 2017
Cost: $10-$50
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

Circus Vargas Presents Steam Cirque

Circus Vargas Presents Steam Cirque - Top Things to Do

Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for 2017’s retro-futuristic production, Steam Cirque! Join us on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey!

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds -2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: January 19-30, 2017
Cost: $22-$72
> Find out more about Circus Vargas Presents Steam Cirque

Caffeine Crawl San Diego

San Diego Caffeine Crawl

Explore San Diego’ local coffee, tea, and chocolate scene on a route of your choice – with 10 options throughout the weekend to fit your schedule, your guided tour will include samples at each stop and a fabulous goodie bag of take home treats. Over 25 local roasteries and cafes including InterAmerican Coffee will play host, and a Sunday morning Meet N’ Greet at Ryan Brothers Coffee will feature Earnest Eats, Suja Juice and more. Grab your travel mug – we’ll see you there!

Where: InterAmerican Coffee – 1205 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 20-22, 2017
Cost: $28-$36
> Find out more about Caffeine Crawl San Diego

Our American Music Festival

From Native American drumming to folk tunes to the impact of Broadway and some of classical music’s most influential composers, we ask the question: is there a uniquely American musical voice, and if so, what is it and how did it develop? Join us for a series of concerts, panel discussions and community events as we delve into the heart of America’s musical voice and influence.

Where: Copley Symphony Hall – 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thru January 29, 2017
> Find out more about Our American Music Festival

Our Great Tchaikovsky – A New Play with Music

San Diego Repertory Theatre Presents the World Premiere of Our Great Tchaikovsky, a new play with music featuring the compositions of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with a book and performance by Hershey Felder. Directed by longtime collaborator Trevor Hay (“Hershey Felder as Irving Berling”), and produced by long-time collaborators Samantha F. Voxakis, Karen Racanelli and Erik Carstensen, Felder’s newest work takes on Russia’s most celebrated, and perhaps most mysterious, composer.

Where: San Diego Repertory Theatre – 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thru February 12, 2017
Cost: $61-$102
> Find out more about Our Great Tchaikovsky

Whale Watching

More than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants.

> Find out more about Whale Watching in San Diego

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Get Excited For Fútbol (Soccer) in San Diego in 2017

On one hand, San Diego is sad to lose it’s football team. On the other hand, California’s Beach City and it’s local supporting group The American Outlaws (pictured above) are excited to host and march to upcoming International and local fútbol (soccer) matches and tournaments in 2017!

International Fútbol Matches

U.S. MNT vs. Serbia

U.S. MNT vs. Serbia

The U.S. Men’s National Team will begin the 2017 campaign with a friendly against Serbia on January 29 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Kickoff for Bruce Arena’s first match back in charge of the U.S. MNT is set for 1:00 PM PT, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision Networks.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
When: January 29, 2017
First Kick: 1:00 PM
Cost: $25-$50
> Find out more about U.S. MNT vs. Serbia

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Gold Cup

On Sunday, July 9th, San Diego will host an opening CONCACAF Gold Cup round double-header at Qualcomm Stadium featuring the Mexican national team as the seeded nation of Group C.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 9, 2017
Cost: TBD
> Find out more about the CONCACAF Gold Cup

Beach Soccer Tournaments

Beach Soccer Jam

Beach Soccer Jam

Beach Soccer Jam is a Faster, Hotter Version of the World’s most Popular Sport filled with Entertainment. Come enjoy the excitement including Beach Soccer, Brazilian Samba and Capoeira dancers, some of San Diego’s best Entertainment DJs and a Beer Garden.

Where: Fiesta Island – 1550 Fiesta Island Road
San Diego, CA 92109
When: May 20-21, 2017
> Find out more about Beach Soccer Jam

The Beach Soccer Championships

The Beach Soccer Championships

The Beach Soccer Championships has become one of the premier beach soccer destinations on the west coast of the United States and is among the top beach soccer events in the Nation. If you want Sand & Soccer with FUN, The Beach Soccer Championships is the place to be.

Where: 200 N Pacific St, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: May 20-21, 2017
> Find out more about The Beach Soccer Championships

Local Teams

San Diego Sockers

With more than a dozen championships throughout it’s close to 40 year history, the Sockers are San Diego’s premiere indoor soccer team! Experience the excitement of this fast-paced game with an affordable trip for the whole family to San Diego Sport Arena. The seasons kick off in October and run through Spring, so there is plenty of opportunity to join the Seventh Man crew!

> Find out more about the San Diego Sockers

North County Battalion

Established in 2015, the North County Battalion joined the United Soccer League’s (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) for the 2017 season and plans to quickly move even further up the U.S. soccer hierarchy in subsequent years.

> Find out more about the North County Battalion

> Get out and Play in San Diego

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Carols and Barrels – A Holiday Beer and Wine Festival

Carols and Barrels

Carols and Barrels

Carols and Barrels, Buddy the Elf’s beer, wine and food festival of choice, is taking over the Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier on Saturday, December 3 for a holiday-themed afternoon of unlimited craft beer and wine samples, as well as small bite offerings from area restaurants. Additionally, there will be an ugly sweater contest, a special appearance by Buddy the Elf, photo opportunities with Santa, caroling, elves, reindeer games and more.

Carols and Barrels Tickets

Tickets are available for $45 for general admission, $75 for VIP and $35 for designated drivers.

General Admission

General admission tickets include: entrance from 2:00 to 5:30 PM, souvenir tasting cup for you to sippity, sip, sip from, unlimited beer and wine samples, holiday treats and small plates from local restaurants along with carols, elves and holiday cheer.

VIP Admission

VIP admission tickets include: entrance from 1:00 to 5:30 PM, one hour early entry to the fest, unlimited beer and wine samples, holiday treats and small plates from local restaurants, a souvenir pint or wine glass and private VIP restrooms.

Who Will Be There to Pour For All to Hear

Over 60 breweries, wineries and restaurants will be on-site to sample their holiday goodies. 

Participating breweries include:

Participating wineries include:

  • Coyote Oaks Vineyards
  • Casi Cielo Winery
  • Twin Oaks Valley Winery
  • Granite Lion Cellars
  • Turiya Wines
  • Martellotto
  • Sweetzer Cellars
  • Barefoot Wines
  • Quigley Fine Wines
  • South Coast Winery
  • Wilson Creek Winery
  • Ascension Cellars
  • San Antonio Winery

Participating restaurants include:

  • Aqui Es Texcoco
  • Gators Back Porch BBQ
  • Big Front Door
  • Dang Brothers Pizza
  • Senor Grubby’s
  • Primos Public Corner
  • City Tacos
  • Tostadas
  • The Cake Pop Shop
  • McGregors
  • Dirty Birds
  • Dog Haus
  • Gringas Tacos & Catering
  • Mitch’s Seafood
  • Gaslamp Popcorn
  • Food Should Taste Good

Who Carols and Barrels Help

Carols and Barrels benefits Cancer for College, which provides hope and inspiration to cancer survivors by granting college scholarships. Since its inception, the charity has granted nearly $2 million in scholarships to more than one thousand cancer survivors from around the country.