Robert Arends

Kids Free Deals Abound in Seaside La Jolla this October

Surf Diva Surf Lessons for Kids
La Jolla offers Kids Free offers all month long!

La Jolla offers Kids Free offers all month-long!

La Jolla, the sun-kissed “jewel” of San Diego, rolls out the red carpet for kids throughout October during Kids Free San Diego month.

Families can save a bundle with 10 terrific free kids offers around La Jolla, ranging from free meals and passes to cool museums and attractions to comp beach tours and surfing lessons.

Check these out:

Eat!

Kids love to eat and they get to eat for free (with each adult purchase) at Indulge restaurant at Embassy Suites San Diego-La Jolla, Torreyana Grille at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines (for lunch or dinner, up to 2 kids) and Humphrey’s La Jolla Grill at the Sheraton La Jolla (up to 2 kids).

Enjoy free kids meals at La Jolla Shores Hotel, located on the beach of La Jolla Shores

Enjoy free kids’ breakfast at La Jolla Shores Hotel, located right on the beach.

Kids also eat free at La Valencia Hotel, and kids 12 and younger can enjoy free breakfast at The Shores Restaurant at La Jolla Shores Hotel.

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Surf!

Surf Diva Surf Lessons for Kids

Kids hang 10 for free Surf Diva!

Wiggle your toes in the sand at La Jolla’s famous family friendly beaches and hang 10 with Surf Diva, offering kids free surfing lessons (a $71.50 value – wow!) with the purchase of an adult lesson.

Kids can hop aboard the Old Town Trolley Tours‘ new La Jolla & Mission Beach Tour for free (with the purchase of an adult ticket) or the splashy Seal Tours on San Diego Bay or narrated city tour to top tourist sites like Old Town and Coronado.

Sightsee!

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Kids admitted free all month to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps!

Three of La Jolla’s popular attractions are free for kids, including admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – La Jolla (1 child per paid adult), the La Jolla Historical Society museum at Wisteria Cottage (2 children per paid adult) and Birch Aquarium at Scripps (1 child per paid adult).

Birch Aquarium, nestled high on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, is one of my top “must-sees” with 60+ tanks of colorful marine life including coral reefs, a kelp forest (My fav! It’s like snorkeling without getting in the water 😉 ), sharks, jellyfish and three outdoor tide pools where you can touch sea anemones, starfish and more!

As you can see, there’s lots of fun for free in picture-perfect La Jolla! Bring the kids and make it a fall getaway to remember. 🙂

> Browse even more Kids Free Offers in San Diego

Candice

Rob Machado: San Diego’s Guide to Surfing and More

Rob Machado - San Diego's Guide to Surfing
Rob Machado - San Diego's Guide to Surfing and More

Pro surfer Rob Machado shares what he loves in San Diego’s Guides to the Good Stuff

Though he was born in Australia, Rob Machado is a San Diegan through and through. This professional surfer has been in the water all over the world, but he still loves surfing San Diego. “I’ve been a lot of places, and there’s not that many places around the world where you have an area that so compact with so many good surf spots,” Rob says.

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You’ll probably find Rob catching waves at Swami’s beach or the Cardiff State Beach known as Seaside, but surfing isn’t the only thing that Rob loves about San Diego. Check out Rob Machado’s favorite things around San Diego.

Rob’s Favorite Food Stops

Surfing works up a serious appetite. Fortunately, Rob knows you don’t have to stray far from the beach to find good food in San Diego.

Rob Machado’s Picks for Live Music

One of Rob’s favorite things to do in San Diego is see live music. Try catching a show at one of his three favorite San Diego music venues.

  • Belly Up: According to Rob, the Belly Up is “one of the best venues for music in the world.” He loves the all-wood interior, and says “it’s got a really good vibe.”
  • Spreckels Theater: Rob says one of the best live music performances he’s ever seen was Bon Iver at the Spreckels Theater. “It was a very intimate setting – it was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop.”
  • Copley Symphony Hall: Another one of Rob’s favorite concert going experiences in San Diego was seeing Eddie Vedder play solo at Copley Symphony Hall. “It just gives me the chills thinking about it!”

Catch more of Rob Machado’s San Diego tips, including his advice for beginning surfers, at sandiego.org/goodstuff.

Candice

Meet Aaron Chang – A San Diego Guide to the Good Stuff

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For artist and surfer Aaron Chang, San Diego is perfect fit. With access to incredible waves all year-round, a vibrant and engaging art scene, and great family activities, as Aaron would say, “I would defy you to be bored in San Diego!”

Both a photographer and gallery owner, Aaron has enjoyed watching the art scene in San Diego evolve and grow and sees a bright future for the arts in San Diego. But that’s not the only reason why he loves San Diego. Check out Aaron’s picks for what makes San Diego paradise for art and surf lovers alike!

Aaron Chang Guides to the Good Stuff

Aaron Chang behind the scenes filming San Diego’s Guides to the Good Stuff

Aaron Chang’s Favorite Artsy Endeavors

  • Mission Federal ArtWalk: the largest art event in San Diego showcases fine art in many mediums alongside live musical performances, food and beverage booths and activities for kids and families.
  • Cedros Design District: running the length of Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, this district is home to a bevy of luxury home décor and design boutiques as well as great art galleries and a live music venue.
  • Museum of Photographic Arts: dedicated to all forms of photography and film, this small but innovative museum has been bringing world-class photography to San Diego for more than 30 years.
  • The Headquarters at Seaport District: this former police station turned retail center offers tremendous restaurants and unique, shops. Plus, it’s home to one of Aaron’s gallery locations!

Aaron Chang’s Perfect Day

How would Aaron spend a perfect day in San Diego? Try a few of his favorite San Diego activities:

Check out more of Aaron’s tips for art lovers, from the best galleries to his favorite spots to snap photos in San Diego, at sandiego.org/goodstuff.

Robert Arends

Resort to Fun with Outdoor Activities in Coronado this Spring!

Coronado Beach
Coronado Beach

Spring over to Coronado Beach, the #1 beach in America

Spring is just around the corner (March 20) and with the weather warming up, now is a perfect time to plan your Spring Break and discover the great outdoors of Coronado Island!

With miles of beaches and coastline on the sparkling Pacific and San Diego Bay, there are countless options for fun in the water including surfing, sailing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and more.  On land, the “Crown City” has just as much to offer: bicycling, inline skating, golf, tennis… and the list goes on.

Here are my top picks of things to do at Coronado’s big four fab resorts and hotels where outdoor activities abound:

The Gondola Company near Loews Coronado Bay Resort

The Gondola Company near Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Loews Coronado Bay Resort was made for play and enjoys the best of both watery worlds, situated on a peninsula on San Diego Bay just steps from Silver Strand State Beach and the ocean. Fun ways to soak in the sun include swimming in three pools (including one for adults only), surfing, sailing, kayaking, bicycling, rollerblading, cool interactive nature tours of the Silver Strand (a pristine preserve of rare plants, animals and birds) and tours of the resort’s herb garden.

Did you know: Just down the road from Loews, The Gondola Company offers enchanting cruises on authentic Venetian gondolas!

Flamingos, finches and ducks - oh my! - at the Coronado Island Marriott

Flamingos, finches and ducks – oh my! – at the Coronado Island Marriott

I recently stayed at Coronado Island Marriott Resort where surprising outdoor finds made for quite a memorable visit, especially the aviary of finches, a flock of pink flamingos and families of ducks wading in ponds; photo opps galore! There’s also bicycling along beautiful bay-side paths, tennis and swimming/sunbathing in three pools. The resort even has its own private pier where you can take a water taxi across the bay to downtown San Diego.

Kayak Under the Coronado Bridge

Coronado Kayak Tour

Did you know: At the nearby Coronado Ferry Landing, the new Coronado Kayak Tour is San Diego’s only urban kayaking adventure, and glides under the iconic blue arch of the Coronado Bridge!

The landmark Hotel del Coronado is a grand playground to explore with recreational options that take full advantage of its location on the #1 beach in America.  There’s yoga on the beach, beach volleyball and beach rentals including boogie boards, surfboards and beach cruisers from PeDels (gotta love the name!). At night, s’mores on the beach is a sweet way to end the day.

Did you know: The Del’s tide break of giant boulders is a great spot to explore tidepools teeming with marine life.

Fore! at Coronado Golf Course

Fore! at Coronado Golf Course

The charming Glorietta Bay Inn is in a prime location overlooking Glorietta Bay, home to the Coronado Boathouse where sailboat, speedboat, water ski, jet ski, paddleboat and kayak rentals are available. The Inn is also just down the street from the Coronado Tennis Center (8 courts) and scenic Coronado Golf Course. Golfers will love Glorietta Bay Inn’s new Golf Play & Stay package which includes one round of golf and a golf cart.

Did you know: On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Coronado Touring offers fascinating historic walking tours of downtown Coronado, departing from the Glorietta Bay Inn.

Happy Spring (almost)…See you in Coronado!

Robert Arends

5 Things I Love about Coronado

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Beautiful Coronado Sunset. Photo courtesy of OrangeandPark.com

Oh Coronado, the “Enchanted Isle,” how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

OK, that’s a little sappy, but I can’t help it. Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and love is in the air. What better time to talk about five things I really love about the Emerald City.

1. The Restaurants

Fabulous views of San Diego Bay from Mistral

Fabulous views of San Diego Bay from Mistral

I love that Coronado was made for romantic dining, with fabu restaurants from the Pacific to San Diego Bay beckoning couples to gaze into each other’s eyes over a delectable candlelit dinner. Two of my personal favs: Chez Loma, an intimate, authentic French bistro, and Mistral at Loews Coronado Bay Resort with views as phenomenal as the cuisine.

2. The Journey Around Coronado Island

Tweet! Aviary at Coronado Island Marriott Resort

Tweet! Aviary at Coronado Island Marriott Resort

I love the joy in the journey to and around the island. The views by car from the graceful blue arch of the iconic San Diego-Coronado Bridge are second to none! You can see as far as Mexico and the ‘lil Islas Coronadas (crowned islands) off the coast. Better yet, take a fun ferry ride over from downtown San Diego! Then explore the island by beach cruiser (there are bike rental shops throughout the island), Segway of Coronado or Pedego electric bike.

3. Playing in the Water

Kayak Under the Coronado Bridge

Coronado Kayak Tour adventure!

I love all the ways to play in the ocean and bay. There’s stand-up paddleboarding with SUP Coronado, surfing with Coronado Surfing Academy, the new Coronado Kayak Tour, The Gondola Company’s authentic Venetian gondola rides and San Diego Seaplanes, launching from the bay by the Coronado Ferry Landing!

4. The Island’s Secrets

The "Baby Del" (144 Isabella Ave.)

The “Baby Del” (144 Isabella Ave.)

I love the “secret” sights around the island, from sand dunes on the beach that spell C-O-R-O-N-A-D-O and the flock of flamingos and aviary at Coronado Island Marriot Resort, to Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum’s cottage on Star Park Circle, the ghost of Kate Morgan’s room at the Hotel del Coronado and the “Baby Del” on Isabella Ave.

5. The Sunsets

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I love the stunning sunsets. I took the photo above just last weekend. No matter how many times I see the sun set in glorious hues of yellow, orange and red over the beach, it’s never ceases to leave me in awe.

Coronado, what’s not to love! 😉

Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

Brent Bernasconi

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

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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.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 9-14, 2013

Get out and enjoy a weekend in San Diego with these top things to do:

San Diego Pride Rally, Block Party, Parade and Festival

San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival - Top Things to Do

San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival

This weekend, visitors and San Diegans alike will be out celebrating our vibrant cultural diversity. The festivities begin on Friday at 6:00 PM with the San Diego Pride Rally followed by a new event, the Pride of Hillcrest Block Party. On Saturday Morning, the 4th largest pride parade in the U.S. will make its way down University Avenue to 6th Avenue, ending at Balboa Park and the family-friendly LGBT Pride Festival.

When: July 12-14, 2103
> Find out more about the San Diego Pride Parade

9th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am

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The 9th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am presented by Hurley will feature surf contests for both adults and kids 16 and under, live music performances by Switchfoot and other local bands, and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats. There will also be an official after-party at the Belly Up.

Where: Moonlight Beach – 252 5th Street, Encintas, CA 92024
When: July 13, 2103
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 9th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am

60th Annual Over the Line Tournament

Over the Line Tournament

Sand, Sun and OTL…a perfect San Diego Combination

Batter Up! It’s time once again for sun, sand and the annual Over the Line (OTL) tournament, a San Diego invented sport. If you have never seen OTL before, go check it out on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. You will not regret it. Remember, observe the five B’s rule: No Babies, No Bottles, No Bowsers, No Bikes, No Boas. Enjoy!

Where: Fiesta Island in Mission Bay
When: July 13-14 and July 20-21
Time: 7:30 AM to Dusk
Cost: Free to watch
> Find out more about the 60th Over the Line Tournament

Festival of the Bells

Mission San Diego de Alcala

Hear the historic bells of the Mission San Diego de Alcalá ring during the Festival of the Bells.

To commemorate the founding of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the Mother of California’s 21 Missions, all five Mission bells are rung, including an original bell dating back to 1802. The weekend-long celebration will also include food, entertainment, dancing and traditional activities like the Blessing of the Bells and the Blessing of the Animals.

Where: Mission San Diego de Alcalá – 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 12-14, 2013
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Festival of the Bells

OMMS Christmas in July Artisan Fair & Carnival

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Even Santa needs a little R&R along with a dose of sunshine!

What? It’s only July and we are already starting to talk about Christmas?! Why not get all that decorative shopping out-of-the-way with handmade arts and craft items from over 150 local artisans. There will also be a rummage sale, bake sale, food court, kid’s activities and live entertainment.

Where: Mission San Luis Rey Parish – 4070 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92057
When: July 13-14, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the OMMS Christmas in July Artisan Fair & Carnival

> 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 – March 14-17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Festival in Balboa Park

The combination of warm weather and great events this week will surely make your friends green with envy. Here are our top things to do this weekend in San Diego:

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day Festival in Balboa Park

Sunshine kisses the Irish and Irish for a day in San Diego

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly event or a wild party, St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego has you covered:

> St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun in San Diego – 2013
St. Patrick’s Day Parties – 2013

Science on the Rocks: Pizza, Pinot and Pi!

Science on the Rocks: Pizza, Pinot and Pi! - Reuben H. Fleet Science Center - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Join us to celebrate Pi Day (3.14) and Einstein’s birthday with exclusive access to tasty tidbits, engaging entertainment, and inspired interaction. Pen a Pi-Ku and add a link to our Pi Chain. Sample assorted pies and see which pizza has pizzazz. Explore the power of pi(e)s of all kinds! Science on the Rocks is an after-hours party for adults 21 and older.

Where: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center – 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 14, 2013
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $18-$25
> Find out more about Science on the Rocks: Pizza, Pinot and Pi!

San Diego Epic Beer Festival

San Diego Epic Beer Festival

Bring your friends and support a charity while enjoying San Diego craft beer

The Inaugural Epic Beer Festival – San Diego will feature 80+ craft breweries and over 200 beers to sample. Even better, your admission benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a California-based non-profit that transforms the lives of disadvantaged children and young people with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse or disease through the gift of reconstructive surgery and related medical care.

Where: San Diego Convention Center – 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 15-16, 2013
Times: Three Sessions
– Friday: 7:00 to 10:00 PM
– Saturday: 1:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $40. Designated Driver – $15
> Find out more about the San Diego Epic Beer Festival

Golf Fest

Golf Fest San Diego

Test out the newest in Golf technology at Golf Fest

If you’re a golfer looking for great deals, then Golf Fest is your one stop shop! TaylorMade, Cleveland/Srixon, PING, Cobra, Nike, Wilson, Yonex, Adams and more will be at Golf Fest introducing their new products.

Where: Oaks North Golf Course – 12602 Oaks North Drive, San Diego, CA 92123
When: March 15-16, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $10
> Find out more about Golf Fest

Balboa Park Science Family Day

Balboa Park Science Family Day - Paper Airplane Festival

Learn how to make a paper airplane and more at the Balboa Park Science Family Day

Families will discover how much fun science can be at Balboa Park’s annual Science Family Day. Kicking off the weeklong San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering 2013, various museums and cultural institutions will offer science-related hands-on activities and special programs for kids of all ages.

Where: Balboa Park
When: March 16, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost:
– Some activities are free
– Participating museums – Children 12 and under free with paid adult admission
> Find out more about Balboa Park Science Family Day

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 San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle exhibit is filled with over 10,000 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. 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: March 16-April 7, 2013
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Film Screening: Andy Warhol’s San Diego Surf

San Diego Surf by Andy Warhol

See the never before seen Andy Warhol’s “San Diego Surf.” Image courtesy of the Andy Warhol Museum.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the last films in which Warhol had direct involvement. San Diego Surf was filmed in La Jolla in May of 1968. Filmed in color on 16mm with two cameras, manned by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey, the film features superstars Viva, Taylor Mead, Louis Waldon, Joe Dallesandro, Tom Hompertz, Ingrid Superstar, Eric Emerson, Nawana Davis, and others. Its loose narrative concerns an unhappily married couple with a baby who rent their beach house to a group of surfers.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – La Jolla – 700 Prospect St. La Jolla, CA 92037
When: March 16, 2013
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Cost: $5-$8. Members are free.
> Find out more about the Film Screening: Andy Warhol’s San Diego Surf

Latino Film Festival

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San Diego’s proximity to Mexico makes it a natural venue for this prestigious 11-day film festival, now celebrating its 20th year, focusing on works by Latinos or about the Latino experience. More than 160 films and videos from across Latin America and the United States will be screened with many of the directors and actors in attendance.

Where: UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center – 7510 Hazard Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92108
When: Through March 17, 2013
Cost: Varies
> Find out more about the San Diego Latino Film Festival

> 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 – March 5-10, 2013

Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth

This weekend is all about the theater, with Mike Tyson telling the truth and Sean Connery in an outfit that cannot be unseen! Here are the top things to do this weekend in San Diego.

Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee

Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth

Don’t miss this rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most complicated men ever to wear the heavyweight crown. This riveting one man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout!

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 5, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $25-$500
> Find out more about Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee

San Diego Latino Film Festival

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San Diego’s proximity to Mexico makes it a natural venue for this prestigious 11-day film festival, now celebrating its 20th year, focusing on works by Latinos or about the Latino experience. More than 160 films and videos from across Latin America and the United States will be screened with many of the directors and actors in attendance.

Where: UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center – 7510 Hazard Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92108
When: March 7-17, 2013
Cost: Varies
> Find out more about the San Diego Latino Film Festival

TrashTalk Theater Cosmic Double Feature

Trash Talk Theater Cosmic Double Feature - Top Things to Do in San Diego

By blending the filmgoing experience and social media, TrashTalk Theater allows you to comment and critique films for all to see while not audibly disturbing the movie goers around you. This event marks TrashTalk Theater’s very first steps into documentary territory with a screening of Children of the Stars, a film by local San Diego filmmaker Bill Perrine, and John Boorman’s ZardozRemember to bring a laptop (recommended), tablet or smartphone to participate.

Where: Victory Theatre – 2558 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92102
When: March 7, 2013
Time: 6:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $7
> Find out more about TrashTalk Theater Cosmic Double Feature

8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Walk through the Cherry Grove at the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Walk through the Cherry Grove at the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Celebrate spring and the Japanese tradition of hanami (enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossoms). More than 150 cherry blossom trees will be blooming in the new 9 acre expansion of the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. There will also be cultural performances, food, a Sapporo beer garden, family friendly activities and unique gifts from local vendors.

Where: 2215 Pan American Way, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
When: March 9, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free with admission
> Find out more about the 8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Board Shorts Surf Film Festival

Board Shorts Surf Film Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The Board Shorts Film Festival is a festival of short surf films by international artists featuring women. Now in its 2nd year, the Board Shorts Film Festival is moving to a larger venue and will be an evening of live music, food, drink (beer provided by Green Flash Brewing) and great short films. Ashley Lloyd Thompson will be hosting and performing along with her band The Shapes.

Where: Bird’s Surf Shed – 1091 West Morena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110
When: March 9, 2013
Time: Starts at 6:30 PM
Cost: $20
> Find out more about the Board Shorts Surf Film Festival

> 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.

Suzzanne

Top Things to Do in San Diego: August 9-12

Here’s our top picks for this weekend. What will you be doing?

1. Hillcrest Cityfest

Hillcrest’s Cityfest

Head over to the eclectic neighborhood of Hillcrest on Sunday, August 12th for the annual Hillcrest Cityfest. Arts, crafts, food and live entertainment are featured at this popular annual street festival, held along Fifth Avenue.

2. 2nd Annual San Diego Wine Country Festival

The Bernardo Winery, located in Rancho Bernardo, will be host on August 11, 2012 to the San Diego Wine Country Festival. Over 20 of San Diego’s local Wineries pouring their latest releases from 1:00 to 5:00 PM on August 11th. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the winemakers and get the inside scoop into San Diego Winemaking while sampling wine under the olive trees on the picturesque grounds of the 120 year old Bernardo Winery.

3. Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro

Catch the world’s top female surfers compete in Oceanside at the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro. This event will serve as the only ASP Star event on the 2012 ASP North America calendar. Twelve of the top sixteen ranked surfers in the world will be competing from August 9th through the 12th. Event is free.

4. Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

The fastest-growing street fair for dogs and dog lovers in Southern California is set for Saturday, August 11th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Aberdeen Drive and Newcastle Ave in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Highlights of this year’s Cardiff Dog Days of Summer event include the Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue Ambassador Program, an obstacle course sponsored by K-9 Connection, a Kid Zone with a bird show and games, silent auction and contests such as, Cutest Puppy, Best Dressed Dog, Best Kisser to name a few.

5. Kettner Nights

Little Italy’s Kettner Boulevard comes alive as visitors mix and mingle their way through the many boutiques and galleries, August 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM between West Grape West Laurel Streets on Kettner.