Brent Bernasconi

Holiday Theatre Brings the Festive Fun Alive Throughout San Diego

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

December is a magical time to be in San Diego. During the warm days you can ice skate by the beach. When the sun goes down, you can put on a jacket, grab a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy plenty of Christmas lights and amazing holiday theatre. The only question is, will you enjoy all holiday theatre SD offers?

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at the Old Globe Theater

The classic holiday book and TV special comes alive on stage at The Old Globe. Join the grumpy Grinch, his dog Max, Cindy Lou and all the other Whoville residents for plenty of family fun including the popular songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze.”

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Through December 28, 2013
Cost: Tickets start at $24
> Find out more about Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

An American Christmas at The Hotel del Coronado

Lamb's Players' "Festival of Christmas"

Lamb’s Players’ “Festival of Christmas”

Step inside the Hotel Del’s gorgeous ballroom and travel back 100 years for a memorable Christmas feast and celebration. Your hosts are the Marshall family and their friends who love to celebrate the season with a festive party filled with music, dance, story, song and laughter, all woven throughout a delectable 5-course holiday meal.

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92120
When: December 16-24, 2013
Cost: $125-$160
> Find out more about An American Christmas at The Hotel del Coronado

Festival of Christmas – “Catch a Falling Star”

Festival of Christmas - Christmas on my Mind - Lamb's Players Theatre - Holiday Theatre

Hilarious mishaps and mayhem ensue, but the magic and music of Christmas outshines them all.

Ella Eden found it – the remote miner’s cabin tucked away in the Gold Country of the Sierra Nevadas, where her father spent one magical Christmas. She’s brought in a musical group to film a musical Christmas card “on location!” Under a canopy of stars, she’s determined to create the perfect gift. However, her nanny didn’t show, the kids are loose, cell phone reception is out on a cliff and the lead singer hasn’t shown.

Where: Lambs Players Theatre – 1142 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: Through December 29, 2013
Cost: $22-$62
> Find out more about Festival of Christmas – “Catch a Falling Star”

A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play

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 theater classic

More than 160 years after its debut, Charles Dickens’ story of Bob Cratchit, Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Christmas ghosts still resonates. Now you can watch the story come alive on stage as a radio show within a play, complete with holiday music, commercials and live sound effects.

Where: Cygnet Theatre – 4040 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110
When: Through December 24, 2013
Cost: Tickets start at $24
> Find out more about A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play

The Nutcracker Ballet

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a staple of Holiday Theatre

Take an extraordinary journey to the magical Land of Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince at a classic ballet performance throughout San Diego.

The Nutcracker in Balboa Park
Where: 1800 Village Place, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 11-22, 2013
Cost: $10-$15
> Find out more about The Nutcracker in Balboa Park

City Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Where: 121 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 13-22, 2013
Cost: $29-$69
> Find out more about City Ballet’s The Nutcracker

California Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Where:
 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 14-22, 2013
Cost: $40-$90
> Find out more about California Ballet’s The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker (Men in Tights!)

The Nutcracker: Men in Tights!

The family-friendly show promises the whimsical magic of traditional holiday songs together with the fun and hijinks people have come to love and expect from the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. No one does the holidays like 130 gay men! There’s singing and dancing, naughty and nice, and, yes, actual men in tights!

Where: 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 14-15, 2013
Cost: $27-$70
> Find out more about The Nutcracker (Men in Tights!)

> Discover More Holiday Theater in San Diego

What’s your favorite holiday theatre production or film? Tell us in the comments below.

Robert Arends

Coronado November Events: A Cornucopia of Fun!

Skating by the Sea-Coronado Beach

With sunny skies, glistening crowd-free beaches and temperatures averaging 70 degrees, November is the perfect time to visit Coronado, located a bridge or ferryboat ride away from downtown San Diego. There’s so much to do, from craft beer tastings and lavish Thanksgiving feasts to ice skating by the beach, that you won’t know where to start!

The following are my Top 5 to Try in Coronado this November.

Good Times on Tap: San Diego Beer Week in Coronado

Craft beer by the bottle at Coronado Brewing Company

Craft beer by the bottle at Coronado Brewing Company

During San Diego Beer Week, Nov. 1-10, visit the award-winning Coronado Brewing Company to sample tasty ales like Orange Avenue Wit. Also, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge on Orange Ave. features a “Local Tap Takeover,” pouring only San Diego beer on all 16 of their taps!

Talking Turkey: Thanksgiving Dinner

san diego hotel del coronado crown room thanksgiving 2013

The luxurious Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado will host this year’s Thanksgiving feast.

Let the Hotel del Coronado and Loews Coronado Bay Resort do all the cooking this Thanksgiving Nov. 28 as they serve up turkey with all the fixings in festive elegant style. The Del presents a lavish buffet spread in the Crown Room and Ballroom, with live entertainment. Loews hosts a fab champagne brunch buffet in its main dining room, plus a prix fixe family-style dinner in Mistral.

Ice Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado

Lace up your skates and head to the Hotel del Coronado on Nov. 27 for the launch of Skating by the Sea, a magically surreal SoCal experience like no other where guests can practice their axel jumps just steps away from Coronado Beach. A portion of ice skate rental proceeds benefit San Diego’s Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Silver Strand Half Marathon and 5K

Rollerblading the Silver strand Half Marathon

Rollerblading the Silver Strand Half Marathon

Hightail it to the scenic Silver Strand for the popular annual Silver Strand Half Marathon and 5K on Nov. 17. Participants can run, walk, even rollerblade or rollerskate  from Coronado to Imperial Beach; handcyclists and wheel chair participants are welcome too!

Rock n’ Roll: “Suds” at the Coronado Playhouse

Suds Coronado Playhouse San Diego Theater

Suds hits the stage at the Coronado Playhouse this November.

Audiences are in for a rocking good time at the Coronado Playhouse– a 100-seat, cabaret-style theatre on lovely Glorietta Bay – presenting the 1960s musical soap opera “Suds” through the end of the month.

Want to win your own getaway to Coronado? Visit Authentic Luxury Travel to win a romantic Coronado stay!

Robert Arends

Hillcrest Neighborhood Spotlight – Home of San Diego’s LGBT community

Walking under Hillcrest Sign
Walking under Hillcrest Sign

Happening Hillcrest!

San Diego’s uptown neighborhood of Hillcrest, home of San Diego’s LGBT community, celebrates diversity year-round with a vibrant rainbow mix of accommodations, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, chic boutiques, vintage clothing stores, kitschy novelty shops and so much more.

With San Diego Pride coming up next month (July 12-14), now is the perfect time to spotlight a few of my favorite places worth checking out:

Where to Stay

The historic Inn at the Park, located right across the street from Balboa Park, is home to the best happy hour in Hillcrest: Top of the Park, a Friday night tradition where hundreds gather on the rooftop to soak up the sunset and kick-off the weekend over cocktails.

Stay at Ann Callahan’s Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast for a relaxing escape in the heart of Hillcrest and still just a short walk away all the shops, restaurants and bars on University Avenue.

Bar Hop

Bar hopping in Hillcrest

Bar hopping in Hillcrest

Urban Mo’s is fun and boisterous with strong margaritas and booming dance music on a packed outdoor patio and indoor dance floor. Hillcrest Brewing Company, claiming to be the World’s First “Out and Proud LGBT Brewery”(wow!), has 9 tasty in-house craft brews on tap to quench your thirst. If crafty cocktails are more your thing, Martinis Above Fourth is a swanky go-to spot.

Gotta Dance

If you’ve got to get your groove on, Rich’s with its two dance floors and sexy go-go boys can’t be beat!

Java Joint

Filter Coffee House is the place to see and be seen while sipping espresso and “studying” the crowd for cuties, day or night.

Dinner & a Show

D Bar restaurant is my new fav with its sleek moderne design and delish dishes like Southern fried Belgian – a sweet waffle with fried chicken (yep!). Their macarons are also off the charts! Afterward, head to Diversionary Theatre for cutting edge theater at its finest.

Brunch ‘n Lunch

Colorful Café on Park with its deliciously imaginative breakfast dishes like egg scrambles, Captain Crunch pancakes (yep!) and crab cake benny, is sure to satisfy!

Shop till you drop

Shopping in Hillcrest

Shop-portuunities galore in Hillcrest

Stroll along Fifth Ave. and University Ave. for funky, one-of-a-kind finds. Park Blvd. is great for retro, mid-Century modern treasures.

> Discover more of San Diego’s Hillcrest

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 20-24, 2013

San Diego Zoo Play Days - Top Things in San Diego

Escape to San Diego for the first weekend of Spring and bask in the warm sunshine while enjoying these fun top things to do:

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo Day

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo Day

Hands on edutainment and experiments at the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo Day

Join the largest single-day science and engineering event in Southern California at Expo Day at Petco Park. Future scientists can engage in hands-on activities, meet real scientists and engineers and learn how their discoveries and research affect our daily lives, the Festival is a unique opportunity to reach students of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring the next generation of innovators.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 23, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo Day

San Diego Zoo Play Days

San Diego Zoo Play Days - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Mark your calendar with Play Days at the San Diego Zoo

Starting this Saturday, the San Diego Zoo becomes one big playground – for visitors and animals alike! San Diego Zoo Play Days offers up-close encounters with our animal ambassadors, special activities and presentations at animal exhibits all around the Zoo, keeper talks, opportunities to see animals enjoying enrichment and munching on their favorite food treats, the Camp Critters live animal show, a digital Easter egg hunt around the Zoo using your smartphone, and even visits with the Easter Bunny himself.

Where: 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 23 – April 7, 2013
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about San Diego Zoo Play Days

Spring Busker Festival

Spring Busker Festival - Seaport Village

Step Right Up! See amazing feats of human strength at the Spring Busker Festival

The Spring Busker Celebration brings colorful street performers from across the country to perform their bizarre talents like sword swallowers, jugglers on unicycles, escape artists and comedic stuntmen to the cobblestone streets of downtown’s Seaport Village. The extraordinary and bizarre talents will provide outdoor amusement unlike any other festival in the region.

Where: Seaport Village – 849 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 23-24, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Spring Busker Festival

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Fest

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Fest

Enjoy live music while sample beer from 30 local breweries and food from 20 local chefs

Come for the beer, stay for the food or come for the food, stay for the beer! The Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Fest believes beer and food are natural partners and offers a wide variety of both with 30 breweries and 20 chefs. Add to that 3 fantastic bands and a partnership with Wounded Warrior Homes and you have a spectacular day of food, beer and fun for a great cause.

Where: Handlery Hotel San Diego – 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: March 24, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25-$50
> Find out more about the Mission Valley Beer & Food Fest

The Second City’s Laughing Matter Tour

The Second City's Laughing Matter Tour

Legendary sketch comedy theatre, The Second City, returns with their Laughing Matters Tour, featuring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from the company’s 53-year history. Whether it’s ripped from the morning headlines or a classic gem from their archives, The Second City is always a laugh out loud hit.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: March 20-23, 2013
Cost: Starts at $30
> Find out more about The Second City’s Laughing Matter Tour

Menopause the Musical

Menopause the Musical - Historic Balboa Theatre

This hilarious musical parody staged to classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale, come to find they have more to share than ever imagined. The all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges.

Where: Historic Balboa Theatre – 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 22-23, 2013
Cost: $52.50-$67.50
> Find out more about Menopause the Musical

1st Annual Authentic Street Food Market

San Diego Market Presents the First Annual Authentic Street Food Market

The San Diego Public Market’s 1st Annual Authentic Street Food Market will celebrate the diversity of San Diego and its food scene with authentic and innovative takes on traditional street foods from many cultures, utilizing fram fresh, local ingredients and the imaginations of mare than 40 incredible chefs.

Where: 1735 National Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113
When: March 24, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $65-$85
> Find out more about the 1st Annual Authentic Street Food Market

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

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

Maren

A Murderous March in San Diego Theatre

Assassins, Aristocrats and Archbishops take center stage this month for what is gearing up to be quite a murderous March in San Diego’s theatre scene. But do not fear! In addition to an exciting evening of black humor or musical madness, a night out at the theater means taking in some of San Diego’s most iconic neighborhoods such as historic Old Town, beautiful Balboa Park, and energetic Downtown.

Assassins at Cygnet Theatre

Assassins - Cygnet Theatre

Bold, original, thought-provoking and alarmingly funny, Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated (or attempted to) the President of the United States, including the infamous John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald, in wry musical form. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, Directed by Sean Murry.

Location: Cygnet Theatre – 4040 Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Dates: March 14 – April 28, 2013
Cost: $34-$59 (Low-priced previews available March 14-March 22)
Box Office: 619.337.1525
> Get Your Tickets to Assassins at Cygnet Theatre

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at the Old Globe

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - The Old Globe

Will Monty Navarro become 1st in line to inherit his dukedom?

When Monty Navarro finds out he is ninth in line to inherit a dukedom, he decides to eliminate the other eight heirs (all played by one incredible actor!) standing in his way in this World Premiere musical of merriment and murder. This witty music hall comedy explores just how low we’ll go to make it to the top!

Location: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Dates: March 8 – April 14, 2013
Cost: Tickets start at $39
Box Office: 619.234.5623
> Get Your Tickets to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at the Old Globe

Murder in the Cathedral by the San Diego Opera

Murder in the Cathedral with San Diego Opera - Music in San Diego

The West Coast premiere of Murder in the Cathedral with San Diego Opera. Photo courtesy of San Diego Opera.

The American West Coast Premiere of Murder in the Cathedral comes to the San Diego Opera with a score reminiscent of Puccini and extraordinary choruses perfectly able to paint a complex story of faith, passion, tragedy and hope. Archbishop Thomas Becket, brutally murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in December 1170 defending his church against the intrusions of King Henry II, became a Christian martyr and Saint at whose tomb Henry was forced to pay penance. Based on the T. S. Eliot play, the opera, by Ildebrando Pizzetti, covers the last month of Becket’s life as he struggles with politics, religion and temptation.

Location: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Dates: March 30 – April 7, 2013
Cost: $35-$275
Box Office: 619.533.7000
> Get Your Ticket to Murder in the Cathedral by the San Diego Opera

> Enjoy more San Diego’s Vibrant Theatre Scene

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego: December 19-23, 2012

Aztecs - Poinsettia Bowl

If you have already finished all of your holiday shopping, below are out top things to do this weekend.

1. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Aztecs - Poinsettia Bowl

Will the hometown Aztecs take home the Poinsettia Bowl championship?

The hometown San Diego State University Aztecs will take on the Brigham Young University Cougars at Qualcomm Stadium during the San Diego’s first bowl game of the season (Holiday Bowl is next week). To kick things off, both team bands will invade Gaslamp Quarter on December 18 for the free Five Star Tours Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March.

Location: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108 (map)
Date: December 20, 2012
Time: Kick Off at 5:00 PM
Cost: $45-$65
> Find out more about the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

2. Holiday Pops – A Celtic Celebration

San Diego Symphony Orchestra

The sound of the holidays really pop with the San Diego Symphony

Join the San Diego Symphony for a quick visit to the Emerald Isle while never leaving San Diego. The orchestra will be joined by award winning all-Ireland Fiddle champion Eileen Ivers for a night of traditional and Irish holiday favorites including The Holly Tree, Don Oiche Ud im Beithil (One Night in Bethlehem) and Hark, The Herald Angels Sing and more.

Location: Copley Symphony Hall – 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: December 21-22, 2012
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $20-$85
> Find out more about Holiday Pops – A Celtic Celebration

3. An American Christmas at the Hotel del Coronado

Lamb's Players' An American Christmas

Step back in time at the Lamb’s Players’ An American Christmas

Travel back in time over 100 years for a Christmas feast and celebration performed by the Lamb’s Players Theater inside the Hotel del Coronado’s ballroom. The night will be filled with music, dance, stories, laughter and a 5-course holiday meal.

> More Holiday Theatre in San Diego

Location: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118 (map)
Dates: December 17-26, 2012
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $120-$165
> Find out more about An American Christmas at the Hotel del Coronado

4. Dive-In Theatre: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

Movie screening at the Pearl Hotel - Things to Do

Lounge by the pool with Dive In Theatre at the Pearl Hotel

Join the Pearl Hotel family along with the Griswolds for the holiday classic (at least it is in my family :-)), “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Lounge in the pool or a cabana with a warm drink hand while you laugh as Sparky (Clark Griswold) tries to create the perfect family Christmas.

Location: The Pearl Hotel – 1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
Date: December 19, 2012
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Dive-In Theatre: Christmas Vacation

5. Jay Pharoah from Saturday Night Live!

Jay Pharoah at the American Comedy Company - Things to Do

Looking for something not holiday related? Then head to The American Comedy Company to laugh your tookus off with Jay Pharoah from Saturday Night Live. (The San Diego Travel Blog cannot guarantee that holiday jokes will be omitted :-)).

Location: The American Comedy Company – 818 B 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: December 20-22, 2012
Times:
– Thursday at 8:00 PM
– Friday and Saturday 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM
Cost: In Advance – $24. At the Door – $27
> Find out more about Jay Pharoah from Saturday Night Live!

> Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of any other great events going on in San Diego this weekend? Let us and others know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to do in San Diego: December 13-16, 2012

Jungle Bells Celebration at the San Diego Zoo

It’s never to early to start making your weekend plans. Here are top things to do this weekend in San Diego.

1. Hillcrest Taste n’ Tinis

Hillcrest Taste n' Tinis - Things to Do in San Diego

Start off the weekend with a walking tour through Hillcrest including delightful drinks, scrumptious eats and fabulous holiday shopping. Local chefs will be serving up scrumptious appetizers and sweet treats while boutiques along the tour will warm you up a holiday inspired martini. Event is 21 and up.

Date: December 13, 2012
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: In Advance – $20. Day Of – $25
> Find out more about Hillcrest Taste n’ Tinis

2. Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Jungle Bells Celebration at the San Diego Zoo

Elves celebrating Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Starting this Saturday, the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Enjoy a nightly tree-lighting ceremony, lighted animal displays throughout the park, live animal shows, storytelling, bell ringers and, of course, Santa Claus.

> Find more Holiday fun at San Diego attractions

Location: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: December 15, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

3. Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas

Las Posadas - Old Town State Historic Park

Take part in a traditional Las Posadas in Old Town State Historic Park

Celebrate the holidays over the weekend in the Old Town State Historic Park. Enjoy period decorations, carolers, warm beverages, holiday treats, activities, and extended shopping hours. Arrive early on Sunday for festivities at 2:00 PM and a traditional Las Posadas starting at 5:00 PM followed by a piñata party for the kids.

> Discover holiday excitement in San Diego

Location: 4002 Wallace Street, San Diego, CA (map)
Dates: December 15-16, 2012
Times: 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Las Posadas Parade starts at 5:00 PM on Sunday.
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas

4. The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker - Holiday Things to Do in San Diego

Catch a performance of the Nutcracker throughout San Diego.

Starting this weekend, there will be a myriad of Nutcracker princes dancing throughout San Diego County. Below is a list of performances:

California Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Dates: December 15-23, 2012
Cost: $25-$90
Location: San Diego Civic Theater – 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)

City Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Dates: December 14-24, 2012
Cost: $29-$69
Location: Spreckels Theatre – 121 Broadway #600, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)

San Diego Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Dates: December 16-21, 2012
Cost: $20-$50
Location: Mandeville Center, UCSD – 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093 (map)

> More Holiday Theatre in San Diego

5. San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Holiday Float - San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Lights on the water at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

This is the last Sunday to marvel at the spectacular Boat Parade of Lights featuring individually holiday decorated private crafts. The parade starts at the southwest end of Shelter Island, travels past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Convention Center, the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace and ends at the Navy Carrier turning basin.

> Find more Christmas light displays in San Diego

Dates: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

> Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of any other great events going on in San Diego this weekend? Let us and others know in the comments below.

Brian

Cavalia – An Equestrian Spectacular in San Diego through December 30, 2012

Horses - Cavalia
Horses - Cavalia

Cavalia – An Equestrian Spectacular

The equestrian spectacular Cavalia has taken up residency in downtown San Diego this winter.

Human and Horse - Cavalia

Cavalia chronicles the historical relationship between humans and horses.

The nightly performance combines equestrian arts, acrobatics and theatrics (the creative team actually has roots with Cirque), a live music, special effects and lots of big production to take you on a journey through the historic and powerful relationship between horses and humans.

Banner Man - Cavalia

Plenty of excitement and fun!

In between the thrilling acrobatics are plenty of lighthearted and comical moments that will definitely make you laugh. One scene in particular plays up the vanity of a certain rider and his reluctance to do a thrilling trick, which he of course ultimately did.

Big Top - Cavalia

Look for the White Big Top right next to Petco Park in San Diego’s East Village.

The producers recently announced that the show continue in San Diego through Christmas season. Tickets to a shows during a chilly December evening are the perfect gift for the horse enthusiast in your family.

Cavalia Information

Location: 1020 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: Through December 30, 2012
Cost: $39.50 – $229.50
> Find out more about Cavalia

Win Tickets to Cavalia – Contest has Ended

Enter for your chance to win a Family 4 Pack to see Cavalia during this magical Holiday season! Win 2 Adult and 2 Child tickets for Cavalia’s December 26th show at 7:00 PM, playing under the White Big Top at Petco Park.

The rules:

  • Leave a comment below on why you want to see Cavalia. Duplicate entries will be filtered out and discarded, so adding additional comments won’t increase your likelihood of winning.
  • Contest is open to all residents of the 50 States.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly. One winner will receive a Family 4 Pack (2 Adult and 2 Child tickets) for Cavalia’s December 26th show at 7:00 PM.
  • If you are chosen, you will be notified by email. Winners must respond within three days of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
  • The full list of rules, in all its legalese glory, can be found here.
  • Entries (comments) can be submitted until December 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST. Good luck!
Maren

Never Too Much of a Good Thing: Win tickets to The Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare Festival - Lowell Davies at the Old Globe Theatre

Looking for an evening filled with culture and cool? Enjoy the San Diego’s best scenery under stars and stage lights now through September 30, 2012 at the Old Globe’s world-famous Summer Shakespeare Festival. Only open for the summer festival, the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre is set against a backdrop of spectacular Balboa Park, nestled among beautiful eucalyptus trees. This summer includes three classic plays: William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” and “As You Like It” and Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s “Inherit the Wind.” Interested? Comment below to win two tickets to see Richard III.

Richard III

June 3 – September 29
The title character of Richard III is one of the most diabolical and outrageous villains in all of literature. A ruthless Machiavellian, the brilliant and power-hungry lord embarks on a bloody campaign to seize and keep the English crown. Shakespeare paints an unforgettable portrait of obsession, seduction, betrayal and a man who would be king.

As You Like It

June 10 – September 30
Flirtation, friendship and mistaken identity make for one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies in As You Like It. Rosalind escapes into the forest and adopts the persona of a man to get close to her beloved Orlando. But when he falls for another woman, she must untangle the web of deceptions she has woven to win her true love. As You Like It explores the giddy excitement and dizzying foibles of love and is a perfect summer night under the stars.

Inherit the Wind

June 17 – September 25
In Inherit the Wind, two powerhouse lawyers face off in a small town with the eyes of an entire nation upon them when a schoolteacher is arrested for teaching Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution. When the issue goes to trial, the two attorneys must passionately confront questions of faith and science in a heated courtroom. This fictional re-creation of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial tackles issues that are every bit as relevant today as they were in 1925.

“Can one desire too much of a good thing?” Not if it is 2 tickets to see Richard III at the Old Globe this summer! Comment below for a chance to win. Winner will be chosen at random at 10:00 am PST on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Tell us, what’s your favorite Shakespeare quote?

Brent Bernasconi

Theater Thursday: Wicked Broadway Shows in San Diego

The Company of Wicked

In the theater world, San Diego is known for the La Jolla Playhouse sending new shows to the Great White Way, while Broadway San Diego brings the greatest hits to Downtown‘s Civic Theatre.

Broadway San Diego is finishing off its 2011-2012 season with three great shows that cover everything from family relationships to southern rock and roll to the physics of defying gravity.

The Adams Family

The Adams Family is Coming to Broadway San Diego. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Daniel

The Adams Family

May 29 – June 3, 2012
The favorite odd-ball family is back to deal with every parent’s nightmare – their princess of darkness is dating a “normal” boy…oh the horror! How will Gomez and Morticia deal with this unfortunate situation? Find out how during this magnificently macabre new musical comedy from the creators of the hit Jersey Boys, Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice.

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The Company of Wicked

The Company of Wicked. Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus

WICKED

June 20 – July 15, 2012
This is a show everyone has to see! With over 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is Broadway’s biggest blockbuster.

Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time” (USA Today).

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(Warning, this show will sell out, so get your tickets ASAP)

Cast of Memphis

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Memphis

July 24-29, 2012
Travel back in time to 1950s Memphis, Tennessee with the hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love between a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Join this incredible journey, based on true events, to the end of the airwaves.

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Can’t make it to one of these great shows? Don’t worry, the 2012-2013 season is just around the corner with even more great hits including: Chicago – Starring Christie Brinkley (May 8-13, 2012), La Cage Aux Folles (August 7-12, 2012), Les Miserables (August 28 – September 2, 2012), Jekyll & Hyde (October 2-7, 2012), Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan (November 13-18, 2012), Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles (January 4-6, 2013), Billy Elliot (April 30 – May 5, 2013), American Idiot (May 28 – June 2, 2013) and Sister Act (July 30 – August 4, 2013).

Tell us in the comments below, what is your favorite Broadway show of all time?