Top Things to Do in San Diego: August 16-19


From Beer Festivals to Body Surfing to Tiki Spies, there is plenty to do this weekend in San Diego. What will you be doing?

1. 36th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships


Are You the Next Body Surfing Champion?

Approximately 350-400 bodysurfers, equipped with swim fins only will ride and compete on ocean waves this weekend at Oceanside Pier. The contest starts Saturday and Sunday morning at 6:30 AM. Winners announced Sunday afternoon.

2. 16th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival

Stone’s 16th Anniversary Celebration and Invitational Beer Festival

Stone Brewing Company will be celebrating its Sweet 16 at its 16th Anniversary Celebration and International Beer Festival, August 17 and 18 on the campus of California State University San Marcos. One hundred percent of the profits from the festival will be donated to local charities. The Festival will feature more than 40 breweries and 100 beers, as well as the infamous Arrogant Bastard Ale onion rings, complimentary homebrewed sodas, and samples of Mike’s Beer cheese.

3. Tiki Oasis 2012


From August 16-19, the 2012 Tiki Oasis will be occupied by a den of spies, secret agents, and villains, all out to reach the same goal: to have fun for four continuous days while enjoying tropical music, shopping for the newest in Tiki fashion and imbibing the world’s greatest cocktails!

4. TwainFest in Old Town

TwainFest Old Town

TwainFest is a free and family-friendly festival celebrating the writing of Mark Twain and his contemporaries. TwainFest bursts into action on Saturday, Aug. 18, in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. This will be TwainFest’s third annual celebration of mid-19th century American arts and culture. The fun starts 11:00 AM and runs until 5:00 PM. Admission is free and open to all.

5. Beer Fest at the Del Mar Racetrack

Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

Great Craft Beer and Exciting Races Await in Del Mar

As if you need another reason to head to Del Mar for race season…but here is one anyway. On Saturday, August 18, check out the Beer Fest and sample over 70 different flavors of cold brews during the Del Mar Beer Fest. After 1:00 PM, visitors can sample some San Diego favorites such as Ballast Point, Green Flash, Stone and much more.

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About Suzzanne

I love to buy books, but seldom actually finish one. I like african violets, my iPhone, and everything that smells like lavender.  I am seriously adverse to the cold and am known to bring a sweatshirt to the beach in the summer.  I have two kids – a boy whose 10 and a girl 12.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

It would start by having breakfast somewhere near the ocean – either Pannikin in Encinitas or Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach.  Then we would head to the beach hang out for a few hours, head home and then catch a concert in the park in Balboa Park.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

We love riding our bikes around town.  There are great places to ride in San Diego that kids can handle – Coronado Island, Point Loma or the boardwalk in Pacific Beach are just a few.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Depends on the day, a good burger and craft brew can really hit the spot, but I would probably end up ordering linguine and white wine.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Snow Patrol, O.A.R., Mike Moran, Eric Hutchinson

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