Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 18-23, 2017

Comic-Con San Diego - Top Things to Do

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including Comic-Con, Del Mar Racing and these top things to do.

Del Mar Racing Season

Del Mar Racing Season

San Diego horse racing takes place where the “turf meets the surf” at the Del Mar Racetrack. Be part of the magic and nostalgia of this long-time horse race tradition dating back to 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the first guests, and Seabiscuit won by a nose in the infamous race in 1938. This season features the nation’s top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: July 19 – September 4, 2017
Cost: $6-$30
> Find out more about Del Mar Racing Season

Hop-Con 5.0: The w00tstout Festival

Hop-Con 5.0: The w00tstout Festival

This year, in celebration of the Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout quinquennial, Stone will have all 5 versions on tap for you to sample the full vertical! They are taking over the entire Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station for the celebration and will be hosting a blast from the past with the best drafts, collaborations & creations from Hop-Cons of yesteryear! Not to mention three custom casks of this year’s Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout!

Where: 2816 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
When: July 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 to 11:00 PM
Cost: $75
> Find out more about Hop-Con 5.0: The w00tstout Festival

Comic-Con International: San Diego

Visitors can be Super Man or Wonder Woman for a day at Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center. Comic-Con has become a signature summertime event for San Diego; it is the largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture.

Where: 111 W. Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 20-23, 2017
> Find out more about Comic-Con International: San Diego

The Legend Of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses

The Legend Of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses

Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks with live orchestral renditions directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, The Symphony of the Goddesses is now in its fourth season. The two-hour concert comes to life with a 57-piece orchestra, 20-person choir, and a reimagined score that draws from recent and requested Zelda games, including A Link Between Worlds, Twilight Princess, and the remake of Majora’s Mask, while still paying homage to such classics as Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 21, 2017
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Starting at $43.50
> Find out more about The Legend Of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses

Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!

Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood! - Top Things to Do

Packed with thrills, romance, laughs, and great characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, Robin Hood! tells the timeless story of a hero of the people who takes on the powers that be. So get ready to duck a quarterstaff or two – you won’t want to miss a moment of the swashbuckling fun!

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 22 – August 27, 2017
Cost: Tickets start at $29
> Find out more about Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!

Heroes Brew Fest

Heroes Brew Festival

Heroes Brew Fest returns to Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego on Saturday, July 22nd! Just a short distance from the Convention Center, the year’s event will feature Game of Thrones’ Kristian Nairn (Hodor) as the headlining DJ!

Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park – 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 22, 2017
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $27-$99
> Find out more about the Heroes Brew Fest

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Avoid the Traffic This Weekend on the Pacific Surfliner


This year, Comic-Con falls on the same weekend as the start of the summer racing season at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. To help accommodate the surge in travelers, Amtrak has added extra Pacific Surfliner trains between Los Angeles and San Diego.

> Beat the Traffic Aboard the Pacific Surfliner

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About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.