On March 11, Best Coast Beer Fest will return to Embarcadero Marina Park South for our third year. We will be bringing more than 75 breweries, a food truck alley, and local bands right on San Diego Bay. This is an event that you don’t want to miss – for casual drinkers and beer connoisseurs alike.
Best Coast Beer Fest Tickets
Tickets are currently on sale and include options ranging from general admission, which includes unlimited beer samples from 2:00 to 5:00 PM to VIP, which includes extra hour of tasting and access to the VIP area which offers food, a rotating tap of limited reserve brews, executive restrooms and more. With Ultra VIP a limited amount of private cabanas will be available.
We work together with the nonprofit charity, Cancer for College, to provide you with the best festival experience. Best Coast Beer Fest benefits Cancer for College, which provides cancer survivors with college scholarships.
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 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 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.
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.
Sun up to sun down, Mission Beach’s Belmont Park has countless photo ops! Ride the oldest wooden roller coaster on the West Coast, The Giant Dipper. Play traditional amusement park games. Sample local brews at Draft or enjoy a sunset dinner at Cannonball, all with a perfect oceanfront backdrop.
Capture a moment of serenity at Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first of 21 missions that line the California coast. Have your camera ready as you walk down the same terra cotta halls of the original Padres and explore the mission’s unique history and Spanish architecture. A blooming garden in the spring and summer months frames a beautiful shot of the mission bells.
It’s well known that a visit to Point Loma’s Cabrillo National Monument offers incredible views of the city but a short drive down to the beach to the area’s tidepools offers that unique Instagram worthy photo. During low tide, pools form along this shore in rocky depressions where you can get up close to near shore sea life like anemones, elusive octopi and spongy deadman’s fingers.
Bonus: Don’t miss the Whale Watch Overlook nearby. It’s the perfect post for spotting Gray Whales during their migration from November to March.
Stroll past Lake Poway in North County to explore Mt. Woodson’s unusual rock formations. Up for a challenge? Do it for the Gram and hike four miles to the top of the summit for fantastic coastal views of San Diego at a steep 2000 ft. from the popular Potato Chip Rock. Beat the crowds and rising temperatures in the early morning and make sure to have creative poses ready.
Extending 1,942 ft. into the deep blue sea, the Oceanside Pier is one of the longest wooden piers on the West Coast. Snap photos of North County’s pristine coastline or the action during one of many musical and cultural performances at the Pier Amphitheater.
Home to more than a dozen museums, the world renowned Old Globe Theatre , and 1,200 beautifully planted acres, there is no shortage of photo opportunities at Balboa Park . The most photographed areas of the Park are the Rose Garden and historical Botanical Building and a shot of the pond and lily pads can’t be missed.
Head east to Anza Borrego Badlands Park to discover the wonders of the California Desert and bask in that out of city feeling. Miles of hiking trails, wildflowers and amazing sculptures create a striking landscape for roadrunner, fox and sheep sightings and a setting perfect for action shots.
This iconic red-roofed hotel on Coronado Island is a photographer’s dream. From striking Victorian architecture to glittering beachfront views, Hotel Del Coronado is a historical gem. Private beach bonfires in the summer and Skating by the Sea during the holiday season make it easy to capture the quintessential San Diego experience.
Make your way to the picturesque La Jolla Cove to uncover one of the region’s hidden gems. It only costs $5 to descend 145 stairs to the Sunny Jim Cave from The Cave Store and trust us, it’s worth it. Named after the Force Wheat Cereal mascot from the early 1900’s by Frank Baum, the author of Wizard of Oz, the unique formation of the cave and land access make it one of a kind. Capture Sunny Jim’s profile, La Jolla’s crystal blue waters and passing kayakers for a winning shot.
There are no bad photos when it comes to capturing San Diego’s Embarcadero. Take in naval history aboard the USS Midway Museum and from inside their helicopter cockpits. Couples can reenact one of the most beloved landmarks in the area at the Unconditional Surrender statue.
Let your tastebuds have a field day with a fusion of American, Mexican and Italian flavors, blended together for a unique culinary experience in the heart of Pacific Beach. Sip on an array of handcrafted mimosas, savor mouthwatering tapas and chill at this cool hangout.
Located on the University of San Diego’s picturesque campus, this farm-to-table bistro is a hit with locals and visitors alike. From the cozy fireplace to sweeping views of Tecolote Canyon and Mission Bay, La Gran Terraza is more than just a good place to eat, it’s a dining experience.
Cali-Baja cuisine is to San Diego what palm trees are to the beach and you can experience it at Galaxy Taco. It may sound like a typical taco shop but it tastes like a gourmet experience that will transport your taste buds to a colorful, savory galaxy far, far away. The fish tacos are a not-to-be-missed fan-favorite and when it comes to their specialty tequila menu, trust us, it’s out of this world.
A former military base transformed into a trendy town square celebrating the city’s history, make your way to Point Loma’s Liberty Station to discover the Mess Hall. This epic food hall will continuously surprise and delight your taste buds as the menu changes daily.
This Del Mar hot spot has made a name for itself boasting impeccable service and some of the freshest and finest fish, meats and produce. Start with the Blue Cheese Soufflé & Cinnamon Poached Pears, you won’t be disappointed.
Located in an unsuspecting location of Lexus Escondido, this hot rod of a restaurant offers a tasty menu curated by local favorite Chef Deborah Scott and gorgeous patio views of North County’s rolling hills.
Plant yourself in the middle of the Gaslamp to discover a hip new hangout and the only rooftop dining space in the area. Surrounded by chic decorations including saucer pans, indulge in a creative menu from scrambled skillets to the RR Burger, featuring a bacon jam.
A french feast awaits at The Smoking Goat in Uptown featuring sustainable and organic ingredients, boutique beverage offerings and a friendly neighborhood vibe. An optional three-course meal allows you to sample the menu and of course, there is no shortage of curated cheeses.
It’s a San Diego truth, dinner and drinks taste better with an ocean view. One of the best places to find one is Peohe’s. Located right on the water’s edge on Coronado Island, this tropical treasure boasts a Pacific Rim inspired menu and a rockin’ sushi bar. Enjoy your meal al fresco, perfect for both a romantic rendezvous or a fun night out with family.
Combining bohemian chic with an industrial vibe does not seem like an easy task, but Bo-Beau Kitchen + Garden has pulled it off beautifully. Located in the heart of La Mesa, be sure to grab a craft cocktail at the oversized handcrafted bar, and then treat yourself to the best Brussels sprouts this side of Belgium.
Courtesy of San Diego International Film Festival.
Why should you forgo the traditional film-going experience and go a film festival instead?
1. Festivals showcase a wide variety of films you wont see at your local theater
Do you love films but don’t like the selection at your local theaters? Film Festivals often have hundreds of choices for your all your film-going desires. At the 2016 San Diego International Film Festival (SDiFF), there were more than 2000 films from 65 countries submitted and the programmers have culled it down to just over 100 films – documentaries to psychological thrillers, to coming-of-age tales, to historical dramas. It’s all here!
2. You’ll be able to see films before they are released to the general public
You’ll get a first look at independent and studio films before they are released! Even better, you’ll be able to get a first look at major awards contenders long before awards season arrives. In the past, the San Diego International Film Festival has shown critically acclaimed films such as Room, He Named Me Malala, 12 Years a Slave, Whiplash, Wild and many more! This year, SDiFF will be featuring some exclusive World and US premieres. Care to see what may be hot next awards season? Festivals are always the best places to be in the know.
3. You’ll be supporting independent artists
Film festivals primarily showcase independent filmmakers, writers, and new talent. Through the patrons of the San Diego Film Foundation, we are able to support the best in cinematic storytelling from around the world. Film has the power to inspire, educate, entertain and engage when passionate filmmakers share their stories.
4. Festivals are a haven to meet other film lovers
You never know who you’re going to meet at a film festival! There’s always something to discuss. What are you going to see? or What was your favorite movie? are always great conversation starters. At a festival you may even make some new friends, or meet future collaborators.
5. Festivals are great avenues for industry education
From panels to workshops, there’s a whole lot to learn. You’ll be able to gain exclusive opportunities to hear first-hand from industry insiders. Take your education outside of the classroom, take a seat and hear from our speakers at the Social Justice Panel, or Film Critics Panel, or enjoy the Actor’s Panel or any number of films with Q&A sessions.
6. You’ll be a part of the scene!
It’s not all movies at the festival! You’ll be part of the scene and enjoy parties with live music, food and drinks. You’ll have the opportunity to wind down and enjoy yourself at Wednesday’s Opening Night Film and After Party, the Thursday Indie Night and the Friday Night Party. Saturday Night is the Filmmakers Awards Party and Sunday is Culinary Cinema! SDiFF also has The Hub at Horton Plaza Park where all festival-goers can hang out and enjoy beverages, food, games, and entertainment Friday through Sunday. There’s plenty of fun for everyone!
7. Embrace Your Community or Discover Somewhere New
Film festivals have the unique ability to unite communities. They are a source of community pride where people can come together. Local artists, businesses, and volunteers all participate and make a film festival great. Also, film festivals allow for the discovery of a new place. Luckily for SDiFF, San Diego is a great place for locals and visitors alike with its beaches, attractions, and amazing weather. When you come to San Diego, there are plenty of places to stay and play and five glorious days of binge watching and movie indulgence with 100+ independent and studio films, red carpet events, industry panels and parties.
Fashion Week San Diego ® is a traditional fashion week with 7 nights of events, 4 of which are open to the general public! Each night of #FWSD16 is completely unique, and has its own customized Events, Designers, and Themes.
Fashion Week San Diego Schedule
Below is the breakdown of the Fashion Week San Diego 2016 Runway Shows:
Rather than clothing – Hair, Makeup & Art will be the focal point of this evening!
Guests will enjoy a special presentation from Artist Shane Bowden and for the first time ever, an exclusive one of a kind FWSD original piece of art by Shane Bowden himself will be for sale! Partial proceeds will go back to FAB Authority.
Detour Salon: The lines are blurred between art, fashion, and beauty. Inspired by artist Shane Bowden and against the backdrop of his energetic art, Detour’s award winning and street savvy stylists use their familiar medium of hair to deconstruct, reform shapes and challenge standards of beauty. Detour’s work will feature French underwear and clothing brand Pullin – renowned for its quality and whimsical prints, as well as Kevin Murphy hair care. Their partnership with Kevin Murphy is a natural fit as it was literally born on set and on the catwalks around the world. Kevin Murphy creates the products that creates the styles the public craves.
If you’ve heard of KAABOO, then you know what makes this the ultimate “Mixperience” and why you should make plans to join in the fun! If you haven’t discovered the KAABOO experience yet, here are a few reasons that you’ll want to reserve September 16-18 for a Vacation/Staycation and join us at KAABOO Del Mar!
1. The Music
KAABOO has curated the lineup to be a musical journey from legendary classic rockers to some of the latest, most buzz-worthy chart-toppers. Creating a bill that is even more diverse and deep than the inaugural year, KAABOO has established a mix of bands where guests can see their favorites and discover new favorites all in the same weekend.
If you’re still waiting to check a live Aerosmith show off your bucket list, this is your chance. Also catch Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, Jack Johnson, Fall Out Boy, Lenny Kravitz, Daryl Hall & John Oates, The Avett Brothers, The Chainsmokers, plus dozens more noteworthy acts. Check out the full lineup at www.kaaboodelmar.com/lineup.
2. The Comedy
Chill out in our air-conditioned comedy club, Humor Me, with nationally recognized comedians. Take a seat as you laugh with Sarah Silverman, Dana Carvey, Cheech and Chong, Darrell Hammond, Vanessa Bayer, and even Del Mar native Taylor Williamson…just to name a few.
3. The Food and Libations
Even if you’re coming for the music, you’ll enjoy the food! Palate is a foodies delight with tastes from 25 local restaurants and over 50 craft beer, wine and spirits. Looking for grub on the go? KAABOO has you covered with gourmet grab-n-go options ranging from an acai bowl from Sambazon to a delicious California-style burger from Caliburger. Looking for a sugar fix – stop into the Dylan’s Candy Bar Pop-Up Shop for a sweet treat. Eat your way through the weekend with the full culinary. Eat and drink your way through the weekend with the full culinary lineup at www.kaaboodelmar.com/the-experience/palate.
4. The Art
Take a leisurely stroll through our inspiring contemporary art gallery, featuring curated installations, paintings, sculptures, photography and jewelry from this year’s impressive lineup coming to us from across the country and around the world. Experience large murals and installations, with some created right in front of your eyes. KAABOO’s public art and indoor exhibition transform the venue into an evolving journey of surprise, delight and discovery.
5. Personal Indulgences
A 3-day live music event doesn’t have to leave you worn down! With KAABOO Del Mar’s Indulgences Lounge presented by Meet Me at the Spa, you can take a break from the action to rejuvenate and refresh. Offering express treatments and full 50-minute spa treatments, you can make an appointment for a manicure, massage or just get a reset on your makeup! And best of all, there are plenty of services for the guys, too!
6. Hospitality and Comfort
KAABOO is an elevated “mix-perience” and we’re giving you the creature comforts that we, as adults, enjoy! It’s more than your typical festival…KAABOO has all of the makings of a comfortable event. We have plenty of shade and seating, all restrooms are clean with flushable toilets (no portapotties). And there is no dirt, dust or mud to fight through just to have a good time.
Amplify your experience with HANG FIVE program. Enjoy dedicated viewing areas, lounges and access to the Thursday Night AMPLIFY event to get your KAABOO Del Mar weekend started sooner!
Fleet Week San Diego is so much more than a week! Running September 2 – October 1, 2016, it’s really a whole month. That’s because in San Diego we have 100,000+ active duty military stationed here year-round, and a week to honor and thank them just isn’t enough!
The men and women that defend the land of the free and the home of the brave are honored each year by Fleet Week San Diego’s military tribute. This year’s roster of events includes festivities exclusively for the military, as well as some spectacular events open to the public that members of the community will not want to miss.
Fleet Week Sea & Air Parade
The Fleet Week Sea & Air Parade is soaring back into San Diego with great fanfare as we prepare to experience the best of the U.S. military on display and in action on September 10, 2016. The parade will run the length of San Diego Bay, beginning at Shelter Island with viewing areas all along the bayfront, from noon until 2:00 pm.
For the first time since 2008, amphibious ships, destroyers, Marine counter measure ships, submarines and ships from the Coast Guard as well as the Canadian Navy will participate. In addition there will be amphibious landing craft and demonstrations of SEAL capabilities, Coast Guard Search and Rescue, and fly-overs of Navy aircraft and the rarely seen Marine F-35 fighter jet.
Many more activities are scheduled to accompany the Sea & Air Parade. On September 10 and 11, the Broadway and B Street Piers will host a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fair, ship tours, live music, food, static displays and kids zone from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Ship tours will be open from September 10-14, also from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 PM on Broadway and B Street Piers.
Party at the Pier
To kick it all off, Fleet Week is hosting a Party at the Pier on Friday, September 9 at 4:30 PM featuring live music, food trucks and a beer garden at B Street Pier.
Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival
The Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival, a.k.a “The Race at the Base,” promises a full weekend of high-octane activities and family fun, September 17-18. Grand Marshal Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band will perform in concert Saturday at noon – Free with admission. All are invited as NASNI throws its gates open wide – an unprecedented opportunity to visit a working U.S. Navy base. Coronado Speed Festival features roaring auto races on a live U.S. Navy runway, flyovers, military displays and family fun for all ages. Military admission and children ages 12 and under are Free.
Fleet Week San Diego Schedule
As always, these events are hosted at little or no cost to the military families they honor, thanks to the financial support of the Foundation’s corporate sponsors and the commitment of our many dedicated volunteers. Members of the U.S. military are the primary honorees of these events but the local community is welcome and invited to enjoy many of these activities.
Balboa Park offers many ways to wile away an afternoon, but for the next few months, one of the best options is at the Museum of Photographic Arts.
It’s there you’ll find the exhibit “7 Billion Others” on view through September 13, 2015. It’s an incredibly moving look at the human condition and finds universal themes across drastically different living conditions and cultures.
The exhibit features multiple videos of individuals from 84 different countries. The videos are the work of authors Sybille d’Orgeval and Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire, who traveled the world for seven years with reporters, asking interview subjects the same 45 questions. “What meaning does life have for you?” “What did you learn from your parents?” “What message do you want to pass on to your children?” “What do you fear?”
They recorded all the testimonials, ending up with a quilt of interpretations and experiences.
It’s hard to avoid clichés when describing 7 Billion Others because the themes are so universal and broad. Cliché or not, we’re going to describe it here in the hopes that you’ll visit this groundbreaking work.
The videos are grouped by questions and by subjects, like those of love, fear, or happiness. In one video, a Los Angeles woman admits her idea of happiness is a cliché. Every day she tries to imagine that something fabulous will happen to her. A woman from France says happiness is harder to find. She believes some people are born with a propensity for happiness and she isn’t one of them. A 26-year-old man from Bangladesh says he isn’t completely happy because he hasn’t yet found love. He asks: why don’t girls like me?
Almost all of the interview subjects are filmed from the neck up, with their faces filling the frame. As you watch face after face appear, the physical differences are so captivating. It’s amazing to think we all have the same parts – two eyes, a nose and mouth – yet we look so drastically different and individualistic.
The interview subjects discuss plenty of weighty topics. An Iraqi Christian woman explains that she left her country because of killings and robberies while a Serbian man, now living in France, tells of how he dreams of his homeland every night. A woman in Senegal describes poverty as a kind of violence. A man in Japan says in order to fall in love, you have to be willing to destroy yourself. One woman from Africa fears living through another volcano. A common fear across countries is going to hell or fear of God. A man from Cuba said he’s more afraid that God doesn’t exist and that we’re alone in the universe.
Part of the7 Billion Others exhibit includes videos of the authors and reporters at work in the field. You see them going through footage at the end of a long day, often in third world countries. Some of the behind-the-scene videos give more context to the interview subjects. You might see their houses or families surrounding them.
All of this creates an overwhelming sense of connectedness and understanding with individuals living across the world. San Diego marks 7 Billion Others’ U.S. premiere. I guarantee you’ll leave feeling inspired and in awe of how complex we are as human beings.
Summer in San Diego isn’t all beaches and barbecues. There’s a lot of great theater happening on our local stages. With our city’s laidback attitude and sense of style, you can leave the beach and head to the theater in your flip-flops – just make sure to change out of that bathing suit!
Here are some of your best drama and musical options for the summer of 2015.
Motown the Musical
Photo courtesy of Motown The Musical
It doesn’t get more toe-tapping and hip-shaking than a musical about the greatest hits of Motown. This is the national touring production of the Broadway musical about Berry Gordy, the legendary founder of the Motown record label. You can expect to hear all your favorite songs by Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5.
A rock-inspired, original musical about what happened to the small town of Gander, Newfoundland when 38 planes were diverted there on September 11, 2001. An international slumber party ensues, despite the tragic circumstances, with the townspeople entertaining travelers with music and an open bar. Original musicals are tough to find these days and this world premiere looks very promising.
If you were around in the 70s, you surely remember these song lyrics: “Everybody’s Talkin’ at me,” “Can’t live, if living is without you,” “One is the loneliest number,” and “You put the lime in the coconut.” The songs of Harry Nilsson are so recognizable, yet not many know the story of this musician and his wild escapades. The Rep’s world premiere musical includes Nilsson’s beloved music and some top talent, including Tony-Award winning actors in the leads.
Based on the classic indie film of the same name, this musical is about three young marines on the eve of their deployment to Southeast Asia. The night of debauchery turns serious when one of them becomes entangled with an awkward waitress at the center of a cruel bet. Her idealism changes him, and challenges his compassion and ideas about romantic love.
This Cole Porter classic will get the premiere treatment of recent Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak, who charmed audiences with his hilarious staging of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Porter’s witty songs mixed with showstopping dance numbers tell the story of a divorced couple whose battles threaten to take down a musical version of “The Taming of the Shrew.” As far as entertainment goes, this is a sure thing.
For a smaller, more intimate theater experience, head up to Carlsbad to see “The Quality of Life,” a drama about two very different couples: one living in a yurt in Northern California after a fire destroys their home and another from the Midwest who recently lost a child. As the couples converge, their different life perspectives inform how they handle tragedy. Intrepid is a small, ambitious theater company that has won the praise of critics and audiences. This theater experience will undoubtedly be powerful and worthy of discussion over a glass of wine after the show.