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Extreme Sailing Series™ is heading for San Diego

Extreme Sailing Series
Extreme Sailing Series

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The Extreme Sailing Series™ is the ultimate Stadium Racing championship, which visits eight iconic cities across three continents throughout the season, and it is heading to San Diego from October 19-22, 2017.

The global Series pits teams of the world’s best sailors against each other on identical hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans. The state-of-the-art boats can fly up to two meters above the water on their foils, making for a wild and exciting show for onlookers.

The world-class teams will compete on a stadium-style racecourse, set just meters from the shore of the free entry Race Village located on Harbor Island, putting spectators at the heart of the sailing action like never before.

The Series looks set to make a show-stopping debut in the iconic city for the penultimate Act of the season and it is not to be missed.

Free Entry Race Village

The free entry Race Village will be located on Harbor Island, the man-made peninsula located close to Downtown San Diego, and will be open daily to public. As well as offering front row seats for the GC32 Stadium Racing, there will be plenty of on shore entertainment for all.

> Find out more about the Race Village

Extreme Sailing Series VIP Packages

For those looking for a more unique experience, Extreme Sailing Series San Diego offers a range of VIP packages, which include the opportunity to race on board a GC32 catamaran.

> Find out more about the VIP Packages

See Extreme Sailing Series in Action

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Gold Cup is Coming to San Diego Sunday, July 9th

CONCACAF Gold Cup Comes to San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium

International soccer returns to San Diego on July 9th when the Gold Cup comes to Qualcomm Stadium.

The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the 14th edition, is the biennial international men’s soccer championship of 12 teams from North & Central America and the Caribbean region organized by CONCACAF.

On Sunday, July 9th, San Diego will host the Group C’s opening round double header at Qualcomm Stadium. One ticket gets you into both matches!

Two Exciting Matches

  • Curacao vs. Jamaica
  • Mexico vs. El Salvador

Get Your Gold Cup Tickets

Tickets are still available and start as low as $30!

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Rhythm and Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival – May 6, 2017

What do you get when you combine the rockin’ soundtrack of live music with tastes of San Diego County’s most sought after brews? The Rhythm and Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival!

The San Diego Brewers Guild’s annual must-attend festival in the heart of historic Vista Village is quickly approaching on Saturday, May 6th. All craft beer aficionados are invited to experience what sets San Diego craft beer apart from the rest – its breweries and its enthusiasts, of course.

50+ Breweries – 100+ Beers – And More

Rhythm and Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival

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San Diego County is home to more than 130 breweries, with 24 more in planning in 2017. This quantity (and quality) of local breweries provides ample opportunities to explore a variety of craft brews. Rhythm and Brews is the perfect place to get acquainted with the best of what San Diego breweries have to offer.

At North County’s most rockin’ beer festival, sample 100+ beers from 50+ local breweries, including taps from Karl Strauss, Bear Roots and AleSmith.

Whether you prefer stouts, IPAs or anything in between, this festival has a beer for every taste.

Craft beer fans can groove to live musical performances and enjoy delicious eats from local food trucks.

Check out the beer and music lineup and snag your tickets now!

Rhythm and Brews VIP Tickets and More

Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival

Photo courtesy of Tim Stahl

VIP tickets grant its holder entry at 12:00 PM to sip exclusive brews for an extra hour prior to general admission.

Last year, 1,600+ people joined in the festivities to celebrate San Diego’s craft beer community. Rhythm and Brews overtakes historic downtown Vista Village for an entire craft beer-filled afternoon.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the San Diego brewers Guild – a non-profit whose mission is to promote awareness and visibility for San Diego’s growing craft beer industry.
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La Jolla Concours d’Elegance – World-class cars. World-class experience.

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Whether you are a car aficionado or simply admire the finer things in life, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is for you. For one lavish weekend, the finest automobiles pair up with the more elaborate parties to indulge in a weekend of decadence and world-class experiences from April 7th through April 9th.

Friday Kickoff

Rolls-Royce Contemporary Classic Cocktail Party - La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

The weekend kicks off on Friday, April 7th with an intimate gathering at the Rolls-Royce La Jolla Contemporary Classic Cocktail Party presented by The LOT. The boutique, high-end movie theatre transforms into a playground for impeccable automobiles, thrilling live entertainment, next-level nibbles and scotch tastings by the Balvenie from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.

Saturday Fun

Bentley Motors VIP Reception at La Jolla Concours

The fun continues into Saturday with the Bentley Motors “Beyond” VIP Reception presented by Fraser. Held right along the Pacific Ocean at sunset, this soiree boasts surprises around every turn. Hidden tasting rooms and optical illusions push the limits of imagination while guests dash unabashed into the night under the moonlit sky. As the sun sets across the Pacific Ocean, toast to a magical evening with hosted Hendricks Gin libations flowing. Enjoy live music and entertainment, larger than life stilt walker performances, and scrumptious elevated bites from 15 of San Diego’s top chefs, and so much more.

Sunday Concours

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

The incredible, long anticipated finale to a weekend of incredible motoring events takes place on Sunday, April 9th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Ellen Scripps Browning Park in La Jolla Cove. This is a once in a lifetime chance to view over 150 spectacularly restored vehicles that will be displayed on the La Jolla Cove lawn alongside the breathtaking Pacific Ocean. This collection is truly a display of “moving sculpture” – each automobile rarer and more beautiful than the next. Additionally, guests can turn their attention to the sky for a spectacular vintage aviation show featuring the finest restored aircrafts.

New at La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

See the world through Rosé colored glasses the Bentley Motors Champagne and Honey Tasting Garden presented by Fraser. The Garden entitles each guest 21 and over to the following: A complimentary French 75 craft cocktail featuring fine champagne and Hendricks Gin, a complimentary sampling of honey flights featuring sweet tastings from multiple regions, live 30’s era swing music from Dave Patrone, and delicious cheeses from Venissimo Cheese.

VIP Style

For those seeking a bit of extra decadence, attend La Jolla Concours in true VIP style. Skip the line and breeze through with VIP check in. Dine on fabulous bites from 15 of San Diego’s finest restaurants. Enjoy a hosted bar in the VIP Sponsor Lounge (open from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM). Pick up a limited-edition signed poster from the renowned La Jolla Concours Artist, Scott Jacobs. And don’t forget your collectible La Jolla Concours Commemorative Program.

Get Your La Jolla Concours Tickets

From world-class cars, to world-class parties – you are bound to have a world-class experience. Don’t miss the La Jolla Concours, April 7th through April 9th.

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Red Bull Air Race returns to the San Diego Bay April 15 & 16

Red Bull Air Race Returns to San Diego

Red Bull Air Race Returns to San Diego

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship makes its return to San Diego on April 15-16. Set on the Pacific coast of California, the location provides the perfect backdrop for the race. San Diego last hosted a Red Bull Air Race back in 2009 and it proved to be extremely popular with the fans that have often asked when the Air Race would return. Well, 2017 is the answer.

What is the Red Bull Air Race

The Red Bull Air Race World Championships feature the world’s best pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision, and skill. It uses the fastest, most agile, and lightweight racing places with pilots that have to navigate a low-level aerial track made up of air-filled pylons 82 feet high at speeds of up to 230 mph. The track for the San Diego stop will be set up directly over the water in San Diego Bay.

Where to Watch

Spectators can take in the high-speed action from the North or South Embarcadero Marina Parks. The parks run along the San Diego harbor on the east side of San Diego Bay. The Embarcadero is also home to the San Diego cruise ship terminal, nine historic vessels belonging to the San Diego Maritime Museum, and Seaport Village.

Who’s Flying

The complete field of 14 Master Class pilots competing in San Diego includes two Americans: Kirby Chambliss, who won the world title in 2004 and 2006, and Michael Goulian, alongside the rest of the world’s best when it comes to this unique motorsport sport.

Get Your Red Bull Air Race Tickets

The eight-race 2017 schedule kicks off with the season opener this month in the United Arab Emirates, and will also take to the skies in Japan, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, and Germany, before heading back to USA to crown the champion at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This will be Red Bull Air Race’s fourth visit to the Californian city since the start of the race. San Diego, a popular stop, drew a crowd of over 50,000 people during it’s three consecutive years beginning in 2007.

Tickets for the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship’s are now on sale. A wide range of tickets, from general admission to Aviator Club and premier-level Sky Lounge, are available starting at $20.

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Best Coast Beer Fest – Will Ferrell’s Beer Fest of Choice

Best Coast Beer Fest

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

Best Coast Beer Fest

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.

Charity

Cancer for College

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.

> Find out more about Cancer for College

To re-cap: You. Beer. Music. Food trucks. San Diego Bay. The whole shebang. There is no physical way in the universe you can enjoy a day better than this. We’ve done the research. It’s science.

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Carols and Barrels – A Holiday Beer and Wine Festival

Carols and Barrels

Carols and Barrels

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

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

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.

Who Will Be There to Pour For All to Hear

Over 60 breweries, wineries and restaurants will be on-site to sample their holiday goodies. 

Participating breweries include:

Participating wineries include:

  • Coyote Oaks Vineyards
  • Casi Cielo Winery
  • Twin Oaks Valley Winery
  • Granite Lion Cellars
  • Turiya Wines
  • Martellotto
  • Sweetzer Cellars
  • Barefoot Wines
  • Quigley Fine Wines
  • South Coast Winery
  • Wilson Creek Winery
  • Ascension Cellars
  • San Antonio Winery

Participating restaurants include:

  • Aqui Es Texcoco
  • Gators Back Porch BBQ
  • Big Front Door
  • Dang Brothers Pizza
  • Senor Grubby’s
  • Primos Public Corner
  • City Tacos
  • Tostadas
  • The Cake Pop Shop
  • McGregors
  • Dirty Birds
  • Dog Haus
  • Gringas Tacos & Catering
  • Mitch’s Seafood
  • Gaslamp Popcorn
  • Food Should Taste Good

Who Carols and Barrels Help

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.

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Top 10 Instagram Worthy Spots Throughout San Diego County

Balboa Park

From an iconic Victorian beachside resort to a potato chip shaped rock to spectacular desert landscapes, these Instagram Worth San Diego spots are sure to make you and your followers swoon.

Belmont Park

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.

Mission San Diego de Alcala

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.

Cabrillo National Monument Tidepools

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.

Potato Chip Rock

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.

Oceanside Pier

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.

Balboa Park

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.

Anza Borrego Badlands

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.

Hotel del Coronado

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.

Sunny Jim

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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.

Embarcadero

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.

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10 San Diego Restaurant Week Picks Throughout the County

San Diego’s cuisine reflects its history and culture – rich, diverse & colorful. Eat your way through the county with these 10 San Diego Restaurant Week picks.

Crushed

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.

Where: 967 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
> Find out more about Crushed

La Gran Terraza

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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.

Where: 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
> FInd out more about La Gran Terraza

Galaxy Taco

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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.

Where: 2259 Avenida De La Playa, San Diego, CA 92037
> Find out more about Galaxy Taco

Mess Hall

Mess Hall - San Diego Restaurant Week

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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.

Where: 2820 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
> Find out more about Mess Hall

Market Restaurant + Bar

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.

Where: 3702 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014
> Find out more about Market Restaurant + Bar

Vintana Wine + Dine

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.

Where: 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA 92029
> Find out more about Vintana

Rustic Root

Rustic Root

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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.

Where: 535 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
> Find out more about Rustic Root

The Smoking Goat

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.

Where: 3408 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
> Find out more about The Smoking Goat

Peohe’s

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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.

Where: 1201 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118
> Find out more about Peohe’s

BO-Beau Kitchen + Garden

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.

Where: 8384 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942
> Find out more about Bo-Beau Kitchen + Garden

San Diego Restaurant Week Details

When: September 25 – October 2, 2016
Cost: $10-$50
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

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Why Film Lovers Should Attend the San Diego International Film Festival

San Diego International Film Festival
San Diego International Film Festival

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.

San Diego International Film Festival Details

When: September 28 – October 2, 2016
Cost: $15-$595
> Find out more about the San Diego International Film Festival