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Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 6-11, 2018

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Exploring San Diego’s Hottest ‘Hoods: Adams Avenue

Stretching three miles from east to west, Adams Avenue spans at least four neighborhoods and crosses two major freeways in a central part of San Diego. Lined with historic Craftsman houses and populated by young families and the artsy millennial crowd, it offers an impressive lineup of hip eateries, boutiques, and bars. Start in the middle or work your way from one end to the other – you can’t really go wrong in this hipster-friendly ‘hood.

Food & Drink

Soda & Swine / Polite Provisions

Customize your own meatball meal via sub, slider, or spaghetti, and rinse it down with a creative craft cocktail from the next door speakeasy.

Where: 2943 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Soda & Swine / Polite Provisions

Tajima

San Diego is experiencing a ramen boom, and Tajima is leading the charge. The Normal Heights location offers bowls for all different tastes and diets, like a delicious vegan ramen with spinach noodles.

Where: 3015 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Tajima

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

Dark Horse has taken the local craft coffee scene to the next level with its Hawaiian-inspired small-batch roasts and cold brew growlers.

Where: 3260 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Dark Horse Coddee Roasters

Sycamore Den

This is where you’ll find San Diego’s top bartenders drinking on their day off. The 70s-inspired bar has a menu of artisanal cocktails and liquors, plus occasional live bands.

Where: 3391 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Sycamore Den

Blind Lady Alehouse

Get your craft beer with a side of pizza at this casual, vegan-friendly brewpub. Also worth a visit? BLAH’s sister restaurants Tiger!Tiger! in North Park and Panama 66 in Balboa Park.

Where: 3416 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Blind Lady Alehouse

Little Miss Brewing Company

Still a relative newcomer on the San Diego beer scene, this female-owned brewery is outfitted with a World War II theme and offers a varied lineup of house-made beers.

Where: 3514 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Little Miss Brewing Company

Cucina Sorella

Take your pasta-eating experiences to new heights at the latest addition to Urban Kitchen Group’s already-impressive roster of Italian eateries.

Where: 4055 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Cucina Sorella

Kensington Brewing Company

This small neighborhood brewery didn’t actually have a tasting room in Kensington until fairly recently when it moved into a former video store. For a real flavor bomb, try the Apricot Wheat.

Where: 4067 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Kensington Brewing Company

Clem’s Tap House

Kensington’s original family-owned brewpub keeps plenty of beers on tap and boasts actor Will Ferrell’s seal of approval. For a beer to go, Clem’s Bottle House next door offers a wide selection of bottles.

Where: 4108 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Clem’s Tap House

Shopping

Maven

Stocked with chic indie brands such as Laura Lombardi jewelry and Charlotte Stone shoes, Maven features carefully curated lifestyle products perfect for souveniers and gift giving.

Where: 2946 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Maven

Kiko & Sven

Formerly known as Niche, this Kensington shop combines Japanese and Swedish-inspired design, unique gifts, and even a monthly subscription box program.

Where: 3723 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Kiko & Sven

Live Music

Lestat’s West

Located next door to always-open coffee shop Lestat’s in the heart of Normal Heights, this music venue hosts regular shows, open mic events, and comedy nights.

Where: 3343 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Lestat’s West

Kensington Club

This neighborhood dive bar and venue has two parts: a bar area with seating and a pool table, and a separate room for concerts. Check it out for eclectic local San Diego bands, karaoke, and cheap drinks.

Where: 4079 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about the Kensington Club

Art

Art FORM San Diego

This Normal Heights nonprofit promotes creative re-use by hosting art education workshops where discarded items are transformed into art.

Where: 3316 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Art FORM San Diego

Back from Tomboctou Gallery & Imports

Browse a colorful collection of folk art and handmade gifts from around the globe, or attend one of the shop’s many DIY workshops.

Where: 3564 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Back from Tomboctou Gallery & Imports

Events

Adams Avenue Street Fair
Southern California’s largest free two-day music festival has been taking over Adams Avenue for a weekend in September for the past 36 years.

When: September
> Find out more about the Adams Avenue Street Fair

Adams Avenue Unplugged

This free musical walkabout features live music staged at different locations throughout a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue during the last weekend of April each year.

When: April
> Find out more about Adams Avenue Unplugged

Taste of Adams Avenue

Wear loose-fitting pants to this annual tasting event featuring bites from over 40 of the area’s hottest eateries, cafés, breweries, and bars.

When: June
> Find out more about Taste of Adams Avenue

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Top Things to Do In San Diego – November 21-26, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including Thanksgiving and these top things to do.

Battle on the Midway

Battle on the Midway

A Collegiate wrestling event featuring two of the Nation’s best West Coast teams. The event is hosted by SDIKWA (San Diego and Imperial County Kids Wrestling Association, junior affiliate of USA Wrestling) and Left Coast Wrestling.

Where: USS Midway – 910 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $25-$200
> Find out more about Battle on the Midway

San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

The 38th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.

Where: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center – 500 Hotel Cir. North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: November 22-26, 2017
Cost: $20-$115
> Find out more about San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

Thanksgiving in San Diego

Thanksgiving - Top Things to Do In San Diego

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year in San Diego, marking the official start of the holiday season. Typically boasting glorious weather, with a distinct touch of fall, from the coast to the inland valleys you’re able to enjoy SoCal’s outdoor lifestyle including days at the beach, shopping at outdoor malls, and nights out at rooftop bars. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast, burn some extra calories in a turkey trot, catch a pro football game, or volunteer your time for a worthwhile cause. However you choose to spend Thanksgiving, spend it giving thanks in San Diego!

> Kick off the Holidays in San Diego

Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 13th year from Thanksgiving Day, November 23, through January 1. This spectacular ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach. The Del’s iconic Victorian Building, adorned with thousands of white lights, provides a magical backdrop as holiday music fills the air and guests enjoy hot chocolate and libations. The Del’s Skating by the Sea partially benefits the Wish Kids served by Make-A-Wish San Diego.

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: November 23, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Cost: $30
> Find out more about Skating by the Sea

Skate by the Bay

Skate by the Bay - Top Things to Do

Celebrate your Holiday by the Bay by ice skating next to the San Diego Bay on our outdoor bayfront ice rink! When you join us on our ice rink, we’ll share $1 from your ticket with the USO San Diego!

Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel – One Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Cost: $15-$20
> Find out more about Skate by the Bay

Holidays at LEGOLAND

Holidays at LEGOLAND

Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly snowfall in Heartlake City. Enjoy live entertainment with LEGO Friends Live and a life-sized LEGO Brick Santa and Reindeer make the perfect family photo.

Where: LEGOLAND California – One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: November 24 – December 31, 2017
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about Holidays at LEGOLAND

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play

Returning for the second year in a row, this heartwarming holiday classic is retold in the tradition of a live 1940’s era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Watch the miracle unfold when the belief of a little girl makes all the difference in this iconic story. Staged with live Foley effects and a score of favorite holiday tunes, Miracle on 34th Street is sure to melt even the most cynical of hearts.

Where: Horton Grand Theatre – 444 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 24 – December 24, 2017
Cost: $25-$50
> Find out more about Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play

Surfin’ Santa Arrival

Surfin' Santa Arrival

Surfin’ Santa will ditch his red suit and reindeer to spread his holiday cheer in true SoCal fashion as he makes his annual arrival at Seaport Village.

Where: Seaport Village – 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Surfin’ Santa Arrival

Ella Fitzgerald Tribute

Ella Fitzgerald Tribute

The Great American Songbook had few interpreters with more grace, style and vocal excellence than the wonderful Ella Fitzgerald. The Jazz @ The Jacobs season opens with a tribute to the First Lady of Song in her Centennial year and features her favorite accompanist in her later years, pianist Mike Wofford.

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 25, 2017
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $30-$55
> Find out more about Ella Fitzgerald Tribute

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – November 1-5, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including Breeders’ Cup, San Diego Beer Week and these top things to do.

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2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships

2017 Breeders' Cup World Championships

In the world of horse racing, the Breeders’ Cup is equivalent to the Super Bowl. The two-day event brings the best horses and riders from across the country and around the world. The Breeders’ Cup Host Committee is developing the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Festival, a week-long celebration from October 28th to November 4th. The Festival will entertain guests and the local community, and provide opportunities to engage local businesses.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: November 3-4, 2017
Cost: Starting at $50
> Find out more about the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships

San Diego Beer Week

San Diego Beer Week

Building on the success of the previous San Diego Beer Weeks, the San Diego Brewers Guild is preparing for San Diego Beer Week 2017 (SDBW). San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county.

When: November 3-12, 2017
> Browse San Diego Beer Week Events

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Del Mar Bing Crosby Season

Del Mar Bing Crosby Season

Old Hollywood style meets classic Southern California cool this November at Del Mar with four weeks of elite Thoroughbred racing, fresh events and musical performances to keep the good times rolling.

Where: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: November 1-26, 2017
Time: 12:30 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $6
> Find out more about the Del Mar Bing Crosby Season

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos

Honor your lost loved ones and culturally immerse yourself in traditional and authentic Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations throughout San Diego.

When: Thru November 5, 2017
> Browse Dia de los Muertos Celebrations

California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival

Offering audiences in San Diego County the finest work in American Indian film and media on an annual basis. The CAIIFF will highlight the best of current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors working through Indian Country.

Where: CSU San Marcos & Pechanga Resort & Casino – 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096
When: November 2-4, 2017
Cost: Starting at $10
> Find out more about California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival

Patti Austin

Patti Austin

The City Lights concert series returns in style with one of the most entertaining pop music voices of the last 50 years, Patti Austin! After bringing the house down at last season’s Gala opening at the Jacobs Music Center, Patti cruises back to our stage with another program of well-chosen soul, pop and jazz classics of the last several decades through today. You won’t want to miss this vital American artist who is well into an exciting career renaissance.

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 3, 2017
Time: 8:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $25-$69
> Find out more about Patti Austin

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

Join us at Viejas Outlets under the glow of holiday lights. Glide and spin around the rink to the exuberant sounds of favorite music old and new! Take a break and enjoy a variety of seasonal snacks and drinks. You can also take care of all your holiday shopping and enjoy great savings on all our seasonal sales!

Where: 5000 Willows Road, Alpine, CA 91901
When: November 4 – January 8, 2017
Cost: $14-$16
> Find out more about Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 20th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 4 – December 24, 2017
Cost: Starting at $24
> Find out more about Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

This vibrant, world-premiere musical charts the incomparable life of Donna Summer, the undisputed Queen of Disco, from her modest Boston childhood to international stardom. Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the iconic songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise – and descent. Featuring three actresses in the title role and a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: November 5 – December 17, 2017
Cost: Starting at $65
> Find out more about Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Fallback Festival presented by G.Q.H.F.

Fallback Festival presented by G.Q.H.F.

Perfect event for children and families! Kids will experience a cross-section of what life was like before the age of television, computers and cell phones. Pan for gold, saddle up on pony rides, pig races. Live entertainment, crafts, and more!

Where: Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House – 410 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 5, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Fallback Festival presented by G.Q.H.F.

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – October 24-31, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including Halloween Happenings and these top things to do.

Halloween Fun for the Whole Family

Halloween Fun for the Whole Family

The wait leading up to chocolate bliss can be torture, but there are plenty of fun ways for families to celebrate the spooktacular Halloween fun in San Diego this weekend!

> Find out more about Halloween Fun for the Whole Family

Halloween Parties

Halloween Parties

Halloween is upon us and is time to leave the trick-or-treating to the kids. This Halloween leave your lair to roam the streets and clubs of San Diego and have a ball at the wickedest Halloween parties in town.

> Find out more about Halloween Parties

Haunted Houses, Trails, and Hotels

Haunted Houses, Trails and Hotels

As the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder, our dearly (and not-so-dearly) departed rise again for their unwelcome annual visit. If you’re brave or foolish enough to greet them in person, head out to one of these haunted houses and trails throughout San Diego County.

> Find out more about Haunted Houses, Trails, and Hotels

The Zoo Story

Written in 1958, The Zoo Story achieved instant acclaim for the “recognizable humanity of its characters” (Green, 2004) and for its themes of daily despair beneath the surface of middle-class life.  The play explores themes of isolation, loneliness, miscommunication, and dehumanization in a commercial world.

Where: Pioneer Park – 1521 Washington Place, San Diego, CA 92103
When: October 28 – November 12, 2017
Cost: $20
> Find out more about The Zoo Story

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Swan Lake is the quintessential ballet with girls in white tutus, a gallant prince, and the tragic tale of a beautiful Swan Queen imprisoned under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Swan Lake is the ultimate power struggle between good and evil, paired with the promise of everlasting love.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 28-29, 2017
Cost: $25-$125
> Find out more about Swan Lake

SoCal Etsy Guild Market

SoCal ETSY Guild Market

Join us for an amazing day of handmade fun! Local Designers, Live Art, Handmade Vendors, Music, and much more.

Where: Horton Plaza Park – 900 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the SoCal Etsy Guild Market

CicloSDias Downtown

CicloSDias

Join us and explore the Downtown neighborhoods of Little Italy, The Gaslamp Quarter, East Village and Barrio Logan. CicloSDias is FREE and fun for all ages and all non-motorized transportation types. CicloSDias opens up the streets for people to have a car-free care-free time to walk, ride bikes, roll on skateboards, scooters, and roller skates.

Where: Downtown, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about CicloSDias Downtown

Celebrate the Craft

Celebrate the Craft - Top Things to Do

“Celebrate the Craft” will feature the finest food artisans from across California’s broad culinary spectrum, demonstrating, discussing, and tasting their way through the vast array of premium food and wine products available.

Where: The Lodge at Torrey Pines – 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: October 29, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: $135
> Find out more about Celebrate the Craft

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 5-9, 2017

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Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including CONCACAF Gold Cup and these top things to do.

San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

This three-day event combines the soothing sounds of smooth jazz, a variety of delicious cuisine, and an amazing atmosphere that creates an unparalleled experience.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North – 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 7-9, 2017
Cost: Starting at $65
> Find out more about the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

Bayside Summer Nights – Leslie Odom, Jr.

Bayside Summer Nights - Leslie Odom, Jr.

The breakout star from Broadway’s phenomenal Hamilton brings his artistry and showmanship to Bayside Summer Nights. Leslie Odom, Jr. wowed the Great White Way with his thrilling portrayal of Hamilton’s nemesis Aaron Burr, winning the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 7-8, 2017
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $23-$86
> Find out more about Bayside Summer Nights – Leslie Odom, Jr.

Stagecoach Days

Stagecoach Days

Enjoy afternoons filled with activities that reflect life in early San Diego and celebrate the West on the move. Through living history activities and demonstrations, stories and songs, visitors will gain an appreciation for early modes of transportation and daily life. All activities are geared toward children and adults of all ages.

Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
When: July 8 – August 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Stagecoach Days

2017 Annual Over The Line Tourney

Annual Over The Line Tourney

Batter Up! It’s time once again for sun, sand and the annual Over the Line (OTL) tournament, a San Diego invented sport. If you have never seen OTL before, go check it out on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. You will not regret it. Remember, observe the five B’s rule: No Babies, No Bottles, No Bowsers, No Bikes, No Boas. Enjoy!

Where: Fiesta Island in Mission Bay
When: July 8-9 and July 15-16, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM to Dusk
Cost: Free to watch
> Find out more about the 2017 Over the Line Tournament

 

San Diego Pride SHE-FEST

San Diego Pride SHE-FEST - Top Things to Do

She-Fest is a woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of all women while fostering meaningful connections within the LGBT and larger San Diego community. This one-day festival is free to all and will include music, workshops, games, and more in a safe space where women can experience support, encouragement, and empowerment!

Where: North Park Community Park – 4044 Idaho St, San Diego, CA 92104
When: July 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about San Diego Pride SHE-FEST

Tour de Fat San Diego

Expect to experience the unexpected. New Belgium Brewing is bringing the party with The Naked & Famous and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. Costumes are highly encouraged (and a mindset to party is mandatory).

Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park – 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 8, 2017
Time: 4:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $25
> Find out more about Tour de Fat San Diego

San Diego Beer & Music Festival

San Diego Beer & Music Festival

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Enjoy unlimited samples of over 100 craft beers from local and regional breweries. The Main Stage will feature national headlining bands and DJ’s.

Where: Liberty Station – 2455 Cushing Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
When: July 8, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $35-$60
> Find out more about the San Diego Beer & Music Festival

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Gold Cup

San Diego will host the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C’s opening round double-header at Qualcomm Stadium featuring Curacao vs. Jamaica and Mexico vs. El Salvador!

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 9, 2017
First Kick: 4:00 PM
Cost: $30-$125
> Find out more about CONCACAF Gold Cup

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – June 13-18, 2017

Spend the upcoming Father’s Day weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

Father’s Day

Let’s face it: Dad’s toolbox is already full, and he doesn’t need another tie! Instead, treat your old man to a day in San Diego. Let him choose or surprise him with one of the many exciting activities offered throughout the county.

> Browse Father’s Day Ideas and Events

The Bodyguard – The Musical

The Bodyguard

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1101 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 13-18, 2017
Cost: Starting at $22.50
> Find out more about The Bodyguard – The Musical

Surfing America 2017 USA Surfing Championships

Surfing America 2017 USA Surfing Championships

The IOC-recognized National Governing Body for the sport of surfing in the USA, Surfing America is responsible for holding the USA Championships each year and for selecting the official USA Surf Team to compete internationally.

Where: Oceanside Harbor North Jetty – 1374 N Pacific St, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: June 13-17, 2017
Cost: Free to View
> Find out more about the Surfing America 2017 USA Surfing Championships

Taste of Little Italy

Taste of Little Italy

troll the sidewalks of Little Italy enjoying live music on street corners and taste bites from dozens of popular restaurants in the area. Ticketholders will receive a Taste Passport mapping out a list of participating restaurants and their menu offerings including appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages.

Where: Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 14, 2017
Cost: $40
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
> Find out more about Taste of Little Italy

Best Restaurants Party 2017

Best Restaurants Party

The Best Restaurants Party brings out the top chefs in San Diego for a celebration of culinary excellence. Winners from the June Best Restaurants issue will serve their signature dishes to an intimate crowd. Watch the chefs and their teams in action as they artfully create the dishes that won our readers over, plus sample unlimited bites and beverages while listening to live music.

Where: Pirch UTC, Westfield UTC – 4545 La Jolla Village Dr #1, San Diego, CA 92122
When: June 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Cost: $60
> Find out more about Best Restaurants Party 2017

San Diego International Boat Show

San Diego International Boat Show

Whether you’ve been yearning for a yacht, coveting a family cruiser, or anxious to dive into the exciting and healthy world of paddle sports, now is the time to make that dream a reality with nearly 150 boats for sale in addition to dozens of booths showcasing the newest nautical gear, gadgets and accessories. Not in the market to buy a boat? The boat show is the perfect place to get your feet wet by trying kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and more.

Where: Spanish Landing Park, East – 3900 N. Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 15-18, 2017
Cost: $15
> Find out more about the San Diego International Boat Show

Little Italy Summer Film Festival

Little Italy Summer Film Festival - Top Things to Do

You’ll feel like you’re being transported to Italy for the night as you enjoy these wonderful Italian films, complete with English subtitles. Feel free to bring your own picnic, snacks and blanket to enjoy the show!

Where: Amici Park Amphitheater – State St And Date St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 15 – August 26, 2017
Time: Film starts at 8:00 PM
Cost: $5 donation
> Find out more about the Little Italy Summer Film Festival

San Diego International Beer Festival

San Diego International Beer Festival

With nearly 200 breweries represented from around the world, beer aficionados will enjoy hard-to-find specialty craft brews alongside favorites from our local brewing scene. Specialty vendors will be selling a variety of accessories and gifts for the beer lover – from craft beer art to brewed beer bones! With a stage featuring educational demonstrations with recognized industry professionals to food pairings presented by So Rich Chocolates and The Homebrewer – these are demonstrations you won’t want to miss!

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds 22nd DAA – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: June 16-18, 2017
Cost: $55-$110
Time: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
> Find out more about the San Diego International Beer Festival

SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean

SeaWorld's Electric Ocean

Electric Ocean is an outrageous festival of lights, music, and life that’s as vibrant as the sea itself. Give yourself permission to voyage into exotic underwater worlds that come alive as the sun sets with brilliant energy, electrifying dance music, and dazzling light. Join live performers inspired by playful sea creatures at the party along the shore where world-class DJs transform the night into an all-ages club beneath the waves.

Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: June 17 – September 4, 2017
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Included with park admission
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Taste of Gaslamp

Taste of Gaslamp

The Gaslamp Quarter will be showcasing the excellent dining options available in our vibrant district. General Admission tickets allow you to sample over 25 different restaurants on a self-guided walking tour with an after party at Altitude Sky Lounge.

Where: Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 17, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $30-$70
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Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

Stay after dark and help us celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo, brought to you by your San Diego County Toyota Dealers. Come “rock and roar” every day this summer with live music, a variety of surprise encounters and the opening of the Zoo’s newest experience, Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks.

Where: San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 18 – September 4, 2017
Activities Start: 4:00 PM
Cost: Included with admission
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Taco and Beer Music Festival

Taco and Beer Music Festival

With amazing support from the City of Chula Vista, the Port of San Diego, and in partnership with the Latino Food Industry Association nonprofit, more than 15 different Street Taco Stands and San Diego and Baja Breweries will participate in the first mega brew fest in Chula Vista. Taco Restaurants will be competing for the coveted Super Taco Trophy and $500 cash prize.

Where: Marina View Park – 900 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: June 18, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: $35-$70
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Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 2-7, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including Cinco de Mayo and these top things to do.

West Coast Weekender

West Coast Weekender - Top Things to Do in San Diego

West Coast Weekender is a music conference and boutique festival held in May in San Diego, California. With a strong focus on local art and industry, West Coast Weekender pays homage to the American westside’s rich underground music culture. World class talent will participate in daytime panel discussions, and play parties that will run from afternoon to early morning.

Where: WorldBeat Cultural Center – 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 4-7, 2017
Cost: $25-$200
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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

From Old Town to the waterfront, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with rich, cultural festivals, live mariachi music, traditional folklorico dancing, margaritas, authentic Cali-Baja tacos, lucha libre and more.

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San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Game Day events and promotions include: Friday – Party in the Park; Saturday – Postgame Fireworks, Reusable Bag; Sunday – Compradres Kids Sunday Singings, Domingos Padres, KidsFest, Military Appreciation Day, Postgame Kids Run the Bases.

Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 5-7, 2017
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Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival

Join fellow craft beer aficionados in the heart of Vista Village to celebrate what sets San Diego beer apart from the rest – both its breweries and its enthusiasts, of course. You’ll have the opportunity to sample over 100 beers from over 50 of our county’s award-winning breweries, all while grooving to live musical performances and enjoying delicious eats from local food trucks.

Where: Vista Village District – S. Citrus Ave. and E. Broadway, Vista, CA 92084
When: May 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $15-$50
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Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

The Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego is the largest celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in San Diego and features two stages of cultural and traditional performances from a dozen countries and cultures, including Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Myanmar, Indonesia, Hawaii, Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan, Polynesia, and more!

Where: Mira Mesa Community Park – 8575 New Salem St, San Diego, CA 92126
When: May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Holi Festival of Colors in Oceanside

Holi Festival of Colors in Oceanside

Dedicated to spiritual & social harmony, awakening a sense of brotherhood thru ecstatic dance, mantra music, yoga, free hugs and delicious vegetarian meals.

Where: Oceanside Pier Amphitheater – 200 North Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Starting at $5
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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.

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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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Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 21-26, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

Kia Classic

Entering its eighth year, the 2017 Kia Classic features 144 of the best women golfers playing for the $1.8 million purse. The field features 2016 Kia Classic Champion Lydia Ko and crowd favorites Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson.

Where: Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club – 7447 Batiquitos Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92011
When: march 21-26, 2017
Cost: $20-$150
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Women’s Film Festival

Women's Film Festival 2017

This annual international film festival is hosted by the Women’s Museum of California in San Diego, and was created to celebrate women’s stories and experiences through film. Our goal is to select films that represent the diversity of women from around the world. WFFSD gives independent female film makers a platform, and allows women focused issues to come alive on screen.

Where: THE LOT Liberty Station – 2620 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
When: March 24-26, 2017
Cost: $50-$300
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San Diego Zoo Yaycation

San Diego Zoo Yaycation

Get ready for Yaycation presented by National University at the San Diego Zoo! Come to the San Diego Zoo’s Yaycation, and hear about our world-famous animals and plants from the people who take care of them!

Where: San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 25 – April 23, 2017
Cost: Included with Admission
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Red Velvet

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This stirring drama transports audiences to the turbulent backstage world of London’s Theatre Royal in the early 1800s. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, can’t go on tonight as Othello, and his company is in disarray. A young American actor named Ira Aldridge arrives to step into the role – but no black man has ever played Othello on the English stage. His groundbreaking performance upends stage tradition and changes the lives of everyone involved. Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-award-winning play uncovers the fascinating true story of a pivotal figure in theatre history.

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 25 – April 30, 2017
Cost: Tickets start at $29
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Tequila & Taco Music Festival

California’s Largest Traveling Tequila & Taco Music Festival is set to make its first stop of the year Downtown in San Diego at beautiful Embarcadero Marina Park South! Join us for two days of fun in the sun! Saturday will showcase top-shelf Tequilas sampling, while you enjoy the best gourmet tacos! Enjoy Two Days of Live Music, Margaritas, Craft Beer, and Art Vendors to shop from!

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 25-26, 2017
Cost: $10-$60
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San Diego Sings! Festival

San Diego Sings! Festival

Enjoy this free all-day choral festival on March 25, 2017 at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in beautiful Balboa Park, with 22 San Diego area choirs each performing individually and all 1000 singers gathering together mid-day for a massed sing under the direction of Dr. David Chase.

Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion – 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Back to Nature

Back to Nature - Living Coast Discovery Center

Forget your worries, escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and reconnect with your wild roots. Join us for Back to Nature, an interactive exhibit featuring new animals such as parrots, mice, iguanas, falcons, frogs, and more! Be among the first to walk through our new Native Pollinator Garden, attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees while learning about the role of native pollinators in our everyday lives.

Where: Living Coast Discovery Center – 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: Thru September 4, 2017
Cost: Included with Admission
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