Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 29 – June 2, 2013

Fiesta del Sol - Solana Beach - Top Things to Do In San Diego

Pack up the board shorts, bikinis and beach towels and head to San Diego because it’s time for an unofficial Summer weekend (real summer starts on June 21)! The warmer weather means plenty of outdoor activities, festivals, music, food and these top things to do:

Filmout San Diego

Filmout San Diego - LGBT Film Festival

Celebrating its 15th year, Filmout San Diego will be screening 35 LGBT films over 5 days. Don’t miss out on the opening night gala and film G.B.F. with a Q&A session afterward with the director and talent.

Where: Birch North Park Theatre – 2891 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
When: May 29 – June 2, 2013
Cost: $10-$150
> Find out more about Filmout San Diego

Culture & Cocktails: Piranesi

Culture & Cocktails - San Diego Museum of Art

Enjoy art in a whole new way with Culture & Cocktails at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Throughout the night, take a 3-D or holographic photo, have your portrait etched by the etch-a-sketch man, and watch an acrobatic performance by Cristin Sandu. This night features interactive visual elements, Italian soda cocktails, and classic Italian bites all inspired by Piranesi, Rome, and the Arts of Design.

Where: San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 30, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Members – Free. Nonmembers – $15.
> Find out more about Culture & Cocktails: Piranesi

San Gennaro Festival


The Annual San Gennaro Feast is a yearly festival held in honor of the Saint Gennaro. The festival features a wide variety of ethnic food vendors, live national acts hourly on the main stage, amusement rides and game fun for the whole family.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: May 30 – June 2, 2013
Cost: $8-$9. Rides require additional tickets.
> Find out more about the San Gennaro Festival

Art Around Adams

Electric Giraffe at Art Around Adams

You never know what you are going to see at Art Around Adams

Over nine performance areas (including a new “Kids Zone”) will stretch along Adams Avenue and feature music, performance art, creation of large-scale murals, circus performers, dance, theatre, projection art, intergalactic superhero wrestling, comedians, a CD release party, and a free screening of the Disney/Pixar film Monsters, Inc.

Where: Adams Avenue between Oregon Street and Vista Street, San Diego, CA 92116
When: June 1, 2013
Time: 2:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Art Around Adams

Wings Over Gillespie Air Show

Wings over Gillespie Air Show 2013 - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Take to the skies! Wings over Gillespie is a family friendly event with amusements, rides, education displays, a variety of food and beverages, plus a beer garden. There will also be plenty of action in the sky with wing walking, military re-enactors, paratroopers, and a mock battle with “Pyro.” New this year includes a massive PBY Catalina, a Vultee BT-13 and more.

Where: Gillespie Field – 1960 Joe Crosson Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020
When: June 1-2, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Starting at $8
> Find out more about the Wings Over Gillespie Air Show

Julian Gold Rush Days

Miners in Julian

There’s gold in dem dar hills! Find some during Julian Gold Rush Days.

Julian Gold Rush Days is a great opportunity to turn back the clock and give visitors an idea what Julian was like in its early days. It’s entertainment for the whole family with Historical encampments (with a chance to meet miners, mountain men & cowboys!), gun fighting, reenactments and mock claim jumping, tomahawk throwing demonstrations, gold panning, and so much more!

Where: 4444 Hwy 78, Julian, CA 92036
When: June 1-2, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Julian Gold Rush Days

Fiesta Del Sol in Solana Beach

Fiesta del Sol - Solana Beach - Top Things to Do In San Diego

Concerts and more at the Fiesta del Sol in Solana Beach. Photo courtesy of Daniel Knighton

This annual family and community event in Solana Beach features stellar live music, an arts & crafts fair, children’s activities, an international food court, and a beer & wine garden.

Where: Fletcher Cove Beach Park – 111 South Sierra Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075
When: June 1-2, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Fiesta Del Sol in Solana Beach

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Rock and Roll Marathon

Get out and cheer on the marathoners and half-marathoners

Come and support over 20,000 runners winding their way along a 26.2 or 13.1 mile courses through San Diego. There will be amazing local live bands along both courses and a free post-race concert.

Where: Download the Course Maps
When: June 2, 2013
Time: Race starts at 6:10 AM
> Find out more about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

MCAS Miramar Air Show Welcomes Back the Blue Angels and More


For 57 years, Marine Corps Air Station has opened its gates for a weekend full of super-sonic flight, daring aerial acrobatics and amazing nighttime pyrotechnics. The Miramar Air Show, bestowed with the honor of “World’s Best Military Air Show” by the International Council of Air Shows in 2007, is the largest military air show in the nation and a sight not to be missed.

Daily at the Miramar Air Show

The Blue Angels to soar over San Diego!

Each day at the Miramar Air show is an aviation enthusiast’s dream. Over 100 planes sit on the runway waiting to be explored while F/A-18s and F-22 Raptors alongside historical aircraft including B-25s and P-51s flyby overhead. Make sure to stick around for the Marine Air-Ground Assault Demo at 12:30 PM and the pièce de résistance at 2:45 PM, the Blue Angels.

Miramar Air Show’s Saturday Twilight Show

Blue Angels Cargo Jet with Pyrotechnics

Sparks fly during the Twilight Entertainment at the Miramar Air Show. Photo courtesy of Performer Media Kits & MCCS.

The Saturday Twilight show is a sight to see with plenty of excitement including a jet car, F/A-18s afterburner passes, a special effects powered glider and the infamous Robosaurus! But the Marines aren’t done yet, they cap of the night with a spectacular fireworks display and the amazing Great Wall of Fire. You have to see it to believe it.

What to Know About the Miramar Air Show

What to Bring: Blanket seating is free so feel free to bring beach chairs, blankets and hand-held umbrellas. You can also bring a small cooler of snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. It can get warm so be sure to bring hats, sunscreen and plenty of water.

Parking: Give yourself plenty of time to get to MCAS Miramar. Entrance to the parking areas can quickly back up, especially as it gets closer to the afternoon and twilight shows. There will also be bicycle parking for those looking to avoid the long car lines.
> Parking Instructions and Maps 

Where: MCAS Miramar (directions)
Dates: October 12-14
Times: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Twilight Show on Saturday: 5:50 to 9:00 PM
Cost: General Admission is Free


Top Things to Do in San Diego: October 11-14, 2012

Chalk art at Little Italy Festa!

Finally, a little fall weather…San Diego style! We get to pull out our light jackets and maybe put on a pair of jeans instead of shorts. Why not get outside and enjoy these events this weekend. I’ll be at the Taste of Gaslamp. What will you be doing this weekend?

1. Taste of Downtown

All of downtown including the Gaslamp Quarter will come alive for this year’s Taste of Downtown

On Thursday, October 11, head downtown to celebrate the 13th Annual Taste of Downtown from 5:00 to 9:00 PM It is the biggest neighborhood tasting event in San Diego and encompasses the neighborhoods of East Village, Gaslamp, the Financial District and Horton Plaza. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event.

2. 5th Avenue Auto Showcase

Cadillac at the 5th Avenue Auto Showcase

Classic Cadillacs and more at the 5th Avenue Auto Showcase

Car enthusiasts will be flocking to the Gaslamp Quarter on 5th Avenue from E Street to L Street on Sunday, October 14th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM for the 4th Annual Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase. This timeless event is free and open to the public and will showcase high-performance automobiles and motorcycles ranging from the traditional classics to lavish luxury modern vehicles.

3. Miramar Air Show

The Blue Angels to soar over San Diego!

Nearly 500,000 people are expected to witness the MCAS Miramar Air Show this weekend, October 12-14. Visitors will be treated to a full day of flying and entertainment as well as novelty booths, a children’s activity area, military displays, a trade show and more!

4. Little Italy Festa!

Chalk art at Little Italy Festa!

Chalk art, Music and More at Little Italy Festa!

In its 18th year, the Little Italy neighborhood continues to celebrate its heritage by bringing the passion, vibrancy and flavors of Italy to southern California with its yearly treasured event, the Little Italy FESTA! More than 150 vendors, three stages of entertainment, Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk), an Italian motorsport show, a Stickball exhibition game, and a children’s area will encompass more than 16 blocks of event activities at this family friendly event.

5. Art Glass Guild Show and Sale

The largest art glass show in Southern California will be held in the historic courtyard of the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park. Visitors can stroll through the free exhibit and see over 30 juried glass artists display their work Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Be sure to also visit the demonstration booth where children and adults can participate in hands on mosaic projects.


5 to Try This Weekend

1. MCAS Miramar Air Show: Part of San Diego”s annual Fleet Week celebration, the year”s air show will celebrate the centennial of San Diego”s naval aviation, September 30-October 2. Among the planes featured in the salute are vitnage biplanes, Air Force Thunderbirds, a Navy Super Hornet and numerous stealth fighter jets.

photo by Steve Simpson

  1. La Jolla Art & Wine Festival: This unique two-day festival, October 1 and 2nd will be held in the Village of La Jolla on Upper Girard Avenue and will showcase online casino over 150 juried fine artists, the Green Dragon Wine and Beer Garden, live entertainment at the Village Stage, a gourmet marketplace and Geppetto’s Family Art Center.

3. Oktoberfest!: Not one but two Oktoberfests kick off this weekend. The first in La Mesa runs from September 30-October2 and features a traditional German celebration with dancing, food, Bavarian bands, arts and crafts and commercial booths in the city of La Mesa.
El Cajon”s Oktoberfest runs from September 30-Octber 2 and October 7-9. Hosted by the German-American Societies of San Diego, this popular annual festival features authentic German food, pastries and a beer garden along with traditional German musicians and dancers, games, contests, vendor and craft booths.

4. San Diego Film Festival: This annual festival, September 28-October 2 in the Gaslamp, offers a fresh take on film premieres, featuring American and international features, thought-provoking documentaries, short films and music videos.

5. Julian Apple Days Festival: This two-day festival, October 1-2, at the Menghini Winery in Julian features music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children”s games, gold panning demonstrations, apple-related contests and more.