Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego: October 18-21, 2012

Star of India with lights at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Spend another warm autumn weekend enjoying one of these great events in San Diego.

1. Haunted Tales of our Seafaring Past

Star of India with lights at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Do you dare board the Star of India when the lights go out?

During this time of year, spooky things start to happen on the Star of India at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Climb aboard  for creepy treats, a hauntingly fun tour, ghostly tales and more. Your tiny ghouls and princesses are encouraged to come dressed up for a night of Halloween excitement on the water.

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Haunted Tales of Our Seafaring Past

2. SEA Days at the Birch Aquarium – Got Water

Family learning about tide pools at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Learn about the importance of water during SEA Days.

Water is essential to life on our planet. Bring the whole family to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps to learn about urban runoff, water quality, and conservation concerns with hands-on exploration, special activities, and a chance to interact with Scripps Oceanography scientists.

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about SEA Days at the Birch Aquarium – Got Water
> Kids Go Free to the Birch Aquarium with the San Diego Museum Council Kids Free Coupon

3. Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Holiday decorations for sale at the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Get your handmade holiday decorations at the Harvest Festival in Del Mar.

For more than 40 years, craft lovers have converged at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for the annual Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show. There will be food, music and plenty of unique handmade works from more than 300 arts and crafts people. It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping!

Dates: Friday-Sunday, October 19-21, 2012
Cost: Adults – $9, Seniors 62+ – $7, Ages 13-17 – $4 and Kids 12 and Under – Free
> Find out more about the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

4. Oktoberfest Celebration at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Sign

Travel to Africa, Asia and Germany in one day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park!

Spend the day exploring the exotic and wild animals for Africa and Asia before ending your adventures with a trip to Germany (while never actually leaving the park) during the Oktoberfest Celebration at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Enjoy live music, a delicious buffet of German-inspired specialties and a variety of German Beers (for those over 21).

Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Cost: For Oktoberfest Only, Adults – $39.95 and Kids 3-11 – $18.95
> Find out more about the Oktoberfest Celebration at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
> Kids Go Free to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park during October’s Kids Free San Diego

5. San Diego African Restaurant Week

Ethiopian Injera and Wat

Discover Ethiopian Injera (pancake-like bread) and Wat (stew) during San Diego African Restaurant Week. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

In its inaugural year, San Diego African Restaurant week invites everyone to experience African cuisine from Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Jamaica with a Prix Fixe menu including an appetizers, main course, and desserts at restaurants in the uptown neighborhoods. Throughout the week, there will also be cooking classes, traditional music and dance, and coffee ceremonies. Don’t miss the opening event at the WorldBeat Center on Friday, October 19 starting at 7:00 PM.

Dates: Friday-Sunday, October 19-28, 2012
Cost: Prix Fixe Menu – $15, WorldBeat Center Opening Event – $10
> Find out more about San Diego African Restaurant Week

6. Pumpkin Palooza at Suzie’s Farm

Pumpkins - Suzie's Farm Pumpkin Palooza

Find a great carving or cooking pumpkin at Pumpkin Palooza at Suzie’s farm.

With Halloween just around the corner, why not find the perfect pumpkin for carving or cooking at Suzie’s Farm’s Pumpkin Palooza (you can find plenty of other pumpkin patches here). The whole family can enjoy a day of pumpkin picking, music, organic food from popular food trucks and more.

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Cost: Entry is Free, Pumpkins priced by weight
> Find out more about Suzie’s Farm’s Pumpkin Pakooza

Know of another great event in San Diego this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

Del Mar Horse Show

1. Elegance, excitement, excellence — these are the hallmarks of the Del Mar National Horse Show, one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western United States. The show runs for three weeks starting April 21 and ending May 8. Western competition will be featured the first week, April 21-24; dressage follows April 28-May 1; and hunter/jumper classes conclude the show May 3-8. Each week will also have a featured Saturday night evening event.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

2. Spring is an “eggs-tra” special time of year when many ocean animals are hatched or born. Visit the Birch Aquarium from April 21-24 as they offer Spring EGGStravaganza. Come face-to-face with egg-laying marine animals, including squids, fishes and sharks. Create a shark egg craft, listen to story times and participate in a daily activity throughout the aquarium.

SeaWorld's Journey to Atlantis

3. From the amazing Shamu show to the thrilling Atlantis ride, SeaWorld never disappoints. This Saturday, April 23rd, be sure to check out SeaWorld’s Spring Into Night. Spring into Night combines even more SeaWorld fun with amazing nighttime experiences when the park is open late – til 9:00 pm. Then in May, SeaWorld will bring back the popular Viva La Musica, a multi-weekend celebration of Hispanic heritage, complete with live concerts by today’s hottest acts, plus delicious Latin food.

Beach Soccer Jam

4. The Third Annual Beach Soccer Jam kicks off Saturday and Sunday at Fiesta Island. Played with a special ball meant for bare feet, beach soccer has its roots in Brazil but makes itself a happy home on Fiesta Island every year. Along with watching the stellar competition on the sand, one can enjoy other Brazilian imports such as Samba and Capoiera performances.

Stomp

5. From April 19 through the 24th, Broadway San Diego presents Stomp at the downtown Civic Theatre. This rhythm-centric production of music, comedy and talent will remind you that if the beat is alive in you, that’s the only instrument you need. Bring the whole family and enjoy the beat!

Stephenie

Get Seuss This Weekend & Celebrate World Oceans Day

Underwater reading at SEA LIFE Aquarium

San Diego is proud to join hundreds of conservation organizations and thousands of individuals from countries around the world to celebrate World Oceans Day (June 8th) and help raise awareness about the important ways we can protect our oceans.

This year, World Oceans Day is themed around the 50th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss classic, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” and since Dr. Seuss was a local San Diegan, we’re excited to celebrate his legacy.

We’re so excited in fact, that we’re starting the party a little early with a number of fun events taking place this weekend:

Attractions and Museums

  • The San Diego Zoo will host a World Oceans Day snow sculpture building contest with polar bear “judges” and a reading of the book, with help from sea lions, on at 11 a.m. on June 5.
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium will celebrate in Seussian-style with an underwater reading of the book at 11 a.m., Seuss-themed arts & crafts, games and caricature portraits from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 5.

On the Water

  • Surf Diva will host a paddle out and reading of the book in the Pacific Ocean at 11:30 a.m. on June 5.
  • Hornblower Harbor Cruises will offer Seuss-themed face painting free for children aboard all six of their green-themed, narrated Harbor Cruises on beautiful San Diego Bay on June 5.
  • The Bahia Belle will provide special children’s cruises around Mission Bay with songs, games and activities from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on June 4-6.

Hotels

  • Omni San Diego Hotel offers an “Oceans of Life” hotel package during June 1 – December 30.
  • The Grand Del Mar will host a World Oceans Day Coloring Contest, a reading of the book and other activities from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on June 5.

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