Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 24-29, 2015

You know what you should do? Spend the last weekend in March relaxing and enjoying all San Diego has to offer including these amazing top things to do.

2015 LPGA Kia Classic

2015 LPGA Kia Classic - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Entering its sixth year, the 2015 Kia Classic will be held at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California. The Kia Classic features 144 of the best women golfers playing for the $1.7 million purse. The field features 2014 Kia Classic Champion Anna Nordqvist and crowd favorites Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson.

Where: Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club – 7447 Batiquitos Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011
When: March 24 -29, 2015
Cost: $10-$80
> Find out more about the 2015 LPGA KIA Classic

Great American Foodie Fest

Great American Foodie Fest

The Great American Foodie Fest is a compilation of some of the best specialty food vendors, restaurants & gourmet food trucks from all around the country that have been featured on the Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel. Attendees can also enjoy our VIP Experience Tent, Beer Garden, Tequila Party Tent, Carnival Rides, Live Entertainment, Eating Competitions and other fun & festive activities for the whole family.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: March 27-29, 2015
Cost: $8-$15
> Find out more about the Great American Foodie Fest

San Diego Crew Classic

Mens Competition - San Diego Crew Classic

Catch the excitement of one of the premier regattas, the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay

Regarded as the first major regatta of the year, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs and high school programs from across the United States to participate in this premier rowing event in San Diego.

Where: Corona Oriente Road, San Diego, CA 92109
When: March 28-29, 2015
Cost: $12-$15
> Find out more about the San Diego Crew Classic

San Diego Zoo Play Days

San Diego Zoo Play Days - Top Things in San Diego

Mark your calendar with Play Days at the San Diego Zoo

Come to the San Diego Zoo’s Play Days, and hear about our world-famous animals and plants from the people who take care of them!

Where: 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 28 – April 15, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about San Diego Zoo Play Days

Bikes & Beer San Diego, CA

Explore San Diego by bike with 1,500 new friends on an approximately 22 mile group bike ride. After the ride, relax and celebrate your accomplishment with a cold San Diego beer, music, speakers, food and vendors during the post-ride festival at the new Quartyard in Downtown San Diego.

Start and Finish: 1102 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 28, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: $45
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SuperWild: Discovering Animal Super-Powers

SuperWild: Discovering Animal Super-Powers

Get up and close and personal with creatures that walk on walls, possess super strength, are invisible to the naked eye, and can even regenerate limbs – all natural adaptations that help them survive in the wild. Some of these animals include the Mexican axolotl, pygmy leaf chameleon, bird poop frog, flying draco lizard, fishing ribbon snake, green basilisk, giant millipede, horseshoe crab, pink-toed tarantula, toco toucan and more.

Where: Living Coast Discovery Center – 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: March 28 – September 7, 2015
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about SuperWild: Discovering Animal Super-Powers

Weekend Escape: Inspiration for Living a Good Life

Weekend Escape: Inspiration for Living a Good Lif

A two-day discovery that celebrates San Diego’s vibrant outdoor lifestyle and aims to inspire the community to rejuvenate its health and fitness regimen, perk up it’s surroundings at home and rediscover the local landscape. Focusing on four elements: Outdoor Living, Health & Fitness, Staycation and Home Style, find events for the whole family throughout the center and in Palm Plaza.

Where: Westfield UTC – 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122
When: March 28-29, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Weekend Escape: Inspiration for Living a Good Life

London Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

Hear the World-Famous London Symphony Orchestra here in San Diego

La Jolla Music Society ends it’s Celebrity Orchestra Series with the world-renowned London Symphony Orchestra. Program will feature conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2010 by President Obama. He’ll be joined by twenty-six year old pianist and widely recognized as one of the most important artists of her generation, Yuja Wang performing the jazz-inspired Gershwin Piano Concerto.

Where: 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 29, 2015
Time: 8:00 PM
Cost: $27-$97
> Find out more about the London Symphony Orchestra

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Black Dolls Exhibit – Now on Display at the Mingei International Museum

Black Dolls Exhibit - Mingei International Museum
Black Dolls Exhibit - Mingei International Museum

Artist Unknown, Weary Woman, late 19th century U.S.A., mixed fabrics, leather, Collection of Deborah Neff, Photo by Ellen McDermott

The new “Black Dolls” exhibit at the Mingei International Museum in <a title=”San Diego”s Balboa Park” href=”http://www.sandiego.org/members/visitor-information-centers/balboa-park.aspx” target=”_blank”>Balboa Park manages to be both a touching example of handmade craft and a complicated look at history.

On view for the first time, 125 handmade dolls made between 1850 and 1940 provide a window into the African-American experience from slavery through the Jim Crow era.

Woman with Striped Cape - Black Dolls - Mingei International Museum

Artist Unknown, Woman with Striped Cape, circa 1890-1905. U.S.A., mixed fabrics, Collection of Deborah Neff, Photo by Ellen McDermott

It”s not clear who made these expressive dolls. The provenance of most is unknown, but it is believed they were made by African-Americans for their own children or for white children in their charge.

Today, it”s much easier for families of color to find dolls that look like them. At the time when these figures were made, most manufactured dolls were either white or offensive caricatures of African-Americans. This collection represents an effort by talented and resourceful seamstresses, perhaps after a long day of work, to create toys and mementos that proudly reflect African-Americans.

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The dolls are made with leftover materials and whatever remnants were readily available. Some dolls have heads made of coconuts, others of wood. Bodies are made of leather or socks and stuffed with scraps or pieces of cork. Their hair is made from scraps of yarn or animal fur.

The dolls” clothing offers some clues as to when each doll was made. Some dresses are made from sackcloth, others from scraps of elaborate curtains or sleeves of fancy dresses. They are trimmed with bits of lace and ribbon.

The dolls depict girls, boys, men and women. With stitched expressions, paper or button eyes, and wooden noses, it”s startling how much emotion is conveyed by the dolls, some of whom look like determined matriarchs, noble gentlemen or mischievous boys.

Sisters - Black Dolls - Mingei International Museum

Artist Unknown., Sisters, circa 1890s U.S.A., mixed fabrics, metal, Collection of Deborah Neff, Photo by Ellen McDermott

Two dolls seem to be sisters and are very finely made. They wear silk dresses with umbrella skirts, high necks and cuffs, in the fashion of the 1890s. They have tufted mohair wigs and eyes made of beads with embroidered eyebrows and lashes. In fact, both the dolls are slightly cross-eyed. Collector Deborah Neff believes if the crossed eyes were intended by the maker, “it suggests the dolls may have been portraits of real women – or perhaps made for a cross-eyed child or by a cross-eyed woman,” explained Neff in an email. She believes many of the dolls were meant to represent real people.

“Black Dolls” also includes a selection of rare 19th and 20th century photographs of dolls, posed alone or clutched by their young African-American or white owners. Surprisingly, and disturbingly, the white children are holding black dolls while the African-American children are posed with white dolls. The images provide a historical context for these handmade toys.

The exhibit incites wonder at the resourcefulness and care that went into making these dolls. It”s also a powerful reminder of a painful past.

The Mingei has related programming that helps provide more context for the exhibit, including a documentary, a performance art piece, and a medical expert who explains the forensics behind dating the dolls.

Black Dolls Exhibit Information

Where: Mingei International Museum – 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Through July 5, 2015
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about the Black Dolls Exhibit

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 3-8, 2015

Warm up by spending the first weekend of March in San Diego and revel in the beautiful weather and these top things to do.

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19th Annual San Diego Bird Festival

19th Annual San Diego Bird Festival

The San Diego Bird Festival celebrates the birds and habitats of San Diego County, which truly offers some of the best birding in the United States. In a world where social media and smart devices seem to be taking over, birds are a lovely reminder that the world is full of real experiences. All you need to do is Look Up!

Where: Marina Village Conference Center – 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
When: March 5-8, 2015
> Find out more about the 19th Annual San Diego Bird Festival

TNT: Remixed

TNT: Remixed

Converge on Figi Concourse, the historic colonnade located between MCASD’s downtown location and adjacent train tracks

Join MCASD as they celebrate the opening of Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui at TNT: Remixed! This lively evening which will include two performances by Jimmy LaValle of famed San Diego band The Album Leaf, as well as interactive performances and art-making experiences with artist Keenan Harsten and his sound sculptures, food, drinks and more.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – Downtown – 1001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 5, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $8-$10. Members – Free
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City Ballet’s Balanchine Spectacular

City Ballet's Balanchine Spectacular

Three full-length masterworks choreographed by George Balanchine

City Ballet of San Diego presents three full-length masterworks choreographed by the 20th century genius, George Balanchine. George Balanchine’s ballets are presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust. City Ballet of San Diego is honored to be recognized by The George Balanchine Trust as having the technical skills and artistic quality to present these George Balanchine ballets.

Where: Spreckels Theatre – 121 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 6-8, 2015
Cost: $29-$79
> Find out more about City Ballet’s Balanchine Spectacular

SeaWorld Wild Days

SeaWorld Wild Days - Jack Hanna

Join Jack Hanna and Julie Scardina the weekend of March 7-8 for exciting animal presentations in the Mission Bay Theater

During SeaWorld Wild Days, get up close with SeaWorld’s zoological team and learning firsthand the ways they can make a difference with their own everyday actions. At the Wild Days Amphitheater, SeaWorld vets and animal care specialists will interact with guests and share information about the way they care for animals. Scientists from Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute will also be on hand, as well as representatives from the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.

Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Weekends March 7-29, 2015
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about SeaWorld Wild Days

Spring Busker Festival

Spring Busker Festival - Seaport Village

Step Right Up! See amazing feats of human strength at the Spring Busker Festival

The celebration brings colorful street performers from across the country to perform their bizarre talents like sword swallowers, jugglers on unicycles, escape artists and comedic stuntmen to the cobblestone streets of downtown’s Seaport Village. The extraordinary and bizarre talents will provide outdoor amusement for all unlike any other festival in the region.

Where: Seaport Village – 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 7-8, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Spring Busker Festival

Best Coast Beer Fest

Best Coast Beer Fest

You. Beer. Music. Food trucks. San Diego Bay. Taste beer from nearly 100 of the West Coast’s craft breweries, enjoy the sweet sounds of local bands and possibly enjoy a sensible lunch from our food truck alley. The whole shebang. According to Will Ferrell, there is no physical way in the universe you can enjoy a day better than this. He has done the research. It’s science.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 7, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $20-$125
> Find out more about Best Coast Beer Fest

10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

japanese friendship garden cherry blossom

Enjoy the sights and smells of cherry blossoms this weekend

Celebrate spring and the blooming of the Japanese Friendship Garden’s 150 Cherry Tree Grove with cultural performances, traditional food, unique local vendors, children’s corner and a beer tasting! Guests may partake in Hanami, the traditional custom of picnicking under the cherry trees.

Where: Japanese Friendship Garden – 2215 Pan American Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 8, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $5-$6
> Find out more about the 10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

2015 Women’s Film Festival

2015 Women's Film Festival - Women's Museum of California - Top Things to Do

Join the Women’s Museum of California as they screen films that will educate and inspire future generations about the experiences and contributions of women through the art of film.

Where: Women’s Museum of California – 2730 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: March 4-22, 2015
Cost: $8-$40
> Find out more about the 2015 Women’s Film Festival

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 10-17, 2015

This weekend in San Diego will be full of Valentine’s Day love, Mardi Gras bon temps and more while you are out enjoying these top things to do.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day in San Diego

Fall or Fall Back in Love during a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend in San Diego

Romance is in the air and San Diego is the perfect backdrop for a romantic rendezvous. From the finest cuisine and unparalleled views of the Pacific to a hip singles cruise to find your true love, there’s something for everyone on the sweetest holiday of the year.

> Browse Valentine’s Day Offers, Packages and Events in San Diego

Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebrations

Samba Dancer at Mardi Gras -Courtesy Enne Bi Communications

Let Loose at a Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration in San Diego

The rhythm of Brazil comes to San Diego during Mardi Gras. Let loose, dance and indulge at carnival celebrations ranging from massive block parties bumping with music from the best DJs to more traditional festivities with feather-adorned dancers in samba shows, performances of the Brazilian martial-arts dance form capoeira, caipirinhas, and more.

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Lunar New Year at SeaWorld

Chair Stacking - SeaWorld Lunar New Year Celenration

Marvel at amazing acrobatics during SeaWorld San Diego’s Lunar New Year celebration

During Lunar New Year at SeaWorld, the park’s Lunar New Year Festival area will feature Asian-inspired culinary offerings and a stage featuring cultural performances celebrating Asia, such as taiko drummers, lion dancers and fan dancers. Also, the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei will perform 25-minute acrobatic shows at Mission Bay Theater.

When: February 13 – March 1, 2015 (Select Dates)
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California Open Wildlife Art Festival

California Open Wildlife Art Festival

See top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over the United States, Canada, Russia and Japan

Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, is proud to present the “California Open Wildlife Art Festival.” The exhibition and competition attracts top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over the United States, Canada, Russia and Japan.

When: February 12-15, 2015
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KuumbaFest

KuumbaFest - Top Things to Do in San Diego

KuumbaFest is San Diego’s longest running and premier celebration of African-American expression, culture, and heritage

The three day festival will include traditional African art and pageantry, drama, educational workshops, community leadership awards, an African marketplace, a health fair, Hip Hop Showcase, tribute to the famed Apollo Theatre “Live at the Lyceum,” a Gospel Concert, and powerful guest speakers and artists.

When: February 13-15, 2015
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Lunar New Year Festival

Lunar New Year Festival at Qualcomm Stadium

2015 marks the Year of the Goat, an animal that represents elegant, charming, artistic, gifted and creative characteristics. Goats encourage us to engage and entertain our own sense of curiosity by sampling a little bit of everything in order to know more deeply the world around us – a perfect match for this year’s theme: Taste, See, Hear, Touch, Smell and Feel the Asian Experience.

When: February 13-15, 2015
> Find out more about the Lunar New Year Festival

Tribute to the Reggae Legends

Tribute to the Reggae Legends - Exodus: Movement of Jah People

For the 34th Annual Black History Month Celebration, The Worldbeat Cultural Center is proud to present Tribute to the Reggae Legends – Exodus: Movement of Jah People. This two day music festival will feature more than 25 of the best reggae bands in Balboa Park’s new cultural plaza.

When: February 14-15, 2015
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Brewbies 6th Annual Beer Festival

Brewbies Beer Festival

Support Women’s health while enjoying the best of San Diego’s craft beer at Brewbies

This year will be better than last year, featuring breweries from all over the country sharing some rare and delicious beers all in the name of boobies. There will be a VIP session that will feature some beers and breweries not available in the general session.

When: February 14, 2015
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Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 3-8, 2015

Explore 45 museums for half price, see the world’s best pro golfers compete at Torrey Pines, become an Avenger and more at any one of this weekend’s top things to do in San Diego.

San Diego Museum Month

San Diego Museum Month - Top Things to Do

Leap into 45 museums in San Diego this February. Presented by Macy’s, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 45 San Diego Museum Council membership museums. The savings encourages locals and visitors to explore a variety of arts, culture and science-oriented destinations. From Oceanside Museum of Art down to the Tijuana Estuary, there are ample opportunities for edutainment, creating memories and fun for the whole family.

When: Through February 28, 2015
> Find out more about San Diego Museum Month

Farmers Insurance Open 2015

Tiger says "See You At Torrey!" Photo courtesy of Stan Badz/PGA TOUR.

Tiger says “See You At Torrey!” Photo courtesy of Stan Badz/PGA TOUR.

Mark your calendars now, because one of golf’s biggest events of the year, the Farmers Insurance Open, returns to San Diego in 2015. San Diego’s leg of the annual PGA TOUR will take place at the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Where: 11480 Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: February 5-8, 2015
Cost: $30-$200
> See You at Torrey: The PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open

San Diego Jewish Film Festival

San Diego Jewish Film Festival

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival showcases 96 films of the best contemporary Jewish themed films from around the world celebrating life, human rights, and freedom of expression. The program aims to educate and illuminate through evocative, independent fiction and documentary films that portray the Jewish experience from current to historic global perspectives.

Where: 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: February 5-15, 2015
Cost: Starting at $13.75
> Find out more about the San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Culture & Cocktails: Havana Nights

San Diego Museum of Art - Culture & Cocktails

The art jumps off the walls during the San Diego Museum of Art’s Culture & Cocktails

Imagine: open-air bazaars, ocean-front walkways, bright colors, crumbling colonial architecture, and salsa music booming through the streets… Enjoy Cuban sandwiches, coffee, chocolate cigars, desserts, a Signature Cocktail infused with Cuban spirits, a Latin DJ, and live musical performance during this Havana Nights-themed party. Come dressed in ruffles, fedoras, and your island-best during this C&C inspired by The Welcome Galleries’ Cuban Contemporary Art installation.

Where: San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 5, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $20-$25. Members – Free
> Find out more about Culture & Cocktails: Havana Nights

The Marvel Experience

The Marvel Experience

Join forces with Marvel’s mightiest Heroes on a mission to save the planet. The Marvel Experience is a first-of-its-kind attraction that covers over two acres and encompasses seven colossal Domes. As S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest recruit, you’ll swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, and fly with Iron Man in next generation hyper-reality as you prepare to face the forces of Hydra.

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: February 7-22, 2015
Cost: Tickets start at $27.50
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Changing of the Barrels 26th Anniversary Celebration

Karl Strauss' Changing of the Barrels 26th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate Karl Strauss’ 26th year in beer with the annual “Changing of the Barrels” event. To honor the occasion, they invite friends down to the brewery for the debut of their 26th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel-Aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale and a chance to taste their 27th Anniversary brew before it spends a year in barrels.

Where: Karl Strauss Brewery – 5985 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA 92109
When: February 7, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $40. Designated Drive – $20.
> Find out more about the Changing of the Barrels 26th Anniversary Celebration

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 14-19, 2015

With sunshine forecasted for the long-weekend, why not head to San Diego and enjoy everything from outdoor adventures to these top things to do.

Borrego Springs Film Festival

Borrego Springs Film Festival

Explore the desert town at 24 frames per second during the Borrego Springs Films Festival

In 1920 the pioneering filmmaker and actress, Nell Shipman, launched a new era for Borrego Springs, California with her film, Something New, and things have never been the same! Borrego Springs and the Anza-Borrego Desert have provided strange, stark and amazing locations for nearly a century of films and filmmakers. Come, be a part of the next 100 years of filmmaking in Borrego Springs.

Where: 590 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
When: January 15-19, 2015
Cost: $10-$100
> Find out more about the Borrego Springs Film Festival

Whale Watch Weekend and Intertidal Life Festival

Tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

Explore the tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument at the Whale Watch Weekend and Intertidal Life Festival

Whale Watch Weekend is a chance for Cabrillo National Monument to invites you to the park to learn about the importance of protecting our oceans. The two-day festival will feature whale watching and exhibitors from a variety of organizations that support ocean conservation. The festival will include marine awareness, whale watching and lectures on federal and state agencies that protect our oceans. In addition, this year”s festival will feature tidepool exploration and a presentation on the Marine Protected Areas; Ranger programs on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the Kelp Forest Ecology and an interactive storytelling for children about the creation of the tides.

Where: Cabrillo National Monument – 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
When: January 17-18, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: $5 per vehicle. $3 for walk-ins, bicycle, motorcycles
> Find out more about the Whale Watch Weekend and Inter-tidal Life Festival

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

Enjoy our multi-cultural heritage at the San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

Celebrate the 14th Annual Sheila R. Hardin San Diego Multicultural Festival. The family friendly festival showcases San Diego”s rich cultural and traditional heritage through live entertainment, food stations, vendors, and more.

Where: Ruocco Park – 585 Harbor Lane, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 17, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade - Top Things to Do in San Diego

A float commemorating Rosa Parks” bus ride participates in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States. Our parade is filled with dazzling floats, soulful High School Bands, Drill Teams, Colleges, Fraternities, Churches, Organizations, Peace and Youth groups.

Where: Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 18, 2015
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week 2015

For one week only, Sunday, January 18th through Saturday, January 24th, foodies will be able to eat their hearts out at over 200 participating restaurants that will offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus. Yes, you read that online casino correctly! Saturday is now included with San Diego Restaurant Week and there are new price points for dinner giving you even more variety in your dining options!

When: January 18-24, 2015
Cost: $10-$50
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Festival

Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival - WorldBeat Center - Top Things to Do

Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at this free festival in Balboa Park

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Worldbeat Center will feature outdoor cultural arts & craft vendors marketplace, and Oneworld Cafe – vegetarian food served!

Where: WorldBeat Center – 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 19, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Festival

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 6-11, 2015

Start off 2015 on the right foot by heading to San Diego this week to enjoy everything the city has to offer including these top things to do:

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soundON Festival of Modern Music

soundON Festival of Modern Music

The 2015 soundON Festival of Modern Music showcases the vibrant, exploratory ensemble-in-residence NOISE, presenting cutting edge world premieres by Mark Menzies, Christopher Adler, and festival favorite Juan Campoverde Q, along with works by Sidney Marquez Boquiren and New York composer Eric Wubbels. They will also celebrate modern masters with Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, and San Diego’s Chinary Ung.

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library – 1008 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 8-11, 2015
Cost: $10-$70
> Find out more about the soundON Festival of Modern Music

Museum of Man’s Centennial Beer Tasting

Centennial Beer Tasting - San Diego Museum of Man

Join the Museum of Man as they celebrate their 100-year anniversary and the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park at their Centennial Beer Tasting with beer tastings from multiple craft breweries and delicious food from local eateries inside one of the oldest and most iconic buildings in the park.

Where: San Diego Museum of Man – 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 8, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $20-$30
> Find out more about the Museum of Man’s Centennial Beer Tasting

Poway Winter Festival

Poway Winter Festival - Top Things to Do

Snow, s’mores, warm drinks and more at the Poway Winter Festival

Feel snow between your fingers while sledding down the snow hill; smell roasting marshmallows as you devour delicious s’mores; experience the wind in your hair skating around the synthetic ice rink; and peruse a variety of vendors and their sensational products. Lights will twinkle, as music sets the tone and laughter fills the air. The Winter Festival brings to life all of the charm and entertainment of a cold-mountain town, set right in Poway. Bring one or bring all; there’s something for everyone!

Where: Poway Community Park – 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064
When: January 9-10, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Poway Winter Festival

C.S. Lewis on Stage

C.S. Lewis on Stage - Lamb's Players Theatre

Award-winning actor Tom Key in a fascinating look into the wit, wisdom and work of one of the 20th Century’s most engaging thinkers and hugely popular writers. C.S. Lewis on Stage is also a perfect introduction to the personality and thought of Lewis prior to LAMB’S production of Freud’s Last Session as part of their 2015 Season this April.

Where: Lamb’s Players Theatre – 1142 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: January 9-18, 2015
Cost: $22-$72
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San Diego Exposition Road Race Centennial

San Diego Exposition Road Race Centennial

The local groups of the Horseless Carriage Club of America will commemorate the 1915 Road Race that was the opening event for the Panama-California Exposition. Cars of the era will drive along the retrace the route of the race, returning to Balboa Park for the car show.

This event is part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration.

Where: San Diego Automotive Museum – 2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 10, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Peking Acrobats

The Peking Acrobats are masters of agility and grace, defying gravity with awe-inspiring gymnastic displays of contortion, flexibility and control. Get ready to gasp as China’s most talented performers will tumble through the air, dive through hoops, juggle spinning plates and walk on wires!

Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido – 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
When: January 10, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Cost: $25-$50
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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – November 18-23, 2014

Start your Thanksgiving Holiday a little early and escape to San Diego for these top things to do this weekend.

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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival

Get the chance to choose samples from more than 700 wines at the Grand Finale Events. Photo courtesy of Joey Hernandez.

The weeklong celebration continues with plenty of events featuring more than 200 wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors, 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest wine and food celebration on the West Coast. Don’t miss out on Saturday’s Grand Finale Tasting Event with more than 700 wines being poured!

When: Through November 23, 2014
Cost: $45-$625
> Find out more about the San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival

Sycuan’s Fantasy on Ice

Ice Skating in Horton Plaza - Sycuan's Fantasy on Ice

Ice skate in the heart of San Diego at Sycuan’s Fantasy on Ice.

If you’ve ever dreamed of spinning on the ice under the glow of big city lights, don’t head to New York’s Rockefeller Center – head to downtown San Diego. Sponsored by Sycuan and benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital, Fantasy on Ice sits right in the heart of downtown by Horton Plaza. Grab a date, head out to dinner at one of the Gaslamp Quarter’s 180+ restaurants, and cap off the night with a romantic spin around the rink.

Where: Horton Plaza, 225 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: November 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015 (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days)
Times: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Check website for time changes)
Cost: $14-$35
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San Diego MOvember Bash

San Diego MOvember Bash - Top Things to Do

If you are in San Diego this November, don’t miss the biggest Movember Moustache Party taking place in downtown East Village between the Convention Center and Petco Park! 2 Causes. 15 Movember Parties. 13 Welcome Shots Included.

Starting Point: Bootlegger – 804 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 21, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Cost: $40
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Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss

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Discover the Ingenious World of Dr. Seuss at the San Diego History Center. Hotel del Coronado – TM Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

The highly popular traveling Dr. Seuss exhibition will be lively and whimsical, using state-of-the-art technology and engaging visitors in exploratory and immersive experiences. The exhibition will feature rare early works, ephemera, illustration, and editorial cartoons, as well as two newly released Geisel illustrations.

Where: San Diego History Center – 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 22 – December 31, 2014
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss

2014 Mother Goose Parade

Goose Float at the Mother Goose Parade in San Diego's East County

El Cajon’s Mother Goose Parade!

The largest parade in San Diego County is also the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the Mother Goose Parade attracts thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon. More than 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from around the United States to share in the excitement that is the Mother Goose Parade. The parade entries include spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus.

When: November 23, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 2014 Mother Goose Parade

2014 Encinitas Fall Festival

Encinitas Street Fair

Food, music, rides, a beer garden and over 450 vendors at the Encinitas Street Fair

With 450+ booths to visit, plus dozens of unique downtown Encinitas retailers, here’s a great opportunity for your holiday shopping. Enjoy music and dance performances at two stages, as well as three new additions: the Kids Zone, Dog Park and Bike Valet.

Where: Coast Highway 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: November 23, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 2014 Encinitas Fall Festival

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Edna Gutierrez

Fall for Art – Enjoy New Exhibitions Opening in San Diego this October

As fall starts to slowly take over San Diego and daylight begins to shorten, many begin to seek for more indoor activities. If you are looking to stay indoors during fall, I invite you to visit one of the many wonderful museums San Diego has to offer and to fall in love with the new exhibitions debuting this month.

Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Spirits of the Dead Watching by Paul Gauguin, 1892

Spirits of the Dead Watching by Paul Gauguin, 1892. Enjoy this rare opportunity to view paintings by some of the biggest names in modern art. Image property of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

This new art exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art and features some of the biggest names in modern art like Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo, to name a few. Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery presents a stunning opportunity to witness the development of the major movements that shaped the course of modern art from the 19th century to the present.

Where: San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Now until January 27, 2015
Cost: Included with admission
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Colores de la Muerte

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Joining the citywide celebration of Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), California Center for the Arts, Escondido honors a tradition deeply rooted in pre-Columbian Mexico with the special art exhibition, Colores de la Muerte.

Explore the rich history of Mexico and celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido with Colores de la Muerte. Amble through history with Tren de la Historia, a series of train car sculptures that recount the turning points of the Mexican Revolution along with 36 mixed media sculptures from the Mingei International Museum and an altar installation honoring the Mexican author, Octavio Paz. Chronicling Mexico’s history from early days of revolution to modern day independence this exhibition gives insight into the role of women, political life and Mexico’s perilous fight for independence.

Where: 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido, CA 92025
When: Now until November 9, 2014
Cost: $8
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 The Discovery of King Tut

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The tomb and treasures of Tutankhamun have been reconstructed to scale, giving visitors a realistic impression of the offerings meant to serve the king on his journey into the Underworld.

During Balboa Park’s 2015 Centennial Celebration the San Diego Natural History Museum will host the West Coast debut of the blockbuster exhibition, The Discovery of King Tut. The exhibition recreates the moment of Howard Carter’s remarkable finding of the lost tomb of Tutankhamun. Visitors will be able to experience the splendor of 18th dynasty Egyptian history though more than 1,000 reproductions of the treasures discovered in the tomb.

Where: San Diego Natural History Museum – 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Oct. 11, 2014-April 26, 2015
Cost: $15-$27
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Collective Restraint: Four Decades of Czech Photography and New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century

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Untitled, 1813 – 1877, James Anderson, The Monsen Family Collection. New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century displays how pioneering photographers brought the world to people with images.

From now through February 2015, The Museum of Photographic Arts will showcase two new photo exhibitions. Collective Restraint: Four Decades of Czech Photography will present photographs that reflect the political and social climate that challenged and shaped Czechoslovakia’s rich history and influenced artists during the 1930s through 1960s, while New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century will display how pioneering photographer brought the world to people with images that reflect the faces and architecture of Europe, Egypt and the Holy lands and the American West

Where: Museum of Photographic Arts – 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: No through February 8, 2015
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Collective Restraint: Four Decades of Czech Photography
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Rita McBride: Public Tilt and This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen

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Colter Jacobsen, Another Another Thought, 2014, Watercolor, 8 ½ x 9 in., Courtesy of the artist. This is Jacobsen’s first solo exhibition in a museum, This is How We Walk on the Moon will also include a selective survey of key works made over the past several years.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will open two new exhibitions this fall featuring two distinct, singular voices. Rita McBride: Public Tilt and This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen opened simultaneously at MCASD Downtown. Rita McBride’s exhibition comprises three major installation pieces that will fill the Foster, Farrell, and Strauss galleries. San Francisco-based artist Colter Jacobsen’s practice explores the workings of time and memory through intimate drawings and assemblages.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Now through February 8, 2015
Cost: Included with Admission
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Monsters!

Monsters! Exhibition - San Diego Museum of Man

Find out what’s hiding under the bed! The San Diego Museum of Man will feature beasts familiar and strange, real and imagined, kind-hearted and troublesome, from across the span of human history and culture. For this exhibition, the museum reached into its vast collections to bring out unusual monster artifacts you can see and touch.

Where: San Diego Museum of Man – 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 25, 2014 – December 31, 2015
Cost: Included with Admission
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5 Places for Halloween Fun for Kids Around San Diego

If you are like me, you are chomping at the bit for when the time comes that you can steal, er, um, share your kid’s Halloween candy! The wait leading up to chocolate bliss can be torture, but there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate the spooktacular fun in San Diego throughout the month of October! Here are 5 fun ways to make splurging on those over the top Elsa and Ninja Turtles costumes worth it!

Del Mar Pumpkin Station

Del Mar Pumpkin Station

All Aboard the 3:10 to Del Mar Station for some pumpkin picking Halloween fun!

What would October be like without the requisite visit to the pumpkin patch?! Sure, you can generally get yours for a much cheaper price at the grocery store, but where is the fun in that? With so many pumpkin patches to choose from, I’m starting with the most centrally located and a personal favorite. Located right across from the racetrack, the Del Mar version is fairly easy to keep an eye on the kids, has rides, a petting zoo and more! In fact, I’ve been to a birthday party there, too. More for the under 10 set, it’s an easy in and out that will be a lot of fun for the whole family.

Where: 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: September 26 – October 31, 2014
Cost: Free Entry
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Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch

Acres of pumpkins await at Bates Nut Farm

Looking for more of an adventure? Head to this historical pumpkin patch site! Be warned that the closer to the 31st, the more traffic trying to get in (and slimmer pumpkin pickings), but it’s definitely a whole lot of fun! Get your giant pumpkins or just enjoy running through the fields. Check out the petting zoo, delicious food, tractor hay rides and so much more! Plus, have fun weighing your pumpkin as you leave!

Where: 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082
When: September 24 – October 31, 2014
Cost: Free Entry
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LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

LEGLOANDLAND Brick-or-Treat Party NIghts

LEGOLAND invites the whole family for a “block” party full of ghoulish fun

Get your ghoul on at LEGOLAND California! Every Saturday (plus Friday the 17th and 24th!), the park offers candy stations and healthy snacks. Kids 12 and under can enter the costume contest for a chance to win 4 Resort Membership Passes and a gift basket! With festive music, Halloween themed live shows and fireworks, the whole family is sure to get in the “spirit” of things.

Where: One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: Saturdays, October 4-26, 2014 (Special Fridays: October 17 & 24, 2014)
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free with Admission
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Lumberyard Trick or Treating

Encinitas' Halloween Safe Trick or Treat

Encinitas 101 Main Street Association invites ghouls and goblins of all ages for a night of trick or treating

Kids don’t want to miss out on trick or treating while in town? Visit the Lumberyard and Coast Highway 101 Encinitas on Halloween! From Encinitas Blvd through to K street, several stores participate in the fun and hand out candy. Great for kids who are visiting and for those that don’t have a trick or treat friendly neighborhood. And don’t miss the kids zone with games, music and more at the Lumberyard.

Where: South Coast Highway 101 from Encinitas Blvd. to K Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: October 31, 2014
Cost: Free
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Balboa Park Halloween Family Day 2014

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Costumed fun in San Diego’s Historic Balboa Park

Join over 24 museums and attractions at San Diego’s Balboa Park for a day of fun. Get in on the crafts, costume contest, story time and more! Enjoy a free concert and mini-carnival as well as a costume contest for dogs! And don’t miss the free puppet making at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater!

Where: 1549 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101
When: October 26, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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