Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – August 1-4, 2013

Ford Supergirl Pro - Top Things to Do

From North County to South Bay – eat, play, relax and enjoy the upcoming weekend in San Diego with these top things to do:

From Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic

From Farm to Bay Food and Wine Classic at the Living Coast Discovery Center

Indulge in a wide array of tempting treats. Enjoy sweeping sunset views of the wildlife refuge and San Diego Bay. Wander through beautiful indoor and outdoor exhibits showcasing endangered sea turtles, sharks, snakes, reptiles, rays, owls, hawks and shorebirds. Get up-close and personal as some of the center’s amazing animal ambassadors come around to greet you and pose for photos. There’s no better way to enjoy a warm summer evening in San Diego.

Where: Living Coast Discovery Center – 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: August 3, 2013
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $40-$50
> Find out more about the Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic

Summer Break 2013: Double Portraits

Summer Break 2013: Double Portraits

Soak up contemporary art, culture, and performances during, Summer Break, the San Diego Museum of Art’s new contemporary art festival. The festival features 10 continuous days of art, music, lectures, films, readings, workshops, and performances inspired by Arnold Newman: Masterclass.

Where: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 1-10, 2013
Cost: Varies
> Find out more about Summer Break 2013: Double Portraits

Ford Supergirl Pro

Ford Supergirl Pro - Top Things to Do

Watch the world’s top female surfers carve it up at the Ford Supergirl Pro. Photo courtesy of Peter Naganis.

More than 90 of the world’s top female pros will compete in the largest field of any female surfing event in the world.

Where: Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: August 2-4, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Ford Supergirl Pro

Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Del Mar Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Enjoy a variety of some of the hottest eats in Southern California at more than 50 food trucks, all in one location, with real gourmet chefs their eclectic bests at super prices (most items $4-$8). There will also be more than 60 craft beers to pair with your food items.

Where: Del Mare Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: August 3, 2013
Time: 10:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Entry free with racetrack admission
> Find out more about the Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride

San Diego Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Light up the streets of San Diego during the San Diego Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride

Get your bike, your funky pajamas, your headlights and let’s ride the 17 mile course along some of San Diego’s most beautiful waterfront and historic areas. The festival before the ride will include costumes, decorated bicycles, contests, food and plenty of entertainment.

Where: Liberty Station – Cushing Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
When: August 3, 2013
Time: Festival at 9:00 PM. Ride at Midnight.
Cost: $20-$40
> Find out more about the Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride

National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show

National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show

Marvel at Corvettes and more classics at the National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show

The 22nd Annual National City Automobile Heritage Day will feature the Corvette with a dazzling display of cars from the very early models to the latest Super Cars now being produced. The days activities also include great food from some of National Cities popular eateries and a wide variety of live music performers.

Where: 901 National City Blvd, National City, CA 91950
When: August 4, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show

Farm to Yoga Dinner

Farm to Yoga Dinner at Suzie's Farm

Get in touch with yourself and the food you eat at Farm to Yoga Dinner at Suzie’s Farm

Spend a relaxing day at Suzie’s Farm, indulging in the best of San Diego’s year-long harvest season. Tour the farm with Suzie’s farmers, stretch out in Suzie’s shaded event space with a yoga class led by the truly gifted yoga teachers. Following yoga, nourish your body with a farm to fork meal grown in Suzie’s field and prepared by the holistic Chef Gage and the Green Truck team.

Where: 2570 Sunset Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154
When: August 4, 2013
Time: 12:30 to 6:00 PM
Cost: $40-$90
> Find out more about Farm to Yoga Dinner

> 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

San Diego Outdoors: Take a Scenic Bike Ride

Mission Beach Boardwalk

May is officially National Bike Month, but for me, it’s Bike Day almost every day of the year in San Diego! For local San Diegans, celebrate National Bike Month by peddling to work with iCommute San Diego on Friday, May 18.

Whether you’re a local or visiting bike enthusiast, San Diego is a great place to explore on two wheels. If you’re looking for an ocean view while enjoying a ride on the coast, or you want to plan an escape into nature, there are plenty of trails or bike paths throughout the region to explore.

Below are just three pedal friendly options with beautiful scenery:

Mission Beach Boardwalk

Take a Ride on the Mission Beach Boardwalk!

Mission Beach Boardwalk

It is not a vacation in San Diego without a visit to the beach. The Mission Beach Boardwalk is a great place to pedal while enjoying the refreshing ocean views, as well as some great people watching.

Kick off your ride at Mission Beach Park and head north along the boardwalk. Enjoy the easy going ride along the way while taking in the gentle sound of waves and passing by throngs of sun worshippers as you pedal towards Crystal Peir. Once you reach the Pier, take some time to be out over the water before heading back.

Beach cruisers are the preferred mode of transportation along this flat and paved trail. Don’t worry if you don’t have one, there are plenty of places to rent cruisers along Mission Beach.

Extend your ride with a tour of Mission Bay…

Mission Trails Regional Park - Bikes

Discover natural San Diego beauty on the trails of Mission Trails Regional Park. Photo courtesy of MTRP.

Father Junipero Serra Trail

Escape into nature and enjoy a relaxing ride along the Father Junipero Serra Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP). Begin your nature ride at the MTRP Visitors Center Parking Lot and head north along the trail to take in the natural beauty of native flora and fauna. The trail follows the San Diego River and brings you out to the Old Mission Dam. Once you reach the dam, take a breather and enjoy a snack while you listen to the water rush on by.

If you are up for it, extend your ride and turn off the beaten path to explore one of the many dirt trails throughout the park.

While the Father Serra trail is paved, all the other paths are not, so a mountain bike is highly recommended. There are no bike rental shops in close proximity to MTRP so plan on picking up a bike before you get there.

Coronado Ferry Landing - Bikes

Take a Ride around Coronado


Coronado is not only the perfect place for a walk under the sun or ice skating next to the beach in the winter, but it’s also great for an afternoon ride along the relatively flat 15 miles of bike paths on the island.

Begin your journey near Ferry Landing and head south along the path. During the ride, enjoy views of San Diego’s downtown skyline and the bay. The bike paths will also take you through the charming residential neighborhoods in Coronado, where you will browse through a myriad of uniquely designed and lavish homes.

All of the trails on Coronado are paved so any type of bike will do. You can also find plenty of bike rental shops on island.

While you ride and take in the scenery, make sure to watch out for others bike enthusiasts in San Diego. Also, while adults are not required to where a helmet (though I highly recommend it), children under the age of 18 are always required to protect their noggin with a helmet. Just remember to be safe and enjoy the ride!