Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – August 9-11, 2013

Woman Looking Through a Telescope

Whether you stare at the stars or enjoy a car-free Sunday afternoon, get out and explore San Diego this weekend with these top things to do:

Julian StarFest 2013

Woman Looking Through a Telescope

Aim for the stars at Julian StarFest!

Spend the weekend learning about the stars at this four-day festival focused around the field of astronomy. Held in Julian, known for its clear dark skies, the festival will include a free public Star Party on Saturday night, astronomy related exhibition areas, guest speakers presenting on astronomy related subjects, a swap meet and a raffle with some great astronomy prizes.

Where: Menghini Winery – 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
When: August 9-11, 2013
Cost: $15-$30
> Find out more about Julian StarFest 2013


CicloSDias San Diego - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Ride, stroll, run, walk or just sit along 30th Street enjoying a car-free Sunday afternoon

CicloSDias is a family-friendly, car-free bike, walk, stroll, skate, shop event connecting communities and giving people a break from the stress of car traffic. Bring a picnic, lounge in the middle of the street (Time Square style), and/or just enjoy a casual ride along 30th street through Uptown neighborhoods.

Where: Click here for CicloSDias route map
When: August 11, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about CicloSDias

Annual Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair

Annual Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair

Spend Sunday afternoon and evening in Hillcrest at the annual CityFest

Spend Sunday afternoon like Monday doesn’t exist. CityFest boasts a one-of-a-kind magical atmosphere with more than 250 arts, crafts, and food vendors, a grand stage, and a beer garden, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

Where: 5th Ave. and University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
When: August 11, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 11:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Annual Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair

Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Chula Vista Lemon Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Celebrate Chula Vista’s lemon heritage with plenty of family fun at the Lemon Festival

The family-friendly Lemon Festival celebrates Chula Vista’s heritage as the “Lemon Capital of the World” and will feature live entertainment on three stages, a beer garden, handcrafters, international food, a kids’ fun zone and lemons galore.

Where: 353 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: August 11, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Chula Vista Lemon Festival


Beer-Con - A Conference about Beer

Learn about the brewing process, starting a brewery and more at Beer-Con

This is a conference by and for beer lovers! At Beer-Con you’ll get exclusive access to industry pros, get answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, learn about brewing and tasting beer from the best in the business and of course join other beer lovers for a few brews at our Tap Haven where you’ll enjoy a special line-up of craft taps!

Where: Marina Village Conference Center – 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
When: August 1o, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Cost: $109
> Find out more about Beer-Con

> 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.


5 Great Family Friendly Biking Trails in San Diego

Family Friendly Biking on Coronado
Family Friendly Biking on Coronado

There’s almost nothing like feeling the sunshine and a cool breeze while pedaling along these family friendly biking trails in San Diego

Riding a bike is one of those great activities that transcends age – it’s for the young and young at heart – plus, they say once you’ve learned how to do it, you’ll never forget. Add that to San Diego’s year-round sunshine and biking rises to the top of the must-do activity list for outdoor family fun when exploring the best scenic terrain San Diego has to offer.

Here are a few family friendly biking trails you can choose, and cruise, for the ultimate San Diego family adventure.

Mission Bay Park

Besides incredible views of San Diego’s gorgeous shoreline, Mission Bay Park is an epicenter for biking enthusiasts of every age. There’s a wide paved path covering about 4 miles and Fiesta Island is nearby if you want to extend the ride another 2 to 5 miles depending on the path you choose. There are also other challenging options for advanced riders.

Mission Beach Boardwalk

This is the quintessential San Diego beach biking experience. Along the 3-mile oceanfront boardwalk, you’ll find funky surf shops, cool places to eat and the iconic Belmont Park amusement park. It can get crowded, however, making it tricky navigating around joggers and walkers, especially if you have little bikers in tow. If you’re bringing the family, the best time to ride is on a weekday or early morning.


Coronado is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S., if not the world. There are about 30 miles of dedicated bike, blading and running paths with awesome views around town and the beach. You can bike the island via Coronado’s beachfront boardwalk, ride under the Coronado Bridge, pedal to the world-famous Hotel Del Coronado or venture down the Silver Strand.

Lake Miramar

Lake Miramar is an absolute treasure for families. You’ll find great picnic areas, and bikers share a 5-mile paved path around the lake with walkers, joggers and nature lovers watching assorted ducks, geese and critters who also call the lake home. For more experienced bikers, the area offers unpaved and rugged trails as well.

Santee Lakes

A beautiful 194-acre park surrounds seven scenic lakes providing instant relaxation and more than 5 miles of trails for biking. This is a natural environment perfect for families and the locals refer to it as one of “the best backyards in San Diego!”

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Please remember to ride safe and obey all the San Diego traffic and safety laws.

Tell us about your favorite family friendly biking trail in San Diego.