Nick Karvounis

Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 14 – 17, 2014

Run, swim, and bike your way across Coronado Island!

Your friends will be green with envy when you tell them you’re heading to San Diego this weekend.  With so many great attractions and events, there’s something for everyone; you won’t need the luck of the Irish to have a good time.  Check out these top things to do in San Diego during this festive weekend!

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown San Diego

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is always a fan favorite!

There’s a party and then there’s a party on St. Patrick’s Day.  Celebrate with friends across the region at some of San Diego’s annual events including Irish 4 A Day – St. Paddy’s Eve Party Hop, shamROCK Gaslamp Block Party, St. Patrick’s Day at the Glass Door, St. Patrick’s Beer Train Tour, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival.  Read more on our St. Patrick’s Day blog.

Balboa Park STEAM Family Day

Balboa Park STEAM Family Day in San Diego

Kids — and adults — will have a hair-raising day at Balboa Park.

This one’s for the kids – and adults too!  This week-long festival takes place at various locations throughout the region. On Sunday, March 16th, enjoy Balboa Park STEAM Family Day, where more than two dozen institutions in the park gather to present park-wide events. Enjoy hands-on activities, crafts, a butterfly release, storytelling and much more.

Where: Balboa Park
When: Sunday, March 16,
Cost: Children 12 & under free with paid adult admission
>Read more about the schedule of events at Balboa Park STEAM Family Day

SUPERSEAL and SEAL Sprint Triathlons

Coronado Island is host to the SUPERSEAL triathlon

Run, swim, and bike your way across Coronado Island!

This one’s for the athletes… and the dreamers.  There’s no more spectacular setting than Coronado Island for an intense triathlon competition.  The course was designed by Navy SEALs who train on the island, so expect a rigorous race.  The SUPERSEAL consists of a 1,500-meter swin, 40K bike ride, and 10k run.  For the less-adventurous, the SEAL course is shorter with 500-meter swim in Silver Strand State Beach Bay, 20k bike ride, and 6k run.  Whatever you choose, good luck!

Where: 1100 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Cost: $100 – $245
>Read more about the triathlon on Coronado Island

Bike Tour through scenic Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs two-wheeled bike tour!

It’s a flat terrain course, but still a challenging 80-mile ride in Borrego Springs!

We’ll start with a caveat on this… the terrain is mostly flat.  But you still have to be in shape for this spectacular scenic bike ride through Borrego Springs.  Choose from 27, 40, 67, or 80-mile paved road courses while enjoying the beautiful mountains in the distance.  Don’t miss the landmark prehistoric metal sculptures too!

Where: Borrego Springs High School, 2281 Diegueno Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
When: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Cost: $49
>Read more about this great two-wheeled Tour of Borrego

Art Above San Diego

Porto Vista Hotel hosts the annual Art Above San Diego fair

Enjoy a spectacular view at sunset during this elevated art fair!

This event at the Porto Vista Hotel literally elevates your art collection.  Enjoy a breathtaking view of San Diego’s Big Bay during sunset while sipping champagne on the rooftop terrace.  This open-air contemporary art fair features works from San Diego’s local emerging artists and galleries.

Where: Porto Vista Hotel, 1835 Columbia Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Cost: $5-$10 donations requested
>Explore more about the Art Above San Diego fair

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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.


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!”

> Enjoy Even more Family Friendly Biking in San Diego

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.