Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – September 2-7, 2014

As summer starts to wind down, things are only heating up here in San Diego! Especially this upcoming weekend jampacked with these fun and family friendly top things to do.

Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest

Julian Apples

Pick apples straight from the tree or enjoy the freshest apple pies durian the Julian Apple Harvest

Revel in the fall foliage and delight in succulent apples September through mid-October (or when apples are gone) during the Julian Apple Harvest when Julian celebrates the award-winning apples that helped it prosper after a short-lived gold rush in the late 1800s. Located only 45 minutes northeast of San Diego, this charming and historic mountain town offers homemade apple pie, apple cider, art shows and entertainment during this favorite time of year.

When: September through mid-October
> Find out more about the Julian Fall Apple Harvest

> Discover more top things to do this Autumn in San Diego

25th Annual Sycuan Pow-Wow

Sycuan PowWow - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Immerse yourself in the dance of the Kumeyaay Nation at the Sycuan PowWow

What is a Pow-Wow? Originally a Pow-Wow or “celebration” as it was once called, was held in the spring to welcome the beginnings of life. It was a time for people to get together, sing, dance, renew old friendships and make new ones, and a time for young people to meet and court.

Where: 5459 Sycuan Road, El Cajon, CA 92019
When: September 5-7, 2014
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 25th Annual Sycuan Pow-Wow

Cardiff Greek Festival

Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, children’s activities and more for the entire family. The church grounds are transformed into a quaint Greek village atmosphere where you can experience: marketplace bazaar, food & beverage, live music & Greek dancing – Opa!, church tours, live auctions, a car drawing, and warm Greek hospitality.

Where: Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church – 3459 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff by-the Sea, CA 92007
When: September 6-7, 2014
Cost: $3
> Find out more about the Cardiff Greek Festival

San Diego Blues Festival

San Diego Blues Festival

Enjoy live blues next to the beautiful blue waters of the bay at the San Diego Blues Festival

The annual AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival will feature members of the Blues Hall of Fame, Grammy Award winners and many other blues acts. All proceeds benefit the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank to fight under in San Diego County.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North – 400 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: September 6-7, 2014
Cost: $20-$150
> Find out more about the San Diego Blues Festival

Fiesta de Kustom Kulture – Car, Bike & Low Brow Art Show

Fiesta de Kustom Kulture - Car, Bike & Low Brow Art Show Revving up in the heart of historic Old Town San Diego, Kustom Kulture brings together pre ’72 hot rods, street rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles! Hot Dog Kustoms “Artist Alley” featuring world-famous pinstripers and lowbrow artists. Live Music-Charity Art Auction, Trophy presentation, raffle & more!

Where: Old Town San Diego – 2415 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110
When: September 6, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Fiesta de Kustom Kulture – Car, Bike & Low Brow Art Show

Coronado MainStreet Garden Party

Historic gunn House - Coronado MainStreet Garden Party

Explore exquisite gardens during the Coronado MainStreet Garden Party

During the Annual Coronado MainStreet Garden Party, visitors will enjoy entertainment, silent auction & raffle prizes, tastings from Coronado restaurants, and no-host cocktails, wine tasting & Coronado Brewing Company Beers.

Where: Historic Gunn House – 1127 F Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
When: September 6, 2014
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $75-$85
> Find out more about the Coronado MainStreet Garden Party

Brazilian Day San Diego Parade & Festival

This is touted as the largest Brazilian festival on the West Coast. A free, fun and family friendly festival, activities include a street fair with over 150 vendors, food court, kids zone and carnaval parade complete with floats. Music from Brazil is the sound for the day with 2 stages for bands and performing groups.

Where: Mission Boulevard and Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109
When: September 7, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Brazilian Day San Diego Parade & Festival

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – 12-17 August 2014

bodysurfing

Once you’re in the Oasis of San Diego, get into the spirit with some beach volleyball, bodysurfing, art-walking, harbor festivals and more with these top things to do.

Once

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Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including best musical, Once is an unforgettable story about going for your dreams…not living in fear…and the power of music to connect all of us.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 12-17, 2014
Cost: $45-$115.25
> Find out more about Once

Tiki Oasis 2014

Tiki Oasis 2014 - Top Things to Do

Tiki Oasis is not only an event but an experience! Experience a full weekend of live Exotica and classic Surf tunes, burlesque, attend educational symposiums, peruse art, purchase the latest creations from local vendors and imbibe tropical cocktails poolside while Disc Jockeys from across the country provide a seamless soundtrack from spinning vintage vinyl.

Where:Crowne Plaza San Diego – 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: August 14-17, 2014
Cost: $10-$300
> Find out more about Tiki Oasis 2014

Spiritfest 2014

Spiritfest - Spirit of '45

Celebrate the end of World War II and honor those who served at Spiritfest San Diego

August 14, 2014, the 69th anniversary of the end of WWII. Join us for Spiritfest 2014 at Tuna Harbor Park next to the kiss statue for a full day of reviving the memory of the end of WWII when the entire country danced in the streets. This year’s wreath laying ceremony honors Jerry Coleman, World War II hero, legendary MLB star, former voice of the San Diego Padres, and a spokesman for Spirit of ’45. Jerry Yellin, the P-51 pilot who flew the last active mission in World War II, will also be joining the celebration in San Diego.

Where: Tuna Harbor Park – Tuna Harbor Park, San Diego, CA 92132
When: August 14, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Spiritfest 2014

Craft Beer Tastings

Craft Beer

Sample some of the best San Diego craft beer with these tasting events.

Sample some of the best local brews and learn about the San Diego’s award winning Craft Beer industry at either one of these craft beer tastings:

Coronado Craft Beer Tasting Party

Where: Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa – 2000 2nd St, Coronado, CA 92118
When: August 14, 2014
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $50
> Find out more about the Coronado Craft Beer Tasting Party

Women in Brewing Beer Tasting

Where: San Diego Museum of Man – 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 14, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $20-$30
> Find out more about Women in Brewing Beer Tasting

USA Volleyball vs Iran

USA Volleyball Cup vs. Iran

The USA Men’s Volleyball Team will take on the up-and-comers Iran

Iran is a major new power that recently defeated Team USA! At #12, Iran is looking to crack the world’s top ten. The U.S. wants to avenge an Iranian upset in last years Grand Champions Cup. They are in the same pool in the FIVB World Championships this fall and want to gain the upper hand for 2016 qualifying. It promises to be a battle royale.

Where: Viejas Arena – San Diego State University – 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, San Diego, CA 92182
When: August 15, 2014
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $23-$153
> Find out more about USA Volleyball vs Iran

38th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships in Oceanside

bodysurfing

Are You the Next Body Surfing Champion?

Approximately 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world will compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes. The Men and Women’s Grand Champions will be announced Sunday afternoon on the final day.

Where: Oceanside Pier – Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: August 16-17, 2014
Cost: Free to view. $50 Entry Fee to compete
> Find out more about the 38th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships in Oceanside

ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station

ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station

Take a walk through NTC @ Liberty Station and browse amazing local art

Experience art “alfresco.” ArtWalk NTC brings fine art outside under San Diego’s sunny skies to create the perfect viewing art under natural light and purchase artwork directly from the finest artists in the region. Attendees get to meet with artists and hear what inspires them about their work. Whether you are a seasoned collector, a family on vacation or are simply ready to be inspired, come to ArtWalk NTC to discover the art that has been waiting for you.

Where: NTC @ Liberty Station – 2645 Historic Decatur, San Diego, CA 92106
When: August 16-17, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station

Chula Vista Harbor Fest

Tall Ship at Chula Vista Harbor Fest

Explore tallships and more at the Chula Vista Harbor Fest

This year’s annual HarborFest will have everything you could possibly want at a free, family friendly celebration including some of San Diego’s historic vessels, unique boats, exotic automobiles, bands at one of three entertainment stages, Baja wine samples, craft beer garden, waterfront SeafoodFest, and an interactive Youth Zone and Stage.

Where: Bayside Park – Bayside Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: August 16, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Chula Vista Harbor Fest

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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Chelsea

5 Family Friendly Hotels in San Diego

Grand del Mar Family Pool - Family Friendly Hotels

Jump into the pool for some downtime at the Grand del Mar or any of these family friendly hotels

Where you stay with your kids on vacation can make or break a trip. Comfort and kid-friendly amenities can lesson the stress of traveling with little ones, even when you will mostly be on the go exploring all there is to do and see with children. When nap time strikes or just the desire for some down time at the pool, check out these 5 Family Friendly Hotels in San Diego (in no particular order).

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina

Very close to SeaWorld San Diego, the Mission Beach boardwalk, and Belmont Park, home to the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster, this family friendly location is central to much of San Diego! Personally, my family spent much of our time on the three water slides in the bay front pool, complete with a shallow section for kids! Opting to eat in the casual Swim and Bar Lounge, we love the views of the water and the 60-degree, 800-gallon aquarium!

For dessert, roast marshmallows in the water-front fire pits on the hotel grounds – the hotel sells s”more making kits. And of course be sure to catch a ride or two on the beach front boardwalk nearby!

Where: 1441 Quivira Road, San Diego, California, USA, 92109
> Find out more about the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina

San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

Complete with a splash pad and 3 feet deep pool, this family friendly hotel is a great option for the downtown San Diego experience. Walk to kid-friendly Spaghetti Factory or catch the ferry over to Coronado for dinner! Don’t miss the nearby Seaport Village or the amazing New Children’s Museum, both an easy walk and fun for the whole family. And for some delicious pancakes, check out the nearby Richard Walkers as well.

Where: 333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-7700
> Find out more about the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

Grand del Mar

Recently named the number one hotel in the US, believe me when best online casino I tell you this is an amazing option. A little more off the beaten path, so to speak (read: you will need to drive to most activities), the resort is known for their exceptional service. With gorgeous grounds and a family pool complete with under water music (seriously), choose from tennis lessons, hiking trails or their offer to take you to the beach!

Where: 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, CA 92130
> Find out more about the Grand del Mar

Grande Colonial Hotel

Considering <a title=”Discover San Diego”s La Jolla” href=”http://www.sandiego.org/discover/la-jolla.aspx” target=”_blank”>La Jolla is named the Crown Jewel of San Diego, it’s a spot you will want to visit! The Grande Colonial is a favorite of mine as it’s central to everything in the downtown area. Walk to see the seals at the cove or grab your coffee from the nearby Living Room. Though the pool is on the smaller side, you will enjoy the water views. And sleeping to the natural sounds of waves crashing? Priceless.

Where: 910 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
> Find out more about the Grande Colonial Hotel

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

From ping-pong tables to life-size chess and Connect Four at the pool, the Loews Coronado Bay Resort is one of my favorite family friendly hotels to stay with my family! Be sure to check out the easy access tunnel to the beach and even rent bikes to get there. Or take a gondola ride through the canals of the Coronado Cays. The resort also offers shuttle service into the main area of Coronado if you feel like venturing out for a meal without getting in the car. And as the day ends, grab your hot chocolates and sit on the courtyard of Cays Lounge overlooking the sunset and the bridge!

Where: 4000 Loews Coronado Bay Road, San Diego, California, 92118
> Find out more about Loews Coronado Bay Resort

> Discover more Family Friendly Hotels and Fun in San Diego

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 28 – August 3, 2014

Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to San Diego for an amazing weekend of sunshine, fun times and these top things to do:

Winkie Con – Wizard of Oz on Coronado

OZ Con Interntational's Winkie Con

Whether you fell in love with The Wizard of Oz because of the books or the movie, the characters or the music, whether you first experienced Oz-mania as a small child or became a fan later in life through Wicked – Coronado has something for everyone. Come find out why Baum called Coronado the “queen of fairy-land” and once told a journalist that “Those who do not find Coronado a paradise… would render heaven unpleasant.”

When: July 28 – August 7, 2014
> Find out more about Winkie Con – Wizard of Oz on Coronado

San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves

Padres at Petco Park

Catch the Padres play at the beautiful Petco Park in the heart of San Diego

This weekend, take yourself out to the ballgame and watch the San Diego Padres take on the Atlanta Braves. Friday’s game features Winefest presented by Copa di Vino. Attend on Saturday and go home with a Padres Floppy Hat. Bring the Kids on Sunday for Jr. Padres Photo Day and Kids Fest.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 1-3, 2014
> Find out more about the San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves

SummerFest: Opening Night, “The Four Seasons”

La Jolla Music Society Summerfest

La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest is a nationally recognized chamber music festival featuring over 81 world-class artists and ensembles performing concerts from July 30 – August 22, 2014. The opening night’s program includes Dvorak – Selection of Slavonic Dances for Piano Four-Hands, Op. 56, Fauré – Dolly Suite for Piano Four-hands, Op. 56, Beethoven – Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11, and Vivaldi – The Four Seasons.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – La Jolla – 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: August 1, 2014
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $50-$75
> Find out more about SummerFest: Opening Night, “The Four Seasons”

Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic

Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic - Living Coast Discovery Center

Enjoy an evening of live music, wine, local foods, craft beer and wildlife encounters at the Living Coast Discover Center

Indulge in 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 2, 2014
Time: 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: $75
> Find out more about the Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic

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 Chula Vista Lemon Festival features live entertainment, arts and crafts displays, children’s amusements, our world-famous Lemon Pie Eating Contest and so much more including…of course…more lemons!

Where: 353 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: August 3, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Oceanside International Film Festival

Oceanside International Film Festival - Top Things to do in San Diego

Watch upcoming and unknown films in an ideal location, Oceanside

The Oceanside International Film Festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works from filmmakers who have not yet signed distribution agreements and look for recognition among wider audiences. It also gives the film buffs a jump-start chance for viewing local and international films at a place in Southern California known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom.

Where: The Brooks Theatre – 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: August 3-10, 2014
> Find out more about the Oceanside International Film Festival

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

> Browse the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend in San Diego? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Robert Arends

Big Bay Boom – Star-Spangled 4th of July Fun on San Diego Bay!

San Diego's Big Bay Boom 4th of July Celebration
San Diego's Big Bay Boom 4th of July Celebration

Celebrate the birth of our nation with fireworks in San Diego including the Big Bay Boom 4th of July Extravaganza.

When it comes to 4th of July celebrations, three words that say it all: “Big Bay Boom” the biggest most spectacular fireworks show in San Diego!

This star-spangled extravaganza, impeccably choreographed to music (105.7 FM), takes place on San Diego Bay – “The Big Bay” – launching from barges strategically placed off Shelter Island, Harbor Island and the Embarcadero North and South.

Where to Watch Big Bay Boom

More than 850,000(!) people are expected to ring the bay throughout the day to claim a prime viewing spot. The best viewing is at the north Embarcadero (scope out the beautiful new Waterfront Park), Seaport Village, Embarcadero Marina Park North and South, Coronado Ferry Landing, Shelter Island and Harbor Island.

Waterfront Park - prime new spot to watch the Big Bay Boom (photo credit: County of San Diego)

Waterfront Park – prime new spot to watch the Big Bay Boom (photo credit: County of San Diego)

The Port of San Diego is offering a FREE shuttle service to/from Shelter and Harbor Islands starting at 6 PM, going until 11 PM. Shuttles depart from the Port’s Administration Building parking lot (3165 Pacific Highway) and near the West Marine parking lot (3717 Rosecrans St.).

What to Do on the Bay Before the Fireworks

Big Bay Boom begins at 9:00 PM and lasts about 17 minutes. Since you’ve got all day to play beforehand, check out the plethora of attractions and activities on the bay, including:

Make a Splash

Take a ride on an authentic U.S. Navy Swift Boat!

Take a ride on an authentic U.S. Navy Swift Boat!

Ahoy! Maritime Merriment

Fun for all ages on the USS Midway!

Fun for all ages on the USS Midway!

  • Cabrillo National Monument, the Plymouth Rock of the West where explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered San Diego Bay in 1542; kids will love the tidepools!
  • Spanish Landing Village where you can view a life-size replica of Cabrillo’s flagship San Salvador taking shape (it’ll be set to sail this September)
  • Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship (Arrr! 😉 )
  • USS Midway aircraft carrier, where San Diego’s rich Navy history comes to life on the world’s most visited ship museum!

Animal Attractions

See sea turtles up close at Living Coast Discovery Center.

See sea turtles up close at Living Coast Discovery Center.

Fine Dines and Shop-Portunities

Have fun on San Diego Bay and see you at the Big Bay Boom! 🙂

> Browse the Comprehensive list of 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations in San Diego

P.S. Just for fun, check out 2012’s Big Bay Boom which went off accidentally in one big 15-second boom seen around the world.

Alison

Free Summer Concerts in San Diego – 2014

Spreckels Organ Pavilion Summer Concerts
Spreckels Organ Pavilion Summer Concerts

Enjoy live music and warm evenings during one of San Diego’s free summer concerts. Photo courtesy of the Spreckels Organ Society

Free twilight summer concerts have become summertime traditions in neighborhoods throughout San Diego County. They’re an opportunity for visitors, locals and their families to socialize, picnic, enjoy music together – and maybe even dance as the sun sets on another perfect San Diego summer day.

Here’s a sampling of what will be staged during the free summer concerts of 2014:

The Point Loma Summer Concert Series opens July 11 with the Mighty Untouchables and continues on consecutive Fridays through August 8 when Detroit Underground takes the stage. Shows run 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Pack a picnic or buy food at the venue. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and Frisbees to Point Loma Park, 1049 Catalina Blvd.

Pacific Beach Concerts on the Green are set for Sundays July 20 through August 10. Shows run from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at Kate Sessions Park (Lamont Street, just north of Beryl). Bring your own food and drink.

Mission Hills Summer Concerts in Pioneer Park series opens June 20 at Pioneer Park and continues on consecutive Fridays through August 22. Pioneer Park is at 1425 Washington Place.

Balboa Park’s Twilight in the Park concert series kicks off at 6:15 PM June 17 and continues on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 28 at the park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion. The hour-long shows feature everything from classical music to R&B.

Enjoy organ music? The International Summer Organ Festival features top organists from around the world. Showtime is 7:30 – 9:30 PM on Mondays, June 23 through Aug. 25, at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

The Bird Park Concert Series in North Park opens June 14 with the Bill Magee Blues Band. More concerts are scheduled June 28 (folk), July 12 (indie rock), July 26 (country) and August 9 (Zydeco). All shows run 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Bird Park is at 28th and Thorn streets.

Coronado’s Promenade Summer Concert Series series is set for 6:00 PM on Sundays, through September 7, at Spreckels Park, 7th and Orange. Families (but no dogs) are welcome to picnic during the 90-minute shows.

Del Mar’s Summer Twilight Concerts are set for Powerhouse Park, overlooking the Pacific, at 1600 Coast Blvd. The series begins June 17 with Rockola, followed by Back to the Garden on July 1, the Heroes on July 22, Haute Chile on August 12 and Sully and the Blue Eyed Soul Band on September 7. Show time is 7:00 PM, with pre-show entertainment beginning at 6:00 PM.

Carlsbad’s TGIF Concerts in the Park is staged at four community parks. The 29th season opens at Stagecoach Park (3420 Camino de los Coches), with concerts on June 27, July 4. The party moves to Alga Norte Community Park (6565 Alicante Road) for concerts on July 11 and 18. Then it’s on to Poinsettia Park (6600 Hidden Valley Road) for concerts on July 25, August 1 and 8. The season closes at Calavera Hills Park (2997 Glasgow Drive) with concerts on Aug. 15 and 22. Showtime is 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Wear your dancing shoes.

El Cajon’s Dinner & a Concert series is set for 6:00 to 8:00 PM Fridays through September 26 on the Prescott Promenade near East Main Street and Rea Avenue in downtown El Cajon. The family oriented venue is smoke-, alcohol- and dog-free. No need to pack a picnic; about a dozen restaurants edge the promenade, offering on-the-spot dining or picnics to go.

Santee’s Free Summer Concerts are scheduled 6:30 to 8:30 PM on Thursdays, June 19 through August 28. (except July 3) at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive in Santee. The Catillacs will open the series. Picnics are welcome, but know that food trucks rally nearby.

Map of San Diego’s Free Summer Concerts

> Hear more great summer concerts in San Diego

Did we miss a free summer concert series in San Diego? Let us know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 14-18, 2014

Spend This Weekend in San Diego

There is no way you can be bored this weekend in San Diego with the forecasted beautiful weather and all of these top things to do.

Ramona Rodeo

Ramona Rodeo - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding at the Ramona Rodeo

One of the country’s top PRCA sanctioned full-scale pro rodeos, competitive events include barrel racing, tie-down roping, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, and bareback riding. Other activities include a cowgirl fashion show, cowboy and cowgirl mixer, Kid’s Day clowns, rodeo queens, and photo and autograph opportunities. Don’t miss the Romana Main Street Parade on Saturday morning.

Where: 421 Aqua Lane Ramona, Ramona, CA 92065
When: May 16-18, 2014
Cost: $5-$22
> Find out more about the Ramona Rodeo

North Park Festival of the Arts & Craft Beer Block

North Park Festival of the Arts & Craft Beer Block - Top Things to Do in San Diego

On the forefront of the art scene, the North Park Festival of Arts celebrates all types of art forms. There will be something for everyone, including the kids. Our hands-on Kids Art Block offers children the chance to participate in a variety of interactive activities designed to stimulate and inspire their imaginations and create their own masterpieces. Come thirsty to the Craft Beer Block and sample brews from San Diego’s favorite breweries.

Where: University Avenue & 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104
When: May 17, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Festival – Free. Craft Beer Block – $30-$50
> Find out more about the North Park Festival of the Arts & Craft Beer Block

San Diego River Days

Waterfall along the San Diego River

Discover hidden outdoor treasures during San Diego River Days

Explore the San Diego river at one of the many events along the whole length of the river from Santa Ysabel to Ocean Beach. Events range from hikes, nature walks, bike rides, trail building projects, gardening, community service projects and more.

When: May 17-18, 2014
> Find out more about San Diego River Days

KidsFest San Diego

KidsFest San Diego

No matter which way you go, the kids will have fun at KidsFest

Kids of all ages won’t want to miss this fun weekend! There is something for all ages, including: messy Zone, for kids who like to get dirty; a make and take crafts Creation Station; dance party for those with fancy feet; Green Thumb Zone for future gardeners; Build It Construction Zone for the industrial type; a costume-design Dress Up Bar; Bubble Zone for toddlers; and much, much more.

Where: Roosevelt and Historic Decantur Road, Point Loma, CA 92106
When: May 17-18, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $20
> Find out more about KidsFest San Diego

Pet Day on the Bay

Hornblower's Pet Day on the Bay

Take your four-legged best friend on the cruise of a lifetime

Hornblower’s popular, pup-friendly Pet Day on San Diego Bay promises a tail-wagging good time! This is the one time each year that Hornblower invites dogs to cruise for free with their owners. guests are also encouraged to contribute a gently used blanket or towel that will warm needy animals at the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Where: 970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 17, 2014
Time: 9:30 to 3:00 PM
Cost: $24. Dogs cruise free
> Find out more about Pet Day on the Bay

Escondido Spring Street Faire

Escondido Street Fair - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The Escondido Street Faire is fun for the whole family

The street fair brings live entertainment, over 500 vendors, children’s rides and activities, and food from around the world to the downtown tree-lined streets of Escondido. Covering seven blocks along historic Grand Avenue, the Escondido Street Fair is the second largest single-day fair in California.

Where: W Grand Ave & S Orange St, Escondido, CA 92025
When: May 18, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Escondido Spring Street Faire

Sicilian Festival

Come celebrate an anniversary…Sicilian-Style! The music, dance, culture and cuisine of Sicily come to the streets of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood as part of the Annual Sicilian Festival celebration, when San Diego’s Sicilian American community invites you to “Eat, Drink & Be Sicilian” for a day. This popular free family event features authentic Sicilian food and entertainment, surrounded by the colorful ambiance of the Little Italy neighborhood.

Where: 1600 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 18, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Sicilian Festival

Navy’s Bay Bridge Run/Walk

Navy's Bay Bridge Run Walk

Take in the views while you cross the Coronado Bay Bridge during the Navy’s Bridge Run Walk

This unique 4-mile run/walk has a one of a kind spectacular panoramic view as participants make their way to Coronado’s beautiful Tidelands Park from downtown San Diego over the Coronado Bay Bridge. During the finish line celebration, runners receive a commemorative event shirt and complimentary transportation back to downtown. Hope to see you on the bridge!

Where: 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 18, 2014
Cost: $19-$215
> Find out more about the Navy’s Bay Bridge Run/Walk

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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Candice

Tina Mickelson: San Diego’s Guide to Golf and More

Tina Mickelson - San Diego's Guide to Golf
Tina Mickelson - San Diego's Guide to Golf

Tina Mickelson – San Diego’s Guide to Golf

Callaway Golf Ambassador Tina Mickelson knows a thing or two about San Diego. Not only has she spent lots of time on the region’s many golf courses (just like her brother, Phil Mickelson), but she also loves to get out and explore the region with family and friends.

In San Diego, “everyone is very welcoming,” says Tina. We welcome you to join Tina Mickelson, one of  San Diego’s Guides to the Good Stuff, in exploring what makes San Diego a great place for golf-lovers and non-golfers alike.

Tina Mickelson’s Favorite Golf Courses

With more than 90 courses in the San Diego area, it can be hard to pick a favorite. However, Tina guarantees you’ll love the game on these courses.

  • Coronado Municipal Golf Course: For Tina, this course embodies the feeling of being in San Diego. “You really get to enjoy the view of downtown, and the ocean,” says Tina. “It’s just a lot of fun and a very laid-back vibe.”
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course: You get to see the wonderful views of the ocean,” she says, “and hear the waves crash.” Tina insists that these will help take the edge off any bad day on the course!
  • The Grand Golf Club at the Grand Del Mar: Tina loves how each hole is arranged so that you can’t see any other hole while you’re teed up. Plus, “you can’t beat the amenities here,” she adds.
  • Maderas Golf Club: Even though the beautiful course is only 20 minutes from downtown San  Diego, Tina shares that “you feel like you are far removed.”
  • Steele Canyon Golf Club: Tina loves the variety of the holes as well as the scenery you get out in San Diego’s diverse East County landscape.

Tina’s Perfect Day in San Diego

How would Tina spend a day in San Diego? Besides golfing, of course, she’d relax by the beach or at a spa, do some shopping and enjoy some of San Diego’s great cuisine.

  • Start your day by the sea: Tina suggests enjoying a big breakfast surf-side, then “take a nice long walk either on the beach or through the neighborhood of Del Mar.”
  • Shopping: Tina loves Mission Beach for boutiques and sidewalk cafes, and also recommends shopping Solana Beach’s Cedros Design District. “You find not only great clothing boutiques but a lot of great little shops for your home.”
  • Spa day: Relaxing with a massage is one of Tina’s favorite activities. “I love the spa at Estancia in La Jolla,” she says, but she also notes that with so many great spas in San Diego, you don’t have to look far to find a good one.
  • Dinner with a view: “It’s very common to be able to accommodate a great dinner with a great view, especially at sunset,” shares Tina. She recommends the ocean and bay views from restaurants in Coronado or downtown.

Check out more recommendations from Tina Mickelson, including tips for the perfect date night, at sandiego.org/goodstuff.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 23-27, 2014

Top Things to Do in San Diego

This weekend in San Diego is packed with top things to do including butterflies, live music, a rodeo, art outside and plenty of family friendly festivals!

Butterfly Jungle

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Meet a few of the over 10,000 butterflies in the Butterfly Jungle

It’s the last weekend to marvel at more than 10,000 beautiful butterflies as they flit, float, and flutter around you in this spectacular spring fling event at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. There’s something for everyone, from fun kids’ activities to special presentations to fascinating facts about these wonderful winged insects.

Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
When: Through April 27, 2014
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Butterfly Jungle

50th Annual Lakeside Rodeo

Lakeside Rodeo in San Diego's East County

Put on your boots for three days of traditional rodeo competitions at the Lakeside Rodeo

Attention Cowboys and Cowgirls – For over 50 years, the El Capitain Stadium Association has brought the Wild West to life in the San Diego East County town of Lakeside with a word-class rodeo including bareback bronco rides, calf roping and other traditional rodeo competitions, along with food and crafts.

Where: Lakeside Rodeo Grounds – 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040
When: April 25-27, 2014
Cost: $5-$250
> Find out more about the Lakeside Rodeo

Coronado Flower Show

Coronado Flower Show - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Stop and smell the roses at the Coronado Flower Show!

The Coronado Flower Show is the largest tented flower show in the nation. Exhibits are placed inside tents surrounding a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for continuous entertainment, announcements and trophy presentations. Take a break from the show in the wine and beer garden to relax and listen to live entertainment.

Where: Orange Avenue between 6th and 7th Avenues, Coronado, CA 92118
When: April 26-27, 2014
Cost: $5
> Find out more about the Coronado Flower Show

Adams Avenue Unplugged

John C. Reilly at Adams Avenue Unplugged - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Music will fill the air in fun spaces from churches to coffee shops to outdoor stages along Adams Avenue. Photo courtesy of Paul Jameson.

Adams Avenue Unplugged takes place along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue featuring 150 live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood and on four community stages evenly spread out throughout the district. Don’t worry about the distance between venues, a free trolley will subsidize the walking. To make it even better, there will also be $5 cocktail and $3 beer specials at select drinking establishments along Adams!

Where: Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
When: April 26-27, 2014
Cost: Free. Some concerts have reserved seating tickets
> Find out more about Adams Avenue Unplugged

25th Annual San Diego Earth Fair

Set in Balboa Park, the annual EarthFair is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world event featuring exhibitors, a food pavilion, kids area, live entertainment, parade, art show and a “clean” car concourse.

Where: Balboa Park – 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about San Diego Earth Fair

Mission Federal ArtWalk

Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy

Spend the day outdoors enjoy local art and meeting the artists at the Mission Federal ArtWalk

Mission Federal ArtWalk, the largest fine art festival in Southern California, will commemorate its 30th year with a 17-block celebration in the lively neighborhood of Little Italy in San Diego. Founded by local artists, Mission Federal ArtWalk has become a showcase for established and emerging artists and the ultimate event for aficionados and casual collectors.

Where: India St & W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 26-27, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Mission Federal ArtWalk

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

> Browse the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend in San Diego? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Bruce Glassman

San Diego Brews and Views You Can’t Refuse

Amplified Ale Works - Pacific Beach - Brews with a View
Amplified Ale Works - Pacific Beach - Brews with a View

Drink beer the San Diego way with a cold one in your hand a view of the Pacific Ocean. Photo courtesy of The San Diego Brewery Guide / Georgian Bay Books

In my humble opinion, the two greatest things about living in San Diego are the beaches and the beer. So, what could be better than combining the two? Here’s a list of breweries and brewpubs that offer the best combinations of brews with views. I’ve organized them from north to south – basically along the coast – from Oceanside all the way down to Coronado Island.

Surf on Up to Breakwater Brewing Company, Oceanside

Situated on the Coast Highway, Breakwater is only a block up from the beach. The brewpub has embraced the casual surfer vibe of the area, and even serves their tasting flights on little wooden surfboards. A perfect spot to relax after a day at the beach, Breakwater has a full menu and an impressive variety of taps that feature their own house brews (about 14) as well as guest beers (about 24). Be sure to also grab a taste of their Rabiscus Mead, which is a fairly unique offering.

Where: 101 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
> Find out more about Breakwater Brewing Company

Coast on Down to Pizza Port, Carlsbad

Another casual, family friendly brewpub that’s only a few blocks or so from the water, Pizza Port has been a top local favorite for many years. Awesome pizzas and salads accompany some of San Diego’s most award-winning beers, all available from a large selection of taps (Sharkbite red and Swamis IPA are two crowd faves). Interesting guests beers are another regular feature of Pizza Port, as is the loud, fun, boisterous atmosphere that makes it a perfect after-beach chill for parents and kids alike.

Where: 571 Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad, CA 92008
> Find out more about Pizza Port Carlsbad

Drift Down to Pizza Port and Culture Brewing Co., Solana Beach

The Pizza Port in Solana Beach, like its siblings in Carlsbad and Ocean Beach, is also just a shell’s-throw from the water. And like all Pizza Ports, the beach-inspired setting is all about good food, great beer, and relaxing in a casual, friendly spot. Each Pizza Port shares certain beers with all the others, but each location also has its own brewer, so don’t miss the excellent offerings that are unique to each location.

Where: 135 N. Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075
> Find out more about Pizza Port Solana Beach

Culture Brewing is just a block or two from Pizza Port and two blocks from the beach. As one of the “new kids,” this small tasting room and brewery has faced the challenge of offering their beers in the shadow of Pizza Port, which has been a Solana beer mecca for a long time. The talented folks at Culture, however, seem up to the task (try the black IPA if you can).

Where: 111 S Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075
> Find out more about Culture Brewing Co.

Float on Over to Karl Strauss, La Jolla

Karl Strauss has a number of excellent brewpubs located all over San Diego, but this one is closest to the water and the beach – though it is a few blocks up the hill, in town. One of the newer locations, this beautifully designed spot features large windows, an outdoor seating area, a full menu of great beer-inspired dishes, and a nice selection of the brewery’s tasty beers. On tap, usually, are some of Karl’s core production beers, some of their specialty beers, and one or two seasonals. (If available, don’t miss Off the Rails (red), Tower 20 IIPA, or Wreck Alley Imperial Stout.)

Where: 1044 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
> Find out more about Karl Strauss La Jolla

Wade Down to Pacific Beach Ale House and Amplified Ale Works, Pacific Beach

Here are two great ocean-centric locations, each right off the beach with great views. The family friendly PB Ale House offers a full menu as well as 8 or 9 house beers, all served up in a large space that offers everything from outdoor seating, to indoor tables, to an awesome rooftop area, which is the place to go for the most impressive view.

Where: 721 Grand Ave. San Diego, CA 92109
> Find out more about Pacific Beach Ale House

Just a few blocks south of PB Ale House is Amplified Ale Works, which also boasts a good view of the water, a full menu (it’s part of California Kabob House), and nice outdoor seating bathed by fresh ocean breezes.  Though their list of house brews is relatively short, they are all long on flavor (Belgian fans should not miss the Bier de Garde).

Where: 4150 Mission Blvd. #208, San Diego, CA 92109
> Find out more about Amplified Ale Works

Paddle on Over to Coronado Brewing Company, Bay Park

In the spring of 2013, Coronado completed this wonderful new facility just a quarter-mile or so from Mission Bay. A huge brewery fills most of the space, but there’s plenty of room for thirsty patrons in the large tasting area. Given its proximity to the bay, this Coronado location provides the perfect capper to a busy day of water sports, beachcombing, or exploring the many wonders of SeaWorld. After all that activity, few things will taste as good as a cold Orange Ave. Wit, a Mermaid’s Red, or the Frog’s Breath IPA.

Where: 1205 Knoxville St., San Diego, CA 92110
> Find out more about the Coronado Brewing Co. Tasting Room

Dive into Pizza Port, Ocean Beach

Here’s another great Pizza Port location, a block or so in from the water, and filled with great beer, delicious pizza, and a warm, friendly, SoCal vibe. On the small side, compared to its Carlsbad siblings, this location still provides a great lineup of house-made beers, as well as Pizza Port core production beers, and guest beers.

Where: 1956 Bacon St., Ocean Beach, CA 92107
> Find out more about Pizza Port Ocean Beach

Sail on Over to Coronado Brewing Company, Coronado Island

There’s no better vantage point than Coronado Island for getting a panoramic view of the beautiful San Diego skyline, replete with glistening water, marinas, and flocks of seagulls. And less than a block from the Coronado harbor you’ll find Coronado Brewing Company, which offers visitors a large brewpub setting with more than a dozen delicious house beers on tap, all of which pair very well with the casual pub-inspired menu.

Where: 170 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
> Find out more about Coronado Brewing Co. Brew Pup

Bruce Glassman’s San Diego Brewery Guide, which offers essential information on each brewery, tasting notes, and touring maps, is available at www.georgianbaybooks.com.