Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – 2013 Father’s Day Weekend Edition

Fireworks at Petco Park

This weekend is all about dads and granddads in San Diego. Show him how much you appreciate all he does by treating him to a beer tour of the 70+ breweries in the county, a round of golf at one of the region’s 90 courses, a relaxing day of fishing or one of these top things to do this Father’s Day weekend:

Padres Summer Sky Blast

Fireworks at Petco Park

Marvel at celebratory fireworks over Petco Park. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Padres.

Take dad out to the ball game, take him out to the crowds… Stick around after the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for great music and Petco Park’s biggest fireworks show.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 15, 2013
First Pitch: 7:10 PM
Cost: $10-$119
> Find out more about the Padres Summer Sky Blast

Big Bite Bacon Fest

Big Bite Bacon Fest on Father's Day


Bacon, need I say more? This Father’s Day, the Del Mar arena will be transformed into a bacon paradise with unlimited samples from the best chefs and restaurants in San Diego. Local breweries will also be pouring beers hand selected to compliment the bacon goodness!

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: June 16, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Cost: $55-$80
> Find out more about the Big Bite Bacon Fest

Father’s Day Sail on the Californian

Tall Ship Californian - Maritime Museum of San Diego

Take Dad on a high seas adventure cruise aboard the tall ship Californian this Father’s Day.

Treat dad like the captain he is with a sailing cruise aboard the Californian, the Official Tall Ship of the State of California. Before heading out, dad will enjoy beer and brats while the kids chow down on hot dogs, chips and soda. Once aboard, prepare to help haul a line and man the helm as the historic tall ship sails around the waters of San Diego.

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 15-16, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: $45-$65
> Find out more about Father’s Day Sail on Californian

Father’s Day Beer & Champagne Brunch Cruise

Father's Day aboard a Hornblower Cruise

Treat dad and grandpa to a two-hour Father’s Day Beer and Champagne Brunch Cruise with a hearty buffet menu, over 50 battle ships, aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines, plus free-flowing beer and champagne all on a comfortable yacht!

Where: Hornblower Cruises & Events – 1800 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 16, 2013
Time: 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Cost: $42-$70
> Find out more about the Father’s Day Beer & Champagne Brunch Cruise

San Diego Father’s Day Fest and Walk

San Diego Father's Day Fest and Walk

The 3rd Annual San Diego Father’s Day Festival is an interactive experience that honors the relationship between dad, kids and our soldiers at rest. The festival features live music, interactive activities, and special performances.

Where: Nobel Park – 8810 Judicial Drive, San Diego, CA 92122
When: June 15, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Father’s Day Fest and Walk

San Diego Oysterfest


A music festival, oyster festival and beer festival all rolled into one. This year’s San Diego Oysterfest will have a truly home town feel. Live music, food from some of San Diego’s top restaurants, beer from local breweries, cooking demos from San Diego celebrity chefs, shuck and suck competition, speed shucking competition and lots more.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North – 649 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 15, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Cost: $25-$100
> Find out more about San Diego Oysterfest

Father’s Day Beer Train Tour

Father's Day Beer Train Tour

Treat dad to an afternoon full of beer, food and fun on a Beer Train Tour.

Give dad the gift that keeps chugging! Dad and your group will be treated to local craft beers, a behind the scenes tour of the brewery, as you “hop” on and off the Beer Train (3-4 stops along the way). There will even be beer tastings on the train.

When: Wednesday-Friday through June 30, 2013
Time: 11:15 AM to 4:45 PM
Cost: $82 (Does not include $12 train ticket)
> Find out more about the Father’s Day Beer Train Tour

> Discover more things to do this Father’s Day Weekend in San Diego

Know of any more great Father’s Day events in San Diego? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

San Diego Padres Home Opener and More Top Things to Do – April 9-14, 2013

This week in San Diego, enjoy America’s favorite pastime with a baseball game during the San Diego Padres home opener week and/or one of these other top things to do:

San Diego Padres Home Opener Week


It’s not spring in San Diego until the first pitch is thrown at Petco Park. Here’s a rundown on what’s going on this week during the San Diego Padres Home Opener week:

East Village Association Opening Day Block Party

Join in with locals to celebrate the San Diego Padres home opener as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Enjoy a Stone Brewing Beer Garden, live entertainment, DJs, tastes from local restaurants, food trucks, local artisans and businesses, and live broadcasts of the ball game from local radio stations.

> Find out more about the East Village Association Opening Day Block Party

Home Opener Series – Padres v. Dodgers – April 9-11, 2013

To open up the 2013 home games, the Padres will take on their bitter rivals, the LA Dodgers. If you are lucky enough to have tickets, I would suggest wearing Padres brown or the free opening day t-shirt. Home opener starts at 3:40 PM PST.

> Find out more about the Padres v. Dodgers Home Opener Series

Padres v Colorado Rockies – April 12-14, 2013

After the home opener series, the Padres are set to beat the Colorado Rockies over the weekend. Snag tickets to the Saturday game and receive a free Chase Headley Bobblehead.

> Find out more about the Padres v. Colorado Rockies series

Dining Before and After the San Diego Padres Home Opener

So many options! You could grab a beer at the Mission Brewery located a block away from the stadium or you could try one of these dining options around Petco Park. Also check out UT San Diego’s rundown or Eater San Diego’s exhaustive review of dining in Petco Park.

Spring into Night at SeaWorld San Diego

Shamu Rocks at SeaWorld

Shamu Rocks at SeaWorld

This Saturday, SeaWorld San Diego will stay open late so you can enjoy all your favorite attractions by day and then stay late to enjoy the nighttime killer whale rock ‘n’ roll show, Shamu Rocks.

Where: 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Date: April 13, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
> Find out more about Spring into Night at SeaWorld San Diego

Third Avenue Village Street Faire

Third Avenue Village Street Faire

Kids will enjoy the balloon animals and other activities at the Third Avenue Village Street Faire

Here you can enjoy live entertainment on two stages, diverse food items, custom-made crafts, business specials, classic car displays and more. Bring the kids for carnival games and inflatable rides, face painting, balloon making and magic shows, and educational exhibits and more. The 21 and up crowd can kick back, enjoy the scenery and take advantage of drink specials at participating Third Avenue eateries.

Where: Third Avenue between E Street and G Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: April 14, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Third Avenue Village Street Faire

Adventure Sail Aboard the Californian

Tall Ship Californian - Maritime Museum of San Diego

Take to the high seas on an adventure cruise aboard the tall ship Californian

This Sunday, join the crew of the tall ship, Californian, and haul a line, man the helm and end the day with a cannon salute. Watch the crew as they scamper up and down the rigging to set and furl the sails. Listen as the Californian’s crew relates the history of sailing and exploration in San Diego, tales of whaling and sea otter trade, local sea battles, the art of ship’s gunnery, life at sea and more.

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
April 14, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: Adults – $60. Kids (11 and under) – $48
> Find out more about Adventure Sail Aboard the Californian

Rocky Mountain Express IMAX at the Fleet

Rocky Mountain Express - Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Take a trip to the Rockies while never having to leave San Diego

Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building a nearly impossible transcontinental railway. Spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, archival photographs and maps, and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive immerse audiences in this remarkable story from the age of steam.

Where: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center – 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Through June 30, 2013
> Find out more about Rocky Mountain Express IMAX at the Fleet

> 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 to Try This Weekend: Mother’s Day Edition

Mom and Daughter at La Jolla Shores
Mom and Daughter at La Jolla Shores

Celebrate Mom...San Diego Style!

Looking for something fun to do with mom? While you can find more great Mother’s Day offers and events at, here are our 5 to Try for Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012…San Diego style:

1. Mother’s Day Kayaking

Take your Mom on a kayaking tour! Visit one of Hike, Bike, & Kayak’s two locations in La Jolla or on Mission Bay and take your mom kayaking for free! You can either rent a kayak or take a tour, either way Mom goes free with a party of 4. Reservations are required (minimum of 4 people) and space fills up fast! Offer is valid May 12-13.

2. Mother’s Day Brunch with Shamu

Relax and be pampered while you dine poolside and experience the magical bond between SeaWorld’s killer whales and their young. You have your choice of two seatings: 9:30 am or noon. Advanced reservations are highly recommended, a SeaWorld admission ticket is required but not included.

3. Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise

Treat mom to a spectacular champagne brunch on a cruise! Whisk her onboard the new Inspiration Hornblower, the largest charter yacht south of San Francisco and all mom will have to do is enjoy the scenery, music, the wonderful cuisine, and your company. Every mom will take home a free flower! Select one of two cruising times.

4. Mother’s Day Brunch at Anthology

Bring your mom to Anthology for a little live music and brunch from award winning chef Todd Allison. Listen to Anthology’s House Band Tribute to Women: From Billie to Aretha to Beyonce. No cover for kids 12 and under.

5. Mother’s Day Champagne Buffe Brunch at South Coast Winery Resort and Spa

Treat your mom to a delightful Champagne Buffet Brunch. From chilled displays, salads, sliced fruit and berries, prime roast and omelets, to Chicken Marsala, oven-roasted sea bass, blueberry pancakes, smoked pork hash and desserts, South Coast Winery’s talented chefs have created a fantastic menu that mom will be talking about for years!

What are you doing for Mom this weekend?

Brent Bernasconi

Exploring the Fun at Loews Coronado Resort

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Since Loews Coronado Bay Resort is giving away 20 room nights as part of their 20th anniversary, our Coronado expert Robert gave us his ideas of what he would do if he won the sweepstakes. He also had a chance to drive over the iconic Coronado Bridge to the Crown City and take a peek at some of the great activities including stand-up paddle boarding, beach and kayak tours along the Silver Strand State Beach and gondola cruises that take off from the Loews Marina.

Make sure to enter the “20 Days, Your Way” sweepstakes for a chance to win 20 room nights at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort and you too can enjoy all of these exciting and relaxing activities! Enter now…

Robert Arends

Historic Highways 80 and 94 Road Trip this Saturday!

Mountain views along Historic Highways 80 and 94.

Road trip! If you’re up for adventure this weekend and looking to hit the open road, I’ve got the trip for you: the 6th Annual Passport Through Time Road Trip on Historic Highways 80 & 94.

For those not familiar with Highways 80 and 94, they’re like San Diego’s very own Route 66 – a slice of Americana traversing a scenic rural landscape leading to some fun and surprising roadside treasures.

The caravan of cars and motorcycles will cruise through San Diego’s “backyard’s backyard,” covering a distance of about 100 miles! It’s so leisurely paced though, with a dozen plus pit stops along the way, that you’ll hardly notice the miles fly by.

Speaking of pit stops, following are my Top 3 favorites on each historic highway…

Highway 94:

  • Barrett Junction Café is a favorite back road stop. Opened in 1946, the cafe is famous for its family-style fish fry. Check out the funky collection of antiques and historic photos lining the café’s walls and counters. A vintage ice box and antique phone (that still works) add to the country charm. 
  • Step back in time at the Potrero General Storewhich dates to the stagecoach era of the mid-1800s and has a friendly, small- town feel.  Café 94, a popular local diner connected to the general store, is the place for home-style comfort food.

    Motor Transport Museum.

  • The Motor Transport Museum in Campo one of my favorite backcountry attractions – home to 200+ antique trucks and other motor transport vehicles, plus an eclectic collection of photos/memorabilia related to automotive pioneers. It’s housed in the historic Campo Feldspar Mill, built in 1929.

Highway 80:

Wisteria Candy Cottage - delish!

  • The famous Wisteria Candy Cottage in Boulevard a family-run sweet shop housed in a one-room schoolhouse from 1921, is famous for its hand-dipped chocolates and other old-fashioned candies. Yum!

    Live Oak Springs' cozy cabins.

  • Live Oak Springs Resort, also in Boulevard, is a cozy and romantic mountain getaway known for its picturesque, two-story A-frame cabins. Nestled amongst the giant oak trees, they look like something right out a children’s storybook.

    Colorful Tryyn Gallery.

  • The Tryyn Gallery in Guatay a little-known artistic jewel, featuring a collection of handcrafted wooden cooking utensils and other unique wood carvings by craftsman Bill Chappelow, whose fine-wood designs are part of the Smithsonian collection in Washington, D.C.!

The Passport Road Trip begins at 9 a.m. at Simpson’s Nursery in Jamul (registration $20 per car) and ends at the Downtown Café in El Cajon at 3 p.m. with a sumptuous no host buffet, live entertainment and auctions to win some fab prizes.

Get your motor running and discover the delightfully diverse communities of San Diego’s East County!


5 to Try This Weekend

1. All month long, 40 museums throughout San Diego are 50% off during San Diego Museum Month! From the San Diego Air & Space Museum to the Oceanside Museum of Art, you can definitely get your culture on. Be sure to pick up your pass at any Macy’s in San Diego County. It’s a great time to try your favorite museum or something new.

2. I love having a three-day weekend; that extra day allows me to do something I wouldn’t normally have time for. This weekend I’m going to the Little Italy Mercato on Saturday (weather please hold up). With over 6,500 farms in San Diego County, there is always plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and other goodies to be found at Farmers Markets.

3. The 21st Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival runs through February 20th. Some of the films playing this weekend include “The Matchmaker” and “Who Do You Love”.

4. Did you know that Friday, February 18th is going to be a full moon? Take a romantic full-moon dinner cruise on a Hornblower yacht and enjoy dinner, champagne, music and dancing under the stars and the beautiful San Diego skyline.

5. One of our staffers recently saw “Superior Donuts” playing at the San Diego Repertory Theatre through March 6. She said it was both a funny and poignant play set in a 1960’s donut shop. Eat before you go, otherwise you may be drooling over the donuts during the show!

Benjamin Eastman

The New Cruise Ship Pier is a-comin’!

The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier

San Diegans are excited about the upcoming grand revealing of the new cruise ship terminal on Broadway Pier!  This beautiful building has been under construction over the past year and is almost ready to start accepting cruise ships!  

The construction of the building is pretty interesting, has a great flow out to the water, and they are striving to get their Silver LEED certification by using sustainable and environmentally friendly materials.  The Port Pavillion’s colors and artwork will be a fantastic addition to our waterscape and they’re even incorporating some space on the pier to allow for larger public events and festivals.  I had the pleasure of taking a hard hat tour of the building yesterday and am excited to see the finished product next month!

But don’t take my word for how cool of a building it is!  The Port of San Diego is hosting an Open House in December and everyone’s invited!  Here are the details:

Saturday, December 18, 2010
10:00am – 4:00pm:  Public Open House
4:00pm – Dedication Ceremony

1000 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA  92101


5 to Try: Weekend Edition

  1. Head to the desert for the Borrego Springs 45th Annual Desert Festival.  The celebration, themed “Art & Soul,” includes a parade, the Miss Borrego pageant, dance parties, live music, art and craft exhibitions and more.
  2. On October 31, the city of Oceanside hosts the 10th Annual Dia del los Muertos celebration at Mission San Luis Rey.  The mission grounds will transform into a Mexican plaza with thousands of marigolds that create ‘ofrendas,’ and you can enjoy music, dancing, food booths, a retail mercado and the Chalk Cemetery for creating memorials for lost loved ones.
  3. Night crawlers enjoy the annual Monster Bash in the Gaslamp Quarter on October 30.  This annual outdoor music festival takes over the downtown streets with live musical performances on multiple stages, beer gardens and an extreme costume contest.  This ticketed event is for guests ages 21 and older. 
  4. Take advantage of October’s FREE things this last weekend of the month. Kids 11 years-old and younger get free admission into the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and Hornblower Cruises & Events is offering free San Diego Bay cruises for kids 12 years and younger.
  5. And of course, don’t forget to check out many of the Halloween festivities for families, and other Halloween happenings like Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, with its 3-D ghost maze, 25-room house of horror and haunted hayrides; The Haunted Hotel in downtown San Diego where haunts from Hollywood’s favorite horror films fill the rooms; and Haunted Trail of Terror in Balboa Park where you’ll need to run for your life through an outdoor maze.   I ain’t afraid of no ghost!  Ok, that was a lie…

Get Seuss This Weekend & Celebrate World Oceans Day

Underwater reading at SEA LIFE Aquarium

San Diego is proud to join hundreds of conservation organizations and thousands of individuals from countries around the world to celebrate World Oceans Day (June 8th) and help raise awareness about the important ways we can protect our oceans.

This year, World Oceans Day is themed around the 50th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss classic, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” and since Dr. Seuss was a local San Diegan, we’re excited to celebrate his legacy.

We’re so excited in fact, that we’re starting the party a little early with a number of fun events taking place this weekend:

Attractions and Museums

  • The San Diego Zoo will host a World Oceans Day snow sculpture building contest with polar bear “judges” and a reading of the book, with help from sea lions, on at 11 a.m. on June 5.
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium will celebrate in Seussian-style with an underwater reading of the book at 11 a.m., Seuss-themed arts & crafts, games and caricature portraits from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 5.

On the Water

  • Surf Diva will host a paddle out and reading of the book in the Pacific Ocean at 11:30 a.m. on June 5.
  • Hornblower Harbor Cruises will offer Seuss-themed face painting free for children aboard all six of their green-themed, narrated Harbor Cruises on beautiful San Diego Bay on June 5.
  • The Bahia Belle will provide special children’s cruises around Mission Bay with songs, games and activities from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on June 4-6.


  • Omni San Diego Hotel offers an “Oceans of Life” hotel package during June 1 – December 30.
  • The Grand Del Mar will host a World Oceans Day Coloring Contest, a reading of the book and other activities from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on June 5.

Around Town


Free at Last

He's eagerly awaiting your visit to the Zoo

He's eagerly awaiting your visit to the Zoo

Today is October 1, which means for the next 30 days kids and families can enjoy:

Free admission into the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park during Kid Free Days. All children ages 3 – 11 will receive complimentary admission into both parks for the entire month.

Free admission on any one- or two-hour Harbor Cruise of San Diego Bay with Hornblower Cruises & Events. Complimentary tickets will be provided for up to two children, ages 12 and under, per each paying adult for the entire month.

Half-priced admission into four museums in Balboa Park: the Mingei International Museum, the Museum of Man, the Museum of San Diego History and the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) will offer half-priced admission every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Note: this offer is actually valid through May 31, 2010 with some blackout days effective after October 31; please check museums to verify for half-priced admission days.