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7 Wineries to Visit Along Julian and Ramona’s Wine Trail

Hot ‘Hoods: San Diego’s Wine Trail Through Julian and Ramona

Just a 45-minute drive from the San Diego coast lie mountains and valleys that provide abundant microclimates perfect for growing wine. Increasingly, the 30 wineries around Julian and Ramona have distinguished their neck of the woods as a destination to rival any in California or Baja. Whether by car or by horse, the charming dirt roads that crisscross the region hold many surprises for wine lovers and explorers alike. Don’t forget to pack a picnic—many of the wineries encourage you to enjoy lunch on their grounds. Continue reading

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Exploring San Diego’s Hottest ‘Hoods: Julian

Just an hour away from the hustle and bustle of the city of San Diego is Julian, a sleepy little town nestled in the scenic Cuyamaca Mountains. A trip to this rustic hamlet feels like a voyage back in time, and rightfully so: It’s a California Historical Landmark dating back to the gold rush. Check out its many historic buildings and book a ride down storefront-lined Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage. And don’t pass up the chance to get a taste of what Julian has come to be known for – apples.

An easy day trip from San Diego, be sure to check out these offerings you can only find in Julian. And, if you time it right you might even see some winter snow. Continue reading

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Destination San Diego Episode 8: Exploring Beyond Downtown

Downtown may be the best known area of San Diego, but there are plenty of places to explore beyond downtown’s borders! In this edition of Destination San Diego, we’ll explore some of the neighborhoods in Southeastern San Diego. We’ll also take a look at the story of the spectacular span between San Diego and Coronado, then venture to a historic street in Chula Vista. And, we’ll show you a spot just northeast of downtown San Diego that’s been called “the best backyard in San Diego.” Plus, local surf and action photographer, Aaron Chang, dishes on San Diego’s art scene, inspiring views and the can’t-miss galleries.  

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Destination San Diego Episode 6 – Behind San Diego’s Icons

San Diego is known for a lot of things, from Top Gun to Shamu! On this edition of Destination San Diego, you’ll get a peek behind the scenes at some of the region’s most well known icons, like the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and the annual Comic-Con International convention. SeaWorld’s Stranded Animal Coordinator, Jody Westberg, shares a behind-the-scenes tour of the Animal Care Center along with her favorite spots outside the park to catch a glimpse of San Diego’s wildlife. Plus, you’ll also discover a few lesser-known secrets, like the best places to get delicious, authentic Asian food in San Diego’s north side, the history of the University of San Diego, and San Diego’s apple country in the mountain town of Julian.

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 14-19, 2015

From the largest West Coast kick off of the sportfishing season to a festival all about avocados, you want to be in San Diego this weekend to enjoy these top things to do!

5th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

Welcome to the 5th Annual Spring Showcase, a presentation of 16 dynamic films from 9 countries from Asia and beyond. A key feature of this year’s Spring Showcase is, Cinema Little Saigon, a traveling five film retrospective commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. Curated by Pacific Arts Movement, the compelling retrospective will highlight films spanning from the 1990s to today.

When: April 16-25, 2015
Cost: $9-$100
> Find out more about the 5th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

70th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show

Hunter Jumper Week - Del Mar National Horse Show

The Annual Del Mar National Horse Show is comprised of a week each of Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper competitions

One of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western US, the show is comprised of a week each of Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper competition. Over 3,000 horses take part, representing many breeds. Spectators will see reining, spins, sliding stops, elegant dressage moves choreographed to music, daredevil show jumping, trick riders, comedy acts, thrills and spills, and more.

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: April 16 – May 3, 2015
Cost: Daytime Shows: Free. Night Shows: $10-$19
> Find out more about the 70th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show

Annual Lakeside Rodeo

Lakeside Rodeo in San Diego's East County

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

Bareback bronco rides, calf roping and other traditional rodeo competitions, along with food and crafts, bring the Wild West to life in the San Diego East County town of Lakeside.

Where: Lakeside Rodeo Grounds – 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040
When: April 17-19, 2015
Cost: $5-$20
> Find out more about the Annual Lakeside Rodeo

San Diego Opera’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert

San Diego Opera's 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert - Top Things to Do

Celebrate the San Diego Opera’s 50th Anniversary with an amazing concert filled with favorite arias, duets, ensembles and choruses from Aida, Candide, Nabucco, The Marriage of Figaro, Turandot and Tosca by composers Saint–Saëns, Puccini, Donizetti, Verdi, Mozart and many more. Please come and enjoy a tribute to their 50-year history and celebrate their new beginning.

Where: Copley Symphony Hall – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 18-19, 2014
Cost: $35-$200
> Find out more about San Diego Opera’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Annual Coronado Flower Show

Coronado Flower Show

Stop and smell the roses at the colorful 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. A Wine and Beer Garden is now a permanent feature. Take a break from the show, relax and listen to the entertainment from the nearby bandstand.

Where: Spreckels Park – Orange Ave & 6th St, Coronado, CA 92118
When: April 18-19, 2015
Cost: $5
> Find out more about the Annual Coronado Flower Show

Citybeat Festival of Beers

Citybeat Festival of Beers 2015

The CityBeat Festival of Beers is the perfect marriage of two of San Diego’s best known exports – music and craft beer. San Diego has emerged as one of the most dynamic beer cities in the United States, arguably the world, with a diversity of style and technique that is unmatched.

Where: Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows – 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
When: April 18, 2015
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $45-$60
> Find out more about the Citybeat Festival of Beers

Port of San Diego’s Day at the Docks

Port of San Diego's Day at the Docks

Signaling the official start of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season, the West Coast’s largest public celebration of sportfishing features boat rides on San Diego Bay, displays by marine artists and fishing tackle experts, great food, entertainment, fishing seminars, open house aboard sportfishing boats, kid’s fishing, contests, prizes and more!

Where: San Diego Sportfishing Landing – Scott Street and Garrison Street, San Diego , CA 92109
When: April 19, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Fallbrook Avocado Festival

Fallbrook Avocado Festival 2015

Come prepared to visit the many craft and food booths – you can never go hungry at the Avocado Festival. Colorful booths line Main and Alvarado Street featuring unique clothing, hats, arts, crafts, jewelry, and farm-fresh produce for purchase. A variety of bands and other live entertainment are offered for the pleasure of festival-goers. Beer gardens and numerous food vendors cater to every whim.

Where: E Alvarado St & S Main Ave, Fallbrook, CA 92028
When: April 19, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Fallbrook Avocado Festival

San Diego EarthFair

San Diego EarthFair 2015

The annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. Produced by 400 volunteers, EarthFair 2015 will feature more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Children’s Activity Area, five entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery art show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse.

Where: Balboa Park
When: April 19, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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All Aboard! San Diego on Track with Train Travel

Pacific Surfliner - Amtrak California

Take a step back in time and explore San Diego aboard everything from steam locomotives to exquisite model train exhibits to coastal views to die for.

Coaster Train – Ride with a View

View from the second story seating on North County’s Coaster from Oceanside to San Diego.

View from the second story seating on North County’s Coaster from Oceanside to San Diego.

Visitors to San Diego County can ride the rails on double-decker Coaster and Amtrak California trains along the coast with not-to-be-missed views of the ocean. The trains also travel through seaside surf towns like Encinitas and intersect the Pacific Ocean and Del Mar Race Track and fairgrounds (“where the turf meets the surf”) on each side of the train, making taking San Diego’s “commuter” trains vacation-worthy excursions.

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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Is this a real town or a model?! Step back in time to the old San Diego at the Model Railroad Museum

Once in the city, visit the San Diego Model Railroad Museum (SDMRM) in Balboa Park. The world’s largest operating model railroad museum, this unique venue contains four enormous scale and model layouts that will delight young and old with their accurate and playful re-creation of famous railways throughout the southwest. In addition, the museum features a Toy Train Gallery with an interactive Lionel layout for children, and seasonal visiting exhibits, such as the John D. Spreckels: Building San Diego’s Crown Jewel exhibit currently on display.

Centennial Railway Garden

San Diego Model Railroad Museum Centennial Railway Garden

A portion of the San Diego Model Railroad Museum’s new Centennial Railway Garden Exhibit to debut April 25, 2015

Balboa Park is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year and the SDMRM is creating a 2015 Centennial Railroad Garden to be unveiled in late April. This open-air model railroad features a miniature recreation of Balboa Park as it existed in 1915 and showcases new technology that enables visitors to interact with the layout directly by using a smart phone or tablet.

Vintage San Diego Silver Line

San Diego Silver Line Car

I did a double take the first time I saw this vintage car on the tracks of our trolley line downtown. Photo by By Nehrams2020 (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

If you want to actually ride in vintage trains, opportunities abound. Even our city trolley system has a restored green 1946 vintage car on the tracks running limited service on a downtown loop among the modern red trolley cars.

> Find out more about the San Diego Vintage Trolley Project

Poway Midland Railroad

My daughter rides the rails at a train-themed birthday party at Old Poway Park.

My daughter rides the rails at a train-themed birthday party at Old Poway Park.

Family fun can be had at Old Poway Park where the Poway Midland Railroad offers weekend rides on various vintage trains, including an original steam locomotive, a speeder and a trolley depending on the weekend and season. The park plays host to many community events and festivals year round and is a great place to bring a picnic.

Where: 14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064
> Find out more about the Poway-Midland Railroad

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

Golden State Train - Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

All aboard the PSRM’s Golden State Limited Train!

A trip to Campo in San Diego’s southeastern regions lets visitors experience the Old West at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum. The 40-acre interpretive museum at Campo and a small satellite museum in downtown La Mesa educate visitors about the rich history of rail travel in the U.S. At the Campo venue, PSRM operates real, old-time trains on 14 miles of the mountainous San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway, a historic rail line built by John D. Spreckels in the early decades of the 20th century. Passengers can take weekend, select Tuesday, and seasonal rides aboard the Golden State Limited locomotive during a one hour round trip train ride on the historic railway. The PSRM offers special event excursions for private groups, school field trips and seasonal rides such as “The Bunny Train” and “The Polar Express” during the winter holidays, offering rides to The North Pole to visit Santa.

Where: 750 Depot Street, Campo, CA 91906
> Find out more about the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

A Few More “Train” Stops in San Diego

And finally, if you are interested in buying vintage model trains, San Diego’s Frank the Train Man retail store opened in 1943 and is still going strong in its current North Park location. Or if you’d like to sip one of San Diego’s famous craft beers while sitting in an old trolley stop, check out Station Tavern for a burger and a family friendly play area that includes a model trolley car for the kids to play on. The site was originally a trolley station for San Diego’s No. 2 line from 1929-1948. Make your last stop The Whistle Stop Bar, a hangout for locals that dubs itself “the little bar that could” and is only a few steps away from Station Tavern.

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 14-19, 2015

With sunshine forecasted for the long-weekend, why not head to San Diego and enjoy everything from outdoor adventures to these top things to do.

Borrego Springs Film Festival

Borrego Springs Film Festival

Explore the desert town at 24 frames per second during the Borrego Springs Films Festival

In 1920 the pioneering filmmaker and actress, Nell Shipman, launched a new era for Borrego Springs, California with her film, Something New, and things have never been the same! Borrego Springs and the Anza-Borrego Desert have provided strange, stark and amazing locations for nearly a century of films and filmmakers. Come, be a part of the next 100 years of filmmaking in Borrego Springs.

Where: 590 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
When: January 15-19, 2015
Cost: $10-$100
> Find out more about the Borrego Springs Film Festival

Whale Watch Weekend and Intertidal Life Festival

Tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

Explore the tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument at the Whale Watch Weekend and Intertidal Life Festival

Whale Watch Weekend is a chance for Cabrillo National Monument to invites you to the park to learn about the importance of protecting our oceans. The two-day festival will feature whale watching and exhibitors from a variety of organizations that support ocean conservation. The festival will include marine awareness, whale watching and lectures on federal and state agencies that protect our oceans. In addition, this year”s festival will feature tidepool exploration and a presentation on the Marine Protected Areas; Ranger programs on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the Kelp Forest Ecology and an interactive storytelling for children about the creation of the tides.

Where: Cabrillo National Monument – 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
When: January 17-18, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: $5 per vehicle. $3 for walk-ins, bicycle, motorcycles
> Find out more about the Whale Watch Weekend and Inter-tidal Life Festival

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

Enjoy our multi-cultural heritage at the San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

Celebrate the 14th Annual Sheila R. Hardin San Diego Multicultural Festival. The family friendly festival showcases San Diego”s rich cultural and traditional heritage through live entertainment, food stations, vendors, and more.

Where: Ruocco Park – 585 Harbor Lane, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 17, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade - Top Things to Do in San Diego

A float commemorating Rosa Parks” bus ride participates in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States. Our parade is filled with dazzling floats, soulful High School Bands, Drill Teams, Colleges, Fraternities, Churches, Organizations, Peace and Youth groups.

Where: Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 18, 2015
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week 2015

For one week only, Sunday, January 18th through Saturday, January 24th, foodies will be able to eat their hearts out at over 200 participating restaurants that will offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus. Yes, you read that online casino correctly! Saturday is now included with San Diego Restaurant Week and there are new price points for dinner giving you even more variety in your dining options!

When: January 18-24, 2015
Cost: $10-$50
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Festival

Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival - WorldBeat Center - Top Things to Do

Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at this free festival in Balboa Park

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Worldbeat Center will feature outdoor cultural arts & craft vendors marketplace, and Oneworld Cafe – vegetarian food served!

Where: WorldBeat Center – 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 19, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Festival

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 9-14, 2014

Jungle Bells - San Diego Zoo

Give yourself the gift of a trip to San Diego this weekend and enjoy all of these top things to do including Christmas light displays on the water!

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La Mesa”s Christmas in the Village

La Mesa Christmas in the Village

It”s a winter wonderland at La Mesa Christmas in the Village

Don”t miss the strolling minstrels, carolers and street entertainers, food and commercial vendors. Live Music is featured in a number of stage areas and Bonfires fill the Boulevard. The kids will love Santa, the Carnival Rides, Ponies and the Puppet Shows. All Specialty Shops, Boutiques and Restaurants open late during event. Thousands of unique gifts all season long!

Where: La Mesa Blvd & Spring St, La Mesa, CA 91941
When: December 12-13, 2014
Time: 5:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about La Mesa”s Christmas in the Village

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Jungle Bells, Zoo, Attractions, Holidays

The San Diego Zoo stays open late for fun holiday activities, shows and light displays during Jungle Bells.

Jungle Bells are ringing – it”s holiday time! The San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Guests can enjoy displays of lighted animal sculptures throughout the Zoo aboard the Twinkle Light Trolley, live animal presentations, Dr. Zoolittle”s lively version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas, special music and entertainment, delicious holiday treats, encounters with animal ambassadors, visits with Santa, and much more.

Where: San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 13, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Poway”s Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park at Old Poway Park San Diego

Santa welcomes guests to Old Poway Park.

Are you looking for a great way to get into the holiday spirit and create family memories that will last a lifetime? Witness Christmas traditions come to life including Christmas tree lighting followed by the arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus; horse-drawn hay and pony rides, petting zoo, and face painting; steam locomotive, model trains, and live entertainment; and holiday sweets and warm dinner foods.

Where: Old Poway Park – 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064
When: December 13, 2014
Time: 3:30 to 8:30 PM
Cost: Free. Nominal fee for some activities
> Find out more about Poway”s Christmas in the Park

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Lights Up during the holiday season.

This free, distinctly California celebration features boats decorated for the annual holiday season that will sail around Mission Bay. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego community, dozens of vessels take to the water for the parade.

When: December 13, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Boats of all sizes get decked out with holiday lights and circle Oceanside Harbor

Fishing boats, sailboats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, casino restaurants and beach. Many of the boats feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd.

Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: December 13, 2014
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

2011 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

Everyone with 2 to 4 Legs will have fun at the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade!

San Diego”s furriest festive parade returns to Downtown as the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. All pet owners and their furry, feathered and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, wing and fin forward for this jolly promenade and pet expo.

Where: Gaslamp Hilton Park – 401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 13, 2014
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free to view. $15-$20 to participate in the parade
> Find out more about the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

View more than 80 decorated boats at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights!

Join us for the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, an annual time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community.The parade takes place on San Diego Bay with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated to a new theme each year. Held on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Whether you”re a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive and delightful experience for all!

When: December 14 & 21, 2014
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The Nutcracker

When the Toy Soldiers arrive, that means The Nutcracker and the Holidays are here!

When the Toy Soldiers arrive, that means The Nutcracker and the Holidays are here!

It’s not a holiday season unless you can escape to the land of sugar-plum fairies with a live version of The Nutcracker! Here are

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – November 18-23, 2014

Start your Thanksgiving Holiday a little early and escape to San Diego for these top things to do this weekend.

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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival

Get the chance to choose samples from more than 700 wines at the Grand Finale Events. Photo courtesy of Joey Hernandez.

The weeklong celebration continues with plenty of events featuring more than 200 wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors, 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest wine and food celebration on the West Coast. Don’t miss out on Saturday’s Grand Finale Tasting Event with more than 700 wines being poured!

When: Through November 23, 2014
Cost: $45-$625
> Find out more about the San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival

Sycuan’s Fantasy on Ice

Ice Skating in Horton Plaza - Sycuan's Fantasy on Ice

Ice skate in the heart of San Diego at Sycuan’s Fantasy on Ice.

If you’ve ever dreamed of spinning on the ice under the glow of big city lights, don’t head to New York’s Rockefeller Center – head to downtown San Diego. Sponsored by Sycuan and benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital, Fantasy on Ice sits right in the heart of downtown by Horton Plaza. Grab a date, head out to dinner at one of the Gaslamp Quarter’s 180+ restaurants, and cap off the night with a romantic spin around the rink.

Where: Horton Plaza, 225 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: November 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015 (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days)
Times: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Check website for time changes)
Cost: $14-$35
> Find out more about Sycuan’s Fantasy on Ice

San Diego MOvember Bash

San Diego MOvember Bash - Top Things to Do

If you are in San Diego this November, don’t miss the biggest Movember Moustache Party taking place in downtown East Village between the Convention Center and Petco Park! 2 Causes. 15 Movember Parties. 13 Welcome Shots Included.

Starting Point: Bootlegger – 804 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 21, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Cost: $40
> Find out more about the San Diego MOvember Bash

Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss

Hotel Del Coronado - TM Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All Rights Reserved

Discover the Ingenious World of Dr. Seuss at the San Diego History Center. Hotel del Coronado – TM Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

The highly popular traveling Dr. Seuss exhibition will be lively and whimsical, using state-of-the-art technology and engaging visitors in exploratory and immersive experiences. The exhibition will feature rare early works, ephemera, illustration, and editorial cartoons, as well as two newly released Geisel illustrations.

Where: San Diego History Center – 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 22 – December 31, 2014
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss

2014 Mother Goose Parade

Goose Float at the Mother Goose Parade in San Diego's East County

El Cajon’s Mother Goose Parade!

The largest parade in San Diego County is also the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the Mother Goose Parade attracts thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon. More than 100 colorful and exciting parade entries come from around the United States to share in the excitement that is the Mother Goose Parade. The parade entries include spectacular motorized floats, glorious marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, special guests, performing artists, celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa Claus.

When: November 23, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 2014 Mother Goose Parade

2014 Encinitas Fall Festival

Encinitas Street Fair

Food, music, rides, a beer garden and over 450 vendors at the Encinitas Street Fair

With 450+ booths to visit, plus dozens of unique downtown Encinitas retailers, here’s a great opportunity for your holiday shopping. Enjoy music and dance performances at two stages, as well as three new additions: the Kids Zone, Dog Park and Bike Valet.

Where: Coast Highway 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: November 23, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 2014 Encinitas Fall Festival

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do – Halloween and Dia de los Muertos 2014

Halloween Pumpkin - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Get ready for a weekend in San Diego full of Halloween fun, Dia de los Muertos celebrations and these top things to do.

Halloween

Halloween Pumpkin - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Celebrate Halloween San Diego Style!

From family friendly fright fests and historically haunted tours, to terror-filled scream zones and wild, trick-or-treat parties, Halloween in San Diego is crazy fun for ghouls and kids of all ages.

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Dia de los Muertos

Celebrate Life at these Dia de los Muertos Celebrations in San Diego

Celebrate Life at these Dia de los Muertos Celebrations in San Diego

Celebrate life and remember the departed at one of the many lively festivals and events being held throughout San Diego.

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Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

Viejas Ice Rink - Halloween

Trick or Ice at the Viejas Ice Rink.

To kick off the holiday season, Viejas Outlet Center is opening their massive ice skating rink early! Don your best costume for some Halloween fun on Southern California’s Largest Outdoor ice skating rink.

Where: Viejas Outlet Center – 5005 Willows Rd Suite 229, Alpine, CA 91901
When: October 31, 2014 (Regular hours and prices start November 1, 2014)
Time: 5:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $12-$14
> Find out more about the Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

2014 Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

Enjoy a day of shopping, food and entertainment at the Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

Considered the largest single day street faire in the nation, the annual Carlsbad Village Street Faire features more than 900 vendors selling everything from clothes, accessories, plants and household products to art, antiques and home decor. An international food court provides dining choices from over 50 vendors and a children’s entertainment area includes games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting and arts and crafts.

Where: Grand Avenue between Carlsbad Blvd. and Jefferson St., Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: November 2, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 2014 Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

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