Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

Stempunk Buggy by David Farish - San Diego Automotive Museum

I don’t know what sounds like more fun for the kids…Steampunk – The Exhibit or Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body. Maybe we will just have to check them both out. Which of these 5 to Try sounds like fun? Or leave a recommendation of your own!

Stempunk Buggy by David Farish - San Diego Automotive Museum

See David Farish's Steampunk Buggy at the San Diego Automotive Museum

1. Steampunk – The Exhibit

The San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park opens its latest exhibit, Steampunk – The Exhibit on Friday, June 1. For the first time ever, the museum is incorporating clothing, gadgets, and gizmos that are not directly related to the automobile. The focus of the exhibit is innovation, and non-traditional vehicles will be presented with classic examples of early automotive engineering and design. Anyone wearing Steampunk clothing and accessories will be admitted for just $5 during the entire run of the exhibit.

Fiesta del Sol - Solana Beach

Concerts and More at the Fiesta del Sol in Solana Beach. Photo courtesy of Daniel Knighton

2. 33rd Annual Fiesta del Sol

Head up north to Solana Beach on Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3 for an annual family and community event featuring stellar live music, an arts & crafts fair, children’s activities, an international food court, and a beer & wine garden. Be sure to visit the Fiesta del Sol Kid’s area with rides, games and hands-on activities. Favorite destinations include the hair salon and the face painter. Entrance into the festival is free.

Where the Wild Things Are Food & Wine Classic - Living Coast Discovery Center

3. Where the Wild Things Are: Food and Wine Classic

This four-hour event on Saturday, June 2 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm will feature fine culinary delights and wines to sample, live cooking demonstrations, music, and animal encounters in the gorgeous surroundings of the Nature Center and Wildlife Refuge. This event will benefit the Nature Center’s animals, exhibits, and programs, including the development of a new Outdoor Living Classroom and Discovery Park on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Guests will also be able to participate in a unique silent auction featuring amazing dinner packages, collector’s wines, and vacation experiences!

Rock and Roll Marathon

4. San Diego Rock n’ Roll Marathon 2012

Rock out at the annual Rock N Roll Marathon. The 15th annual Rock n’ Roll marathon sprints into San Diego on June 2nd. This 26.2 mile marathon features live music lining the streets, cheer squads, and a huge post-marathon concert to end the race with a bang. The race route will span more than 9 miles along San Diego’s scenic waterfront, including a stretch through PETCO Park. With more than 20,000 runners and 100,000 enthusiastic spectators, this popular event is not to be missed!

Art Around Adams 2012 Banner

5. Art Around Adams

This free, family friendly event on Saturday, June 2nd, will showcase an array of local artists, musicians, outrageous street performers, and interactive installations. More than 75 businesses will transform themselves into art galleries and performance arenas for the day. Free “Comedy Trolleys” will shuttle guests up and down Adams Avenue, while entertaining them with the best comedians San Diego has to offer.

Wings Over Gillespie Air Show Banner 2012

5+1. Wings over Gillespie

The 17th Annual Wings Over Gillespie Air Show, June 2-3, will feature the awesome howl of airplane engines such as WWII bombers, F4F Wildcat, the TBF Avenger, the A6M Zero, the SBD Dauntless, and many more “Flying Museums” including the only remaining of their type, the Northrop N9M Flying Wing and the F3F Flying Barrel. The Air Show will also have a KidsZone area with amusements, rides, entertainers, games and prizes, face painters, education displays, and a great variety of food and beverages. There will also be a Beer Festival to add to the festivities of a great summer weekend for all.

Robert Arends

Just Beachy: Coronado Named #1 Beach in America!

Coronado Beach - Brett Shoaf
Coronado Beach - Brett Shoaf

We're #1 - Coronado Beach! Photo courtesy of Brett Shoaf

Shhh… can you keep a secret? I almost couldn’t. I’ve known for weeks that postcard-perfect Coronado Beach was going to be crowned America’s Best Beach by “Dr. Beach.” However, I couldn’t tell a soul. I promised coastal expert Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach), that mums the word until May 25.

And today’s the day! I’m shouting it from the highest sand dunes on the island that Coronado is the #1 stretch of sand in the United States!

Coronado Beach - OrangeandPark.com

A Beautiful Coronado Sunset. Photo courtesy of OrangeandPark.com

The timing is perfect. Memorial Day weekend is here and AAA ranked San Diego the top Memorial Day destination! The official summer season has begun. Pack the beach towel, sunblock and boogie board and head to the sunny shores of Coronado!

(photo credit: Hotel del Coronado)

A few fun facts about Coronado Beach:

  • The 1.5 mile long beach has a silvery white sheen because of the presence of mica.
  • The northernmost section is known as Dog Beach (woof!), where four-legged visitors are permitted off leash!
  • The giant sand dunes along Ocean Blvd. spell C-O-R-O-N-A-D-O

If you’re heading to Coronado this summer, I’ve got the inside scoop on a couple more “must-sees” in the area.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition!

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition, America’s original surf dog competition, is June 16 at Imperial Beach – just south of Coronado’s Silver Strand. See hounds hang 10 solo (!) or with their owners. Tune in to ABC’s Good Morning America that weekend. Their crew will be filming the whole tail-wagging event with TV star Cameron Mathison!

Coronado - Silver Strand Beach

Silver Strand State Beach

Visitors are also welcome to join in the fun on the Explore & Restore Silver Strand State Beach interactive nature tours of the beach’s rare plants, animals and birds. Tours depart every Saturday and Sunday morning from the lobby of Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Sign up by calling the Loews concierge at 619-424-4000.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend everyone and I’ll see you in sun-kissed Coronado!

Suzzanne

3 for Free This Weekend in San Diego

It’s festival season in San Diego and what better way to enjoy the city than to enjoy it for free! Here are our 3 for Free this weekend in San Diego:

Sicilian Festival in Little Italy 2011

Sicilian Festival in Little Italy

1. 18th Annual Sicilian Festival

The music, dance, culture and cuisine of Sicily come to the streets of downtown San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood on May 20 with four performance stages, a parade of costumed dancers, musicians and more.

North Park's Festival of the Arts

2. 16th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts

On May 20, head over to North Park for this free festival that has grown into a local tradition embracing a diverse line-up of bands, dancers and artists into one marathon day of performances spread across six stages. The North Park Festival of the Arts celebrates all types of art forms in its Juried Arts Area with over 40 artists. There will be something for everyone including the kids as the Hands-On Arts area returns offering children the chance to participate in free, interactive activities designed to stimulate and inspire their imaginations to create their own masterpieces.

San Diego Museum of Art's Target Free Family Festival Day

San Diego Museum of Art's Target Free Family Festival Day

3. Target Free Family Day & Festival at the San Diego Museum of Art

Families and visitors to Balboa Park are invited to the Museum to participate in a free day of outdoor and indoor art-making activities, performances, artist demonstrations, and docent-led tours inspired by a chosen featured exhibition. Three to four art-making stations offer insights into artist techniques and ideas about making art. These all-ages art-making activities are led by Museum educators and professional artists. The Festival is held on Sunday May 20 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm and admission is complimentary.

What are your “free” plans for the upcoming weekend in San Diego?

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

Cinco de Mayo in San Diego doesn’t get any better…and on a weekend? Fabulous! Here are my 5 to Try for this weekend. What will you be doing?

29th Annual Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

1. 29th Annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

A celebration of Mexican spirit and culture, the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Old Town, the birthplace of San Diego, features music, food and entertainment for the entire family. Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo will be extending its celebration this year from a two-day free festival to a three-day Free festival starting on Friday, May 4th at 3:00 pm and concluding on Sunday, May 6th at 5:00 pm.

Carlsbad Village Street Faire

Carlsbad Village Street Faire

2. Carlsbad Village Street Faire

One of the largest one-day street fairs in California takes place on May 6 in downtown Carlsbad and features hundreds of exhibitors, international food booths and children’s rides.

Oceanside Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

3. Oceanside Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

Guests can celebrate Mexican Independence at the Oceanside Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, held May 6 at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre in San Diego’s North County. In partnership with Univision, the event features live entertainment, vendor booths, food booths, music and more.

16th Annual Festival Cinco de Mayo

4. 16th Annual Festival Cinco De Mayo

On Sunday, May 6th, head to downtown Chula Vista, in San Diego’s South Bay to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The festival includes over 200 vendors, live entertainment, authentic Mexican food and beverages, arts and crafts, a kid’s zone, rides, fashion shows and salsa dancing contests.

Coronado Ferry Landing Concert

Bayside concerts at Coronado Ferry Landing.

5. Coronado Ferry Landing Summer Concerts

Every weekend through September, the Coronado Ferry Landing will have free concerts from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Sundays. This weekend come visit Coronado, sit on the grass, enjoy the views of the Big Bay and listen to Cool Fever.

Brian

4 Reasons Why It’s Easy to Love Padres Baseball in San Diego

Major League Baseball returns to San Diego today when the Padres host the L.A. Dodgers in the season opener for both clubs.

An Entire Family of Padres Fans

An Entire Family of Padres Fans

That means the start of 81 home games in the East Village between April and September. With San Diego’s perfect weather, PETCO Park is the place I want to spend my summer evenings. Since I couldn’t wait for the season opener, I took my family for a preseason contest on Tuesday to get my baseball fix a little early. It reminded me why we love baseball so much as a great family experience.

Here are four reasons to get excited and book a San Diego baseball trip this spring:

Petco Park's Park at the Park

Catch the exciting Padres' Action from the Family Friendly Park at the Park

1. Park at the Park

Only in San Diego do you have a park within the stadium. For as little as $5, you can get into the game, throw down a blanket on the raised lawn and watch the game. There is a whiffle ball park where kids can play a game of their own, as they hit, run and throw until they tire themselves for bed. And with a prime view of the game on the jumbo screen, you won’t miss a minute of the action.

TaylorMade Simulator at PETCO Park

TaylorMade Simulator at PETCO Park

2. Two Sports, One Location

The new TaylorMade golf demo area allows visitors to swing golf clubs and try out their latest clubs. That’s like bacon dipped in chocolate; two of my favorite things combined.

San Diego's East Village

PETCO Park in the Heart of San Diego's East Village

3. East Village

The area around PETCO Park, known as East Village, really sprouted up since the park opened in 2004. That means most everything around the ballpark- restaurants, bars and hotels – is new and fresh. Be sure to check out great hotels like the Omni, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, San Diego Marriott Gaslamp, Hotel Solamar and Hotel Indigo. They’re all great spots to enjoy pregame and postgame drinking and dining.

4. Get to know the Rookies

I’m a die-hard baseball fan, so I always look forward to April and a new season. ESPN.com says the Padres have the #1 ranked farm system in baseball, so I’m excited to see the young guns make their way this season.

What to know:

Parking
There are scores of lots around the park that range between $10-$20 depending on proximity. The trolley is also a great option if your hotel is near the line or if you don’t have a vehicle.

Tickets
The Padres have tickets that start at just $5. There is a new dynamic pricing model in place this year, so be sure to check out padres.com/tickets.

Follow this link for more details and upcoming Padres’ home games

Brent Bernasconi

San Diego Fun in the Rain

I know most people don’t like it (especially San Diegans), but every once in a while it rains in San Diego. Trying to tan on the beach may not be the best option but there are plenty of other fun and exciting things to do throughout the county. Here are just a few ideas of things to do until the sun comes back out.

> Check out our update post on inside fun during a rainy day in San Diego

Balboa Park in the Rain

Balboa Park in the Rain. Photo Courtesy of Balboa Park

It’s Raining Culture

There are tons of great museums and cultural institutions throughout the county and almost all of them are indoors. The entire family can spend a whole day exploring the museums of Balboa Park and staying dry (minus the time it takes to move from museum to museum). Pick up the Balboa Park Passport or Stay-for-the-Day Pass that provides admission to multiple museums and saves you money at the same time!

For those with little ones, stop by The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego for hours of hands-on fun. If you are staying in the North County, the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum sneaks in education with interactive exploration. A few other options include the Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla or the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad.

During the week you can also stop by one of the great local libraries for some fun kid oriented activities or to just pick up a book and relax.

Coronado Brewing Company Fireplace

A Warm Fireplace on a Cold Day at the Coronado Brewing Company

Dining in the Rain

Okay, you probably don’t want to actually dine outside in the rain, but there are plenty of restaurants and pubs in San Diego that allow you to enjoy the sound of rainfall while staying warm. The Coronado Brewing Company is one of my favorite places to grab a bite to eat with a local craft beer as the rain falls outside. Ask for a table next to one of the fireplaces and then just stare out the open windows and enjoy.

If you are looking for a warm caffeinated beverage, pop in to a local coffee shop and warm yourself up. Many of these places also offer free wi-fi so you can get some work done or like San Diego on Facebook.

A Storm of Exciting Blockbusters

It is almost a San Diego pastime to catch the latest blockbuster film while the skies pour down on us. Fashion Valley’s movie theater has 18 screens so you are sure to find something everyone can enjoy. If you are in downtown, Horton Plaza’s multiplex is a great option for a mid afternoon movie followed by some shopping and dining. No matter where you are in the county, you can always find multiplex theater nearby.

Tell us in the comments below, what is your favorite thing to do during a rainy day in San Diego?

Brent Bernasconi

New Year’s Eve in San Diego for the Whole Family

The combination of dazzling fireworks, bubbly drinks, noise-makers, poppers and staying up late makes New Year’s Eve a holiday everyone loves. While many NYE events are adults only (here are a few highlights for the over 21 crowd), there are plenty of great events that kids of all ages can enjoy.

Follow this link for all of San Diego’s NYE Events…

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND

Start off the day with some roller coasters and Lego creations, then end the day early with family friendly concerts starting at 2:30. Watch out for the LEGO brick drop 22 feet as the clock counts down, followed by fireworks display at 6:00 pm. This is a great way to enjoy the New Year and still be in bed at a reasonable time.

Ring In The New Year at John’s Incredible Pizza Co.

Want everything for the kids taken care of this New Year’s? Then book your spot at John’s Incredible Pizza Co. in San Diego’s South Bay. The family can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet all night long, along with drinks, rides and prizes. At midnight, the excitement continues with the IncrediBear Horn Parade and the ball drop on the big screen.

New Year’s Bash at the New Children’s Museum

On Friday, December 30th, the New Children’s Museum will party all-day with a music and dance festival featuring performances by Pink Army, Rhythm Child, Clint Perry & the Boo Hoo Crew, Studio FX, San Diego Guild of Puppetry, and much more. This way you can celebrate the New Year with the kids on Friday and reserve Saturday for the adults! In the New Year holidays visit our site online-casino österreich.

What will you and your family be doing this New Year’s Eve?

Suzzanne

Legoland California Announces Snow Days!

I know where we will be during the next month! LEGOLAND is pulling out all the holiday cheer and will be celebrating with its biggest, brightest and coolest celebration ever with Holiday Snow Days. The celebration begins November 19 when the snow “falls” for the first time ever at LEGOLAND and continues with the lighting of the world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree and concludes with the annual Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party.

Fun Town will be transformed into a winter wonderland with a snow play area where families can build a snowman using LEGO carrots and other fun LEGO elements and throw snowballs at targets. Along with the snow-filled fun, Holiday Snow Days feature festive entertainment including carolers, elves, strolling magicians, Santa and his helpers, an enchanting holiday musical and nightly fireworks December 26 through December 31.

All Holiday Snow Days activities are included in the price of LEGOLAND California admission or Membership.

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

1. San Diego Beer Week: From November 4-13, hundreds of beer-centric events take place throughout the county during this 10-day festival that highlights San Diego’s award-winning craft beer, breweries and pubs. Two capstone events are the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival’s kick-off on November 5 at Liberty Station on Point Loma and the closing event, a beer and food pairing at the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla on November 13.

2. Fall Back Festival: On Saturday, November 6, experience life in San Diego in the 1800s by heading on down to the historic Gaslamp Quarter for real gold pannin’, authentic Wild West shootouts, western bands and fun interactive activities. This annual children’s historic street faire will feature ice cream eating, pig calling, spaghetti eating and a costume contest. Kids will also love the pony rides, wagon rides and a chance to visit the William Heath Davis House for a tour of the “House of a Thousand Spiders.”

3. An Evening with America: In conjunction with the Getty-initiated Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, The GRAMMY Museum, along with Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, is honored to present iconic, GRAMMY Award-winning rock group America, this Friday, November 4 at 8:00 p.m. Hear the band in discussion about their success as hit writers of enduring rock-folk-pop classics, their celebrated 40th Anniversary Tour and the release of Back Pages, their newest album, a collection of glimmering interpretations of timeless songs. After the interview, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, America will take audience questions and will perform an acoustic set.

4. Bike the Coast-Taste the Coast: On November 5th, grabe your bike and take a tour of the coast. The Bike the Coast, Taste the Coast takes cyclists 7, 15, 25, 50 or 100 miles up the coast to the Oceanside Pier, where food, beer and music await. Must register by November 4, or just join in the fun at the Pier.

5. Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend: Head up to Temecula for this two day event, November 5-6, gives ticketed guests the opportunity to visit over 30 Member wineries for a fun-filled food and wine adventure. Delicious foods and wine samplings are offered at each stop as well as barrel and/or tank samples of finished and unfinished wines often not available to the general public.

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend

San Diego Asian Film Festival

1. San Diego Asian Film Festival: From October 20-28, International film fanatics will have the opportunity to partake in one of the largest exhibitions of Asian international and Asian American cinema in North America. Along with narrative features, the Festival also showcases documentaries, short films and animation.

Harvest Festival

2. Harvest Festival: The 39th Annual Harvest Festival is kicking off of at the Del Mar Fairgrounds October 21 and running through the 23rd. The festival features more than 300 artists and craftspeople showcasing unique American handmade works, including Halloween and Christmas decor, handmade wearable art, photography, garden decorations, hand-turned wood, ceramics, jewelry, children’s toys and more!

La Jolla Gallery Wine Walk and Taste

3. La Jolla Gallery, Wine Walk and Taste: On Thursday, October 20th, experience an evening of breathtaking coastal views, exquisite art, fresh cuisine and savory wines as you stroll through the beautiful La Jolla Village and visit over 15 of La Jolla’s most prominent galleries showcasing internationally celebrated art, while enjoying various samples of crisp white and bold red wines at each gallery. As you stroll along the streets of downtown La Jolla you will satisfy your appetite with tastings of flavorful cuisine from over 20 of La Jolla Village’s finest restaurants. Tickets to the La Jolla Gallery, Wine Walk & Taste are $40 in advance and $45 on the day of the event.

Broadway San Diego: Hair

4. Hair: From October 18-23, Broadway San Diego brings the Tony-winning musical Hair to the Civic Theatre. This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. HAIR features an extraordinary cast and dozens of unforgettable songs, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning, Starshine” and “Easy To Be Hard.”

Borrego Springs

5. Borrego Days Desert Festival: The 46th Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival is a three-day local tradition that is just abounding with colorful attractions, family fun and exciting events. This free festival takes place on Friday, October 21 and continues through Sunday, October 22. Activities include a parade, local artists, food court, mini-carnival, games, rides and much more. A fun way to enjoy the picturesque desert landscape!