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Three San Diego Beach Neighborhoods with Quintessential SoCal Vibes

Sunset Cliffs - Three San Diego Beach Cities with Quintessential SoCal Vibe

San Diego’s beaches are so inviting, you might never want to leave. And you don’t have to, because these beach neighborhoods of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Ocean Beach have it all. Amusement parks for the whole family, piers and beaches perfect for long strolls, and of course, sips and bites to enjoy with a fiery sunset—it’s all here, within earshot of the waves. Continue reading

Brent Bernasconi

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights Infographic

Mission Bay Parade of Lights Infographic

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights Infographic

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Celebrate the holidays the Mission Bay way!

We’re shining a light on Mission Bay this weekend as dozens of boats decorated in holiday lights sail around the bay for the Mission Bay Yacht Club’s annual Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. Pack blankets, snacks & beach chairs and snag one of the best viewing spots.

Date: December 12, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights Parking

Santa Clara

From Mission Boulevard, turn on Santa Clara Place and claim a place along the left side of the fork. Don’t forget to leave early to find street parking or parking by the Santa Clara Recreation Center.

Riviera Shores

Take Ingraham Street from Grand Ave. or W. Mission Bay Drive and find parking on the east side either in the parking lot or in the nearby residential areas along Crown Point Drive. From there, walk along Riviera Drive and find a spot on the west side of the strip.

Ski Beach

From Ingraham Street, park in the lot at Ski Beach Park and walk along the shore to watch the boats pass through the Fishermans Channel.

Fiesta Island

After taking E. Mission Drive to Fiesta Island Road, find a place to park along the shore and view the parade from the west side of the island.

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San Diego for the Holidays

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 28 – May 3, 2015

San Diego is the place to be this weekend! Check out this amazing list of top things to do with events from Mexico to Carlsbad and everything in between!

Filmatic Festival

The 2nd Annual Filmatic Festival takes adventurous digital media lovers on a 4 day journey of exploration through digital films, sonic and 3D events, gaming exhibitions, interactive performances, workshops, and so much more! Curated by respected digital media experts and thought leaders, the Filmatic Festival redefines and transforms traditional passive film-going attendance into fun, active, immersive and inspiring experiences.

Where: UC San Diego – 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
When: April 30 – May 2, 2015
Cost: $12-$125
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Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo 2015

Don’t miss the 32nd annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo 2015, a San Diego tradition since 1983. This celebration in Old Town is the largest event of its kind in Southern California. Three days of music, food and fun including 3 live music stages, a cantina garden, LowRider car show, historical demonstrations, equestrian performances, and more.

Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
When: May 2-3, 2015
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SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival

SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival

Explore and celebrate a world of flavor at SeaWorld San Diego’s Seven Seas Food Festival. Local craft beer and California wine are perfectly paired with fresh and bold culinary creations, which will feature local, sustainable ingredients and unique signature flavors from around the world. Nearly a dozen culinary stations will focus on seven different destinations from around the world: California, France, Latin America, Asian Street Food, Mediterranean, India and the Caribbean.

Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Weekends – May 2-24, 2015
Cost: Included with Admission. Tastings available for purchase
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Beach Soccer Jam

Beach Soccer Jam - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Beach Soccer Jam is a Faster, Hotter Version of the World’s most Popular Sport filled with Entertainment. Come enjoy the excitement including Beach Soccer, Brazilian Samba and Capoeira dancers, Cinco de Mayo Celebration, some of San Diego’s best Entertainment DJs and a Beer Garden.

Where: Fiesta Island – 1550 Fiesta Island Road, San Diego, CA 92109
When: May 2-3, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Cost: General Admission – Free. Team Registration – $550
> Find out more about Beach Soccer Jam

In Bloom Market

San Diego Made In Bloom Market

This exciting shopping and culture event will feature handmade goods by more than 40 local artists and craftsman, food trucks, spring-inspired craft cocktails and large-scale floral installations. Patrons can mingle in the enchanted garden lounge decorated with vintage furniture donated by Pow Wow, and hang out inside an interactive Teepee by Lester Corral of Fornature Designs. Live music performances by Adam Townsend, Rachel Aldous and the Road Home Band, Ruby Cloud, David Alan, Stage4Entertainment, and more. The first 75 people who arrive each day will receive a free grab bag with items donated by San Diego Made vendors.

Where: UNION – Barrio Logan – 2191 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92113
When: May 2-3, 2015
Cost: Free
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Tacos and Tequila Festival

Tacos and Tequila Festival

Tacos and Tequila festival in a fun interactive event celebrating the best margaritas and tacos in San Diego. Ten of the best mixologists in town will be serving complimentary samples of their signature margaritas, guest vote for their favorites. Ten of the best restaurants will be serving complimentary signature tacos. Guests get two voting cards to pick their top choices. Winning restaurant will get the golden taco award.

Where: SILO in Makers Quarter – 753 15th Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 2, 2015
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $35-$45
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Flagship’s 100th Anniversary Party

Flagship's 100th Anniversary Party

In celebration of a century on San Diego Bay, Flagship Cruises & Events will host a 100th anniversary party. Guests will enjoy food, drinks and fun aboard Flagship’s fleet of luxury yachts, docked along the recently remodeled Embarcadero. Highlights include live music, complimentary appetizers, local craft beer and wine for sample and purchase, local olive oil tastings, kids entertainment, and free rides on the Patriot Jet Boat!

Where: 990 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 2, 2015
Time: 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Uncorked Wine Walk and Concert

Uncorked Wine Walk and Concert

Enjoy a self-guided wine walk to 4 wine gardens throughout Westfield UTC. Savor some of Temecula Valley’s finest vintages while tasting bites from Westfield UTC’s finest restaurants. Enjoy live acoustic performances from top local Plaza Unplugged artists.

Where: Westfield UTC – 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122
When: May 2, 2015
Time: 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: $20-$30
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Carlsbad Spring Village Faire

Carlsbad Village Faire San Diego 2013

Families will find plenty to do at the Carlsbad Village Faire

Just like at past fairs, over 900 vendors will sell everything fathomable, including clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. The international food court will once again feature more than 50 booths serving everything from Thai to Hawaiian cuisine. The children’s area will entertain youngsters with games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting and arts and crafts. The Rotary Club of Carlsbad’s beer and wine garden will entertain fairgoers with a large screen TV and live bands.

Where: Carlsbad Blvd & Grand Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: May 3, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Carlsbad Spring Village Faire

Chef Celebration San Diego

Chef Celebration San Diego

Join Stone Brewing Liberty Station in their gardens for a delicious celebration of great food and beer! You’ll enjoy 14 small-bite courses created by each of the 14 local chefs from outstanding eateries, and each course will be paired with a craft beer hand-picked by “Dr.” Bill Sysak! And the best part is that in addition to enjoying a sumptuous repast, you’ll be helping to raise money for a special scholarship fund. Cuisine for a cause!

Where: Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens – Liberty Station – 2816 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
When: May 3, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 3:00 PM
Cost: $49
> Find out more about Chef Celebration San Diego

More Top Things to Do

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Top Things to Do Weekend Forecast

Brent Bernasconi

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