Ann Wycoff

Bliss on a Budget – 5 Affordable Spas in San Diego

Karma - Affordable Spas in San Diego
Karma - Affordable Spas in San Diego

Rejuvenate and relax while not breaking the bank at one of these affordable spas in San Diego. Photo courtesy of Karma Spa and Ed Alfaro

A spa experience is no longer considered just an indulgent day of pampering, as taking the time to de-stress and calm the body and mind has myriad health and wellness benefits. While not everyone can afford the high prices at many luxurious destination spas and hotels, San Diego has some reasonably priced gems tucked throughout town, where a little relaxation and rejuvenation doesn’t have to break the bank.

Happy Buddha

Off Convoy Street in Kearney Mesa, Happy Buddha specializes in Chinese reflexology. Eight comfy maroon recliners welcome guests to sit back and relax. After soaking your feet in hot water infused with Chinese herbs and enjoying a head, neck and back massage for 20 minutes, each foot receives 20 heavenly minutes of reflexology, believed stimulate elimination, improve circulation and support the immune system. All for $29.99. Afterward, drift next door to the famous Dumpling Inn for authentic northern Chinese fare.

Where: 4619 Convoy St., Suite E, San Diego, CA 92111
> Find out more about Happy Buddha

Massage Thai Way

At Massage Thai Way in Linda Vista and Mission Valley, an authentic 60-minute Thai massage only costs $45. White curtains separate long firm mattresses where expert Thai therapists perform deep massage and stretching techniques to elongate the body, improve posture, open up energy blockage and improve circulation.

Where:
Linda Vista – 2354 Ulric St Ste A, San Diego, CA 92111
Mission Valley – 6690 Mission Gorge Rd, Suite P, San Diego CA, 92120
> Find out more about Massage Thai Way

Karma Spa

Karma Spa has two locations, one in Hillcrest, the other in Carlsbad.  These pretty spas, which incorporate colorful lighting and soothing water features, offer an excellent menu of deluxe treatments such as hot stone and couples massage, French facials, infrared sauna therapy and ionic detoxing footbaths. Brow waxing runs only $10 and their Foot and Body Fusion Massage is a mere $36. The friendly therapists are well-trained and the prices are more than fair, making it possible for many people to reap the benefits of a spa day.

Where:
Hillcrest – 3969 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Carlsbad – 
2614 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA. 92008
> Find out more about Karma Spa

The Hidden Spa

In Ocean Beach, The Hidden Spa is another affordable sanctuary with some of the best deals on skin care in the city. Their European Facial, performed by skillful estheticians, involves a deep cleanse, exfoliation, gentle extractions, massage, aromatherapy, and mask, which costs only $60. Their mini-facial, a 30-minute skin refresher and hydration treatment is $40.

Where: 4969 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego CA 92107
> Find out more about the Hidden Spa

Massage Envy

While Massage Envy are membership spas, they can be found all over the country, so it’s worth joining if you can commit to a monthly massage. These no-frills franchises are clean, home to good therapists and make it possible to get a solid one-hour massage for $59 and under.

> Find out more about Massage Envy

> Rejuvenate the Body and Soul at San Diego Spas

Please note: Spa prices are as of May 2015.

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Corey Ross

Five Camera-Phone Worthy Golf Holes in San Diego

Farmers Insurance Open San Diego 2013 Torrey Pines Golf Course

With nearly 90 courses to choose from, golf in San Diego is a veritable feast for your game – and your senses.

From jaw-dropping elevation changes and stunning sweeping vistas to breath-taking ocean views and brilliant botanical beauty, San Diego courses have all.

The following is an all-too-brief list of some of the most camera-phone worthy holes in San Diego.

1. 3 (South Course) at Torrey Pines (La Jolla)

Hole 3 - Torrey Pines Golf Course

The view from Hole 3 at Torrey Pines is worth the greens fee alone.

This iconic par 3 on the South Course, site of the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Opens, is San Diego’s most famous golf hole. Golfers worldwide make the pilgrimage just to hit this elevated tee shot and watch their ball soar into the blue horizon of the Pacific Ocean in the backdrop. There’s also the captivating view of La Jolla in the distance. Played mostly from 160 or 149 yards, this isn’t the toughest hole at Torrey by any stretch, but it’s certainly the most memorable – and photogenic. Its sister par 3 is No. 6 on the North, which features a nearly 200-foot drop to the green and plays directly into an ocean breeze. A birdie on either hole is a bonus. A whale sighting is a double bonus.

> Find out more about Torrey Pines Golf Course

2. 6 at Journey at Pechanga (Temecula)

No. 6 at Journey at PEchanga

You’ll feel like Paul Bunyan when teeing off from Journey at Pechanga’s #6.

After playing irons shots at Torrey, it’s time to pull out driver to play this awesomely elevated par 4 at Journey at Pechanga. Trust us when we say you will remember the first time you get a glimpse of this tee shot. You’re basically hitting the ball off the side of the mountain and watching it soar like a dimpled seagull to the dogleg-left fairway below. The backdrop is a vast overview of Temecula that makes it seem like you can see all the way to wine country. And cheers to you if you hit a big one here. You’ll feel like Paul Bunyan.

> Find out more about Journey at Pechanga

3. 14 at Aviara Golf Club (Carlsbad)

Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club Hole 14

If this hole doesn’t make you want to play golf, I don’t know what would.

Aviara, which is literally an 18-hole botanical garden, has several worthy candidates, but we have an affinity for No. 14, which is in the most remote part of the course. Like holes No. 3 and 11, 14 is an impeccably landscaped and elevated par 3 played over water. The green here is huge and gives you a second scenic treat when you reach it. To the left is a beautiful waterfall complex that’s home to an array of water birds splashing in the pond and soaring in the skies. A Golf Channel announcer said of No. 14 once, “If this hole doesn’t make you want to play golf, I don’t know what would.” Our sentiments exactly.

> Find out more about Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club

4. 3 Coronado Municipal Course (Coronado)

No. 3 at Coronado Municipal Golf Course

Enjoy unobstructed views of the bay from #3. Photo courtesy of www.greenskeeper.com

The setting of the Coronado course – surrounded by San Diego harbor – makes it unique, but the glimpse you get of the Coronado Bay Bridge, a San Diego landmark, on holes 2 and 3 in particular is something special. We’re going with hole No. 3, a par 4, for the list because it gives you the most unobstructed view. As you progress through your round, you’ll also catch glimpses of passing Navy ships, downtown San Diego and the Hotel Del Coronado. Being perfectly flat, it’s an ideal course to walk and take in the evolving scenery around you.

> Find out more about the Coronado Municipal Golf Course

5. 7 at Encinitas Ranch (Encinitas)

Encinitas Ranch Hole 7

The par-4 7th at Encinitas Ranch isn’t so much about what’s in front of you as what’s behind. Photo courtesy of jcgolf.com

The view at the par-4 7th at Encinitas Ranch isn’t so much about what’s in front of you as what’s behind. Looking back from the tee box, you can see a sweeping view of the two previous holes and a familiar blue hue in the background (the ocean). The scene is a pleasant surprise the first time you play the course and something you forward to when you return. And a bit like No. 14 at Aviara, this hole offers two distinct visual experiences. Your downhill approach is to a green accented by two star pines and a vast view of the valley beyond. When walking off the green, don’t forget your clubs – or to take a picture.

> Find out more about Encinitas Ranch

> Tee Off at One of San Diego’s 90+ Golf Courses

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Sarah Weinberg

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.

> Find out more about San Diego’s Trains & Trolleys

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.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 31 – April 5, 2015

Easter in San Diego

San Diego is the place to be this weekend with plenty of Easter fun, family friendly festivals, live theatre, beautiful weather and more top things to do.

Easter Events in San Diego

Easter in San Diego

Easter Egg Hunts, Brunch, Train Rides and More

Hop on down with the whole family for an amazing Easter Weekend in San Diego. Fill up your basket of fun with everything from egg hunts on the beach to delectable Easter brunches to colorful wildflowers to a train ride with the Easter Bunny himself.

> Browse Easter Events in San Diego

Theatre on Tap – My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady - Cygnet Theatre - Top Things to Do

Join Cygnet and Helm’s Brewing Company for Theatre on Tap! Enjoy a pre-show beer tasting, and mix and mingle with other craft beer lovers. The complimentary tasting begins at 7:00 PM, followed by an 8:00 PM performance.

Where: Cygnet Theatre – 4040 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110
When: April 3, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Starting at $42
> Find out more about Theatre on Tap – My Fair Lady

Buyer & Cellar

Buyer & Cellar - Old Globe Theatre

What’s a renowned diva to do with decades of memories that light the corners of her mind? And where to put the acres of memorabilia bursting the seams of her Malibu estate? If you’re Barbra Streisand, you enshrine them in a mini-mall in your basement where you can pretend to go shopping! Out-of-work actor Alex More can’t pass up the oddest of odd jobs – an offer to play shopkeeper for one tough customer who doesn’t let anyone rain on her parade. Soon it begins to take a toll on his patience, his love life, and his view of people (who need people).

Where: Old Globe Theatre – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 4 – May 3, 2015
Cost: Tickets start at $29
> Find out more about Buyer & Cellar

Filipino Sun Festival

The 2nd Annual Filipino Sun Festival will be celebrating and sharing Filipino American culture with a cultural pavilion, culinary food demos, live art, dance competitions, delicious food, easter egg hunts, a beer garden and more.

Where: Mira Mesa Park – 8575 New Salem St, San Diego, CA 92126
When: April 4, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Filipino Sun Festival

Valley Center Food Truck Festival

Valley Center Gourmet Food Truck Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Sample many of San Diego’s best food trucks in one place at the Valley Center Food Truck Festival

Food Truck Nation America and Bates Nut Farm are bringing back many of Southern California’s most popular gourmet food trucks for the annual Spring Festival. As always, there will be unique and delicious food, vendors, entertainment and family fun. A variety of international cuisine will be offered; guests will have a hard time deciding between Sushi, German, Gourmet Burgers, BBQ, Hungarian, Polish or American Comfort Food, as well as decadent desserts. Live music, a beer garden and children’s activities round out this day in the country.

Where: Bates Nut Farm – 16954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082
When: April 4, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
> Find out more about the Valley Center Food Truck Festival

37th Annual Cultural Celebration – Oh The Places You’ll Go

37th Annual Cultural Celebration - Oh The Places You'll Go

Celebrate cultural diversity through food, dance, music, and art from around the world! Join us to experience one of the largest and longest standing traditions at UC San Diego on the Marshall College campus. There will also be a Children’s Village with hands-on activities, bounce house, rock wall and more.

Where: Thurgood Marshalls Crossroads, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: April 4, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 37th Annual Cultural Celebration – Oh The Places You’ll Go

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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Top Things to Do Weekend Forecast

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 24 – March 1, 2015

Visit San Diego this weekend and take in the vibrant colors, beautiful sights and soothing sounds the city has to offer while you enjoy these top things to do.

> Saving up for a Rainy Day in San Diego with the Kids

San Diego Museum Month

San Diego Museum Month - Top Things to Do

Don’t miss out! It’s the last week to take advantage of 50% admission to 45 museum throughout San Diego county.

> Find out more about San Diego Museum Month

Whale Watching Cruises

If you're lucky, you can spot a whale breaching the surface along the San Diego coastline.

If you’re lucky, you can spot a whale breaching the surface along the San Diego coastline.

San Diego is an ideal destination to see the impressive parade of more than 200,000 grey whales migrate south each spring. Book a daily voyage aboard vessels ranging from luxurious private charters to affordable group cruise ships to see these gentle giants up close.

> Find out more about Whale Watching Cruises

Cirque du Soleil – Varekai

From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.

Where: Valley View Casino Center – 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110
When: February 25 – March 1, 2015
Cost: $25-$165
> Find out more about Cirque du Soleil – Varekai

Tower After Hours: Ireland

San Diego Museum of Man's Tower After Hours: Ireland - Top Things to Do

Join in the fun and experience the rich cultural heritage of Ireland at Tower After Hours: Ireland! Taste delicious Irish pub fare from local eateries, watch lively performances of music and dance, and enjoy a cold Guinness. Don’t miss this great Irish party!

Where: San Diego Museum of Man – 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 26, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $15-$30
> Find out more about Tower After Hours: Ireland

The Very Best of Celtic Thunder Tour

Drawing material from Celtic Thunder’s nine Public Television Specials, eleven CDs and DVDs and eight US tours to date, the tour aims to combine all Celtic Thunder classics, fan favorites and hit songs into a formidable stage show, married with that huge Celtic Thunder signature sound, dramatic lighting and imposing set that audiences and fans everywhere have come to expect from a Celtic Thunder show.

Where: Historic Balboa Theatre – 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 26, 2015
Time: 7:30 to 9:15 PM
Cost: $60-$65
> Find out more about The Very Best of Celtic Thunder Tour

Jay Mohr

Jay Mohr at The American Comedy Company

Celebrate The American Comedy Co’s 3 Year Anniversary Weekend with Jay Mohr! Comedian, actor, radio host and bestselling author, Jay Mohr has been performing stand-up comedy since he was sixteen years old. With a career that has spanned over three decades, Jay has become an artist that is very difficult to define.

Where: The American Comedy Company – 818 B 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 26 – March 1, 2015
Cost: $30
> Find out more about Jay Mohr at the American Comedy Company

The Chinese New Year Red Ball – Year of the Sheep

The Red Ball 2015 - A Chinese New Year Celebration

Don’t forget to wear red to ring in the Chinese New Year!

Usher in Chinese New Year at The Annual Red Ball held at Club M inside the Grand Del Mar, California’s luxurious 15-Star Resort! The Year of the Sheep recurs once every twelve years in the Lunar calendar, and symbolizes peace and compassion. At this coveted 21 & up Lunar New Year party, guests will enjoy award-winning hospitality, live music, DJ, dancing and more! Guests of every culture are welcome. Red cocktail attire suggested for good luck.

Where: Club M at The Grand Del Mar – 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, CA 92130
When: February 27, 2015
Cost: Free Admission
> Find out more about The Chinese New Year Red Ball – Year of the Sheep

The Flower Fields

The Carlsbad Flower Fields

Get lost in a sea of beauty and color at The Flower Fields of Carlsbad

Don’t miss the chance to see more than 50 acres of breathtaking Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers bloom and transform the landscape into a solid expanse of dazzling color. This sanctuary of natural beauty offers a host of family friendly activities and events including an open-air wagon ride through the fields via an antique tractor, a walk through the fragrant sweet pea maze, and more.

Where: 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: March 1 – May 10, 2015
Cost: $6-$12
> Find out more about The Flower Fields

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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Top Things to Do Weekend Forecast

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 17-22, 2015

Visit San Diego this weekend for a ton of great top things to do including half off museums, amazing opera, lunar new year’s festivals, dinosaurs, craft beer and more:

San Diego Museum Month

San Diego Museum Month - Top Things to Do

Leap into 45 museums in San Diego this February. Presented by Macy’s, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 45 San Diego Museum Council membership museums. The savings encourages locals and visitors to explore a variety of arts, culture and science-oriented destinations. From Oceanside Museum of Art down to the Tijuana Estuary, there are ample opportunities for edutainment, creating memories and fun for the whole family.

When: Through February 28, 2015
> Find out more about San Diego Museum Month

Mardi Gras

Samba Dancer at Mardi Gras -Courtesy Enne Bi Communications

Let Loose at a Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration in San Diego

The rhythm of Brazil comes to San Diego during Mardi Gras. Let loose, dance and indulge at carnival celebrations ranging from massive block parties bumping with music from the best DJs to more traditional festivities with feather-adorned dancers in samba shows, performances of the Brazilian martial-arts dance form capoeira, caipirinhas, and more.

When: February 17, 2015
> Find out more about Mardi Gras Celebrations in San Diego

San Diego Opera’s Don Giovanni

San Diego Opera's Don Giovanni - Top Things to Do in San Diego

This intense opera stuns as Giovanni stalks his latest conquest, a beautiful young bride. But he cannot escape his past sins – the daughter of the nobleman who he brutally murdered and a woman he carelessly left at the altar – or the ones who try valiantly to bring him to justice. In a shocking conclusion, we find out that the living are not the only ones who can seek vengeance.

When: Through February 22, 2015
> Find out more about San Diego Opera’s Don Giovanni

Shen Yun: 5,000 Years in One Night!

SHEN YUN means “the beauty of heavenly being dancing.” Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, and takes you on a journey through 5,000 years. The 2-hour Shen Yun performance consists of about 20 pieces, moving from one story, region, and dynasty to the next.

When: February 18-24, 2015
> Find out more about Shen Yun: 5,000 Years in One Night!

Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Join in the New Year of the Horse celebration at the Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

In 2015, we again welcome the San Diego community to share our celebration of the Year of the Ram – a time for family, friendship, and giving thanks. This is a free two-day event fun-packed with various cultural performance including lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations and acrobatics, children’s crafts, lantern parade and a wide variety of Chinese and Asian food booths.

When: February 21-22, 2015
> Find out more about the Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

San Diego Winter Brew Fest

The San Diego Winter Brew Fest will celebrate craft beverages from around California and beyond and features; live local music, food, and other vendors. This event benefits Outdoor Outreach and the San Diego Mountain Bike Association (SDMBA).

When: February 20-21, 2015
> Find out more about the San Diego Winter Brew Fest

San Diego Tết Festival

San Diego Tet Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Immerse yourself in the Vietnamese culture with food, music, dance and plenty of fun!

The festival promises fun for whole the family with such activities as carnival rides and games, authentic Vietnamese food, lion dancing and firecrackers. And entertainment programs, such as the Miss Vietnam of San Diego and a Cultural Village to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture.

When: February 20-22, 2015
> Find out more about the San Diego Tết Festival

Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live!

Dinosaur Trail Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. The show encourages basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology.

When: February 21, 2015
> Find out more about Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live!

Stone Belgian Fest

Stone Belgian fest

Trip to Belgium too expensive? Head to Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens – Liberty Station way for their first, annual Belgian Festival here at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. With Lambics, Gueuzes, Dubbles, Tripels, Quadrupels, and Flanders Red Ales at your fingertips, you won’t know if you’re in Brussels, Bruges, or San Diego.

When: February 22, 2015
> Find out more about the Stone Belgian Fest

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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Top Things to Do Weekend Forecast

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 27 – February 1, 2015

Escape the cold weather and warm yourself up in San Diego by enjoying the great outdoors, amazing beaches and these top things to do:

Dine Out Escondido!

Dine Out Escondido! - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Savor California cuisine as well as French, Italian, Salvadorian, Mexican and more!

Whether you”re looking for craft brewery foodie pairings, local farm-to-table delights, chef-owned culinary experiences, international flavors, wine pairings on a patio or with a view, high tea or home cooking…Escondido”s fantastic restaurants have something for everyone”s palate and nutritional preference!

When: Through January 31, 2015
> Find out more about Dine Out Escondido!

THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel

THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel

A New Immersive Experience from the Creator of ACCOMPLICE

A world-premiere, immersive theatre piece which takes audiences on a participatory journey through the extraordinary rooms and spaces of this expansive, 1940s-era landmark. They are introduced to Ben, who, under mysterious circumstances, lived his entire life at the hotel. Having found an unlikely mentor in a traveling con-man who was a frequent guest at the hotel, Ben”s last wish is to enlist the audience”s help to execute one final, giant swindle.

Where: The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows – 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
When: January 27 – February 22, 2015
Cost: $35-$45
> Find out more about THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel

The Wailers

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Now well into their fifth decade, The Wailers truly are living legends who embody the nobility, conviction and progressiveness of Bob Marley and his music. Their journey is far from over as the world awaits The Wailers” next move in their “One Love” revolution. “Our music is the magic,” says Fams “the oxygen of the people. It”s the message of roots, culture and reality, meant to spread peace and love to all.”

Where: Belly Up Tavern – 143 S Cedros, Solana Beach, CA 92075
When: January 27, 2015
Time: Doors open at 8:00 PM
Cost: $27-$48
> Find out more about The Wailers

San Diego Black Film Festival

San Diego Black Film Festival

Several films from previous years have gone on to win additional awards at other film festivals. More importantly, seven films that premiered at the San Diego Black Film Festival are either in negations or have already wrapped up distribution deals including the films “Locked in a Room,” now with Echo Bridge Entertainment, and our Best Comedy winner “The Donut Shop,” now with Viva Films. Good things await our 2015 filmmakers as well.

When: January 29 – February 1, 2015
> Find out more about the San Diego Black Film Festival

Innovation – Collage 2015

Innovation - Collage 2015

Collage 2015 features various dance styles such as tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern and musical theater.

Collage 2015 features various dance styles such as tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern and musical theater including guest choreography by Maud Arnold of “So You Think You Can Dance” fame and local dance legend Donna Flournoy. Along with breathtaking costumes, imaginative set pieces and gorgeous theatrical lighting, our professionally trained dancers deliver a show that is certain to impress.
Where: Casa del Prado Theatre – 2125 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 30 – February 15, 2015
Cost: $5-$15
> Find out more about Innovation – Collage 2015

The Von Trapps and Spreckels Organ Concert

The Von Trapps and Spreckels Organ Concert

Come here Sofi, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp, great grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp, live in concert.

Sofi, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp, great grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp, are siblings who have been singing on stages around the world to critical acclaim for the last 12 years. The Spreckels Organ Society casino spiele brings them together with San Diego Civic Organist Carol Williams for a free concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.

Where: 1549 El Prado, San Diego CA 92101
When: February 1, 2015
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about The Von Trapps and Spreckels Organ Concert

Innovation – Collage 2015 and The Von Trapps Concert are just a few of the amazing events celebrating the Balboa Park Centennial.

> Browse more Balboa Park Centennial Events

The Darrell Hammond Project

The Darrell Hammond Project

Based on Hammond”s acclaimed memoir, God, If You”re Not Up There, I’m F*cked: Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem, invites the audience on a heartbreaking and hilarious journey inside the life and mind of an American comic genius, trying to unravel the mystery of how a man repeatedly climbed out from the depths of despair to become a world-class comedian.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 31 – March 8, 2015
Cost: Starting at $15
> Find out more about The Darrell Hammond Project

2015 Cardiff Kook Run

Cardiff Kook Run

Get Kooky with a beautiful run through Encinitas.

The Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K and Costume Contest course starts under the world famous “Encinitas” sign on historic HWY 101 in beautiful Encinitas, California. This scenic loop passes by the famous “Cardiff Kook” statue (The Magic Carpet Ride), rises above some of the most popular surf breaks in the world and heads down to Cardiff State Beach.

Where: 485 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: February 1, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: $44-$54
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Miramar and Clairemont: Local Neighborhood Gems

Shabu Shabu House in San Diego

Though they are located just 15 minutes north of downtown, the neighborhoods of Miramar and Clairemont might not be top of mind destinations for visitors to San Diego. But locals know there are plenty of terrific things to do, taste and see in this part of of town.

Discover the Arts and Culture of Miramar and Clairemont

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Authentic Asian Dining

While there are several places to see local art in these neighborhoods, the most inspiring art in Clairemont often comes in edible form. This area is brimming with Asian eateries and markets, taking visitors on a culinary tour through several countries without ever leaving San Diego.

  • It”s been said that the name “dim sum” means “little jewels that tug at the heart,” and you”ll find out why when you see the beautiful and delicious dishes at China Max.
  • Stroll the aisles at Zion Market and you”ll be astounded by the many Asian delicacies waiting best online casino to be taken home (or eaten right on the spot).
  • There is a fine art to preparing Korean BBQ just right, so don”t be afraid to ask the staff for a few tips during your meal at Jeong Won BBQ.

Authentic Asian cuisine is just one reason to visit the Clairemont neighborhood.

Cultures Come Alive

Clairemont and Miramar are also host to several cultural festivals throughout the year, celebrating the numerous ethnic groups that have made San Diego their home.

  • The San Diego Night Market is a festival featuring all things from Asian culture, but most folks go for all the tasty food.
  • The Filipino Sun Festival takes place every April and features lots of great live entertainment.
  • Each spring, the National Asian American Coalition presents the Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego, with Polynesian, Indian, and Chinese traditional dancers, Korean music and more.

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 6-11, 2015

Start off 2015 on the right foot by heading to San Diego this week to enjoy everything the city has to offer including these top things to do:

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soundON Festival of Modern Music

soundON Festival of Modern Music

The 2015 soundON Festival of Modern Music showcases the vibrant, exploratory ensemble-in-residence NOISE, presenting cutting edge world premieres by Mark Menzies, Christopher Adler, and festival favorite Juan Campoverde Q, along with works by Sidney Marquez Boquiren and New York composer Eric Wubbels. They will also celebrate modern masters with Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, and San Diego’s Chinary Ung.

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library – 1008 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 8-11, 2015
Cost: $10-$70
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Museum of Man’s Centennial Beer Tasting

Centennial Beer Tasting - San Diego Museum of Man

Join the Museum of Man as they celebrate their 100-year anniversary and the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park at their Centennial Beer Tasting with beer tastings from multiple craft breweries and delicious food from local eateries inside one of the oldest and most iconic buildings in the park.

Where: San Diego Museum of Man – 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 8, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $20-$30
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Poway Winter Festival

Poway Winter Festival - Top Things to Do

Snow, s’mores, warm drinks and more at the Poway Winter Festival

Feel snow between your fingers while sledding down the snow hill; smell roasting marshmallows as you devour delicious s’mores; experience the wind in your hair skating around the synthetic ice rink; and peruse a variety of vendors and their sensational products. Lights will twinkle, as music sets the tone and laughter fills the air. The Winter Festival brings to life all of the charm and entertainment of a cold-mountain town, set right in Poway. Bring one or bring all; there’s something for everyone!

Where: Poway Community Park – 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064
When: January 9-10, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Poway Winter Festival

C.S. Lewis on Stage

C.S. Lewis on Stage - Lamb's Players Theatre

Award-winning actor Tom Key in a fascinating look into the wit, wisdom and work of one of the 20th Century’s most engaging thinkers and hugely popular writers. C.S. Lewis on Stage is also a perfect introduction to the personality and thought of Lewis prior to LAMB’S production of Freud’s Last Session as part of their 2015 Season this April.

Where: Lamb’s Players Theatre – 1142 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: January 9-18, 2015
Cost: $22-$72
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San Diego Exposition Road Race Centennial

San Diego Exposition Road Race Centennial

The local groups of the Horseless Carriage Club of America will commemorate the 1915 Road Race that was the opening event for the Panama-California Exposition. Cars of the era will drive along the retrace the route of the race, returning to Balboa Park for the car show.

This event is part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration.

Where: San Diego Automotive Museum – 2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 10, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Exposition Road Race Centennial

Peking Acrobats

The Peking Acrobats are masters of agility and grace, defying gravity with awe-inspiring gymnastic displays of contortion, flexibility and control. Get ready to gasp as China’s most talented performers will tumble through the air, dive through hoops, juggle spinning plates and walk on wires!

Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido – 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
When: January 10, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Cost: $25-$50
> Find out more about the Peking Acrobats

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Discover Hidden Charm in Northeastern San Diego

Northeastern San Diego is home to a sprawling landscape of scenic rolling hills. This vast corner of the county is where many locals make their homes, as do a few local wineries and breweries. For most visitors, northeastern San Diego is still undiscovered, but there is plenty to uncover in this historic and artistic region.

Discover the Arts and Culture of Northeastern San Diego

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History in the Hills

Secrets to San Diego’s past are scattered throughout Northeastern San Diego – you just have to know where to look.

Shopping the many galleries at the Bernardo Winery is just one reason to visit northeastern San Diego

Artistic Shopping

Taking home a souvenir is an important part of any travel experience, and in northeastern San Diego, visitors will find plenty of artsy boutiques to inspire a purchase.

  • There’s a lot to choose from at Clay Artists at the Vineyard, where several artists share studio and gallery space at the Bernardo Winery.
  • Also at the Bernardo Winery, Icarus Creative Arts features mosaics, hand painted furniture, unique home decor and more from local artists.
  • Try becoming an artist yourself in the relaxed setting of Clay’n Latte.

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